About this listing
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.
No smoking inside. Please leave shoes at the front door.
We stayed with Cary when came down for Detroit Movement Festival. When we arrived, Cary's girlfriend, Jean Marie met us with the keys and gave us a brief tour of the house. The home has a great personality, and wonderful decor. We were given a shelf in the refrigerator, and had full access to the kitchen, with was a huge plus. Also we had access to a large backyard which had its own unique charm (and a Billboard, which I climbed).
It was 80+ degrees every day in Detroit during our stay, so be warned the room gets a little hot/stuffy (I don't think there is A/C). However, Cary was kind enough to provide us with a large fan which we kept on when we slept - also the attached bathroom is a huge bonus. Not to mention, the bedroom is right next to its own spiral staircase which leads down to the kitchen, so we were able to move about the space pretty comfortably during late hours, without worrying about disturbing anyone.
We slept-in late every day and came home in the wee hours of the morning, so we didn't see much of Cary during our stay, even though he was there for most of the time. Cary was respectful of our sleep, as he was very hospitable when we did interact. He even invited us to join him and his friends for drinks and food out in the backyard.
It was clear that these are friendly and sociable people, who enjoy hosting and entertaining. Not to mention extremely trusting of their guests. We truly did feel like we were right at home.
As a final note... Location! Location! Location! This house is a 20 minute walk from Hart Plaza, and about 10 minutes from City Club, as well as MANY other restaurants and bars (including Slows BBQ). We couldn't have asked for a better spot, or better hosts. The experience was everything we had hoped it would be.
Thank You Cary (and Jean Marie)!
Cary was efficient, friendly, and responsive in our communications. The room was clean, comfortable, and as advertised. As other reviewers have noted, the rest of the house has something of a happy chaotic feel to it, which was fine with us. Once we arrived Cary was very accommodating, even letting us use his bikes so we could join the Detroit Slow Roll (which I recommend to any visitors). Overall, a very nice experience.
We liked the neighborhood a lot, it's close to lots of restaurants and it's safe. Cary, the host, was helpful and hospitable. Highly recommended.
The location was honestly perfect. I relocated to Detroit for work and used Cary's as a home base for about a month and he was very accommodating. The room is fantastic and the private bathroom is AMAZING, I love that 10? foot door. Highly recommend, would stay again if I didn't move in to my own place haha.
Cary had our bedroom and bathroom all prepared for us. It is a lovely private suite with very nice private bath attached. We were disappointed that the rest of the home and kitchen were not as well maintained. If anyone has fear of dogs you may not want to come, as the dog growled like a watchdog each time we came in. No breakfast was served, though an awesome bagel shop right across street.
The location is perfect for an Uber cab or walking 12-15 minutes to Cobo.
Communication was great prior to arrival, check-in was smooth.
The heat in the room wasn't working during our stay, so the room was kind of cold. However the room was really nice, it was spotlessly clean. Bathroom was also nice and clean. Loved the jacuzzi bathtub.
The apartment is conveniently located, it's less than 10 minutes walk away from greyhound, and 15-20 minutes away from Cobo center. There's also buses going to and from Greektown.
Overall great stay. Loved the room and location.
When we arrived Carry greeted us, entering the house we loved the atmosphere and style. We met Abby the pup, and Carry showed us to our lovely room. They were having a barbecue in the garden/patio area. After we got settled in, we came down to visit and met Jean Marie and friends. The garden/backyard area was a beautiful piece of nature, tucked in the middle of downtown Detroit. The house and neighborhood was great! Perfect location... Private but still within walking distance of cafes and bars. We hit the Michigan Ave strip Saturday night and got to explore areas of Detroit we had never been to. The Wine Bar, The Lager House, and we ate breakfast at the Institue of Bagels both mornings we were there. We will definitely stay here again the next time we come to Detroit and will recommend this location to our friends. Thank you so much!
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About the Host, Cary
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.