Our newly-painted (no VOC paint!) 1-bedroom apartment can help you feel at home while visiting Washington, DC! With a full-kitchen and a location directly across the street from the Eastern Market Metro, consider yourself in the heart of Capitol Hill!
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We have a newly-painted (no VOC paint!) 600-sq-foot, 1-br furnished, English basement apartment on Capitol Hill (Eastern Market) in Washington, DC. It has its own ingress (front door) and egress (back door) and is located beneath our Capitol Hill rowhome. We're a family of five: two adults and our three recently-adopted foster children, ages 4, 5, and 8. As we live above the apartment, you will hear us -- and we will likely hear you. It is city-living! (Our story was highlighted in Aug. 2012 in The Washington Post.)
We're situated on a residential street that mixes city-life with residential-life. We're less than 1 block from the Eastern Market Metro (you can see it from the front door!), and 1-4 blocks from numerous restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, etc. (on Pennsylvania Ave., SE as well as 8th Street SE, aka 'Barracks Row'). We're 7 blocks from the US Capitol and the Library of Congress; about 6 blocks from the Washington Navy Yard (ask about the 10% Active Duty / Retired Military discount we offer); about 12 blocks from Nationals Stadium; and about 9 blocks from the Folger Shakespeare Library. The National Mall (Smithsonian Museums) is easily accessible: it's either 4 Metro stops away (exiting at Smithsonian Station), or hopping on any 30s bus (our favorite).
This apartment has a Walk Score® of 91/100, Walkers' Paradise.
Capitol Hill really only has one hotel in this area: Capitol Hill Hotel. Check its prices to determine whether our apartment would be a good deal for you. (Interestingly, if you visit the website of that hotel, one of the pictures that it prominently displays on its website is a string of about 6 homes on our block -- the pink one on the far left is ours!)
Parking would be on-street parking but generally we're always able to find a spot on our block. If you request it, we can provide you a visitor's parking pass that will allow you to park without fear of being ticketed/towed. Our neighborhood in particular has quite restrictive parking restrictions unless you live here or have the aforementioned visitor's parking pass.
Additional perks that you'll find:
*fully-stocked kitchen -- cut your dining-out costs by cooking at home!
*wrap yourself up in our 100% cotton Kimpton Hotels thick and thirsty white terry Turkish bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths
*enjoy Westin Hotels' Heavenly Spa White Tea Aloe Travel Set, including White tea Aloe Shampoo, White Tea Aloe Conditioner, White Tea Aloe Body Lotion, and White Tea Aloe leaf-shared Bar Soap
*Keurig K-cup coffee maker, coffee maker, coffee grinder, and French press
*iron and ironing board
*cable television (29') with DVD player
*online video streaming: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus (including Showtime)
*some snacks provided
*some toiletries provided in case you forget yours!
*speaker set (with radio) for your iPhone
*iPhone, iPad and phone charging station
Our house (not this apartment) generates 68% of the house's energy through the 14 solar panels on our roof (one of the first solar installations on Capitol Hill!). The apartment has CFLs, a dual-flush toilet, Pella windows, and a Nest Learning Thermostat.
Additionally, the electricity is sourced from local wind farms through Clean Currents. We're in the process of slowly phasing out our regular cleaning supplies for more environmentally-friendly products. As DC can be hot and sticky and swampy in the summer, we have a mosquito service that comes every two weeks to spray for mosquitoes in our front yard and our back yard. We have the 'natural' treatment which consists of a garlic-based product that is safe for animals, kids, and plants.
For grocery stores, there is a 1) Yes Organic Market 2 blocks away; 2) Harris Teeter 7 blocks away; and 3) Safeway 10 blocks away. CVS, Starbucks, and Dunkin' Donuts are all within a 2-minute walk.
The apartment can conceivably sleep 6 people (but it's probably best for 4 or fewer): 2 on the queen bed in the bedroom; 2 on the full/double pull-out sofa in the living room; and 2 on the queen blow-up air mattress (which would be set up in the living room). We also have a pack-and-play available if requested.
Pets are allowed. No smoking or incense, please.
When you make your reservation, I'll provide you online access to our detailed, 31-page 'Tips & Tricks' book. You'll also have a hardcopy of this available upon check-in. We provide not only information about your reservation (e.g., checking in, checking out, using the Internet, streaming movies from Netflix, etc.), but also local attractions, restaurants, and cool, interesting local things to do. (Quite a few things tourists would never stumble upon!)
For each person over 5 years old in your party we'll provide you a Metro SmarTrip card with a few bucks on it. This will a) save you the time of having to purchase paper farecards; and b) save you the $1/trip paper farecard surcharge. (If you're arriving by plane at Reagan Airport and you expect to take the Metro to our apartment, I can mail the Metro cards to you in advance if that is helpful. I can also do this if you're arriving by train at Union Station.)
Bonus #1: You'll have unlimited 29-minute bike rides on the Capital Bikeshare bike-sharing program (there's a station directly across the street). We'll even throw in $5 free if you accidentally go above the 29-minute rides (and we get charged). (Tip: Plot your route so that you check-in your bike before 29 minutes... and then check-out the same bike and start again!)
Bonus #2: If you happen to be in the apartment on a Saturday or a Sunday, enjoy home delivery of The Washington Post.
Bonus #3: If you stay 6 nights or longer, we'll give you the option of allowing our cleaning lady to do a cleaning session on the apartment, if you choose, free of charge for you.
Why you should feel confident staying with us:
*Our cleaning lady earns a fair wage (above the DC Living Wage Rate) and is paid through a payroll system which manages all taxes.
*Whenever possible, we try to use environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies.
*The electricity consumed in the apartment is generated through local wind farms.
*100% of the carbon dioxide emitted by our natural gas usage (both our house and the apartment) will be neutralized through carbon offsets from projects located in Maryland and Virginia
*We welcome pets, and kids!
*We allow you to compost, if you wish!
*We use the same high-quality air filters for the apartment as we do for our house: Filtrete™ Elite Allergen Extra Reduction Filter, Healthy Living 2400.
*Just-in-Time check-in: This means that I can text you the minute our cleaning person is done cleaning to allow you to check in. Just ask for this in advance.
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My name is Kelly and I live in Washington, DC, with my husband and our three recently-adopted children. We live across the street from the Eastern Market Metro Station and rent out our downstairs apartment.
We've been renting our DC apartment (underneath our house) since March 2012; we've begun renting our WV cabins since Jan. 2013.
For tourists to DC, we have -- I have to admit! -- a pretty superb location in that you can be on the National Mall (the Smithsonian Museums) in less than 20 minutes. Historic Eastern Market is just a few blocks away.
My husband works for the federal government, and I work for a global consulting firm supporting the federal government on sustainability issues. We enjoy bbq'ing outside when the weather is nice, going to the park with the kids, and simply being parents.
Kelly Vielmo purchased this apartment in 2007
Here are a few unique benefits: 1) The Metro (subway) is directly across the street. You can save money during your stay by not renting a car and simply taking the Metro. If you have to travel a farther distance, take a cab. 2) With a fully-stocked kitchen, you can visit one of the three grocery stores nearby and cook your meals at home. Save money with every meal!
"We had an amazing stay! Kelly went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed even before arriving, providing directions and travel tips. We absolutely loved the space - it was extremely comfortable and situated in a prime location. Very highly recommended!"
We stayed at this wonderful apartment in April 2015. Kelly made us feel very welcome and was so easy to work with. He provided us with lots of information on how to get around D.C. and local restaurants. We got a temporary parking pass so that we could park our car on the street -- where it stayed the entire time while we were there. The location is just across the street from the Eastern Market Metro station; can't beat it. It's a busy area, but it was very quiet in the evenings and during the night. You can hear the host's family above, but that occurred only during the day. It was no problem for us. We really enjoyed staying in the apartment, and we hope it will be available the next time we visit D.C.
"We had a very positive experience. The apartment is as advertised and the
neighborhood is beautiful. Kelly provides detailed information and online
links to give you the tools to tailor your stay to fit your needs and
interests. He sent emails and texts to communicate and was an approachable,
attentive, and helpful host overall. The location of the apartment is great
for accessing the Metro and for walking to the National Mall."
You can't find a more accommodating host than Kelly. He went out of his
way to help us when it looked like we might get stranded due to an East
coast storm. Other directions or advice from him while there was most
helpful. The basement apartment is in the most convenient location to visit
all of DC. Only 100 yards from the Eastern Market Metro stop.
This house is a charming little row house in the perfect location! It was less than half a block to the Metro and really great dining places were within walking distance. Very nice, quiet, family neighborhood. Kelly was very prompt in responding and was very helpful with all the questions we
had. The house was clean and comfortable and everyone was very friendly. We had our 6 year old granddaughter with us and she enjoyed playing with the sidewalk chalk and scooters that Kelly’s children graciously said she could
play with. Location alone makes this house perfect, but all the helpful information Kelly provided was an extra bonus. Information on places to go, places to eat and allowing us to use metro passes, along with a parking pass are at the top of the great things Kelly provided. It was great to have laundry facilities that we could use also. We had an amazing time in
DC and I'd stay here again when returning. Thank you Kelly and family for a very enjoyable stay in Washington DC!
My husband and I just spent a weekend with our dog in Kelly's apartment and had a fabulous time! We originally rented it to bring along the four kids and we will do that next time. We changed our plans to see some of the more adult sights in DC (such as the Holocaust museum). Kelly makes you feel very welcome and at home in the apartment. There are small details, like the preloaded metro cards, coffee, toiletries, and a 'handbook' created by the owners to help you navigate the area. There are great dining options available over on 8th street! We loved the proximity to the dining and the metro. I don't have anything left to say that has not been left in previous reviews, so I will leave it at that. We will be back! Thank you so much, Kelly and family!
We were actually greeted by the host upon our arrival. The apartment was exactly as it was pictured. And it was clean and well-stocked with anything we would have wanted. The location was the greatest place to be while in the DC area. We could be anywhere on the National Mall within 10 minutes of travel time. Our host was the greatest thing about staying here. He was concerned and caring, making sure we were enjoying our stay. He had helpful local tips for things to enjoy in the area. Beyond all of that, he was able to accommodate any requests that we made."
We are on Capitol Hill, just 7 blocks from the US Capitol. We're directly across the street from the Eastern Market Metro (subway) station. We're 15-20 minutes from the National Mall, including all the Smithsonian Museums.
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