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Friendly 2b2b, Near Schools, Hospitals, Rittenhouse, Schuylkill Trail, Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

100-yr-old 2br 1.5 Bath Home, Freshly Furnished & Equipped, Close, Quiet Street

This second home is furnished for living. Spacious open downstairs living area, large master bedroom with queen bed, smaller 2nd bedroom with full bed, small deck. Good beds, linens, towels, jacuzzi upstairs, newly equipped kitchen, half bath downstairs, very congenial dining room/work space, comfortable for both longer-term visits and touring Philly. Located on a lovely quiet block near Naval Square and South Street, it offers easy access to the new Schuylkill Boardwalk and River Trail. Very walkable area, with easy access to public transport, Center City, many local hip restaurants and bars. Street parking is easy to find. 15 min by taxi from airport, or if you are a walker, the train to University City is easy. Cross the South Street Bridge and it's a 15-minute walk. One mile from both University of Pennsylvania and Rittenhouse Square.

This is our second home, so it is equipped for comfort. It's VERY new and we are new to hosting, so we will be eager to hear if there are items we should change or add. We appreciate guest's patience as we master the process. We know the best reviews come from the happiest guests, and we'll do what we can to assure a great experience. We LOVE Philadelphia and are delighted to share our enthusiasm.

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Sara Wood-Kraft
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Sara Wood-Kraft

We live in California and have a daughter who moved to Philly a few years ago. Since she is staying in Philly, we bought this place down the block from her (that's how we know this is a great neighborhood!). Our goal is to spend as much time as possible in this home and also to share it with others who want/need to spend time in Philadelphia working, visiting family, or just visiting this beautiful city.

Sara Wood-Kraft purchased this house in 2014

Why Sara Wood-Kraft chose Southwest Center City

We love the location and had come to know the neighborhood while visiting our daughter over the last few years. There's a LOT of action in this hip neighborhood, and we were delighted to find a quiet street, not too fancy, where we could rest between adventures. It's VERY hilly where we live - we also love the opportunity to walk and walk in nice flat Philadelphia. There's history everywhere, and wonderful neighborhoods. This place is close to the action but quiet and homey, with friendly and welcome neighbors.

What makes this house unique

This is just a very nice little place. There are a lot of 30-ish couples in the neighborhood. One of them told us that this is the 'perfect' place for their parents to stay, since the couple has little room for guests. 'Close, but not too close' was their phrase. Also, easy access to the new Schuylkill River Boardwalk and Trail is a real bonus for us.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Southwest Center City, Pennsylvania

Property Type:
  • house
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Full upstairs bath, half-bath downstairs (plenty large for grooming needs). Good towels, hairdryer, steamer for clothes.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • One large master with Queen bed, 2nd smaller with full (double) bed. Master has roomy walk-in closet and chest, double has closet and chest for storage.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
This is a typical Philadelphia rowhouse, attached to others, in a quiet neighborhood not driven by tourism. There are excellent bars, restaurants, and little shops nearby, and tourist areas are within easy walking distance. It is a second home for us and we picked it for these reasons. Also, it is near Penn and other universities and medical facilities, and set up for longer term stays while working or visiting.


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Friendly 2b2b, Near Schools, Hospitals, Rittenhouse, Schuylkill Trail, Downtown
average rating of 4.857143 based on 56 reviews
Pittsburgh, PA (Mt. Lebanon)

Wonderful Philly Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week (Dec 14 - 21, 2017) in Sara's lovely row house. Very walkable city with plenty of public transportation by SEPTA along with a lot of Uber, Lyft, and taxi service. Enjoyed the coffee and tea Sara provided. Nice restaurants, pubs, and grocery stores in the neighborhood. We went to Independence National Historical Park, the Old City, Rittenhouse Square outdoor market, Society Hill, Chinatown, Macy's (Wannamaker's) Wurlitzer Christmas Light Show, City Hall Holiday Market, Reading Terminal Market, Italian Market, cheesesteak at Pat's, Old St. Joe's, City Tavern, Christ Church, Plough and Stars, O'Neal's Pub, South Street, U Penn, Temple, LaSalle, Fairmount Park museums and neighborhood, Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral and Basilica, Northern Liberties, and Fishtown. We drove to Philly from Pittsburgh and had no problem finding on-street parking near the row house. We had a fantastic time ten days before Christmas.

Thanks Sara

  • Submitted: 22-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! You managed to fit in a lot. I'm betting you'll need a rest when you get home! Thanks for the great review of both the house and the neighborhood. So glad you had a good time. Please come back anytime. I'm sure there's a little more you could do and see (the Anthropology Museum at Penn?) Also, glad to hear that the parking was not a problem. Regards, Sara
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  • 5 of 5

The house was beautifully furnished. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were spacious. The complimentary coffee and tea was a nice touch. We were able to park on the street and walk/Uber everywhere that we wanted to go. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: 15-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lansing, MI

A Favorite!

  • 5 of 5

Sara's rowhouse was absolutely lovely! It was very clean, well furnished, comfortable,

attractive, spacious, and in a great location. It's within walking distance to most everything. The neighborhood is very nice and quiet. Sara is a terrific host. We very much enjoyed our experience here and highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nicely decorated, great walking location

  • 5 of 5

Sara’s hospitality was greatly appreciated and her attention to details noticeable. The home was clean, well stocked with sheets, towels and kitchen necessities. It was in a nice location and on a quiet street but within walking distance to many restaurants and shops.

  • Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great two bedroom for a weekend trip with two couples

  • 5 of 5

Sara was very responsive and detailed, and the property was great! The perfect spot within walking distance to stores and a short car ride from much of downtown. Very cozy place, we loved spending time there. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: 13-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We were in town for the Army Navy game and it had all the comforts of home and was very easy for us.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend at the house. And the owner was very helpful in helping us with the area and was very responsive to questions. We would definitely stay here again! The house had everything we needed and it was a fun weekend!

  • Submitted: 10-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you had such a great time! Come back - we’ll be happy to have you. Sara
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Southwest Center City, Pennsylvania

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$106.27
Damage Insurance C$78.38

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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