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Experience DC in a HUGE Historic Mansion, Untouchable in Size and Location BEST

Bedrooms 8
Space 7,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 8 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

Inauguration $30,000+ fees up to 7 nights.

This Extraordinary Historic Detached Mansion is located in Dupont/Logan Circle areas in the Middle of the City. Approximately 5000+ SF, The former Rectory of St. Augustine's Church and the original site of a Civil War Hospital is one of the few remaining large downtown estates that have not been converted to condominiums! It is located directly across the street from the World-renowned Masonic Temple with spectacular views of the rear gardens and its magnificent Pillars lit at night. A wonderful tour is offered weekdays!! The Old Mansard Bishops house and Convent buildings next door still retain the architecture of the period, and are quite beautiful. It is a very short distance to the White House, just one block to 16th Street the 'Avenue of the Presidents', and a stroll to the downtown Business District and Major Monuments. And for those looking for DC'S newest and hottest restaurants and clubs, the Rectory is just a couple of blocks away to the must-go and trendy 14th Street corridor.

Being a detached structure this home offers sun filled rooms and quiet visits with new high end thermo-pane windows through-out. This home has been decorated with attention to the buildings beginnings, a crosscut travertine floor has been laid and the original plaster wainscoting has been hand painted by a local artist to match all the way to the third floor. The first floor is spacious and covered in original woodwork of chestnut wainscoting and old world pine. Please notice in our sites photo's of the original great doors to the dining room and den. The original closets throughout the home were constructed of cedar wood to preserve the woolen frocks of the monks and dignitaries. The original stained glass in the hallways leading up through the home still retain some of the original stained glass with the the letter 'A' for the church she was built for, St. Augustin! The original church is still standing just up the street, and worth a tour of her magnificent stained glass and architecture!

The kitchen has a sun filled breakfast area, again with lots of windows. Also Commercial grade appliances, lots of cooking utensils and serving platters, and the cupboards are full of glassware, dishes, and utensils.

The family room is in the rear of the home with double French doors to the rear trumpet vine covered patio for grilling. This room boasts wooden cross-beamed ceilings, yet more wood wainscoting and moldings, and a working fireplace. Please feel free to use the large flat screen TV while lounging on the comfortable leather sofa's…very comfy room!!

Also on the main floor is a private den that doubles as an extra bedroom on the main floor. There is also a full bathroom with shower on the main floor. This is ideal if you have a guest that has troubles with stairs.

The main living room is a bit more formal with rich curtains at the bay window, comfortable yet elegant seating and a wonderful area to gather for cocktails! Just across the hall find the den with a pull out leather sofa and antique writing desk. The dining room may be extended into this room by opening the massive wooden by-fold doors. An additional table is available. Lest we forget, there is a full bath/powder room on this floor and plenty of coat closet space!

Upstairs, on the second floor you will find a flower balcony looking to the Mason's temple. We have often seen the presidential entourage from this spot and wave accordingly? The enormous master bedroom is en suite with a separate shower and large soaking tub. The two additional bedrooms share a private hall with a full bath and two large cedar closets.

Follow the wainscoting to the third floor and find five more bedrooms. Each with its own solid chestnut and pine door. Two of the rooms share a hall and would be perfect as a suite or two bedroom private area. The third bedroom is en-suite as well as the fourth. The fifth bedroom is quite spacious and has access to the fourth bath through a separate door. Lots of light in all of these rooms and some have spectacular views of the city including the Washington monument!

The private roof-deck is spectacular. Views 360. The original Rectory Cross is still standing and the perfect spot for watching the sunset behind the Masonic Temple. Look to your left through the pergola, and see a beautiful and perfect shot of the Washington monument!!! Lots of roof top planters with mature trees and flowers, depending on time of year…The fourth level is by appointment only, and must be approved for use by the owner. No children allowed on roof deck. Please be advised that this home is child friendly but not child proof. We are also in a quiet neighborhood setting and cannot allow any parties or loud music. None outside. Although we love pets, they are not allowed on the property. The completely separate basement unit is not included in rental and these tenants have access to rear yard for trash and emergencies only.

More Details

Property Manager
Cliff Palermo
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, English only sorry : (
Calendar last updated:
June 7, 2017

About Cliff Palermo

I love hosting people in my homes in DC. My brothers and I have been providing vacationers comfortable accommodations since 2011. I wanted to create a special business handling exceptional and interesting properties. It is my goal to provide properties that create a magical and whimsical setting while you are in Washington,yet provide the services people need that have busy lives that follow them when they travel ...

Why Cliff Palermo chose Washington

I bought this home because I wanted a large, unique and special place where my friends and family could gather. It had to be in the middle of it all yet, peaceful, quiet and elegant. Washington is an amazing city and this property is located in the most vibrant part of the city in my opinion. Shops, restaurants, Whole Foods, the theater, Steps Away....

What makes this estate unique

There are many unique things about this property. The property was a former Church Rectory. It was built for Communal living and the floors and walls are concrete and masonry. As a result it is very quiet floor to floor. The home has beautiful high celings and woodwork. It is directly across the street from the Masonic Temple and a lush Community Garden ..... Although the house is large, it is beautifully scaled and comfortable. There is an amazing park just up the hill with an incredible view of the city....

Quiet and Private the home has hosted countless Washington luminaries.

It has one of the most incredible roof decks with an amazing view of the Masonic Temple one of the cities most interesting Archiectual masterpieces. This roof deck is available for your enjoyment until 9pm.


Logan Circle Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located on First Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Master dual head shower, jetted tub, washer dryer.
    2nd floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    3rd floor king - toilet , shower
    3rd floor shared with 2 rooms - toilet , shower
    3rd floor shared 2 rooms - toilet , shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
    Bedroom 7 - 4 twin/ single , 2 twins are trundle
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Study off entry - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Main floor private study, Full bath with shower on floor
  • 1st Floor, study with sleeper and full bath off dining 2nd Floor, king in master, 2 twins, 1 queen 3rd Floor, 1 king, 2 Full, 1 queen, 4 twins
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • tennis
This extraordinary historic property was the former church Rectory for St. Augusttine's Church. It is ideally suited for a large group traveling together that wants privacy yet good communal space. Totally detached house with beautiful views and fantastic light. Large catering style kitchen with good and easy access for catering services. Conviently located in the Center of the City with excellent access to Metro, Convention Center, World Bank, IMF, Historic sights and the White House.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

Experience DC in a HUGE Historic Mansion, Untouchable in Size and Location BEST
average rating of 4.6949153 based on 59 reviews
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Amazing Location! Incredibly Spacious

  • 5 of 5

I have travelled all over the world and rented many properties with close in locations.

This property was exceptional with its proximity to the restaurant and arts district of 14th Street and the easy access to tourist sights.

The house was large and quiet, probably due to the odvious thick walls. Loved the privacy and multiple bathrooms.

This was a Six Star Experience!

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Recently spent a little less than a week at the house with a group of friends. I can't say enough about the property. The entire house was extremely clean, well kept, and BEAUTIFUL. The bedrooms were quiet and the bathrooms were clean and in great working order. The main floor . . . . . PERFECT for hosting dinners, gatherings, etc. and the kitchen is absolutely remarkable. I can't say enough about this house and everyone in our group is really looking forward to staying there again. The property managers were fantastic and everything about the stay was flawless. The location is absolutely perfect and EVERYTHING is in walking distance. All the great bars, restaurants, and even a little grocery store within blocks. You will NOT be disappointed in this place!!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The BEST place to stay in DC!

  • 5 of 5

Hands down, the absolute best rental I've had in DC, by far! Seldom do I leave reviews, but I feel like this is the property to make an exception for.

I travel a lot, and I'm in the DC area quite often. This is THE spot for larger're getting an entire building that takes up half the really looks as imposing as it does in the pictures. A group of us stayed recently and I felt like we needed to make more friends because there's so much room!

First - it's in a great's only a few blocks from bars, restaurants, supermarket, and a liquor store..what else do you need?

Reservations and check in were as smooth as you could ever ask for. These guys run a top notch operation and it's very apparent when dealing with them.

But more importantly, the house - You really can't grasp how large this place is until you get there....there's 3 living rooms on the first floor! Not only that, on the same floor there is an absolutely massive kitchen with the most ridiculous fridge/freezer/oven/flattop/stove you've ever seen. You better bring a legit chef with you or you're really missing out on the full potential of this kitchen. The second and third floors are a maze of bedrooms and bathrooms, and I mean that in the best way possible. Then you make it all the way up to the fourth floor and you get to the rooftop....incredible views all around. It helps that you're on the top of one of the highest buildings around! Oh, and there's also a back deck with a grill.

But with all that said, my favorite aspect of the property? How QUIET it is! The building was built a long time ago, back when things were built to last. The floors and staircases are all concrete (or something like that...marble?) underneath, so everything is silent! You will never hear people walking around above you, or walking up and down the stairs. I'm a light sleeper and that aspect made this place a god-send when I was trying to get some sleep.

In summary - book this place, and book it now! You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very nice rental property for a large group

  • 5 of 5

They house was fantastic for our group attending the Craft Beer Conference.

Lots of separate rooms for quiet time as well as meetings.

Did not cook in but the kitchen is well set up for meals if needed

Location is great to all the major sites. One block over is 14th streets with many dining options from coffee shops to breakfast to lunch and dinner. If Italian is on your mind Sette Osteria just around the corner on 14th is a winner.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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13 of us! And WOW!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a group of professionals. We all had our own QUIET rooms and lots of space to mingle too! The walls and floors are super thick and quiet, so zero noise - not like other properties we have stayed in. The photo's are spot on and the kitchen is really fantastic! Fully equipped with professional equipment and everything you might need to make a really big meal. Not that we stayed in much- the Palace is very well located with just about everything within walking distance- whole foods, small shops and stores, the 14th St. corridor with every imaginable resturaunt you might want! Uber is also a big plus in this city.

Also loved the community areas in this home- we could all spread out and not be on top of each other---although the family room did have a great big flat screen TV for some sports watching!! Paul and Cliff are on their game with checking in and recommending local attractions!

Great place and we will certainly be back!!!


  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place and wonderful location! Exactly as show in the photo's and the location can't be beat! Close to everything- walking mostly- and a sort cab/metro to the rest of the City! Kitchen is wonderful too!

Can't be beat!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Black Cat, soooo many!!!!!
Nearest Ferry
31 Miles
Whites Ferry
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Dupont Circle, U Street Metro Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City
Car: not necessary

This property is just right in the middle of the city just a number of blocks from the White House and all of our Nations Capital museums!!! Rock creek park. The new 14th street corridor is just around the corner and offers any and all kinds of dining and entertainment!!!!


Rates & Availability

Logan Circle Estate Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Security Deposit Waiver $89
Cleaning Fee $459

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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