Charming, 1870's townhouse, in Old Town Alexandria
Charming, 1870's townhouse, in Old Town Alexandria
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Charming 1870's, renovated townhouse right at the heart of historic Alexandria Old Town, a stone's throw away from Washington, DC (about 6 miles) and all the monuments in both DC and Virginia. Only 3 miles from Reagan National Airport. Easy access to buses, tourist trolleys and the metro. Short walk to the beautiful Alexandria Waterfront.

The space

Downstairs there is a living room, dining room and open kitchen-family room combination. We spend all our time in the family room, overlooking a charming patio with a small water fountain and lots of plants. We love watching birds eat from our bird feeder, and having dinner or a glass of wine out on the patio, feeling as if we were in a secret oasis in the middle of a city. It is also fun to sit in the rocking chairs in the front porch, watching people leisurely go by as you might have done in a previous century.

The living room is almost never used and is out of the way of normal traffic. It has a double sofa bed and a half bath next to it and can be comfortably used as an extra bedroom. There is also a super comfortable air mattress for extra sleeping space.

There are two bedrooms upstairs, but one is used as a study and, unless there are special arrangements, we keep it closed.

There is a full bathroom upstairs and a fully equipped kitchen downstairs.

Guest access

Entire house, with the possible exception of the study where we may store personal things during your stay

Interaction with guests

While it is likely we will not meet you in person, we will be readily available via phone, text or e-mail. We love communicating with and getting to know our guests and we will be in touch before you arrive. We will have instructions, information and "what-to-do" lists waiting for you when you get here. We will do our best to research and prepare for you any information we can find relating to a special interest you tell us about. It will give us great joy if your stay at our home contributes to a relaxing and memorable experience for you.

Wireless Internet
Indoor fireplace
Laptop friendly workspace

Cleaning Fee $150 NZD
Security Deposit $301 NZD
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 air mattress
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM

Please treat our home as if it were your own. This is the home we live in and it's filled with cherished antiques and other objects. We welcome a few selected guests each year, and hope they can share the warmth, intimacy and joy we experience in our house as well as the charm of the surrounding neighborhood.

We will be likely travelling while you are at our home, but can be reached 24/7 via text or e-mail. There will be a handyman on hand if something goes wrong.

We ask that you water the front and back yard if there is a dry spell or excessively hot weather. They are both tiny.

Please deflate and put back in place, the air mattress--if you use it; strip the beds before leaving and, if possible, start the laundry. If not, just pile dirty linen in front of the washing machine.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

2 Reviews

Ashlee User Profile
July 2017
Our host was so accommodating. She even welcomed us with treats! The house was perfect for my son and I. It was close to the King St. Station and walking distance to a variety of restaurants and shopping in Alexandria. We were able to easily get over to D.C. on the metro. The house was comfortable, cute, and perfect for our stay.

Vincent User Profile
May 2017
Great location. Convenient to access the Metro. Many restaurants around. Anna was a very responsive host that went out of her way to make our experience great.

Alexandria, Virginia, United StatesJoined in June 2016
Anna User Profile

With our children and grandchildren out of the house, we said good bye to our large suburban home with rooms we didn’t use and an unwieldy garden I had no idea what to do with, and rushed to fulfill a long-held dream: an urban neighborhood you could walk everywhere, oozing charm and history.

We found our ideal home in Old Town, Alexandria—just outside Washington DC--and have fallen in love with its tree-lined streets, lush river front, vibrant restaurants and many attractions.

We love walking through neighborhood streets, exploring their history, eating at Old Town’s fabulous restaurants and enjoying its vibrant city life as well as its small-town feeling. We also love reading and relaxing in our shady patio in the back, listening to our small water fountain and all the birds it attracts.

I (Anna Caraveli) had a long career at the Smithsonian and currently work from home as a freelance management consultant. My husband, Jonathan Chaves, is a professor of Chinese literature at the George Washington University. We live with our 8-year old, rescue fox hound mix and enjoy exploring new countries, cultures, cities, restaurants, museums and the unexpected, hidden gems in their own neighborhood.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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