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About this listing

A well-equipped historic home in the heart of the city. Beautiful 3 floor trinity, simply renovated to host up to 4 guests. Efficient eat-in kitchen leads out to a quiet, relaxing backyard. Two comfortable bedrooms with new bedding. Spacious and well-lit bathroom. It's a great space for couples who want to explore the wonders of Philadelphia or visiting professors/students who need a perfect place to work, play, relax. We welcome people from all walks of life!

The space

We’re just steps away from theatres, museums, Rittenhouse Square, the historic section of Philly, great eateries, the Italian Market, and all of the universities and major hospitals. Scholars will appreciate proximity to the Library Company, the American Philosophical Society, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Public transit is close by and recommended for use. Please note, we DO NOT have parking available.

Guest access

We’ll send you access information a day or two before your arrival. You can be independent with our easy-to-use automatic locking system.
We're on a safe, virtually traffic-free street in a neighborhood of musicians, scholars, professionals and families. During your visit, you can stay in and have a home cooked meal, in the lovely, fully-furnished kitchen, order in from the menus that are gathered for you, or head out for a night on the town, with the resources that we have collected in our Welcome Notebook. Then, sleep soundly in our comfy queen bed. Or, get your work done in our large sitting room with desk and outlets. Please, NO PARTIES!

Interaction with guests

We are always available by phone, text or email. We give you privacy during your stay. Come and go as you please, but let us know if you have any questions.

Other things to note

Please note: Bathroom is located on the 2nd floor, only accessible by stairs. The staircases in our home are steep, and a bit narrow. All are equipped with railings for support.

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The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Smart lock


Extra people: 32 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 52
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - Staircases are narrow and rather steep. 3 flights of stairs, equipped with hand railings. Bathroom only accessible via stairs, 2nd floor.
Pet(s) live on property - House owners have 1 dog, who visits when they stay at the house. The dog will not be present during your stay.
No parking on property



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

15 Reviews

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Sean User Profile
August 2017
Michael and Ellen's home is quaint and quiet yet central and convenient. It's ideal both as a location in the middle of Philly to explore the city, and as a relaxing getaway spot with great outdoor space. The townhouse is charming and perfectly set up to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. We can't wait to book again!

Dana User Profile
August 2017
We had a fantastic stay at Michael and Ellen's place. It is a beautiful home on a quaint and quiet street, was very comfortable and clean, and was conveniently located for us to explore all of the neighborhoods in and around Center City on foot. There's also a really nice outdoor patio and second floor deck that we took advantage of during our stay. We would highly recommend staying here while in Philly.

Jess User Profile
August 2017
This was a great place to stay in Philly and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. There were great coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, and attractions all within walking distance. Parking was the biggest worry, but the detailed tips provided on the profile helped me find street parking. The house itself was adorable, with plenty of room for a couple or a small family to stay in. I also really loved the patio, it was great for lounging, sunning and drinking wine. Truly an oasis of comfort in the city!

Ally User Profile
July 2017
Our group of three had a perfect weekend in Philadelphia! We loved both patios and had plenty of space. The apartment has such historic charm and is in a quiet, cute area. Walkable to many shops, restaurants, and night life and a short cab ride to anywhere you may want to visit in Philly. Michael and Ellen were great hosts.

Zachary User Profile
July 2017
I am a friend of the hosts, but I think I can objectively say that this is a wonderful way to experience central Philadelphia. A 2016 article explains this type of house: a "trinity" on a "small street." [Nosowitz, Dan. “Philadelphia’s Trinity Houses Are the Original Tiny Houses.” Atlas Obscura, March 10, 2016. (URL HIDDEN) It rightly describes such houses as "small, full of history and character" and "proud and weird and beautiful." What it may not capture is how *quiet* the small streets are. Whether indoors, in the garden, or on the deck, you will not believe how close you are to major streets, since the surrounding buildings block out all the noise. The only challenge of this house is the stairs. If you can't handle steep, winding stairs, this is not the place for you. But if you can, you will enjoy a proud and weird and beautiful and uniquely Philadelphian lodging.

Tim User Profile
July 2017
We stayed in the house for a nice weekend getaway. House is close enough to walk to very good restaraunts, shops, and everything philly has to offer. Michael and Ellen were super responsive, kind and did an excellent job at making us feel comfortable. House has everything you need for a nice stay, including an outdoor patio area and a 2nd floor outdoor patio. House was everything and more we needed for our awesome trip!

Ditte User Profile
July 2017
Location was great. Hosts were very communicative, the area has lots of food options and was perfectly located to see the city. We were able to find street parking for the nights and lot parking was $20. We recommend this place to all, but for those who may find stairs challenging, this may not be the place for you.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesJoined in April 2017
Michael And Ellen User ProfileMichael And Ellen is a superhost.
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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