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Historic Mansion Dupont/LoganMiddle of the City! 8 Beds 6 BA

Cliff Palermo

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People16
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Historic Mansion Dupont/LoganMiddle of the City! 8 Beds 6 BA

People16
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 8 bedroom holiday home in Dupont Circle

House, 8 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 6 Baths, (Sleeps 16)

This Extraordinary Historic Detached Mansion is located in Dupont/Logan Circle areas in the Middle of the City. Approximately 5000+ SF, The former Rectory of St. Augustine's Church and the original site of a Civil War Hospital is one of the few remaining large downtown estates that have not been converted to condominiums! It is located directly across the street from the World-renowned Masonic Temple with spectacular views of the rear gardens and its magnificent Pillars lit at night. A wonderful tour is offered weekdays!! The Old Mansard Bishops house and Convent buildings next door still retain the architecture of the period, and are quite beautiful. It is a very short distance to the White House, just one block to 16th Street the 'Avenue of the Presidents', and a stroll to the downtown Business District and Major Monuments. And for those looking for DC'S newest and hottest restaurants and clubs, the Rectory is just a couple of blocks away to the must-go and trendy 14th Street corridor.

Being a detached structure this home offers sun filled rooms and quiet visits with new high end thermo-pane windows through-out. This home has been decorated with attention to the buildings beginnings, a crosscut travertine floor has been laid and the original plaster wainscoting has been hand painted by a local artist to match all the way to the third floor. The first floor is spacious and covered in original woodwork of chestnut wainscoting and old world pine. Please notice in our sites photo's of the original great doors to the dining room and den. The original closets throughout the home were constructed of cedar wood to preserve the woolen frocks of the monks and dignitaries. The original stained glass in the hallways leading up through the home still retain some of the original stained glass with the the letter 'A' for the church she was built for, St. Augustin! The original church is still standing just up the street, and worth a tour of her magnificent stained glass and architecture!

The kitchen has a sun filled breakfast area, again with lots of windows. Also Commercial grade appliances, lots of cooking utensils and serving platters, and the cupboards are full of glassware, dishes, and utensils.

The family room is in the rear of the home with double French doors to the rear trumpet vine covered patio for grilling. This room boasts wooden cross-beamed ceilings, yet more wood wainscoting and moldings, and a working fireplace. Please feel free to use the large flat screen TV while lounging on the comfortable leather sofa's…very comfy room!!

Also on the main floor is a private den that doubles as an extra bedroom on the main floor. There is also a full bathroom with shower on the main floor. This is ideal if you have a guest that has troubles with stairs.

The main living room is a bit more formal with rich curtains at the bay window, comfortable yet elegant seating and a wonderful area to gather for cocktails! Just across the hall find the den with a pull out leather sofa and antique writing desk. The dining room may be extended into this room by opening the massive wooden by-fold doors. An additional table is available. Lest we forget, there is a full bath/powder room on this floor and plenty of coat closet space!

Upstairs, on the second floor you will find a flower balcony looking to the Mason's temple. We have often seen the presidential entourage from this spot and wave accordingly? The enormous master bedroom is en suite with a separate shower and large soaking tub. The two additional bedrooms share a private hall with a full bath and two large cedar closets.

Follow the wainscoting to the third floor and find five more bedrooms. Each with its own solid chestnut and pine door. Two of the rooms share a hall and would be perfect as a suite or two bedroom private area. The third bedroom is en-suite as well as the fourth. The fifth bedroom is quite spacious and has access to the fourth bath through a separate door. Lots of light in all of these rooms and some have spectacular views of the city including the Washington monument!

The private roof-deck is spectacular. Views 360. The original Rectory Cross is still standing and the perfect spot for watching the sunset behind the Masonic Temple. Look to your left through the pergola, and see a beautiful and perfect shot of the Washington monument!!! Lots of roof top planters with mature trees and flowers, depending on time of year…The fourth level is by appointment only, and must be approved for use by the owner. No children allowed on roof deck. Please be advised that this home is child friendly but not child proof. We are also in a quiet neighborhood setting and cannot allow any parties or loud music. None outside. Although we love pets, they are not allowed on the property. The completely separate basement unit is not included in rental and these tenants have access to rear yard for trash and emergencies only.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Cliff Palermo (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
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Calendar last updated:
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About Cliff Palermo

I love hosting people in my homes in DC. My brothers and I have been providing vacationers comfortable accommodations since 2011. I wanted to create a special business handling exceptional and interesting properties. It is my goal to provide properties that create a magical and whimsical setting while you are in Washington,yet provide the services people need that have busy lives that follow them when they travel ...

Why Cliff Palermo chose Dupont Circle

I bought this home because I wanted a large, unique and special place where my friends and family could gather. It had to be in the middle of it all yet, peaceful, quiet and elegant. Washington is an amazing city and this property is located in the most vibrant part of the city in my opinion. Shops, restaurants, Whole Foods, the theater, Steps Away....

What makes this house unique

There are many unique things about this property. The property was a former Church Rectory. It was built for Communal living and the floors and walls are concrete and masonry. As a result it is very quiet floor to floor. The home has beautiful high celings and woodwork. It is directly across the street from the Masonic Temple and a lush Community Garden ..... Although the house is large, it is beautifully scaled and comfortable. There is an amazing park just up the hill with an incredible view of the city....

Quiet and Private the home has hosted countless Washington luminaries.

It has one of the most incredible roof decks with an amazing view of the Masonic Temple one of the cities most interesting Archiectual masterpieces. This roof deck is available for your enjoyment until 9pm.

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Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms6
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Reviews

4.7
based on 36 holidaymaker reviews

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Historic Mansion Dupont/LoganMiddle of the City! 8 Beds 6 BA
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 36 reviews
2

Excellent Location

  • 2 of 5

The Rectory is huge and the location is just about perfect. We walked to the White House and the Washington Monument. There are a ton of places to get something to eat and a lively bar scene just a few blocks away.

The house had many shortcomings that we should have been made aware of prior to our arrival. The roof is advertised as a great place to hang out and take in a view of the city. Well, it does have a great view, but it's essentially unusable. It's under construction with loose tiles covering about one third of the roof with the remainder unusable. The area with loose tiles wasn't great either. I'm sure it will be nice when it is done, but we should have been made aware in advance that it was a work in progress.

When we walked in the study to the right of the entrance had a huge hole in the wall with an exposed pipe. This isn't a big deal but again it would have been nice to have been made aware of the issue beforehand.

The kitchen is pretty amazing, except the dishwasher doesn't really work. I guess it can run one cycle and there is some trick to making it do it.

One of the bedrooms the door is broken and locks you in if you shut it. Someone has to open it from the outside. In one of the bathrooms the sink leaks quite badly and there is always a large pool of water on the floor. Outside of that issue most of the rooms are really nice and the master is huge. The water heater couldn't keep up, although to be honest if you are renting out an eight bedroom place you should install a tankless water heater. He claimed he had groups of sixteen with no hot water problems. Those people obviously didn't shower. To each their own.

We had trouble with the wifi. The only password we had was to the one downstairs, and if you walked out of that room you lost signal. Apparently there are other log ins which he told me after we left we could have used. Of course, this isn't on the welcome sheet or anything, and we tried the password we had on those other routers and it didn't work.

Basically, the place is nice but really not worth the money. I know DC is expensive but if you look around a little you will find far better value. I would not recommend staying here and will not be doing so in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 2 stars really? This reviewer stayed in December. The roof had some construction leaving a third of it unusable, that is if you would like to sit on a DC rooftop in winter it was furnished and ready to do so. Wi-Fi is setup throughout the house via extenders all with the same passcode. The house is an excellent value for a stay in DC. This house is huge 6,000 square feet and is an excellent location.
5

Historic Mansion

  • 5 of 5

Have just returned from a stay in this fabulous mansion. We stayed as a group of work colleagues who were attending a conference but also hoping to get in some sightseeing. Location was brilliant and the house was amazing, the kitchen was really well equipped, it was a real home from home. Beds comfortable and a safe neighbourhood with excellent shops, bars and restaurants near by.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

our stay at 1717 15th Street

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect home for a get away where you want to be with a larger group of people and not separated from them. We played games and could be loud in the house due to the sound proofing of the thick marble floors, while guests sleeping a floor up had no issues. The rooms were large and many so gatherings in different areas

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I spoke to our neighbors and they informed me that your group was noisy especially on the last night. This house is not soundproof. I appreciate your positive review!
San Antonio, TX
4

Great Place for Family

  • 4 of 5

Our family, including children and grandchildren (ages 9-19) spent 9 days and it worked out well. There were 12 in our group and there was plenty of room and the floor plan provided sufficient privacy. In fact, two bedrooms went unused. Excellent location, nice quiet neighborhood. Close to public transportation and many restaurants. The size of the dining room is a bit overstated in the website description, but it comfortably seats 10-12. All bedrooms are upstairs and there are steep stairs just to enter the house, so it is not really suited to people with disabilities or young children. Roof top terrace is very nice amenity. Property manager was responsive to our requests firing our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The first floor has a private den with sleeper sofa and full bath with standing shower making this home ideal for people traveling with elderly or semi-disabled.
MILLBRAE
5

Great property

  • 5 of 5

Awesome property for a group vacation in the DC area. The house was lovely, esp. the roof deck. The only (minor) downside is that it is a fairly significant trek to the closest metro stop.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. As for metro access the house is conveniently located 4 blocks from the U st Metro, a 8 minute walk. Dupont circle metro is a 13 min walk away. If you are heading to the convention center just hope the metro from U st and the total commute is 16 min. Public transportation to the National Mall is available via the Circulater bus on 14th street. Just walk out the front door cross the street and catch the bus for $1 a person. Couldn't be easier. We also recommend using the Uber car service. It is clean, efficient and economical.
APPLE VALLEY
4

Excellent Family stay for Wedding Weekend

  • 4 of 5

Our Midwestern family was looking for a unique place in a central location for the entire family to stay for our daughter’s wedding weekend. The mansion worked very well. Ample bedrooms and bathrooms for all, great space to cook, gather, and just hang out. Our wedding photographer loved the house – especially the huge master bedroom suite and balcony area for many stunning “getting ready” shots. Parking was a challenge. The provided parking spot is adequate for one car but any additional parking was difficult particularly in the evening due to the popularity of 14th St establishments. Use the nearby Metro and avoid the parking hassle as much as possible. The rooftop deck area was comfortable and relaxing. Our guests wanted to linger well beyond the 9:00 pm rooftop curfew. Thanks to Cliff and Paul for helping our family to have a very memorable and enjoyable stay at the mansion.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Black Cat, soooo many!!!!!
Nearest Ferry
31 Miles
Whites Ferry
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Dupont Circle, U Street Metro Station
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
295
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City
Car: not necessary

This property is just right in the middle of the city just a number of blocks from the White House and all of our Nations Capital museums!!! Rock creek park. The new 14th street corridor is just around the corner and offers any and all kinds of dining and entertainment!!!!

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Prices & Availability

From $1,300 Nightly

Prices for this holiday house in Dupont Circle, Washington DC

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2015
4 Apr 2015 - 31 Jan 2016
3 night minimum stay
$4,448
for 3 nights
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$1,300
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$1,500
Fri,Sat,Sun
$9,048
$35,548
 

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Cleaning Fee $459
Security Deposit Waiver $89

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dupont Circle in Washington DC

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Located on First Floor
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 5 - There is an additonal Seperate 7th Bedroom too!!!
    Bedroom 6 - This Bedroom is near the additonal seperate 8th Bedroom!
  • King size beds (1)in Master , Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) !! Two of these are Canopy beds which also include trundes with additonal 2 Sleeping areas in very large 3rd floor Bedroom! Total of 6 Twin beds!
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • tennis
Notes:
This extraordinary historic property was the former church Rectory for St. Augusttine's Church. It is ideally suited for a large group traveling together that wants privacy yet good communal space. Totally detached house with beautiful views and fantastic light. Large catering style kitchen with good and easy access for catering services. Conviently located in the Center of the City with excellent access to Metro, Convention Center, World Bank, IMF, Historic sights and the White House.

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