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1 / 14 Living room with sofa and fireplace



Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

1 Full bath

Description from owner

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.

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Tripadvisor Property ID: 2480454

About the area

Directly across the street from the Eastern Market Metro Station. Most guests who have their vehicles simply leave them parked and take the Metro everywhere!

Owner profile

Kelly V.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English

About the owner

Hi everyone, 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 ...

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Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $400.00
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Beds in other rooms: 2 Sofa beds


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Towels provided
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Stereo system
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine


  • 1 Full bath

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