Private room with four twin-sized beds in our spacious first floor guest flat at The Detroit Homestead, a working urban farmstead and bicycle shop near Detroit's New Center. Perfect for groups and families with kids!
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 BUNK ROOM at The Detroit Homestead is a cozy, PRIVATE, purpose-built bunk room with FOUR TWIN-sized BUNK BEDS, each including a reading light, work space, and privacy curtain. Perfect for groups and individuals traveling on a budget!
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 BIRD ROOM: QUEEN-sized PRIVATE bedroom with closet, ceiling fan, and double window overlooking our urban farm;
~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.
Alyssa has been very kind and easy to talk to from the very beginning. She helped us understand the location and surroundings prior to the trip.
Despite our late arrival, she and her partner welcomed us with 2 big smiles. As soon we entered, we were welcomed with a sweet smell and rustic cozy homey interior.
Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom were all very clean, tidy and comprehensively loaded with anything you might need.
Overall, absolutely a great experience! Can't wait to be their guests again in the next years Autoshow!
Alyssa was a great hostess. She greeted us and gave us a nice tour of the house and great info on the area. The house has been upgraded and decorated very nicely. My son and I stayed in the dorm room. It was wonderfully dark and quiet, and we slept fantastically. The kitchen was well stocked and available for our use, as the dining and living room and bathroom. The neighborhood is spotty, so folks like Alyssa are it's greatest hope for renewal. We felt completel safe and comfortable in the house. We'd definitely stay again.
This time I stayed with my family and the four of us were in the bunk room. It served our needs well and as always Alyssa and Matt were gracious hosts. He house was full of guests, yet there was plenty of room. The location is also ideal. We were pretty much attending sporting events (Pistons, Red Wings, Lions) and they are so close to everything downtown. There are only a mile away from the Motown Museum which was a highlight of our trip. This will be a regular spot for our Detroit visits.
Alyssa was a great host! She was super responsive, friendly and helpful while I was booking and planning my trip, and she went out of her way to accommodate my early-morning arrival. She and Matt have thought of great little details throughout the house to make it a very cozy place to stay, and they have lots of interesting stories to share! I definitely recommend staying at the Homestead, and I definitely recommend the charming Bunk Room!
I arrived at the end of October for the 35th Annual North American Labor History Conference sponsored by Wayne State University. My first time in Detroit. Despite of all bad news about the Motorcity (the bankrupt, the post-industrial scenario, the Through a bike I criss-crossed the city in all directions, discovering some of the most innovative art galleries, such as N'Namdi Gallery at 66 E. Forest, located just south of the DIA and across Woodward Avenue. A few blocks down Woodward there is the C-Pop Gallery that predominantly features contemporary art drawn from Detroit culture. Behind the Dia, the Scarab Club, a historic gallery and art laboratory, founded in 1907 by industrial designers, photographers and architects. Out from middtown there are other several important art spaces. Southwest side the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd. On the old east side, the Heidelberg Project: A unique area that stretches for several blocks, where the artist Tyree Guyton recycled vacant homes and decorated them with discarded objects to create an “opensky gallery” area full of color and symbolism. Crossing the city it is not possible miss the ruins of shuttered and abandoned industrial buildings, like the massive skeletons of extinct dinosaurs, that speak of a fordist age when Detroit was the auto capital of the world. Bike excursions is the best way to see how the city is in the process of reinventing itself. Stay at the Detroit Homestead is a great opportunity to grab this trend. I would recommend this place to everyone. The house is beatiful as it looks in the photos and the neighborhood is safe and clean. Alyssa and Matt are a positive and energetic couple who are in Detroit's regeneration process and happy to share their “insider’s” knowledge with you.
My stay at the homestead with Alyssa and Matt was exactly what I wanted....
They are fabulous hosts and incredibly intuitive...
Matt and Alyssa fitted me out with a bike and gave me relevant recommendations of things to do and see during my very short stay in Detroit.
I plan to visit Detroit again for a longer period of time and I would place this city in the top five of the destinations I have visited, my stay at the homestead no doubt was directly related to my love of the city...
To add a cheery on the cake, Alyssa drove me to the bus stop because the cab never arrived!
Love love love.
It was a pleasure staying at Alyssa's. Lovely house in a quiet neighbourhood, super clean and tidy. Ideal if it's your first time visiting Detroit, plenty of tips and advice on what to check out, and totally worth renting a bike to move about the city freely. 10/10
Alyssa was warm and welcoming a host who offered an amazing insight into the Detroit area. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again in this wonderful home. Her great knowledge of the area and the availability of bicycles (the only way to see this wonderful city) for rent were invaluable to my trip. Don't believe the press this city is a rich and rewarding place to visit and the Detroit homestead is part of that.
I had a great time at the Detroit Homestead and I would definitely stay there again. Alyssa and Matt are great hosts, friendly and the house is cozy, clean, and inviting. I enjoyed coming back in the evening after a long day to jazz on the radio and relaxing on the couch. It was a nice environment to get some work done on the large kitchen table if needed and enjoy breakfast in the morning. I also enjoyed talking with Alyssa in the mornings over coffee. It is clear that she loves Detroit and it was great to hear about the city and her plans for the homestead. On my last night we had a campfire and enjoyed good conversation with Alyssa, Matt, and the two other guests. When I return to Detroit I will be staying at the homestead!
Alyssa and Matt were great hosts. They told us all about the neighbourhood, the city and what to see and do. They had city guides and restaurant picks out for guests, and even a recommendation for a taxi service - they made everything very easy. The Homestead is open, welcoming and clean, and I would definitely stay again.