Cozy up in our 3rd floor studio in the D. This attic space is a getaway for two in a century-old restored house in a residential neighborhood in Motor City.
Welcome to the Rockin' Kasbah.
This third floor attic space is a travel writer's getaway filled with treasures from around the globe. We welcome artists, writers, photographers, musicians, designers, and wanderers of all sorts to our little studio. Please note this is best for a self-sufficient traveler, and we prefer guests with Airbnb experience and at least one good review.
The first floor is home to full time renters, and the second and third are Airbnb rentals. The third floor is especially unique; you'll find everything from Moroccan leather and a Turkish lamp to an old steamer trunk and a vintage clawfoot tub in a hot pink bathroom. We want this space to feel like we're away on an adventure somewhere amazing (and Detroit definitely fits the bill!). Think hardwood floors, an Arabian Nights color scheme, and cozy sleeping nook at one end of the room.
We also wanted it to be comfy, so we have a full-size Tuft & Needle mattress (sleeps 2), room darkening blinds, a portable air conditioner in the summer, and electric radiator to supplement the single old radiator (***NOTE: there's no thermostat on this floor so the radiator kicks on and off with the ones on the floor below but the place is generally warm and cozy because heat rises***).
There's wifi shared from the 2nd floor and a small TV. The kitchenette (not a full kitchen!) comes with a sink, microwave, mini-fridge, and induction cook top. It's our own little kasbah and we want to share it with you!
Now then, we ask you to understand that this is an old house, with all the attending charms -- and idiosyncrasies – that entails. For example, we added a shower to the clawfoot tub under a low ceiling. If you're much more than about 5 ft 10 you will find it cramped. It's radiator heat with no thermostat so you won't be choosing your perfect temperature. The AC cools the living/sleeping area, but not so much the kitchen or bathroom. We've done a lot of work on the house, but plenty remains to be done. This isn't the place to stay if you prefer everything shiny or new or perfect (when you see my plaster work you'll understand!)
Next, let's talk about Detroit. You've surely heard a lot about the city. A lot of it is true, including the exciting parts about the transformation underway -- the reason we moved our family to the city a few years ago. Plenty of the rest of it is true, too, and if the sight of empty houses creeps you out, an Airbnb here may not be for you. Everyday life in Detroit plays out on the street - sometimes that's fascinating, and sometimes it's unsettling, depending on your comfort level with inner city life. If you know this is out of your comfort zone, there are lots of other options. If you're an intrepid traveler and want to stay, take the precautions you would take in any big city; use your Spidey senses, don't leave valuables in your car, obviously lock it up, and be aware of your surroundings. But most of all, take it all in! Detroit today is a once in a lifetime chance to experience a re-invention.
We prefer guests who have Airbnb experience who understand you're staying as a guest in our home, and will treat it accordingly.
Look at you – you've read the whole description. That's a great sign and I want to thank you for it. When you send your inquiry, say the magic words “I'm a good reader" in your note and the odds we accept your booking go up exponentially.
Servicios y zonas comunes
You get the private third floor flat to yourselves: that includes your own bathroom with clawfoot tub and shower, small kitchenette, and a separate living/sleeping area. Plus you'll have access to the fenced in back yard with a fire pit you're welcome to use (shared with the residents) and laundry facilities (shared with the second floor) in the unfinished basement. You'll access the apartment through the back door and back staircase
Atención a los huéspedes
We live in a nearby historic district in case you have questions/issues. We'll handle everything by email, and you'll let yourself in with keys from a lockbox on the property. The guys that live in the first floor are around in case of emergency, and we have a rental property manager nearby.
We are available by email and phone would love to help you with ideas for your time in the D!
Otros aspectos destacables
*Is the neighborhood safe/will my car be safe/will I be safe?*
Here's the thing. Nobody can tell you that, and it's irresponsible if they do. I've stayed many a night and never had a problem. That doesn't mean I won't or that you won't. We have great neighbors and I feel perfectly safe, but I use my spidey senses, and common sense. That means not leaving valuables in the car, locking it up, not strolling down to the liquor store at night, and in general being aware of your surroundings. If you are afraid you won't feel safe, and don't like seeing abandoned houses and graffiti, this might not be for you, and that's ok.
*How do I get in? What time can I check in and when do I have to leave?*
We'll send you instructions for getting the keys from an on-site lockbox. We're super flexible, so if nobody else is there you can arrive as early as you like. Check-out is at noon so the cleaner can get the place ready for the next guests, but we can arrange for a later time if need be.
*Where is the house? Can I take public transportation? Do you have bikes?*
You'll get the address after booking, but it's in the LaSalle Gardens neighborhood, in the New Center area. While there is a bus, this is Motor City, and you're really going to need a car. Sorry, we don't have bikes, but you can rent them from Wheelhouse downtown.
*Can my dog/cat/bird/extended family come?*
Nope, I'm afraid your furry family can't join you.
It's a small space with one full-sized bed and one bath that is not meant for more than two people. Pick your travel companion wisely, because you can only bring one.
*Wait, is that a pit bull wandering down the street?*
That's Tiger. She belongs to a neighbor who believes in free ranging dogs. Tiger is way more afraid of you than you are of her. We're still trying to get her to come up to us so we can say hi.
*Can I cook?*
If you're handy with a toaster oven, you're all set. Ok, seriously, there's no stove, and the fridge is just a bit bigger than a dorm-sized one, but you've definitely got what you need to heat things up. There's silverware, dishes, and glasses, too. Need pizza right now? Call Papa's Pizza on Grand.
*Do you have wifi/cable/Netflix?*
Wifi is shared from the second floor and everyone has reported it works great. No cable but there's Roku on the small flat screen TV, and you're welcome to use our Netflix.
*Does it stay cool/warm/my preferred temperature? *
It's an attic, so you get an extreme version of whatever is outside.
In the winter it's COLD outside, and this is an old house. The radiator runs off the second floor thermostat, so it kicks on only when it runs on that floor. The good news is heat rises. The better news is we also have an electric radiator you can use to supplement the old fashioned one. I recommend putting it in the kitchen.
*What's my total booking price?*
Airbnb adds their fees to my price, so plug in your dates and it will show you.
*When do I pay you?*
You pay airbnb when you book (and they pay me the day after you check in).
*Where should we go eat/drink/play/explore?*
I'm glad you asked! Our guide https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3957288#neighborhood has a few of our favorites, and I'm more than happy to send you info on more.
This is a three-family building and other folks live here full-time and go to work. Please keep it quiet from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Definitely no parties, and no smoking allowed indoors. Also, we love animals, but no visiting pets please. Leave the place like you left it, and we'll let your next hosts know you were a great guest!
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We are a young family who lives, works and plays in Detroit. We live just north of the house location, so we're always available if you need help or get yourself locked out. We also LOVE to eat and Detroit is a mecca for new restaurants (the Washington Post said so last year). Ask us and we'll recommend a few of our new favorites.