Dining room table can be expanded with a leaf and moved to center of the Great Room, for parties

Entire home/apt

6 Guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

Entire home/apt

6 Guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

Huge 2,000 sq ft apt within a 10,000 sf 1909 mansion, by walkable Mt Airy Village--"Best Philly neighborhood" says Money magazine. Hi ceilings, oak floors and big windows overlook trees & gardens...romantic or for family/group. Full kitchen, working fireplace. Easy to downtown too.

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $25 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $35
Security Deposit: $150
Weekly Discount: 10%


The space

This home is grand yet relaxed, light-filled and airy. The magnate who built this Greek Revival mansion in 1909 created 10,000 sq ft of grandeur. 50 years later, his heirs converted one wing to their own complete home. Voila! It is the prime wing-- and itself 2,000 sq ft. (that's not a typo!) that is being offered.

ACCESS: Private entrance, great bones and beauteous interior features. Headed downtown? - it's only 18 min. by car or 20 min. by train. (You can walk or park free by the local station, four short blocks away.) Great for CONVENTION CENTER, HISTORIC DISTRICT, main TRAIN STATION and COLLEGES...If you're headed to Center City -- the local train is 4 short blocks away, parking here or there is free. The ride (approx $6) is about 20 minutes. The train stops essentially inside the convention center - you needn't walk outside to enter the show. Or park onsite at the mansion--free and ample.

DETAILS: Vintage decor and devices abound. 11' ceilings in several rooms. Mahogany pocket doors, quarter sawn oak floors, BIG clean windows with deep sills look out on BIG gardens and huge trees. The fireplaces have classic Mercer tiles. The kitchen is so 40s that it's almost a send-up... dishwasher and other appliances are relatively new. A grand piano (yes, you can!). In season, we can often share organic vegetables from of our farmlet.

Grand Room, solarium,kitchen, large portico and furnished terrace, one tiled full bathroom and two fireplaces...

BEDROOMS - 2 or 3, depending what u count

# 1: Queen bed with pillow-top mattress, and two big windows overlooking trees...(room enough to bring in another bed, if needed.). Also two comfy upholstered chairs and an ottomon.

#2: antique 'three-quarter' bed (bigger than a single -- cozy for twosomes if you're not too large), plus a twin bed. Big windows on three walls.

#3 - we often bring in a single bed to the solarium...

This home can work well for up to 5 people, $175/night... if you've a fifth person, ask about additional bed for solarium.
[Or add OPTIONAL contiguous apt: Two addtional bedrooms and 1 addit'l bathrm, sm kitchen, terrace...1,000 sq ft more -- add $110/night + one-time cleaning fee].
FULL KITCHEN is yours -- Enjoy our vintage collection of kitchen wares. Plus French coffee presses and other cookware. Dishwasher, disposal. Kitchen is outfitted

BONES: The windows are broader than daylight and clean as a whistle. The lines of sight in every direction are rewarding. The house is a grand dowager -- though the grand room could use a paint job. Just so's ya know

CHILL: Curl up on the sofas, settee -- they're shabby chic so we don't worry.
Walk the garden and farmlet. Pick the berries in season, The terrace has plenty of comfortable seating and a.BBQ.
. Hang in the hammock in summer and fall..
Come winter, the fireplace can light up the great grand room.

SOME DEFERENCE need be paid :) for the vintage of this home. We lean toward the shabby chic and comfortable -- if you're looking for slicko, not so much.

FRIENDLY for FAMILIES (babies included) ... with a selection of period and new toys, 50s high chair...and various musical instruments for your inner child. Free Pack-n-Play, booster chair, car seat, stroller and cradle usually available. Small playground a block away. Bookstore has best kids' section in the city. Several dance schools and Philadelphia School of Circus Arts are within a mile.

For young parents and doting elders, the Nesting House nearby sells very affordable, very gently used, high quality baby/kids wares...new stuff too. Small playground equip. a short block away. Thurs mornings, for example -- Live music class for 6 month thru 4 yr olds at the Moving Arts studio here, Tues & Thurs mornings.

WALK TO: "Mt Airy Village" -- a vibrant intersection with popular food Weavers Way Co-op, the High Point Cafe (see Oprah's magazine...opens 7 am -- bakery on site), Big Blue Marble Bookstore, the Moving Arts studio, pop up shops, Philadelphia Community Acupuncture ($15-35/session), the Nesting House (baby/toddler bonanza), Springboard studio (meditation, chi gong), Philadelphia (Architectural) Salvage emporium-- And the woods! (Even tho we are definitely part of the city! Fairmount Park is the biggest city park in the U.S....). Commodore Barry Club (Irish Center), Germantown Jewish Center and several churches... Public Transpo too.

Nearby, a range of chef-led cafes and restaurants, varying from Geechee Girl to Mica (1 of 10 best emerging restaurants in the U.S.--per GQ magazine) to Iron Hill Brewery, Valley Green Inn, Heirloom, Tiffin, Mica, Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange, Goat Hollow and more. Within two miles-- charming and walkable Manayunk and Chestnut Hill districts for strolling, dining, shopping+cool consignment shops

ALSO NEARBY: Valley Green is the most famous hiking spot in Fairmount Park -- people come from far away, but it's less than two miles from our place. And yet... we really ARE Philadelphia! Plus public golf course, ice skating, adult classes in samba drum (instruments provided), dance, yoga, capoeira, meditation. You can even fish within a mile!

YOUR STAY. Longer stays welcome, up to four months. We prefer at least three days' reservation, but will consider shorter stays, esp.if mid-week or at the last minute.

LOCATION: On more than an acre in the heart of Mt Airy, Philly's famously treesy, enterprising, vibrant neighborhood. Money Magazine recently deemed Mt Airy "Philadelphia's Best Neighborhood"Easy drive to DC, NY and other expressways.

PARKING: ample and free street parking.

SHORT & SHORTER STAYS: RE: SHORT and SHORTER stays. Esp. during high season and over weekends, we tend to prefer two and three-night minimums. However, if another reservation is already back-to-back or if your request comes in toward the last day or so, we are happy to make exceptions. You are ALWAYS welcome to Inquire. For the shorter stays, kindly INQUIRE rather than REQUEST the reservation. We'll get right back to you...

MORE: We are family friendly, gay-friendly, elder-friendly (grab bar in bathtub/shower)... not so much pet-friendly though. Some accommodation for wheelchairs - please ask for details. A.C. in each bedroom, in season.

SUMMER TIME: Ceiling fans in several rooms -- as effective as they are silent; the house has a terrific micro-climate -- we won't be surprised if you skip the A.C. in the bedrooms!

Smoking, nyet! Please, no concert fans w/ pharmaceutical aspirations. Kindly respect the ecological priorities of our neighborhood. Enjoy!

Please Do NOT DISTURB TENANTS in the building or neighbors, thanks.

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House Rules

You'll immediately feel at home, put your feet up -- and have the run of the place ... in your 'own historic mansion'.
Washer dryer here -- use your own detergent please and leave $2 for every load (honor system). If you're interested in more than 3 people staying, you may want to ask for details on the configuration of sleeping areas.
No smoking. No drugs.
If you use the air conditioning in the bdrms, please turn it -- and lights -- off while you're out...Help us recycle and otherwise be considerate of our planet...
Kindly leave the home in similar condition to what you found when you arrive. No need to make or strip the beds, however, or to wash towels (but leave used towels, hand-towels and washcloths in the bathrm). No need to wash floors, of course... Leave trash and recycling behind the garage bldg. Anticipate a brief walk thru together, when you arrive... and prior to departure.
Please COUNT all towels, hand-towels and washcloths before departure. Not necessary to strip or re-make beds.
Please let us know if you have any special requests or needs, as we are happy to do our very best to help you plan and fully enjoy your stay.



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Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

83 Reviews

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Meixian User Profile
April 2017
The house is an amazing mansion. It was a special experience to stay there. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in experiencing a bit of Chestnut Hill culture. Serena has a wealth of knowledge to share about things to do and see in Chestnut Hill and Philadelphia.

Colleen User Profile
March 2017
Enjoyed my stay very much. There were a few minor issues which Serena took care of, immediately. the home is beautiful and historic and the neighborhood was quiet and safe and also full of beautiful homes. Quick walk to Weavers Way Coop, ( better than Whole Foods) High Point Coffee Shop and only 25 min to Center City. Because of my agenda I wasn't able to take advantage, but Wissahickon Valley Park is right there. Great hiking trails to explore, very picturesque. My family and I had a wonderful stay!

Laetitia User Profile
February 2017
We have had a great time at Serena 's place. Not only that house is amazing, you feel like being at " Gone with the wind", but the area is beautiful and very quiet. The apartment is well furnished with antique furniture and elements. The living room and the office are the most comfortable rooms. The best is that it is not a museum and the kids could play and try everything. The beds were very comfortable. We could have made a fire but the weather was too warm when we were there. We could even have some drinks outside at night. The kitchen is a bit old but match with the whole style of the apartment. We could cook everything we wanted for breakfast and dinners. Serena is a great host and she welcomed us perfectly. She explained us a lot about the area and the house and gave us precious recommendations on what to do around the house and in town. The check in and check out were very easy.

Di User Profile
January 2017
It's a really huge house.

Margie User Profile
January 2017
This was a fun place to stay! We'd recommend it highly,

Susan User Profile
November 2016
Though Serena couldn't meet us at the apartment, her instructions were clear and easy-to-follow. She was amazingly available over e-mail and very attentive.

Elizabeth User Profile
November 2016
A charming apartment full of character - you feel like you stepped back into a different time! The apartment is a perfect mix of coziness and space. The apartment comfortably slept 5 with plenty of space for sitting and chatting in the main living room. The neighborhood is quiet and residential yet close enough to downtown areas for great restaurants and strolling. Serena was a wonderful host who gave us great recommendations for dining and other amenities in the neighborhood.

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Serena User Profile

My first serious post-college job was to help design a large, upbeat exhibition about Philadelphia. I lived in LA then, but 20 years later, bought my own propaganda and moved here. What a great city to visit!--and this neighborhood (Mt Airy) is special. My son loved growing up here as well.
I'm pleased to help you figure out how to best enjoy the city...or leave you to your own plans if you prefer. My past includes 20 years in the museum field which overlapped with six years as a travel magazine editor.
So, yes, assume that i enjoy sharing the particulars. Self-employed since I could tote a little red wagon.
Oh, that's me in photo, at right. My mom's friend Shirley, at left. The 3rd photo -- with the braided bread -- is a sister. i included it inadvertently...but it's so hospitable in a Frida Kahlo way, that i've kept it, to say hello and welcome.

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