About this listing
Quiet room in shared English bsmt apt w/ good light and air; huge clean bath; coin laundry. 5 mins to Capital Bikeshare, Crescent Trail, restaurants, CVS, Trader Joe's, Wh Fds; 7 mins to Bethesda metro. Mature & respectful housemates. No smoking.
Although this is a basement apartment, don't be deterred! It was formally the maids quarters and is very large. We keep it clean and windows open all year round. I am sensitive to dust mites, so there are no carpets; all mattresses are sealed; and the bedroom contains an air filter for those who may need it when sleeping. (In DC, this is really only an issue during the pollen season, March - May.)
My share of the apartment includes access to a private study, with desk, yoga mat, meditation cushion, window facing east. Depending on when and how long you stay, you are welcome to use this space as well. And please feel free to use the kitchen! The other two residents rarely, if ever use it, so it's mostly yours. The only downside: no dishwasher.
Interaction with guests
I will do my best to be here to welcome you. The other two residents are rarely around.
This is a red-brick garden style apartment, surrounded by lawn, trees, bushes. It's not glamorous, but it's quiet, clean, and convenient to everything. A simple but great place to crash if you are here for a conference or to explore DC.
We are a 7-minute walk from Bethesda metro and the Capital Bike share, where you can borrow a bike to ride into DC. The head of the Capital Crescent Trail is also five minutes away. I may be willing to rent one of my bicycles, upon request. If you drive, there's pubic parking nearby but no reserved parking affiliated with our unit.
Other things to note
We do not use any cleaning chemicals (only vinegar, baking soda, etc.) We also do not have AC or television; however, you're welcome to use our secure WiFi connection.
The building complex has two laundry rooms, with washers, dryers and drying lines. There is rarely ever a wait.
Please leave it as clean as you find it. I prefer renting to one person, but if your stay is short, I'm open to couples as well.
I'm an international affairs professional and teacher who loves to travel, meet new people, and learn about other cultures. During grad school here in DC, I served as the evening hostess in a local B&B in exchange for room & board, an experience that hooked me on welcoming travelers to this city for whatever reason.
Although to date I've traveled to 30+ countries and studied 6 languages, DC is now home, and I love it. It's one of the greenest, most international, and culturally vibrant cities in the US. From the free museums and local theater scene to uncountable music and dining options, Embassy events, and bike trails, there are unending opportunities for learning and exploring. Come see that we are much more than politics!