About this listing
Feel right at home in this nicely furnished two-story house in South Philly's up-and-coming Newbold neighborhood. Close to airport, transit to Center City, universities & stadiums. For up to 4 people (2 x 2). See House Rules for important price info!
You'll be in a diverse and walkable neighborhood, convenient to many points of interest, just over two blocks from the subway with quick transit downtown and to universities (Temple, Penn, Drexel) and the stadiums. It's a great base for exploring Philadelphia.
Walk score: 92 (walker's paradise)
Transit score: 80 (excellent transit)
The two-story rowhouse is fully furnished, clean and comfortable. What you'll find:
• Keyless front-door entry with your own code (check in any time after 3pm)
• Comfortable living/dining room to relax in, SmartTV (Verizon FIOS Preferred channels and more), DVD player, stereo with CD player and inputs for your mp3 player; AC in summer
• Fast wi-fi
• Vintage kitchen for light cooking, with all the usual appliances (just no dishwasher)
• Cookware, dishes, condiments etc.
• Main bedroom with queen-size bed (15" thick pillow-top mattress, medium firmness), clock radio, hair dryer, ceiling fan; window AC in summer
• Second bedroom with full-size bed (medium/firm standard mattress with memory foam topper), clock radio, hair dryer; window AC in summer
• All bedding, towels, etc
• Study/office with desk
• Bathroom with full shower and tub
• Additional half-bath (sink+toilet) in basement
• Washer and dryer (free), iron & ironing board
• Back patio with sitting/dining area and gas grill
See "Getting Around" for local parking info and more.
See "House Rules" for important booking info!
You have the whole house to yourself, as described. Use anything in the kitchen including food. Replace (or leave money for) significant items you eat, but don't worry about minor things I leave for you (coffee, milk, yogurts, etc).
Interaction with Guests
I live in my other house directly across the street. I'm usually able to welcome you when you arrive, and to answer any questions that come up. When I'm away traveling, my friend Sean is available to do the same. We're both happy to give you advice about what's good to see and do in Philadelphia and how to get around!
Newbold/Point Breeze is a historic working-class neighborhood that's become very diverse. It might look a little scruffy, but it's getting nicer and nicer. I have found it secure and have never had any serious problems. I provide a neighborhood map showing transit, groceries, restaurants etc (for now you can click on Maps, or the "Guidebook" link at the top right of page).
Within five minutes walk you'll find the post office, several small groceries, Circles Thai restaurant, the South Philly Tap Room and Ultimo Coffee and other local businesses.
On the other side of Broad St, about ten minutes walk, is Passyunk Ave (pronounced "Pashunk") with its great variety of shops and restaurants, from the traditional to the trendy, all set in a tight-knit and historic Italian community.
You'll hear many languages spoken on the streets here -- including Indonesian, Khmer, Spanish, Tagalog and various Italian dialects. And English of course.
All of that is what make South Philadelphia great!
Parking here is on-street and free, with no time limit and no permit needed. Unlike many neighborhoods in Philadelphia, you can almost always find a space right on the block. Sometimes you have to look around the corner.
To go downtown (we call it Center City) it's just five minutes walk to the subway (Broad St line, Tasker-Morris stop). Or take the #2 bus, which goes up 16th St and comes back down 17th; both stops are less than a block from the house.
It's a 15-minute walk to Pat's Steaks, 20 to the 9th St "Italian Market" -- don't miss it! -- and 30 minutes to City Hall at the center of downtown.
Temple University is 20-25 minutes away by subway (door to door), Penn and Drexel are 25-35 minutes, and the sports complex (Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, 76ers) is 20 minutes.
A bicycle may be available, check with me if interested.
Other Things to Note
Please note that there are four steps up to the front door and that the bedrooms and the main bathroom are up one flight of stairs. The laundry and the secondary bathroom are down one flight of stairs.
Pricing and Booking:
• When to book: You can book far in advance for stays over a month, but usually not more than 2-3 weeks in advance for a 1-2 day stay, or 6-8 weeks in advance for a 1 week stay.
• I will try to accommodate last-minute guests but usually I need at least one day's notice.
• I will reduce the extra fee for additional guests for stays over a week (this is not shown in the automatic calculation!)
• In number of guests, *every* person counts, of any age from 0 up.
• You must be verified to book. Please look under Edit Profile / Verification. Also fill out your profile fully, especially if you have no recommendations yet.
• Please let me know your expected arrival and departure times, if possible. Early check-in and late check-out must be arranged beforehand.
Smoking outside only (the patio is partially sheltered).
Please keep noise down, especially late at night. You can have visitors of course, but no parties. And of course, no illegal activities.
Details about use of the house are in the manual which you will be able to access after you book.
If you have any questions or problems, or find anything missing or broken (or you break something!), just let me know right away so I can solve the problem.
Rich was not available during our stay but we got to meet Sean. Sean was great! He gave us a mini tour and told us what is good around the area and sent us a text or two in regards to Philly attractions. I would highly suggest Uber if you want to get around the city and have lots of people but if not public transit is very accessible. The area and house really makes you feel at home. We enjoyed our stay.
Rich was on top of everything, even though he was out of the country. His friend Sean took care of everything. We felt very at home.
The neighborhood was cute and we had no problem finding great places to eat once Sean gave us the low down.
If we'd been smarter, we would never have brought our car downtown. Parking in the Independence Mall is very expensive! But neither of us felt up to learning the subway system.
The air conditioning in the town house was great, so even though we are northerners, we didn't suffer from the humid Philadelphia heat.
In fact everything in the place was so wonderful. You'd be lucky to be the next one to visit this place. We were so pleased.
The house was a great place to stay if you're looking for a break from the city. Rich and Sean were in touch frequently to make sure everything was going OK. Towels, blankets, even coffee was provided.
Quartier multiethnique , rues très étroites et logis accolés les uns sur les autres . Nous avons pu effectivement trouver un stationnement sur la rue de l'appartement, à 3 portes de notre adresse. C'était l'été...je ne sais pas comment cela va en hiver s'il y a de la neige et du déneigement!!!
Rich made us feel very welcome, his home and all accommodations are described accurately. We were already familiar with the neighborhood and enjoyed our time there. Overall it was a very positive experience and would stay here again.
We stayed for a long weekend to explore Philadelphia before attending a conference in New Jersey.
We had a great stay! The house is nicely remodeled & updated and was very quiet; yet it also maintained a lot of the character that houses of its era had, which made for a unique & memorable stay.
Parking was readily available during the day, and we had pretty good luck finding parking within the block during the evenings. The parking was free, which is a major perk since everyplace else that we traveled to in Philly was more than we were used to back home.
Most of the high points in downtown Philadelphia are a 15-minute trip or less by car, which was really nice.
I lived in Rich’s place for three months while I was on a stay abroad. I stayed with my girlfriend and we really enjoyed our time in Philly. The house is placed close to the subway, meaning that living in South Philly is no problem if you also want to explore the rest of what Philadelphia has to offer. East Passyunk, which has a great up-coming neighbourhood with all of its cafés, bars restaurants, shops is just a few blocks away. Just a bit farther away, but still in walking distance, is the famous Italian Market, where you can get your produce cheap. Rich has made sure to make maps and instruction about most things worth your attention. He was an excellent host, just our first day there Rich invited us out for drinks with some friends making us feel very welcome (and we even got a TV and bed upgrade while staying there). While being in Philadelphia this place really got to feel like our home and bigger compliment can’t be given!
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About the Host, Rich
I'm a filmmaker and consultant who travels a lot, but Philadelphia is my home base. I've lived in and visited many different places in the US and abroad and hosted travelers many, many times. Good experiences, as host or guest, start with good communications and end with expectations that are fully met.
As a host, I try to make sure that my place offers everything that I've wished for as a traveler -- both the basics and the details. I hope it contributes to your enjoyment of your visit to Philadelphia.