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Craigslister: Patrick Holway, 34

Offering: $12,500 Glover Park townhouse with two bedrooms and two bathrooms

Other occupants: Wife Stacey Holway, 32, and “really large dog” Gus.

Location: Benton Street, just west of Wisconsin Avenue.

Special Requests: No pets.

Date posted: 11/15/2008

Responses:Two e-mails: one from someone who just wanted to spend the night at the house and another from a group coming in for an inaugural event. The group was looking at a few options, and wanted to see some pictures of the house before committing.  Thus, no lease signed yet.

Why: “I read in the Post that people were renting camp grounds in West Virginia to come to the inauguration,” says Patrick Holway.  “So I figured if they’re that desperate, we should try putting our house up for rent. Friends of mine who lived in Atlanta did it during the Olympics. They made it worth their while—it was three to four grand a week. I told my wife that we could probably rent our home, and pay for a trip back to Mexico. She was all for it. We went there for our honeymoon in 2005, and then we went back in 2007. Our favorite spot is Zihuatanejo, this little town. Have you ever seen The Shawshank Redemption? It’s where Tim Robbins escaped to after he escaped from prison. There’s like nothing there except for a beach. It’s in between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta. If our home rents out, we could either go stay at our in-laws’ in Rockville, or my parents’ in Chevy Chase—of course they’re trying to rent theirs too. Or we could go down to the beach. Our in-laws have a place on the beach.

(Interview edited and condensed.)