About This Listing
This listing is for a full bed in a private room with direct access to a shared en-suite bathroom. Our apartment is newly renovated with luxurious features. It is located in Woodbridge, a safe, tree-lined neighborhood 1.5 miles from downtown.
This listing is for a private room with a full-sized bed, with direct access to a shared en-suite bathroom.
We live in Woodbridge, a historic, quiet and safe neighborhood of Detroit, located just west of Wayne State campus and Midtown, about 2 miles from Downtown. The apartment is minutes from all freeways, and 20 minutes from DTW international airport. There is ample street parking around the house.
Our apartment has two bedrooms (1.5 baths) and is in a converted turn-of-the-century brick building. It has tons of character with oak floors and exposed brick throughout, and is full of light. We completed a top-to-toe renovation in March 2014, so its a modern and luxurious conversion, but with lots of old charm. There is a big east facing deck and a shared backyard. In the link to the 'street view' you can see the building (red brick with yellow and green woodwork) with yard and garages to the back . The apartment is the first floor rear, with direct access to the backyard. We have a super friendly black lab, and a super cute cat here to welcome you on your return each day.
We live 10 minutes by foot from the neighborhood bar for local beers and eats, 15 minutes on foot to Midtown, and a short drive or bike ride Downtown to dozens of bars and restaurants, the stadiums, riverfront and Eastern Market.
We have made a map with suggestions about places to go and things to see, and have local maps and a copy of the latest guidebook to Detroit for guests to use. We are also very happy to chat and divulge all of Detroit's hidden gems to the inquisitive!
Please feel free to email with any questions.
The whole apartment may be available for rent with a bit of notice, so please email with any queries about that.
Sophie and Chris
We provide all linens and towels. Guests are welcome to help themselves to tea, coffee and basic spices, and to use the kitchen to make simple meals should they wish to.
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as feels right. Every guest is different. We are happy to chat and divulge information about local treats, or leave you in peace to explore the city at your own pace.
Woodbridge is one of Detroit's most vibrant, safe and stable neighborhoods. Full of tree-lined streets with turn-of-the-century houses it is beautiful and welcoming. Woodbridge has a weird and wonderful collection of inhabitants, many of whom share a great passion about the neighborhood, and city as a whole. There is a fantastic sense of community here - like none other I've ever experienced. Porch life is one of the best things about the neighborhood. Take a scenic wander along the length of the neighborhood to the local pub for a tasty bite to eat and talk to residents as you go.
Public transport is thin in the Motor City, but we are situated close to Grand River, which is a major trunk road into the city (about 1.5 miles to Downtown). Several bus routes run along there into the heart of the city.
The recent arrival of Uber has also revolutionized traveling in Detroit by taxi. Pretty much anywhere you'd likely want to visit is a $5 Uber ride away.
Detroit has large, flat, quiet roads, so its a perfect city to bike in. We highly recommend exploring Detroit by bike (Michigan weather permitting) and have a couple of bikes available for guests to use. We keep these bikes equipped with locks, lights, spare tires and helmets and ask for $5/bike/day or $15 per week as a contribution to their upkeep.
Other Things to Note
We have a self-contained studio apartment in our basement. There is a locked door between the two units, and this space is "off-limits" to guests, as we keep the two spaces totally separate, sharing only laundry facilities.
This is our home, so we ask only that people are respectful of it. Please keep shared spaces clean and tidy. We work full-time, and sometimes work from home, so loud late nights on week nights aren't great for us. House rules are limited to being friendly and relaxed, and tolerant of the dog wanting to play with you.
Sophie was there upon arrival to help me get settled in and introduce me to the pets (who were both very sweet)! The apartment is well located and pretty much everyone I was with knew the street as it is not far from one of the best restaurants in town! The room was quite comfortable, and the apartment was beautiful. The hosts handled an issue with their water with grace and good judgment! Thanks!
We had a fantastic time at Sophie's place. The flat is well located (close to down- and corktown, safe etc) and super cool furnished. Sophie is a very friendly and helpful host. On top of that, you get to play with the dog Porter who is pretty cool and the house cat. I highly recommend the place. If I ever come back to Detroit, Sophie's place will be my first choice again!
I loved staying with Sophie and Chris! They were very welcoming to the neighborhood. The apartment was gorgeous -- so many unique handmade / hand-built elements. The neighborhood and location are both perfect -- so convenient to downtown and yet lush, green and quiet. Porter and Katra are the two sweetest pets. Katra is the sweetest, most affectionate cat in the world! I felt very at home with my hosts, and they didn't seem to mind my crazy early morning hours. I really appreciated their ambassadorship of the neighborhood. I had a lovely time staying here.
Beautiful modern house! Even their toilets are pretty. Haha!
Sophie was very accommodating. They have maps for all their guests. Sophie pointed me out some great places to bike to as I rented their bike. She really knows the city! Only spent a night there and had a great time! Felt safe too. Thanks!
I enjoyed my stay in Detroit. The apartment was very clean, and done to a high standard. I enjoyed Porter and Katra, too. All round a lovely stay - thank you.
Sophie and Chris are very welcoming yet laid back hosts; just super cool, friendly and accommodating. All their suggestions (and organized guest instructions/pointers) were really helpful. Their neighborhood is quiet, and it's easy to park around the building. The room is comfy, with your own bathroom down a short hall. Their cat is sweet and their dog, while a bit barky at first, is just friendly if initially excitable. Thanks, guys. Great stay!
Great flat and hosts!
We had a brilliant time exploring Detroit and this flat was the perfect base – a short drive to Midtown/Downtown/Corktown. Sophie and Chris gave us great tips for the city. We could park right in front of the house, the flat was warm and lovingly decorated. Porter (the dog) and Katra (the cat) were a great addition.
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About the Host, Sophie
I am a 33 year old from London, who somehow wound up living in Detroit. I am a psychologist by training and do psychiatric research at the University of Michigan.
I was introduced to AirBnB a few years ago, so am an experienced guest, and I was convinced by my hosts on a trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago that it was time to do my part and turn host! I returned home and fortunately was able to convince Chris, my other half, that it was a good plan, so, here we are...
We have renovated our home with lots of reclaimed materials and hand built features, and we are very proud of the result. We are also super keen to spread the word that Detroit is a fantastic place to live. We've been hosting on airbnb for around 2 years and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We have a spare room and are very happy to share our home with almost anyone who is interested in and enthusiastic about exploring Detroit!
I also act as manager for my Mum's listing in London. She isn't online enough to be a responsive host, so I'm running the show for her with respect to bookings/inquiries etc. She has a beautiful flat in Central London that she uses only for work during the week. Its free most weekends and for the whole of the summer. Its really a fantastic place from which to explore London.
So, please book away - I look forward to welcoming you into my home (Detroit) or corresponding my way to a smooth check in for you in London!