Our newly-painted (no VOC paint!) 1-bedroom apartment can help you feel at home while visiting Washington, DC! With a full kitchen and located directly across the street from the Eastern Market Metro, you're in the heart of Capitol Hill!
We have a newly-painted (no VOC paint!) 600-sq-foot, 1-br furnished, English basement apartment on Capitol Hill (Eastern Market) in Washington, DC. It has its own ingress (front door) and egress (back door) and is located beneath our Capitol Hill rowhome. We're a family of five: two adults and our three recently-adopted foster children, ages 4, 5, and 8. As we live above the apartment, you will hear us -- and we will likely hear you. It is city-living! (Our story was highlighted in Aug. 2012 in The Washington Post.)
We're situated on a residential street that mixes city-life with residential-life. We're less than 1 block from the Eastern Market Metro (you can see it from the front door!), and 1-4 blocks from numerous restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, etc. (on Pennsylvania Ave., SE as well as 8th Street SE, aka "Barracks Row"). We're 7 blocks from the US Capitol and the Library of Congress; about 6 blocks from the Washington Navy Yard (ask about the 10% Active Duty / Retired Military discount we offer); about 12 blocks from Nationals Stadium; and about 9 blocks from the Folger Shakespeare Library. The National Mall (Smithsonian Museums) is easily accessible: it's either 4 Metro stops away (exiting at Smithsonian Station), or hopping on any 30s bus (our favorite).
This apartment has a Walk Score® of 91/100, Walkers' Paradise. See Airbnb pictures of Capitol Hill here: https://www.airbnb.com/locations/washington-dc/capitol-hill
Capitol Hill really only has one hotel in this area: Capitol Hill Hotel. Check its prices to determine whether our apartment would be a good deal for you. (Interestingly, if you visit the website of that hotel, one of the pictures that it prominently displays on its website is a string of about 6 homes on our block -- the pink one on the far left is ours!)
Parking would be on-street parking but generally we're always able to find a spot on our block. If you request it, we can provide you a visitor's parking pass that will allow you to park without fear of being ticketed/towed. Our neighborhood in particular has quite restrictive parking restrictions unless you live here or have the aforementioned visitor's parking pass.
Additional perks that you'll find:
*fully-stocked kitchen -- cut your dining-out costs by cooking at home!
*wrap yourself up in our 100% cotton Kimpton Hotels thick and thirsty white terry Turkish bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths
*enjoy Westin Hotels' Heavenly Spa White Tea Aloe Travel Set, including White tea Aloe Shampoo, White Tea Aloe Conditioner, White Tea Aloe Body Lotion, and White Tea Aloe leaf-shared Bar Soap
*Keurig K-cup coffee maker, coffee maker, coffee grinder, and French press
*iron and ironing board
*cable television (29') with DVD player, including Roku and Hulu to watch streaming movies from Netflix
*some snacks provided
*some toiletries provided in case you forget yours!
*speaker set (with radio) for your iPhone
*iPhone, iPad and phone charging station
Our house (not this apartment) generates 68% of the house's energy through the 14 solar panels on our roof (one of the first solar installations on Capitol Hill!). The apartment has CFLs, a dual-flush toilet, Pella windows, and a Nest Learning Thermostat.
Additionally, the electricity is sourced from local wind farms through Clean Currents. We're in the process of slowly phasing out our regular cleaning supplies for more environmentally-friendly products. As DC can be hot and sticky and swampy in the summer, we have a mosquito service that comes every two weeks to spray for mosquitoes in our front yard and our back yard. We have the "natural" treatment which consists of a garlic-based product that is safe for animals, kids, and plants.
For grocery stores, there is a 1) Yes Organic Market 2 blocks away; 2) Harris Teeter 7 blocks away; and 3) Safeway 10 blocks away. CVS, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts are all within a 2-minute walk.
The apartment can conceivably sleep 6 people (but it's probably best for 4 or fewer): 2 on the QUEEN (this is new as of early November 2014!) bed in the bedroom; 2 on the full/double pull-out sofa in the living room; and 2 on the queen blow-up air mattress (which would be set up in the living room). We also have a pack-and-play available if requested.
Pets are allowed. No smoking or incense, please.
When you make your reservation, I'll provide you online access to our detailed, 31-page "Tips & Tricks" book. You'll also have a hardcopy of this available upon check-in. We provide not only information about your reservation (e.g., checking in, checking out, using the Internet, streaming movies from Netflix, etc.), but also local attractions, restaurants, and cool, interesting local things to do. (Quite a few things tourists would never stumble upon!)
For each person over 5 years old in your party we'll provide you a Metro SmarTrip card with a few bucks on it. This will a) save you the time of having to purchase paper farecards; and b) save you the $1/trip paper farecard surcharge. (If you're arriving by plane at Reagan Airport and you expect to take the Metro to our apartment, I can mail the Metro cards to you in advance if that is helpful. I can also do this if you're arriving by train at Union Station.)
Bonus #1: You'll have unlimited 29-minute bike rides on the Capital Bikeshare bike-sharing program (there's a station directly across the street). We'll even throw in $5 free if you accidentally go above the 29-minute rides (and we get charged). (Tip: Plot your route so that you check-in your bike before 29 minutes... and then check-out the same bike and start again!)
Bonus #2: If you happen to be in the apartment on a Saturday or a Sunday, enjoy home delivery of The Washington Post.
Bonus #3: If you stay 6 nights or longer, we'll give you the option of allowing our cleaning lady to do a cleaning session on the apartment, if you choose, free of charge for you.
Why you should feel confident staying with us:
*Our cleaning lady earns a fair wage (above the DC Living Wage Rate) and is paid through a payroll system which manages all taxes.
*Whenever possible, we try to use environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies.
*The electricity consumed in the apartment is generated through local wind farms.
*100% of the carbon dioxide emitted by our natural gas usage (both our house and the apartment) will be neutralized through carbon offsets from projects located in Maryland and Virginia
*We welcome pets, and kids!
*We allow you to compost, if you wish!
*We use the same high-quality air filters for the apartment as we do for our house: Filtrete™ Elite Allergen Extra Reduction Filter, Healthy Living 2400.
*Just-in-Time check-in: This means that I can text you the minute our cleaning person is done cleaning to allow you to check in. Just ask for this in advance.
Our 2-bedroom, 1-bath cabin in West Virginia: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/581434
Our 3-bedroom, 3-bath cabin in West Virginia: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/894874
You will have access to everything in the fully-furnished apartment beneath our house. You'll also have access to our front yard.
Interaction with Guests
One week prior to your arrival, I'll send you a detailed email with check-in instructions. On your day of arrival, I'll send you a text with reminder information. The day after check-in, I'll follow up to make sure everything's ok!
Eastern Market is a part of Capitol Hill that is a great mix of residential and great restaurants and bars. It's walker-friendly and within a 10-minute walk, there are nearly 20 restaurants available!
The apartment is directly across the street from the Eastern Market Metro. Many guests who have cars simply leave their cars parked for their stay!
Other Things to Note
We are a family of five who live above the apartment. You will hear us, and we will hear you. That's the nature of city-living.
Upon booking you'll receive access to our Tips & Tricks booklet online. This provides great information on local resources and things to do. Many guests have said it really helped them make the most of their stay!
Outstanding experience. Kelly and Jack are kind, gracious people with delightful children. They were always available to answer any questions, and my children enjoyed playing with theirs. The house is literally a minute's walk from the subway station, which will bring you to the Smithsonian museums in about 5 minutes. Communication with them was flawless throughout the entire process. They are A+++ hosts and I look forward to staying with them again.
Prompt communication before, during & after visit was much appreciated. Parking pass w/ space right out front was perfect for our arrival. Metro cards loaded with enough credit to get us started was very helpful. Can see Eastern Market station from front door. Very easy to navigate DC from this home base. Great restaurants right around the corner. Apartment was clean & comfortable.
It's hard to imagine a better location from which to explore DC. A beautiful home in a beautiful neighbourhood. Metro just across the road, plenty of restaurants around the corner.
The apartment was perfect and had all the comforts of home. Communication throughout booking and pre checkin was the best I've experienced. I hope to be back with my family in the Fall.
We had a great visit! The place was exactly as described and the hosts were wonderful! The location was perfect -- nice friendly neighborhood with lots of restaurants. Kelly was great too -- He checked in with us a week before we arrived and was easy to get in contact with. This was our first time staying at a place from AirBnB and it was an exceptional experience! We would highly recommend this apartment if you're going to DC -- especially over a hotel! Perfect location, hosts, and stay!
We stayed in this apartment for 5 nights in April, 2015 and were very comfortable. There were three of us. We had breakfast there every morning and our other meals elsewhere, but the kitchen is well provided and the keurig coffee was the best we got anywhere in DC.
The neighborhood is great! There are families, dogwalkers, and metro users out and about all the time. We felt completely safe. Within blocks there are numerous restaurants, a grocery, and other businesses. Some of the restaurants are the best DC has to offer.
Kelly, our host is the best. He responded quickly to our every query. He struck the right balance between concerned host and giving us privacy. His Tips and Tricks book helped with everything we had questions about. The wifi worked well for us every time we wanted it. There is a little family noise from above as Kelly explains there will be, but knowing it would happen made it a non issue for us.
Location, location, location! What a fantastic place across the street from the metro, but in a quiet neighborhood so we could crash after a hard day of being tourists. The supplied metro cards were wonderful - thanks! We would stay again.
You can't find a more accommodating host than Kelly. He went out of his way to help us when it looked like we might get stranded due to an East coast storm. Other directions or advice from him while there was most helpful. The basement apartment is in the most convenient location to visit all of DC. Only 100 yards from the Eastern Market Metro stop.
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My name is Kelly and I live in Washington, DC, with my husband and our three recently-adopted children. We live across the street from the Eastern Market Metro Station and rent out our downstairs apartment.
We've been renting our DC apartment (underneath our house) since March 2012; we've begun renting our WV cabins since Jan. 2013.
For tourists to DC, we have -- I have to admit! -- a pretty superb location in that you can be on the National Mall (the Smithsonian Museums) in less than 20 minutes. Historic Eastern Market is just a few blocks away.
My husband works for the federal government, and I work for a global consulting firm supporting the federal government on sustainability issues. We enjoy bbq'ing outside when the weather is nice, going to the park with the kids, and simply being parents.