Private room with king-sized bed in our spacious first floor guest flat at The Detroit Homestead, a working urban farmstead and bicycle shop near Detroit's New Center.
~PLEASE arrange a check in time prior to arrival. We do our best to be as flexible as possible, but we need a heads up so that we have something to plan around and are able to leave The Homestead to run errands or hop in the shower without worrying about folks arriving when we're out or otherwise indisposed. If your travel plans change significantly, please update us ASAP.
~IF YOU REPRESENT A GROUP, please try to arrange to do only one check-in for your group, where we can meet and get everyone oriented into the space at once. If this is not possible, please make sure that the first arrival is prepared to relay information to the rest of the group, meet them at The Homestead, and familiarize them with the space.
~YOU are responsible for all members of your party. Please ensure that everyone who will be staying at The Homestead as part of your group has read the house rules prior to arrival and respects them while here to ensure that together we all have a positive, memorable experience!
~No smoking indoors. Smoking outside is fine! Vaporizing inside is also fine as long as your fellow guests don't mind!
~Please put cigarette butts in the can on the front porch, not in the inside garbage or in the street/lawn.
~Please keep doors closed and locked (unless hanging out in direct proximity to them), and lock up when departing The Homestead.
~Please keep bedroom windows closed when not at The Homestead (in case of inclement weather, we don't want to have to intrude on your room to prevent rain from getting in!)
~RETURN YOUR KEYS before departing. A $50/set fee will be assessed for lost/un-returned keys
~Please smoke outside and close the front door if smoking on the porch to prevent smoke in the flat.
~To conserve energy, please turn off most of the lights when not home (leaving one or two lights on at night so you can see is fine, and so is leaving the fans on to keep it comfortable!)
~Please unplug hairdryers, curlers, irons, and other hot things when not in use.
~NO DOWNLOADING UNAUTHORIZED MATERIAL (i.e. pirate Game of Thrones on your own internet, if you gotta!)
~Please sort recycling into the white tubs in the kitchen. Don't crush your cans (otherwise we can't return them).
~Compost fruit/vegetable scraps, eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds, etc. NO meat or dairy in the compost, please!
~Ants and flies and mice are gross to have inside. Please don't leave garbage/food/dirty dishes out.
~Please be considerate of other guests and keep common areas mess-free (includes hairballs in the shower and dirty dishes in the sink).
~Please take off your shoes inside (feel free to leave them in the entry area/front coat closet)
~Hang towels on the hooks in the bathroom and on the doors. DON'T drape them over the furniture!
~Please watch out for splashing in the shower/bathroom. One idiosyncrasy of the century-old Homestead is an annoying tendency to leak water into the basement when lots of splashy showers are being taken. We've tried to remediate this as much as possible, but being cognizant of splashing will go a long way towards help us prevent water leaks.
~DO NOT FLUSH ANYTHING OTHER THAN TOILET PAPER. Please don't make us snake out the sewer line (again). It's a SUPER gross job.
~Please let us know and get the OK if you're planning a gathering or party. YOU are liable for your guests; please make sure that everyone treats The Homestead kindly and abides by house rules.
~Please get our OK before using the bonfire pit so that we can ensure everyone's safety. NO bonfires without hosts on the property.
~Please respect The Homestead's guests, residents, and community and keep the ruckus down between 11PM and 8AM. You can still hang, but please keep it low key.
~Let us know if you would like produce from the garden! Please don't harvest unless we've discussed with you to prevent early harvest or over-harvesting.
~We'd LOVE to have you help out, if you want! Let us know before you start pulling weeds, though, so we can give you a brief tutorial!
~DON'T HESITATE to walk through/photograph/commune with the garden! And just ask if you've got questions for us about it!
~BEE mindful of the hive at the back of the garden. The colony is working diligently and won't bother you, but please don't disturb the hive unless we're there working on it together!
~Well behaved, spayed/neutered pets are welcome! Please check with us in advance of bringing them, though, so we can check with other guests about allergies if necessary.
~Maintaining a clean, allergen-free space is a priority for us, for everyone's comfort. If you're bringing a pet or pets, a flat $50 pet fee will be added to your booking to cover the extra time and energy of thoroughly cleaning the room and flat after your departure so that we can ensure that future guests won't be sneezing after you leave.
~While it's best if you can stay with your furry friend, if you'll be leaving them at The Homestead alone please contain them with what they need in your room while you're gone (unless more involved pet-sitting by hosts is discussed in advance).
A few years ago, my partner, Matt, and I discovered Detroit on a somewhat aimless weekend trip. Although curiosity about the city's ruins and reputation inspired the initial visit, over two years of repeated trips, we began to understand that Detroit is much more than these two things. The people impressed us at every turn with their hospitality, warmth, creativity, and perseverance, while the place inspired us with its open spaces and opportunity for reclamation and restoration, not to mention the affordability of beautiful historic homes.
Realizing that my years of living a professional, office-bound existence had been stable but deeply unfulfilling, that we had exhausted our options in our then-home of Pittsburgh, and that there seemed to be something that kept drawing us back here, we made the decision to relocate on a particularly beautiful evening in July around a bonfire with friends in Southwest Detroit. Two weeks later, we arrived with all of our worldly goods in a truck as new Detroit residents.
Shortly after moving, we were fortunate enough to find and purchase The Detroit Homestead. Rough at first, we saw the potential in this unassuming brick duplex. Six weeks of frantic cleaning, repairing, and renovating later, we welcomed our first guests and entered into our new life as self employed innkeepers.
Since opening in November of 2012, we have had the privilege of hosting guests from around the world, sharing stories and experiences, learning more about what brings people here and their own perspectives on Detroit. We are honored to be ambassadors for the city that has captured our hearts and to help visitors explore the city and appreciate it for the unparalleled positives that are too often overlooked - the vibrant art and music communities, the wonderful food, the explosion of urban gardening, and the overwhelming kindness and spirit of Detroiters.
We are constantly at work making improvements to The Homestead and the land surrounding it, envisioning it as an integrated and self-sustaining community garden/farm, inn, bike shop, creative space, and a hub for visitors and residents alike in our neighborhood and rentals from Airbnb go directly towards that goal. Even after four years, we continue to look forward to expanding and refining of our small urban neighborhood farm here at The Homestead, growing as artists and homesteaders personally, and collaborating with other individuals and groups also at work re-imagining Detroit's future.
Living and creating a small business here has challenged us, inspired us, and gone beyond our expectations. Detroit is changing inevitably, and we feel lucky to be a part of the process, to help renew our block with the help of our community and support of visitors. We look forward to showing you why we love it here!
Alyssa & Matt
The Detroit Homestead