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6 Guests
3 Bedrooms
4 Beds

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Warm, welcoming and unique. In the heart of Philly's vibrant, enterprising, leafy, engaged Mt. Airy neighborhood. A design magazine called us "Funky charming". The 2,000 sq ft home formerly belonged to an art professor, then a design professional

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Enter the home in a foyer with the Mission sideboard at left, and then up the stairs to a gracious landing.

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The Space
Property type: House
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4


Extra people: $15 / night after 5 guests
Cleaning Fee: $30
Security Deposit: $120
Weekly Price: $1190 /week
Monthly Price: $4000 /month
Cancellation: Moderate


House Rules

Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

The sight lines are lovely throughout the home. Dining rm table was built by artist Jimmie Leuders.

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From Philadelphia, PA · June 2015

From Saratoga Springs, NY · June 2015

From Adamant, VT · June 2015
Response from Serena:

Tonight, several days after Cindy left, it's uncharacteristically 55 degrees. When Cindy arrived, it was suddenly uncharacteristically hot -- but still, i managed to install 3 of the 4 A.C.s we use for windows. Both bedrooms and the study.
The largest A.C. is for the living room ...it blocks the lovely view somewhat, and reading that the temp would soon drop, drop, i'm glad we've postponed the installation tho sorry about Cindy's discomfort. If she had mentioned it, i would have brought in the handyman to install that too.

COUCHES: The matching set of couches was hand-built by artist Jimmie Leuders. In years when we allowed occasional pets (no longer), someone's cat damaged a swath of fabric at one end. It can't be patched and two couches are a set, so i cover it with a throw.

TERRACE: Yes, we will replace the upholstery on two of the 25 pieces of furniture on the terrace. The photo on AirBNB shows a small corner of the terrace when the wisteria is in bloom. That occurs in early May, folks.

KITCHEN: Too many issues to respond to here -- obviously these are not common complaints if you read guest comments.
We are steps to a fabulously stocked food co-op (open 7 days a week, 8 to 8 pm) and to a cafe that roasts its own coffee, open 7 am. Anyone who reads this is welcome to ask about particulars.

June 2015

From Philadelphia, PA · May 2015
Response from Serena:

Daniel was traveling with three other college students. I wonder if his expectation about leaving dirty dishes was shaped by college dorm life.

When i came by for a brief final walk thru, one of the students called from another room--the kitchen--to ask if she should wash her dishes from breakfast. She recognized that it was a viable question. I replied that usually AirBNB guests do so, thanks.

(On occasion, with other guests who were late to catch a plane or a bit overwhelmed with a baby in tow, I've helped tackle the dishes myself when i arrived.

But basically, yes, AirBNB guests are welcome to use the kitchen freely and clean up afterwards.

As to the $15 -- Daniel asked for a one-night reservation. During our busy season, we tend to have a three-night minimum -- it helps make up for winter doldrums and more specifically amortizes the $30 cleaning fee which doesn't nearly cover real costs for a 2,000 sq ft home + a huge furnished, landscaped terrace.

And as there are exceptions to asking for the three-night minimum or for the surcharge -- but too detailed to mention in the general AirBNB narrative -- this is handled in communication with certain guests prior to a reservation being confirmed.

I'm glad that Daniel found the place lovely, Mt Airy lush and green and Philadelphia so special. Is there a nickel-and-dimer in this story? it isn't me.

May 2015

From State College, PA · May 2015

April 2015

From Recife, Brazil · April 2015

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About the Host, Serena

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Member since December 2011
Response rate: 100% (past 30 days)
Response time: within a few hours


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