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Historic DC: THE MONROE HOUSE in Arts District

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Intown: 2 Bedrooms/1.5 Baths Detached House 3 Blks To Metro + DRIVEWAY

GREAT IN TOWN NEIGHBORHOOD:

Large 2 bedroom whole HOUSE: 3 level short blk's to the Redline Metro, then 5 quick stops to Downtown/Smithsonian Mall. Fully renovated 1896 circa house, contemporary/fully furnished, clean, sunny & bright, DRIVEWAY for off street parking, easy access to museums & tourist sites.

THE MONROE HOUSE is in the heart of a new Arts District, and has a big yard, big back deck, gas grill, is nicely done. Convenient neighborhood. Nice neighborhood with lots of personality.

GROCERIES/FOOD

3 blocks to Outdoor food markets Saturdays & Tuesday

5 blocks to large Yes! Organic market

2 blocks to CVS drug store and full strip of shops

12+ restaurants within a 5 block walk

Vegetable beds in our yard with 3 seasons of picking

LARGE TWO BEDROOM WHOLE HOUSE: 3 beds (twins can become a KING), also separate office in sun room, plus second desk. Beautiful renovated full bathroom. Half bath on 1st floor. All appliances: including microwave, washer/dryer. Linens and vegetable garden included. Large Kitchen, full dining room. WIFI, cable, washer/dryer, coffee maker, full kitchen, hair dryer, comfortable and fresh. Large private landscaped yard. Pick vegetables from our garden. Lots of outdoor living furniture. Sunny and bright indoors and out.

RESTAURANTS: A Dozen In The Neighborhood:

- Brookland’s Finest (one of my favorites)

- Steel Plate (nice small bar & restaurant)

- Brookland Pint (great microbrew beer, big outdoor seating in arts row)

- Smith Public Trust (small outdoor seating in back, bands sometimes)

- &Pizza (amazing selection of 3 minute individual pizzas in zillion combos)

- Halsa Restaurant (new foodie spot)

- Barnes & Noble Café (large seating to much on pastries)

- Bus Boys & Poets (great restaurant, event space, bookstore)

- Potbelly Soups & Salads (wholesome food at carryout prices)

- Menomali (great Neapolitan)

- San Antonio Grill (& bar: Mexican)

- Brookland Cafe (Americana Lite)

- Askale Cafe: (delicious Ethiopian)

And lots more: Subway + ordinary pizza carry outs & more

with lots of Vegetarian options at restaurants.

ARTS DISTRICT:

Arts Studio shops open to the public on weekends: 27 studios at Monroe Market on the other side of the Metro. Summer, spring & Fall this courtyard hosts a large outdoor food markets, from artisan breads to cheese, vegetable to local farm meats, crafted candies to regional fruit. Second outdoor market on Tuesday 4-7 p.m. by the big Metro bridge, 3 seasons a year. Edgewood Arts Center & Dance Place across the street from the Arts Walk host arts events constantly. Neighborhood is host to murals and public gardens.

TRANSPORTATION:

- Park in our driveway

- Metro station 3 short flat blocks away: Redline subway (& buses)

- Rent a car in the neighborhood at Enterprise Rent a Car or ZIPcar or Car2GO

- Capital City bike rental in neighborhood OR store your own bike in our greenhouse off the deck

- Walking and bicycle path to downtown from neighborhood

- Use our driveway or rent a car in the neighborhood and avoid the high car rental at the airport

- Easy airport access from BWI, Dulles & National Airports--inexpensive subway access from the last

RECREATION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

- Bike Trail & City Bike, inexpensive bike rental

- Yoga & Tai Chi studios with single classes

- Huge new playground with water park & creative climbing equipment

- Public Tennis courts

- Running track in huge green field with workout stations

- Franciscan Monastery Gardens 2 blocks away

- Dance Place: classes and performances 4 blocks away

- Large new rec center 7 blks. with Olympic size pool & hot tub 7$ a person for non-residents

- National Park 1 block away: Bunker Hill Park - part of forts to defend city in Civil War

- 3 universities nearby: Catholic University, Howard Divinity School & Trinity University

- Bicycle path to downtown & bicycle rental in 3 blks.

OTHER AMENITIES:

- Two gas stations in neighborhood

- 2 different Outdoor Farmers Markets: 3 seasons with artisan bread and fresh farm produce

- Banks, drug store, markets--organic and otherwise

- Murals, playground, ball field for running

- Art studio open to public on weekends

HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD:

Lovely old homes, historic neighborhood book on Brookland from Arcadia Publishing, co authored by home owner. A historic crossroads village that became known as 'Little Rome,' has many home with signage that tells the story of the important African Americans that lived here--top leaders in the Johnston administration.Franciscan Monastery Gardens are 3 blocks away and open to the public. A ten minute drive away is the huge National Arboretum. The largest shrine in the U.S., sixth largest in the world, is up the street. Architecturally interesting neighborhood.

EXTRAs: 4 Metro Smartcards (needed to avoid 1$ per ride surcharge)

MORE INFO at my dedicated website for the house: www.VacationHouseDC.com

More Details

Owner
Rosie Dempsey
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Rosie Dempsey

I am the co-author of a photo history book on my Brookland neighborhood out from Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. We have rented out our home for 14 years to visitors coming for multiple weeks on fellowships and internships. NOW we are doing vacation rental and having a good time with it. It keeps us taking care of the house in great detail.

My husband and I understand vacation expectations and want to work with you. We have traveled extensively ourselves as professional volunteers. We endeavor to make everyone comfortable and happy, as this is our personal home that we share when we are volunteering or on travel.

Rosie Dempsey purchased this house in 1990

Why Rosie Dempsey chose Washington

Metro Access. Convenience, Driveway, Comfortable, Clean, Beautifully Decorated, New Air Conditioning system.

What makes this house unique

No alley, private, my cousin owns the house directly behind. Huge yard, bright house, quiet brand new air conditioning system. Lots of tips, advice & maps in House Guide Book when you arrive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This rental was wonderful! Rosie's house was in a beautiful neighborhood, yet just a 5 minute walk to the nearest Metro station and bus depot. It was quiet. The house featured 2 bedrooms with a total of 3 beds and 1.5 bathrooms, nicely furnished and decorated. The backyard, with a gas grill, was also very nice and eclectic. Everything was provided, so it made cooking very easy. Rosie also provided a huge binder about the neighborhood and DC, as well as a computer and cable TV. We really enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend this rental to anyone wanting to see DC yet have more of a home experience.
Apr 2013
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Amenities

Brookland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Beautifully renovated, European radiator, counter sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Sink, mirror
  • Half bath on first floor. Full bath on second floor by bedrooms. Hair Dryer Linens Cabinets Toilet paper
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Back Bedroom: closet, bureau, side tables, lamps
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Side tables/easy chair/lamps/ceiling fans/extra mattress
  • Main Bedroom: large room, double bed, mirrored wall, cable tv, WIFI, bureau, closet Back Bedroom can be made into a KING
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Reviews

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Historic DC: THE MONROE HOUSE in Arts District
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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Review of Monroe House Brookland Washington DC

  • 5 of 5

This is a well-maintained, secure and comfortable property with all facilities for an enjoyable stay. The owners had prepared a detailed guide which covered not only the internal workings of the house but also the local area and further afield including all amenities and transport. They had also provided contact details for us to use in the event of emergencies, of which thankfully there were none. The house is 7 minutes walking distance from the Metro, which has frequent trains to whisk you into the city in 10 minutes. There is also a good bus service. There are shops, a Saturday market, and restaurants nearby. The area is leafy residential. We particularly liked the lovely garden area and patio at the rear of the house, which included a gas barbeque and sun loungers. All-in-all, a first-rate experience, and the owners are to be congratulated on their efforts to provide a comprehensive and highly satisfactory holiday experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home for the holidays!

  • 5 of 5

The Monroe House felt like we came 'home for the holidays' during our Thanksgiving vacation to DC. This was our family's 1st time ever trip to DC and 1st ever Thanksgiving away from home and the house was so warm an cozy and inviting that we really felt like we were home. The wood floors and personal touch with the decor added to the cozy, home feeling. The backyard was inviting as well and even enough room to toss the football and chill on the back deck. We never took the Metro, used Uber and Lift instead which was the most convenient way to travel for a family of 4. We loved to come home to the Monroe House at the end of every busy day! My favorite room of the house was the kitchen because it was so warm, cozy and a great place to relax and enjoy the stereo while fixing dinner or breakfast. The Monroe House made our holiday vacation just perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at The Monroe House and were a little confused by the cars in the driveway, but quickly found out they belong to the homeowner and the house was ready for us. The location is super convenient. An easy walk to the Metro, plenty of food choices within walking distance nearby. The kitchen is very well stocked with what you need. There is a grocery store about a mile and a half away if you want to stock up on real groceries, but we just used the CVS around the corner. My only complaints are Monroe street is a busy, therefore, loud street, but that's not a negative on the house, and I would have liked some thicker curtains in the master bedroom b/c it gets bright very early. That being said, the house is fantastic. We didn't get to use the outside accommodations, but if you stay here and have the opportunity to do so I think it would be very relaxing. Having the laundry in the basement was super convenient, also. The AC units keep the house very cool, which is nice after walking back from the Metro in the DC heat. The owner is very friendly and the nearby caretaker is super helpful. She came over and offered us some tips about the neighborhood and city. I highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Enjoyed our stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we’ve stayed at the Monroe House, and again we had a great time. The Metro is super convenient, the neighborhood has many restaurants and CVS is right around the corner for necessities. The house itself is provides plenty of room for us and our children, giving us room to relax after busy days. And the yard gives the kids some room to play when they still have energy to burn. We’d hope to stay here again any time we have the occasion to return to D.C. for a few days.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

House is immaculate. Had everything we needed. Conveniently located near public transportation. We'll gladly come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this house for ours vacation in DC. Easy and very friendly booking process. Perfect for family of 4. Highly recommended! We will definitely use it again! If you're thinking of a vacation in DC don’t look any further!

The good:

- Clean (clean bathrooms) and very nice, spacious house

- All kitchen equipment / utensils nice and functional

- Close to Metro, convenient stores, CVS and bike rental station

- Driveway parking and complimentary metro cards! (Thanks!)

- Safe neighborhood

- Feel like home away from home

The bad:

- Wish we could stay longer! :)

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Map

Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Little Ricky's
Nearest Train
0.15 Miles
Subway Metro
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Baltimore Washington Parkway & 95
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Menomali & San Antonio Grill
Car: not necessary

RESTAURANTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

- Menomali (great neapolitan pizza)

- San Antonio Grill (& bar)

- Little Ricky's (newly opened Cuban)

- Brookland Cafe

Lots more: Carryouts & vegetarian options.

TRANSPORTATION:

- park in our driveway

- metro station 3 blocks away: Redline subway (& buses)

- rent a car in the neighborhood at enterprise rent a car or Zipcar

- capital city bike rental in neighborhood or store your own bike in our greenhouse off the deck

- walking and bicycle path to downtown from neighborhood

- use our driveway or rent a car in the neighborhood and avoid the high car rental at the airport

- easy airport access from bwi and national airports--inexpensive subway access. $30 cab from airport

RECREATION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

- national park 1 block away: bunker hill park

- franciscan monastery gardens 2 blocks away

- dance place: classes and performances 4 blocks away

- large new rec center 5 blks. With Olympic size pool

- bicycle path to downtown & bicycle rental in 3 blks.

OTHER AMENITIES:

- two gas stations in neighborhood

- outdoor farmers market 3 seasons with artisan bread and fresh farm produce

- banks, drug store, markets--organic and otherwise

- murals, playground, ball field for running

NEARBY: 10 MINUTES OR LESS

- National Arboretum: Bonzai and many gardens, free

- Anderson Cottage-- use by Lincoln and 4 other presidents: museum free, tour requires reservations/$15

-Franciscan Monastery: gardens and tour, free--3 blks.

- three universities nearby, including catholic university, Howard divinity school & trinity univ.

HISTORIC BROOKLAND:

Lovely old homes, historic neighborhood book on Brookland from Arcadia publishing, co authored by home owner. A historic crossroads village that became known as 'little rome,' has many home with signage that tells the story of the important african Americans that lived here--top leaders in the Johnston administration. A ten minute drive away is the huge national arboretum. The largest shrine in the u.S., sixth largest in the world, is up the street. Architecturally interesting neighborhood. The Monroe was built in 1896!

EXTRAS:

No cleaning fee on rentals of 6 days or more.

Taxes included, no extra fees.

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Rates & Availability

Brookland House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
SPRING/SUMMER 2017
Jun 14 2017 - Aug 9 2017
5 night minimum stay
$250
$1,500
$5,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
THANKSGIVING
Nov 23 2017 - Dec 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
$250
$1,500
 
 
EARLY WINTER
Dec 4 2017 - Dec 18 2017
4 night minimum stay
$175
From
$200
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,000
$3,500
 
 
HOLIDAYS
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
$225
From
$250
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$175
$1,100
$4,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee: $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

$ 250 security deposit
$ 100 cleaning fee
Rate is based on maximum of 4 people, additional fees for more guests: must have advance notice.
Special offers negotiable

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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