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Alec Smyth

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english, spanish

Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)

124 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Capitol Hill holiday house

1 King bed, 2 Fulls, 1 Queen and a full sized crib

Already booked for your dates? Please see our other three bedroom listing Homeaway #3844729.

This house is incredibly centrally located yet is also in a most peaceful spot, set back from a quiet street with a bicycle lane.

Within a radius of less two and a half blocks you will find the Library of Congress, a Metro station, Eastern Market, a Starbucks, and at the time of writing ten restaurants. The National Mall, around which the Smithsonian museums are clustered, is only a short walk away. The house has a Zillow walkability rating of 95 ('Walkers Paradise.') A rack of bright red public bicycles is half a block from your door.

The Yellow House is ideal for a family with children who would like to visit sites such as the Smithsonian museums, the US Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, the Library of Congress, or the Newseum, among many others. Our neighborhood, Capitol Hill, is a historical conservation area that is quaint, cosmopolitan, affluent, and highly secure. We are so close to the US Capitol that the house is inside the perimeter patrolled by Capitol security. The neighborhood is where most members of congress live.

The house comes with a little shopping cart, which you can take to the grocery store around the corner, or two blocks to Eastern Market, a wonderful 140 year old traditional market where greengrocers, butchers, bakers, etc. carry the absolute freshest groceries you will find anywhere in the city. Walking your shopping cart to Eastern Market, nobody will suspect you are a tourist.

Visitors who arrive by car typically park it for the duration of their stay. The house includes a parking permit.

Your rental comes with all linens, towels, a blow drier, high quality toiletries, and propane for the grill. All you need to bring is a tooth brush!

So how to proceed?

We recommend using the 'Book Now' button at top right on this page, which will confirm availability and provide a detailed quote before you reach the screen on which you are asked to commit. We book with the $150 cleaning fee, and the balance is due 30 days before arrival. All payments are self-service, via credit card or e-check using VRBO's secure payments page, and you do not need to provide us credit card information.

PLEASE NOTE, WE DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGSLIST. If you came across the content of our listing on Craigslist, it is a fake ad.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alec Smyth (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish

About Alec Smyth

My wife and I are both management consultants who have traveled widely for decades, and have developed a strong sense of what we like in a locale and in accommodations. We actively manage our vacation rentals as a future retirement plan, but we select and prepare them by asking a simple test question -- would we be happy to live in them ourselves?

Alec Smyth purchased this house in 2009

Why Alec Smyth chose Washington DC

The Yellow House is on a quiet street, yet so close to the US Capitol that it is within the perimeter patrolled by the Capitol security, within the area that is sealed off for Presidential inaugurations, etc. Most vacation rentals advertise proximity to Metro. We are two blocks from Metro, but chances are you will not take it because you are already so close to the major sites of interest.

The house itself is much wider than the rowhouses typical of the neighborhood, and has an open floor plan. These features translate to a bright ambiance full of natural light. Please notice also what you see through the windows in the listing photos - trees!

What makes this house unique

There is a lot to see in Washington, with over fifty museums, but unfortunately we feature the very longest commutes in the nation. The museums have no parking, which may be a deliberate strategy to reduce the number of cars. Capitol Hill is the area immediately surrounding the US Capitol, and because it is a historical conservation neighborhood of small houses that cannot be altered, it contains almost no hotels. By staying at a home on the Western edge of Capitol Hill, you are closer to the sites than at a hotel, and free from the hassles of commuting because everything is within walking distance. Quite aside from the convenience of the location, both house and neighborhood are charming.

Guestbook comments from the owner

HI Alec,

We had such a great time we did not want to leave! Your home was really wonderful and we will definitely contact you again next time we come to DC. Quick question – do you know what the mattress was on the king bed? We found it to be really comfortable. Thanks again!

Jul 2010
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Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
average rating of 4.927419 based on 132 reviews
Cumberland, Maine

A perfect spot in Washington!

  • 5 of 5

My family had the best stay in the Yellow House this past week... It's a beautiful place to come home to, even more beautiful than the great photos online! Everything was clean and well maintained, and owner was helpful with questions prior to our arrival. It was a treat to stay in a place that was quiet and safe, yet also close to the sites of Capitol Hill and many small restaurants. We would like to come back to enjoy more of the same, but also to see the front and back gardens when things are in bloom. Book a stay yourself if you are lucky enough to see availability left for your dates of travel!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable house in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The yellow house was perfect for our family of 6. The location is perfect for walking to the Capitol and Library of Congress. Conveniently close to metro as well which we took to zoo and Arlington. It was so nice after a day of touring to return to a comfortable house in a safe neighborhood. We were able to relax, order take out from great neighborhood restaurants and kids even enjoyed the playground across the street. The house itself was extremely clean and we had plenty of space. Alex, the homeowner, is wonderful to work with. He provides with you a whole booklet of tips and places to see. He was very responsive and was even able to accommodate our early am arrival. As a family of 6 we often have to buy 2 hotel rooms this was a much better option. All around wonderful experience!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully maintained Carriage House

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our week stay at this comfortable, conveniently located home, just a few blocks from the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court. The owner, Alec was warmly welcoming and promptly attentive to any issues that arose. I do hope this property will be available when our family travels to Washington in about 6 months.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and Great Location

  • 4 of 5

The home was comfortable and well equipped. The location can't be any more convenient for sightseeing and getting around. Owner Alex was very responsive to any questions and/or concerns we had, and worked with our early morning arrival! Convenience store, liquor store and a great pizza joint (We The Pizza) very close by.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location!!

  • 5 of 5

Alec’s home was perfect for our group of five friends on a girls’ getaway weekend. As mentioned, the location is perfect – the home is a row house on a quiet, tree lined, street, close to restaurants and a metro stop, with an elementary school just across the street. You had a real feeling of staying in a family neighborhood, and at all times, felt completely safe. So many places of interest are within walking distance, as well.

The house itself was spotlessly clean, and well maintained. We were not looking to cook during our stay, but could easily have made many meals there, if we so desired. The bathrooms were clean, and there was great water pressure for the showers. We did not make use of the washer and dryer, as we were only there for two days, but that would be a big plus for families, and for those with longer stays. The beds were all very comfortable, and the linens and towels were very nice, and plentiful. An added touch was the nice toiletries made available for all the guests. The common areas were spacious and comfortable, and allowed for many great conversations among friends. Even the back yard was private and inviting!

Alec was friendly, and quick to respond to any questions we had, both before and during our stay. We all were so pleased with this home, we would definitely plan to stay here again, when in DC!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bentleyville, OH

Nice place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. The house was very clean, and Alec was great to work with. Good location, very little street noise, and the parking situation was fine. The reasons for a "4" vs "5" rating were (a) low water pressure upstairs when water was being used on the ground floor, and (b) creaky floorboards upstairs. Overall, though, we had a very good experience.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Car: not necessary

The house is located on a quiet friendly Capitoll Hill block with a park at each end, around the corner from Pennsylvania Avenue with its restaurants and sidewalk cafes. The Capitol, Library of Congress, Eastern Market, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Metro (the underground) are all just a couple of blocks away. Capitol Hill is a historical conservation neighborhood of beautifully maintained, charming old houses. It has a small-town feel and a human scale, is cosmopolitan, and has a thriving cultural scene. The residential area closest to Washington's institutions, it is home to a large number of politicians and VIPs. The house is within the close-in perimeter of heightened security patrolled by the Washington Metropolitan Police, the US Capitol Police and the US Secret Service.

We recommend that visitors come without cars, because our location allows access to the sights on foot and by Metro. However, a free visitor parking permit is included in your rental just in case.

Other Activities: US Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, National Archives, Newseum, Folger Shakespeare


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Rental Basis:
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Low Season (January - February
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$197
Tax Rate 14.5%

14.5% tax
$120 cleaning fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Capitol Hill

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1426 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs - toilet , bath with shower
    Downstairs - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Both bathrooms were recently remodeled with marble floors, subway tile, and high end hardware.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Living Room - 1 sofa bed/futon , Queen sleep sofa
    3rd Bedroom - 2 double bed
    2nd Bedroom - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , Full sized crib available upon request
  • The couch in the living room is a Queen sleep sofa, in case senior guests have trouble with the stairs (one of the full bathrooms is also downstairs).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Parking permit included