This is the kind of arrangement that city travelers relish! Dara has set up a nice studio arrangement in the upper level of the old carriage house---it's clean, simple (yet completely equipped) and affordable. I wanted something close to a Metro station (2 blocks), and grocery (1 1/2 blocks), restaurants (one block) and in a central neighborhood. Tall order! But Dara delivered. This was inauguration weekend, but when I made the reservation the price hadn't been inflated to the usual astronomical charge---yet she honored her stated price, which showed such integrity that I booked on the spot! Dara offered the use of laundry in the other unit at mid-stay (8 nights) and also afforded us a later check out so we could make the most of our last morning in DC.
The separate entrance to the unit meant we could have privacy, come and go as we pleased. It is January so we didn't get to enjoy the enclosed backyard and deck, but it felt quiet and safe in the midst of a metro area.
This neighborhood is so vital and energetic, and the location (just North of downtown DC/Mall etc) allowed us to maximize our travel experience. It's a straight shot on the yellow line from Reagan Int'l Airport.
Thanks Dara. I'm bookmarking this listing for future recommendations!