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Best Of Both Worlds: 5 Blocks To Historic Old Town, 2 Stoplights To DC

Steve Clawson

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights

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Best Of Both Worlds: 5 Blocks To Historic Old Town, 2 Stoplights To DC

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights


Alexandria Townhome Rental Photos and Description

3 bedroom, 3.5 bath town home on cul-de-sac, backing on city park (sleeps 6-8)

Captain's Quarters of Old Town Alexandria is ideal for a special family vacation or short-term military, corporate or diplomat lodging. It is a fully furnished town home in the northeast section of Old Town Alexandria, only three blocks to the George Washington Parkway to the east and five blocks from U.S. Route 1 to the west. For vacation visitors, this makes Captain's Quarters much more convenient to the U.S. Capitol, the National Mall, Smithsonian museums, Kennedy Center and other attractions than traveling from many parts of Washington, DC itself. Plus you will have a quiet and safe oasis surrounded by a private street and city park when you return each day, with a free reserved off-street place to park if you will be driving.

Captain's Quarters also is perfect temporary lodging for those on military, corporate, diplomatic assignments, or Foreign Service home leave -- with ample space for an extended stay. (If you qualify, ask about discounts we offer to active-duty military, Foreign Service and first-responder families for vacations or temporary lodging in connection with home leave, temporary assignments, and permanent change of station (PCS) moves.)

Our location is ideal for accessing Washington, DC; Crystal City; the Pentagon; Ft. Belvoir, National Harbor, and other locations in the DC-northern Virginia area via foot, bike, car, bus, Metro rail, taxi or water taxi.

This home-away-from-home is a 3-bedroom, 3½-bath, two story townhouse with a two-thirds finished basement. Its amenities include a custom-tiled steam bath and Tempur-Pedic Cloud mattress with ergonomic adjustment in the master bedroom; park view, ceiling fan and combination down/memory foam mattress topper in the second bedroom; and a queen-size futon bed and work-desk arrangement in the third bedroom. There are two full baths (one with shower/tub) on the top floor. The main floor has a gourmet galley kitchen with Jenn-Air double oven; adjacent dining room and sitting area; living room with wood-burning fireplace and TV. On the two main floors, there is abundant light from double-pane windows and the French door to the patio, plus Solatube natural lighting in the upstairs foyer and master bathroom.

In the finished area of the basement is a family and media room with 3D wide-screen LCD television and surround sound. If an extra bed is needed, there is a queen-size sofa bed. Also in the basement is a newly created full bathroom with shower. In the adjacent, partly finished area of the basement is a laundry room and storage area available for guest use.

The entire house has central A/C (with humidifier for wintertime); WiFi access to Internet; and reserved parking directly in front of the house. Throughout the home is artwork collected from Navy assignments and travel around the world, plus creations from Alexandria’s many contemporary artists.

Not that you will spend much time inside with so much to see and do outside. A large patio in back has a BBQ grill, table, chairs and umbrella. The patio opens to a quiet neighborhood park with an enclosed children’s playground nearby. Only a few blocks away are the Potomac River with Alexandria’s beautiful river-front parks and the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail. Also nearby are restaurants and cafes, grocery stores, and shops. The heart of Old Town is 10 blocks away – a nice walk, quick drive, or inexpensive ride on the local DASH bus.

Your arrival package includes an 'A to Z' guide to Captain's Quarters and the neighborhood -- plus driving and public transportation maps, walking routes, tourist guides, restaurant menus, and discount coupons for local activities. Alexandria's calendar is packed with parades, festivals and performances throughout the year.

In case you are new to Old Town: It is nationally recognized for its early American architecture, boutiques, art and antique galleries, historic sites and award-winning restaurants. Founded by Scots in 1749, Alexandria quickly grew to become a bustling and wealthy seaport. In 1796, the Duc de Liancourt declared Alexandria “the handsomest town in Virginia – indeed it is among the finest in the United States.” Today, one popular tourist guide has this to say: “Older than Washington DC itself, Alexandria, Virginia, is a historic city that melds the charm of yesteryear with attractions desired most by visitors today, including top restaurants, chic boutiques, interesting art galleries, lively bars, and notable sights” (Moon Travel Guide, 2012). At least 75% of Alexandria's stores, restaurants and spas are locally owned and can't be found anywhere else!

The many sites and activities available in Old Town Alexandria include:

-- Only 5 blocks away, the Potomac River and 18-mile Mt. Vernon trail for walking, running and biking (with bike rental available in Old Town);

-- Historic Gadsby’s Tavern, a center for food, drink and conversation since 1770 (George Washington and Thomas Jefferson dined here);

-- Historic Christ Church, completed in 1773 (George Washington and Robert E. Lee prayed here);

-- Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, where Martha Washington purchased remedies for George's hangovers;

-- Many historic homes open to tourists including Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home and, only 8 miles down the Parkway, George Washington’s restored home and plantation at Mt. Vernon;

-- Monuments and memorials including the George Washington Masonic Memorial, historic cemeteries and a statue of a soldier marking where young men met to march south to fight for the Confederacy at the outset of the Civil War.

-- Great neighborhoods for shopping, restaurants and night life including Old Town's King Street and bohemian Del Ray, both less than a mile away;

-- Boat tours and water taxis to Georgetown, National Harbor and Mt. Vernon;

-- Water sports at the nearby Washington sailing marina (sailboat rentals), Tidal Basin (paddle boats) and Belle Haven marina (sailboat and kayak rentals);

-- The new National Harbor convenient, shopping and entertainment complex, just across the Potomac from Alexandria;

-- Convenient access to the Pentagon, Ft. Myers, Ft. Belvoir, Andrews and Bolling Air Force bases, the new Air Force Memorial, Marine Corps Headquarters at Henderson Hall and other military facilities;

-- All of the sites and activities available in the nation’s capital,with DC only 2 stoplights and 4.5 miles away.

Less than 3 blocks away is direct bus service to the Braddock Road Metro stop, Pentagon, Crystal City and downtown Washington, DC. It’s 7 blocks to the Braddock Road Metro rail station with frequent trains going to National Airport, the Pentagon and Washington. Alexandria also has its own Amtrak train station with regular eastern corridor rail service.

When you are finished with touring or work for the day, you will return to a quiet retreat in Old Northport, a private neighborhood of only 38 townhouses completed in 1978. Captain’s Quarters itself was remodeled in 2010-2012 with all new appliances, upgraded bathrooms, new flooring, new HVAC system, Casablanca ceiling fans, LED lighting, and many other improvements.

Please note that, beginning September 1, 2015, we are accepting reservations only for rentals of at least two weeks, with substantial discounts for renting for a term of one month to one year. Military, diplomatic and first-responder families will receive an additional discount, as before.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steve Clawson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2015

About Steve Clawson

Captain's Quarters is owned by an international development manager (Luz) and a retired captain (Steve) whose Navy career took him from the cornfields of Indiana to assignments in the Caribbean, Italy and the Mediterranean, Japan and the western Pacific, and Hawaii. In between were several assignments in the Washington DC area, where Alexandria became a favorite hangout -- combining history with friendly people, good restaurants and plenty of activities. Now we live 30 miles away on the Chesapeake Bay and use Captain's Quarters as our city retreat when not rented.

Steve Clawson purchased this townhome in 2010

Why Steve Clawson chose Alexandria

It's a calm, quiet and safe oasis sandwiched between the bustle of Washington DC and the tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants and nightlife of Old Alexandria. Captain's Quarters is one of only 38 townhouses in the development. The exterior architecture echoes the late 1700s but the home has the inside amenities of 1978 when built, plus modern conveniences added during an extensive 2010-2012 renovation. In front of Captain's Quarters is a private street and cul-de-sac where children ride bikes and draw in chalk on the street. In the back is a small city park with room for Frisbee, soccer or a baseball game. The far end of the park is devoted to a fenced children's playground with swings, slide and elevated playhouse. As one of our rental guests commented in our guest log, the park is "a true neighborhood gem."

What makes this townhome unique

Work, play or tour all day in Washington, Alexandria or the surrounding area -- and then come home to peace, comfort, friendly neighbors, and nice shops, restaurants and bars nearby.

The home itself has plenty of space for 6 adults or for families of up to 8 if the optional queen bed is set up in the family room.

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights
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Best Of Both Worlds: 5 Blocks To Historic Old Town, 2 Stoplights To DC
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
Coos Bay, OR

Perfect Townhome

  • 5 of 5

My family and I visited Washington DC for spring break. We selected this house because of it's proximity to all the sites in Washington DC. The house was perfect for our needs. Steve, the owner is very friendly, organized and helpful.

The Tempur-pedic bed and steam shower in the master were lovely. My children loved the other two bedrooms. It's hard to believe this home has four bathrooms!! And the parking space out front is such a bonus. Also, the home was very well-stocked in the kitchen, and also have lots of extra blankets in the main storage area. The house was extremely clean and comfortable.

We enjoyed streaming movies every night together as a family in the comfortable family room. I would highly recommend this property, and we look forward to returning again next year.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Great location for longer term rental!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Captain's Quarters for three months. We are a Foreign Service family back in Washington for medical reasons on a short term basis. Steve and Maria Luz were extremely helpful before and during our visit. They went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible and even brought a pie to us on Christmas Eve. The house was perfect for our two children and family that visited during the stay. The park just outside the back gate was perfect for our two-year old, even during the cold winter months. We have lived and stayed in various locations throughout Arlington and Alexandria and the location of this property was excellent. Being so close to George Washington Parkway is a huge benefit! It really is a short drive to Old Town Alexandria and also to DC. The house was clean and organized. The kitchen was well stocked and everything was in working order. We highly recommend this property to families coming to DC for longer term stays and will definitely consider staying here again when we are in the DC area.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Family Women's Trip

  • 5 of 5

We (7 women and two little girls) visited DC for a family event and stayed in the town house for five days. The house is as well kept as the pictures you see. We were able to make full meals and enjoyed hanging out together. My daughter enjoyed the park and it was easy to use all appliances and electronics. I was even able to access my Netflix account to view movies with my aunts and cousins. Steve was great. The binder was very helpful and he provided metro maps, restaurant lists, etc. that made visiting Alexandria fun. The location is prime. All of my family agrees that if we visit DC again this is the place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We are 7 women who travel together once a year to spend a week in some predetermined interesting place which will provide opportunity to hike (or walk). We actually call ourselves “the Alaska walking women” which was one activity that bonded our group when we all lived in a neighborhood in Fairbanks Alaska. Now most of us have moved on to various places around the country and we have established an annual reunion. This year we chose Alexandria/D.C for our 9th reunion and our first big city adventure. We typically choose smaller towns with wilderness access. We begin our planning well ahead of time and we were lucky to find Captains Quarters. Our primary goal was to walk or use mass transit and this location was perfect. The home is located in a safe, quiet and friendly neighborhood close to the walking path along the Potomac River, Old Town, the Metro, grocery shopping and local restaurants. We were able to walk to the Braddock Road Metro station in less than 15 minutes and take advantage of all the attractions D.C. has to offer.

Captains Quarters is spacious, clean, comfortable and well supplied with anything guests might need. Upon arrival we were greeted with a nice note and gifts from our host (coffee, wine and snacks) and even provided with a large sack of candy for tricker treaters as our visit included Halloween night. In addition our host graciously provides a large notebook with instructions, “from A to Z” that includes walking or driving maps, and stacks of brochures for bus, metro and local attractions.

All told, we walked 45-50 miles in 7 days and saw most of the highlights of Alexandria/D.C...Mission Accomplished!

We highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Ideal North Old Town Location!

  • 5 of 5

Steve made us feel right at home during our house hunting trip to Alexandria, providing welcome snacks and a note on arrival, and coming by to introduce himself after we were settled and ensure our needs were met. The park immediately in the back yard was ideal for us and our parents to play with the grandkids, and the neighborhood is perfectly walkable to nearby restaurants and Bashford metro stop. Thanks Steve!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Sedona, AZ

Great DC/Alexandria Location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a family get together for several days over our teenage granddaughters' spring break. The townhouse was accurately described in all details. We found it extremely comfortable for the six of us, with plenty of room to spread out over 3 levels. The beds were all very comfortable. The upscale master bath with steam room was amazing. We enjoyed cooking in the well-stocked kitchen (lots of extras like spices, coffee, pancake mix and syrup) and also took advantage of some of the nearby restaurants. Getting into Washington, DC was our main goal (museums, etc.) and it was very simple and fast from this location. It is also close to Old Town Alexandria, with shops, history, and arts. The townhome is located in a quiet cul-de-sac but within walking distance of the pathway along the Potomac River -- good for walking or biking. We would highly recommend this townhome for a vacation!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Nearest Barpub
0.35 Miles
Rustico on Slaters Lane
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
For Georgetown, National Harbor & Mt. Vernon
Nearest Train
0.75 Miles
Braddock Road Metrorail Station
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
George Washington Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Vaso's Kitchen
Car: not necessary

Unbeatable location includes:

4.5 miles and 2 stoplights to Washington, DC.

2.5 miles to National Airport

2 miles to Interstate 95/495

1 mile to funky Del Ray with its eclectic stores and restaurants

5 blocks to Old Town National Historic Landmark boundary and 5 more blocks to King Street

7 blocks to Braddock Road Metro stop

5 blocks to Giant supermarket; others include Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods

5 blocks to Mt. Vernon path and Potomac River park

4 blocks to Bastille, Buzz Café, Rustico and other restaurants

2 blocks to convenience store, dry cleaner and Vaso’s Kitchen

2 blocks to bus stops for downtown DC, Pentagon or Braddock Rd. Metro

2.5 blocks to George Washington Parkway or North Washington St.


Rates & Availability

From $280 Per night

Alexandria Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 5 2015 - Mar 11 2016
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59.00
Cleaning fee for after departure $150.00 + Tax
Adding 4th bed in family room (7-8 guests) $50.00 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.5%
Notes Please note that, beginning September 5, 2015, we are accepting reservations only for rentals of at least two weeks, with substantial discounts for renting for a term of one month to one year. Military, diplomatic and first-responder families will receive an additional discount, as before.
Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed with the required deposit (please see Payment Terms below). To assure sufficient time to re-book reserved periods, our cancellation policy is as follows: 100% refund if cancelled 60 days prior to the check-in date; no refund if cancelled less than 60 days prior to the check-in date.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Alexandria Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Town ...
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , steam bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs hallway bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , basement bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , main level
  • The master bedroom has an adjoining spa bathroom with glass-enclosed steam bath and shower. For the other two bedrooms upstairs there is a full bath accessed from the hallway with a full-size bathtub with shower fixture and curtain. For the family and media room in the finished basement, there is a newly completed full bath with tiled shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Adjustable Tempur-Pedic Cloud mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Down/memory foam mattress topper
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Family room sofa opens to queen bed with memory foam topper
  • All three bedrooms have closet and drawer space. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have Casablanca ceiling fans. Bedroom 3 has a queen-size futon along with a wall-mounted desk, shelves and drawers. Bedroom 1 looks out on the private street and cul-de-sac (with no traffic noise) and has plantation shutters. The other two bedrooms overlook the city park and have window treatments for as much privacy as desired by guests.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • tennis
Wedding receptions, reunion parties or other large gatherings are not permitted inside the house or on the patio due to community association regulations and the peaceful environment of our neighborhood.

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