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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 132 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

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

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

Owner
Alec Smyth
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 August, 2017

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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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Eastern Market

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 132 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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:
  • 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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
average rating of 4.8933334 based on 158 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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3

Perfect location to visit tour D.C.

  • 3 of 5

Enjoyed staying in the Yellow House. Location was excellent; close to metro, the mall and walking distance to small eateries. Bedrooms were comfortable for our family of 5.

Alec was helpful by responding in less than an hour to answer one of our questions.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location, awesome house

  • 5 of 5

The is house offers great access to the sites in and around the capitol. Would recommend this anyone visiting the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia South Carolina
4

Perfect for 5

  • 4 of 5

Great neighborhood. Perfect location upstairs slightly underserved by A/C

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Ideally situated, beautifully historical, comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

Home base elevated our D.C. experience as it provided all conveniences of home, easy access to all points of interest, and historic perspective to complement highlights of our visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

OMG WOW

  • 5 of 5

We were excited about our trip and visit to Washington and to be completely honest had concerns that the "Yellow House" could be as good as described. It was better ! The location is simply unbelievable and once again much closer to the Capitol etc than I dreamed possible. Walking in the area and to and from the Capitol was easy, fun, relaxing and picturesque. The house itself was GREAT. The beds were all incredibly comfortable and the living room was a great hang out room with very comfortable sofa and chairs. The kitchen had everything needed and we just didn't have enough time to utilize. The backyard was peaceful. If I am ever in the area again, this would be the first and only place I would look to stay. Lest I forget, the bathroom toiletries were above and beyond five star hotel qualities as were the towels etc. This is one incredible great place to visit and or stay and my feeble description can not due proper justice to how outstanding this home is and how easy and relaxing and peaceful this made our visit. Thank You.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

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

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$189.16

14.5% tax
$150 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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