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.
The hosts were welcoming and cordial. It turns out we have mutual friends so it was great to hear more about what everyone was doing. That's what makes Airbnb so special, you feel instantly a part of the community. The listing was fairly described and indeed quite delightful. Quite a pleasant stay all in all.
Sophie and Chris were great hosts -- gave us awesome tips about where to go, where to eat, how to explore Detroit. The room was a beautiful and clean, and had a map, a guidebook. We didn't hang out in the living room much, and the bedroom was a little darker than the pictures, FYI. But basically, this room has everything you need to explore this dreamy, strange, DIY Detroit.
Sophie and Chris were great hosts. Their charming Detroit loft is clean, comfortable, and features some unique craftsmanship. They are located 10 minutes (cab) from downtown in a quiet and fairly safe neighbourhood. There are some cool breweries, pubs, dive-bars and cocktail lounges in the walkable vicinity. However, if you're travelling late in the evening, I would suggest calling an Uber Cab. Detroit is an amazing city and despite it bad / rough reputation, it's home to some of North Americas up and coming entrepreneurs and creatives. Sophie and Chris show an extreme passion for their city and were instrumental in helping me with tourism and travel plans. I would recommend their loft to any one of my friends.
This was a great 1st experience!! The house was super clean, they were sweet hosts and made us feel very welcome. The pictures really are true to form and the stay was splendid.
Their pets are well behaved & I fell in love with the kitten (Katsa)!! Slept like a baby in the ultra cozy bed and there was even a map and list of places to I go while you're in Detroit!
I would gladly refer them to a friend and may be lucky enough to stay again myself!
Beautiful space in Woodbridge, with the most friendly, helpful host. Convenient to where we wanted to go, see, eat, etc, but tucked away, too. Would definitely stay again in the future. Thanks, Sophie!
Sophie's place was awesome! It was everything we hope for. Beautifully remodeled and loaded with character! Sophie left detailed instructions for us to get into the place because she wasn't going to be there. Her little cat was cool. She was just hanging out, sometimes cuddling up next to people. If you have allergies though, you might be in trouble. Sophie was very accommodating. We would definitely refer others to stay there!
Sophie's room is just too beautiful to stay only one night as I did.
The bedroom is cozy and clean and you directly feel at home.
The communication with Sophie was easy and she is a very friendly host. The neighborhood is safe and it's in a good location to explore the city. I would stay there again for my next detroit visit.
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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!