Sanctuary near Cathedral

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Bellevue Terrace Northwest, Washington, DC 20007, United States

The Space

An English basement like no other...this one has a to-die-for kitchen and a cavernous walk-in closet that others would consider a separate bedroom. The apartment's one bedroom has a queen-sized bed plus a home office nook with a large antique oak desk and chair. We recently added a daybed (twin-sized) that has a pop-up trundle (also twin-sized) in the bedroom. The daybed and trundle are not shown in the photos. The living room has a Jennifer sofa that converts to a full-sized (double) bed that sleeps two extra people, and for parties of more than 6 people, one twin (single) or queen-sized airbed will be provided. We have a pack 'n play available for families who need one.

Includes bed linens, bath towels, and a fully-equipped kitchen, down to the coffee pot, crock pot and George Foreman grill (plus gas and charcoal grills and an electric smoker are available for your use outside.) WIFI is strong and the flatscreen TV provides cable and DVD viewing. Cleaning supplies and hand soap are provided, but please bring whatever toiletries you want to use in the shower or bathtub.

The laundry room with Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer is shared with those of us living in our home above the apartment, and we must access it through the short center hallway of the apartment. So that the apartment occupants are not disturbed too early in the morning or late in the evening, we limit laundry room hours for the occupants of the main house (normally 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., but we can shift those hours if need be.)

Premium location: 10 minute walk to restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, etc. in Glover Park and Cleveland Park; 1 mile walk to Georgetown University and American University; 10-minute bus to Dupont Circle; 20-minute bus to Foggy Bottom; walk, drive, or take a bus past the Vice President's residence and along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue. The apartment is just three blocks to Washington National Cathedral, and three miles to the White House and National Mall. .

Notice to pet owners: We do allow pets, but dogs are not allowed to be left unattended in the apartment or yard, and dogs are not allowed on the furniture. We do offer dog daycare so that you can spend the day touring without your four-legged family members (see below for rates.)

Notice for those with severe allergies to pets: On rare occasions, we have guests who bring their pets along on their travels. While we do work hard to clean the apartment in between guests, those who are extremely allergic to cats or dogs may want to contact us before booking to discuss whether a pet has been in the apartment recently. We do have a cat in our home above the apartment, and the air conditioning ductwork is connected between the apartment and the main floor of our home.

Options available for an additional fee:

1. Parking. Parking on the street is relatively easy, but for those without resident parking permits (which we buy when we register our cars in DC every year), weekday parking is limited to two hours. We can obtain a permit for your car for $15/day. Without the permit, you are at a very high risk of receiving a parking ticket after two hours on weekdays; Washington's parking enforcement officers are very efficient!

2. Grocery shopping. Let us know what you would like to buy, and we will have it waiting for you upon your arrival for the cost of the groceries plus a shopping/delivery fee of $25.

3. Pet care/dog walking. While we do allow pets in the apartment, dogs are not allowed to be left unattended. But we do offer dog daycare for $5 per hour with a 4-hour minimum. If you have two dogs, the second is at half-rate (so $7.50 per hour for two dogs.)

Guest Access

Entire apartment, use of Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer in shared laundry room, patio, yard, and deck.

Interaction with Guests

We live right above the apartment, so it is very easy to let us know if you need anything. In nice weather, we often spend evenings on our deck, where you may find us with friends and neighbors, and our guests are always welcome to join us there (and to use it even if we aren't there.)

Getting around

We are a long hike to the subway's red line (1.3 miles to Woodley Park/Zoo station, about 1.5 miles to the Cleveland Park and Tenleytown/American University stations), but just a couple blocks to several bus stops. Most people hop on the metrobuses to get wherever they want to go, and we have Metro Smart Trip cards that you can use (though you will need to add money to them, which you can do right on the bus) since using the Smart Trip cards makes the trip cheaper than paying by cash.

Other Things to Note

Please note that "instant booking" is activated for this listing, so you do not need to ask us if the apartment is available on any specific dates. If you want to rent it, just go ahead and book it using the "instant booking" link, and you will be immediately confirmed. Our calendar is always up to date. We do not "pre-approve" guests because then the calendar is blocked on those dates and then no one else can book it. We prefer to rent to the first person who is ready to confirm a booking, and that is best done with the "instant booking" link.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: $35 / night after 4 guests
Weekly Price: $1000 /week
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Reid and Teresa were wonderful welcoming hosts! The apartment was very large and a close walk to the bus station. If we went back to DC we would stay there again.

    April 2014
  • We had a wonderful visit in this "sanctuary" apartment! Everything was comfortable and clean, with great kitchen space and convenient benefits such as strong internet connection and a laundry room. We recommend this AirBnB spot for visiting DC.

    March 2014
  • Teresa and Reid were very helpful and accommodating. The apartment was very cozy for our family trip. The location was fantastic, blocks away from the cathedral and Georgetown. I would definitely stay here again.

    March 2014
  • Teresa and Reid are so kind and thoughtful, they provided everything and every information I need; the house is very clean, warm and convenience( 3 mins walk to bus station). Next time I ever come back to DC, it's the place I'm gonna live in!

    March 2014
  • Reid and Teresa were so wonderful and accommodating! The apartment was clean, spacious, and close to everything we needed and wanted to do.I really enjoyed having the private entrance and both my dogs enjoyed the fenced in yard. The neighborhood is safe, nice, and quiet with a ton of places to eat and drink right around the corner. I am so glad we stayed here during our DC visit.

    March 2014
  • We had a nice couple of weeks in the appartment while we scouted for a more permanent home in DC. Teresa and Reid are easy-going and offered us both useful advise and practical assistance during our stay.

    January 2014
  • We stayed with Teresa and Reid for four nights during Christmas and enjoyed our time there so much! The apartment is spacious, clean and Teresa and Reid provided us with fresh towels, sheets and absolutely everything we needed - even various cereals. We also loved the amazing kitchen which is equipped with everything we could have wished for.
    Public transportation is easy and you could even walk to Georgetown for shopping.
    I would definitely recommend this place to everyone looking for a place to stay in D.C..
    Thank you so much, Reid and Teresa, for making our Christmas so special!

    December 2013
  • Teresa and Reid were pleasant hosts. Teresa was kind enough to upgrade me from "Ian's Room" to this one after I needed to change my seven-night stay to four nights because of a family obligation.

    The apartment was as described in the listing: spacious, comfortable, and clean (not immaculate, but certainly clean enough). I loved having a private entrance. The washer and dryer were a great convenience. In the well-equipped kitchen were cereals, yogurt, milk, and juice, which were more than sufficient for breakfast. There was plenty of hot water for morning showers. Cathedral Heights is a great neighborhood in which to walk, and the Wisconsin and Mass Ave bus lines are close by.

    The downside (at least for me)--also mentioned in other feedback--is that you hear, quite loudly, sounds from upstairs: walking (especially on the stairs between the 1st and 2nd floors); things being moved or dropped; music (Christmas, in my case); some conversations; and perhaps even a dog barking or whining. (Teresa mentions in her other, non-basement, listings that she occasionally dog-sits, but not in this one).

    As she does mention in this listing, be aware that other residents can use the laundry facilities between 10a and 10p, which entails entering the apartment--whether you're there or not.

    December 2013
  • We rented Teresa's apartment for Thanksgiving and were delighted with the kitchen: lots of counter space, storage, well equipped. Teresa and her husband were generous hosts and shared cooking equipment and a large card table and chairs with us for our Thanksgiving dinner.
    The location was terrific, since it was minutes away from our daughter's apartment. It was wonderful to be able to bring our dogs along and they enjoyed the large fenced-in yard. Although only my husband and I spent the night in the apartment, the space would easily accommodate a family.
    Thank you for a wonderful visit!
    Annette & Ralph

    December 2013
  • I had a great time in D.C. thanks to Teresa's warm hospitality! She provided a clean and well-stocked space for me to stay. I had several scheduling issues and she worked through all of them with me. The Sanctuary is in a very nice neighborhood and transportation to/from was not difficult at all.

    November 2013
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Georgetown Law, U of MN, U of NE
I am a somewhat gregarious middle-aged PhD/JD Nebraska native, mother of a teenager, working at home after many years in the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Clinton Administration, and running a nonprofit organization. Reid, my Canadian husband, and I enjoy sharing our home with people from all over the world.
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