This lower level apartment is very bright and open with an access to a nice patio and garden. It is surrounded by big trees, a creek and has a private entrance. It is in a nice, cozy, peaceful and safe neighborhood in Potomac, MD. It's close to NIH, redline metro, Rockville City, Bethesda, DC restaurants, bike trails, parks and I495 and 270. Lots of restaurants, grocery places, gym and mall within 2 to 3 miles. There is ample parking space on the site.
The apartment has a large bright open living and dining area with a nice view; you would love the morning sun through the windows. The area is beautifully decorated with decorative pieces and furniture from different countries where we lived before. It also has a study desk. It can be rented out for a longer-term; please ask us.
The apartment comes with a beautifully remodeled designer's kitchen and granite top island which is used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The kitchen has new SS appliances, a full-size French refrigerator, dishwasher, range and microwave oven with an exhaust. The list of the kitchen pots and pans, dining items, flatware etc. are placed in a folder in the kitchen island drawer with the safety card.
The large bedroom, with an attached bathroom and walking closet, has queen size bed, night table, TV, and a coffee table. One day bed in the large living room and the sofa can be turned into bed at night for two additional guests. A folding bed can accommodate a fifth guest.
You also have a large patio overlooking the beautiful garden, woods, and creek area. One can just sit on the patio with the daily newspaper or a novel, a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding.
You are welcome to come and go at your own will. If coming home late, please be considerate by keeping the noise level down. There is an outside light switch inside the apartment beside the right-hand side of the main door. You can turn it on; It turns on after the sun sets, and turns off in the morning. The lights outside on the driveway and around the house go off after 11pm. The day you come home late, please let us know so that we can leave them on for your convenience.
You can use the patio, back and side yards, walk in the woods crossing the creek attached to the house. Please avoid walking on the retaining wall or going too near to the retaining wall to avoid any accidents. We will not be liable for any negligence on your part for any accidents. Our insurance will not cover it if you don’t follow this rule of our house.
There is also a laundry room at the lower level which you can use for a nominal fee. Washer per loads is $2, and dryer per load $2. Please let us know when you would like to use so that we can arrange your access to the laundry room. This can be only done if we are at home.
Long term guest can have one free washing and drying every two weeks. Please let us know when you want to use. If we are not at home, we can give you an access, and please keep track of your usage. We trust you.give you an access, and please keep track of your usage. We trust you.
We believe in total privacy, but we will be happy to help our guests out with any questions they might have about the city, restaurants, food, and other matters. We would love to share our experiences about the city and surrounding areas.
On the first day, upon arrival, we would like to meet and greet our guest, if time permits and provide and walk through the apartment to show necessary things and share the safety card, and a list of things that are in the apartment. If we are not around, we will leave the important information in a black folder on the kitchen island.
The apartment comes with some plants. We would like to water them on alternate days. If guests want their total privacy and water the plants, it will be fine with us. Otherwise, we would like to agree on a time to access the apartment to water the plants. Please let us know which option you want.
If there are any concerns or requests about the apartment, we would like our guests to let us know during the walk through and on the first day so that we can immediately attend to their concerns and needs. You can also call, text or email us with your requests.
Also, accidents may happen, in such cases, please let us know immediately so that we can also help and call 911 if urgent.
We love to hear your feedback early on so that we can address your concerns immediately.
We would appreciate it if you respect the house rules, and don't ask a refund should you decide to cancel your reservation without staying full term.
• We live in the upper level of the house. Our daughter goes to school and we wake up early to get her ready. You might hear some noise in the early morning around 7am during the early morning during weekdays.
•We would appreciate it if the noise level can be down during the weekdays after 9:30 pm. Please unless it is an emergency; don’t call us after that time. If our TV is too loud for you, please let us know too.
•Please note that the kitchen trash can is located on the right-hand side under the kitchen island. A black folder will be left on the island which has other information.
• For a nominal fee, we can provide paper towels, additional soaps, detergents, any other additional amenities that guests may want to avail.
•There is not separate thermostat to regulate the heating and cooling system. If you are too cold during the summer, please let us know, we will close the vents or turn on the fan so that hot air goes to the lower level.
• In winter we keep the thermostat at 72 and increase in the evening around 6pm to 74, and lower to 70 after 10pm at the bed time. In the morning the heat is increased again at 6am.
•We don’t want our guests to use any area heater during the winter as it costs too much.
The following house rules are long but drafted based on our experience with some guests. Please talk with us if you have any questions.
•Only approved guests are allowed to stay overnight. Please inform us beforehand if you are expecting any guests to meet up during the day/evening.
•Please lower the noise level after 9:30 pm. No calls after this time unless it is an emergency.
•Please remove your shoes when you enter the bedroom or walk on the through rugs to keep them clean.
•No drugs, parties, smoking.
•Accidents Happen. Please report spills or breaks right away.
•Please clean and return all kitchen tools/dishes after use in the drawers. We would appreciate it very much if you don’t use the dishwasher for one or two dishes only. Also please do not leave any dirty dishes in the sink. Please be environmentally conscious when using water and electricity.
•While using range and oven, please don't forget your food! Fire hazard is one of the largest problems in the USA.
•Please clean the microwave, refrigerator, range, and oven after using them so that we don't require a deep cleaning, which cost extra in our area.
•Please remove all the used bed sheets and used towels, and place them in the laundry basket in the closet on the day you depart. If you are a long-staying guest, please leave them in the washer.
•If you are only one or two guests staying for a short time, please do not use four sets of towels or extra sets of towels and linens in the apartment and be green, thank you.
•For long-term guests, we have five sets of towels and extra linens, comforter and blanket. Four extra pillows -- total four soft and two hard pillows in the apartment, as each guest likes to have a different softness in pillows. We would like you to have good night sleep!
•Kitchen trash bin is on the left-side underneath the island. Trash days are Mondays and Thursdays. The recycling day is on Thursdays. We would usually put them on the end of the driveway roadside curve.
•Please clean after yourself periodically as you do at your own home, and remove all the garbage from the bathrooms, kitchen and other areas as needed and on the day you depart/check out.
•We would appreciate it very much if take showers and not baths every day or twice a day as done by some guests before. We feel it is not environmentally friendly. Thanks for your understanding.
•The apartment can be accessed keyless. However, an additional key will be left in the apartment if you need. Please remember to return the key. If you lose the key, a fee of $300 will be charged as the whole lock system needs to be replaced by a contractor/handyman.
•No items from the house should be removed.
•We are here to give you the best service and we tried to note our expectations and house-rules as much as we could, based on our experience with the guests on this site to avoid any surprises. We would like your cooperation.
With due respect, this is a home, not a hotel and we expect you to treat our home as though it is your own home. Enjoy your stay.
I am a development worker; worked at two multilateral development banks in Washington, DC and the Philippines. I completed my graduate studies in Canada, and New York while my husband did his from Moscow, Russia. We returned to DC area after many years of work in Asia and the Pacific countries. We love to travel, meet new people from around the world, try exotic food, and experience different cultures. We enjoy entertaining our friends and family, gardening, interior designing, collecting paintings, music and sometimes just having quiet quality time. I feel Airbnb will give us more opportunity to expand our friendships with people across the globe. So far it is an amazing experience.