Small town charm just minutes outside the Nation's Capital, Cheverly is the 1st stop in MD on the DC Metro Orange Line. Our place is a 10-minute walk from the Metro and the same from Prince George's Medical Center, a level-2 trauma center of interest to medical students/residents. Cheverly lies between Rts. 50 & 295, offering easy access to DC, Baltimore, & Annapolis. FedEx Field is 10 minutes by car. You will have the whole 2nd floor to yourself. A smaller apt on the main floor is in the works.
The house has a relatively small footprint on a large, corner lot shaded by mature trees. However, the interior layout uses the space very well. We have reworked the second floor to provide 2 BR, 1 BA and a little kitchenette with a sofa and flat screen for relaxing. In our experience, the space is comfortable for a MAX of 4 people (who know each other) so that's how we set our guest limit.
The space has a cozy and snug feel with original hardwood flooring and the sloping ceilings that characterize story-and-a-half dwellings. Town history has it that a baby, a little girl, was born here in the 1930's. The larger, Magnolia Room (named for the pictures on the walls) has a queen bed, two work spaces, and two large closets with storage for both clothing and luggage. It also has a window bay that provides a view of the original Vermont slate roof and the huge sweet gum tree growing on the north side of the house. The smaller, Cherry Blossom room also has a queen bed, a desk, one closet for clothes (with an interesting -- we think --built-in shoe rack), and an under-the-eaves closet for storing luggage.
There is one bathroom with enclosed shower and original, black and white spiral mosaic tile floor. We last did updates in the 1990's. Towels are provided as needed. We also stock common items such as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash and, on request, are prepared to provide guests with items such as toothbrushes that they may have forgotten.
We converted the third bedroom into a kitchenette with a sitting area where guests can relax together.
The space has a sink, fridge, toaster oven, microwave, Keurig, and hot pot. The fridge is stocked with lite fare to make your first day as hassle-free as possible while you recuperate from your travels. All necessities for light housekeeping during your stay with us are provided, including microwaveable dishes, utensils, paper products, cleaners, and an iron and ironing board.
There is a sofa that converts to a bed in this room as well. The room also has a breakfast area and coffee table. The wall-mounted Roku TV has a connected hub and 5-foot cable to make it easy for guests to hook up their devices for display on the flat screen if desired.
Our goal was to make the space as self-sustaining as possible for light meal preparation. If guests would like to use a full oven (with range) or run anything through the dishwasher, those appliances are available for your use on the first floor. Guests can also use the washer and dryer located in the basement. Just let us know so we can coordinate.
Exterior areas are still a work in progress. I am part of the green infrastructure effort in Cheverly and I'm working, incrementally, to do my part to protect the watershed (Anacostia) by managing all my storm water onsite and restoring the integrity of the local ecology.
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We are principally based in Baltimore, but I stay in Cheverly when I have work in DC, about 2-3 nights a week, or want to visit with friends and neighbors. Our paths may or may not cross, but I always carry my phone and am always available for questions or to help with any problems you may encounter. Do not hesitate to be in touch!
Work on the house outside of the BnB is on-going. The slate roof over the Cherry Blossom Room was replaced this past spring with a new, rubber roof (slates preserved for future work) and copper ridge cap -- which you can see if you look up to the roofline over the driveway. Reconstruction on the Vermont slate walkway, characteristic of Cheverly, has just been completed by a local artist and craftsman. Landscaping will continue in the fall when the weather is cooperative. Whereas the kitchenette is brand new, most of the fixtures in the bathroom are original (1938) with a "new" sink and tub enclosure installed circa 1990 when my kids were little. We like this historicity, but some guests have not been so impressed. We are EXTREMELY diligent about cleaning, but new appliance sparkle is hard to manufacture and the glass on the shower doors is scratched - no help for that, unfortunately, until tax refund time and we replace, very high on the list!
This is a note for parents of toddlers and young children. The space may not be suitable for you since the apartment is on the second floor with no gate at the top of the stairs. My own toddlers and young children grew up in the house with no incident, but I figure parents know their own children's needs and behavior best and I wanted you to be able to make a fully informed decision before booking.
Experience has also taught us that NO MORE THAN 4 persons can comfortably occupy the space, so we have to be firm about that limit.
Hello and thanks for considering staying at our place!
I have a great appreciation of "place" and I love all the places where life takes me and brings me into new and deeper relationships. I have really enjoyed preparing the house in Cheverly to receive guests and continuing to make it more and more welcoming. I LOVE working on houses. I’ve been enjoying inside work during the winter, getting my fingers in spackling and paint. Now that the weather has turned warm, I relish turning attention to the yard, managing the unruly crop of ivy that taken over!
This 1938, Tudor Revival home in Cheverly is very special to me. Our family has owned the house since 1988, and my children’s memories are all caught up in this house. When we moved away in 2003, we rented the whole house to two wonderful families - the first a Unitarian Universalist clergyman and his family, the second an interior designer and her elderly parents, whose later years she wanted to make beautiful. Why am I writing this? I guess because it explains, a little bit, why the house has such a good “spirit” to it.
In November of 2016, I came home to Cheverly with the idea of occupying part of the house and remodeling the upstairs to a cozy apartment to share with people from around the world coming to visit nearby Washington, DC. After dealing with several surprises (e.g. having to replace a good portion of the original slate roof!), I put my listing up in April of 2017.
When I'm not scraping paint or pulling ivy, I work doing research, currently on people’s experience of disability, health and illness.
Looking forward to answering any questions you may have and, if it works for you, hosting you soon!