Location: Kensington, northeast of NIH. Rides are possible to and from NIH, but a 14-minute RideOn Route 34 bus also works. Nearest restaurants (at mall’s Costco entrance) are a 7-minute walk away. The violent crime rate of the neighborhood is 40% less than Bethesda. Unless you want to live far from a metro stop, it’s also quieter here because most other metro stops are above ground.
Lease: Month-to-month ensures everyone here likes it, but the house is usually a mix of old friends who've lived here for years and a few new-ish faces. The deposit is only $100. It can be taken off of your last month’s rent provided you give 30 days notice. Existing housemates have voting/veto rights, so, for instance, if accepted, you'd be able to reject a candidate wishing to live in the house who you had bad vibes about. The way that works is that a candidate pays 1/4 of the $100, and if anyone vetoes within 24 hours it’s refunded. If you are lucky enough to get voted in, you have another 24 hours to pay the remaining $75 to avoid loosing your 1/4 deposit.
Room: It has a keyed lock, bed, desk, dresser, bathroom, and a closet with an iron and ironing board. There’s wireless, but there’s also a wired connection because wireless isn’t as secure and can’t make full use of our fiber optic connection. The temperature is adjustable to your liking, with strong, floor-specific central air conditioning (AC) and heat. Everything not new in the room will be washed, including the pillows, and the mattress will be fully aired out.
The 65” 4K home theater gets HBO+, The Movie Channel, Showtime, Epix, STARZ, Sundance, FLIX, NFL RedZone, Cinemax, IFC, EPIX, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu as well as hundreds of other channels in HD via our fiber optic link. The example images attempt to show how to watch a movie, whenever you want, on the premium The Movie Channel network, but only Netflix and Amazon deliver full 4K resolution.
House details: This is a large house with a working fireplace, weight room, rec room with 65” HDTV with the on-demand movie libraries listed above. The kitchen has most of the gadgets you blissfully but mistakenly thought you’d use.
Utilities: It’s normal to pay utilities several times a month as they come in. It’s a hassle, and hard to budget. Usually there’s tension between the thrifty and those who would can afford optimal comfort, and between the neat freaks and the laid back. Here, we pick happy/comfort over savings, so there’s a relatively high, fixed misc. fee covering utilities, chores, cleaning of common areas, dishes being put back and sterilized, anything two or more people want for the house, grocery pickups, party expenses, and too many other things to list here. One benefit is that the kitchen is always usable. For another, see ¶2 of §1 of this paper. (Visually "clean" yet non-sterilized dishes increase the risk of getting cancer.) The fee is prorated, so for example if you went away on weekends it would be less.
The house air is filtered with two hospital-grade Merv 14 / MPR 2800 filters. We use these because some studies correlate air quality to brain health. Another benefit is avoiding allergy drugs.
House atmosphere: We're similar to the Friends TV show. We have a game night and do stuff together when there’s time including some athletic events. If you might be interested, call 3OI+933+3953 or directly mail us at annmay5 at verizon dot net. (If you text to this number it will not usually get transmitted.) All inquiries will still be answered or responded to within 12 hours, so if there is no response within 3 hours of daylight, try again using a different method, because we definitely did not get your message or you didn’t get our response. This is true even if it we thought it wasn’t a good match.