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

Logan Circle, Washington, DC, USA
  • House7000 sqft
  • Bedrooms8
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms6
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

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

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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.

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About Cliff Palermo dc5star.com

Washington D.C. Five Star Vacation Rentals. We have your stay covered in our Nations Capitol!

Why Cliff Palermo dc5star.com chose Logan Circle

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 House 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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
      • Study off entry
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Main floor private study, Full bath with shower on floor
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 8
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 5
        1 double
      • Bedroom 6
        1 double
      • Bedroom 7
        4 twin/ single, 2 twins are trundle
      • Bedroom 4
        1 king
      • 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


      • 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

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            In the Heart of the 14th St Corridor. Vibrant night life with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars.
          • Monument View
            Direct view to Washington Monument and the Freemasons Temple right across the street!! Just gorgeous!!!


              • Family
              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Fireplace
                      • Garage
                        1 space in rear
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                        1 space in the rear, additional cars require on street permits.
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace


                          • Kitchen
                            Commercial chefs kitchen
                          • Catering Available
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            No icemaker
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Full size Dining room formal with ability to expand into double door den for dining for 20
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 12 people


                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television


                                      • Balcony
                                        2nd floor
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Gorgeous back yard patio and enormous rooftop with views of Washington Monument and Mason Temple
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Porch / Veranda
                                        Outdoor grill with private patio just off the Family Room


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • alternative lifestyle
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • museums
                                              • arboretum
                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • duty free shops
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • synagogues
                                              • theme parks
                                              • water parks
                                              • winery tours
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • 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.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                64 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Ideal location lots of room everybody had a wonderful experience

                                                                Tim M.

                                                                Ideal location. Lots of room for everyone. Happy house!

                                                                Amazing! Perfect location! Perfect for our large family. Very comfortable.

                                                                Stefanie E.

                                                                Amazing place! Perfect location. Was fantastic for our family. Very comfortable. Thank you!!! Couldn’t have been a better choice for us

                                                                Owner's Response:


                                                                Excellent historic property. Had an international team in for a week. Perfect lodging venue.

                                                                David B.

                                                                Owner was fantastic, attentive, and provided excellent customer service. Unique city area with plenty of options for entertaining a team or customers. Great house and well worth the money.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Great guests welcome anytime!


                                                                David D.

                                                                We selected this home as the location for an annual reunion of college friends. The house was beautiful, unique and in walking distance from bars and restaurants in DC's U Street corridor. It had plenty of bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen and spectacular roof top with views of the Washington monument.

                                                                Not good for the money and deceiving

                                                                Benjamin G.

                                                                So before all I want to clarify that Cliff was good and responded on the phone... other than his kindness the house is very deceiving and not as big as the pictures suggest.

                                                                The AC would not go down from 23 Celsius and some rooms were so hot that were almost umberable. We could not make the house go colder because it was blocked.

                                                                There was one fridge not working and this was the biggest so for a house of 16 you imagine that it was horrific and although they went to see and promise to try to fix it, nothing happened.

                                                                The house was dirty and the cleaning crew that we hired spent the first day just cleaning the kitchen, collecting glasses behind curtains, and dirt under the sofas. One sofa was falling apart.

                                                                The main room had only one shower head working, and not enough pressure. There were not enough towels and some of them not even good for use by adults. The sheets were not ironed either. The house was very disappointing for the money paid. By email communication was very bad but phone was great. Do not get me wrong the house might be good for low standard but not for high ones. My parents were very dissatisfied with the house, from the cooling system, to the showers. One of the showers on one floor was not working well either, and the oven which was used by a professional chef was not working properly either. The house seemed poorly cleaned and the door had a metal coming off which ruined a shirt. When checking out and telling about this issues, the person (not Cliff) got very defensive and seemed to try to find fault on us. Do not be deceive this is big house but not as the pictures make look like. The kitchen was always supper hot too. It is just a house with several rooms, but so many things don't work that make the stay anoying. ... I am just trying to prevent people from being deceived and also help to make the place better since when spoke on the phone checking out the person seemed very defensive and not accepting the many issues the house had. For the amount payed you would expect more... the house is useful but was not what expected and not as nice as the pictures seem to suggest... to many flaws... even one of the lamps had no way to turn of other that unscrewing the bulb. Sorry for the many things posted but I could not avoid doing it since my family stayed here and did not have a good opinion of it. Still they enjoyed their time in DC but never renting this again. Hope this helps make the place better

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Please see all other reviews.

                                                                8 BR and 6 Baths in the center of DC> Quiet, Clean and unique. We are always keeping up on this Historic Property.

                                                                These folks were abusive, ignorant and hostile. They over-occupied the property and overstayed. Arrived well before check-in and would not leave during departure. Trashed our property and never welcome back.

                                                                THIS IS A TERRIBLE GUEST.

                                                                AMAZING PLACE TO STAY!

                                                                Mark S.

                                                                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!!


                                                                Logan Circle, Washington, DC, USA

                                                                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!!!! 1717 15th Street Northwest has a Walk Score of 97 out of 100. This location is a Walker’s Paradise so daily errands do not require a car. 1717 15th Street Northwest is a 10 minute walk from the Green Metrorail Green Line and the Yellow Metrorail Yellow Line at the U STREET METRO STATION stop. This location is in the Logan Circle - Shaw neighborhood in Washington D.C.. Nearby parks include T Street Park, S Street Dog Park and Stead Recreation Center.


                                                                Additional information about rental rates


                                                                US Dollars

                                                                05/01/2013-12/31/2013 (3) NIGHT MIN: $900 WEEK NG // $1200 WEEKEND NG // $7200 WK

                                                                07/02/2013-07/05/2013 & 12/29/2013 - 01/1/2014 (3) NIGHT MIN $3200

                                                                08/15/2013-09/30/2013 (3) NIGHT MIN: $750 WEEK NG // $950 // WEEKEND NG// $5250 WK

                                                                11/23/2013-11/30/2013 & 12/21/2013 - 12/28/2013 (5) NIGHT MIN $6000

                                                                $450.00 CLEANING FEE

                                                                4PM CHECK IN 10 AM CHECK OUT

                                                                50% TOTAL COST OF STAY DUE TO BOOK, BOOKING DUE IN FULL 60 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

                                                                64 Reviews
                                                                Excellent 4.6/5
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