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Josh Russell

Member since: 2007
Speaks English

Cozy townhouse steps to Convention Center, Independence Hall & The Liberty Bell

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday townhome in Gayborhood - Townhome in Washington Square

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Townhouse on quiet walking street

Our Three Story home located in the heart of Washington Square is just steps from the Convention Center, Independence Hall, City Hall and the Liberty Bell. With 3 floors and 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, our home can easily accommodate up to 4 travelers. We supply a fully equipped kitchen, linens & towels as well as internet and cable TV.


Philadelphia is a bustling city overflowing with activity, history, and culture. The 'City of Brotherly Love' is a city where many come to learn about the history of America's roots by touring Independence Hall, viewing the Liberty Bell, and visiting the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. What many visitors forget is that Philadelphia's history was written not just in a house that stood at Seventh and Market streets, but also in the neighborhoods where Philadelphians still live today.

While much of Philadelphia has been modernized and updated, some structures remain the same as they were in the 18th century when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson strolled through the streets of Philadelphia during the American Revolution. One of the things that makes Philadelphia unique is its architecture and real estate. Just one example of unique real estate is the Trinity houses of Philadelphia. Below is some more information on this uniquely Philadelphia structure and how it has survived the test of time.

What is a Trinity house?

A Trinity house is a three-story house with each floor containing one room. The Trinity house is believed to have originated in Philadelphia as early as the year 1720, and nearly 300 years later, Trinity houses are still found across the city of Philadelphia. Sometimes called 'Father, Son, and Holy Ghost' houses or 'Bandbox' houses, Trinity houses are typically quite small with an estimated 400-700 square feet of living space (our home has 700 sqft).

Please be aware that folks were smaller back in the 1700's when these homes were built. The stairs can be challenging if you are tall or have mobility issues. We own the listing #583380 which is located directly next door as well. There are more reviews for that property as we have been renting that one for a bit longer.

***There are pluses and minuses to each of our properties and we want to make sure you select the one that you and your group will enjoy the most. Please see short summaries below with the pros and cons of each of our properties below.

The Chestnut Lofts ...HomeAway # 179041 (faces rear of building)

The Chestnut Lofts is located is located in Old City which although is steps away from the liberty bell and independence hall also has a very lively night time scene with cafes and restaurants and bars. The pros of this unit is that it is located on the top floor of a 5 story building and oriented facing south toward a parking garage not facing chestnut street so it's much much quieter. Drawbacks being there isn't a waterfront view as you have in the front unit, it doesn't have those huge 20 foot ceilings and the main bedroom is a platform style (the second bedroom is fully enclosed). Please see link here for full listing. https://www.vrbo.com/141917

The Chestnut Lofts ...VRBO # 477685 (faces front of building)

This unit does have a water view, has soaring 20 foot ceilings and gets great sunlight. The drawbacks being it's located on Chestnut St so noise can be an issue especially on a weekend night. Please see link for full listing. https://www.vrbo.com/477685

(Panama St )Cozy Home in Historic Washington Square ...HomeAway # 3165419

This home is located directly next to our other home listing #583380 (Townhouse in Washington Sq) on a quiet cobblestone walking street. Both homes are nearly identical although "Townhouse in Washington Sq" was recently remodeled with a new kitchen and new bathroom. On the upside it has a washer and dryer where the other does not. You can not be more centrally located than this, very easy walk to Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square, 13th and Sansom as well as Old City. The location is hard to beat. Drawback wise these places are small and they have very challenging stairs.

(Panama St) Townhouse in Washington Square ...VRBO # 583380

Please see above summary

Charming on Historic Street ... VRBO # 619713

My personal favorite of all our properties. This home is located 258 S. Quince street, if you google images of "Quince street Philadelphia" you will see it has been the subject of many a painting and photograph. The street with all it's cute little walking streets and off shoots is very European/ Old World. It's very tough to drive a car down, more of a cobblestone walking street, making it very quiet, almost an oasis in the middle of the busy city. It's still not too far from the historic sites but certainly not as close as The Chestnut Lofts are. It also has a private back patio with table and 4 chairs. Although it is a trinity, its much larger than the ones we have on Panama st. Drawback wise, Id say it has a lot of stairs and could be an issue for a toddler or someone that has any sort of mobility issue. Please see link for full listing. https://www.vrbo.com/619713

****Very Important

Please read our notes about 2 and 3 night stays in the rates section. We take them on a case by case basis and rates can be much higher. Please do not use the book it now button for 2 or 3 night stays before contacting us.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Josh Russell (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks English


based on 32 holidaymaker reviews

Cozy townhouse steps to Convention Center, Independence Hall & The Liberty Bell
average rating of 4.875 based on 32 reviews
Birmingham, AL

Great location

  • 5 of 5

Responsive host and great location. Easy walk to city center , while staying in a real urban neighborhood with coffee shop (last drop) right outside your door. Steps are not for anyone with balance or orthopedic problems. Also, if you want to use the kitchen, bring your own coffee cup.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. With regards to the coffee cups, there are 7 or 8 coffee cups there I know for a fact. My guess is that the cleaner may have forgotten to unload the dishwasher my apologies. For any guests reading this there is no reason to bring your own mug. We provide a pretty well stocked kitchen complete with everything you need to cook a meal minus the food.
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Lanesboro, MN USA

Great place!!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Josh for letting us stay in your humble abode. It was cozy, comfy, and convenient. We loved the neighborhood and easy access to public transportation or walking distance to sightseeing. We had 2 couples and it was just the right size for 4 people. The trinity home is as described by most ---small, steep stairways, kitchen in basement -- but we found all of that endearing and appropriate for staying in such a historical town. The bathroom and kitchen have been recently redone and they are beautiful! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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P{ortland, Or

Located in the Heart of Philly.

  • 4 of 5

Clean and well maintained with a beautiful kitchen and remodeled bathroom this home is a beautiful piece of history to stay in. As I mentioned it has a remodeled bathroom and beautiful kitchen, a small "nook" with a sink, counters and microwave on the main floor while the kitchen is located in the basement. We only spent four nights in this home and didn't use the kitchen because we were out sight seeing most of the time. My teen boys slept in the twin beds upstairs and we had the main bedroom on the second floor. Everything was clean and well cared for although I have to say there really isn't a lot of room in the bedroom for any clothes. The very small "closet" was only good to hang a few shirts, so we had to live out of the suitcase which we left in the living room downstairs. The room upstairs with the twin beds was very nice with it's own air conditioner and very cozy, again no closets or dressers so be prepared to live out of your suitcase. Because it is an older home it has the very narrow and steep steps which was fine for us but I'm not sure appropriate for anyone with small children. This is an old home and it is well taken care of by the owners, located in nice part of town and within walking distance of just about everything. We also used UBER a couple times and had a great experience with the drivers. The owners were good about responding to any questions we had and are very "reachable". All-in-all a we had a good experience with this rental, the owners were great, the location is good.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This house is exactly as advertised - small, but very comfortable. For us it was perfectly located and in a great neighborhood, with everything that we needed nearby, and close to all Philadelphia tourist sites. We walked everywhere we went, and it was easy to get to the Broad Street line to get to the Phillies game, as the Lombard South station is just around the corner. There is a great coffee shop (Last Drop) a few hundred feet away, and a really nice unique breakfast place (Green Egg) only a few blocks toward center city. It was easy to get to restaurants anywhere in town (we went to Bistrot la Minette on S. 6th Street), and to Center City. The kitchen downstairs was great, the owner was highly communicative and helpful, the house was extremely clean upon arrival, and our cleaning deposit was returned by the time we flew home to North Carolina. I'd highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location; Charming Digs

  • 5 of 5

This early 1900's house has been nicely renovated and is in a great location. Nice quiet neighborhood in walking distance to Rittenhouse Square, the Convention Center, and all the tourist sites. The house is well furnished and equipped and the AC kept us all very cool on some very hot days. The only challenge we had was parking, but that is just life in the city and has nothing to do with the rental.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Reno, NV USA

Great place, wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying in a trinity (although the steps are a bit challenging to navigate, especially with suitcases). The neighborhood was great - we didn't have a car and we were able to walk to everything - historic sights, Reading Terminal Market (our favorite), museums, the Italian Market. We loved the way the house is decorated and would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday townhome in Gayborhood, Greater Philadelphia

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
27 Sep 2016 - 19 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
24 Oct 2016 - 17 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 Nov 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
New Years Pricing
30 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter Special
3 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £193
Cleaning fee £96
Pet Fee £31
Tax Rate 8.5%

Important Note with regards to two night stays! With Regards to 2 and 3 night stays. We do take 2 and 3 night stays on a case by case basis. Please inquire for a quote.

Rates Subject to Change

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome in Gayborhood in Greater Philadelphia

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Located on 2nd floor next to bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Located on 3rd Floor
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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