Huge mansion apt.--locale! comfy!

House - Entire home/apt · W Mt Airy Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119, United States
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JULY just opened up here -- guests with six week rental were able to leave early for their renovated home.

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. Fifty 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...

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.
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[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].
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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....). 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 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.

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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Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: $25 / night after 4 guests
Weekly Price: $1100 /week
Monthly Price: $3600 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $30
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  • Lovely apartment, with stunning architectural details. Very comfortable overall. For two couples of a certain age the entrance directly into the 2nd bedroom was a little odd, and it would have been nice to have had a second bathroom. Kitchen well stocked and equipped, and Serena was friendly, welcoming and full of useful information. On our second night the noise from the new tenants upstairs was a little bothersome. The Weaver's Way coop, however, was wonderful, and we'd also like to recommend Bacio, an excellent Italian restaurant a few blocks away.

    June 2014
  • Serena's Huge mansion apt was amazing experience. you can go through all the reviews and know you'll be taking care of, and that is exactly what happen. from the pre-check in to the post-check out, Serena made sure we had all what we need and that we had a pleasant stay at the mansion apt.

    this was our first historical mansion experience and was not really sure about it. we ended up extending our stay one more week. you will have all the space you'll need and more, all the character you are looking for ... and more ..

    the location can't be better, walking distance to all what you need. make sure don't miss Serena's introduction walk around the area.

    for those who have kids, Serena had toys ready for my kids and gave them more toys when we went to visit her place. don't worry about backing toys.

    defiantly recommending this to friends and family.

    June 2014
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    Response from Serena:

    Please tell your children that I miss them too. Which is true.

    June 2014
  • We loved out stay in Serena's apartment. The Georgian Mansion is beautiful and very well located near Weaver's way coop, a coffee shop and a great kid's store. The apartment itself is large and comfortable. We cooked and used the bbq which worked great.
    Serena is a great host, very accommodating, easy to communicate with and could not have been kinder to my parents or our 11 month old daughter. We will definitely consider staying in the apartment again next time we go to Philly.

    May 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay in Serena's charming, historic mansion apartment. Serena was a warm and accommodating host - when we had some noise issues with the upstairs tenants the first night, she was quick to take care of the problem and make sure the rest of our stay was (website hidden) Airy is really cute with a fantastic food coop just down the street, a nice cafe, and other little stores. Chestnut Hill, which is a quick drive away, is super charming with a nice stretch of cute boutiques and good restaurants.
    We spent three nights here with two little kids and found plenty of fun things to do in nearby neighborhoods, downtown Philly, and even on site. Serena's house is full of fun toys and our kids loved exploring the apartment. Definitely recommend the city, Mount Airy, and a stay with Serena!

    April 2014
  • Great place to stay. Even better if you visit during warmer weather.

    March 2014
  • Serena was a fantastic host; Very kind and generous! We had a lovely time staying in the mansion and really enjoyed Mt. Airy! It was just the quite weekend get away we were looking for.

    February 2014
  • We had a great time. The house is amazing- so much character. Enjoyed the neighborhood so much that we never went into downtown Philly. Great shops, restaurant, and food coop. Looking forward to coming back in nicer weather to get a chance to walk around the neighborhood more and check out the park.

    February 2014
  • I was in town with family and friends for the Philadelphia marathon. We had a wonderful stay. Serena was a gracious and readily available host. Our party was traveling with a baby and Serena provided a pack and play and she offered a stroller as well. The house was lovely and the neighborhood was fantastic. We had everything we needed for a wonderful weekend.

    November 2013
  • Serena was a great host! She was a wealth of knowledge on the local area and quite helpful throughout the process. Communications were quick and effective. The property was beautiful and well furnished.

    July 2013
  • Nous avons été reçu par Pam la sœur de Serena avec beaucoup de chaleur et de bienveillance. Elle a été toujours disponible et prête à nous faire découvrir son quartier et nous donner des conseils pertinents pour la visite de la ville.
    La maison est située dans un quartier extraordinaire, un sorte de petit village, avec un esprit artistique et communautaire marqué. La maison date du début du XXème siècle et possède un charme fou, ce qui fait que l'on s'y sent bien immédiatement.
    Nous étions 5 et c'était très facile à vivre même avec une seule salle de bain. A notre arrivée tout était en ordre et propre.
    L'accès au train pour se rendre dans Philadelphie est très proche (10 min) il faut juste prendre le temps de consulter les horaires pour éviter d'attendre à la station.
    Bien que nous ne soyons restés que deux nuits, ce fût une bonne location et une très belle rencontre.
    We have been welcomed by Serena's sister, Pam, with warm and kindness. She has always been available and ready to make us discover the area and to give Wise advices for the visits in Philadelphia.
    The house is located in a wonderful district, kind of little village,with an artistic and communautary spirit. The house was built in the beginning of 20th century, with a lot of charm, that makes you feel comfortable immediatly.
    We were 5 people and it was very easy to live in even with a single bathroom. Everything was in order and clean when we arrived.
    The train station is near, just check the schedules in order to not wait too long in the station.
    Although we stayed only 2 nights, it was a good stay and a wonderful meeting.

    July 2013
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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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