About this listing
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
• 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
• Vintage eat-in kitchen stocked with cookware, dishes, condiments etc.
• 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. I won't be there. 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), condiments and the like.
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'll provide a neighborhood map showing transit, groceries, my favorite restaurants and other local points of interest. Within five minutes walk you'll find the post office, Circles Thai restaurant, the South Philly Tap Room and Ultimo Coffee, several small groceries and other local businesses.
On the other side of Broad St, about 10 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 us know your expected arrival and departure times. Early check-in and late check-out may be possible if pre-arranged.
Shoes off inside the house, if possible, is much appreciated!
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 welcome guide, 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.
From Jan 4 - Jun 15, 2016 the minimum stay is 29 nights.
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.