• Accommodates
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Size
    175 ft²
  • Floor No.
    2
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer/dryer
  • TV
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Parking available
  • Smoking allowed
  • Towels
Property summary
Address: Tuckerman St NW, 20011 Washington, DC, United States
Property type: Private room
Property ID: BCJV5MLG
Paulette
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Description
Description

We host guests anywhere from 3 nights (minimum stay requirement) to 3 weeks.

Our calendar should be up-to-date but you can always message us if anything is unclear. Thank you.

For day of your arrival and departure we can sometimes offer complimentary pick-up and/or drop-off from DCA/Reagan Airport, Union Station, L'Enfant Plaza, Takoma or Friendship Heights metro stations or any other metro station within 5 miles of our home. Please see our Rules for details. Thank you.

Thanks for checking out Guest Nest a private guest room. We appreciate your interest. Guest Nest includes a modern private guest bath (accommodations for 1 or 2 guests - sorry no more than 2) and a lot of amenities like, FIOS wifi, beverages and snacks, modern air-conditioning and heating system, close proximity to train and bus routes, complimentary pick-up/drop-off to DCA/Reagan airport and local train stations, free safe parking and more.

Our home was built in 1937 and is 70% renovated but not yet complete. We do not do any work on the interior of our home when we have guests. The house is a 3-storey colonial-style single family home located in the charming historic neighborhood of Takoma (on northern Brightwood border) in upper north-west Washington, DC.

We offer many conveniences and amenities like a new Simmons queen-size 'real' bed, 100% completely private guest room, new IKEA furnishings, FIOS wifi, fully stocked private bath (*not* shared with anyone), Deer Park spring water, fresh fruit & snacks, new modern quiet central air-conditioning/heating system, free safe parking (no time restrictions or temporary permits necessary) and close proximity to both Takoma Metro Station (red line with easy access to yellow/green lines) and various bus routes (within 1 and 2 blocks of our home - including express).

Washington, DC is a small city and very easy to get around by public transportation or bike. Old Town Takoma shopping/dining is walkable from our home. Our neighborhood walk score is an impressive 89. Just a few doors away you can catch the bus to Takoma Station/Old Town Takoma - it's just a 5 min trip. In nice weather walk or bike to the station.

We also provide local Metro maps & brochures, walking maps, biking maps, weekly City Paper, museum & gallery brochures, concert venue calendars, restaurant promotions & specials, spa & beauty parlor specials and coupons, current special events & festival info etc....

Note about our neighborhood designation: We are located in the upper north-west quadrant of Washington, DC, on the border of Brightwood and Takoma; 4.5 miles north of the White House; just a few blocks adjacent to 16th Street Heights and Rock Creek Park. We're 2 miles east of Chevy Chase and 2 miles south of downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.

We accept reservations from Wimdu members who have a complete profile (verifications, current in-focus face photo, brief bio). We accept reservations for 1 to 2 guests from 3-nights to 2-weeks.

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Our home is a 1937 3-storey brick colonial in an historic Washington, DC neighborhood. Please click on our photos to get a feel for our home and neighborhood.

We'd like to address some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from guests. If after reading the following information and looking through our photos, you still have questions or concerns, please contact us and we'll be happy to clarify or answer a question not touched on here.

1) Is the bath shared? No. As our homepage notes, the guest bath is 100% private. Guests do *not* share the bath with others (except your travel companion, if you've got one). This means additional privacy and comfort for you. While not en suite, the guest bath is located directly across from guest room. Please see our photos for details. Both the guest room and guest bath are on the second floor at the top of the stairwell. Please see photos.

2) What kind of bed is in the guest room? Traditional 'Real' bed with extra deep mattress. It's an American queen-size traditional pillow-topped mattress by Simmons. Model is Balthazar. It is firm yet extremely comfortable. We receive constant positive feedback from our guests on how comfortable the bed is and that they experience a sound restful sleep.

3) How many people are in the home? Two. Your hosts. We have our own bath in the master bed room.

4) Is your home an apartment/condo? As our homepage states, it's a house. Our 1937 single family (detached) multi-level colonial-style house floor plan is extremely typical for Washington, DC-Alexandria, VA-Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia/NJ/NYC.

Shared spaces (dining room, living room, front porch) are on the first floor. Bed and bath rooms on the second floor. Front and back yards are flat and on street level. HOWEVER, there are 4 steps from street level to our porch.

Our first floor living and dining rooms are shared spaces, refrigerator and microwave and laundry room are all shared as well. Covered front porch, backyard and bbq are free for our guests to use at their leisure too. Please see our photos for visuals.

5) Do you have air-conditioning? Yes. As our amenity list notes (scroll down this page for amenities offered), we have a modern centralized ac/heat system. Our ac/heat system is just 4 years old, very efficient and quiet. There is also a ceiling fan in the guest room. If guests prefer, we're happy to leave the ac off. Just let us know your preference.

6) What are "guest service fees"? Your hosts have no control over Wimdu's guest service fees. We, as hosts, are also charged a service fee for every reservation booked through Wimdu. If you have questions or concerns about guest service fees please contact Wimdu directly. Thank you.

7) Do you offer breakfast? No but we do provide coffee-tea-spring water-hot cocoa-fresh fruit and snacks. If you would like a continental style breakfast this can be arranged. The fee is $8/per guest. See photos for an idea of what we offer.

8) Do you have WiFi? Yes. Just as our amenities list indicates, WiFi/Internet is included in the daily rate. Ours is enhanced high-speed FIOS-WiFi from Verizon. 50 Mbps down, 35 Mbps up. Please scroll down this page to view all "Amenities" included in the room rate.

9) Are you near a metro (train) station? Yes. We're a very easy (terrain is flat) 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bike to/from Takoma Metro Station (red line). HOWEVER, if you do not wish to walk/bike to or from the station, there are buses which run every 15 minutes during rush hour (AM & PM) and every 20 minutes during non-rush hours from the station to our corner 5 houses away. There are also taxis. Starting in Spring 2014 we can offer complimentary lifts to local metro stations Monday-Thursday mornings.

We are also within 2 and 4 blocks of other bus routes like Express and Crosstown lines. Bus fare is 50% or greater savings off of the train fares. Bus routes to mid/downtown Washington (we're uptown) and downtown Silver Spring run every 10 minutes or less daily, including weekends. Bus trip time to midtown DC neighborhoods like Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant are 10-15 minutes. To downtown DC areas like Logan Circle, Dupont Circle and the White House 20-30 minutes by bus. To National Institutes of Health or Bethesda Row (shopping & dining area) from Silver Spring by bus is just 20-30 minutes depending on time of day (faster than train). Download the app for Washington Metro train and bus realtime arrivals/departures so you can plan your trips accordingly. More public transit info please see Washington, DC's Metro website or ask us.

We offer morning rides to our guests to local train stations like Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Takoma and Columbia Heights Monday-Thursday.

10) Do you have pets? Yes. Just as our pictures show and homepage indicates, we have 2 friendly cats who do *not* enter the guest room unless you invite them. We also have a double yellow-headed Amazon parrot. He's a charming parrot with a sweet disposition. He's very friendly and loves to dance. He's usually in Larry's office or in nice weather outside.

11) My family of 4 would like to stay at Guest Nest; is this possible? No. Sorry we canNOT accommodate more than 2 guests at one time. As our homepage indicates, we have ONE guest room which is appropriate for up to 2 guests. No exceptions. Please see photos for details.

12) My friend and I are travelling together; may we have 2 separate rooms/beds? Not usually. As our homepage states and photos show, we do *not* rent multiple rooms. We offer 1 guest room which can accommodate 1-2 people. The guest room is furnished with ONE American queen-size bed. Please see our photos. However, if staying with us for 1 week or less, we can accommodate 2 people who would like 2 separate beds. We have a very comfortable IKEA futon sofa in our living room (first floor) so the space will be shared until guest wishes to retire. We have Japanese screens to make the living room more private. Please make a request for the living room as 2nd guest room when making your reservation so we will be properly prepared. Thanks!

13) Is there a curfew? No. We do NOT have a curfew. Come and go as you please.

14) Is it easy to park near your home? Yes - very! Parking is free, very safe, non-competitive and plentiful! You can always park on our block at any time of the day or night. If not directly in front of our home, just a few doors away.

15) Do you have a swimming pool? Sadly no. We are however, less than 1 mile (10 minute walk) from the Takoma Aquatic Center. We are about 3 miles from Wilson Aquatic Center (buses are available). These are the nicest and newest community pools in Washington. We do supply sunscreen and over-sized beach towels. And in the mornings, Monday-Thursday we can offer our guests a ride to either aquatic center.

16) Is there a refrigerator in the guest room? No. But we happily share our kitchen fridge with our guests.

17) Does the guest room have a closet? Yes with new velvet covered non-slip hangers, picnic basket, yoga mats, umbrellas, slippers, bath robes, extra bath towels and over-sized beach towels. These items are for our guests to use while we're are hosting them.

18) Should I bring my own towels or bed linens? No. Not unless you would like to. We provide both bath and bed linens. All are 100% cotton, and some are organic cotton/bamboo. Extra bath towels are on top shelf in guest room closet.

19) Do you have a hair dryer? Yes. There is a new hair dryer in the guest bath room.

20) Do I have to bring my own soap-shampoo-conditioner? No. Not unless you want to. We always have EO liquid soap or something similar. Shampoo & conditioner can be Garnier-Aveda-Loreal or other comparable brand. We also provide face cleansers (usually Burt's Bees, Aveeno or Garnier), Tom's Toothpaste, sunscreen and a variety of other skin and hair care products. If you need a particular skin-hair-health care item there is a CVS, WalMart and Safeway within walking distance of our home. Target, Bloomingdale's, MAC, Neiman Marcus, Whole Foods and Lord & Taylor within 15 minutes by public transportation. 2 Blue Mercury locations within 30 minutes by public transit.

21) Can we use the kitchen for cooking? No. Just as our amenity list shows by way of absence, at this time we cannot share our kitchen. However, we do share our electric kettle, coffee maker, press pot, microwave and bbq (charcoal). Also, you may use our kitchen for non-cooked meals like sandwiches and salads. We also have a list of very affordable take out/ take away or eat in restaurants close to our home, as well as, in other neighborhoods.

22) Is there a washer & dryer? Yes we have a small washer and dryer in our home. Fee is $3 for wash and dry. We also have an ironing board and clothing iron for our guests to use if they wish.

23) Do you, the host, provide for guest train/bus expenses? No. Travel expenses are the sole responsibility of the guest. However we DO provide SmarTrip cards for use on both Washington Metro trains and buses. SmarTrip cards give discounts on train/bus travel and free bus transfers. It is the guest's responsibility to "load" the SmarTrip card with money so that it can be used for train/bus travel. SmarTrip card gives you discounts on public transportation in Washington, DC-Northern Virginia-Maryland suburbs to DC's north/north-east.

24) Is your neighborhood safe? We are located in the upper north west quadrant of Washington, DC which is the safest area in all of Washington. We border Takoma Park, Maryland which is a very quaint charming safe historic neighborhood. The Washington side of this neighborhood is "Takoma" minus "Park".

25) May I pay cash for the room when I arrive? No. All transactions for room lease are through Wimdu. This is for your safety and security as well as ours. Thank you. For any guest requesting continental breakfast that fee may be paid in cash or by PayPal, whichever is most convenient for you.

26) May I request an early check-in our late check-out. Yes, of course. We always try to accommodate our guests. However, if we already have a guest scheduled to check-in, or are currently hosting another guest we may not be able to. The more notice we have, the better we're able to rearrange our work schedules, as well as, have the ability to accommodate your schedule when configuring with other possible guests.

27) Do you offer airport/train station pick-up/drop-off service. Yes. Please see our Rules or inquire. Depending on your arrival/departure time and if my schedule is open, I'm happy to offer transportation to DCA-Reagan airport, Union Station or a Washington metro stations within 5 miles of our home. However April through November I work on the weekends and may not be able to accommodate all travel requests for Saturday and Sunday arrival or departure but please inquire.

If we've forgotten to address something, or you have another question or concern please feel free to contact us. Cheers! :)

House rules

-Check-In/Out Times Autumn & Winter 2014:
Check-In: 5 PM - 12 Midnight
Check-Out: By 12 Noon
***These are the check-in/out times UNLESS you've made special arrangements. ALL special arrangements should be made at time of booking or as early as possible.***

-Complimentary transportation with proper notice from/to DCA (Reagan Airport) Monday-Thursday 6 am-midnight.

April-December we work weekends and are not available for airport transportation until after 7 pm. Although with proper notice one of us can arrange to be at our home for your arrival - transportation may not be possible. December-March our schedules are usually open and we can offer weekend pick-up/drop-off anytime between 6 am-midnight if you give us enough notice. Thank you.

-With notice, we offer complimentary pick-up from DCA, Union Station DC and local metro stations within 5 miles of our home. We work Mon-Fri, as well as, weekends from April-December. Giving us a 2 week advance notice (or more) for your transport requests for BOTH your arrival and departure is very much appreciated. In the event of last minute bookings, we will do our very best to accommodate your schedule.

-If something is not to your liking please tell us and we will quickly fix the issue.

-Wifi is included. We do not charge for Wifi.

-The guest bath is private and is solely yours while you're our guest.

-The guest bath is fully stocked with quality hair and skin care products. There is no charge for shampoo, soaps or toilet tissue.

-We provide high quality bed and bath linens.

-Parking is free, easy and safe.

-Beverages like coffee-tea-hot cocoa are complimentary. As are snacks and fresh fruit.

-If you would like a continental-style breakfast it's $8 per guest per meal. Fee is paid in cash or via PayPal. Please see photo of our breakfast table to get an idea of what we offer. Please inform us of any dietary needs or allergies before your arrival. Thank you.

-Please respect us, our pets and our property.

-Smoking outside only; porch and backyard patio table. You will find ashtrays - please use them.

-To avoid any misunderstanding, you're agreeing to a shared home arrangement not a private house rental.

-To clarify: Our home is *not* handicap accessible. Like most homes in DC built prior to the 1960's, ours is multi-level. See photos of interior stairs. Both the guest room and guest bath are at the top of the 2nd floor landing. If you need a handicap accessible property but aren't certain how to use the filters to narrow your search, please cancel your reservation with us immediately and contact Wimdu customer service.

-Our kitchen has not yet been renovated (1937 galley kitchen - it is small). All appliances are electric. We do not have a dishwasher. Guests who use kitchen (as well as our dining room) for preparing/consuming meals are 100% responsible for clean up. Kitchen is available from 5 am - 12 midnight. Thank you.

-BBQ is available to our guests from 12 noon through 12 midnight. We do not charge for charcoal briquets or other accessories. However, guests who use the grill are responsible for entire clean up which includes disposing of the ash in a safe and responsible manner. Thank you.

-Please have full meals (as opposed to snacks) in dining room, front porch (there are tables) or backyard (there is a picnic table). Snacks are ok in guest room. Thank you for your cooperation.

-House key is for our guests to borrow. The house key fee is $75. If key is lost or damaged and not returned or replaced by check-out date the key fee will be required at check-out in U.S. currency cash or PayPal. We do not charge a room deposit like other Wimdu hosts because we believe our guests will be mature and responsible with our house key. However, we've had issues with guests from another rental site who have lost our key. We would like to prevent this from happening in the future. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

-SmarTrip cards are for our guests to borrow. If not returned prior to or on check-out date, a fee of $15 is required at check-out in U.S. currency cash. $15 is what we paid for each SmarTrip card when the program was first launched. Thank you.

-We do not have a curfew. Please come and go as you please.

-We steam clean our floors biweekly. Please help us keep our home healthy. We prefer guests remove their outdoor shoes on the first floor. There are slippers in the guest room closet.

-We prefer guests leave wet umbrellas, wet shoes, wet boots etc...either on our covered porch or in first floor foyer. Thank you.

-We strongly recommend our guests download the Washington, DC Metro app so that you will know how to get around town at all hours all week long. Please be mindful of station openings and closures, as well as, varying changes to bus schedules. Train and bus schedules can vary by time of day or differ M-F from weekend availability. If you need assistance, please feel free to ask us any questions or concerns about Washington's public transportation system.

-No weapons in our home or on our property.

-No illegal drugs in our home or on our property.

-Please no mailings or deliveries to our home other than food or delayed luggage. If you need something delivered to Washington during your stay please send via local post office. There are 2 convenient to our neighborhood.

-If your estimated arrival or departure time is going to change by 1 hour or more, please notify us about the change. This is especially important if we've arranged to leave work early to pick you up at the airport, train station or to meet you at our home. Thank you.

-If your luggage is delayed, it's your responsibility to either be at our home to sign for delivery or to have sent to your place of business or school where you or a colleague can sign for it. We are not responsible for luggage or other guest property left unattended on our porch. Thank you for your cooperation.

-If you damage our home or personal property, we expect our guests to have the maturity to tell us and to either pay for repair or full replacement. We broke a glass in our Hong Kong rental. Contacted the owner by phone and paid the amount she requested in cash. We expect the same honesty and maturity from our own guests. Thank you.

-No visitors unless they've been positively reviewed on Wimdu. Please give us a heads up about who they are and when they'll be visiting. No overnight guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

-Before and during your stay we make sure our home is clean and presentable. We request our guests reciprocate. If we missed something please let us know and we'll immediately fix the problem. Thank you.

-Laundry facility is onsite. Fee is $3 for both wash and dry. Laundry room is available from 8 am-11 pm. Please tend to your own clothing. Iron and ironing board also available - please request.

-Please do not use the guest bath or guest room trash bins for food or drink disposal. Thank you for your cooperation.

-We recycle. Tin, aluminum, glass, plastic, foam, paper and cardboard are recycled in Washington, DC. Our recycle bins are outside our kitchen door. Or leave on kitchen counter next to the door or in the sink. Thank you for your cooperation.

-SmarTrip card balances cannot be refunded and we very rarely have cash in our home to reimburse guests for any balance remaining on the card.

SmarTrip cards can have totals increased with either credit card or cash at any CVS pharmacy or at any metro station. On bus you may increase SmarTrip value with cash only. Drivers do *not* give change.

As of September 2014 bus fare is $1.75/1 way 1 passenger with free transfers for 2 hours from bus to bus.

Train SmarTrip fares depend on both time of day and trip distance but in general are approximately $3.50/per trip per passenger during peak hours and approximately $2.50/per trip per passenger during off peak hours. When using a paper fare card, add $1.00 to all train fares. Paper cards can only be used for Metro train travel, *not* Metro bus.

Estimate how much value to have on your SmarTrip card try using www.wmata.com 'Trip Planner' which will give you exact train fare amounts. Or when using both bus and train daily, figure approximately $10 per day per guest. For transit via train only, $7/day OR by bus only, about $4 per day per guest. If you already know your travel itinerary we can calculate more exact costs - just let us know your travel plans.

If you won't have internet access during your time in Washington we have metro and SmarTrip brochures in the guest room which will help you understand Washington, DC's public transportation system. Or feel free to ask us the quickest and most affordable way to get around town.

SmarTrip cards can be used for Metro train and Metro bus fares. The only exception is the Airport Express bus which is cash only.

SmarTrip may also be used on the Circulator Bus which operates throughout downtown DC from Georgetown to Union Station. The Circulator Bus also travels north along 14th Street NW from McPherson Square to midtown areas of Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan to final stop of Woodley Park.

The SmarTrip card may also be used on buses in DC Maryland suburbs and northern Virginia bus system.

The fare for Circulator is $1.00 per passenger with 2 hour free transfers. Bus transfers include those from Metro bus. From Metro train to Circulator the fare is .50 cents.

We have Circulator Bus brochures in the guest room or check their website for route guide and details: http://www.dccirculator.com Thanks.

-Have fun!

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Price for > 1 guests: $ 11 US per guest/night extra
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Maximum nights: 2 weeks
Check-in after: 4 PM
Check-in before: On arrangement
Check-out before: Noon
Cancellation Policy: Free Cancellation
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