About this listing
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 recently-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 5, 7, and 9. 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 combines 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, coffee shops, 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 fit and 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 is 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 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
*online video streaming: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus (including Showtime)
*wireless high-speed Internet
*some snacks provided
*some toiletries provided in case you forget yours!
*speaker set (with radio) for your iPhone
Our house (not this apartment, though) 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, a Nest Learning Thermostat, and a Nest Protect.
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.
NEW AS OF JULY 2015: I am now an "allergy-friendly host" and I have a flexible cleaning regimen available for the chemically-sensitive. For example, recently for some guests we cleaned the entire apartment with a simple Santa Cruz Organic lemon juice and water solution and used ECOS Free and Clear laundry detergent pods. To cover extra costs, there's a $10/day extra charge.
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 bed bed in the bedroom; 2 on the full/double fold-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 ladies earn 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
Our 5-bedroom, 4-bath cabins in West Virginia (combination of the above): https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/895165
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.
A) Please fully understand the layout of the apartment: 1) The bedroom has a queen-size bed. 2) The living room has a sofa that folds out to a full-size. 3) We have a blow-up mattress that is also available that is queen-size.
B) We are a family of 5 who live above the apartment, so you will definitely hear us, and we will hear you. That is city-living!
C) There's no smoking or incense in the apartment.