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Jefferson Chalmers Cottage - Orange
Jefferson Chalmers Cottage - Orange
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 shared bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 shared bath
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This cottage like home is close to The Detroit River, Canals, Residential Islands, and Grosse Pointe. You’ll love this cozy home, filled with lots of natural light, and right next to a major bus line for easy access to downtown. The space is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families (with kids).

The space

Hello! Welcome to Jefferson Chalmers! I have done much traveling, and I know the importance of having a friendly, clean, and safe refuge when traveling in unknown territory. Jefferson Chalmers is the neighborhood that I grew up in, and I have been working on homes here to preserve the community. This home is one of them. It is a very cozy cottage like space, a perfect place to use as a home base for touring the City. There are three full time residents here, an artist, a clothing designer, and a dancer. The home is always full of interesting and friendly people. There is one full bath and and a full open kitchen which is available for cooking and storing food. This house was built in the 20s but was abandoned for many years and suffered a lot of damage. I just finished its rehab and am happy to see it alive again. Instead of a full tear out I tried to preserve the existing detail that is created when a house is abandoned. Income from the home will go into further renovations over time and will slowly erase the scars of abandonment. Given the increasing interest in Jefferson Chalmers, and given my need to fund my preservation projects in the community, I decided to make this space available to travelers looking for a quality, laid back living space for a reasonable price. This provides a place for you, brings awareness to the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, and funds improvements on the Marlborough block!

Guest access

The house is fully furnished, and you can make yourself at home here. There is speedy wifi, a lot of space for working or relaxing in communal areas, and a washer and dryer. The neighborhood is filled with beautiful old homes, and a number of parks along the river. There are also canals that run through the neighborhood, and a couple of small single block islands with homes on them! Jefferson Chalmers is working to bring back its shopping district, but there are grocers and restaurants nearby. We can help you find anything you may be looking for. The Grosse Pointes are also situated on the edge of the neighborhood, providing upscale options for shopping if needed.

Interaction with guests

I don't live in this house but I am easy to contact for anything you might need. And guests often find that the roommates in the house are great resources for recommendations. Also, I will send a full list of suggestions for restaurants, grocers, and things to do once your booking is complete.

Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Extra people No Charge
Cleaning Fee $15 NZD
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 1PM

*No eating in the bedrooms please!
*No guests that are not named in the booking please!
*Do not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet please!
*Please clean up after yourself, this is a shared house
*Close up the house (first floor doors/windows) if you are the last one out
*Be Nice! :)

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - 1 flight of stairs.
Potential for noise - This is a shared house.
Some spaces are shared - All spaces other than the bedrooms are shared.
Safety features
Smoke detector
Lock on bedroom door
1 night minimum stay

156 Reviews

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Morgan User Profile
November 2017
this place is great! it's in a nice, quiet neighborhood that's still close to lots of delicious food. the space is private and cozy. we loved staying at aragorn's and we hope it will be open for our next trip to detroit.

Bruno User Profile
November 2017
Jon was a pleasure to meet, he was very engaging and made us feel at home straight away. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to meet Aragorn. We only stayed in the room for 2 nights while passing through and it fitted our requirements. The neighbourhood is quiet and it's about a 10min drive to Grosse Point where there are shops and restaurants

Toni User Profile
November 2017
Very easy check in and checkout, plenty of street parking which was great for us as we came and went (checked in then grabbed dinner before coming back). Lots of restaurant options nearby- I’m vegan which can sometimes complicate dining out, but Seva (~20 min drive) was so good and worth a return trip just to go to again! Close to the airport (was around a 40 minute drive for us) and would definitely come again.

Tejeshwer User Profile
October 2017
Excellent host - goes above and beyond for guests!

The house is great! Jon welcomed us at home and was very nice. He gave us nice advices for places around. We had a great time in Detroit!

Amy User Profile
October 2017
We stayed at Aragorn's place for two nights over fall break. The check in process was smooth, and the host, John, communicated with me beforehand to make arrangements for a late night check in. John was very friendly and hospitable and made sure we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. This listing is a great option for anyone looking for a place to stay in Detroit on a budget. If you're like us and just looking for a no frills place to crash at the end of the day, look no further. We would definitely stay here again during future weekend trips to Detroit. If we were staying for more than a few nights however, I would plan to spend more money for a place with more amenities and privacy.

Lisa User Profile
October 2017
It's an older home, so from the outside, it looks a little scary. But it's been kept up pretty well and it's what you should expect for the price. Jon, the house manager, is very hospitable.

Detroit, Michigan, United StatesJoined in January 2012
Aragorn User Profile

I am very passionate about Detroit! I enjoy seeing the changes happening here every day. I have so many good friends that are living their dreams, starting farms, triple bottom line food businesses, working in social justice, urban planning, and creating amazing art projects.

I am currently working in high performance/research computing at Wayne State University and am rehabilitating homes in my old neighborhood, Jefferson Chalmers. In what spare time I have I dabble in art, gardening, cooking, and hackery things at OmniCorp Detroit. I am a lover of travel, music, biking, dancing, books, and I try my best to stay informed about current events.

I am laid back, flexible and tidy, and I like to host people that are the same.
Let me know what brings you to town, I enjoy hearing why people come to visit Detroit.


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