- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 9, 2001

Hotel rooms are booking up fast for the presidential inauguration, but there's a housing alternative for those coming to Washington for the celebration.
At least a half-dozen homes and apartments fully furnished are being advertised for rent specifically during the week of the Inauguration some at much cheaper prices than hotel rooms.
Prices are ranging from $300 a night at a condominium resort in Old Town Alexandria to a $4,500 week's stay at a home in Georgetown.
JoAnn Redditt, the owner of a four-bedroom, two bathroom house in Alexandria, is offering the vacant home for a mere $1,200 during the week of the Inauguration. The newly remodeled house comes fully furnished right down to linens and dishes.
"All they would need to bring is their clothes and their toothbrush," said Mrs. Redditt, who lives in the house next door.
Although she wants to rent the house for $1,500 on a monthly basis, she thought the seven-night stay during the week of the Inauguration would be a cheaper alternative for a family coming to Washington.
Hotels are filling up quickly for the days leading up to and including Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. They have raised their room rates by as much 30 percent. Some rooms and suites can cost as much as $3,000 a night, depending on the hotel's location and its amenities.
Renting available space during a big event is not such an uncommon practice. Homeowners some successful have temporarily offered up their property for visitors at past Olympics events and even the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay is expected to be flooded with Super Bowl fans for the Jan. 28 game at Raymond James Stadium, and hundreds of Tampa Bay homeowners are offering their places during the event some costing up to $2,000 a day.
There aren't as many people in Washington willing to rent out their homes or property they own, but there also hasn't been much interest for the spaces that are up for rent.
Gary Burg, who lives outside Williamsburg, is trying to rent out one of two suites he owns through a time-share initiative at Fairfield Washington D.C. at Alexandria. A time share is a vacation ownership for a particular week and location that can be shared and traded with others in the same program.
Mr. Burg's accommodations at the resort condominium tower already have been posted on EBay, an on-line auction Web site. But after two unsuccessful attempts at bidding the rooms, he pulled the offer from the site.
He now is running a classified ad, but has not had any luck.
The one-bedroom deluxe and two-bedroom deluxe rentals, which both include a living room and dining room, full kitchen and other amenities, cost $300 a night, or $1,100 from Jan. 16 through Jan. 21.
Mr. Burg, along with two of his children and his wife, Carrie, plan to stay in whichever room is not rented out.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance," Mr. Burg said.
Several other rentals available during the week of the Inauguration, listed in classifieds and on line at the Washington D.C. Visitors Bulletin Board, are located in Georgetown and Cleveland Park and in Fairfax.


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