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.
It was a really nice location in DC - walking distance to all the memorials, and close to good food in Chinatown. The house was really good, and had everything you needed. Jon will send you an email with a house manual and it tells you how to get into the house, wifi code etc.
The listing was accurate, the apartment was a fairly spacious studio, clean, with pretty much everything needed for a comfortable stay. A couple of the recessed ceiling light bulbs were out, making it a bit dark, but that is the only complaint, and it was easily resolved by opening the curtains. The backyard patio is also a plus.
Apartment was great! Exactly as pictured, super clean. Not sure why there were some complaints about wifi, it worked really well.
I enjoyed Jon's place a lot. It is small, quaint, clean and fresh looking. I had a very minor maintenance issue while there and it was taken care of the next day.
Tout s'est bien passé. L'appartement correspond bien à la description. La localisation dans la ville est très bonne (25 minutes à pied du National Mall, quartier très calme, et grand supermarché à 5 minutes). Appartement propre, literie confortable. Jon répond systématiquement et rapidement aux messages et questions. Défauts mineurs : signal internet en wifi souvent coupé, et peu de luminaires (1 seule ampoule au plafond pour la pièce)
This is an efficiency apartment located in a transitional part of the historic district of Washington. It is 21/2 blocks from the Mt. Vernon Metro Station. The building has 4 apartments, Jon's on the bottom/front. A Safeway grocery is located 2 blocks to the south as are a number of good restaurants/coffee places within easy walking distance to the Mt. Vernon Square area. We recommend the apartment for a young, single person looking for an inexpensive place to stay well located for access to all of Washington.
The overall communication with Jon was poor and very confusing at times. I informed him of my arrival time the day before my trip and by the time I arrived in DC there was still no word from him about how to enter the apartment. The phone number listed is for a property manager (the host lives in Cali) but her name wasn't referenced on the listing so I was very confused when I called and a woman was on the other end of the link. When I inquired about how to enter she seemed surprised that I was staying there and didn't even know the unit I'd be in. She replied back with instructions on how to enter via text that said "the lock box code is either 12345 or 34567" (not real numbers). I was surprised that she didn't know the actual information. The host, Jon, then replied about 6 hours later with the information about the apartment and how to get in.
There was also a cleaning person who entered the apartment the day after I had been staying there and I was not made aware that anyone would be coming to the apartment. It was clean when I arrived so I'm not sure why a cleaning person was sent. It made me very uncomfortable to know someone was there while I wasn't.
The location was great. Grocery store and metro very close. Wifi is painfully slow, even just web browsing. Cable channels were limited. With communication improvements, I'd probably stay again.
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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.