The Detroit Homestead: Entire Flat

Entire residential home hosted by Alyssa

  1. 12 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 10 beds
  4. 1 bath
Entire home
You’ll have the house to yourself.
Spacious, first floor flat for up to 12 guests 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!

When you rent THE ENTIRE GUEST FLAT at The Detroit Homestead, you rent:
~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;
~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!
~Queen sized air mattress/cot as needed (for larger parties)
~ENTIRE first-floor guest flat, including a dedicated KITCHEN and pantry for guests, dedicated guest 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!

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

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
4 single beds, 1 hammock

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Washer
Dryer
Hair dryer
Smoking allowed
Dedicated workspace
Long term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

Detroit, Michigan, United States

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD:
The Virginia Park neighborhood is located smack in the center of Detroit within about a 10-15 minute drive (or 30 minute bike ride) of most of the city. We're a friendly, family neighborhood with deep historic roots and a rapidly changing landscape that includes many long-time residents and new faces both, a good view of both Detroit's history as well as its future.

Our neighborhood has a spacious residential character, and though still just a short car/bike ride away, you won't find the kind of dense city nightlife where there are bars or venues within walking distance here. What you will find is a quiet place to rest and catch your breath from the busier parts of the city, a community of friendly kids and neighbors, and some unparalleled porch sitting with the fireflies on display over the garden the tune of crickets in the air (at least in the summer).

Practically speaking, The Detroit Homestead is located just a block away from a community center, several stores (including grocery and pharmacy), and small branch police station, but not within walking distance of many other businesses currently. Detroit is a little too large for walking to be a practical method of transportation between neighborhoods, so we recommend wheels of some sort or another to get around efficiently.

Approximate travel time for several neighborhoods is given for driving/biking below.
~New Center (Fisher Building, shops, restaurants, hospital, professional offices): 5/5 minutes
~Midtown (Wayne State University, DIA and other museums, shopping, library, bars and restaurants): 10/20 minutes
~Hamtramck (Polish/Mediterannean food, shopping, loads of dive bars and local music): 10/20 minutes
~Eastern Market (food, bars, farmer's market, art galleries, print shops, distilleries): 15/20 minutes
~Corktown (currently the densest, hippest part of town with a lot of old and new bars, restaurants, venues, and shopping): 15/25 minutes
~Southwest/Mexicantown (food, street/public art, small shops): 15/25 minutes
~Downtown (Sports stadiums, COBO center, tons of amazing architecture, food, bars, venues, shopping): 15/20 minutes
~Belle Isle (State park on an island between Detroit and Canada, beach, conservatory, aquarium, nature): 20/40 minutes
~Dearborn (Middle Eastern food, businesses, shopping, Henry Ford Museum): 25/45 minutes

Hosted by Alyssa

  1. Joined in October 2012
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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. Even after four years, we continue to look forward to expanding and refining of our small urban neighborhood farm here at The Homestead, growing as artists and homesteaders personally, and collaborating with other individuals and groups also at work re-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
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,…

Co-hosts

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  • Matthew

During your stay

YOUR HOSTS (Alyssa & Matt):
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. Guest space occupies the entire first floor flat, while your hosts reside in the second floor flat. You may also see us in the garden, traversing the stairs down to the basement/workshop/bike shop, or to clean/maintain guest space, but we do our best to make sure guests can enjoy as much time alone as they desire.
YOUR HOSTS (Alyssa & Matt):
The Detroit Homestead is our home, business, and life, which means that we're almost always here. Conveniently, though, the building is a duplex, w…
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Check-in: 8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed

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