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Two bedroom historic home (safe, quiet, walk to Smithsonian)

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,030 sq ft
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Main bedroom with queen bed, second bedroom with two twins, full sized crib

This is a remodeled Victorian town house with sun filled bay windows. It is on a quiet residential street, yet as centrally located as it gets. 'Restaurant Row', a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue with numerous restaurants, is only one block away.

Less than five blocks away:

- US Capitol

- US Supreme Court

- Library of Congress

- Folger Shakespeare Library

- Belmont-Paul Women's Equality museum

- Union Station

Within 1.5 miles:

- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

- National Gallery of Art

- Smithsonian American Art Museum

- National Museum of the American Indian

- Hirshorn Museum (modern art)

- National Archives

- Verizon Center (Washington Wizards NBA team)

- Madam Tussaud's

- International Spy Museum

- Newseum

- US Botanical Garden

- National Building Museum

You will not need a car. Built in 1890 and renovated in 2010, the house combines historic charm with a modern layout. It has a completely open floor plan on the main level. It is furnished comfortably for a family of four (five if counting a crib) without cramming. Larger families may want to consider a combined rental of this property with the ground floor flat in the same structure (HomeAway #340015). The main house and ground floor flat are totally independent, with separate entrances and mechanical systems.

Your rental includes a free permit for street parking. However, due to our proximity to the major tourist attractions we recommend not renting a car. Should you need a rental vehicle for a day to visit out-of-town sites, there are rental car offices minutes from the house.

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


How Reservations Work:

We recommend using the 'Request Booking' button, 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 HomeAway's secure payments page, and you do not need to provide us credit card information.

Arrival and Departure Logistics: Check out time is 11AM, check in time 3PM. This is to allow time for the cleaners if there is a same-day change-over. If either time poses an issue please let us know, as a it is often possible to make alternative arrangements with the cleaners.

We use a code lock, so there is no need to mail or drop off keys, and you can arrive at any time of night.

More Details

Property Manager
Alec Smyth
Member since: 2009
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

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 townhome in 2010

What makes this townhome 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome rental in Eastern Market

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1030 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 1 cot
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • wooden decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling


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Two bedroom historic home (safe, quiet, walk to Smithsonian)
average rating of 4.836066 based on 122 reviews

A charming place

  • 5 of 5

We spent our Labor Day long weekend at this beautiful apartment. The place had everything we needed, the neighborhood is quiet and safe for us to walk around. We had a great time here!

  • Review Submitted: 03/09/2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location and Owner is very accommodating

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed this house. It had everything we needed. When there was an issue the owner was on top of it!! Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 06/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding Rental

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for a family of four. Quiet neighborhood that's conveniently close to dining, public transportation, and a number of museums and monuments. Comfortable and well equipped flat. Included parking pass allowed us to park our vehicle for the week, using only our feet or public transportation to get around the city. Bottom line: stay here when you visit Washington DC.

  • Review Submitted: 17/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a family visit to DC

  • 5 of 5

We were visiting DC with our 16-year old grandson. This was a side of Washington I'd never seen before--had always stayed in the Georgetown/West End area. It's a quiet residential area just a few blocks from Capitol Hill. There's lots of neighborhood restaurants and shops that are quite good and reasonably priced. It's about a 10-minute walk to Union Station, the closest Metro station and Circulator National Mall bus stop. It's also a 10-minute walk over to the Capitol Building. There's a Metro bus line that runs right by the house that conveniently connects to the White House and on to Georgetown.

The information brochure provided with the reservation was the best I've seen from any of our stays anywhere. We found it to be very accurate and informative.

The place is quiet, comfortable, safe, and well-appointed. It was hard to tell from the description material, but there is a small washing machine/dryer in the kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: 05/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 4 adults stayed in this home for 5 nights while on a site-seeing visit to DC. This home met our needs and was so much better (and less expensive) than staying in a hotel! We did find that the description of the property provided was accurate. For those considering this rental, I will bullet point a few of our personal observations/comments from our stay:

- Super convenient location. Easy walk to Union Station; passed restaurants and the neighborhood grocery store on the way.

- The Circulator bus (stop at Union Station) was ideal for getting to locations at $1.00 per person per ride; we did not use the Metro.

-Parking included! Easy to find a spot.

-The kitchen had what we needed for the duration of our stay. It is galley style to which I am accustomed but it's a little on the tight side but still workable. We cooked dinner in one night (with food from Eastern Market) and were able to make the pans available work for us. Other than that, just used the coffee maker, toaster and dishwasher. There was plenty of dishes/glassware; just wish that the coffee cups were more of a mug size than the mini ones provided. :-)

- Bathroom was small but again, manageable. This is an older home so not unexpected.

- Beds- 3 of the 4 of us were fine. Personal preference?

-Street noise -some toward the front of the house but this is a busy city! Luckily we are early risers.

-Air Conditioner- we had to run this during our stay. I will say, it is quite loud on the first floor when it is running. If you are watching TV, you definitely have to raise the volume.

- Downstairs tenant -while this wasn't a problem, you do need to be aware that someone is living underneath you and monitor your noise. Somehow, I missed this fact when reading the property description.

-Condition- like any home, there are some "bumps & bruises" (chipped paint, scuffs, cabinets not fully closing) but nothing that made us uncomfortable.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this property. We were glad to have this place to come "home" to after our busy days.

  • Review Submitted: 21/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, but home need some TLC!

  • 3 of 5

We have stayed in homes listed on VRBO in mutiple cities and have been very pleased with the experience. This townhome is in a convenient location if visiting the Capital and Smithsonian museums. The Eastern Market is close and just awesome! It is well stocked with consideration for guest comfort and convenience. Unfortunately, the space is a worn and tired representation of its former self. The master bed sags to the middle, the walls and counters are scarred with scuff marks, crazy ants invade the dining space, the upstairs is much warmer that the downstairs, and the air conditioning system sounds like a plane taking off. Even in mild temps, we had to use a fan to be comfortable in the bedroom. We had a great time in Washington, but we were disappointed in the condition of this home.

  • Review Submitted: 08/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really sorry about this guest's review, but should clarify the house DID get the TLC almost immediately after this stay. Best is probably the new mattress - we've been experimenting with different ones at our properties and have discovered one that gets rave reviews every time.
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Car: not necessary

The house is located on a quiet friendly street less than half a block from Stanton Park and one block from Restaurant Row, a block of restaurants with tables right on the sidewalk. 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.

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


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$207.53

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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