Ideal Month-Long Apt. Rental in DC

House - Entire home/apt · Harvard Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Convenience and comfort will make your extended stay most enjoyable in our diverse Washington, DC 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!

The Space

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
Our house...
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!

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $590 /week
Monthly Price: $1750 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Ambika and Mike are very nice and friendly people. We had some chats about my work and other stuff. The apartment is well equipped with all you might need during your stay. I'll definitely would like to come back for another stay.

    April 2014
  • I knew I made the right choice of place to stay as soon as I stepped into the apartment. It is very comfortable and quiet, with a spacious living area and feels like a home away from home, which was great for me as I spent a month here. The speed of the internet meant I could (website hidden) call home every day without a problem. Ambica and Mike were great hosts, always enquiring to see if they could help further. I couldn't have gotten any luckier with accommodation. The apartment is close to public transport and lots of shops and good restaurants. If you are considering staying here, I would definitely suggest you look no further.

    April 2014
  • Ambica and Mike are awesome hosts, very helpful and easy going! Their basement apartment is clean, quiet and cozy. They have put a lot of effort into providing a great experience for their guests, you'll be happy here! Highly recommended!!

    March 2014
  • We loved stay in the basement of Ambica&Mike&Zappatista (the cat). It is a great, clean and very beautiful space. It is really like a home, but a design home. I mean, every single details is beautiful and comfortable. It is very near a bus stop and it makes the trip easier. We could go and back to the main museums and monuments with a single bus and also walk to the U street, one of the most famous lazer streets in Washington, DC. Ambica and Mike are very very nice and very concern about us. The cat is very beautiful and tried to be our friend, but he is also very shy. Thank you a lot Ambica and Mike to received us in your home!

    February 2014
  • Ambica and Mike are great hosts! Their basement apartment is very livable, clean, and cozy. My boyfriend and I stayed with them for a long weekend and couldn't be happier with the location and the experience. They kindly provided us with breakfast, and also made recommendations for places to eat nearby.
    I'm about to move to DC and I wanted to live somewhere close to the action. The location of the apt is great because it is close to the metro and major bus lines, and the Columbia Heights neighborhood is great. I could see staying here for a month or two, because the apt provides all you need.
    We had a busy weekend and we wish we had more time to get to know Mike and Ambica!

    February 2014
  • Mike and Ambica were great and their basement was excellent. I stayed for a just over two weeks and there was never an issue. Everything was great, they were very accommodating, and the basement was a great base for me while I was getting settled in DC.

    December 2013
  • My twin sister and I stayed for 3 months with Mike and Ambica. They are super nice people that made our stay very comfortable and welcoming. When we arrived they had muffins and fruit for us. We didn't have a car but the public transportation was easy and not far to get to. I would highly recommend them and nothing but positive feedback from us!

    November 2013
  • Ambica and Mike worked with us on short notice and were very hospitable. The apt was everything advertised; cool neighborhood, cozy diggs and easy access. We'll keep them in mind if we get to DC again.

    August 2013
  • I really enjoyed staying here. The basement was clean and fully equipped for anything you might need. They even stocked the fridge for me when I arrived. Super nice! They wrote up a short guide to the neighborhood and provided maps and were very helpful if I ever had any concerns. They were out of the country for the first two weeks of my stay and still managed to reply promptly. Excellent.

    The only drawbacks I would mention would be the fact that you can hear the noises from the floor above. This doesn't go until late at night and is not very bothersome at all.

    I was able to walk to the metro station most everyday without an issue. They gave me a visitor's pass for my car, which was very useful and parking was easy to find.

    Would recommend to anyone.

    May 2013
  • It was a pleasure to stay at Ambica&Mike at Columbia Height Basement Appartment. I really enjoy for my firts visit on Washington DC to be their. The Metro was only at 10 minutes to walk and the place was beautiful. Thanks a lot!!! Merci beaucoup!!!

    April 2013
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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! Last year, after living in DC for over 3 years, my wife and I bought this 100-year-old house 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've been here for over 4 years now, and would love to share with you our favorite places, restaurants and things to do off the beaten path. 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, 12 years old, and very independent. Her name is Zapatista (or Zappa for short, since her caretaker 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!
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