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Michael Palmer

Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish, portuguese

Charming Row Home, Great Location

33 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this South Philadelphia holiday house

311 Kater Street Is A Historic Rowhome Located On A Quiet Tree Lined Street

311 Kater Street is a historic Philadelphia rowhome located on a quiet tree lined, cobble stone street in Queen Village. We are right in the middle of everything, including Old City historic Philadelphia, bars, restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing. You can't find a better location in Philadelphia!

Queen Village is a great mix of quiet tree lined streets (like Kater Street), historic Philadelphia, and great bars and restaurants. It is an area that appeals to all tastes, and will provide countless activities for everyone!

The house itself is a 3 story rowhome. The ground floor is the main living area (with a comfortable pull out full size bed), a gourmet kitchen, and a dining room. The second floor has a bedroom with a full size bed, along with the bathroom. The third floor is a spacious loft with queen size bed, high ceilings, and great skylight. There is plenty of room for 6 guests, and the house comes complete with a fully stocked kitchen, bedding, soap, shampoo, coffee, tea, and all the basics for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Also, we live only about 10 minutes away, and are always available should our guests need anything!

Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael Palmer (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish, portuguese

About Michael Palmer

I grew up in Connecticut, and have been living in Philadelphia for about 10 years. My wife grew up in Rio De Janeiro, Brasil, and has been living in Philadelphia for about 15 years. We met in 2007, and have lived together at 311 Kater Street since 2009. We recently got married in November, 2014 in Belize, and moved across town to our new house. We called 311 Kater our home for almost 6 years, and are thrilled to rent it out so everyone can enjoy it as much as we did!

Michael Palmer purchased this house in 2008

Why Michael Palmer chose Philadelphia

311 Kater Street is a beautiful historic Philadelphia rowhome that is located on a quiet tree lined, cobble stone street in the heart of Queen Village. The house is historic and keeps some of that old city charm, but has been remodeled and updated to include all of the modern amenities and comfort for a great stay. There is no better location in all of Philadelphia, you can walk to countless historic sites, bars, restaurants, and shopping areas in just a few minutes.

What makes this house unique

The location of 311 Kater is truly the most unique benefit. We are right in the heart of everything, and you can easily walk anywhere. We're also conveniently located around many bus and subway lines for any guest looking to travel to the suburbs or more distant Philadelphia attractions.

Reviews

4.7
based on 33 traveller reviews

Charming Row Home, Great Location
average rating of 4.6969695 based on 33 reviews
5

Positive, helpful, and quick responses from the owner

  • 5 of 5

Being able to communicate with the owner and get every question answered and potential issue resolved made me confident about this as a financial transaction. Also - the house met every expectation. Great property!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great location made sightseeing easy.

  • 4 of 5

A comfortable space. Great kitchen, comfortable beds. Shampoo would have been helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ladera Ranch, California
5

Great Location, Basic but Comfortable House

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying on Kater street. Decor is Ikea chic, spartan but adequate and the beds are very comfortable.

Great location and everything you could need, plus a few things you didn't know you needed, can be had within a few blocks. South Street area can be characterized as Bohemian, Happening or Sleazy depending on your lifestyle and background and exposure to city living. My family was happy with it considering we arrived at midnight from the West coast and were still able to get pizza.

One bit of info I would want to know: best address for Uber/Lyft is 311 Bainbridge Street at the intersection of Orianna street. We were dropped at 4th and Kater and the walk from that end at midnight was a bit scary and the uneven sidewalk makes for difficulty with rolling bags.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Meh... did not meet expectations based on other reviews

  • 2 of 5

Very mixed experience at this VRBO. Location is very walkable for seeing Philadelphia, near downtown and all the major historical landmarks. This was great for traveling with our daughter as it made it easy to get around without having to use a car seat. That said, the actual neighborhood it is in is not exactly as described. The surrounding couple of blocks are the hipster/alt part of the city (tattoo spots, sex shops, lots of hooka & regular bars). Would have been an ideal location for us a couple years back but not really the "historic" Philly it's billed as. The entrance to the condo is also not on a main road but more of a back alley. There was an overflowing dumpster 25ft from the front door for most of our stay.

Inside the VRBO was also mixed. This is clearly not a location that the owner sleeps at often (if ever). Cool architecture and a great kitchen. Overall true to the pics in appearance if a little darker and more rundown. We cooked most of our meals there (hard to eat out with an infant, hence the VRBO) and didn't notice any major items you'd want to use missing. That said, the condo smelled bad. There was a stench in the living room (rug? couch?) that transferred to our daughter's pillow and made it unusable. The sheets on both beds stank so badly of mildew that we stripped the bed and slept on the bare mattress for the first night. The owner sent a kid over with a bottle of Febreze and clean sheets the next day but the blankets still smelled for the full stay.

Overall, I think this would be a great spot for folks in their 20s to stay for a Philly party weekend but wasn't the nice, family-friendly experience I expected given the other reviews.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: William, we appreciate your feedback and take it to heart. -Overall, the neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, and we are within short walking distance to the major historic attractions. Though we do understand that South St (not the street the house is on) can be as you described. Additionally, we have contacted the company down the street about the dumpster and it won't be happening again. -Since your stay, we have added several new lights, decorations, and plants to lighten up the property. We hope if you ever stay again that you will enjoy the new touches. -All new sheets have been bought, sincere apologies about the smell you experienced. Additionally, although we and the cleaners never experienced the smell in the living room, we spent a lot of time and effort to make sure no future guests experience the same. Again, thanks for the feedback and apologies for the let down. We take a lot of pride in maintaining the property and look forward to hopefully having you back again so you can experience some of the improvements we've made. Regards, Michael.
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5

Nice little house.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. It was a nice little house. There was plenty of room for myself, my husband and two daughters. Communication with the owners was very easy. They were always pleasant. The location was great for many of the sights in Philadelphia. We were able to walk to many of the historical sights from the house. Independence Hall, etc were about a 15 minute walk away. There were plenty of food choices right around the corner on South Street. Parking was a challenge, mostly because it was expensive. We were able to use a garage just a couple of blocks away. It was especially expensive on the weekends. However, the price of the house was very reasonable and made the parking much less of an issue. We did not use the kitchen, but it was well stocked. There was an air conditioner on each floor to keep us cool. Although South Street was right around the corner, our house was very cozy and quiet.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, DC
5

Great neighborhood and a great stay!

  • 5 of 5

The best part of the rental was definitely the adorable street and great neighborhood where it is located. The house itself is great also. It was clean and nice and we had everything we needed. I would definitely stay there again if I'm ever back in town.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
October 2
7 Dec 2016 - 13 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
A$114
From
A$208
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
 
December 1
14 Dec 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
A$128
From
A$208
Fri,Sat
A$1,579
A$6,922
 
 
Holidays
21 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
A$148
From
A$396
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
 
New Years Eve
30 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
A$430
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
 
January
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
1 night minimum stay
A$148
From
A$276
Fri,Sat
A$1,277
A$5,578
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
 
February
1 Feb 2017 - 8 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
A$145
From
A$269
Fri,Sat
A$1,243
A$5,477
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
 
NFL Draft
27 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$356
From
A$491
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$27 per night, per additional guest
 
Graduation 2017
9 May 2017 - 16 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$672
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
A$214
From
A$343
Fri,Sat
A$1,714
A$7,056
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$336
Cleaning A$134
Tax Rate 8.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , jacuzzi
  • Our bathroom is a spacious, modern bathroom with a nice jacuzzi bathtub/shower combo.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sofa bed/futon
  • The master bedroom is a spacious loft style room on the 3rd floor. It has a queen size bed, a dresser, a closet, and a comfortable bean bag sofa for relaxing. The second bedroom is located across from the bathroom on the second floor, and has a full size bed, a dresser, and a closet. The final bed is a full size sleeper futon located in the main living space.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Television ...
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services