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.
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
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, 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.
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
I didn't actually stay at the Homestead, as I booked on behalf of my organization. From all accounts of those who did stay there it was fantastic. Booking the whole first floor apartment was perfect for our group of 8.
Alyssa has a wonderful abode and very hospitable manner about herself. Very easy going and communicative I would recommend her home to anyone.
Anything we needed she was responsive to and even when our incense made the smoke alarm go off she was very understanding and let us tend to our own matters.
With a very comfortable and simple layout I will consider this space again in the future!!
Thank you Alyssa!!
Alyssa and Matt were excellent hosts; we felt like guests but did not feel like we or they were intrusive to one another at all. They were very accommodating to our changing group, with some of us there overnight and some there just for pre-race dinner. (We were in town to run the Detroit Free Press Marathon.)
The neighborhood seems typical of our experiences in Detroit before, with many houses in transition, though some were open to the elements and in a state of advanced neglect.
We had a short and easy drive into downtown Detroit/Cobo Hall area for our race, so it was definitely convenient and hassle-free.
The neighborhood may well seem different if you find yourself here again! As luck would have it, the city came through with their blight-removal crews and has taken down numerous blighted structures on our block and those surrounding us AND added additional LED street lights right after you left! While work remains to be done, it's so encouraging to see that our neighborhood's transition seems to be swimming right along and it's exciting to see more open space and light and less deteriorating structures in the span of a week! Things are changing in Detroit, that's for sure!
The Homestead is an amazing house and experience. Other neighborhoods in Detroit are easily accessible and the house was very home-y. It felt like visiting a friend.
Alyssa and Matt greeted us early in the morning and were extremely warm and welcoming. They had coffee brewing and told us everything that we would need to know about the house. They compiled a comprehensive list of places to check out in Detroit (on a (website hidden) map app) and were on call to answer any questions that we had.
The Homestead far exceeded my expectations. I only wish I had time to check out the farm operations a bit more!
We were given a very warm welcome, including a walk through Alyssa 's and Matt's garden wich is a wonderful project with an impressing number of vegetables and fruits. We like the way they refurnished the flat: the vintage-Style, the colours, the huge wooden table in the dining room and the luxury of Space in the living Room.
They provided us with very helplful advices for good Restaurants and the ongoing evening event, which was an amazing light-art-Performance in midtown. We were only two and a half days in Detroit and they gave us support to make our stay to an extra-ordinary experience.
Also the neighbours were very friendly and open against us. We are impressed by the commitment they have to build up the neighbourhood and wish them the very best for their activities and projects within this diverse neighbourhood.
We loved learning more about Detroit from the perspective of our urban homesteading hosts. Great attention to detail and fantastic produce! Thanks Alyssa and Matt!
Alyssa and Math´s place is great. The flat is totally independant from the rest of the house. Bedrooms are comfortable and common areas are spacious. We felt safe in the neighbourhood, even though many peolple told us not to walk around at night. We had a wonderful stay, thanks to our hosts!
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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