Entire home/apt
6 Guests
3 Bedrooms
3 Beds
Per Night
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About this listing

This is our house. We live here, but we love to share it with others from time to time. There are 2 Queen beds and 1 Double bed (big enough for 2 average-sized adults), plus 2 bathrooms (one on each floor). Basement not included. Please be in touch!

Columbia Heights Designer Row House
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The Space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Pet Owner: Some pets
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $250
Security Deposit: $500
Weekly discount: 14%
Cancellation: Moderate


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! Ambica 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 in 2012, and the floors were all refinished to their original 100-year-old wooden beauty. There is FIOS super-high-speed wireless internet capabilities throughout the house.

All three beds have new mattresses.

Starting at the top: Our small row house has 2 upstairs bedrooms with Queen-size beds in each room, plus one full bathroom. Our home office is up here, too, but we ask that you not use it (you can get wireless access anywhere in the house).

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 in the living room, if you like to play.

One room on the main floor (behind the kitchen) 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.

The basement apartment is usually occupied by a separate, respectful Airbnb guest, and they have all their own amenities (there is a kitchen and full bathroom down there). They are usually very self-sufficient and no bother to us (or to you while you're here). However, please note that they must pass through the main part of the house (the living room/kitchen area) in order to use our front door to enter and leave the basement apartment, as the only door in the basement goes to the alley, and we don't want our guests coming and going via the alley (which would also set off the security alarm).

Our house is a 12-minute (0.6 miles, or almost exactly 1 km) walk to the Columbia Heights Metro Station, which will take you directly to the attractions all over this great city. We are also just one block from a bus station that will take you to Chinatown or to the Smithsonian Museums and National Mall area. 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? Dance bar? 24-Hour restaurant/cafe? We have all of these and more just 10-12 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 awhile, we hardly feel that it's necessary). We're located in a diverse neighborhood for you to explore, with people & families from all over the world. There is a nice front porch with 2 chairs and a tree stump table to use anytime the weather is nice.

We're look forward to hearing from you, and renting our house to the right, discerning group of people. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Guest Access

Everything except our clothes and other personal / private items. We also request that you feed, give water to, and love (a little bit at least) our cat. She may also occasionally use the litter box, so that would need to be emptied as well when she actually uses it (mostly, she just goes outside, as she has 24/7 access to the outside world). If she does use the litter box, it can be scooped out and directly flushed down the toilet, as the litter we use if 100% flushable.

Interaction with Guests

Very little, if at all. When renting our entire house, we will be staying with friends or family in DC or traveling.

The Neighborhood

It has a great diversity of people, and there are lots of eating and entertainment options, as well as our community garden and community pool (summer only).

Getting Around

We have easy access to the city via bicycle, bus, taxi or subway trains, which is really nice. No car is necessary here, but if you do bring a car, we can provide you with a free parking pass (which is only good in our immediate neighborhood, not city-wide), so you can parallel park on any neighborhood street within about 1 mile of our house.

Other Things to Note

We have our house professionally cleaned before you arrive, to ensure the cleanliness level of our house meets your standards.

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House Rules

No smoking. No pets. Please remove your shoes at the door when entering. There is a cat (short-haired, black tabby cat named Zapatista - or Zappa for short) that lives in this house, and she will be here while you're visiting. She is well behaved and low maintenance, but will either need your care (feed her, give her water, and empty the litter box once per day), or we can have someone come to the house once per day to take care of her. Please remember to always set the house security alarm system when you leave the house, as well as before you go to sleep at night (it's really easy to use).

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Fire Extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

Columbia Heights Designer Row House
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Your Host

Ambica & Mike

Ambica & Mike

Washington, District of Columbia, United States · Member since July 2012

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!

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