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 guests 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.)
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 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.)
Entire apartment, use of Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer in shared laundry room, patio, yard, and deck. Please note that those of us living in the main house above the apartment must access the laundry room through the short center hall of the apartment. We limit hours of access so that our apartment guests are not disturbed too early in the morning or late in the evening.
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.)
Our neighborhood is informally known as Cathedral Heights, giving a nod to Washington National Cathedral, the 6th largest cathedral in the world. You can visit the Cathedral and it's gorgeous grounds, just three short blocks from our home. The more formal name of our neighborhood is Observatory Circle, giving a nod to the U.S. Naval Observatory. This observatory is the official timekeeper in the United States. It is the home not only of telescopes and the master clock, but also of the Vice President of the United States.
We love living so close to all the action, and love that it is so quiet. You are much more likely to be woken by singing birds than by less pleasant city sounds. The birds appreciate the many trees in our neighborhood.
We have a premium location: it's a 10-minute walk to restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, etc. in Glover Park and Cleveland Park; a bit over a 1 mile walk to Georgetown University and American University; a 10-minute bus to Dupont Circle and a 20-minute bus to Foggy Bottom. You can walk, drive, or take a bus past the Vice President's residence and along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue. We are three miles from the White House and National Mall.
We are a long walk 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 SmarTrip 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 SmarTrip cards makes the trip cheaper than paying by cash. For those who enjoy biking, we are a 10-minute walk to two Capital Bikeshare stations.
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 book" 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 book" link.
* 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.
* Please observe quiet hours after 10:30 p.m. in consideration of the people living above the apartment.
* No smoking on the property, including the deck, patio, and yard. This means that even if it's raining, you are not allowed to just step outside the door to smoke. Please do not discard cigarette butts on the sidewalk or lawn of our home or our neighbors or on the street.
* Check-in 3:00 p.m. or later, check-out by 11:00 a.m. unless other arrangements are made. It is important that you let us know, in advance, of your estimated arrival time so that one of us will be at home at that time to meet you. Arrivals after 10:00 p.m. only with arrangement in advance. When you arrive just come to the front door of our house and we'll take you downstairs to the apartment, which is the lower level of our house.
* 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 sightseeing without your four-legged family members (see below for rates.)
* Please note that you will be responsible for any damages and losses to our home and property that are caused by acts or omissions of yourself and your invitees. You will be required to pay me for any such losses. (Airbnb requires hosts to give guests this notice to guests in order for the host to be protected by the Airbnb Host Guarantee.)
Our stay was great at Teresa and Reid's place. Teresa made us comfortable from the first minute. We were pleasantly surprised with welcoming food for breakfast. The kitchen was great with everything one needs. We stayed there with 5 (2 parents, 3 teenagers) and had to use the sofa bed. Other beds are great but the sofa mattress needs a change, planned by Teresa. Pillows and comforters are very nice ! We enjoyed board games at night after a long day visiting DC. The location is perfect. Don't be hung up by the fact it is far from a metro station: the metro bus is 2min away and takes you downtown in 20min, 30min max with traffic. And it is greatly located to explore all the NorthWest and Georgetown walking around. We had a great cherry blossom weekend with a perfect weather. This airbnb experience was near perfect and will remain among our family's best city trips.
Teresa and Reed were incredibly helpful and welcoming. The space is beautifully appointed. The location is perfect - walking distance to some restaurants and the cathedral as well as to a metro. Great experience! Thanks for everything!
Washington is an exceptional city and we really enjoyed our visit. The apartment is in a pretty, residential neighbourhood, and, if you like to walk, it's well situated; it took 20 to 25 minutes to walk to the subway. Reid, Teresa's husband, was friendly when we arrived, and provided us with cards for the subway, which we were able to load with cash. Very convenient. The apartment is okay. The beds are comfortable and the television has a good picture but there's no getting around the fact that you're in the basement of an old house; sounds travels easily between floors and the ceilings are low. The kitchen is okay. There were a few basics like salt and dried herbs, well-used peanut butter and jam, whipped butter and half empty juice and milk, but nothing special when compared with what some hosts have provided us in similarly priced vacation rentals. There is a wide counter in the kitchen and three stools, but no table; so, with four of us staying we couldn't eat comfortably. The garden is often full of dogs, because Teresa cares for pets at home. Fortunately, we like dogs and they were friendly. Teresa and Reid were also friendly when we returned to the house at the end of the day and found them on the deck with their friends. We appreciated their invitation to join them, but we were tired and really wished there had been a little private spot to enjoy the evening outdoors. I also found it disconcerting that our hosts were in the apartment three or four times each day during our stay. However, the listing does state that the laundry is in the apartment and you must expect the hosts to use it, so that was my mistake. We all agreed that the accommodation was okay, but not a "sanctuary."
We had an easy stay at this apartment. The space was well described and was squeaky clean. The owners were friendly and helpful and even had breakfast cereals, yogurts, coffee, milk and juice in the fridge. Keep in mind that this apartment is in the lower part of a house - we could hear the owners moving around the kitchen, and they occasionally knocked and came down to use the laundry room. All of this is clear in the description. Thanks!
I really love staying at Teresa's place. It was very comfy and felt like a home away from home. Teresa gave very useful tips about places to visit in DC. The house description is as accurate as it gets.
We had a wonderful time visiting and were made to feel welcome and at home. Teresa was super nice, very accommodating to our troubled schedule.
The neighborhood is excellent. The place is cozy and well outfitted, we had everything we needed for a 2-night stay and got some great recommendations for local cuisine. The private entrance is both convenient and safe, very helpful when coming in late from time on the town. The private washer/dryer room is a much appreciated feature.
Would will certainly recommend this place to our friends.
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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.