Sweet guest room and private guest bath very clean and cheerful with comfy new Simmons extra deep queen-size bed in cute 1937 3-storey colonial-style single-family (detached) home of fine arts photographer and public relations/vintage jewelry biz wife. Guest room & bath are located on second floor in the rear of the home (not facing street) very tranquil and peaceful.
Our home is in the charming and very safe Takoma/Brightwood neighborhood; 2.5 blocks from 16th Street Heights/Rock Creek Park and 4 blocks south of the historic Walter Reed Medical Center; 2 miles south of downtown Silver Spring and 2 miles east of Chevy Chase/Friendship Heights.
Our neighborhood has a super walkscore of 79. Liveability score of 82. Ranked #4 best Washington neighborhood to live in by Area Vibes. Close proximity to Rock Creek Park and Sligo Creek Trail offer gorgeous biking, running and hiking trails. We also share our hybrid bikes with our guests (if they like) to explore the city or check out area parks and trails.
On our block parking is free safe and easy at all hours of day and night. We don't have parking time restrictions, meters or are visitor parking permits necessary for guests parking on our block for 27 days or less. If you are staying with us for 28+ nights, we will get a visitor parking permit for you. The temporary guest parking permit is free.
Guest room is small but cozy with 100% cotton bed linens, carafe for spring water, sound machine (white noise & nature sounds), small library of books and magazines, new IKEA desk, new IKEA bureau, proper closet with new hangers, shoe organizer, new slippers, new bath robes, extra bath towels, over-sized beach towels, backpack picnic "basket", yoga mats and basket of snacks. We also supply menus, brochures, weekly City Paper and other info for local events, restaurant info, festivals, museum and gallery info and bike maps.
Guest bath is located directly across hallway from guest room and is modern with Italian real stone tile, chrome hardware and stocked with quality hair & skincare products (L'Oreal-Biolage-Aveda-Burt's Bees or similar brand), Tom's of Maine toothpaste, variety of shaving creams, disposable razors and more. Bath towels are new and 100% cotton.
We've been renovating our home over the past 4 years since we became the new owners. We've renovated and modernized the bath rooms, electrical and plumbing and installed state-of-the-art central air-conditioning/heating system. We do not do work on the interior of our home when we have guests.
We share our living room with 52" flatscreen LG hdtv, premium FIOS cable package, included is FIOS wireless internet, share our dining room and offer a continental breakfast (coffee-tea-organic oj-selection of cold & hot cereals, Fage Greek yogurt-fresh fruit-smoked salmon-cream cheese-butter-variety of breads-French & Italian jam and sometimes baked goods like croissants, brioche or muffins.) We also share our fridge, microwave, electric kettle, coffee maker, covered front porch with seating, back yard, large picnic table w/ umbrella and bbq (charcoal). We also have a wheeled cooler which guests are welcomed to use - please request. There is a backpack picnic basket in the guest room for guests to borrow.
Although our home is uptown, travelling to downtown DC is very easy via public transit, by car or bike. We are very convenient to downtown Silver Spring, Old Town Takoma/Takoma Park, Union Station, Capitol Complex, Library of Congress, Chinatown/Gallery Place, Smithsonian Museums, National Gallery of Art, Newseum, Georgetown Law School, Dupont Circle/Adams Morgan, National Mall, American University/Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, National Institutes of Health, University of Maryland College Park Campus and Washington Adventist Hospital.
We're a 15 minute leisurely walk (flat terrain) from our place to Takoma metro station (red line); 5 minutes by bike; 5 minutes by bus (bus stop is 5 houses away from us, right on our corner). Express bus routes are located just 2.5 blocks from our home. Crosstown bus stop is 5 blocks away but if you don't care to walk/bike (bikes are permitted on all trains & buses) you can catch a bus to the crosstown bus stop, in less than 3 mins.
If one of us is working from home, we can accommodate those who need an earlier check-in time. On Saturday and Sunday we can arrange 2 pm check-in.
Although we do not have a private pool, we are less than 1 mile from state-of-the-art Takoma Aquatic Center and about 3 miles from the beautiful Wilson Aquatic Center. Both of these aquatic centers are the nicest in the city as they are the newest centers. We are also extremely convenient to the FitzGerald Tennis Center and Rock Creek Park Horse Center.
-Yes we offer a private guest room in a 3-storey house.
-Yes its a real bed.
-Yes the bed is American queen-size mattress.
-Yes our home has modern central air-conditioning.
-Yes the guest room has a ceiling fan which you control.
-Yes our home has modern central air-conditioning/heat. Our home was built in 1937. It has the hot water radiator heat system as well. Latter system is used when it's 30°F/-1.11 °C or colder.
-Yes the guest bath is private.
-Yes we provide bed & bath linens.
-Yes we provide quality skin & hair care products.
-Yes we have wifi.
-Yes we have pets (2 cats & 1 bird).
-Yes we offer a complimentary Continental breakfast. ("Continental" means NOT cooked. eg., cereal, brioche, toast, english muffins, jam, butter, yogurt, fresh fruit, orange juice, coffee etc...)
Cooked UK/American-style breakfast (for example: eggs, omelet, frittata, pancakes, French toast, sausage, pancetta, bacon, potatoes, smoked salmon and bagels, turkey breast and variety of cheeses) is available for an additional $10 per guest. Please let us know evening before and pay in cash. Thank you.
-Yes we offer Deer Park spring water.
-Yes we have free safe parking on our block. Parking is available all day and night. Park in front of our home or just a few houses away at all times.
-Yes, we can host 1 to 2 guests (no more than 2 people).
-Yes our home is both train and bus accessible.
-Yes we share our hybrid bikes. (Please let us know you would like to use the bikes when you make reservation and read "House Rules" for details.)
-No we do NOT have a curfew.
-Yes our property is a single-family home.
-No our property is not handicap accessible.
-No you are NOT renting our entire home.
-Yes, you are renting a private guest room, private guest bath and shared living spaces in our single family home. Shared spaces are dining and living rooms, front porch and backyard.
-No we do NOT share our kitchen for cooking. You may use for noncooked meals like sandwiches and salads.
-Yes we are in north-west Washington, DC
-Yes we are uptown.
-No we are NOT downtown.
-Yes our home is non-smoking.
-Yes we permit smoking (tobacco only) outside on our porch or back yard.
-Yes dinner options are available. We typically cook Thai, Hong Kong Chinese, Provencal, Italian, Korean or American cuisine. Dinner is $10 per person and includes beer and wine. Please let us know at least 1 day before and please pay in cash. Thanks!
-Yes we do share our charcoal bbq free-of-charge for those who wish to grill. Please let us know 1 day in advance so we can make sure we have all the supplies needed. We do not charge for the bbq supplies but guest is responsible for food and clean-up. Thank you.
-Yes we do share our microwave, coffee maker, electric kettle, press pot and toaster.
-No we do not own a car. If you wish, we can rent a vehicle Fri-Mon for airport/train station/ bus terminal pick-up drop off. For BWI-Baltimore International Airport or Baltimore's Penn Station/MARC Station $40; DCA-Ronald Reagan Airport $20 or Alexandria, Virginia Union Station-Alexandria Station $20/ Union Station, Washington, DC $20 or Bethesda, Maryland $20/ IAD-Dulles International Airport $40. Local Washington Metro train stations $20. Fee is for each way, includes gas and is to be paid in cash. Thank you.
Please review our amenities list below to see what is and is not included in our room rate. Thank you.
Please do not hesitate to message us if you have any questions, concerns or special requests.
- Air conditioning
- Washing machine
- WiFi (wireless LAN)
- Jamis Bike
- Trek Bike
- Housekeeping (weekly)
- Metro (train) Accessible
- Metro Bus Accessible
- Central Air-Conditioning
- FIOS WiFi
- FIOS Premium Cable TV
- Metro SmarTrip Card(s)
- BBQ (charcoal)
- Private Guest Bath
- Pets live here
- Ambient Sound Machine
- Front Porch w/ Seating
- Hair Dryer
- Deer Park Spring Water
- Clothes Dryer
- Simmons Queen Bed (new)
- 100% Cotton Bed Linens
- 100% Cotton Bath Linens
- Hair & Skin Care Products
- Smoking allowed
- Cleanliness 5.0 stars
- Facilities 5.0 stars
- Location 5.0 stars
- Value for money 5.0 stars
- Accuracy of description 5.0 stars
Stephan 5.0 stars 09/23/2013
Paulette and Larry were great hosts. They helped us in every situation and were very caring. It was a pleasure to stay at their sweet home.
The neighborhood was wonderful and close to all of the sightseeing hotspots.
We had a great time with both and we recommend it to everybody who is interested to stay in Washington, D.C.!
Thank you very much for being such great hosts.
Best wishes to Larry, Paulette, Lulu, Blackie and Ramon! :)