Built in 1880 with updated appliances and modern comfort.
About Darren Karr
We're recent empty-nesters who lived in the Pacific Northwest our entire lives and decided we needed a change when our last child moved out. Alexandria was our choice and so far, we love it! We've owned a vacation rental in Seaside, Oregon since 2007. You're welcome to check out the 60+ reviews for Karr Beach House at VRBO#341972.
Darren Karr purchased this Townhome in 2015
Why Darren Karr chose Old Town West
It's all about location. We wanted to be as close to King Street as possible, and found the perfect location one block away. It's far enough to make the street quiet, yet close enough to walk to everything. We were also looking for an historical house. Our house was built in 1880 and retains that historic charm.
What makes this Townhome unique
One block to King Street, six blocks to the DC Metro station. The airport is two stops from the King Street Metro station. All new appliances, electronics, and furniture. The fastest internet available. Two adult bikes. Security system. Pets are welcome. Wood burning fireplace. Weber grill and Big Green Egg smoker.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Pets are always welcome with no extra fee!
This is our residence and we ask that you please treat it and it's contents with respect. Smoking is not allowed in the house, but is allowed on the back patio with the door closed. Here are some things you'll need to know about Our house: Watch your step! – The last step on the stairs coming down is shorter than the others. It’s easy to misstep and fall on that last step. Please always be careful coming down the stairs. Watch your head! – Again, coming down the stairs is particularly tricky, especially for taller people, because the ceiling is very low at one point. Watch your head going up too. Don’t fall! – The handrail in the hall upstairs feels loose. Please be careful with it and don’t put full weight on it. Hot Tub – Shut down for the season. Bikes – There are two bikes in the bike tent in the back yard. There’s a lock on the big bike, the combo is “slap”. A tire pump is in the case on the back of the big bike. Coffee maker – To make a cup of coffee, place an empty coffee cup under the dispenser and press the button on the right side of the top panel. It will warm up and rinse the machine. Water will dispense into the cup. Empty the cup in the sink and return it under the dispenser. Choose the size of coffee you’d like using one of the three buttons on the left. The large cups work best for the large setting. The beans and water are refilled on the top by removing the covers. If the dredge drawer fills, it will give an indication. Press the black button on the left side of the coffee maker and swing the door (the front part of the coffee maker) open. The dredge drawer compartment is on the left, it’s attached to the water catch tray on the bottom. Pull on the water tray to remove both of them. Dump the dredge drawer and water tray in the sink, and replace. TV – We don’t have cable or satellite. To use the AppleTV, press “menu” on the small black AppleTV remote. The AppleTV and the television will turn on. Use the volume control on the remote to adjust the volume. Press and hold the upper right button to turn the AppleTV and the television off. If you need help with the AppleTV, please use Google or Youtube to find more instructions. WiFi – Our network is hidden, so you won’t see it on your list of available WiFi networks. Choose to add a network. Our network name is “karr” and there’s no security. Security isn’t needed because the network is hidden. Every once in a while the network needs to be rebooted. If you find the internet is slow or is not working, do a network reboot. In the far corner of the bedroom there’s a shelf with a white speaker on it. On the bottom shelf is the network equipment. Turn off the black power strip on the right side of the bottom shelf. Let it sit for a minute at least, then turn it back on. Security system – Feel free to use it at your own discretion while you’re staying at the house. Please know that the system records the opening and closing of doors and windows that have sensors on them, even when the system is not enabled. Wine, beer, booze, and food – You’re welcome to help yourself to the wine, beer, booze, and food that you find in the kitchen. Please leave some cash (whatever you think is fair) on the counter for whatever you use. Hall bathroom – The shower is weird. It doesn’t drain very fast sometimes because (what we’ve been told) a bubble forms that keeps the water from flowing. Keep an eye on the water level. The toilet fills very slowly, so keep that in mind. Stereo system – We use Sonos throughout the house. Download the Sonos app on your phone, tablet, or computer to control the system. If you need more assistance, please see the Sonos website or check Google. Fire escape – There’s an emergency escape ladder in the right hand (as you enter the room) far corner of the master bedroom.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Perfect Thanksgiving stay in Old Town!
This town home was perfect for our Thanksgiving getaway! We traveled with our two kids and two dogs. The house had every single thing we needed! The dogs enjoyed the back fenced in patio. The kids loved the xBox! The location was so convenient and fun. Walking distance to tons of great restaurants and cute little shops. There was also a free trolley on King Street which was a nice bonus when the kids got tired of walking. Also located close to the Metro station. We walked. Easy access to DC. I think we only used our car once... Parking is not an issue. Darren and Leslie have a lovely home, and made sure we had everything we needed. We will definitely stay again if we are ever back in the Alexandria area!
The home we rented had everything that was needed for a great stay. Beautiful fenced in yard that our dog really enjoyed with us. Quiet neighborhood. Walked around corner to
Main Street with shops and restaurants. Close to where we needed to be for a baby shower at society fair.
Bedrooms very nice with very comfortable beds and nice bright bathrooms.
Kitchen well equipped and we did make breakfast one day. Great off street parking.
Four of us enjoyed our stay very much.
So happy you enjoyed our home :)
Wonderful house in perfect location!
Super high tech house in perfect location in Old Town Alexandria. Close enough to walk - far enough to park easily. Lots of room, very comfy with all the highest end products you could want. Sadly, now I may have to remodel my own home. Darren was very helpful - even had coffee and other necessities pre-positioned at the house to make the stay great.
OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA
A beautifully-preserved historic district on the Potomac River, with a view of DC, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the city’s best restaurants, arts, events, shopping and historic attractions.
The area is anchored in the west by the majestic George Washington Masonic Memorial and in the east by the Potomac River waterfront, where you'll find restaurants with waterfront views, the nationally renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center as well as numerous boat tours and water taxis.
King Street, the main thoroughfare of Old Town Alexandria, is a walkable one mile of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes.
You’ll also find a wealth of historic architecture and attractions -- a museum without walls -- including the Market Square Museums and other hidden gems.
Easily accessible, the King Street Metro Station links Old Town Alexandria with Washington, D.C., via a 15-minute train ride. Find bike share stations, taxis and the Free King Street Trolley at this multi-modal transit hub.
By day, Old Town bustles with museum-goers, art enthusiasts, and shoppers. Night or day, top chefs draw diners with creative menus and exquisite experiences. At night, Old Town bars and pubs are abuzz with live music, along with local beer or craft cocktails.
Recognized for its thriving streets lined with centuries-old historic buildings, independent boutiques and vibrant art galleries, Old Town Alexandria attracts those in search of an unforgettable experience. Filled with opportunities for palate-pleasing dining, visiting haunted hotspots and even the chance to follow along in US presidents' footsteps, Old Town bursts with activities throughout the year, inviting guests to dive into the city's unique past in its prime historic district. To make the most of your time in Alexandria, here are our top choices for ensuring you receive the essential Old Town experience:
1) King Street Trolley & Stroll: Explore Old Town Alexandria’s main drag by strolling down King Street, lined with red brick and dotted with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and pubs tucked into 18th century architecture, alongside many a four-legged friend in this dog-friendly city.
2) Old Town Waterfront: Set sail on a sightseeing trip aboard a riverboat, enjoy waterfront dining featuring gorgeous views of DC monuments or groove to live music at waterfront restaurant, Blackwall Hitch.
3) Trace George Washington’s footsteps: Whether you venture to Washington’s favorite watering hole at Gadsby’s Tavern; peek into George and Martha’s pharmacy at Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum; or pay a visit to Washington’s pew at his local place of worship, Christ Church.
4) Distinctive Dining: Experience Alexandria’s booming culinary scene, from chef-driven restaurants like Carluccio’s and converted 18th century warehouse Virtue Feed & Grain to craft brews from Port City Brewing Company.
5) Take a tour: By boat, bike or on foot, explore Alexandria’s history, restaurants and waterfront on one of many unique tours, like a late night ghost tour or the Old Town Alexandria Food Tour.
6) Torpedo Factory Art Center: See art in progress and in person at Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center, a former World War II torpedo plant converted into 82 working artist studios and six galleries.
7) Pet-friendly activities: Em-“bark” on a Canine Cruise on the Potomac River, sniff and mingle at Doggy Happy Hour and enjoy any of 21 pet-friendly things to do in Alexandria.
8) Shop Small: Discover a whole new side to the personal shopping experience in Old Town, the DC area’s “Shop Small” headquarters with dozens of locally-owned and independently-operated boutiques.
9) Old Town Farmers Market: Taste local flavor at the Old Town Farmers Market, a centuries-old tradition stretching back to George Washington’s day, and choose from locally sourced produce, meat, cheeses, breads, handmade crafts and more.
10) Seasonal Events: Delight in Old Town’s seasonal festivities throughout the year, from the nation’s biggest weekend-long bash for George Washington’s birthday to a holiday celebration of Alexandria’s Scottish heritage at the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and First Night Alexandria, a lively New Year’s Eve party.