This is a high quality, 3 BR 3 BA single family home in one of the best neighborhoods in Washington, DC. The house is located on Livingston St., NW, 2&1/2 blocks off Connecticut Ave., zip code 20015. The 20015 zip code is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city. It is safe and quiet, yet close to downtown and the museums and monuments and all the other attractions the Nation's capital has to offer. There is a chic commercial area close by at Connecticut Ave. with shops, restaurants, banks, grocery stores, Starbucks, a restored vintage movie theater, a community library, an old fashioned diner, etc.
The house is also close to the Friendship Heights Metro station. If you are bringing a car, your free visitors parking pass (provided by owner for up to two cars) will enable you to park for free within 2 blocks or less of the Metro stop. Otherwise, Metro is a 6-block walk or a brief bus ride. It is a pleasant walk to Metro through a pretty neighborhood with the Starbucks and a great deli on the way. There is also a bus, just steps from the house, which takes you to Metro in less than 5 minutes.
Friendship Heights has probably the best shopping in the city with very high-end stores such as Tiffany's, Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Neiman Marcus, Roche Bobois and Brooks Brothers. It also has TJMaxx, Filene's Basement and everything in-between: Bloomingdales, Border's, small boutique shops, etc, etc.
The house has three bedrooms and two full baths upstairs plus a 3rd full bath in the basement. There is a queen sleep sofa in the living room. There is also some extra sleeping space in the basement with the 3rd new small bath with shower. Downstairs is a large living room with a 51" big screen HDTV and fireplace, separate dining room, kitchen, and screened back porch with table and chairs overlooking a large, fenced back yard with a BBQ/smoker grill and some lawn furniture.
For stays of one to two weeks, rent is $300. per day ($2100. per week) with extra days after the first week pro-rated @$300. per day. For example an 8-day stay would total $2400., a 9-day stay would total $2700., etc. Lower rates can be negotiated for stays of more than 2 weeks.
For stays of less than a week, there is a 4-day minimum. Rent is $350. per day on weekday nights and $450. on weekend nights (Fri., Sat., & Sun.). For example, a four-day stay, with arrival on Thurs. and departure on Mon. would total $1700.
There are higher rates for stays which include holidays and also higher rates for spring break and the Cherry Blossom Festival. These holiday rates generally add about $50/day to the rent.
For all stays, a $1,000. security deposit is required and a $200. departure cleaning fee.
Rent includes all utilities, good quality linens, wireless internet, cable TV, all furnishings, dishes, etc.
Rental rates assume normal use of the house for families or groups of up to six people. Extra charges apply when more than six people are using the house. Extra charges also apply if you want to hold an event at the house, such as a birthday or graduation party.
I am a semi-retired physician. I still work part-time. I have lived in Washington, DC most of my adult life except during my medical training when I lived in Chicago, Providence, RI and Boston. I love Washington. It is a unique, exciting and beautiful city. I think it is, perhaps, the most beautiful city in the world, with only a couple of possible exceptions. In addition to just relaxing and enjoying the beauty and excitement of this city, you could spend several weeks here and still not run out of major attractions you would not want to miss. There are at least 17 major museums downtown, including the Smithsonian complex of museums and National Zoo, plus, of course, the monuments, White House, U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, Union Station, etc. Then you can also go to Mt. Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Georgetown and possibly even Annapolis, MD. (By the way, in addition to the Air and Space Museum downtown, there is also the newer, huge Smithsonian Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport.) If you stayed in Washington, DC for a month, you would not run out of fun and exciting things to do. In fact, although I have already lived here for years, and there is still plenty left for me to see.
The Owner purchased this house in 1998
This is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city of Washington. It is a quiet and safe residential area which is nonetheless right in the city and close to downtown. It is a very "upscale" neighborhood populated mostly by professionals who don't want to commute in from the suburbs.
It is remarkable that this particular street is right in the city of Washington and yet is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. The house is only 2&1/2 blocks off Connecticut Ave., one of the main arteries of the city. (Connecticut Ave. ends at the White House.) However, Livingston Street has the advantage of being interrupted at the next corner. This block is not a cul de sac but has a similar effect. There are very few cars except those which belong to the people who live on this block. We get almost no through traffic. This makes Livingston St. unusually quiet and also very safe for children and pets. Yet just 2&1/2 blocks away is Connecticut Ave. with all sorts of shops and restaurants, library, movie theater, Starbucks, etc. All the amenities you would want are just a few steps from the house.
Another year, and another stay at what my family considers its Washington DC "home". The location is ideal (a quiet neighborhood yet near shopping) and easily accessible. Having a car, depending on your program -- we visit a lot of friends and relatives all over the Washington area -- can be useful. The owner who, contrary to what one reviewer suggested, was a discreet neighbor but helpful if asked, obliged by providing us with a free parking permit. We entertained on the wonderful back porch and used the backyard for a family cook-out. As usual, everything was impeccable, making this property consistently one of our favorite in VRBO.
Maureen is very kind and available person!
She tried to make our staying the most comfortable possible. The house is in a very good location, close to the subway and to markets. Very calm and safe place.
We loved our time in D.C.
This house is an excellent choice, especially if you are moving to Washington DC and haven't settled in yet. The house is fully equipped. The owner is fantastic and really cares about hosting you in the best way possible. It's located in a very nice neighbourhood, close to Metro and shops (Friendship Heights) . Highly raccomended for families with kids.
We had an enjoyable week in D.C. The owner made things... interesting though. She made an excuse to come over daily (for things like laundry or dishes of hers). We would not have been surprised if she was looking through our things when we were gone as well. The house was a nice, charming house but was quite cluttered. It's full of unneeded odds and ends everywhere and when walking to the basement, you will be greeted by a wall of random stuff. Our favorite feature was a spacious screened in porch with a view to the backyard. The backyard is nice despite being difficult to access. The walk to the nearest Metro-rail station is do-able (about 25 min. and 1 mile). The worst headache was after the trip itself. The head of our party tried to reach the owner multiple times unsuccessfully over a couple of weeks to inquire about the security deposit that never came back. Finally, when he reached her, she told him that we ruined an "antique" wicker chair (although our group is certain that we never harmed or even touched this chair). She insisted she keep $150 of our security deposit! She also insulted us saying we were difficult renters, requiring her attention a lot. This was due to us asking her to let us in to the house at one point and asking about an interior key. We felt this was ironic because of the issues above. I definitely feel that the owner is very disapproving of having young children in the house in general. We had a nice stay but could definitely have done without some of the drama during and after the trip.
Our family met for a week in Washington DC. We chose a home in Chevy Chase based on the reputation of the area and the desirability of a house rather than a hotel. That was a good choice for us because we were in a lovely neighborhood in a house that had plenty of room for everyone There were eight people, six adults and two kids, We found the location to be convenient for shopping, transportation, and parking. Oddly, the house is full of the owner's personal stuff, but she more than made up for that by her extraordinary help in making our visit comfortable and interesting, from showing us the community to updating us on the status of museum closures. We have good memories.
On several occasions we have visited D.C for work and found this rental to be everything we could have hoped for. The house is clean, comfortable, quiet and full of the amenities (including bran new washer and dryer) that are necessary for an extended stay. The neighborhood is peaceful with public transportation and shopping close enough to walk to.
The owner has been more than helpful and accommodating. She made sure we had everything we needed and was always available to address questions and requests. She has been a delight to work with and has, on each visit, extended to us a generosity beyond expectations.