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 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 :-)
Rodrigo and Monica were incredibly welcoming and helpful during my two and a half week stay with them. They were hospitable and warm, making me feel instantly at ease, while also respecting my privacy. The Villarreal's house is beautiful, cozy and comfortable, and my room and bathroom were spacious and perfectly clean and maintained. The house is within easy walking distance of the metro, as well as a small shopping centre with an excellent supermarket, cafes etc. The neighbourhood is quiet, making for a very restful retreat at the end of the day. At the end of my stay, Rodrigo was even kind enough to drive me and my heavy bags in to Union Station to save me struggling with them through the metro.
Mónica and Rodrigo are an absolute delight and very kind. Their home is lovely and cozy, we felt comfortable from the beginning. Their dogs are the sweetest and is was a great experience staying with the Villareal. The neighbourhood is nice and quiet, with many options to dine and buy around. The room is lovely and warm and the bed is amazing. Muchas gracias a los dos!
I was relocating to the area, and I used Air BnB for the first time to find a place to stay while my boyfriend and I looked for a place to live. We stayed with Rodrigo and Monica for four nights, and we couldn't have asked for a better place to be. They made us feel comfortable and at ease for the duration of our stay.
The bed is super comfy. We slept really well, which was awesome because we had been driving across the country for a week! Their doggies are so sweet and adorable.
We were also within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and grocery stores.
I would definitely recommend staying here.
Definitivamente acertamos quando alugamos a casa do Rodrigo e da Mônica, é exatamente o que está anunciado no airbnb, uma casa muito organizada, limpa e muito bonita. Nós chegamos durante um domingo e na quarta feira já foram trocadas todas as roupas de cama, assim como foi feito nas quatro semanas seguintes que ficamos hospedados lá. A vizinhança é silenciosa e muito respeitosa e o bairro é muito bom e bem localizado e tem tudo que precisamos: supermercado, farmácia, transporte público, lojas em geral e até cabelereiro, onde o Rodrigo levou meu marido para cortar o cabelo, e ficou muito bonito, adoramos. Rodrigo e Mônica são muito simpáticos, agradáveis, pacientes e amigos. Eles são muito inteligentes, é muito agradável conversar com eles sobre qualquer assunto. Estávamos lá para estudar inglês, e eles, com toda calma do mundo, nos ensinavam e nos corrigiam, o que foi muito bom para nós. Eles foram muito prestativos em tudo, até encontraram uma professora de inglês para nos dar aulas. Fomos com eles para academia, lojas, jantar fora, bares, jogos de futebol, comprar comida para os cachorros, que por sinal são adoráveis, quase trouxemos o “Tomo”, um deles, para nós. Como estávamos em três pessoas e com muitas malas, o Rodrigo se ofereceu para nos levar até o aeroporto de Baltimore, o que foi muito bom para nós, pois não caberia tudo em nosso carro. Nós tivemos uma experiência excelente ficando hospedados na casa deles e o melhor de tudo, foi ter conhecido e convivido com pessoas tão legais, sem dúvidas ganhamos um belo casal de amigos.
My husband and I took turns staying with our daughter at Rodrigo and Monica's for 5 weeks while our daughter attended a summer dance intensive in DC. They were wonderful hosts, very welcoming, and responsive. They have a lovely, very clean, open house, and we had our own bedrooms/bathroom with plenty of space and storage. (Very comfy beds, too!) They gave us cupboard and refrigerator space so we could make meals there, though there were plenty of restaurants nearby. We also made use of their television. The house is very close to the Metro, convenient to the Beltway/270, yet the neighborhood is very quiet and I took pleasant morning walks each day. And of course, there were the dogs, Tomu, Litzin, and Rosco, who loved us instantly. We miss them already!
Rodrigo and Monica were very welcoming. There house is lovely, with really nice decorations everywhere and lots of space. Our room came with plenty of storage space and had a really nice atmosphere. It had amazing decoration just like the rest of the house and our private bathroom. The dogs Tomu, Litzen and Rosco are so adorable and have definitely converted me to tiny dogs! The house itself is around 10 minutes walk from Balducci's, Giant, Chipotle, Flippin Pizza, Le Pain Quotidien and various other shops. In addition, you can take the bus there from very close to the house. Montgomery Mall is also easy to get to by bus. I worked at the NIH while I was there and it was very convenient, with two choices of bus, I was there in under half an hour, door-to-door. We cooked in their kitchen which was very well equipped, a pleasure. When we left Rodrigo and Monica were kind enough to drive us to the Metro as well - much appreciated!
I had a wonderful stay, very friendly and very clean. They offered rides and assist with everything that I needed. I felt like a family friend while staying there
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I'm originally from Mexico. I went to school on the West Coast (Stanford University) and then to post graduate school in Washington, DC and Milan Italy. I now live in DC and work in the high tech industry.
My wife works for an international environmental non-profit, and we have owned our current home since 2003. We are both ecologically conscious and easy-going.
We have three small dogs, two wonderful Cavalier King Charles and a tiny and playful Bichon Frisè who ARE members of the family.
We enjoy meeting new and interesting folks, and we look forward to getting to know you as well.