About this listing
Welcome to Historically Speaking. We have up to 5 bedrooms available in this turn of the 20th century home. Many of the original features are intact including immaculate marble and granite fireplaces, granite bathroom surrounds, hardwood floors, original plaster reliefs done by master plaster-workers, etc. The home has been well-maintained and is being updated right now!
You will have access to the fully appointed kitchen, use of your choice of 2.5 bathrooms, sit and have a Mojito or cup of coffee on the deck or, if your room is equipped, sit in the sun in one of the attached sun rooms.
This place is located just blocks from JHU, Penn Station (train), steps from shuttles and city public transit, right around the corner from grocery stores etc.
There won't be a host on-site, but I am around to help if needed.
If this room is booked, don't forget to see our other listings. Click on my profile to see them!
Pricing on the website is accurate. Please enter your desired stay for pricing info.
We are very easy-going, but some things just gotta be said so we all have an awesome experience:
No smoking inside. I like cigars and I won't judge you for your 420. Just not inside. dispose of your butts safely.
Additional guests are not permitted without prior arrangement. We have not turned anyone down yet, but we like to know who is coming and going in our house and when. Your guest(s) must sleep in your room unless we agree otherwise in advance.
Price includes reasonable regular general cleaning. You must take care of your own messes including post-cooking cleanup and your bedroom.
No loud music, it carries to the neighboring rooms.
Small Dinner/Cocktail parties are welcome with advanced notice and agreement. We will likely have guests during your stay too.
Please close windows anytime the heat is on and when you are not home. We will provide window AC units for each bedroom. Please do not leave these units on when you are not at home to enjoy them.
You'll need your own groceries. We have provided some staples like rice, lentils etc, but for the most part you're on your own for meals.
Communication is crucial. Tell me what you need or want or what is bothering you. If you're reasonable like me, we'll fix it together and make it awesome!
1. Cleaning up after yourself: With a shared home such as this, it becomes imperative that everyone do their part and not leave messes for others. When you don't wash your dishes, no one else can use them and/or the sink must be emptied before use, etc. Please clean up after yourself at all times, whether opening some mail, making dinner, or just having some coffee. When you do so you are being considerate to all the other guests in the house.
I do it too: forget to clean up right away. It happens. Just come back and get it later.
2. Coasters: Please use coasters or something under your drink on all furniture. See those rings? They'll never come out. Seriously, I've got about 20 coasters. Maybe I've got a coaster problem....
3. Pitch-in: There are a lot of things in the house that get dirty or otherwise need to be done, where it really isn't anyone's responsibility in particular. This can be a dirty table after a group meal, or maybe the trash is full, or the recycling needs to go out. Please take a moment each day and do one thing to help out. If everyone pitches in, the place stays pretty awesome for everyone.
4. Laundry: Try to move your laundry forward in the wash/dry process so that I can do the same quickly. If you leave things in either the wash or dryer, don't be surprised if I move it aside, I would expect the same. It's common courtesy to move it forward and get out of the way.
5. Fridge space: The space in the refrigerator is limited. Please only buy what you need for a short time. Please don't stock up on bulk items or buy a month's worth of food and store it in there etc. Please keep extra beverage bottles out of the fridge and simply replenish what you use as you go. The same goes for the freezer. (Side note, no storage of food in the room please. I get a little peeved finding rotten food under the bed long after a guest has gone. It's gross and I've got plenty of kitchen space :)
Also, just communicate with me. Maybe I don't mind giving you some milk, if you pitch in to buy the next container. This will probably save everyone some money. You may even learn a new recipe, or teach me one.
6. Bathroom: There's a lever for the shower. Please return it to the bath position. Otherwise when the next person comes in, they get cold water on their head when they lean down to turn on the water. Wipe up the sink when you're done. I put some spray in the shower to keep mildew in check. Please spray a bit on the bottom of the curtain after a shower.
Don't turn on the heater (near light switch) and the fan at the same time, and please don't leave the heater on. The element will melt and then there's no heat for anyone. Not to mention the electric bill!
7. Just generally be considerate: Will I have to move your dishes to use the sink? Will I need to wipe up crumbs to have a clean counter to do food prep? Did you just compress the trash in the can instead of taking it out just once? (See #3, I do it most of the time anyway, but help is always appreciated).
Remember that you are living with me, and I am living with you. There isn't a daily housekeeper (you didn't think this was a hotel did you? :)) so remember that no one is picking up your towels or taking out your trash, unless they are being very, very kind.
And as always, just communicate with me. I live here so I've got pretty much anything someone might need and for most things I don't mind sharing. If I'm not being considerate of you, I really want to know!
Hope you enjoy your stay!
Before you leave, I have to ask you to do a few things and plan accordingly based on your travel schedule. I call this my version of the "Campsite Rule."
1. Please clean up the room and take out any trash. You can find cleaning towelettes in the kitchen and/or basement, and the vacuum is normally kept on the 3rd floor.
2. Please wash and dry your bed linens and towels (if provided) and at a minimum, return them to your room.
3. Please throw out any perishable/opened food that you may have left in the fridge or elsewhere.
4. If you are leaving any toiletries behind, please leave them in the bathroom and label them for "free to use by anyone" or something similar so that others know they can use these items if they want.
5. If you were provided a key lock-box combo upon arrival, please return the keys to the same lock-box. If you were not provided a combo, please contact me for instructions on where to leave keys.
Thank you and safe journey!
About the Host, Brett
Creative, business-oriented, quiet, respectful, resourceful. I work hard so I like to take it easy when I get the chance. I work full-time and run my own business, in addition to my other interests such as found art, and hiking.