About This Listing
Quiet, bright apart. in historic Germantown. Convenient to Center City for visit of Pope Francis, World Meeting of Families. Access to the Barnes, museums, Penn, Drexel, Phila U, historic sites, Convention Center. Good public transit to Center City.
The space is on the third floor of our home. It is quiet and airy. The apartment has a washer/drier, TV with cable and premium channels. We provide linens, towels, shampoo and conditioner. The apartment is filled with light and surrounded by trees. You walk through our home to get to the space, but once upstairs, you can close the door and have all the privacy you wish. The house has high ceilings, wood floors and spacious rooms. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove, refrigerator, dishes, pots and pans, a coffee maker, tea kettle and we will provide coffee, tea, cereal, fruit and bagels. There are comfortable arm chairs for reading. The bedroom has a double bed and we also have an Aero bed that could accommodate additional guests. There is a private bathroom with shower and tub. Street parking is available. We do have a cat on the first two floors of our house but he is not allowed on the third floor at all. We have had guests who are allergic to cats and they have not experienced any problems.
The front porch is available. The yoga room can be used for yoga for any practitioners. The house has wireless Internet access.
Interaction with Guests
We are can be as involved as you like, providing information about the city, places to visit, etc. However, if you wish total privacy, this is fine and we will welcome you and let you go on your way. The entire 3rd floor is your space during your stay. We give guests a key so they can come and go as they wish.
Germantown is a historic neighborhood filled with old houses and gardens. It is almost entirely residential. It is close to Center City and has good public transportation to town (Regional Rail from Amtrak and Center City). In addition, the neighborhoods of Manayunk, Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy are easily accessible by car or public transit. All of these areas have restaurants, coffee shops, etc. There is a large urban forest (Wissahickon Park) 10 minutes away with paths for running, hiking or walking. Once in the park, you will have no idea you are in a major city.
We are a short drive from Center City and all the major museums and historical sites (10 minutes with little traffic, 15+ with lots of traffic). The major universities in Philadelphia are also easily accessible including Penn, Temple, Drexel, University of the Arts, Philadelphia University, and Arcadia). The regional transit authority (SEPTA) runs a commuter train to and from Queen Lane station, a ten minute walk from the house. The train runs from the Airport and stops at 30th Street Station (the main Amtrak station for Philadelphia) and at two stations in Center City. One is close to the museum district (the Barnes, Art Museum, Rodin Museum, etc.) and the other is a ten minute walk from the historic section of Philadelphia. Center City is very walkable and easily navigated without a car. From 30th Street Station, you would take the Chestnut Hill West train to Queen Lane which is a ten minute walk from our house. If you call and let us know, we are happy to pick you up at Queen Lane, especially if you have bags.
Other Things to Note
My husband Mas and I have a long history of entertaining travelers and visitors. We enjoy meeting people from around the country and world and providing hospitality. We love Philadelphia and are happy to share its riches with others.
No smoking. Pets not allowed. Please don't bring bed bugs into our house! Otherwise we hope for the usual courtesies and respect for our space that anyone would want.
Upon our arrival we were warmly welcome into Jean and Mas's lovely home. We were lead up to the third floor into an apartment that was just as described. It was bright, airy, clean and comfortable. There was more than enough room for my friend, daughter and myself. Additionally, the goodies (fruit, bagels, eggs and coffee) Jean provided help to make our stay even better and was just what we needed to start our days.
This place was awesome! Much better than the posting or words can describe. My sisters and I enjoyed staying here and loved the area. I stayed for 3 days for a med school interview at Drexel and it was only a 3 minute car drive to the school. A nice escape from the hustle and bustle of center city yet close enough to still make trips to see all the attractions. I would definitely go back to Jean's apartment if I was in town.
Jean and her family were a pleasure to be around. The place is exactly as described and shown in the pictures. The space is beautiful and clean.
Location is awesome as it is 10 - 15 min drive into downtown. There is ample parking space and roughly 3 blocks from the entrance to the highway.
We cooked breakfast and Jean was kind enough to supply us with bagels, butter, milk and other basic items.
They have a cute male cat named Benny. We fed and played with Benny and my girlfriend loved him.
Only Con - The floors creak a bit and made us worry alot about walking around and making noise. But wasn't a big issue once you got used to it.
If I was to visit Philly again I will not hesitate to stay over at Jean's residence again.
Jean and Mas were amazing hosts! My mother and I stayed in their gorgeous home for four nights and couldn't have been more comfortable. We were provided with everything we could have needed and Jean gave us excellent recommendations on where to eat and what to see. The night of the big snowstorm Jean and Mas invited us to have dinner with them instead of braving the snow. We had excellent company and amazing food :) Benny the cat is not allowed to come into the visitor's living area but it was always nice to come home and be welcomed by him.
Jean and Mas were amazing hosts. They were very welcoming and prepared numerous pamphlets and menus if you're looking for something to do or eat in Philadelphia. Better yet, you can just ask them and they can point you in the right direction!
The third floor of their house is cozy and as described, with fresh fruit, milk, cereal, bagels, and coffee! During my trip, it was cold (25-40*F) but Jean was very attentive in keeping the heat at a comfortable temperature. Even though I did not use much of their kitchen (because Philly has a ton of good restaurants), it was fully stocked with pots, pans, forks, spoons, etc.
The house is about 10 minutes walk from Queen Lane Station, served by SEPTA Regional Rail. It takes about 20 minutes by train to reach downtown Philly (30th street station). Their house was easy to find and I felt safe walking in the neighborhood.
If you're ever in Philly and looking to stay in a quieter, residential area while still accessible to all the attractions downtown, I would highly recommend Jean and Mas's apartment! They are very hospitable hosts!
The apartment is clean, cute and quaint with all of the amenities you could possibly ask for. There were fresh croissants, milk, preserves and coffee waiting for us when we arrived. Our host Jean was FANTASTIC! She was extremely helpful in providing us with directions and ideas on what a first-timer could and should experience in the City of Brotherly Love. I certainly felt welcome and would stay here again in a heartbeat!! Thanks again, Jean!
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About the Host, Jean
I have just recently retired after a long and wonderful career as a community organizer, RN, health care administrator, public servant, foundation program officer and director of two non profits. My husband and I have raised our two children here in Philadelphia and both of them live nearby. We are new grandparents. In retirement, I have gotten certified as a yoga instructor and am interested in making yoga accessible to non-traditional audiences. We both read a great deal, love the movies, hike in a beautiful wild park near our house. Our house is simple and comfortable. You will walk through our house to get to the third floor space where you will be staying. Once the door closes, it is all yours. We are happy to share ideas about what to do and see in Philadelphia and to help make your stay a rich and enjoying one in any way we can.
Beautiful bike ride through a true forest in a big city.
Fabulous shop with new and second hand items for young children: clothes, toys, etc. Everything is in pristine condition. Located by the food Coop and High Point Cafe.
Neighborhood cafe featuring delicious coffees, pastries and crepes. Plus real neighborhood flavor.
A great food Coop with everything you could want. There is also a store selling products and pet food and toys.
Do you love locally owned book stores? Check out Big Blue Marble. Good selection including children's books.
Take a walk, ponder the stream, listen to the birds and the wind in the trees.
One of the largest museums in the US with an international collection of art. Friday night music and food events draw people from all over Philadelphia. Free Sunday morning admission.
Walk the Main Street of Chestnut Hill for a meal, to buy a gift, one of the best old hardware stores left in America, bakeries, ice cream, flowers, and a food coop.
Amazing collection of Art. Give yourself a full day or plan to come back at least twice. There's so much to see.
historic market selling food, produce, gifts, jewelry. Philadelphians of all kinds come on a regular basis. Get cheesesteaks, sushi, Amish food and products, vegetarian dishes, Thai and much more.
This recreational trail follows the river and continuous from Valley Forge into Center City. It can be biked or walked. It goes behind the main Art Museum, a skateboard park, Boathouse Row and more.
Usually fascinating exhibits and a wonderful introduction to the Constitution which is interesting for all.
Fascinating account of the arc of the lives of Jewish people in America and interesting exhibits about the immigrant experience. Currently one on baseball as a path into American life.
A 19th Century mansion in Center City with an unusual collection and exhibits ranging from Shakespeare to Sendak. Check out the site online for current exhibits.
Start your tour of historic Philly here - help with anything that interests you. An easy walk from there to all the major sites. You can walk there from Market Street East on the Regional Rail.