Columbia Heights Designer Row House

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

The Space

Come spend some time in our carefully and beautifully redesigned row house in Columbia Heights, just 2.5 miles from the White House! One of the owner occupants is a designer, so it has a lot of nice little touches throughout the house, and a lot of love has gone into the house since April 2012.

In all, we have 2 queen-sized beds and 1 full/double-sized sleeper sofas... easily a big enough home for 6 adults to sleep comfortably, plus 2 full bathrooms and a fully-stocked kitchen! The entire house was painted last year, and the floors were all refinished to their original 100-year-old wooden beauty. There are full wireless internet capabilities throughout the house.

All the beds have new mattresses.

Starting at the top: Our small row house has 2 upstairs bedrooms with Queen-size beds in each room, plus a full bathroom.

The main floor has been opened up into a large common space, with the fully-equipped kitchen/dining space (large refrigerator, gas range, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposer, sink and beautiful quartz counter tops), along with a living room, combined into one big room. There is a piano if you like to play.

One room on the main floor serves as another bedroom, if needed, with a pull out Double-size bed (big enough for two average-sized adults), or as a laundry room or entertainment room (this is the only room with a TV for live streaming video - sorry, no cable or satellite dish).

There is also a full bathroom attached to this back room on the main floor.

Our house is a 12-minute (0.6 mile) walk to the Columbia Heights Metro Station, which will take you directly to the attractions all over this great city.
Our house is just two blocks from a Capital Bikeshare station, too, if you're interested in renting bikes to get around town (for a fee).
Looking for vegan food? How about Indian/Pakistani? 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 (within reason).
Our house...
has a security-alarm system for extra peace of mind (though now that we've lived here for almost 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 nice front porch with 2 chairs and a tree stump table
We're look forward to hearing from you, and renting our house to the right, discerning group of people.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $3000 /week
Security Deposit: $500
Cleaning Fee: $200
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
  • 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
  • Ambica and Mike are the most peaceful and nice people I've met, they gave us so many information's about area they live, and we are so thankful for all. The room was so ready and clean for us. We will definitely stay again at Ambica and Mike's house. Thank you both.

    July 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
  • This was our first stay in Washington and the absolutely best place to stay! Ambika and Mike are wonderful hosts and care a lot for their guests. The apartment is so clean and big, we had our own living room with kitchen and everything we needed for cooking, the bathroom is small but totally fine and we had a big comfortable bed in a second room. Eventhough it is in the basement, there are two windows and enough light and you can see that Ambica and Mike are keeping everything very well and clean and tidy!
    They even prepared maps and subway plans and restaurant tips so that we knew exactly where to go.The subway is about a 10-15 minute walk away.
    It was the nicest apartment we stayed in up to now so we can only advise people to stay there during their time in Washington!
    Thanks so much for the great time!

    March 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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