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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
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 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 Amenities for this vacation house rental in Southwark, Pennsylvania

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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Historic House in Ideal Center City Location
average rating of 4.6551723 based on 29 reviews

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.

  • Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: 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!

  • Submitted: 5-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: 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.

  • Submitted: 2-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: 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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girls overnight

  • 4 of 5

My girlfriends and I had a great time at this adorable location! We really enjoyed the back patio before we went out to dinner for our bride-to-be. There was ample space to accommodate all of us (6 girls total; originally supposed to be 8). Please keep in mind there are very steep winding stairs to the bedrooms which take some skill to maneuver in heels! Jesse was amazing at getting back to me right away with any questions I had. Great area to explore with a farmer's market on Sunday that is super close to this location. Thanks again Jesse!!

  • Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, some challenges due to age of house.

  • 4 of 5

The beds are comfortable and a nicely appointed kitchen. It was functional and pleasant to stay for a family of 4 adults and a toddler. Great location. The small spiral staircases were challenging for my young daughter and my older parents. Also, the water pressure in the shower was lacking.

  • Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Character home in interesting part of the city, close to shops, cafes and the river.

  • 4 of 5

We were very comfortable in this quaint 3 story home. Walking distance to shops, river parks and museums. Enjoyed breakfast at the Famous Fourth St Deli and hired Citibikes for a ride up the river bikeway. Great place to stay for 4 adults who are mobile enough to climb the stairs. Host very responsive and check in very easy.

  • Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Southwark, Pennsylvania

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall/Winter Discount
Oct 4 2017 - Mar 8 2018
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$31 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$31 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$125.68
Tax Rate 8.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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