About this listing
Two bedrooms and one bathroom close to DC's red line (Grosvenor station). Ideal for NIH or Navy Hospital visitors, or someone who wishes to visit DC but prefer a more quiet surrounding. The place is decorated in mid-century modern style.
Our home was built in 1965 using the classical mid-century modern architectural design of the period. We have made certain to maintain the same look and feel with original Scandinavian furniture of the classical designers of the time. However, we have also added touches of modern comfort, as we like to mix and match the old (albeit modern) with the new.
I work in the high tech sector, so the house is completely wired (and wireless). You will enjoy the fasted internet connection anywhere in the country, and a tech guru who can help you with just about any tech-related questions you may have.
We are two middle-age professionals who are very ecologically-minded and enjoy meeting new people. We respect those who are like-minded and enjoy animals as well, domesticated or otherwise. We actually have two great Cavalier King Charles and a Bichon Frise dogs who ARE part of the family.
You will be renting two separate guest rooms with one full bathroom to share with your party alone. We do not accept different guests to each room. When you book, you get both rooms. One has a queen-size, memory-foam bed and the other one a twin-size bed (note: airbnb would not let me change the number of rooms, so the above description of 1 room is incorrect).
I work from home, so I can make sure to be present should you have any questions about your stay.
We live in a safe, quite neighborhood within walking distance of a shopping center, a grocery store, and the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts. We're less than 1.5 miles from NIH and the Naval / Walter Reed Hospital, and as mentioned below, a short ride away from DC.
We are more interested in hosting interesting and compatible people than making a few extra dollars. This is why we usually request for you to tell us a little about yourself before we accept a booking request, especially if you have no or few reviews. Our primary purpose for opening up our home to you is to get to know you, not to become rich. We hope you understand.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me. I usually reply back within hours, unless I am traveling, in which case I will reply within a day.
Welcome to the future of the sharing economy!
You and yours are free to use our kitchen, our laundry and the rest of the house at will. Please keep in mind that we like to cook as well, but in the Latin tradition, we tend to have late dinners, so we will hardly ever be in your way.
We don't watch much TV, so the entire downstairs area is yours to enjoy a Netflix movie, a PBS show, or just about anything you want. Feel free to read a book in the sunny and spacious living room. Beware, however, that our dogs may want to seat on your lap as you sip through a hot cup of tea :-)
Interaction with Guests
We love to meet you. This is THE reason why we do this. But we won't be in your face. We will respect your privacy, as we hope you will appreciate ours. The house is large enough that I may not even realize you're home when I work in the basement. But if you welcome a good and intelligent political discussion, exchange ideas on climate change, or are concerned about the rapid changes in technology, let's have a chat.
You will be living in a residential area where folks walk their dogs, bring their kids to the park across the street, rush to the metro station and greet each other as we pass by. A smile will open up doors for you, and the good people of the Wildwood Manor community will love you for that.
Route 6 bus stops one hundred yards from the place. This bus goes to Grosvenor metro station (Washington, DC, Red line), which in turns travels south to Downtown DC. Unfortunately, the route 6 bus only runs every 30 minutes Monday through Friday from about 6:00 am until 8:00 pm. However, Grosvenor station is only about a mile from our place. It may take you no more than 20 minutes to walk to it.
Normally, I will be glad to pick you up from the metro station or give you rides to it if I am not holding an online conference or I'm otherwise busy with life. If you're arriving by metro, please let me know ahead of time your estimated arrival and I will wait for you at the end of the tunnel from the station.
If you're arriving from Dulles airport, you may take the Supper Shuttle (about $35 including tip, and $10 for each additional passenger), or take bus 5A to L'Enfant Plaza metro station ($7.00, exact change needed), and from there change to the Red line at Gallery Place towards Shady Grove (Off-peak hours: $4.60 Cash or $3.60 with a smart trip card; Peak hours: $5.70 Cash or $4.70 with a smart trip card).
If you're coming from Baltimore International (BWI), the Supper Shuttle will cost you about $45 with tips, and $12 per additional passenger. Alternatively, you may take bus B30 to Greenbelt metro station ($7.00, exact change needed), and from there change to the Red line at Gallery Place towards Shady Grove (Off-peak hours: $4.60 Cash or $3.60 with a smart trip card; Peak hours: $6.90 Cash or $5.90 with a smart trip card).
If you're arriving from National Airport, the Super Shuttle costs about $33 with tip, and $10 per additional passenger. Alternatively, take the Yellow metro line at the airport and change to the Red line at Gallery Place towards Shady Grove (Off-peak hours: $3.60 Cash or $4.60 with a smart trip card; Peak hours: $6.55 Cash or $5.55 with a smart trip card).
Other Things to Note
Q & A:
Q. What's the bathroom situation?
A. There is one full, always clean bathroom just across the hall from your rooms. It is there for your exclusive use. You will NOT share it with anyone else. It has clean towels, soap and shampoo.
Q. How close are you from public transportation?
A. We are 15-20 minutes walking from Grosvenor Metro station on DC's Red line. From there, it is usually about 23-25 minutes to downtown. Bus No 6 will take you to the metro station, but it runs only every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. If you are unable to walk or do not enjoy it, and you must use public transportation, this may not be the place for you.
Q: What motivates you to share your own, private home?
A: We like people. We have no kids, and the house is way too large for only the two of us and the dogs. We believe in the sharing economy, meaning the adequate use of otherwise underutilized resources. A large, empty house is a terrible resource to waste.
Q: Have you ever been afraid or reluctant to host “strangers”?
A: I must admit that my wife was initially skeptical. There is a natural stigma associated with bringing people we don’t know into our private quarters. Over the months and years, what we have received from complete strangers is life-long friendships, wonderful memories, interesting conversations, exotic meal recipes, laughs, and the satisfaction that we’ve accomplish all this by simply allowing other extraordinary human beings into a space that was previously wasted. My wife is now more than convinced!
Q: OK, but aren’t you doing this for the money?
A: Fair question, but no. My wife and I are two mid-life professionals currently employed in interesting companies. About 60% of the proceeds go straight back into improving the house and hence the guest experience. Thanks to the extra cash, for example, I’ve been able to implement long-kept projects for the house, such as solar panel installation, water recycling initiatives, and installing natural gas saving appliances. If you’d like to know more regarding our environmental objectives and how you can use them in your own community, I’d love to tell you all about them.
Q: What about the other 40%?
A: We’ve increase pay to both our cleaning lady and our handy man, both of whom we’ve known and trusted for over 15 years. OK, and perhaps we’ve also treated ourselves to one or two nice (and used) mid-century furniture pieces.
Be respectful. No noise after midnight unless previously agreed upon. No smoking in the house, and you MUST not mind our dogs. Other than that, we're pretty flexible :-)