The SpaceFOR QUESTIONS - PLEASE USE "CONTACT HOST" - NOT BOOK A ROOM. THIS IS A LEAVE IS AS YOU FOUND IT HOUSE.
This is a small old school Cape Cod. The title of this listing is partly in jest. This is a potential gold mine and the price represents the age/condition of the house + the potential for you to have all of it to yourself. I travel - alot. Everyone else has completely moved out, but I linger (who wants to pack? lol). This is a three story house, five room little house. The first floor, where you'll be staying is the largest floor. You will full have access to the entire floor - but just that floor.
THE MAIN HOUSE.
There are 3 levels. You will be on the main level. There are two bedrooms, a full bath, the kitchen and living room. One bedroom has the Ikea Hemnes bed fully pulled out (king?). It stays open. The other room has twin mattress. The larger room will sleep two comfortably. To keep costs low (mostly cleaning sheet/towels) - your rate includes ONE room for one or two people. You can pick the room you sleep in, and use the other as a closet. It has an old treadmill that is great for hanging clothes.
IF YOU INTEND TO USE BOTH ROOM, EVEN IF IT IS JUST FOR TWO PEOPLE, PLEASE BOOK THE 3 GUEST RATE.
IF I'M IN TOWN
The master suite (sans bathroom) is upstairs. This is my lair. When I'm in the house I spend 95% of my up time there or in the yard (you cant tell from the look of it, but I like to garden). BUT, if I'm in town we will share the kitchen & bath. I'll run down late morn/aft & grab some oatmeal & run back up. I may throw some chicken & vegetables in the crockpot & run down to grab a bowl. You won't see much of me, if at all.
You are welcome to use the kitchen, fridge, stove, microwave, etc. to save money on food.
There is a lot of stuff in this house - but not the good stuff. There are no gourmet pots, but there's some old cheap Ikea skillets and a raggedy pot my mom probably bought 50 years ago. I'll probably hide my cast iron. You may luck up & come in right after I've left some perishables that can be eaten. They'll probably be packets of oatmeal & there are usually grits and rice in the house. You're welcome to use the food until you can get to store, I just ask that you leave a few dollars or whatever it was worth to you.
Its a small bathroom with a glass bowl and heated tile floors. Everything is new, but I did it myself so the grout is uneven & there are knicks in the tub. I haven't properly hung the blinds, so they're just banged into place by hand. You have to open them by hand.
There is an iron. There is a basket of every soap, conditioner, etc from 1/2 the hotels I've stayed in. There are sheets & towels, mostly from walmart. Some match, some don't. There are LOADS of books - please leave them when you go.
MORE Catches - The fridge & freezer door must be lifted slightly to close all the way. I am a huge DIY'er & the house is a reflection of that - lol. There is some finishing that needs to be done - if you are a perfectionist, (or my mother) you will notice them. If not, you probably won't notice them, nothing glaring. There is clutter under the deck, and in the mud room.
There may be a airbnb guest in the basement. There is a private entrance and they have no access to the house.
There is a big backyard and an almost bigger deck that you are welcome to use - but it needs a good cleaning that may or may not be done when you get there. It is mostly cluttered with leaves from my neighbor's trees. There is a gas grill & propane grill up there that have been neglected and adequate seating, etc (similarly neglected) if you are willing to step around and over the leaves and stuff. Guest AccessThe entire first floor of the house. Living room, kitchen, bath, bedroom. Interaction with GuestsLittle to none. I may be out of town. Be prepared to have the place to yourself. The NeighborhoodThe neighborhood is extremely diverse. Black to right, Norwegian to the left. Japanese around the corner. It is urban. We have some hippies, some blue-collar, professionals, unemployed, rednecks (self proclaimed) and lots of elderly. Pretty close knit community it consists of 6-8 blocks down in a little valley. We have monthly neighborhood meetings, fun day, Halloween parties, Santa's Workshop, senior trips & we buy back to school supplies for all the kids. Sometimes it looks grungy, but it has always been safe. I've had tenants of all races over the years and never had a problem. I usually advertise on that popular List site.
Tennis (& basketball, I think) court at West Lanham Neighborhood Park - walking distance. Search for 'New Carrollton Metro' in Hyattsville, MD in maps. If you zoom in on Route 450 you should be able to see the neighborhood and all the stores nearby. I guess you can search West Lanham Neighborhood Park Rec Center too. Getting AroundThis is a perfect commuter location. The train station is at the top of the block. The DC Metro, Marc Train & Amtrak all come through there. The station is New Carrollton. The ride to DC proper is about 6 minutes, 18 to downtown DC. +/- 25 minutes to BWI Airport on Marc, +/- 30 on Metro to DCA (Reagan National) Airport. Minutes to 295 Parkway, 495 Beltway & Rt 50. Perfect Commuter Location! Easy access to DC, Baltimore, NY, Phili, etc.
The best way to get commuter info is to go to the metro website. Put the 3 Ws then wmata, you should know the rest. Wmata is Washington Metro Transportation Authority. The have all the metro maps and a trip planner to show you how to get where u are going, how long it takes & how much it costs.The station is New Carrollton (NCR). Of course use the Amtrak site for long trips & Marc train for local long distance (e.g. BWI airport, or Baltimore). There are cabs at the station if you come by metro/train.
If I'm in town I can pick you up for $35 from DCA, $30 from BWI. Or, you can catch the Marc or Metro. After you book I'll tell you how & if I'm around I can pick up up from the New Carrollton Metro. (Cab $5). If you need a Lyft code for a free rides - let me know. Other Things to Note Ability to cook & save on food. Wi-Fi included. There may be a DVD player & some movies you probably won't want to watch. Lots of things are in walking distance, but we are in a valley & whichever way you go out, you have to go up a hill - great for the thighs.
There is a rec center around the corner with a playground, tennis & basketball court.