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We rent two properties-- a guest room and bath in our private home in the middle of Washington DC, and a AIA award-winning lakehouse we built on the shore of Lake Bomoseen in west central Vermont.
My wife and I are busy professionals who work in politics and journalism. We have family in Vermont who manage the property there for us. What follows is applicable exclusively to our DC property, but I am happy to supply tons more info about Vermont.
In DC, we're looking for sweet-natured, self sufficient guests for our spare room, which comes with its own living room and private bath .
Most of our renters are here for internships, fellowships, rotations and so on. Our house is perfect for a short-term situation for people whose lives are elsewhere. But we are happy to accept renters who are here just for a day or so.
Our own bedroom/ bath is at the front of the second floor; in the back are two bedrooms, a private bath, and a washer dryer. We sometimes rent out the two rooms in the back. That includes all utilities except phone. Your space has a small refrigerator, coffeemaker and a microwave, which our renters use instead of the kitchen.
Rent also includes fast wifi, premium cable/ satellite television including HBO, a DVD/VCR, and a cleaning lady who comes every two weeks. The back of the second floor is basically your space and you can use the larger of the two bedrooms more or less as a living room.
The room comes with bed, all linens including towels, iron and ironing board, hangers, dresser and a bookshelf. The living room has a futon, TV and coffee table. The setup is designed so that you need only show up with your suitcase. We also have a bike, lock and helmet --it's incredibly easy to zip downtown, U St, H St, Dupont Capitol Hill, wherever, on the bike, and most of our renters have enjoyed having it. You're of course also welcome to bring your own bike, or a car -- let us know if we'll need to get you a temp parking permit. There's also a Capital Bikeshare docking station just two blocks from our house.
Robin and I are quiet, private, hardworking professionals in our early 40s. I am a journalist, she works in politics.We prefer to rent to similarly quiet, private people who are respectful of our space.
We have a very well-behaved dog who never enters the back of the second floor. Street parking is ample and safe. The neighborhood is in transition, as they say, but it's very central and friendly and we don't know anyone who has ever had a problem. I walk/bike to work downtown every day and our house is Bloomingdale adjacent-- three blocks from the superlative Big Bear coffeehouse, and also super close to Uncle Chips coffee, the Washington Firehouse, the DC Smokehouse, a terrific, inexpensive yoga studio (the Bloomingdale Yoga District), Red Hen, Rustik, Boundary Stone, the Pub and the People, etc.
Additionally, there is a Harris Teeter supermarket and restaurants right by the NoMa metro. We are very close to XM, NPR, Howard University, Children's Hospital and Georgetown Law (NOT the main campus.)
On the whole our renters have been on hectic schedules and just need someplace clean, quiet and civilized to come home and crash. We look for renters who have lives elsewhere and won't be bringing people over. You must be comfortable with our no-guests rule. (I know it sounds strange, but in Washington, there are plenty of people here just for the short term for whom it's not a problem.)
We're friendly and want to ensure your comfort but expect you'll be capable of maneuvering around the city and letting yourself in and out on your own.
Gay friendly a must.