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Historic DC: THE MONROE HOUSE in Arts District

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


About the property

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


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.


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 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.


- 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


- 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.


- 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


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:

More Details

Rosie Dempsey
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

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 Brookland

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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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Brookland

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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


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Historic DC: THE MONROE HOUSE in Arts District
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 18 reviews

Comfortable, convenient, and charming

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 10 day holiday. The owner left lots of info for planning activities in and around DC plus starter cards for the Metro. It was great to have a full kitchen and laundry. My only annoyances were: 1) The tv did not receive local programming or if it did, we never figured out how to access it. 2) Closest large grocery store is 1 metro stop away but still easy to get to. 3) The street is quite busy and there is a fire house a block down the street. But generally the noise was no problem. Even so, these were minor issues and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: 27-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Plenty of Space!

  • 4 of 5

Very roomy house, well situated for the metro, and to go get incidentals.

Kitchen was well stocked with all the essentials plus more! The house has 1 and a half bathrooms, which is very handy when you have 4 people trying to get ready.

Master bedroom is quite large with plenty of light and mirrors. 2nd bedroom is smaller with 2 twin beds. My only suggestion would be to perhaps put some good quality pillow toppers on the beds, they were a little hard. We enjoyed the back outside patio, again plenty of seating and perfect for the first morning cup of coffee. Lovely home with lots interesting decorations from all over. Communicated with Suzanne, who was very attentive and cordial. Would book again.

  • Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house in a great location

  • 4 of 5

This unique two bedroom home is an easy walk to the metro on the red line and a great location if you are visiting Catholic University or want a quick connection to museums in DC. The house is comfortable, warm, and supplied well for all your needs. We cooked the entire time and had everything we needed. I'd give it 5 stars except for the beds which were satisfactory but not outstanding. The double bed in the master could be too small for some adults and I thought it was a bit hard. But for the price and location, I would easily stay here again. The house has so much natural light, which just adds to its charm. The owner/manager did a great job of staying in touch and were flexible and easy to work with. Thank you Rosie and Suzanne for making our Christmas stay with our family so fun!

  • Submitted: 26-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 20-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: September 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: 11-Jan-2016
  • Stayed: November 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: 13-Jul-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


- Menomali (great neapolitan pizza)

- San Antonio Grill (& bar)

- Little Ricky's (newly opened Cuban)

- Brookland Cafe

Lots more: Carryouts & vegetarian options.


- 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


- 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.


- 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


- 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.


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!


No cleaning fee on rentals of 6 days or more.

Taxes included, no extra fees.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Brookland

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 21 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$132.69

$ 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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