Detroit ♥s U Guest Home: Water 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 large bedroom, centrally located near Woodward Ave, Detroit's main & central street!

The Space

WATER ROOM - sleeps 2-4+
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

* 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)

FIRE ROOM - sleeps 2-6+
$40/night, $200/week, $400/month
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

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

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: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $400 /week
Monthly Price: $800 /month
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Beautiful house, very comfortable bed, and extremely accommodating and flexible host, Nathan.

    March 2014
  • The hospitality was fantastic, as Nathan is very helpful and a gracious host. The house is comfortable and has a really fun and eclectic feel, especially loved the hammock in the Air Room, third floor. With six adults and another guest or two, one bathroom was a little limiting, but I understand another is on it's way. I'd stay again.

    March 2014
    Response from Nathan:

    Thanks - great to have you all! Yes, the new double room with walk-through closet opening in 2014, the Love Suite, will include a shower, sink and urinal.

  • Nathan was very gracious and allowed myself, my husband, and our dog to stay at his guesthouse for one night. The room was clean and there were towels and toiletries so there wasn't any need to bring our own. The neighborhood was quiet so we were able to get a solid night of sleep which was important since we were running a half marathon! Unfortunately, Nathan was out of town so we never got to meet but Gregg greeted us when we arrived and explained everything. Hopefully, I'll have an opportunity to return and if I do, I'll definitely stay here again!

    October 2013
  • Staying at Nathan's guesthouse was an absolute pleasure. During my extended stay there I got to meet lots of interesting people who were staying there as well, from the US, Europe, and beyond. Apart from the travelers you meet, staying with Nathan allows you to see the "real" Detroit, for lack of a better term. You won't be stuck out in a generic suburb, nor will you be in the middle of downtown. It's in a residential area that gives you a genuine feel for what the city is like for most of its residents. If you're not used to urban residential areas in cities like Detroit, it will take some adjustment for you, I'd imagine, but it's relatively safe. If you get a chance, talk to Dennis, the "block captain" who lives next door. He's a good guy. Visit Peaches and Greens around the corner and get some fresh veggies and fruit. Or hit up the liquor store on the corner and talk to Robert, the owner. Very interesting to talk to, and very down to earth. And, of course, take some time to talk to Nathan and hear about his story (ask him about Morton's List) and Greg, if he's around. He built the front walk, the steps, and the backyard fence, among other things.

    This is a good place to stay. Fully recommended!

    October 2013
  • Stayed one night for a Tiger's game and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Nathan greeted us and made us feel right at home. The room was clean (no A/C but the ceiling fan was perfect). We enjoyed going downtown and then returning to a quieter neighborhood to sleep. We will definitely stay again when we come back to the D!

    September 2013
  • We stayed with Nathan for two nights to have the experience of the recent urban developments in Detroit. At his place you are really in the middle of it and we had a good stay here.
    Nathan was very informative and as we noticed well known in the neighborhood.
    We had the water room which was good value for the money. We can recommend this place when you really want to experience Detroit.

    August 2013
  • Good location, great communication with Nathan and Gregg. Stayed in the Water room, very comfortable!

    August 2013
  • Great deal-- thanks!

    August 2013
  • The house is exactly as advertised. Its a clean friendly house on a slightly worn down street. Everyone in the neighborhood was very friendly. There is a shop across the street and a soul food restaurant a block away. We didn't bother going out at night because it was more fun to just sit on the porch and talk with the host and other house guests. When we return to Detroit, we will stay here again.

    August 2013
  • Can't argue with the previous comments! As a Detroiter moving back into the area, it was inspiring to see this kind of project working well. I hope more folks follow the example.

    August 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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