Rentals of the Week by Karen

detached house

This is a rarity—a completely detached single family home walking distance from the Petworth metro. It’s a 4 bedroom, 3 ½ bath that goes for $3,200, which really ain’t bad. It’s also been newly renovated, has plenty of street parking, and lots of common areas (a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a den, a family room—that’s a lot of rooms!). It also has outside desk and a patio. Wow, sounds like suburban living!

My question is where in Petworth—walking distance from the metro, no less—are there detached houses? I’ve certainly never seen any, but perhaps I haven’t ventured enough places in Petworth yet. More rentals after the jump.

cleaning service

Wow—this one offers a free monthly cleaning service. I’ve never seen a rental that offers that. Must cut down on quite a few roommate squabbles, no?

$1,850 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath three blocks from the Petworth metro at 707 at Upshur St. NW. (Note also that the utilities are a flat fee of $225 a month, so only $75 per person.) The place looks nice—I like the dark wood floors, and the kitchen looks like it opens up to the backyard.

So what you think about the cleaning service? Has anyone tried doing that before? In my house whenever the kitchen gets really bad—about once a month—we all talk about hiring someone to come in for the common areas every few weeks or so. But then, inevitably, the kitchen is cleaned and we go back to figuring we can handle it just fine on our own.


Ah, courtyards! How often do you see those in the city? Well, if you’re interest is piqued I say check out the new Parker Flats Condominiums (for rent). $1,895 for a 1 bedroom plus den in the Shaw-LeDroit Park area. According to the ad it has a “beautiful layout in the brand new Parker Flats at Gage School condominium. (For more on schools going condo check out a former PoP post:

The building features controlled security access, a fitness room, and underground parking. I also really love the half wall in the den—demarcates the boundaries of the room yet keeps it open and airy. If you move in here and totally love it there’s also the possibility of owning.

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  • I am always suspicious of CL postings that don’t give an exact location (e.g. intersection). My guess is that the owner is using a generous interpretation of “walking distance” here.

  • I know people renting Mt Pleasant townhouses for $4500, so $3200 for a detached house is a pretty slick deal. I agree that this is probably not in Petworth per se. There are detached houses north on 13h and 14th sts that we once called Petworth, but is probably 16th St Heights or similar neighborhood.

  • I’m sorry, I’m an idiot. I had friends who bought a detached house in what they called petworth, east of GA Ave several blocks south of Kennedy St. That was many years ago.

  • Too bad you have to wait 18,000 years before you can rent that first one 😉

    “Available for July 1, 20008”

  • That house is on the corner of 7th and Webster. I was wondering what they were doing with it. I guess the market isn’t good for selling, so they figure renting is a better option. And actually the first block of Illinois Avenue just north of Grant Circle has single family bungalow style homes on it. Not to mention that the next three houses on 7th Street are single family also. I would definitely say this is walking distance from the metro, since I live about a block away and walk to the metro everyday. But I agree, when they don’t list the address/intersection I am suspicious too.

  • I live in a 4-br detached house that’s less than that $3200/mo, and it’s been updated, and I’m within a short walk to the Petworth metro.
    Varnum St. and up is the land of detached houses, folks.
    And it’s wonderful.

  • One thing I will say is that this place is right across the street from Clark Elementary, with a nice parklike space for dogs, kids, etc. The only possible downside is that there are adult soccer games going on there all weekend and many evenings. It can be a little loud and crowded across the street.

  • Like E said, there are detached homes north of Varnum, especially 8th Street (I think) and there are lots of duplexes too. The homes on Buchanan, Crittenden, and Decatur just 1 block west of Georgia (technically not Petworth?) are mostly detached homes and are pretty wonderful.

  • parker flats….in bloomingdale/ledroit, not even close to shaw….

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