The Space5-6 miles to popular DC attractions (National Mall, museums), 4 miles to the University of Maryland, College Park campus. 2 blocks to bus lines and main roads into DC, 1.5 miles to Metro. We even have a bicycle helmet for you in case you want to use DC's bike share.
Two blocks from natural food grocery store, juice bar and vegan bakery and café. One block from yoga and dance studio. Three blocks from a new gourmet Southern cuisine restaurant. Six-minute walk to the buses, which take you to the Rhode Island Ave. metro station on the red line in 10 minutes. West Hyattsville metro on the green line is a 20-minute walk or $9 taxi ride. Mount Rainier is a very groovy neighborhood, the closest thing you will find to Portland in the DC metro area. There are over 100 artist working in this creative enclave.
Who this is for: While this basement apartment is brand-new everything, our house was built in 1892, so you should appreciate old houses. We have two children and a dog, and you may hear us upstairs, especially in the mornings between 7:15-8 AM when we get ready to leave for the day, and after school from about 5 PM-7 PM. If you're bothered by any noises, feel free to call or text us and we'll fix it, but it'll be easier if you don't require total silence during those times. You'll be most comfortable in this space if you are 6-feet tall or under. It has a clawfoot bathtub, so think about whether you have trouble getting in and out of tubs with sides (might not be a great fit for people with mobility issues). There is keypad lock on the door, so you should be able to type in a four-digit code to operate a lock. The heat during winter comes from electric baseboard heaters, so while we welcome families, if you have a crawler you would need to be mindful of that.
Also, please note that Airbnb gives hosts limited choices for how to list their rentals. The closest choice to what this space is is "entire house", because it is private. It is not a "shared space" because it's not like you will be sleeping on our living room sofa, nor is it an igloo or a cave. There is no way to indicate that this is a private unit in a house without just stating it here.
There is plenty of free on-street parking near the house. There is no daily maid service or 24-hour concierge.
Who this is for: People who want to stay inexpensively in a cozy private basement, who appreciate how much life an old house has seen, who understand what it means to have people living above you, who like funky neighborhoods, and who have a sense of adventure. We will be a good match if you keep in mind that I am a working mother and not a hotel. While I will do everything I can to make your stay as comfortable as possible, you should not expect a hotel. This apartment is perfect for people who are relatively low maintenance and are OK with what comes with living in a basement. If you know that you will walk in expecting a hotel, then you might not be a good fit for this apartment. I am one person and cannot do what a hotel can do, which is why hotels in the area cost three times as much.
You will also be a good match if seeing some trace of my liberal politics won't offend you. Like a yard sign, for example.
Stay with us between late May and early September and you'll have access to our member-only swimming pool, with a 50-meter pool, huge baby pool, sand volleyball, tetherball, foosball, ping pong, 9 gas grills for your use, a kitchen, freezers full of ice cream, live music and food trucks on the weekends. $5 gets you in Mon-Fri and 5 PM, $10 Friday evening-Sunday. So worth it!
We are located 6 miles from the National Mall, 5 miles from the White House, 4 miles from University of Maryland, 10 miles from National Airport (DCA), 35 miles from Dulles International Airport, 27 miles to BWI International Airport, 4.9 miles from Union Station and the Capitol, 14 miles to NIH in Bethesda, 5.9 miles to George Washington University (GWU), 8.5 miles to American University. Guest AccessFree wireless Internet, private kitchen and bathroom, private entrance, free and easy on-street parking.
Check-in time is 3 PM and checkout time is 12 PM. Interaction with GuestsWe are certainly going to do our best to help you, answer your questions, and meet your needs, but because this is a private unit you do not need to even see us if you don't want to. It's up to you. The NeighborhoodMount Rainier, MD is the closest you'll find to Portland in the DC metro area. It's diverse, progressive, and not completely shiny and gentrified. Mt. Rainier is right on the northeast border of DC, so it's easy to get to attractions from here. And we have so many of our own! Art studios, a glass school, a homemade ice cream parlor, what claims to be the oldest natural food co-op in the country, a vegan bakery and cafe, a nice restaurant/bar, an affordable and amazing yoga and dance studio so you don't have to miss a class while you're traveling, a groovy juice bar, West African drumming and dance classes, a library, and a huge, park-like swimming pool and grounds where every day is a folk festival. Getting AroundTwo blocks from bus lines, a short bus ride to the Rhode Island Ave. metro on the red line, a 20-minute walk/5-min bike to West Hyattsville metro on the green line, and four miles to University of Maryland.
To get here from DCA you can take the metro to Metro Center, transfer to the red line in the direction of Silver Spring or Glenmont and get off at the Rhode Island Ave. station. From there, take any bus in the eighties or T18 or T14 and get off at the Mount Rainier traffic circle at 34th St. It's the only circle on the bus route, and it comes after the stop at Eastern Ave. Walk north (uphill) on 34th St. Go through the stop sign at Bunker Hill Rd. and take your first left after that onto Shepherd St. Go through one stop sign at 33rd and 3209 is the first house on the left after that stop sign. If you get on a bus that says "limited stop" or "express", that's a good thing.
Another option, if you have heave luggage and don't want to drag it onto a bus, is to take the metro instead to the West Hyattsville station on the green line, where there is always a long line of Ethiopian taxi drivers waiting to take you places. A ride to our house form there is about $9 with tip.
If you're coming from Dulles (IAD), well, the metro does not go out there yet. There's a bus from there to the West Falls Church metro station, so you could take that and then follow the aforementioned directions.
If you're coming from BWI, there is a bus that takes you to the Greenbelt metro station and from there you could take the metro to West Hyattsville and take a taxi to the house from there. You could also take the shuttle bus to the train station and take an Amtrak or MARC train to Union Station, take the metro from there to the Rhode Island Ave. station, and take a bus to Mt. Rainier from there. See above for directions from Rhode Island Ave. station.
You can see how long it takes to get here from wherever you plan to be by going to the WMATA website and mapping it out in the trip planner. Use Mount Rainier terminal on 34th St. as your point of origin. Other Things to NoteWe are considering installing something like AppleTV, but there is no television in the space yet. There is wireless, which, in 2016, meets most needs.
Dogs and other species are welcome, but unfortunately cats are not.
There is extra bedding in the wardrobe and in the drawer under the bed.
As mentioned elsewhere in this listing, this is a basement apartment. The tub has a shower, and it is a clawfoot tub, so the tub is about 4 inches off the ground with a J-shaped shower. What that means is that if you are 6 feet tall, the shower head will be roughly at your ear level. If this is a problem for you you should probably not stay here.
Again, this is a basement apartment. If you are in love with silence and you know that you would be miserable in a basement because you might hear people upstairs, then this probably isn't for you. Most guests, if they hear us at all, aren't bothered by hearing us upstairs, but different people are bothered by different things. You can rent a soundproof inner room in a hotel in Washington, DC for three times the price, but this is not that, which is why it costs less. I try to keep ear plugs around for super sound-sensitive guests.