Say your prayers: Philly rental prices skyrocket ahead of Papal visit

A four-bedroom home is asking $150,000 for the week

TRD New York /
Sep.September 05, 2015 12:00 PM

The Pope is a cash cow. For landlords, anyway. Ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia at the end of September, landlords and homeowners are turning every nook and cranny into a short-term rental.

On Craigslist, a search for the word “Pope” results in 1,800 rental listings geared toward out-of-towners heading to Philadelphia. And some of those listings seem just a little, well, greedy (that’s one of the seven deadly sins!).

For instance, an “elegant” four-bedroom townhouse is listed for $150,000, and another 875-square-foot apartment is listed for $20,000, according to Bloomberg News. This is in Philadelphia, mind you, not Tribeca.

Some listings are a bit non-traditional, like a 1993 Honda Accord parked near a transit hub that is renting for $30 a night – that’s for sleeping not driving. And for $75 a night, visitors can rent a bunk on the Battleship New Jersey, a decommissioned naval vessel that operates as a museum, according to Bloomberg. Hey, that’s actually really cool! [Bloomberg]Christopher Cameron


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Dan Suozzi

Breather hires former Regus exec to lead real estate division

Vacasa CEO Eric Breon (Credit: Vacasa)

Vacation rental startup Vacasa valued at $1B after new funding

Even with $155M in price cuts, this is still the most expensive home listing in LA

Even with $155M in price cuts, this is still the most expensive home listing in LA

A Malibu beach house listing asking $6,750 a night on Airbnb Luxe

Luxury brokers insist they can take on Airbnb Luxe and win

The Atelier president Daniel Neiditch and 635 West 42nd Street (Credit: Google Maps and Boston University)

Dan Neiditch was paid $705K by travel group tied to short-term rental scheme at Atelier condo: report

HomeAway president John Kim

City sues HomeAway for failure to submit listings data

From left: 110 Greenwich Street, and Hersel Torkian of Torkian Group, and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)

Torkian agrees to pay city $300K to settle massive illegal short-term rental case

Small homeowners are facing hefty fines for short-term rentals

Small homeowners are facing hefty fines for short-term rentals

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...