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 Fire Room, which is painted a deep red, is furnished with a queen bed and has a sable stone bathroom with jacuzzi tub. It is on the second floor of the house and has windows with northern, western and 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 is a frequent visitor (and she may check you in), and for this spring we have a visiting French journalist, Nastasia, living in the top 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 very sweet.
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 Renaissance 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. 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 drier are available for use if necessary, and linens, towels and basic toiletries will be provided. Street parking is also available.
Cary's place was a great homebase for our recent stay in Detroit. The house is centrally located in the heart of Corktown and is within walking distance to downtown. He and his girlfriend (Jean Marie) were very accommodating and we look forward to staying again during our next trip to the D.
Cary was so welcoming and gave great advice on local bars and restaurants. Plus, the house is gorgeous!
My boyfriend and I needed last minute accommodations while in town for a concert and Cary was able to make it happen on short notice. JMH is a beautiful house with nice people in it. We met a few of the other housemates briefly. The Fire Suite was spacious and felt very private, complete with its own bathroom. It was our first time in Detroit and the location was great for both sight-seeing and eating/drinking. Unfortunately we weren't there long enough to see much of Cary after the check-in, but we will definitely be back soon!
Our time at Cary's was just amazing. We stayed in the Fire Suite at the JMH for two nights, and it surpassed all expectation. His home is clean, very comfortable,and full of so much character. The backyard is incredible! Lush, cozy, and has a real 'secret garden' feel to it. The room was great- comfortable, spacious, and had all amenities you could want for.
Detroit in general was awesome, and Corktown specifically was a really cool neighbourhood. Great coffee, restaurants, and bars were all easily in walking distance. The neighbourhood felt safe, it's easy to get to other parts of the city from there, and the Detroit locals were so so friendly and helpful.
2 nights were definitely not enough! I cannot wait to come back, and I will definitely be staying at Cary's when I do!
Cary is a fantastic host, incredibly generous and accommodating. As a first timer in Detroit, it was invaluable to get advise on places to go, places not to go, people to see...
I had a fine stay in the Fire Suite. It awards you a great deal of privacy, on a quiet street, a short walk from Downtown and the bars and restaurants of Corktown. The traffic on Michigan is a distant background noise, and won't affect your sleep. At the same time, this is a happy and lively house, and I was always invited along for dinner, drinks or a casual BBQ in the back yard.
I would be very happy to stay with Cary again, and recommend the John Mason House (JMH) to any Detroit visitor.
Great location for sightseeing and eating. Close to historic blocks and the old terminal station. A few blocks from Slows BBQ and Mercury Bar. (Fried Green Tomato BLT was awesome). A car ride or bike ride away from riverfront and museums. Corktown is a great stay for visiting Detroit. I recommend Cary's place for its' location and historic detail.
-we were welcomed by owners relative, she was very kind, easy going and gave us à few very good advice (east market! )
-20 minutes walk downtown easy
-15 minutes walk to restaurants, bars in corktown (dinner at slows!)
-owner was fast responsive when we had à question
We had à great fantastic stay in corktown, Detroit !
Carys house is the perfect place to stay in Detroit. Cary is very welcoming and we even got the chance to meet his friends and to enjoy a BBQ in his beautiful garden. The house is close to downtown area and right at michigan avenue where you can find the mercury burger bar that probably serves the best burgers in the US. We can absolutely recommend staying with Cary.
Great location, try breakfast at the Brooklyn street local across the street and PJ.s Lager house for music and a beer. Loved the back yard, nice quiet street, Would stay there again
I had a wonderful time and stay at Cary's JMH house in the Fire suite. Cary and his girlfriend were so kind and fun. They introduced me to a bunch of very interesting locals and locales. I plan to return to Detroit in the future and I will most definitely stay here again. The room was comfortable and the shower was amazing. The house is spacious and has a wonderful back yard where I spent a considerable amount of time basking in the sun and reading.