Private room with king-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!
When you rent THE SEA ROOM at The Detroit Homestead is a newly renovated private KING-sized bedroom with a closet, ceiling fan, dresser, 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, (free!) 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 BIRD ROOM: QUEEN-sized PRIVATE bedroom with closet, ceiling fan, 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 AND a single-person HAMMOCK!
~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 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 (free!)
-Fire pit with seating and rope swing outside
-Additional information, advice, and tips regarding your stay at any time!
Interaction with Guests
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, pharmacy, and several churches; 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!
Other Things to Note
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, curb their tires when parking in the city, store bicycles indoors, and lock up when departing The Homestead.
PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT
-Prior to booking: well behaved, spayed/neutered pets
-During your stay: additional guests and visitors, free locker storage (11"x14"x14"/one per guest - not necessary, but may be helpful if you have sensitive items such as film, etc that need to be tucked away!)
-Printer use for boarding passes, etc
-Fresh, organically grown produce
This was the second time we stayed at the homestead and again, really enjoyed our stay. We had the opportunity to meet and social with the other guests who were also staying there over the weekend and Matt and Alyssa invited us to share dinner one night with their friends. The house is well maintained with everything you’d need and Matt and Alyssa are always around to offer advice or answer any questions. It’s great to see they are getting return guests, like us, who not only love visiting Detroit but also enjoying coming back to the Homestead.
As with the last time I booked, IT WAS GREAT. Really enjoy the neighborhood and feel really safe when staying at Detroit Homestead. This place is in really central to everything in Detroit. And the hosts really work to make sure you have everything you need to make your stay the best possible.
We stayed here over the past weekend, and it was a wonderful experience. The Sea Room is spacious (awesome king-sized bed----huge!) and the Bunk Room adorable. I loved that this is an older/restored house. Our hosts have clearly put a lot of love and care into turning it into something special. The extra touches----like the fresh pot of coffee Alyssa would make for me every morning, the free toiletries (we brought our own, but so nice to know we would have been set even if we hadn't), and the apartment-like feel of the Homestead----really make this place. I will return here in the future (if you'll have me, Alyssa!) and will recommend this place highly to friends. Thank you for a wonderful time. :-)
I recommend The Detroit Homestead to everybody. Alyssa and Matt are great hosts. Spending three weeks on a research in Detroit I immediately felt at home in their neatly renovated townhouse, that they furnished individually with a good sense of style. They gave me a warm welcome when I arrived in the evening after a long journey. I not only found everything clean, but also prepared for the guest with a loving hand. Alyssa even put some of the last late october flowers into my room, the kitchen and the living room. Which is more, Alyssa and Matt are good people to talk to. You got to know a lot about Detroit by chatting with them. They might have taken quite a risky but consequent step in making that house and garden their home wishing for an independent and very individually spent life. This is quite timely and a lot of young people in the western world might dream of that, but they did it - as you will see: Detroit is the City of Doers. Being passionate about bikes I also enjoyed their bike rental. I could have chosen among a dozen or more bikes every day if I had wanted. I used the bike they gave me almost every day and never had any problems with it. So, if you want to experience the real Detroit right from the start and like creative and thoughtful people around - the Homestead should be your choice. Very recommended. Besides the neighborhood felt safe, you might see abandoned houses, but hey, it's Detroit. The street lights work and around live families, taking their kids to school in the morning. By bike it is only ten minutes to the Fisher Building and even less to the Motown Museum. I hope to be able to come back someday and wish Alyssa and Matt the very best for their future.
My boyfriend and I had a really great experience staying at the homestead. We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves during our stay but the space was roomy enough that even if we had to share it wouldn't have been an issue. Alyssa and Matt were very accommodating, starting from answering all my questions before and after booking, providing us with some fresh produce to accompany the breakfast we cooked and just keeping the space generally stocked with anything you might need (like towels, first aid, shampoo/body wash, hair dryer, cooking oils and herbs etc so we could cook dinner without buying them)
The space itself was really nice and clean, just like the photos, and it allowed us to feel comfortable and safe in what was initially a daunting area to be in for us. We walked to the grocery store which was a block away, and joined our hosts at the fire pit outside one night. There's not much to do in the immediate area except drive around and take in the residential area which met our expectations of what detroit would look like, but we were also a short drive to the downtown and the northern suburbs.
All in all we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again should we need a place to crash in Detroit. Thanks again Alyssa and Matt for being great hosts, and good luck in your future endeavors at the homestead.
Thanks to Alyssa and Matt our stay in Detroit was a great experience. Their place is cozy and wonderfully decorated - like you can see on the pictures! When we arrived they gave us a tour through their impressive organic garden. They let us rent bicycles for a fair price, so we could drive safely to Mid- and Downtown within a few minutes. The house is big enough that you have your privacy and a huge common area as well.
Alyssa and Matt are the perfect hosts: sociable, open minded and very, very helpful. They have lived in Detroit for several years and they are able to provide you with interesting informations about this exciting city. We're happy to have met them and looking forward to our next stay at this place.
Alyssa greeted us at the door and then gave us a tour of the house. Her and Matt took time to make us feel right at home and accommodate all of our needs. They are incredibly knowledgable about the city and various neighborhoods and were able to make several recommendations which improved our overall experience in Detroit.
The room was exactly as described; an enormous bed down the hall from the bathroom with a window that looked out on to their garden. The kitchen was fully stocked for any sort of meal preparation and they were gracious enough to provide many ingredients including produce from their organic farm.
Having a car helped us navigate the city in a straightforward manner—Detroit was built for cars, but Alyssa and Matt rent out bikes as well. We had no issue getting around the city, the house is conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood. All the neighbors were extremely friendly, a stark contrast to where we live in NYC.
All in all, a really great experience staying with Alyssa and Matt. We will definitely be going back our next time in Detroit.
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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