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Private apt by universities! Designy old Home

Melissa J.

Private apt by universities! Designy old Home

3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
Self check-inEasily check yourself in with the lockbox.

A private one bedroom apartment contained within a massive, charming & quirky old house in West Philadelphia at 40th and lancaster ave - a great place for either privacy & quiet or as a hub to go to Upenn, Drexel or anything else in Philadelphia. 4 post bed. Sleeper sofa (request sheets if needed!), desk, FIOS internet, stocked spacious kitchen. Flexible & easy check-in & check-out with lock box.


Wireless Internet
Indoor Fireplace
Laptop friendly workspace

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in time is 3PM - 2AM (next day)
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Self check-in with lockbox


60 Reviews

Chris User Profile
September 2014
I stayed in Melissa's apartment for the whole of August 2014, and found it absolutely great. The place is very nicely designed in a distinctive style, and is all well equipped (especially the kitchen, which has all the utensils you'll need). As other guests have noted, there ar…
Loes User Profile
April 2014
Nice place! after a few days i really felt at home. It's perfect when you have business in university city, but also close to the trolley line so you can be down town in 15 minutes. Melissa is very friendly and helpful.
Mariano User Profile
July 2013
I had a great time at Melissa's studio. I was visiting UPenn and it was very well located, all the facilities were functional. I didn't have any problems at all.
Andrea User Profile
May 2018
I would recommend this place only for people who know the city, but not so much for foreign tourists. It doesn't have a very good access to the city if you don't have a car, and the closest supermarket is a bit far away. The apartment is beautifully refurbished, although we hear…
Melissa J. User Profile
Response from Melissa J.:
i say very clearly in messages beforehand & in my posting that the lock box code will be sent just shortly before check in. I said to you, word for word, on the day you made your reservation " So, just before check in, i'll send the lock box code & instructions." this is necessary to prevent (unscheduled) early check ins — no one wants the next guest trying to come in when they're packing up which is what would have happened given that you wanted to show up, without any previous arrangements or advance notice, 3 hours before check in — exactly when the cleaning person was there preparing for you. to hold any of that against me is wildly unfair. there are terms for both sides and my check in terms are VERY clearly expressed. as for the razor— im sorry to hear about that & ive let my cleaning person know. the "coffee stain" is a mark left by a recent guest who burnt the counter - its not a cleaning oversight & cant be removed without replacing all countertops. trash that people on the street throw out is not something i can control, even though i have it picked up bi-weekly. many other people comment on how quiet it is in my home and on how close it is to many things. i also find it to be very quiet for being in a city and very close to many things, but it is, nonetheless in a city. because of that, there are many factors that i can not control & i try to be honest about that in my ad. im sorry that you seem to not be suited for the city or any minor wear & tears of an apartment that has had anyone other than you in it. i hope you are more understanding & less unfair with future hosts.
May 2018
Chelsea User Profile
May 2018
Melissa's home is spaced perfectly, and beautifully designed. My partner and I felt right at home. I would definitely recommend staying here and would stay again in the future! Thanks Melissa!
Lisa User Profile
May 2018
My girlfriend and I stayed at Melissa’s place for five weeks. The apartment was just as described. Melissa was easy to get in touch with and responded fairly quickly to any issues we had while there. We were happy with our experience and had a good experience working with Melissa…
Lauren User Profile
March 2018
Was a cute apartment!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesJoined in July 2012
Melissa J. User Profile
81 Reviews
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Hi! I am an artist, academic and architect into critical theory, social justice, small publishing, cinema, conceptual art & trees. These days, I am living at the house in Philly to get it all in order (painting, gardening, organizing, coordinating renovations, etc. in my off t…
Languages: Deutsch, English, Español
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