Glass tiles by Karen Sepanski on the stairs up to the bedrooms on the second floor.The room you'll be staying in has a queen bed and a full bath.
Historic Corktown JMH - Water Suite
Hosted by Cary
Cary is the host.Cary is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 private baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 private baths
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Private room with a queen bed & a private full bathroom. Shared kitchen, dining room, living room, & back yard. Cary & JeanMarie also live at the JMH & may have up to 2 more rooms rented.

The space

The John Mason House is Detroit's oldest brick residence in Detroit's oldest neighborhood, Corktown. Named after the brewer who commissioned the house in 1852, the JMH sits just off of Michigan Avenue eight blocks from the center of downtown Detroit.

The house itself has gone through many uses in its long life, and now currently serves as my residence and occasionally an ambassador to people visiting this great city, whether they are just coming from the suburbs or from much further afield.

Previously the house served as full time bed and breakfast, so each bedroom contains a unique theme (which I didn't change) as well as its own private bathroom. This listing is for the Water Room, which is decorated with a slight nautical theme, is furnished with a queen bed and has a white marble bathroom with jacuzzi tub. It is on the second floor of the house and has three windows with southern exposure.

The rest of the house besides the bedrooms is available for all guests to utilize. There is a sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace, a dining area and a kitchen with an 8 burner viking range. The JMH also has a large, fenced back yard perfect for relaxing in during the warmer months. In addition to me, my girlfriend JeanMarie lives here and this summer her sister is living in the attic bedroom. We also have a dog named Abby - she is a 2 1/2 year old brindle pit mix who was rescued from Detroit. She is a total sweetheart & ruled by her stomach but she will sometimes bark when you come in when we're not there. There are treats by the door.

The Corktown neighborhood itself has a lot to offer for visitors to Detroit. Located just eight blocks from the center of the city, it is very convenient for every Detroit activity. We are approximately one mile from the Foxtown entertainment district, Comerica Park, Ford Field, Hart Plaza and the Riverfront and just a little bit more to the Renassance Center and the historic Eastern Market. As well, cultural landmarks such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Museum and the Heidelberg Project are all within three miles.

For local food and drink, very close to the house is PJ's Lager House bar, which is well known for its live music offerings, & the Detroit Bagel Institute. Also nearby is Nemo's bar and grill, which is Detroit's best sports bar. Located a little further away are Slow's BBQ, Mudgie's Deli, Le Petit Zinc bar, Sugar House bar, Onassis Coney Island and many others. For those who like to cook in house the Honey Bee Market is just down the street, and of course the Eastern Market is easily accessible on Tuesday nights and all day Saturday.

As for the little details, there is wireless internet, but no cable television. The washer and dryer are available for use if necessary, and linens, towels and basic toiletries will be provided. Street parking is also available.

Guest access

We will greet you to give you a tour of the house, show you your room, & give you a set of keys. Check out is as simple as leaving the keys, as the door will lock behind you.

Other things to note

When there aren't guests in the water room, Abby uses it for naps and JeanMarie as an office & closet.

Buzzer/wireless intercom

Cleaning Fee $10
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

No smoking inside.
Please leave your shoes at the front door.

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Dog(s) live in the house


2 nights minimum stay

53 Reviews

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Joel User Profile
May 2017
Everything about the John Mason House is excellent! Great location near everything, right off Michigan Avenue. Our room was nice and private, though it also had great windows and good light. Clean, reasonably priced, and our hosts were enthusiastic and friendly. Couldn't ask for a better experience!

Violeta User Profile
May 2017
This location is in a great part of the city - not too far from downtown, close to Mexicantown, and equidistant from the city's east and westside.

Jeff User Profile
March 2017
Fun house with lots of character, and Cary is a very welcoming host.

Bradlee User Profile
February 2017

Micah User Profile
February 2017
This is a very sweet private room with a soaking tub in a private bath in a beautiful and very old house. Corktown has a lot of food and drinks, but I recommend having a car to explore the rest of Detroit. Cary and Jean-Marie are easy-going, but accommodating hosts.

Andrea User Profile
October 2016
Cary and JeanMarie were excellent hosts and their place is in a perfect location and is adorable!

Jada User Profile
October 2016
Good people, great location, beautiful room, easy parking. Cary was super helpful in helping me meet people and navigate Detroit and there's tons of great stuff in walking distance of the apartment. Downtown is a short, cheap Uber ride away. Note that the room and bath is private, like a hotel, but the rest of the house is where Cary and Jeanmarie live, so be prepared for that. I loved it. Would definitely come back.

Detroit, Michigan, United StatesJoined in September 2011
Cary User ProfileCary is a superhost.

Hello everyone, I'm Cary. Hopefully you'll find staying with me in Detroit as great as I find sharing my house and this great city with friends and travelers who spend time here. My own personal style of traveling is looking for the little gems on the beaten path - I do love the famous sights, but at the same time I like to find the places where the locals hang out.

Languages: English, Français

About the home

When you stay in an Airbnb, you’re staying in someone’s home.

This is Cary’s place.
JeanMarie helps host.

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