About this listing
Private English Basement apartment in the scenic, safe and upscale neighborhood of Rock Creek Park- the Best Kept Secret in DC--just a few miles from the White House. A romantic retreat for couples, with (or without) children, pets and cars.
Elegantly furnished one bedroom English Basement Apartment in the serenity of Rock Creek Park, near Beach Drive, in the area of Van Ness metro station and National Zoo. It is one of the SAFEST, QUIET and THE most BEAUTIFUL neighborhoods in DC
This very private recently furnished apartment has a Bedroom with Queen size bed, a Kitchen/Living Room Combo with a queen size sleeping sofa and full size appliances. The Apartment has a private entrance and a private patio. A big Entertainment/Game room with a pool table, a fire place and a 50"flat screen TV area is adjacent to your apartment and can be used for your personal relaxation.
IDEAL for a person or a couple with or without children, who value privacy, security, and healthy lifestyle; for business people, who need a quiet home in the midst of the stressful city and it is just perfect for a romantic couple desiring a ROMANTIC RETREAT in the heart of the Nation's Capital.
PARKING. Guests with cars are welcome! OFF-street, off-driveway parking lot is available.
PETS. Well behaved pets are welcome with $25 pet cleaning fee. The place is a real paradise for pets as it is surrounded by a tall fence and pets can stay outside in the back yard unattended. The park area that starts just "in your backyard" is great for a longer walk.
All utilities, wireless Internet and cable are included in one price. Kitchen has everything -- from full sized refrigerator, oven and microwave to a coffee maker, toaster, electric tea pot, iron and ironing board-- just about anything to make your stay care free.
ADDED VALUE INCLUDES:
-- FREE 24 hour parking
-- FREE bicycle rental (3 bicycles)
-- FREE laundry
-- FREE pets' daycare in the fenced-off spacious yard.
-- FREE SmartTrip public transportation 2 cards (Metro and bus)
-- FREE pickup at Van Ness Metro Station (Red line)
Interaction with Guests
The English Basement Apartment ( also known as a Garden Apartment), is separate from the rest of the house. I will meet you, I will show you around and give you the keys. I will be available most any time to answer your questions, however, I do respect your privacy and the title of the listing says it all.
While this apartment is located only 3,5 miles away from the White House, it feels like an idyllic countryside retreat with deer coming to your back yard and biking/hiking trails just at your doorstep. It the words of our visitors, this place is the Best Kept Secret in DC.
The house is located between the 16th Street and Beach Drive. 16th Street is a straight line to the White House and most of Washington business and tourist attractions.
BUSES. There are at least 5 buses running one after another along the 16th Street to Federal Triangle. The most frequent buses are S2 and S4
METRO. Van Ness UDC (University of District of Columbia) Metro station (Red line) is across the park. Nice walk in good weather. However, I provide free shuttle rides to my guests to and from Van Ness or Cleveland Park metro stations.
CAR. You will not find a better place to stay in DC, if you are driving. No worries about finding the parking, no cost and no fines for overnight parking, You will appreciate driving along the Beach Drive, -- Washington version of Central Park in NYC--, a scenic, traffic-lights-free road to the National Mall and a perfect shortcut through the rush hour traffic for business people.
BICYCLES. As an added value, we provide free bicycles (we have total three bicycles to choose from) to make your experience of staying in the Washington park area even more enjoyable.
1. This is a non-smoking house.
2.Game Room can not be used as a bedroom and it is off the limits for pets. Please do not eat in the game room, especially at or near the pool table, for obvious reasons. Game Room activities are expected to stop by 11 PM.
3.Laundry Room is for your personal use only. Please discourage your visitors, if any, to bring their laundry with them. Laundry hours are between 10 am and 9 pm to avoid possible noise disturbance.
4.SMART TRIP Card Sharing. We provide 3 cards that otherwise are purchased in CVS for $10 each with a $5 worth of pre-loaded transportation fare. Using a SmartTrip card saves you time and $1 on each trip in metro and buses. We ask you to reload the cards at the end of your stay (if you used them) and, please, do not forget to leave them in the apartment for the next guest.
5. Wine Sharing. A set of red and white wine in your apartment is not only for display. You can open any bottle that you like, but we ask you to replace it with a new bottle at the end of your stay.
6.Pets Day Care. If you plan a long trip, we can let your pet in or out of the apartment into the fenced back yard. We make sure that your pet is attended while staying outside. Please pick up after your pets before you leave.
7.WiFi Access The network is NatashaGuest, the password is (phone number hidden).Please turn off the lights, (in the apartment and in the Game room ), when you leave for the day.
9. Late check out. Regular check out is 11 AM. Late check out is possible for a $50 fee, if no guests are scheduled to arrive the same day, otherwise, you are welcome to store your luggage in the Game Room and pick it up later in the day or evening at no cost.
If you do not have a car, I am available to give you a ride to and from Van Ness Metro station on the day of your arrival and departure. Let me know in advance the time, when you need a ride, otherwise, here is the list of DC Taxicab service:
•Yellow Cab Company (phone number hidden)
•District Cab (phone number hidden)
•Door-to-Door Super Shuttle Airport Service (phone number hidden)
We had an amazing time at Natasha's. The location is wonderful with beautiful scenery. The house was very clean and all the kitchen appliances were in good order. She offers two bikes for you and your company and I highly recommend using them. Overall great place 10/10
The owner was very friendly and has a big map of DC hanging in the house. She gave a lot of idees to spend your time, she explained how to use the metro and bus and there were cards to use and upgrade. The kitchen was very complete, even coffee, oil and vinegar were there.
The house is in a nice place near to the park and the Memorials. We had a rental car and we could park it in front of the house.
We also visited the Hillwood museum, nearby, unexpectably beautifull with the garden and the art in the house.
The pooltable was very nice.
It was great experience. While I was driving to Natasha's place, I was impressed with the neighborhood since it's located in a park. Even though I was late for 3 hours due to some problems earlier, Natasha waited for me and warmly welcomed us by giving us a quick tour around the house as well as giving us directions to get around the city.
This apartment is separated from the house so you will have full privacy! It's exactly as described on the website. The house itself is really beautiful and peaceful. However, you will find yourself in another place only 2-4 blocks away where all the restaurants, bars are.
Overall, Natasha was wonderful. The apartment was comfortable. The neighborhood was beautiful. Stay here if you can!
Natasha was really great! Her room is very clean and she clearly was very experienced with guests, telling us exactly where every thing was and what the house rules were. Would definitely recommend to any other travelers!
Natasha was a very gracious and welcoming host. She oriented us to the accommodations with the exception of the bathroom. In the morning we realized there was a note in the bathroom wall saying not to flush toilet paper down the toilet, which was very concerning! I texted her and she informed us we could use the bathroom as normal. We were moving into a new apartment and I had to wash sheets that had fallen on the ground. It was our understanding that it was fine for us to use the washer and dryer during certain hours if we didn't abuse the privilege. A young lady working at Natasha's, questioned why I was using the washing machine for linens and were they my linens or their linens. The fragrance in the apartment was very strong and was a problem for us because of our allergies. Everything was very clean. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was nice. The game room with the Foosball table and the billiards table was very nice but some people may be put off by the animals mounted on the walls. It was a very tortuous walk from the car to the apartment. Walking up an inclined driveway, up steps, across the yard on unstable pavers, through a tricky gate, down more steps... and for someone who had already spent the week moving a bunch of stuff and for a young dancer who had his ballet exams that week...it was not a good choice. Reception for the cable TV was spotty. When the sofa bed is out, you can barely make it to the bathroom. Would love to sit and talk with (email hidden)e's a lovely and interesting lady. This is a pretty good value versus pricey DC hotels, but just not a great fit for us this week. It is in a nice neighborhood with deer freely roaming the area.
Staying at Natasha's place was great! Natasha was very kind and helpful, she spent a lot of time checking us in and orienting us to the neighborhood which was fantastic.
The apartment is the perfect size for 2 people. It was clean and tidy with all necessary amenities including a kitchenette, washer/dryer access, TV and wifi. The entrance was private allowing us to come and go as we pleased. It was nice and toasty despite the fact that DC was in the midst of a record cold spell--she also did a great job clearing the snow. The parking was also an added plus.
The neighborhood itself was beautiful. Quiet and close to the zoo. It was about 20 minutes to drive to the national mall and traffic was generally not too bad. We opted to drive most places due to the snow and cold making the walk to the bus/metro less desirable.
I would definitely stay with Natasha again on a trip to DC--highly recommend!
Natasha's place was perfect for our little getaway, and she was even shoveling snow off of the steps when we arrived! She paid a lot of attention to the details to make sure we had a nice stay. Highly recommended.
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About the Host, Natasha
I was born in Moscow, Russia. I have a Master's degree in the Middle East Studies from Moscow State University. So, I speak English, Russian and Arabic.
I have been living in the Washington, DC area since 1985. I used to teach at Johns Hopkins University before I started my own business. I am very social and I am usually fascinated with any human story.
I love Washington, DC and I believe that it is very easy to fall in love with this city and its ethnic cosmopolitan spirit.
They say, that you will never be bored with Russians... it is doubly true if the Russians are in Washington, DC (many smiles to you!)