About this listing
Located in Germantown, diverse urban neighborhood, house is close to public transit & the Wissahikon woods. On the first floor, the room is private, and guests have access to the kitchen, bath, wifi, and laundry. Easy street parking. LGBT friendly.
The house is located in historical Germantown, and is filled with architectural and artistic details. Fantastic south-east exposure fills each room with natural light, and I love bringing together art from my travels with family and historical pieces.
The front garden is filled with herbs, perennials, and native plants, and the back patio is bordered with flower and vegetable beds.
I try to be as "green" as possible with things like recycling, composting, and gardening.
Guests are welcome to use common spaces, including kitchen, bath, wifi, and laundry. In nice weather, the back patio and front porch are delightful.
Interaction with Guests
I love welcoming people into my home, and also respect my guests' privacy.
Germantown is a diverse urban neighborhood, just blocks away from the Wissahikon woods. I love that in ten minutes, I can be jogging in the woods, or on a train pulling into Center City. It is the best of both worlds! There are grocery stores, pharmacies, etc nearby. My favorite brunch spot is the Rose Petal Cafe and Lounge. Amazing waffles, and omelets, with gluten-free options!
The house is convenient to many local universities and hospitals, and I often host medical students in town for rotations. Einstein Medical Center, Temple Medical Center, LaSalle University, Drexel Medical Center (Queen Lane location), Philadelphia University and Chestnut Hill Hospital are all close by. If you are using public transit, be sure to map it ahead of time to make sure that you are comfortable with the amount of time it will take.
Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, and Germantown is in the Northwest portion of the city. Like all major metropolitan areas, there are beautiful areas in close proximity to struggling areas. Using common sense, street smarts, and an open mind will allow you to access the many treasures of Philadelphia.
Nearby neighborhoods include:
Manayunk: located along a canal, this is a great trendy shopping and dining, with seasonal festivals like the Manayunk Art Festival and the Manayunk Green Fest. It is also the site of the "Wall" portion of the annual Philadelphia pro bike (website hidden) Airy: the heart of Mt Airy in the Village at the crossroads of Carpenter Ave and Green Street. Shops include the Weaver's Way Coop, the Big Blue Marble book store, High Point Cafe, and The Nesting Place, and Philadelphia Community Acupuncture. There are other great restaurants and BYOBs scattered throughout the neighborhood including Tiffin and Goats' Hollow.
Chestnut Hill: A tony section of town, Germantown Avenue, known as The Avenue or The Hill, boasts upscale shopping and dining. There are many amazing restaurants, bars, bakeries, and coffee shops along The Avenue
There is plenty of easy street parking, and traveling by car can be a very convenient way to get between neighborhoods in Philly.
Many guests have chosen to use Uber for taxi service and have recommended it.
SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) operates public transit in Philly. The website is very helpful, especially the "Plan My Trip" feature. Multiple bus routes are located within a block or two. The SEPTA regional rail system is the main "metro" that is accessible. The house is located less than a mile from two stations, Queen Lane (beautiful and historic) and Wayne Junction which has several train lines for added convenience. You can easily be in the city in 10 minutes from Wayne Junction and in University City (Penn, Drexel, etc) in a bit more than 15 minutes. Most people arrive at Wayne Junction and walk to my house. If you choose to do this, it is a much more pleasant walk to go up Roberts Avenue and across the residential street Pulaski Avenue, avoiding Wayne Avenue which can be loud and commercial.
The airport and 30th Street Station (Amtrak and NJ Transit) are easy train rides away.
Other Things to Note
I have two cats, and occasionally foster kittens, so pet lovers are welcome.
I have used AirBnB as a host and as a guest, and I love the experience of meeting new people.
I enjoy an atmosphere of mutual respect and responsibility in the house.
There is no smoking indoors and no illicit drug use allowed.
This location is very convenient for trips focused in the Mt. Airy area. The home is clean and charmingly furnished and decorated. You'll be welcomed by 3 adorable kitties.
The neighborhood is dense and urban, so be aware not to be casual with leaving belongings in your car.
I didn't see much of my hosts because of my schedule, but they seemed like a delightful couple.
Tamara is a great host. The room was nice , clean and pretty. I had a comfortable stay at her house. She also chatted with me for a while giving me information about the town. Her two cats Jasper and Beatrice are really playful and friendly. I would recommend anyone to stay here.
Tamara was a great host! I had to head to Philadelphia for a pretty sudden interview and Tamara was able to accommodate me at short notice! She made me feel welcome and the room was very inviting and perfect for my needs. The cats were also great! They made sure I took regular breaks from interview-prepping by laying on my notebook or finagling their way onto my lap. All in all, a great trip and a great stay!
Lovely home, you have lots of privacy and open space. Tamara is super nice. Parking is usually available. Would highly recommend staying here
Tamara is very welcoming and helpful, with good communication and good tips on places to check out and navegating the local transit. The house is lovely and the 2 kitties are super sweet & friendly!
My flight to Philly was a horrible experience! Between a delayed flight to a canceled flight to finally making it on a red eye flight, all I wanted was some good rest! My flight didn't come in until after midnight and I didn't make it to Tamara's property until after 2:00 in the MORNING! Even though it was extremly late, Tamara was ready to greet me with a friendly hello and show me around the house and to my room! The room was adorable, clean, the bed was comfy and my company named "Beatrix"(he's the cat with the half mustache) was very sweet! Tamara set out some granola bars, mandarins a bottle of water, towels and even some toiletries for me on my bed when I walked in. A very nice touch. My visit was short but I felt very comfortable there.
Tamara made me feel very welcome. On both evenings of my stay, she invited me to the front porch for cocktails, definitely an unusual "perk" that was much appreciated. The room was as described, though I would say it was a bit noisy, but "good" noisy - kids playing! Her home is absolutely lovely and a delight to stay in.
About the Host, Tamara
I'm a 30-something teacher, and I have two cats. I stay pretty busy between my friends and work. I am likely to give guests their privacy, but I do like to have good conversation, sharing the occasional cup of tea or glass of wine on the porch.