|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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This house is incredibly centrally located yet is also in a most peaceful spot, set back from a quiet street with a bicycle lane.
Within a radius of less two and a half blocks you will find the Library of Congress, a Metro station, Eastern Market, a Starbucks, and at the time of writing ten restaurants. The National Mall, around which the Smithsonian museums are clustered, is only a short walk away. The house has a Zillow walkability rating of 95 ('Walkers Paradise.') A rack of bright red public bicycles is half a block from your door.
The Yellow House is ideal for a family with children who would like to visit sites such as the Smithsonian museums, the US Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, the Library of Congress, or the Newseum, among many others. Our neighborhood, Capitol Hill, is a historical conservation area that is quaint, cosmopolitan, affluent, and highly secure. We are so close to the US Capitol that the house is inside the perimeter patrolled by Capitol security. The neighborhood is where most members of congress live.
The house comes with a little shopping cart, which you can take to the grocery store around the corner, or two blocks to Eastern Market, a wonderful 140 year old traditional market where greengrocers, butchers, bakers, etc. carry the absolute freshest groceries you will find anywhere in the city. Walking your shopping cart to Eastern Market, nobody will suspect you are a tourist.
Visitors who arrive by car typically park it for the duration of their stay. The house includes a parking permit.
Your rental comes with all linens, towels, a blow drier, high quality toiletries, and propane for the grill. All you need to bring is a tooth brush!
So how to proceed?
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My wife and I are both management consultants who have traveled widely for decades, and have developed a strong sense of what we like in a locale and in accommodations. We actively manage our vacation rentals as a future retirement plan, but we select and prepare them by asking a simple test question -- would we be happy to live in them ourselves?
Alec Smyth purchased this house in 2009
The Yellow House is on a quiet street, yet so close to the US Capitol that it is within the perimeter patrolled by the Capitol security, within the area that is sealed off for Presidential inaugurations, etc. Most vacation rentals advertise proximity to Metro. We are two blocks from Metro, but chances are you will not take it because you are already so close to the major sites of interest.
The house itself is much wider than the rowhouses typical of the neighborhood, and has an open floor plan. These features translate to a bright ambiance full of natural light. Please notice also what you see through the windows in the listing photos - trees!
There is a lot to see in Washington, with over fifty museums, but unfortunately we feature the very longest commutes in the nation. The museums have no parking, which may be a deliberate strategy to reduce the number of cars. Capitol Hill is the area immediately surrounding the US Capitol, and because it is a historical conservation neighborhood of small houses that cannot be altered, it contains almost no hotels. By staying at a home on the Western edge of Capitol Hill, you are closer to the sites than at a hotel, and free from the hassles of commuting because everything is within walking distance. Quite aside from the convenience of the location, both house and neighborhood are charming.
We had such a great time we did not want to leave! Your home was really wonderful and we will definitely contact you again next time we come to DC. Quick question – do you know what the mattress was on the king bed? We found it to be really comfortable. Thanks again!
My family had the best stay in the Yellow House this past week... It's a beautiful place to come home to, even more beautiful than the great photos online! Everything was clean and well maintained, and owner was helpful with questions prior to our arrival. It was a treat to stay in a place that was quiet and safe, yet also close to the sites of Capitol Hill and many small restaurants. We would like to come back to enjoy more of the same, but also to see the front and back gardens when things are in bloom. Book a stay yourself if you are lucky enough to see availability left for your dates of travel!
The home was comfortable and well equipped. The location can't be any more convenient for sightseeing and getting around. Owner Alex was very responsive to any questions and/or concerns we had, and worked with our early morning arrival! Convenience store, liquor store and a great pizza joint (We The Pizza) very close by.
Alec’s home was perfect for our group of five friends on a girls’ getaway weekend. As mentioned, the location is perfect – the home is a row house on a quiet, tree lined, street, close to restaurants and a metro stop, with an elementary school just across the street. You had a real feeling of staying in a family neighborhood, and at all times, felt completely safe. So many places of interest are within walking distance, as well.
The house itself was spotlessly clean, and well maintained. We were not looking to cook during our stay, but could easily have made many meals there, if we so desired. The bathrooms were clean, and there was great water pressure for the showers. We did not make use of the washer and dryer, as we were only there for two days, but that would be a big plus for families, and for those with longer stays. The beds were all very comfortable, and the linens and towels were very nice, and plentiful. An added touch was the nice toiletries made available for all the guests. The common areas were spacious and comfortable, and allowed for many great conversations among friends. Even the back yard was private and inviting!
Alec was friendly, and quick to respond to any questions we had, both before and during our stay. We all were so pleased with this home, we would definitely plan to stay here again, when in DC!
We enjoyed our stay. The house was very clean, and Alec was great to work with. Good location, very little street noise, and the parking situation was fine. The reasons for a "4" vs "5" rating were (a) low water pressure upstairs when water was being used on the ground floor, and (b) creaky floorboards upstairs. Overall, though, we had a very good experience.
My husband, teenage son and myself stayed in this house for 1 week. The location is 3 blocks from the metro and an easy walk. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and groceries within walking distance. The house has everything you need to cook meals at home. We ate breakfast at home and packed lunches to go. Most places allow backpacks, upon search, so we eat lunches in shady spots on the mall and saved money. The beds are comfortable with soft linens and plenty of pillows. We did laundry and washer and dryer are full size and work well. Uber drivers arrived within a minute and the neighborhood is safe. We would stay again.
The location is perfect. We walked around the neighborhood finding restaurants, Starbucks, a grocery store, and CVS. The car is not necessary. We walked to the Eastern Market and the capitol. My sister said we needed more than 2 days. Televisions only in master bedroom and living room area. Kitchen is tight for space but we managed to cook all our meals. The toiletries are nice, WiFi available, linen and towels provided. The beds sleep better than the resort we stayed at before arriving in DC. Great place for family to gather.
The house is located on a quiet friendly Capitoll Hill block with a park at each end, around the corner from Pennsylvania Avenue with its restaurants and sidewalk cafes. The Capitol, Library of Congress, Eastern Market, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Metro (the underground) are all just a couple of blocks away. Capitol Hill is a historical conservation neighborhood of beautifully maintained, charming old houses. It has a small-town feel and a human scale, is cosmopolitan, and has a thriving cultural scene. The residential area closest to Washington's institutions, it is home to a large number of politicians and VIPs. The house is within the close-in perimeter of heightened security patrolled by the Washington Metropolitan Police, the US Capitol Police and the US Secret Service.
We recommend that visitors come without cars, because our location allows access to the sights on foot and by Metro. However, a free visitor parking permit is included in your rental just in case.
Other Activities: US Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, National Archives, Newseum, Folger Shakespeare
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Low Season (January - February
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$120 cleaning fee