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Alec Smyth

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, spanish

Two bedroom historic home (safe, quiet, walk to Smithsonian)

73 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Washington DC Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Main bedroom with queen bed, second bedroom with two twins, full sized crib

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This is a remodeled Victorian town house with sun filled bay windows. It is on a quiet residential street, yet as centrally located as it gets. The Capitol complex and the Supreme Court are only three blocks away. 'Restaurant Row', a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue with numerous restaurants, is only one block away. The National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and the Newseum are all within walking distance. You will not need a car. Built in 1890 and renovated in 2010, the house combines historic charm with a modern layout. It has a completely open floor plan on the main level. It is furnished comfortably for a family of four (five if counting a crib) without cramming. Larger families may want to consider a combined rental of this property with the ground floor flat in the same structure (HomeAway #340015). The main house and ground floor flat are totally independent, with separate entrances and mechanical systems.

Your rental includes a free permit for street parking. However, due to our proximity to the major tourist attractions we recommend not renting a car. Should you need a rental vehicle for a day to visit out-of-town sites, there are rental car offices minutes from the house.

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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How Reservations Work:

We recommend using the 'Book it Now' button, which will confirm availability and provide a detailed quote before you reach the screen on which you are asked to commit. We book with the $150 cleaning fee, and the balance is due 30 days before arrival. All payments are self-service, via credit card or e-check using HomeAway's secure payments page, and you do not need to provide us credit card information.

Arrival and Departure Logistics: Check out time is 11AM, check in time 3PM. This is to allow time for the cleaners if there is a same-day change-over. If either time poses an issue please let us know, as a it is often possible to make alternative arrangements with the cleaners.

We use a code lock, so there is no need to mail or drop off keys, and you can arrive at any time of night.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alec Smyth (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

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 townhome in 2010

What makes this townhome 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.

Reviews

4.9
based on 73 traveler reviews

Two bedroom historic home (safe, quiet, walk to Smithsonian)
average rating of 4.890411 based on 73 reviews
Travelers Rest, SC
5

Most convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned from spending 7 nights in this property. It was an absolutely perfect location for seeing all the sights of DC.

Yes you can walk to the Capital, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. It is also very close to Union Station which makes it so

convenient to take the Circulator Buses to the monuments and museums on the mall as well as George Town. There are so many small restaurants within a short walking distance as well as a small grocery store. It is an extremely safe area. The condo is wonderful we could not have been happier.

I would definitely stay in this lovely condo again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, TX
5

Great stay in Washington

  • 5 of 5

A nice brownstone that is a 5 minute walk to the Capitol. My 11 year old son loved his room and the location is hard to beat with many good local restaurants within 10 minutes. Additionally, we took advantage of the grill/patio area behind the home. Highly recommended by my family and I.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This house is adorable and was perfect for our family of 4.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! This beautiful home is close to all the attractions. We were able to walk or bike to all the sites very easily. Uber was another speedy option to get around quickly, but we really only needed it at night or if it rained. The backyard is really cute too. I loved being able to have my coffee on the back deck every morning:))))))

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Convenient location, all we needed

  • 5 of 5

Close proximity to public transportation. Home was clean and had everything we needed. Noisy in the mornings and during the day but quiet and peaceful when ready to unwind at night. Watch out for the street sweeper signs, we got a ticket for not moving our car, once we arrived we walked everywhere or caught the bus and it wasn't stressed in our email that you needed to move your car or you will get a ticket. It is an older town home but well done but noisy when walking in house. Book left in home had great tips on groceries and some restaurants and valuable websites for the sights. We would stay here again if we returned to DC.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the row house for 4 nights in May 2016.

The location of the row house is excellent. Once you are familiar with the area it is extremely easy to get around. Union Station is only a 10 minute walk. From Union Station you can catch the subway and the hop-on hop-off tours.

The unit is well equipped. The beds are comfortable and the unit is very clean. Remember that the building is old and that the stairs are steep and the floors are slightly sloped. We had everything we could want or need. The BBQ and outdoor space is an added bonus.

I would definitely stay here again, if we were to visit the DC area.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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5

Lovely historic home in convenient location with all amenities

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house in early May for five nights. I really cannot say enough good things about this rental. Five blocks to Union Station. Three blocks from many restaurants, a boutique wine shop, and a small well stocked neighborhood market. Six blocks from Eastern Market (also on the Metro), a gourmet retail supply house that carries every imaginable kind of meat, vegetables, fruits, and other foodstuff stock that home chefs will likely compare to the markets they would find in Paris. Five blocks to the Capitol and Supreme Court, the beginning of the Washington Mall. The house itself is immaculately kept with fireplace, television, two upstair bedrooms and two baths. When I called Alec to say that I couldn't find cable television, he was over in a jiffy to reconfigure the setup, which apparently had been changed by the previous tenant. A very nice and accommodating man. The kitchen is fully equipped; although we prefer to eat out, the combination of the availability of Eastern Market and the nice dining area overlooking a charming neighborhood, proved to be an irresistible bonus. If you like noise, traffic, sirens and the crazy buzz of Washington D.C., perhaps you would prefer the Dupont Circle area, but this neighborhood shows how quiet and peaceful Washington can be, yet only a short walk to everything else you would expect from the nation's capital. One last thing: this is a walking area. Everyone walks--and one feels safe, a very upscale area.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Car: not necessary

The house is located on a quiet friendly street less than half a block from Stanton Park and one block from Restaurant Row, a block of restaurants with tables right on the sidewalk. 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.

Other Activities: US Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, National Archives, Newseum, Folger Shakespeare Library

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Rates & Availability

Capitol Hill Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
$225
$1,350
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$300
$1,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 14.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Washington DC Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1030 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

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