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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)

129 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Capitol Hill holiday house

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

INAUGURATION 2017: Pricing is configured as fixed fee for two nights in case guests are searching on only the key dates, but it includes a full week stay. This property is so close you will only be a few blocks away and can forgo crowded transportation.

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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!

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
Suitability:
  • 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!



Regards,
Jul 2010
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Reviews

4.9
based on 129 traveller reviews

Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
average rating of 4.9224806 based on 137 reviews
Cumberland, Maine
5

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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5

great house for young family

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our three kids, ages 6, 4, and 2, found the yellow house to be perfect for our family's trip to DC. The house was very well suited for young children; there was a full size crib set up for us in one bedroom, and the house was equipped with a booster chair for the dining table, full set of child-friendly dishes, and a baby gate at the top of the stairs.

The location was also very convenient for touring the museums. We were able to walk to the Air and Space Museum, with only the youngest child in a stroller, and we took the metro (Capitol South stop only a couple blocks away) to see other museums. The whole family was also able to walk to the Eastern Market, and we enjoyed having a few playgrounds nearby, too (there is an elementary school located right across the street, and the playground was open on the weekend). My husband and I were also able to easily walk to the restaurant row one evening for an adult dinner.

We felt very safe and would definitely stay in the yellow house again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Virginia USA
5

Great for touring

  • 5 of 5

Ideal location for touring the capitol. Walking distance to major attractions. Parking pass a major plus. Restaurants a few short blocks away. Spacious and comfortable. Well maintained and clean. Friendly neighbors. Quiet street.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Best location you can imagine.

  • 4 of 5

Very nice week spent in Washington DC living like a local. The home is just as represented. Close to everything you come to DC to see.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Can't say anything negative

  • 5 of 5

Our experience was delicious except for an unexpected visitor that scared my wife- a mouse

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN
5

Perfect location and comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

We returned a week ago from a week long vacation to DC. We were traveling with extended family and needed a place to sleep 6 that also allowed us to make meals at night and have a place for our children to relax. We couldn't have found a better place to stay in DC. It fit our family perfectly and we couldn't beat the location. We loved being close to the Capitol South Metro Station (it made it easy to arrive to the yellow house from Reagan Airport) but also within walking distance to the Capitol/Library of Congress and National Mall.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

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Rates & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Last minute
1 Dec 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
A$403
A$2,304
 
 
Low Season (January - February
1 Jan 2017 - 15 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$403
A$2,304
 
 
Inauguration 2017
19 Jan 2017 - 20 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$12,091
Flat fee
 
 
Low Season 2
24 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$403
A$2,304
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
A$537
A$3,292
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$202
Tax Rate 14.5%

14.5% tax
$120 cleaning fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Capitol Hill

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1426 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    3rd Bedroom - 2 double bed
    2nd Bedroom - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , Full sized crib available upon request
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Parking permit included