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Unique River View Retreat - Five Minutes to Georgetown!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom House In Charming And Leafy Palisades Above The Potomac

Our house is located in the Upper Georgetown/Palisades Neighborhood. New neighborhood community pool in summer. Country in the city: Relax in a charming cottage on one of Washington’s close-in and most sought-after upscale residential streets, overlooking the Potomac River five minutes drive from downtown Georgetown (ten minutes by bus and bicycle). This house was built in the 1920s as a vacation house by the Potomac for a Capitol Hill family, and is on a cult-de-sac facing national parkland, one of a handful of houses in Washington with a river view. It has four bedrooms and sleeps 8. Return from a day of city touring to relax on our porch overlooking the Potomac river palisades while ceiling fans keep you cool.

The house is located just upriver from Georgetown in the heart of leafy, upscale Palisades village, just 2 blocks from excellent restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, shops and other conveniences. Easy access to all points of interest in Washington via the D5 Express and D6 MetroBuses which stop just a block away. The house has plenty of parking and the neighborhood is extremely safe. Paths lead down to the river, C&O Canal and jogging and bike paths. Boats and bicycles can be rented at Fletcher’s boathouse just down the hill.

Available for 4 nights to a month. We welcome families, couples and other travelers whether on business, relocating or vacationing.

Amenities In House:

* Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher.

* Full-sized clothes washer and dryer.

* Air conditioning units to keep your space comfy.

* High speed internet and WIFI, smart TV w cable.

* Four bedrooms (1 king, 1 king, 1 twin, 1 tiwn)

* Screen Porch with view of the Potomac with ceiling fans; in a city with few panoramic views, your porch has one!

* Free unrestricted street parking in front of the house.

* Unrestricted access to the Potomac River and National Parkland hiking and biking trails just across the street!

* Located in the charming Palisades Village neighborhood with wonderful restaurants, coffee shops, sidewalk dining, farmers market, grocery store, gourmet take out, dry cleaners, post office, pharmacy, and public library...everything you need.

* Steps away from the stop from the D5/D6 MetroBus that will take you to The National Mall and all the other high-profile sights in the city.


* Unrestricted street parking in front of the house – a great benefit in parking-challenged Washington!

* We are on the D5/D6 bus lines (corner of V St. and MacArthur Blvd NW 1/2 block away) to Georgetown, DuPont Circle, World Bank, Downtown, The National Mall, Penn Quarter, The White House, Metro Center, Union Station, i.e. everything that you want to see and it's a beautiful ride to boot. Buses run every twenty minutes. Grab a Starbucks, sit back and relax while you enjoy the best $1.70 ride through some of the most interesting and beautiful neighborhoods in the city. For further information on public transit please visit Washington Metro Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) website. Go to 'Trip Planner' to find the travel options between your desired destination and our house. Or bike to the mall in 15 minutes!

Ideal And Idyllic Location:

* Quiet, safe, street in the Palisades Village just a block away from gourmet restaurants (including several of Washington’s best restaurants: Blacksalt seafood restaurant, Makoto 5*Japanese, 7th Hill wood burning oven Pizza, and Kotobuki, the best value sushi bar in Washington; Italian, Belgian and American cuisine also nearby). There are also Starbucks coffee & Liquor store in Safeway Supermkt,upscale wine store, CVS drug store, post office, banks, dry cleaners and Palisades community library within walking distance. Buy fresh produce at Farmer’s Market every Sunday.

* Approximately 1.5 miles to American University, Georgetown, Georgetown University, Sibley Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital and the French and German Embassies.

* Limitless free cultural options. A mere 15 minute drive by car to The National Mall with its memorials and Smithsonian museums. A 10 minute drive to the Kennedy Center where there is a free performance every night at 6pm.

* An outdoor lover’s paradise in the middle of the city. The house is 1 block from Battery-Kemble National Park. Walk/hike to Fletcher’s Boat House (rent canoes, Kayaks, row boats, bicycles), the Potomac River, C&O Canal, Canal Trail, and Capital Crescent Bike Trail.

More Details

Denise von Gersdorff
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2017

About Denise von Gersdorff

I am a homemaker and former World Bank officer, and experienced host of holiday travelers. My husband and I rented our English basement for two years. Now our growing family is moving to a larger house in the neighborhood, but we are keeping this special house to move back into when we start shrinking again! In the meantime, we hope that our guests will enjoy the neighborhood and the house as much as we have.

Denise von Gersdorff purchased this house in 2001

Why Denise von Gersdorff chose The Palisades

My husband, an avid canoer and kayaker, dreamed of living on one of the streets above the river for years before the house became available.

What makes this house unique

This is a truly special house - in a city that has very few panoramas, this one has a wonderful open vista, and it's a quick hop down to Fletcher's boathouse, one of DC's most active outdoor resources (fishing, canoes, bikes, picnic areas). And it's remarkably close-in for such a spot - a short commute by bike to the city. Palisades has a village feel, with library, shopping, and farmer's market, and Georgetown in just a short bike away.


The Palisades House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
  • Upstairs bath is large jacuzzi tub that fits two. Hand held shower head in jacuzzi. Upstairs bath is regular walk in shower with fixed shower head that can be hand held as well.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 double , Extra double/full size mattress on floor
  • We love seniors and are well equipped for them in bedroom (rises available for one twin bed) and bathroom toilet raised seat available. One or both twin beds can be moved to downstairs bedroom to accomodate guests that do not want to use stairs to get to 2nd floor of house. There is a bathroom with easy walk in shower on 1st ground floor as well.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • kayaking


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Unique River View Retreat - Five Minutes to Georgetown!
average rating of 4.5 based on 22 reviews

Spring Break 2016

  • 5 of 5

The home is located really close to the bus stop which takes you anywhere you wish to go in the city. The home was clean and the beds were comfortable. There were actually 3 working bathrooms despite our thinking there were only 2. The WiFi worked wonderfully and our teenage kids were able to enjoy Netflix and their Xbox at night while we adults enjoyed playing card games in the dining room. We did bring along a second TV for our kids since we read there was only one TV in the house. We figured why not bring it for the kids to enjoy their vacation time too and it was the best idea we could have had. The kids had a blast! There is a driveway for parking and a grocery store close by which was also handy. There are plenty of restaurants that delivered dinner to us at night so we didn't cook much, but the kitchen was equipped well to cook simple meals. If you are wanting to do extensive cooking, I would recommend bringing your favorite pan or spatula because this is a rental house and is not equipped like your home. I share that because if you do not rent homes very often it is sometimes surprising that "everything" you want is not there. I would highly recommend this home to families traveling to D.C. because it was a safe, clean, quiet retreat from the city despite being just a short bus trip from everything you would want to see. Denise and her husband were wonderful hosts and very helpful explaining everything to us before we arrived and I would rent from them again. The dining hall inside the Capital Building was remarkable and a hidden surprise for us. They even served sushi among the pizza and burgers. Make sure you remember that because finding such a selection was a rare thing near the museums.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deanna, Thanks for the review. We live quite close by and are usually in town, so if guests have special requests for cookware, etcetera, we're very happy to share if you need it!
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  • 1 of 5

We were very disappointed in the house. There were security issues with the doors and one large window by the back door would not lock, easy to open from the outside. There were no supplies provided, such as hand soap, kleenex, shampoo, and bath soap. The pictures and description of the house were deceiving. There was only one working shower and 2 bathrooms. All the mattresses were on the floor except one. We had some sort of beetles that were found in all our beds. All the furniture was very worn and uncomfortable. Lighting was dim and the dining room light with one bulb only flickered. One light in the hallway had no cover. Also a toaster oven had to be unplugged to be turned off. I would never recommend this house to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect size, perfect location. Overall great stay

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a quiet, private area to unwind after a long day of sightseeing, this is it.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Retreat

  • 5 of 5

A really nice house in a quiet neighborhood, with a great bus that brings you to downtown DC and all the places a tourist wants to be. And if you need help, the owners are more than willing to give it! We will stay again, if we return to DC...

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a great visit for family of 7. Owners were very responsive.

  • 4 of 5

Unique location. Nice to be in upper Georgetown away from hustle bustle of DC

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location, location, location, couldn't be nicer.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely house, lovely setting and superb location - enough said!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Reagan National
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Union Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
DC's best seafood and Japanese restaurants & more!
Car: not necessary

Palisades is a relaxed and upscale neighborhood in Washington, DC, a narrow, leafy neighborhood of streets and shops just upstream from Georgetown along the Potomac River basin. Residents come here for the proximity to downtown DC and to the Potomac River and C&O canal - many commute along the river to work (and it's a short shot to the mall and attractions). The neighborhood has a dozen eateries. a number of which are in 'best of DC' lists, as well as all other shopping.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.