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Freelance photographer and part time bartender living in Columbia Heights with my two awesome dogs Ollie and Eddie (she's deaf). I build bikes in my spare time, and enjoy home renovations and wrenching on my motorcycle on rainy days.
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Joel was an excellent host during my recent trip to DC. The room was spotless clean, the neighborhood is safe and accessible to Metro for getting into town, and he made me feel like I was at home. I wouldn't hesitate to give Joel my highest recommendation, and will certainly stay there the next time I visit DC. This was a GREAT experience. I can't imagine a more accommodating host.
Joel kept in touch by text to welcome me. Shannon showed me around and welcomed me once I arrived.
Joel was a wonderful host - always available, prompt to reply and welcomed our family warmly - including having some toys for our 2 year old daughter. He also reminded me to move my car for parking, and overall ensured we had a pleasant experience. The basement apartment is well stocked and fun. There is no microwave in the kitchen, but I could warm up things quickly with the gas stove. Only wish I had more time to play pinball!
Joel was a great host, very friendly and well-prepared for guests. The room was as pictured and comfortable.
Joel made us feel very welcome. He met us at the street and helped get our luggage into the unit. Even as 70 year olds, we enjoyed the unique decor including pin ball machine, drums, artwork, etc. The bed was very comfortable. We spent very little time at the place as our son's condo was nearby. We would definitely stay here again on a later trip to DC.
Unser Aufenthalt bei Joel war sehr angenehm! Das Haus befindet sich in einer guten Lage und Joel ist ein sehr aufgeschlossener, netter und sympathischer Gastgeber gewesen! Wir würden jeder Zeit wieder kommen!
My friend and I had a great time in DC! Joel's apt is located just a few blocks from the metro, making it easy to get down to the museums and monuments. Joel was a great host and have us plenty of recommendations on how to get places and where were the best places to go, even providing us with a map to help navigate the subway and downtown. The room was perfect too, towels and snacks were provided, as well as wifi and computer access in our room. Couldn't have asked for a better host in a city that neither my friend or I were familiar with; we felt right at home! Definitely recommend staying with Joel :)
Spent a very pleasant evening. Joel and the dogs are terrific hosts. The platform bed was very comfortable and I had a good night's sleep. The apartment is very functional and is eclectically furnished with interesting detail but is clean and highly functional. It has a working pinball machine, a drum set and a "fully loaded" TV with all the entertainment that you could possibly want.
Joel leaves no stone unturned. He was waiting for me outside when I arrived and was there within minutes when I texted him with questions. Columbia Heights is a great neighborhood with excellent restaurants, bars and shopping. Joel provided is very knowledgeable and provided a perfect suggestion for food and drink.
Great place. Friendly host, close to Capital Bikeshare stations. Mini fridge with water and snacks was definitely appreciated. Would definitely recommend.
I couldn't have asked for a better AirBnb experience while visiting DC. Joel and his girlfriend were fantastic hosts, and had lots of suggestions on what to see, eat and do during my time in the city. The room and house was very comfortable, with a convenient mini-fridge and iMac in the room.
I would recommend staying here if you ever visit DC, really convenient location to all that DC has to offer, great hosts and a really cool neighborhood.
Joel was an ideal client, he was polite, neat and gave me some wonderful tips so I can keep improving. He texted upon traveling so I knew exactly when he would arrive.. I enjoyed the cookies he brought, and his casual manner. He is welcome to return any time.
Super! Would be welcome in my place again.
I haven't stayed at Joel's property, but a friend & fellow photograher. A stand-up guy in every way & definitely a good source for learning about the cooler aspects of DC.
I've known Joel for a few years and have crashed at his place a lot during that time. Whether it was a planned visit or last minute, he's always been more than hospitable in welcoming me into his home. Whether for brunch (Joel is an excellent cook - ask for pizza), band practice, or building bikes out back (he built my bike), friends and friends of friends, dogs and friends of dogs are welcome. Ollie and Sonar are docile and well-behaved, and happy to spoon if you get lonely - Ollie is a big spoon, Sonar is a little one. If you're laid back and enjoy meeting new people, you'll be very happy staying here.
Additionally, Columbia Heights is a fun neighborhood and Joel's house is within walking/biking distance to great bars, restaurants and music venues (including the 9:30 Club and Black Cat). If you're interested in nightlife with locals, you'll have to check out U Street.
I've known Joel for about 4 years. In fact we used to be neighbors. I can honestly say he's the best neighbor you'd ever want to have. From impromptu dinner parties, to fixing a flat tire, Joel was always amazingly accommodating and helpful.
His house is great, so much character, and the backyard is amazing in the summer (he also has this cool roof deck over his garage). He makes the best salsa. I remember spending a whole summer in Joel's living room eating chips and salsa, drinking Bourbon branches and watching Battlestar Galactica.
The location of the house is perfect, walking distance to U St, and Columbia Heights, both of which have metro stops. It's literally about 4 blocks from an amazing wine bar, a pizzeria, and a bunch of other fun stuff on 11th St.
In conclusion Joel is an amazing host and I can't think of a better place to stay in DC. I'm sure he'd also have great recommendations of cool non touristy things to do in the city.
I've know Joel for quite some time now (as well as his sister and mother)....the actual number of years escapes me (or I've consciencely blocked it because it reminds me how old we are)....but all the time I've know him he's always been Joel, basically a DC staple who's cool, interesting, fun to hang around, accommodating, etc. I'd go on but there's only so much one should feed another's ego! :)
Joel, his house, and his dogs are among my favorite things in DC. The house is chock full of interesting stuff and Joel knows pretty much everything there is to know about everything. He's a killer cook, too, so you're in luck if he happens to be in the kitchen concocting miracles while you're around. Terrific host! Highly recommended :)
Joel is a DC lifer who is a fun, chill person with a cool house and enviable hobbies. A natural host, his home has been a social hub for far longer than I've known him. His place is in a hip neighborhood, central to many of the cities best nightlife options.
Joel is one of the coolest people in DC. He is a part of the social fabric of the city and is connected to nearly everyone worth being connected to, and everyone likes him! His house is fun and social and centrally located in the hippest part of real DC. If you like live music, bikes, dogs and having fun, stay here! He is a wonderful host and will help make your visit to town a memorable one.