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Bernard Bell

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Tastefully Appointed Townhouse near Nationals Stadium

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Maryland Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhouse Duplex 2 BD 2.5 BA Sleeps 6-8

In Southwest Washington, DC, tucked away near the water, is one of our new favorite properties. (Can be bundled with vrbo #486908 to sleep up to 10 persons. 486908 is literally in the building next door.)

Located on a quiet, one-way residential street, this Federal Style contemporary is one block west of the Nationals Stadium, and four blocks east of the lovely Washington DC Waterfront, which includes the award-winning architect-designed Arena Stage.

Perched just far enough from the Capitol to feel like you've left the Lobbyists at work, you are in fact only 10 minutes by car, and even less by metro from THE Capitol Hill. The townhouse is centrally located three blocks from the Navy Yard Metro and a short walk to the many parks and attractions. There is a new Safeway, Starbucks, and CVS about 7 minutes from the home, and a slew of new restaurants have opened on Barracks Row only minutes away. If you like the outdoors, the number of small urban parks within this density is really good. Some of my favorites are Canal Park (; Tingey Plaza (; Garfield Park); The Yards Park (; and Diamond Teague Park (

This townhouse has a front entrance with on street parking and a rear entrance with parking spaces for two. The rear entrance brings you through an open and large patio, and through the French doors and into the living area. The front entrance is a more formal main level entrance thru a common vestibule.

The ground floor living area has a generous west facing living room, with double french doors, high ceilings, and generous sized windows. Comfortable and elegant, this tastefully decorated living area has a Pier 1 sofa, 2 oversized chairs, and 2 occasional chairs. Floor lamps as well as recessed lighting create multiple opportunities to curl up with a good book on a lazy saturday or rainy sunday.

Across from the living area with views onto the terrace is the office area with writing desk, retrieved from a Mandarin Hotel renovation a few years ago. This Mahogany Art Deco Contemporary piece has a chinese red insert drawer that sits below a removable glass top. With stainless steel anklets, the legs of the desk look very elegant and sanguine. Just the perfect setting to open up that MacBook and do some work.

Adjacent to the living room is the dining area, with seating for 6. This oversized glass top table uses as a base 2 pieces of Black African Granite, mined in the caves of South Africa near Johannesburg. It was cheaper to purchase than to ship!

On the opposite side of the dining room wall are the kitchen and powder room. The large eat-in kitchen, with its African slate tile floor, was renovated in 2008 and has all stainless steel appliances. The refrigerator has a water dispenser, the oven is electric, as is dishwasher and microwave oven. There is generous counter space with under-the-cabinet lighting. The kitchen has a circular wood block table with chairs that looks out onto the quiet street though 2 ivy-surround windows. There is a flat screen television in the kitchen.

The powder room is painted in Ralph Lauren's Hunting Coat Red. There are both a Kohler Pedestal Sink and Kohler Faucets.

The 2 bedrooms are located on the upper floor and are accessed via the staircase off the entry room hallway. The front bedroom has a 2 poster Queen Bed. There is a Duncan Phyfe upholstered settee and antique small coffee table, perfect for a nice evening read or morning coffee before heading downstairs with the group. This front bedroom, called the Master, has 3 custom built closets along the south wall. This bedroom shares a hall bath.

The rear bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with marble tiles, a rainshower showerhead, Kohler pedestal sink and oversized medicine cabinet. This rear bedroom has 2 Antique Mahogany Double Beds, with large flatscreen on adjacent wall. This bedroom has good closet space and storage using open storage cubes.

This is a perfect package of a good location, tastefully appointed, quiet and relaxed home with access to Baseball, Metro, Shops, Restaurants and the Waterfront. This home is perfect for the family visiting on vacation, the business executive bringing his or her family, Baseball enthusiasts, or anyone seeking an International Flair on a yet decidedly American experience!

Keywords: 2 bedrooms, 1 queen bed, 2 double beds, 2 full baths, Powder Room, 2 1/2 bath, Rear deck patio and garden, New Renovated kitchen, Large living space, Sleeps 6, duplex, non smoking, Off Street and Private Parking

I just sold my previous listing, but here's what the comments were from that property. Consistently all 5-STAR REVIEWS:

C. Geddes said...

Sep 16, 2012

As described and more

1 Scott Cir NW, The Penthouse, Washington D.C., DC (367989)


Date of Stay September 12, 2012

Helpful votes:0/0.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and wish it had been longer.Bernard takes good care of his guests and gave us the name of his driver who took us on a short tour of the city, gliding through traffic with a smoothness we've never experienced in a taxi in the big city...

M. Wetzel/ P. Mundell said...

Jul 10, 2012

Capital Vacation

1 Scott Cir NW, The Penthouse, Washington D.C., DC (367989)


Date of Stay June 30, 2012

Helpful votes:0/0.

We had a great time staying at this penthouse on Scott Circle. It was in a perfect location for many restaurants and sightseeing options. The amenities were very nice and the owner Bernard was never a short

phone call away...

K. Herfkens said...

Jun 26, 2012

Lovely penthouse apartment

1 Scott Cir NW, The Penthouse, Washington D.C., DC (367989)


Date of Stay June 21, 2012

Helpful votes:0/0.

The property is delightful and in a convenient location.

Bernard was great and very helpful. We'll definitely return to this apartment...

D. Szlachetka said...

Jun 5, 2012

Great Spot

1 Scott Cir NW, The Penthouse, Washington D.C., DC (367989)


Date of Stay May 29, 2012

The owner was very responsive to our needs and this was


K. Taylor said...

May 22, 2012

DC Penthouse

1 Scott Cir NW, The Penthouse, Washington D.C., DC (367989)


Date of Stay May 18, 2012

Helpful votes:0/0.

Penthouse was very nice.. Friendly owner was very helpful with small confusion upon arrival.

E. Coyle said...

May 21, 2012

Classy apartment in a classy neighborhood

1 Scott Cir NW, The Penthouse, Washington D.C., DC (367989)


Date of Stay May 15, 2012

Helpful votes:0/0.

This was our first foray into VRBO territory and it could not have been a more pleasant and rewarding experience. We're seasoned home exchangers, so the idea of sharing another person's living quarters

was not foreign to us. What a pleasant surprise, though, to discover this stylish and comfortable living space just a short distance from all the major sights of the Nation's capital. We were not only treated to all the comforts of our own home, we were also helped through the

process by a helpful and accessible owner, who was quick to respond to our orientation questions about the arrangement, the apartment and the environs without hesitation. Forget the pricey hotels. We would

strongly recommend this apartment if you're looking for a comfortable, safe, first-rate stay in DC...

D. Villa said...

May 21, 2012

Perfect Place to Stay for DC Vacation

1 Scott Cir NW, The Penthouse, Washington D.C., DC (367989)


Date of Stay May 6, 2012

Helpful votes:0/0.

The owner is a pleasure to deal with and very

attentive to any issues that might arise. I would highly recommend this penthouse to anyone traveling to DC.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Bernard Bell (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About Bernard Bell

I'm a TV Network executive who travels alot. Originally from NC, I have been living in DC since 2003. I also split my time between my homes in NYC, NC, and Atlanta. But DC is the best city ever!

Bernard Bell purchased this townhome in 2004

Why Bernard Bell chose Maryland

I purchased this property right before the Baseball Stadium was built, and have seen this neighborhood literally transform before my very eyes. The Stadium has transformed the energy of the area. I love to sit on the terrace with a glass of wine and hear the Baseball Stadium cheers!

What makes this townhome unique

The thrill of being in this neighborhood comes from when I walk out my front door, look to the left, and see the shining dome of the Nation's Capitol building. It is a significant and tangible energy booster, and a reminder of the freedoms that we take for granted in this country.


based on 26 traveler reviews

Tastefully Appointed Townhouse near Nationals Stadium
average rating of 4.6538463 based on 26 reviews

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our accomendations. The description of the property was very accurate to what was listed on the website. I loved that everything was provided and we didn't have to worry about being without. (comfortable bedding, towels, fully equiped kitchen, some paper products, etc.) The area was great. It wasn't close to downtown by walking but it was a short walk to Metro, Nationals stadium, restaurants, and a grocery store. The townhouse was very clean when we arrrived. Bernard did a job responding if we had any questions. I would definitely would recommend this property to a friend.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, well equipped home

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in March here and really enjoyed this home. It is well equipped with everything we needed. The kitchen has every item one could possibly need - maybe just a little too much because we couldn't find anywhere to store our food! The home was clean and very quiet. We had no trouble with transportation as we used UBER almost everywhere we went.

We wish we would have discovered the river walk and grocery store and restaurants on the other side of the baseball stadium earlier in our trip as we really enjoyed that part of the neighborhood.

If you are a baseball fan this home is an absolute DREAM place as you just walk out the door go less than a block and you are there!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Wayne, Indiana

2nd time we've rented

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 6 adults returned to spend our second Christmas at this lovely townhouse. Great location, tastefully decorated, friendly neighbors. Kitchen is stocked with good appliances & utensils*. 2 parking spots in back are definite perks*, tho we couldn't find pass for street parking in desk as stated in rules. Bernard is great to deal with & quick to respond*. Several positive improvements made between now & previous stay Christmas 2015. I'd have given 5-star recommendation except for a few items: dirty broiler pan was in oven; dryer was loaded with towels; *no internet/wifi when we arrived but upon contacting Bernard it was connected shortly thereafter; *2 cabinet doors above coffee pot had stripped screws causing 1 door to completely fall away; *first 3 times we ran dishwasher, there were what looked like coffee grounds spewed over clean dishes which may be a sign of infrequent use or need of replacement; *there was a car parked in 1+ of our spots close to our gate, making loading/unloading difficult & inconvenient the entire week, as well as half parking in neighbor's vacant space. These few negative things were disappointing but we worked around them as best as we could. I only mention them so Bernard can check into them with his maintenance/cleaning folks & hopefully these items will be addressed before the next rental. We would definitely stay here again in spite of a few unexpected inconveniences.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Place for a Family Group

  • 5 of 5

This townhouse is accurately described, clean and well-maintained. The owner was attentive and willing to make our visit a success. The location is across the street from the Nationals baseball field and within walking distance to the waterfront and Smithsonian Museums. We would definitely recommend this property to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Not as presented

  • 2 of 5

Main bathroom on main floor not functioning ,dust bunnies for pets ! Bedding ,comforters dirty!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this lovely townhouse. Close to bus route and close enough to all the sites for a good walk or cheap taxi fare. Bernard was a gracious host and checked in to make sure everything was ok for our stay. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Ronald Reagan
Car: not necessary

Southwest Waterfront, Washington, District of Columbia, USA (5 mins to Metro; 15 mins from Airport; 10 mins from Union Station)


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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 14.5%

First nights deposit of $250 is non refundable. Balance is 100% refundable prior to 60 days out.

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Maryland Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is en-suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
  • The Master has a Queen Anne 4 poster style bed with settee and small table for enjoying private moments. THe 2nd bedroom has 2 double beds with en-suite bath. The beds had not been assembled at time of posting and as such no pictures. Please contact owner
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
The home is a 4 block walk to the Waterfront where there are restaurants, small cruise ships, and wonderful vistas of the water. You will stroll down the waterfront boardwalk and watch the planes across the Potomac take off and land. Watch the sunset from many restaurants (my favorite is Marina Cantina) while you sip on their frozen raspberry margaritas (don't let them slip up on you!) This home is in a real neighborhood.

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