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.
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
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
-Washer and dryer in basement
-Fire pit with seating and rope swing outside
-Additional information, advice, and tips regarding your stay at any time!
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.
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.
-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!
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.
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...
I had a great stay at Alyssa and Matt's place! Their place is very cozy and in a convenient location to everything I wanted to see in Detroit. I would definitely stay with them again next time I am in town. Highly recommended!
Wow, my experience with Alyssa & Matt was very interesting, Detroit is a placed I will go visit again at the homestead. the room was nice a cozy and the host was beyond helpful.
Go visit Detroit institute of Art it's amazing and not far from homestead just an hour walk, 10mn drive and 20mn bike ride.
I sincerely cannot say enough good stuff about Alyssa, Matt and their incredible home in Detroit. You should go. See it for yourself. It was fantastic talking with two people who are so vibrant, optimistic and living their dream. The Detroit Homestead is comfortable, perfectly situated to tour Detroit (which in itself is amazing to see) and a beautiful home. We wanted for nothing. Generous and kind host- we will certainly be back soon.
A wonderful place to stay. Everything - bedroom, bathroom, common areas - all delightfully decorated and quite clean. Would definitely stay here again. Alyssa was great at communicating and was a true joy to talk with her and Matt.
the stay was pleasant. comfortable bed and nice spaces. a lot of privacy, clean and nice.
only wish the bathroom would get cleaned every morning.
overall super positive!
They were fabulous, the place was great!
Perfect place to stay in Detroit. Alyssa and Matt were great hosts and the place was wonderful. The place itself is a beautiful, old 2 story house, Alyssa and Matt stay upstairs and then there are a couple of Air BnB rooms downstairs with a communal area. Everything is clean, and nicely decorated. The beds are comfortable. Alyssa and Matt are super helpful about giving recommendations of things to do in Detroit. Would absolutely recommend to anyone staying in Detroit!
Absolutely brilliant! Alyssa and Matt are gracious, friendly, professional, amazing hosts, and the Homestead is simply warm and beautiful.
Communication with Alyssa leading up to and during our stay was perfect, she's a great airb&b host, the best I've stayed with. I could not recommend this place more, and if I am ever lucky enough to be in Detroit again, I'd definitely stay here. Her advice on spots to see and eat in Detroit were spot-on, and I only wish we could have stayed a week!
We really loved this place, it is amazing what heart (and blood, sweat, and tears) have gone into the Homestead. Their work is inspiring, and the largest part of why we wanted to visit Detroit in the first place. Thank you Alyssa for being an important part of a wonderful experience!
This was my first experience using AirBnB and my first time traveling to Detroit. I have to say I'm incredibly pleased, and look forward to using AirBnB for most of my travel needs from here out, and will definitely stay at The Homestead again if I go back to Detroit. From the beginning, Alyssa was very prompt with replying to my inquiry and provided me all of the information I needed (and some I didn't know I needed, which is always helpful when going somewhere for the first time). Matt and Alyssa are exceptional hosts and very knowledgeable about the local area. What they've done with the building is absolutely amazing when you find out that they've done it all themselves. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the neighborhood is quiet (standing outside at night next to their garden and hearing cicadas and katydids made me almost forget I was about 10mins away from the downtown of a major city). Umm, not sure what else I should say here, but I had an awesome stay, much better than a hotel and for half the price! All of the amenities listed are there, the kitchen is fully stocked and even has cookbooks which are of no use to me because I am a horrible, horrible cook, but fortunately The Homestead is very close to some extremely delicious places to eat out (which they've even got menus to in the main living area). So in summary, would definitely stay here again, and highly recommend The Homestead to anyone visiting Detroit, especially first-timers like me!