About this listing
Enjoy this two-room suite with private bath, located on a quiet street close to restaurants, cafes, shopping and public transport. Our guests love the privacy this suite provides & our welcome guide with suggestions for things to do & places to eat.
Our house is in the heart of vibrant Columbia Heights. Note we've replaced the orange doors since this photo; they're now dark brown.
Perfect combination of central location and quiet seclusion near the intersection of 11th and Otis. Spend your day downtown sightseeing or on business and return in the evening to a thriving neighborhood and a warm, welcoming private room with a den and private bath. Your bedroom and private office/den have lots of closet and drawer space for your things, a double bed, coffee maker and tea kettle, and overlooks a lovely garden in the back of the house. In the warmer months, come downstairs to the screened porch for sipping wine you purchased at the local wine store. Located on a quiet, one-way street, our large, fully renovated row house is just two blocks to the bustling, high-quality restaurants, bars and cafes of 11th and 14th Streets. Two blocks more and you're at shopping, restaurants, cafes, banks, Saturday farmer's market, urban mall (with Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond and more) and Metro station of Columbia Heights. Three blocks in the other direction are the Georgia Avenue Metro station and more restaurants. Your hosts are an American who works in international development and an architect from Mexico. We also rent our basement for longer-term stays and another bedroom and bath upstairs. Check our profile for those additional listings.
If you are looking for a longer stay, consider the one-bedroom basement apartment (with private entrance in the same house) that we also list on airbnb. Or check out our third listing, the private room at the front of the house that has a queen bed and large private bathroom.
We are eager to share advice about things to see and places to go, and we provide our own map of the neighborhood and beyond pointing out our favorite restaurants, shops and more. For more on our neighborhood (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) "New Columbia Heights" blog. Just ask.
All public areas of the house except the kitchen. The back porch and garden are favorites of our guests during the warmer months. The suite includes coffee pot and tea kettle. Cable tv and wifi are also available. Please note that, beginning July 2014, we are rarely booking both our two airbnb guest rooms at the same time: most guests will be our only guests at the time of your stay, with few exceptions.
Interaction with Guests
Regarding interaction, we take our cues from our guests. Some prefer their privacy and stay to their rooms, while others reach out to chat, go out to dinner at a local restaurant or share a glass of wine at the house. We also enjoy sharing our knowledge of the local community and DC. Just ask!
Our house is between two Metro stops and close to several bus lines. By Metro you're 15 minutes to China Town and the convention center, 20 minutes to the Smithsonian museums, 25 minutes to the White House. Many buses are also available close-by, or take advantage of Capital Bikeshare. You can plan your trips by going to the trip planner feature of the DC Metro website.
Other Things to Note
Because we work office jobs and go to bed early, check-in is between 5:00 (17:00) and 9:00 (21:00) weekdays. Early (but not late) check-in is available weekends.
Please check out the amenities tab for more information. Strike-through amenities are not available
Just be courteous, and keep the noise down after we've gone to bed. We tend to go to bed early, especially work days, as we're up early in the morning.
For your convenience, your den/office has a mini refrigerator/freezer and a few glasses and dishes. We ask that you use this for beverages and breakfast items. The neighborhood has many great affordable restaurants for lunch and dinner.
If you are driving, we will need to get you a temporary parking permit, with 15-day maximum. If you are staying more than 15 days we may not be able to obtain a second permit. (Technically, we can't, but we can always try)
The houses on our block were built around 1915, and many have been restored in recent years.
Jay (on the right) is from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and works in international public health. Mauricio is from Mexico City and is an architect. We have lived in the vibrant Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC since we bought our 100-year-old row house in 2007. After a great experience renting our guest room on airbnb in 2012, we decided to list our basement apartment as well in 2013, and then our second guest room in 2014. But our first experience with airbnb was as guests when we rented a flat in the center of Paris, and we've stayed with airbnb hosts in Australia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United States. We love movies and traveling, and between the two of us have been to more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.