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Historic House in Ideal Center City Location

Bedrooms 3
Property type house


About the property

You'll have the full house with three bedrooms, two queen beds, one double bed, and two sleeper sofas. The dining room is a brand new space with real stone floors and the kitchen hardwood has been recently refinished as well. The bathroom includes marble floors, a claw foot bathtub, and is next to a walk in closet with ample space. The third floor bedrooms may be the nicest space in the house with exposed brick and refinished original exposed beams.

Our cobblestone Street has no cars. These half block streets are sprinkled throughout old city. There is nothing like stepping outside onto pedestrian-only cobblestones. You'll find ample street parking a half a block over on Bainbridge as well as three pay lots within one block. From the airport and train stations a taxi is the easiest way to arrive, but Market East station is walkable as well. You can take the bus almost anywhere, but the best way to enjoy the charm, history, and culture of our city is to walk and explore!

Within minutes walking distance:

Independence National Historical Park:

The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and much more!

The Betsy Ross House

South Street (the TLA Theater concert venue and Jim's Cheesesteaks)

Old City Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife

The Italian Market

Reading Terminal Market

Washington Square

Headhouse Square Farmer's Market

The new Spruce Street Harbor Park

Penn's Landing and the Delaware Riverfront

Broad Street Theater District

The vintage shops at Fabric Row

Antiques Row shopping

The Art Gallery district for First Friday

Several grocery stores including Whole Foods, ShopRite, and Essene (a local macrobiotic healthfood store with hot bar)

It's easy to explore all of Center City on foot. All the restaurants and shopping of the Rittenhouse square neighborhood is only a half hour walk, we do it all the time! Of course it's also very easy to catch a taxi just a block over on South Street any time of day or night!

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Jesse Dornstreich
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
13 August, 2018

About Jesse Dornstreich

My wife Elizabeth and I have loved living in Philadelphia for over ten years. A year and a half ago we added little boy Benjamin to our family. We are avid travelers often planning three or four trips ahead. Even with baby Benny in tow, we just strap him in and go! From nature, to small towns, to the cities of the world, we just can't get enough. Some of my favorite trips of the past few years have been Edinburgh and the Scottish highlands, the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, San Francisco and this past summer a wedding in Portugal and Andalucia, Spain!

Jesse Dornstreich purchased this house in 2004


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Southwark in Philadelphia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Historic House in Ideal Center City Location
average rating of 4.65625 based on 32 reviews

Great place to stay in Philly

  • 4 of 5

This house is great. Very clean and the owner is very occomadating. He responded quickly to any request we had. Thanks for a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for a night out!

  • 5 of 5

This place is in the perfect location if you are doing a night out in Philly. My sisters and cousins stayed there for a ladies night. The place is beyond cute and authentic to “old Philly”. Love how they have maintained the original decor of the house but have upgraded where it really counts- mattresses were very comfortable, linens were amazing, house was very clean. The owners were so helpful and accommodating. We would definitely book again!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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location , location , location

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location. We spent two nights here and would do it again. Jesse was only a text away when we had question. A few things to note....I would not recommend staying here if you have small children or some one with knee, hips our gait issues. This house is from the 1800's the stairs are spiral style wood and can pose a challenge. Personally we didn't mind and it added to the character of the house but for small children or disabled this is not the house for you. If you are looking for a clean, safe place to stay with a fantastic location This is the place for you! Walk to Marrakesh restaurant and Dmitri's for fantastic dinners. We walked a lot and Uber was very affordable to get to other locations. Thank you for sharing your city with us!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thanksgiving in Philly

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four enjoyed a comfortable 5 day stay here over a Thanksgiving holiday. The beds are comfortable and the street was very quiet at night.The kitchen was fully equipped and well-accommodated our needs. The neighborhood has a great variety of stores and restaurants. We found excellent provisions at the many Italian shops and grocers on 9th Street, nearby the house. The location has good access to the entire city which we discovered mostly on foot.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Five kids in Philly

  • 5 of 5

We had so much more fun in Philly that we expected! We took our 5 kids for 4 days and this house was a huge part of making it a great trip. Jesse was super helpful and had lots of recommendations for us. I was a little uneasy as I had never been to Philly before but after the first few hours we felt comfortable and safe. The house is great, just know what it is and you will be fine, they don't make them like this anymore! The stairs are narrow and steep, just go slow. The neighborhood is fun, right on South Street which has tons of restaurants, shops and nightlife. It is a busy place at night! The house is a few blocks from the historic area which we walked to everyday. It's also an easy walk to the waterfront, our kids loved the hammock garden at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Know that the streets are super narrow, our minivan barely fit down Orianna Street, which is the nearest street you can drive on to get close to the house. I'm glad we didn't drive our suburban! A public parking garage is about a block away, it's easy. We though Philly just had the liberty bell and Independence Hall, boy were we wrong! There is SO much to see, museums and historic sites everywhere! 4 days was not enough so we are planning another trip. Restaurants we liked: Jim's Steaks is just a block away, Jones restaurant is cool with great staff, that's just a block from the visitor center. Rita's served us several times with cold, sweet treats, it's on South Street, not far from the house. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and lots more are right in the neighborhood. We also drove to a Phillies game, that was easier than expected, there is plenty of parking by the park, unlike Fenway. It's about a 15 minute drive. Thanks Jesse!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet Historic Stay

  • 3 of 5

We really liked the inside charm of this property, it had everything we needed for our stay. The basement laundry was nice to have, but please note the stairs are steep. The third floor bedrooms were perfect for our teens. The staircase is steep but has handrails that made it easy to get up and down. The location is on a quiet street which we loved. Easy walking to all the sights, great coffee at Milk & Honey around the corner and lots a places to eat. Parking was easy in the garage at 3rd and South Street. The issue we had was with the curb appeal upon arrival as well as the upkeep of the street ( we know about being in a city) during the week. Not under the owners control... some of the issues were right outside the property doors. When we arrived there was random garbage along the street as well as a suitcase ( by its contents I am thinking it was left there by someone who was sleeping there ) with its contents laying in the street for the week. The owners were able to get the neighbor's left bags of garbage from the previous week removed for us. We would have given the property a 5/5 but the outside continued to be a "sore sight" during the week.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying DinaGrace! Please do keep in mind there is not usually any trash on the street. But when something is left on the street, the city will not come and remove but once a week, so this is the first time this was an issue. Thanks! Jesse
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Southwark, Greater Philadelphia

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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £77.25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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