About this listing
This Capitol Hill petite house comfortably sleeps 5 in 3 beds in 2.5 bedrooms (2 queen beds, 1 twin bed/fold-out sofa). A 6th can sleep on the down couch, 7th on extra wide fold-out bed . It's 4.5 blocks to the metro & 1 mile walking from the Capitol
Overview: This two-and-half bedroom house is in a cute residential neighborhood on Capitol Hill, 3.5 blocks from the metro, and 1.5 blocks from a major grocery store and Starbucks. This house has central air, Wi-Fi, gas for cooking, and plenty of street parking. A lot of DC is devoid of grocery stores FYI so this spot is ideal. The house also has a private office space/den great for professionals or for a sleeping baby. The house is petite by American standards but common by European standards.
Neighborhood: Five blocks away the Capitol Hill Dome is in full view. Historic Eastern Market, the second oldest open air market built in 1805, is seven blocks away and perfect for picking up fresh veggies at the farmer's market, gifts, and getting Maryland crab sandwiches. Barrack's Row, also a historic area and home to the General of the Marine Corps, is seven blocks away. This "Row”, scattered along Marine Corps headquarters, has dozens of shops like Sweet Lobby, a cupcake shop featured on the Food Network and boutique restaurants (E.g. Belga: Belgian, Cava: Greek, and Ted's Bulletin, a 1940's diner with adult milkshakes and homemade pop tarts. It's very charming area as franchises are not zoned for Barracks Row and there is a theater, bread bakery, frozen yogurt shop, etc.
The house: This brick row home home has new hard wood floors, stainless steel appliances and was renovated in 2006. The house is 101 years old. There is a little patio out in the back and a front porch. If you want to feel what real Capitol Hill neighborhood is like--this is it. It should be noted that a pretzel bakery opened one block away, the Capitol building is one point two miles away. A Capitol Bike Share stand hosts rental bikes one block away too where you can rent bikes 24/7 Check out: (URL HIDDEN)
Rent my whole home out for your family for a week in the summer or over major holidays. The house has two queen sized beds in two separate bedrooms and one twin bed pull out couch in the third bedroom/office space. The house sleeps five comfortably--eight if you need extra space for friends or little ones. You can put a sixth on the couch and another two on a fold out Ottomon and cot.
My house is also appropriate for families with young ones/babies. I put in the electrical outlet plugs to protect child fingers. I can set up a crib at no cost but I need advanced notice on the crib (see last photos on the listing).
Parking: This rental comes with a Zone 6 residential parking permit, which is very coveted in DC, as it gives you parking at the steps of the Capitol and Senate, Union Station, and anywhere in SE, NE, and SW, DC for free all day. The parking permit, which I have to pick up at Capitol Hill police station requires you to give me your license plate and state. There is a $25 flat rate charge for me to pick up the permit. I have to go the police station and register the permit which takes time. I am happy to do it but parking is not easy there. Advance notice is required on the permit (+24 hours).
The house is on a quiet block, safe, and is very diverse ethnically and socially. This house supports all genders, races, religious practices, and family types.
Directions: Specific directions are in my house manual and only given if you book the reservation. The house is a 1.2 mile walk to the Capitol and centrally located on the Hill.
Thank you! I love hosting and preparing the space for you.
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Guess Access is with a key. I prefer to schedule a check-in and hand over the key. In the circumstances where I have a business meeting or personal affair, I may opt to leave a key in the lockbox and give the code. Because this is my home and I care about who occupies it, meeting people is very important to me. I don't take third party rentals.
Interaction with Guests
I meet the entity whom booked the reservation at a minimum, enjoy giving a whole house tour, and do a check-out. Sometimes I travel for work and this is not possible and I arrange to leave a key as mentioned. In this instance, I will be available by email/text instantaneously. Phone is more difficult if I am in a business meeting. I prefer email/text although as I have international visitors and I cannot always understand with the spectrum of languages. I love therefore to have direct requests/questions in writing so I do not misconstrue them and I get you exactly what you need when you nee
The Capitol Hill East neighborhood is quiet*, residential, and very charming. Different colored brick row homes with "postage stamp" gardens (little gardens in front that are all different) brighten the block. My block also has a Pretzel shop and Cupcake bakery and a large whole block Supermarket 1.5 blocks away.
* I think my neighborhood is quiet. Like any city or suburban neighborhoods, an occasional occurrence like a summer party, traffic situation, fireworks, etc can happen. I sleep soundly every night here but if you are not used to city noises it may be appropriate to bring a pair of ear plugs. :)
My home is less than 4 blocks from Potomac metro-rail that sits on three metro lines the Silver, Orange, and Blue Line.
The Capitol Building and DC Center is 15 blocks away (1.2 miles).
DC National airport aka Reagan is a 15 minute cab ride and one can take the metro from the steps of the airport to Potomac metro for less than $3 one way.
Parking is free all day on the streets with a permit I can pick up for you at the Capitol Hill police station for a $25 fee. This permit gets you free parking in NE, SE, and SW DC in residential spaces (great value!)
Dulles Airport is an hour away and the best way to get here is by taking the 5A bus. It is a municipal commuter bus for $7 cash. One takes it to L'Enfant Plaza and the metro line to Potomac (Silver, Blue, or Orange). Note you can get on the 5a bus in Rosslyn but this is not recommended as the amount of people getting on in Rosslyn can either fill up the bus completely and you will have to catch the next bus or you may have to stand all the way to the airport. Get on at L'Enfant for the same price and secure a seat!!! You must have exact change for this bus.
A taxi to/from Dulles is about $78 with tip. I think the bus is the best value.
You can also take the Flyer Bus or Super Shuttle but Super Shuttle hits the west side of the city first and the east side last so Super Shuttle is the least recommended because it is not that cheap ($35 a person) and takes the longest of all the options.
BWI is accessible by metro as well. There is a shuttle to the metro from the airport to Greenbelt where you can take the Green or Yellow train to L'Enfant Plaza and switch to Blue, Silver, or Orange line to Potomac station.
Union Station the train, is less than 40 minutes walking through a historic part of the city. I love walking from Union Station to my house. Even late at night it is safe. I've walked from Union Station dozens of time at night. Cabs are cheap from Union Station about $10 for a ride to my house. The line may look long at the taxi stand but it goes fast. You can also take the D6 bus for $1.75, Circulator for $1 or you can take the metro (Red Line) and switch at Metro station to the Orange, Blue, or Silver towards Potomac.
Uber and Lyft are increasingly popular ways to get around DC. Both require an Android/Apple phone. Lyft is more like AirBnB and Uber is more commercial. Both can be easier and faster than a cab.
If taking metro, when you get to Potomac station, walk in the direction your back is facing when riding up the metro. This is 14th street. Walk over G street on 14th and take a right on D walking to the 15th block of D. There is a quicker route to walk from the metro (e.g. metro station sits on G street, take a left on G, walk on block east to 15th, take a left on 15th and walk two and half blocks to D) but this route disorients people because one other street runs diagonal through it. To prevent getting lost, take 14th to D so you can get calibrated than on a return trip take 15th back to G to the metro.
Other Things to Note
My neighborhood is safe, cute and the historic Eastern Market is eight blocks away. This is one of three central open air markets with fruit and veggie vendors from the local farms in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Artisans, musicians, and gourmet food makers sell their hand made goods in little white tents around the market on the weekends. The market it itself is open six days a week (Tuesday-Sunday until 5 PM).
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Please correspond on the AirBnB platform, no third party or off platform communication unless there is an emergency. Upon departure leave one key on the silver trunk under the white sea shell on the porch. Strip sheets (i.e. bottom and top sheets and pillow cases) at the end (My cleaners charge an extra for $10 for doing so). Advance notice is required to obtain a parking permit (license plate and state should be sent ideally more than 24 hours prior to the reservation, for a small fee of $25). Absolutely no third party rentals. Shoes are not allowed inside the house. Please leave the house generally as you found it (e.g. collect garbage, wipe up spills) and the cleaners will sanitize the home. A late check-in (after 10 PM EST) can be arranged for a small fee ($25). I prefer to meet everyone personally but cannot make check-ins after midnight without being there but I discourage late check-ins because the walk through is important for both parties and reviewing the baseline for the property. If we don't meet you must report any issues within 24 hours of arrival. All communication must take place on AirBnB's platform so that there are no misunderstandings. Thank you!
I have a graduate degree from a leading university, love the city and the mountains, and am professional, present, aware, and helpful. I was born in New York City, raised near the city, went to college in Burlington, VT and graduate school in New Haven, CT and lived in Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and took many trips to San Fran for business and beyond. I currently have clients in my day job in Colombia, Hawaii, Florida, New Mexico and beyond. I welcome people from ALL nations, ALL religions, ALL family types, in different stages of their life (students, newlyweds, professionals, travelers, retirees, etc) and/or travelling with relatives, friends, spouses, kids, relationships etc!
My style of hosting is I leave the house the way I would want to find a place to stay when I am traveling. I care a lot about details.I want my guests to be happy and comfortable above all else.
I feel that AirBnB is a tremendous gift--one that allows me to bring on clients to my business who cannot always pay upfront (e.g. non-profits, tribes, etc). The upfront cash-flow allows me to take bigger risks when choosing to work with new start-ups in the environmental market place.
After a year of hosting, I have dealt with almost every situation you can imagine. Every day so far, I still feel like it is a tremendous opportunity and a gift. I do not take your choice to stay with me for granted.
I am very open person and love hosting people of different cultures, subcultures, religions, ethnicities, gender, family types, traditional and untraditional partnerships etc. I've taken two college semesters of American Sign Language (ASL) and can finger spell pretty well mixing in more traditonal ASL. Gallaudet University students, alumni and family are welcome. I consider it an honor and a delight to host you plus your friends, partners, your professional service animals, and family in my home. Thank you!