The historic Shaw firehouse at 931 R Street NW, the home of DC’s first all-African American firefighting company, has been operating as a home and Airbnb for years. A huge 3 bedroom home is available nightly as well as 3 additional 1 bedroom units.

The 3 bedroom recently had a major makeover in preparation for Stay Here, a Netflix series offering marketing and design help to Airbnb owners. The owners of the firehouse were advised to take the building back to its roots with a major redo. A large one bedroom loft located in prime space in the front of the building was converted into a tourist-friendly 3 bedroom.

The consultation from Stay Here and about 90 days of major renovation work has paid off for the owner of the building. Airbnb rates for the 3 bedroom are currently trending at $600/night, up from $200 – $250/night prior to the re-do.

Are you an agent and want to build your business in Shaw, U Street & the rest of NW? Local brokerage UrbanLand Company is recruiting experienced and motivated realtors who want to build their business around the brokerage headquarters at 913 Florida Ave. NW, 1 of 2 DC offices for the company.