About this listing
Convenience, privacy & amenities will make your extended stay most enjoyable in our diverse Columbia Heights neighborhood. Close to so many great things in the city, and easily accessible by Metro Rail or Bus (or taxi cab). Full kitchen with all amenities!
Well-equipped pet-free basement apartment with everything one would need to enjoy Washington, DC from the vantage point of a local!
Our house is a 12-minute (0.6 mile) walk to the Columbia Heights Metro Station, which will take you just about anywhere you need or want to go.
Our house is also just two blocks from a Capital Bikeshare station, if you're interested in biking around town (for a fee). Plus, there are buses available right at the corner, if you need to go downtown (south) or the other direction, toward Silver Spring (to the north).
Looking for vegan food? How about Indian/Pakistani delicacies? Are you a locavore? Love great pizza? How about Ethiopian food? Mexican food? Wine bar? Great local beer joint? We have all of these and more just 10 minutes or less by foot from our front door, and we're happy to guide you and make recommendations for any other interest you may have.
Your basement apartment has...
a private bedroom with a Queen-sized bed
a Double-sized sofa bed big enough for two adults (just slightly smaller than a queen-size), in the main living space
a fully-equipped kitchenette with electric stove and oven, microwave oven, garbage disposer, portable water filter, cabinets, a mini-fridge to keep your perishables, pots and pans, and place settings for up to 6 people (plates, bowls, glasses, coffee cups, silverware, etc.).
a private bathroom with a shower stall (sorry, there's no bathtub)
clean towels (weekly) and fresh linens (bi-weekly), hand and body soaps, dish soap, facial tissues, and paper towels
has a security-alarm system for extra peace of mind (though now that we've lived here over a year, we hardly feel that it's necessary)
is located in a diverse neighborhood for you to explore, with people & families from all over the world
has a front porch you're invited to use (when it's not too hot or too cold outside)
We're looking forward to hosting you for your Washington, DC adventure, work assignment, or as a stopping point on your way to your own apartment in DC!
Guests have access to our laundry (washing machine and dryer) for $5 per load (soap included). The basement apartment is basically all yours! We only need to come through once per week with the recycling and trash.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with our guests regularly, but only as much as the guest is comfortable with. Since our guests pass through the living room/kitchen of our house, we often see and speak with them briefly whenever our paths cross. However, the basement is secluded from the rest of the house, and we only need to pass through the basement about once per week to take out the recycling and trash.
What we LOVE about our neighborhood:
1. It's a diverse collection of locals - both old and new.
2. There is a diverse age range in our neighborhood - especially with Howard University students and long-time residents both residing here.
3. We're close to a lot of great places to eat, drink and have fun. There's locally-sourced food and beer, a vegan restaurant, an amazing bookstore, little cafes and great Ethiopian coffee, diverse ethnic foods at reasonable prices, great local and regional beers, a 24-hour grocery store, etc...
4. We are less than a mile from the Historic U Street Corridor, which now puts us close to the most active, diverse and fun area of DC - from the 9:30 Club, the Black Cat, and U Street Music Hall to the Lincoln Theatre and Bohemian Caverns - we have so much great music nearby!
5. It's a beautiful, green neighborhood full of trees.
6. We're close to convenient shopping at the nearby Target, BestBuy, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Public transit is everywhere in our neighborhood:
1. Bikes - for rent just 2 blocks from our house
2. Bus - stops just 1 block from our house, heading downtown and towards Silver Spring (Bus 70 or Bus 79)
3. Subway/Metro - 0.6 miles from our house, which is about a 10-15 minute walk (Columbia Heights Metro)
4. Taxi Cabs - easy to find on Georgia Avenue, just outside our front door...
Other Things to Note
We're happy to help with anything you might need, and are happy to answer questions, help you find what you need, or share items from our kitchen!
No smoking, no pets (we have a cat upstairs). Please observe our quiet hours from 11 pm to 7 am. Please do not bring any other guests, friends or acquaintances to the house without prior approval. Please remove your shoes upon entering the house, and take them with you down to the apartment.
Ambica & Mike were very welcoming from the start of our visit to the end.
They were very helpful about pointing out good local restaurants and coffee shops, Mike even told us about good hikes in the area that we can access in the northern part of DC.
There's a stand with touristy booklets and attractions which was great for exploring DC.
There's a bus stop a block away which made it easy to get around without using a car.
Mike and Ambica were fantastic hosts. I would recommend any friend or family member to stay with them. The place was clean and comfortable, and they even provided breakfast items for my arrival, whatever I requested! Really enjoyed them and their home.
The basement is exactly as advertised. It's comfortable and clean and has everything you need. The kitchenette is small but fully stocked. And there's plenty of room to spread out if you're visiting for an extended period as I was.
The house is located in a really great neighborhood. Metro is easily walkable (or bikeable on Capital Bikeshare when it was warm enough) and there are a number of restaurants and bars and coffeeshops in the general vicinity.
If you're tall as I am, do keep in mind that the ceiling in the bedroom is quite low. I'm 6'2" and so I wasn't able to stand up without being hunched over. But I didn't find it to be a problem. Most of the time you're horizontal in the bedroom anyway. And the rest of the ceilings in the rest of the basement are fine.
Mike and Ambica are great hosts. Friendly and thoughtful while respectful of privacy. Had a very good experience. Definitely recommend the place.
I strongly recommend this place. The flat is clean and really well furnished. It really feels like home.
The bathroom is small, but the whole basement provides you comfort.
Mike and Ambica are a nice, attentive, helpful and friendly couple.
My girlfriend and I stayed 5 days in Mike and Ambica's place and we are satisfied as it can possibly be of our experience. The apartment is pretty big for two people, even if the bathroom is small and you will find everything you need!
Mike and Ambica are very helpful/friendly/available people and they made sure everything was going well. We highly recommend!
The flat is very good. Everything we need was there and for the case that we need more Ambica and Mike gave it to us. Both are very friendly and helpful. If we would go to Washington again we would ask them to rent the flat again.
Ambica and Mike are a really charming, intelligent couple and that charm lends itself to the way they've setup their place. The room available is in the basement of the house, but it's a complete private unit with its own little kitchen and bath which I found to be clean and well furnished. This privacy was beneficial to me as my sleep patterns were affected by my flight / jet lag. Both Ambica and Mike were helpful and informative and I would definitely stay at this place again if given the opportunity.
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About the Host, Ambica & Mike
I'm a tree-hugger at heart. My wife is an artist. We own a business together. We're an eco-conscious couple who like to live life to its fullest, embrace the good things and good people that are all around, travel a bit, try different ethnic foods from all over the world, explore music from all genres, cook, and entertain in our new house!
In April of 2012, after living in DC since 2008, my wife and I bought this 100-year-old house (circa 1913) within 2.5 miles of the White House, and we intend to live here for a long time, so we've really gone all out to make this home special. We spent many hours and much love to spruce it up and make it our home. Now we want to share it with others who share our love of travel and big-city life.
My wife is from New Delhi, India, so we go there as often as we are able (not often enough, though). We met in Bloomington, Indiana while she was in graduate school and I was running for County Commissioner of Monroe County. Now we're living it up in the capital city, which is a real gem of a city. We'd love to share our favorite places with you, help you find the perfect restaurants, and help you find things to do that are off the beaten paths of the typical DC tourists.
We do have a cat, so if that's a problem, there's nothing we can do about that. She's a short-haired black tabby cat, born in 2000, and is very independent. Her name is Zapatista (or Zappa for short, since her caretaker [Mike] is a huge fan of the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico, as well as a fan of Frank Zappa), and she likes people to be around her, but she's not real crazy about too much affection (a little goes a long way with her).
Our house is in a great neighborhood called Columbia Heights. It's about a 12-minute walk to the nearest Metro subway station (also called Columbia Heights), and there are bus stops and a Capital Bikeshare station right around the corner from our house, so it's easy to get around! Taxi cabs are also easy to hail if you'd rather go that way.
Everything this great city has to offer is within easy reach from where we live!