The Detroit Homestead: Bird Room

House - Private room · West Euclid Street, Detroit, MI 48206, United States
Alyssa

Private room with queen-sized bed in our spacious first floor guest flat at The Detroit Homestead, a working urban farmstead and bicycle shop near Detroit's New Center.

Your host, Alyssa
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Private room with queen-sized bed in our spacious first floor guest flat at The Detroit Homestead, a working urban farmstead and bicycle shop near Detroit's New Center.

The Space

Welcome to The Detroit Homestead, a working urban farm and guest home located in the heart of Detroit! In September of 2012, we purchased and began renovating this circa-1916 brick duplex because of its convenient location in a friendly neighborhood and historic features. Now, we are happy to be a home away from home to travelers from around the world!

THE BIRD ROOM at The Detroit Homestead is a newly renovated and colorfully appointed private QUEEN-sized bedroom with a ceiling fan, closet, and southwest-facing window overlooking our urban farm.

In addition to your private room, when you stay at The Homestead, you also have access to the ENTIRE first-floor guest flat, which includes a dedicated KITCHEN and pantry for guests, BATHROOM with enclosed clawfoot tub/shower and bidet, LAUNDRY, and spacious DINING AND LIVING ROOMS with hand built and restored furniture! We have a spacious yard for pets to run around, a brick-lined FIRE PIT, and a ROPE SWING if you're feeling playful! We even have BICYCLES available for you to rent during your visit to Detroit (maintained and repaired by us, in our basement bike shop)! And if you need to print a boarding pass, we've got you covered there, too!

Additional booking options available at The Detroit Homestead through AirBnB include:
~THE SEA ROOM: KING-sized PRIVATE bedroom with closet, ceiling fan, dresser and double window overlooking our urban farm;
~THE BUNK ROOM: a purpose-built room with FOUR TWIN-sized BUNK BEDS, each with individual light, work space, and privacy curtain.
~ENTIRE first-floor guest flat

In addition to the indoor portions of The Homestead, our urban farm is a critical part of our efforts here in Detroit. Although still small (though expanding!), the farm already gives us more fresh organically grown produce than we can use! We don’t believe in wasting what we have, so anything we can’t use or preserve goes to neighbors, friends, and GUESTS! If you stay with us during the spring, summer, and fall months, feel free to take a stroll through the garden with us and grab some fresh produce! We may even invite you to help us do some canning!

The cost of your rental directly funds operation of and further improvements to The Homestead…by us! And since we occupy the upstairs flat at The Homestead, keeping the house clean, safe, well organized, and well maintained is our highest priority, while still respecting the privacy and plans of guests!

Future projects towards which your rental will be contributed are: continued development of adjacent empty lots into farmland to provide vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, and cheese for house and local residents, continued improvement to our bicycle repair and rental shop in the basement by your hosts (also trained bicycle mechanics), and collaboration with other groups and individuals making a positive impact on our city…one quiet, unassuming residential block at a time.

Be an active part of the transformation of Detroit by helping us to improve our property, our neighborhood, and our city!

Can't wait to see you here at The Homestead!
Alyssa & Matt

Guest Access

INCLUDED IN EVERY BOOKING
-Shared (only if there are other guests) bathroom with vanity mirror, bidet, clawfoot tub, and 7'-tall shower
-Shared (only if there are other guests) kitchen with pantry, gas stove, full fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee grinder and maker, rice maker, mixer, and a multitude of spices and other cooking supplies (just ask if you don't see something that you need!)
-Keys upon arrival
-Clean linens and towels
-Wireless internet
-Washer and dryer in basement
-Fire pit with seating and rope swing outside
-Additional information, advice, and tips regarding your stay at any time!

Interaction with Guests

YOUR HOSTS:
The Detroit Homestead is our home, business, and life, which means that we're almost always here. Conveniently, though, the building is a duplex, which means that while we're always on hand for guests' arrivals, departures, and to address any questions or concerns that may arise, we are uniquely able to create with a home-away-from-home atmosphere, with as much privacy and personal space as guests like.

The Neighborhood

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD:
Located in Detroit's central Virginia Park neighborhood, right around to corner from New Center, The Detroit Homestead is part of a quiet residential area near a community recreation center, grocery store, and pharmacy; and just a short walk or ride away from Hamtramck, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Hospital, and Detroit's New Center, a major cultural, retail, and business hub of the city notable for the architecturally remarkable Fisher Building.

Getting around

GETTING AROUND:
-Bus: several city bus lines are within just a few blocks on Cass Ave, Woodward Ave, Rosa Parks Bvd, Grand River Ave, and 14th St.
-Car: located just two blocks away from M-10, it's easy to get to and from The Detroit Homestead via Detroit's freeways, by surface roads, we are located ~5 min from New Center and Henry Ford Hospital, ~10 min from Wayne State University/Midtown, and ~15 min from Mexicantown/Southwest Detroit, Corktown, Hamtramck, and Downtown Detroit.
-Bike: Detroit is a perfect city for bikes - flat, straight, and lots of room! If you would like to see the city on two wheels, just ask and we can set you up with one of our rental bikes for a nominal, $15/day! With a range of styles and sizes, we're pretty sure you'll be able to pick out a trusty steed for your time in Detroit!

Other Things to Note

SAFETY:
We understand that Detroit may have a gritty reputation and that its exterior may seem off putting to some. However, living in Detroit is not markedly more dangerous than other cities and safety can be assured by employing common sense, basic street smarts, and situational awareness. In order to minimize risks, we encourage guests to remove valuable items from vehicles, store bicycles indoors, and lock up when departing The Homestead.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $400 /week
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  • Alyssa and Matt are doing something quite amazing with their little homestead in Detroit and offer a really amazing opportunity for people to come and experience the city in a totally unique way. Everything about staying there was super easy - arranging it, getting there, getting around. The place was super comfortable and somehow the pillows even managed to sort out my neck problem (or maybe it was the very relaxed atmosphere enveloping the place).
    I don't think I could have had a better experience visiting Detroit and wouldn't recommend anyone just landing in the city with no one to help them process the whole experience. Detroit is something else entirely - not comparable to anything most of us have ever seen or experienced before.
    Alyssa and Matt were completely open when talking about their story, how their Homestead came to be and how it fits into the Detroit landscape. Talking with them was a big part of what made the experience so enjoyable.
    I am definitely coming back - I want to see the harvest from the garden, the hops vines grow and most of all, I want to see the bees and animals arrive.

    June 2014
  • We loved staying at the Detroit Homestead. Alyssa and Mike have developed a treasure in Detroit, and we are sure that it will only get better as they continue to make improvements to the house and farm. They are very gracious hosts and were happy to help with anything we wanted. The kitchen was well-stocked, the coffee in the morning was tasty, and the room was very comfortable. We enjoyed helping in the garden along with the neighbor kids.

    June 2014
  • Alyssa and Matt where excellent hosts, who are very accommodating and helpful, and have a comfortable place to stay.

    June 2014
  • A comfy home from which to explore all the interesting things to do in Detroit. I definitely recommend renting a bike -- the homestead is an easy ride to everywhere.

    June 2014
  • My experience in detroit was great. Our hosts were cordial, attentive, and s(phone number hidden)nformative. The place was lovely. The work and love they put into this place and this idea shine. Glad to have met them and would recommend to anyone looking for a non conventional experience.

    June 2014
  • I stayed at Alyssa's (and Matt's) for 3 days. The house is very nice-- a restored home, set in the middle of a neighbourhood not far from the hospital. The bed was comfy, everything was clean and well kept, and there was a fresh pot of coffee every morning.

    I happened to be the only one staying there and Alyssa was extremely helpful in pointing out some nice spots to eat, drink, visit and see music.

    The place was a little further from midtown than I had thought and it took me about 30 mins by bike to reach downtown (not a big deal, but Alyssa's travel times are pretty accurate). Alyssa and Matt set me up with a nice big cruiser with fat tires (great for the potholes!).

    Biking was a great way to get around the city, but i'd recommend bringing extra bike lights -- a lot of street lights don't work in town, and coming home in the dark after midnight can be a little scary. That being said, the neighbourhood was quiet and safe....a lot of houses being renovated and lots of little urban farms around.

    I'd definitely recommend the place, especially for people wanting to explore the city more than just the center, and wanting to support these nice people building a farm with healthy food for the community around.

    May 2014
  • The Detroit Homestead was the perfect base to explore Detroit from, and super chill to hang out in after a day of biking around the city. The bikes were fantastic, and we loved biking around Detroit (it's so flat!). The apartment was charming and Alyssa and Matt were wonderful hosts - they made a bike route for us and gave us great recommendations on where to grab dinner, brunch, and even told us which local beers to look out for. We'll definitely be back, and will recommend this AirBnb (and Detroit) to all our friends.

    April 2014
  • Alyssa and Matt were such great hosts. Very clean and comfortable room. Highly recommend staying at The Homestead.

    March 2014
  • Alyssa & Matt were great! The place is large, welcoming, and super comfortable. I was driving cross country and they were very accommodating for both me and my dog. It was great talking to them and learning more about Detroit. I look forward to staying with them again next time I'm in Detroit.

    March 2014
  • I had three fantastic days at Detroit Homestead. If I ever come back to Detroit I would definitely go there again. The house and the rooms are absolutely perfect and Matt and Alyssa are great hosts. Unfortunately during my stay this winter I couldn't see anything but snow, snow and snow...

    February 2014
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A few years ago, my partner, Matt, and I discovered Detroit on a somewhat aimless weekend trip. Although curiosity about the city's ruins and reputation inspired the initial visit, over two years of repeated trips, we began to understand that Detroit is much more than these two things. The people impressed us at every turn with their hospitality, warmth, creativity, and perseverance, while the place inspired us with its open spaces and opportunity for reclamation and restoration, not to mention the affordability of beautiful historic homes. Realizing that my years of living a professional, office-bound existence had been stable but deeply unfulfilling, that we had exhausted our options in our then-home of Pittsburgh, and that there seemed to be something that kept drawing us back here, we made the decision to relocate on a particularly beautiful evening in July around a bonfire with friends in Southwest Detroit. Two weeks later, we arrived with all of our worldly goods in a truck as new Detroit residents. Shortly after moving, we were fortunate enough to find and purchase The Detroit Homestead. Rough at first, we saw the potential in this unassuming brick duplex. Six weeks of frantic cleaning, repairing, and renovating later, we welcomed our first guests and entered into our new life as self employed innkeepers. Since opening in November of 2012, we have had the privilege of hosting guests from around the world, sharing stories and experiences, learning more about what brings people here and their own perspectives on Detroit. We are honored to be ambassadors for the city that has captured our hearts and to help visitors explore the city and appreciate it for the unparalleled positives that are too often overlooked - the vibrant art and music communities, the wonderful food, the explosion of urban gardening, and the overwhelming kindness and spirit of Detroiters. We are constantly at work making improvements to The Homestead and the land surrounding it, envisioning it as an integrated and self-sustaining community garden/farm, inn, bike shop, creative space, and a hub for visitors and residents alike in our neighborhood and rentals from Airbnb go directly towards that goal. In the coming seasons and years, we look forward to continuing development and expansion of our small urban community farm in the lots adjacent to The Homestead, eventually expanding to include season extension, bees, rabbits, goats and chickens; converting to wood-burning stove heating and solar for electricity, and otherwise upgrading to more energy-efficient systems; and partnering with other individuals and groups (email hidden)-imagining Detroit's future. Living and creating a small business here has challenged us, inspired us, and gone beyond our expectations. Detroit is changing inevitably, and we feel lucky to be a part of the process, to help renew our block with the help of our community and support of visitors. We look forward to showing you why we love it here! Alyssa & Matt The Detroit Homestead
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