About This Listing
Inspired by french family background, I redesigned this studio with colors and furniture to best fit my work and play life. 2 blocks from Convention Center & metro, 10 minute walk to Chinatown, 20 minute walk to the Capital mall, and near good food!
This unit was entirely repainted and refurnished in May 2013. It's right next to the bustling and moving-quickly Mt. Vernon Sq. It's perfect for a couple's escape or for a professional working or attending the DC convention center located 2 blocks away.
It's furnished with a smart tv, a full size bed, and a desk that can be folded out to be a dining table to accompany other guests.
The unit has a front and backyard with chairs, which is perfect for those warm summer nights to relax.
Also, the fascinating and cultured neighbors add so much charm to the place, as they're always cooking delicious meals and enjoying the leisure DC has to offer.
As a guest you will have:
1. Smart TV with tons of channels
2. Full size bed
3. Fold up desk for work and dining
5. Really fast & free wireless internet access
6. 1 bath/shower/toilet/towels
7. 2 closets
8. A full kitchen with pots, pans, kettle, utensils, plates, spices
9. There are 2 door locks and the windows locked shut with a simple barrier locking the windows from opening upwards.
If you have a car, make sure that it has a permit to park in zone 2 or 6 to park on the street. Unfortunately, there's no designated parking, but there is usually room on the street to park. There is no designated parking - but during the middle of the day on weekdays and weekends, there's usually a spot right in front of the house available. Overnight parking is allowed without a permit, but once the permit hours begin, beware of the times. You can find out how much time you have to park on the street signs located on the street.
There's also parking lots and spaces that aren't restricted by hourly rates nearby the house. You have to just speak with the lot manager to strike a deal at times if absolutely necessary. In the end, I would recommend not using a car in DC. The metro is awesome and much more stress free.
Often, I've just double parked and put on my emergency blinkers and I never had a problem with someone asking me to move, unless I'm blocking in their car.
Interaction with Guests
Since I am traveling and working a lot in other places, I will often not be available to provide the keys. But there is a lockbox which I will provide access to for key access.
I am glued to my phone, so renters can reach me at nearly any time for questions and concerns.
Mt. Vernon is the new place to be. Almost every week, there's a new shop, restaurant, bar opening up in this area. The best part is it's growing fast with new to-dos without losing its classics (Just wander around 8th street and 12th).
The Mt. Vernon Sq metro is just 2 blocks away and it's incredibly efficient. For people staying more than just a few days, there's one of the world's best DC bike rentals. Check it out at city bike share.
PARKING: DC is not a forgiving place for parking. If you drive with a car, make sure to follow the parking rules labeled on the street signs. In front of the apartment, you're offered free overnight parking (after from 8pm to 8am), but the city enforces a 2 hour parking limit during the day. However, if you come with a car, there are free parking areas near the apartment - just speak with lot owner and you're usually allowed to strike a deal.
There's a zipcar stop on the walk towards Shaw metro on Rhode Island Avenue.
Uber is also a taxi service that will come pick you up and drive you around. Drivers are always friendly and nice - great service too - just be aware of the prices it charges - which fortunately are usually a little bit lower than usual taxis, but they raise the rates during busy times. It's an app you need to download on a smart phone.
Otherwise, you can walk like a local and experience the city that way - ie the best way :)
I hope guests don't smoke within the apartment.
Also, there are neighbors nearby in the adjacent houses and within the same building. It's courteous to be mindful of the noise levels late at night and in the morning.
The entire apt was made available, so I did not have the opportunity to meet Jon face-to-face. The area is beautiful, with everyone clearly devoted to maintaining the charm of this historic neighborhood. Jon's instructions are detailed, easy-to-follow, and friendly. The apartment is fresh, clean, and bright, with a well-equipped kitchen area. It felt good to be there.
First off, I will say that the location of the apartment was good. That's about where the 'good' part stops.
When we arrived our first evening, we discovered that only 1 of the 3 lightbulbs worked. Then, we also quickly discovered that there was no toilet paper in the apartment, as well as no trash bags. I messaged Jon, but after not hearing back for a couple of hours, we took the situation into our own hands and bought a lightbulb (for the one socket we could reach by standing on the kitchen counter) and TP. We did eventually hear back from Rukiyat, but she didn't show up until 2 days later, at 10pm, to try to change the other burnt out lightbulb. Unfortunately, she didn't have the correct equipment, so we just fared fine with 2 of the 3 lights working. Theoretically, Jon was going to pay me back the $10 that I spent getting supplies that should have been at the apartment to begin with, but I haven't seen anything yet.
The toilet runs constantly. Apparently this is a known issue, but the plumbing in the building is old so it can't be fixed (?). It was a bit annoying but mostly you couldn't hear it when you close the bathroom door.
The kitchen faucet was not attached to the sink - it could be moved around an inch or two either way. Eventually a plumber was called to come take a look (3 days into our trip), and he sort-of fixed it... still pretty loose.
One day when we came home for lunch, the water was turned off. Thankfully, it came back on about 10 minutes later, but after all of the other little things that had gone wrong, we were worried we were going to be left with no water at all for the rest of our trip. Apparently the plumber was fixing something in another apartment in the building - would have been nice to have notice if/when the water would be shut off.
I will close by saying that, other than the toilet running all the time, the bathroom seemed to work well - hot water for shower, toilet flushes, etc. Jon and Rukiyat were polite enough, but didn't seem to really get anything done when needed, and honestly most of the things that went wrong were pretty basic stuff that I would have expected to be covered before we even arrived.
The place was very cute and clean. Super convenient location for conference attendance at the Walter E Washington Center; closer than most hotels to be honest. Nice neighborhood and I felt safe walking around by myself at 11 pm. FYI the room has cable (though channels limited), internet, a stove, fridge, sink and small coffee maker. Climate control is through a wall-mounted unit which served us fine in April. If staying more than a couple of days you might want to ask ahead for some extra towels (2 were waiting for us when we got there), toilet paper.
My parents had a great stay there, it was clean and as presented by the photos, with the pleasant outdoor space in front of the house. Great neighborhood, right next to a Safeway and the metro station.
The indications Jon gives are perfect and the use of the locks is very easy. The wifi stopped sometimes but it worked when we needed it.
It is a bit unfortunate that there was only one light working on the three main ones for two weeks and there is no microwave, but the apartment remained attractive.
We had a good stay at Jons apartment. He always responded very quickly to our messages which was great. The apartment is a little basic but it's all you need when you are on holiday! I would recommend.
Jon's place was exactly what I needed for my work trip to Washington, DC. The apartment was clean and well provisioned in terms of towels and kitchen items. Additionally, Jon was very responsive via text message and all the directions on how to access the apartment were easy to follow. I would definitely stay here again on a future trip to DC as it is located in a great neighborhood and provides all the necessities.
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About the Host, Jon
I am from Oakland, California and I like to live an active, bright, and colorful life. My heritage lies in the south of France, so I enjoy countryside moods with bright colors and lavender smells.
I love to study languages (human and computer) and I love exploring new cultures and the world.
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