Private room with four twin-sized beds and a single-person hammock 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 AND a single-person HAMMOCK! 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, (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 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 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!
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, 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!
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.
For your safety, please only ONE adult (or two kids) in the hammock at a time (limit 225lbs)!
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
We just stayed at Detroit Homestead for thr second time. Matt and Alyssa made us feel like we were back home. They are extremely kind and generous people who go out of their way to make their guests feel comfortable. As usual the place was suoer clean and had everything one would need. We have already booked our third stay at the Homestead for May!
I booked the Homestead for five of my students who were in Detroit for a conference. They loved it! The guys really appreciated having a place they could unwind, and said Alyssa was fantastic.
Alyssa and Matt were the best of hosts! We were so happy with our stay! The bunk beds were super comfortable and each one was set up with a fan, light, and a privacy curtain. Even though we arrived in the middle of the night Alyssa and Matt greeted us with a smile and gave us a tour of their beautiful home. They even set up a fresh pot of hot coffee for us the next morning and at the end our stay sent us off with a bag of freshly picked veggies from their beautiful garden!
I had a great time. The place is great. The owners were nice. I recommend this place.
Alyssa and Matt were extremely considerate when helping us plan our trip to Detroit. They gave some great recommendations about what to do and were kind enough to spend some time talking to us about the history of Detroit and their experiences with the farm. We absolutely loved talking to them, and their work has paid off! The Homestead is beautiful. The motorcycle room is so cool, and the bunk room that we stayed in was perfect for what we needed--a cozy place to sleep. The garden is one of the nicer urban farms I've seen, which is impressive since Alyssa and Matt do all the work themselves!
We brought our bicycles with us and the Homestead was a perfect home-base to explore the city. We'll definitely be back!
Staying with Alyssa & Matt was great. It was incredibly thought provoking about what can be achieved using income from airbnb ie creating a lovely house and home. The house is very convenient ie less than ten minutes to downtown. Our kids loved playing with the kids in the neighbourhood when possible. Thanks for having us.
We absolutely loved our stay in Detroit at the Homestead with Alyssa and Matt. We (a family of four) were warmly welcomed and cared for the entire stay of four days. Alyssa was extremely solicitous and communicative and patient when I, as a newbie to airbnb, pestered her with all kinds of questions. The homestead is amazing and is a testament to Detroit's rich abundant soil of diverse life and activity and creativity! Thank you Alyssa!
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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