We have a recently-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 5, 6, and 9. 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 combines 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, coffee shops, 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 fit and deal for you. (Interestingly, if you visit the online presence of that hotel, one of the pictures that it prominently displays is a string of about 6 homes on our block -- the pink one on the far left is ours!)
Parking is 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 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)
*wireless high-speed Internet
*some snacks provided
*some toiletries provided in case you forget yours!
*speaker set (with radio) for your iPhone
Our house (not this apartment, though) 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, a Nest Learning Thermostat, and a Nest Protect.
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.
NEW AS OF JULY 2015: I am now an "allergy-friendly host" and I have a flexible cleaning regimen available for the chemically-sensitive. For example, recently for some guests we cleaned the entire apartment with a simple Santa Cruz Organic lemon juice and water solution and used ECOS Free and Clear laundry detergent pods. To cover extra costs, there's a $10/day extra charge.
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 bed in the bedroom; 2 on the full/double fold-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.TripAdvisor property ID 2480454...Read more
Left on 12/26/2014 for a stay in November 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 26, 2014Stayed Nov 2014
Kelly greeted us warmly and made us feel like friends rather than paying guest. We loved the apartment, found it just right for our needs and so comfortable. The apt. Was very clean and had helpful information available We plan to return!!
Left on 11/14/2014 for a stay in October 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 14, 2014Stayed Oct 2014
Kelly's apartment was the perfect place for our needs. I stayed with my husband and 3 y/o, and my sister and her husband. It was nice and cozy. We would walk as far out to see as many sites as we could in the morning and take the metro back. My brother in law went on a couple of runs and got to see the sunrise and sunset at the capitol and monuments. We also took my son to the playground down the street during some down time. There were plenty of kitchen tools for us to make dinner and spend time together in a "home" environment rather than eating out every night. All in all i'd definitely stay here again.
Left on 10/01/2014 for a stay in September 2014 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 1, 2014Stayed Sep 2014
Great location, with a wonderful host family. The apartment was clean, and the amenities were plentiful. Alternative bed coverings made the choice of sleeping surfaces easy to match one’s comfort level. Kitchen was well appointed with modern appliances; the Keurig coffee machine was great. Written instructions were easy to follow, and local recommendations for restaurants, markets, stores, etc., were abundant. Metro cards were provided, and even came with some money loaded. We easily felt right at home.
Kelly and family made us feel right at home. We’ll be back!
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