About the property
- House1426 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
1 King bed, 2 Fulls, 1 Queen and a full sized crib
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!
PLEASE NOTE, WE DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGSLIST. If you came across the content of our listing on Craigslist, it is a fake ad.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Alec Smyth
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
Why Alec Smyth chose Eastern Market
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!
What makes this House unique
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A perfect spot in Washington!
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!
Great location -- nice house -- helpful owner
Just 3 blocks southeast of the Capitol in an upscale neighborhood close to good restaurants and 2 blocks away from the Metro. House is in fine condition with a well-stocked kitchen. The owner was very kind in letting us leave our baggage in the house for 3 extra hours while we toured the Capitol and other places. Would give it at least 6 stars rather than 5.
Excellent, safe location. Older home, well-appointed.
My family and I would definitely stay at the Yellow House again. Perfect location, charming neighborhood, close to sites and many restaurants. The house is well-appointed with ample towels, etc. The beds were comfortable and the bed linens were nice. The house is older so perfection should not be expected, i.e. creaky floors and beds, the upstairs shower didn’t have much force, a walk crack here and there. Those things didn’t bother us, but should be noted. We would definetely stay here again and recommend it to others. Also, communication with Alec was easy.
A wonderful stay in a powerful city
We spent a couple of days together with our children (already a bit older) in this lovely House.
The yellow house is in a prime location at capitol hill. Close to all the sights of Washington DC.
We slept perfect and had a perfect time.
One of the best locations we rented in the past. Thanks Alex! Hopefully we have the chance once to come back.
We love the Yellow House!
It’s attractive, comfortable, easy and well situated and supplied. Thank you Alec for your attention & helpfulness.
A Comfortable Rest in the Best Neighborhood
Electronic entry - no fear of losing keys! Walking distance to everything - restaurants, stores, Eastern Market, 2 Metro stops, bike rental, 15 minute Uber to/from the airport, easy parking if you have a car. The house is very comfortable - living room, dining, efficient kitchen and relaxing back yard. Three bedrooms - with nice mattresses for sleeping. Two full baths equipped with fluffy towels. The only downsides - More comfortable seating for living room, more chairs for outdoor patio. Water pressure upstairs is lacking so everyone showered in one bath and the neighboring townhouse is undergoing renovation and the workers start early!
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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
14.5% tax $150 cleaning fee