Detroit ♥s U Guest Home: Fire Room

House - Private room · Hazelwood St, Detroit, MI 48202, United States

Welcome to the Detroit Loves You Guest Home
Where YOUR VISIT Helps Transform & Uplift Detroit

pet~poly~lgbtq~family~elder~herb~eco~YOU friendly

Enjoy this spacious living room centrally located near Woodward Ave, Detroit's main & central street!

The Space

FIRE ROOM - sleeps 2-6+
This large 1st floor living room features board games, a record player, decorative/non-burning fireplace, logs to write or draw on using provided wood burning pen
Beds: Big modular U-shaped couch sleeps 2, 2 couches sleep 2, & floor space for ~3
Privacy: Heavy curtain to 1st floor hall
Accessibility: Porch steps

* CHECK-IN: I will greet you personally, whenever possible, usually weekdays until ~5pm/17:00 (the hours I work at the Guest Home most days), weekends by appointment.
* PARKING: Ample free & safe parking in front. It's also possible to park behind the house.
* CAR RENTAL / RIDES: Please inquire. $5/hr, 2003 Ford Focus hatchback. Usually available most days until about 5pm/17:00. Rides each way: DTW airport $40; Amtrak / Greyhound / MegaBus station $10.
* CHECK-OUT: Pending new guest arrivals, checking out any time is OK; please let me know your preferred check out time.
* Privacy: only myself, the weekly housekeeper, and guests may access guest rooms
* Inquire about left/locked luggage service

A stay at the Detroit Loves You Guest Home means you *become* part of the positive transformation that Detroit is experiencing. 10% of proceeds are donated directly to our Block Club and the nonprofit Community Development Corporation to benefit the Virginia Park Neighborhood. Additional funds employ Detroit resident, Linda, who partnered with the Guest Home in 2012. Remaining proceeds are invested in improving the Guest Home property, beautifying the neighborhood and benefiting future guests. Every bright spot makes a huge difference in Detroit's struggling neighborhoods. THAT'S why Detroit loves you!

Then there's what brings YOU to Detroit - let me know how can I help! I'm excited to welcome you and learn about what you care to share. Feel free to contact me any time with questions about the rooms, house, neighborhood, or city.

Be well,
-Nathan, Your Detroit Ambassador

* Made in 1910, the Detroit Loves You Guest Home is much like her city: built to last. She's been undergoing a makeover since 2010, mirroring Detroit's gradual progress.
* Helpful notes about the home's quirks are posted in all rooms. Please read these as you encounter them.
* Rest assured the Guest Home is perfectly safe (monitored alarm, security doors & cameras, window guards)

(Inquire about reserving individually)

AIR ROOM - sleeps 2-7+
$60/night, $300/week, $600/month
This spacious 3rd floor smartly finished modern attic bedroom features A/C, hammock, and pillow closet
Beds: 2 double futons sleep 4, hammock for 1 & floor space for ~4
Privacy: Private door and soundproof stairs from 2nd floor hall
Accessibility: Porch steps, inside stairs & private stairs / must bend down to enter room

WATER ROOM - sleeps 2-4+
$80/night, $400/week, $800/month
This big comfortable 2nd floor bedroom features a walk-in closet, futon bed/couch, writing bench & chair, bookshelf
Beds: Queen memory foam bed sleeps 2, full futon sleeps 2
Privacy: Electronically lockable door to 2nd floor hall
Accessibility: Porch steps & inside stairs

Guest Access

* Clean bedding & towels provided
* Keys & alarm instructions upon arrival
* Super fast wireless Internet - 10/1Mbps down/up. Network & password posted in guest rooms
* Bathroom - 2nd floor, cleaned professionally weekly, well maintained, shared
* Food - Help yourself to all unmarked foods in kitchen! (typically: staples, baking ingredients, spices, canned food, coffee/tea, etc. - enough to greatly assist self-catering)
* Appliances - Gas stove/oven, microwave, toaster oven, blender, water boiler, percolator, French press, coffee grinder, hookah (BYO shisha & coals)
* Laundry - Washer & dryer in basement
*Ask for access to the outdoor pool & Jacuzzi (late May to early September) and indoor gym & dry sauna (year-round) in a loft building east of Downtown [$50 deposit for key fob (replacement cost if lost) / car required to enter]
* Guests have access to all guest rooms and public areas of the house: kitchen, dining room, basement laundry, etc. - all except my basement office and Gregg's under construction 2nd floor bedroom

Interaction with Guests

I work from my office in the basement most days ~9am to ~5pm, and can be available for guests as needed. The Guest Home caretaker, Gregg Brazel, sleeps in the unfinished 2nd floor bedroom about half the time and is usually busy with work when at the house, but can also be available to assist guests. Gregg is moving to Detroit from Chicago to design and build shipping ecological container structures and has been constructing Guest Home improvements since April 2013.

The Neighborhood

Virginia Park is an old, authentic Detroit neighborhood; a quiet bedroom community named after the historic street 6 blocks south. If you are not used to urban living, its typically Detroit issues with abandonment and upkeep may appear off-putting. But the neighbors are very friendly, well used to the Guest Home, and happy to meet visitors. I encourage you to say hello to anyone on the street. That's the Detroit way!

* Peaches & Greens, 8838 3rd St - Fresh produce grocery 2 houses away owned by the amazing CDC (Community Development Corporation), featuring vegetables grown in the community garden across the street!
* Cafe Sonshine [sic], 8902 2nd Ave (1 block), CDC's hidden gem salt-free soul food restaurant 1 block away. The best place for authentic Detroit cuisine!
* King Cole Foods, 40 Clairmount St (3 blocks), Full grocery store, no alcohol
* Sam's Market, 760 Hazelwood St (across the street), Alcohol/snacks. Owned & operated by very friendly couple Rob & Gene, who moved to Detroit from Iraq in the '80s.

Getting around

The Guest Home is right in the heart of Detroit, just 4mi/6.5km to downtown along our main central road, Woodward Ave (first paved road in the US!), and under 2mi/3km to Wayne State University.
* Local Bus: Catch downtown/suburb-bound buses (#53) 24/7 on Woodward Ave less than 2 blocks away, connect to major routes at the Rosa Parks and State Fair Transit Centers. Fare: $1.50 adult ($0.25 transfer/senior/disabled), Free for up to 3 children under 44" with adult. Pass: $14 5-day, $14.40 1wk, $27.50 2wks, $47 1mo ($17 senior/disabled, $49.50 regional 1mo)
* Bus Stations: Mega Bus station @Rosa Parks Transit Center, 1310 Cass Ave (Downtown) also stops at Wayne State University on the Cass Ave side of the WSU Barnes & Noble @82 Warren Ave W (Midtown). Greyhound station @1001 Howard St (Downtown)
* Taxi: $2.50 +$1.60/mi. ~$10/10mins to Downtown Detroit, ~$35-45/20mins to DTW airport
* Car: 1 block to M-10/Lodge Frwy, connects to I-75, I-94, I-275, M-14, M-59 & I-96/696 in minutes
* Train - Amtrak station, 11 W Baltimore Ave (New Center, 9 blocks). 1-way fare/time: $6/20m Dearborn/The Henry Ford, $10/25m Royal Oak, $11/30m Birmingham, $12/1h Pontiac, $12-17/1h Ann Arbor, Toledo $15/1h, $18/1.5h Jackson, $24/2.5h Battle Creek, $27/3h Kalamazoo, $34/4h East Lansing, $51/7h Saginaw, $53/5h Flint, $58-72/2.5h Cleveland, $57-78/5.5h Chicago, $61/4h Grand Rapids, $61/6.5h Port Huron
* Airplane - DTW airport in Romulus 32km/20mi west of Detroit

Other Things to Note

History to hipsters, Motown to mashups, "ruin porn" to DIY culture, urban gardens and some of the friendliest people you'll meet outside of Polynesia – Detroit holds so much for you to discover! Just let me know what you're interested in and I'll give you recommendations for eating out, bars, clubs, art, nature, biking, Urban Exploration (UrbEx), insider events & more. Detroit is a city of contrasts. Its reality is sometimes stark, often artistic, and always expressed from the Heart. Come experience Detroit from the inside. Whether here for a day or the season, you'll soon feel the Detroit Love that drives us.

A Word About Safety...
People routinely confuse poverty with danger. Detroit's violent reputation is long outdated. It's as (un)safe for visitors as any other big US city, and like most it looks worse than it is. Downtown is incredibly clean & secure - more so than many of our flashy suburbs! I simply advise guests to exhibit street smarts (look & walk confidently, be aware of your environment, avoid unpopulated areas, use the buddy system, etc.) and remove or hide GPSs, chargers and other valuables in cars. Touch wood, neither myself nor any of hundreds of guests or their vehicles as ever had any issue with crime in my neighborhood.

Please familiarize yourself with Airbnb's Moderate Cancellation Policy. In the event you need to cancel your reservation such that the policy doesn't allow for a full refund, I will credit you for the unrefunded amount toward a future stay. This credit is fully transferable (gift or sale) to anyone else - just let me know if you transfer it so I can update my records. Cancellation for any reason is subject to the above policies, including not seeing past Detroit's off-putting surface.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $200 /week
Monthly Price: $400 /month
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Wow, was only meant to stay 1 week but was so cool i stayed for 2!! Nathan, Gregg and Elsa made me feel very welcome and there is a really nice relaxed vibe in the house. The room was perfect, spacious and bright and the added bonus of a record player which for a vinyl hunter like myself was great. Most nights we would cook dinner (Let Gregg cook as he is fantastic in the kitchen) and there were plenty of things for guests to use in the kitchen. Detroit is a fantastic city despite the bad press it gets. There are a lot of people who are very committed to the city and everyone was friendly, refreshing to be in a city where people give you a hello or a smile! I would definitely recommend staying here, i will be back at some point, you won't regret it. For vinyl hunters i recommend Record Graveyard and Detroit Threads in Hamtramck. Go visit the Fisher and Guardian buildings, the interiors are incredible. For the Art lover the Detroit Institute of Arts has works by Van Gogh, Picasso and others, a bonus of the DIA is that there is a guide on how to identify famous artists works. For food, visit the Eastern Market on a Saturday for cheap fresh local produce or Peaches and Greens. I had only positive experiences in Detroit and look forward to seeing Nathan, Gregg and Elsa again!

    March 2014
  • My friends and I stayed for a weekend and we loved it! It feels so much like a home. We stayed in the fire room.
    We were on a tight architecture studio schedule so we didn't get to meet Nathan but he was always available through phone if we had any questions and was very open to help. I would strongly recommend the guest house and if/whenever I go back to Detroit I will stay there again

    February 2014
  • Staying at Nathan's was great. It was very comfortable and homey. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Detroit.

    February 2014
  • Staying with Nathan is such a good idea and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a bit more from Detroit than a simple place to sleep. Nathan is from Detroit, knows everything about it and will be happy to share all sorts of advice with you. He gave us plenty of recommendations and there are also books and two huge files in the house with all sorts of documents about Detroit. I could tell that making people happy with their experience of Detroit was Nathan's priority and it meant a lot to me and Anne. The house itself is functionnal and friendly and allows for privacy, yet encourages the various guests who may be staying at the same time to interract. We bonded with the other guests who gave us a hand when we had an infortunate incident with our car. Speaking of which, wherever you stay in Detroit I do recommend renting a car if you can and make sure you are getting insurance too.

    Thank you Nathan for everything, I would definitely come back to your place if I am ever in Detroit again.

    January 2014
  • The Detroit ♥s U Guest Home is a true landmark for Detroit. Nathan has created a beautiful home with amazing character and energy. You've got to be there to feel it! This was my first air bnb experience and it was one that I will never forget (thanks to Nathan and his house). The Fire room is a lot of fun and incredibly relaxing, lots of fun and interesting stuff to do inside as well. I highly recommend this house/room to any group of 2-3 people.

    November 2013
  • Nathan and Greg were great hosts. We stayed in the fire room which was absolutely lovely. Perfectly decorated. Greg gave us some great hints and tips of what to do in detroit. rhey obvioudly love the city and so do we! Highly recommend.

    October 2013
  • I couldn't have dreamed of a better way to visit Detroit for the first time!
    The entire house was beautiful and I loved the surrounding neighborhood. Nathan provided me with every information and help I needed and he was just so friendly and hospitable.
    I could not recommend Nathan enough as a host, and I will most definitely be staying with him again if ever in town!
    And I have to add: I love Detroit and its amazingly friendly people! Don't believe the hype!

    October 2013
  • Nathan was awesome! The house was beautiful and the semi permanent residents were super nice and tons of fun to hang out with. The location at first seemed to be a little sketchy but after a day and a half we knew all the neighbors by name and it turned out to be super conveniently located to shops and food. Be sure to check out Sonshine Cafe, they were familiar with Nathan and the house and gave us plenty of advice on places to go and things to see, plus the food was amaze balls. So I suppose it would be safe to say that I would ABSOLUTELY recommend staying at the Detroit Loves You Guest House if you're looking to have a fun laid back stay in Detroit!

    September 2013
  • Detroit turned out to be heaven. That is what we experienced. We loved the guesthouse. It was the perfect base to explore the city. We rented bikes which was a lot better then public transportation. The neighborhood was very nice. We only met friendly and open persons.
    Nathan was a great host. He even picked us up from the bus station. You will find everything you need! Even a collection of flyers about Detroit.
    We stayed three days in the fire room. It doesn't have a door so you won't have full privacy.
    We were very lucky with the other persons in the house. It was a great atmosphere.
    We highly recommend staying at Nathan's guesthouse.

    September 2013
  • I stayed in the Fire Room, because of the rate, and I didn't mind sleeping on a couch. Even though the temperatures got into the 90's during the day, the house (without ac) stayed cool. I could have stayed in a hotel room watching TV, but this forced me to interact with people, and I got to see a real neighborhood. There are boarded-up abandoned houses and apartment buildings, and empty lots on this street, but the neighbors on the block are all friendly, especially the next-door neighbors, Crystal and Dennis. I took the bus a lot - you can order a pass online - and it wasn't too much different than Chicago - if you don't have to be anywhere at a specific time. The bus gets jammed with people, but I found them all helpful and polite. Be sure to flag down the bus, or it may pass you by! Next time I will think about renting a car. There is an Enterprise nearby. This is a very interesting neighborhood, with Peaches and Greens for produce around the corner, and Sonshine Cafe, at the end of the block - highly recommend the catfish and sweet potato pie (and macaroni and cheese.) At night, you can see the Fisher Building lit up, from an upstairs window. To the north a couple of blocks, is the Boston-Edison Historic District, with an old Henry Ford home (thank you, Gregg) and to the south, is the New Center Historic District. Both have large well-kept homes that all look inhabited. I grew up in Detroit, and haven't been back in many years, so this visit was very enlightening. Detroit is not as scary as you hear. There are some very sad things here, but there are a lot of good things happening, too. The infrastructure is old and public service is inadequate - while I was there, the traffic lights downtown stopped working, and the People Mover wasn't running. Check out Eastern Market and Heidelberg Project. Nathan recommended D:hive for info. Nathan is an excellent host, very welcoming, with lots of helpful information. On Wednesday nights, he hosts a group dinner. I got to practice my French with some of the other guests. Overall great experience.

    September 2013
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School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Self employed (innkeeper, writer/publisher, consultant)
I was made in Detroit, then lived all around southeast Michigan (between world travels) not calling the city itself my home until 2004. Around that time I began hosting travelers on my couches. I felt blessed to experience Detroit and Detroiters through their eyes and learn about their experiences here and back home. My passion for hosting grew over the years until I bought my Virginia Park neighborhood house and opened the Detroit Loves You Guest Home in 2010 - the first AirBnB in Detroit! Much more than a personal business, the Guest Home directly supports the Virginia Park neighborhood, Hazelwood Block Club, and Community Development Corporation with 10% of your reservation's proceeds. *That's* why Detroit loves you!
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