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Alec Smyth

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, spanish

Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)

57 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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1 bedroom with queen bed, 1 full bathroom

This is an attractive ground floor flat in a Victorian town house, and was completely renovated in 2010. 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, the Newseum, and a Metro station are all within walking distance. You will not need a car. In terms of size, the flat is ideal for a couple, or perhaps a couple with a child. It is also suitable for seniors, because the entrance is at street level and there are no stairs. The flat is totally independent from the main house above, with a separate entrance, mechanical systems, phone line, etc. To sum it up, this little place is small in size, but big on charm!

PLEASE NOTE, WE DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGSLIST. If you came across the content of our listing on Craigslist, it is a fake ad.


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 $120 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
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

Why Alec Smyth chose Washington DC

We picked this home expressly for vacation rental use, with the hindsight of having lived in this area for close to twenty years. It is just ideally situated with a combination of easy access to the major sites, and quiet once back home.

What makes this townhome unique

The location! This is a place which is extremely quiet, where you are the shortest possible distance to the major DC attractions, and where you feel safe walking at any hour of night or day. It's a neighborhood that is utterly livable. There is wonderful grocery shopping nearby, restaurants you would visit with the family, bookstores, etc. Metro is a few blocks away if you need to go beyond walking range.


based on 57 traveler reviews

Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
average rating of 4.7719297 based on 57 reviews

Great for 5 days in DC

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is just as pictured on VRBO. Travelling with our 11 yo, we needed a place to call home. Were able to eat breakfast, do laundry, watch TV, and be comfortable for this time. It made our trip relaxing and fun. The beds were both comfy, including the pullout, and the place is well appointed for cooking (breakfast!) Alec's place fit the bill, and we appreciated his DC orientation guide as well! Would definitely consider staying here again.

Helpful hints - the apartment is an easy bus ride to the center of DC with great access to the bus (the D6) stops almost out the front door. We travel with earplugs, which were helpful for the AC noise. Good, healthy food choices abound, but not so near the place, and there is not walkable coffee house nearby either. It is possible to walk to all the museums and sites, if you are up for a long walk. We enjoyed that. Capitol Bike is not conducive for kids under 12 or 13 depending on their size.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot to see the city!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here and really enjoyed the location. Steps to Union station and Eastern market. Simple and clean-suited our needs perfectly. We will return!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 4 of 5

Adorable abode. New kitchen, GREAT location ..... walking distance to EVERYTHING!!! Outstanding digs ... would definitely stay in this flat again. Thank you so much!!! Love it!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy flat with easy access to tourist sights and neighborhood night life

  • 4 of 5

This fun little flat had everything we (two adults with a young child) needed. The flat is in a great location - easy to get to the Capitol and the Smithsonian, either by foot or by Metro. The neighborhood was fun, too. (You MUST check out We The Pizza and Pitango Gelato for dessert!) Although there was NO PARKING PASS (read the description, not the reviews), the owner did his best to secure the one that "belonged" to the upstairs guests. Still, there was ample street parking in the morning and evenings, such that we essentially had our car there from 6:30 pm to 9 am the next day. The kitchen was just the right size for the three of us, and the fireplace was fun (firewood was stocked outside), even though we didn't use it.

So why four stars? The guests upstairs were quite noisy (it sounded like they were moving furniture from 5 pm to 8 or 9 pm), although we didn't expect the owner to be able to do anything about that. The bathroom was quite small and could use some updating (tile, floors), while the bedroom light fixtures were not put together very well. The windows had bars, so for safety, I took the sofa bed while my wife and child took the bedroom. They LOVED the bed, while the sofa bed had a nasty bar in it right by my chest.

These little things didn't distract us from loving our time in the flat, though. The owner was always quick to reply, and the guide/handbook was incredibly helpful. The neighbors seemed really friendly, too. Plus, there was a park with a playground one block away. We would definitely recommend staying there, as it was well worth the money (especially for longer stays, i.e. more than two nights).

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I should probably clarify things about the parking permit. We do not advertise this unit with one, and the location is such that a car is more of a hindrance than a benefit. The guests who need a permit are normally those who arrive by car and leave it parked for the duration of their stay. There is a commercial garage nearby that charges $24 per day. We sometimes borrow the parking permit from a unit that does come with one, if our guest there does not need it, but please don't plan on that as it is just a favor and subject to availability. Regarding the bars on the windows, they are a leftover from the seventies and eighties when DC had a high crime rate. These days, happily things are far different. You will see young women out jogging alone at all hours, children walking unaccompanied to the neighborhood pool, etc. The recovery has been going on now for about twenty years and this house is located in a top notch residential area where the small Victorian row-houses are priced in the millions. Please do look through our reviews, you will see a great many guests commenting on the safety of the neighborhood.
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Spring Lake NJ

Property was great and just as advertised

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Washington DC even though it was freezing cold. The unit is centrally located in Capital Hill and we found three great restaurants in the area to walk to that were close by since it was so cold. The unit was just the right size for two adults but I don't know how many others could have fit along with us. Having a parking pass was a great plus as we just parked the car when we arrived and didn't have to move it till we left. The unit was very clean and starter supplies were just as advertised. My questions were answered promptly and I thank the property owner for that. It was a pleasure to stay in this unit as it was my first VRBO stay and hopefully not my last

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, FLorida

Lovely flat in charming area of DC!!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay in this cozy flat in historic area of DC. It had everything we needed!! Metro and grocery store within short walking distance. Bed was very comfortable!! Enjoyed having the fireplace, with ample amount off firewood provided. Owner was very helpful with any questions we had!! Would definitely come and stay here again when visiting DC!!

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 Congress, Smithsonian, Newseum, Library of Congress, National Archives, Folger Shakespeare


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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Tax Rate 14.5%

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Washington DC Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 515 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

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