Thurs. Afternoon Rental Option


Thanks to Nichole for sending this unique one from 12th St NE at Constitution:

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The Craigslist ad says:

“This is essentially THE SMALLEST TINIEST DINKIEST MOST RIDICULOUS ABSURD MINI-DEMI-PSEUDO-SILLYHOUSE IN WASHINGTON. tiny but cool house on Capitol Hill is available May 1. It’s a very small studio inside, but it’s a separate house, not a basement like other units its size. Did I mention it’s small? 252 square feet–9.5 feet wide, 28 feet long. It’s the smallest house in DC! But it’s bright and funky, and perfect for someone as cool as you.

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Think $1095 sounds reasonable?

23 Comment

  • wow, you can load the washer and the toilet at the same time.

  • Absolutely it’s worth it! Close to the Metro, very unique, and a great little back yard.

  • OMG, not that song!

  • Yo the google map thing is way off.

  • That is more than a reasonable price for a house like that in Capitol Hill. Its cute and sweet.

  • DISLIKE! Seriously, a mini fridge? I know space is critical but if I’m paying 1K i want a small full size fridge.

  • I would lose my flippin’ mind in a space that small. Seriously. I would rather sleep on a series of friends’ couches.

  • There is another place that is just like that but is not being used for anything now that I can tell. It is on 12th SE just shy of the intersection with South Carolina.

  • that’s nyc style tiny – but with a cute yard! i love it! (i mean, i wouldn’t pay $1k/mo for it but it sounds like somebody has, which means that somebody else probably will). somebody with some creativity could do something cool w/ this space and enter into apartment therapy’s smallest coolest contest 🙂

  • Won’t you be, won’t you be, won’t you be my neighbor.

    Good street in a good neighborhood.

    It’s the weirdest property.

  • I saw the smallest house in Britain in Conwy, Wales a few years ago. This place makes it look like a castle. Still, I like it. Nobody above, nobody below. Besides that, it’s cool! ( )

  • Wow, how can that be built to code? Are those really the minimum size/space requirements in the District?

  • I love it…I’m sort of addicted to a row of houses on the 1300 block of C St NE and would love to buy one; they’re a whopping 370 SF inside, so a mansion in comparison.

  • the sink reminds me of the urinals in the mens room at the Argonaut.

  • Not bad.
    Space could be used a lot better though.

  • Seems like it would be very good as a vacation rental, since the occupants would then not have a lot of stuff nor the need to spend a lot of time there. The owners could pull in at least $100/night, I’d think, which would far exceed the $1K/month rent, but in exchange, they’d have to deal with the high rate of turnover and vacancies. Maybe that’s not a worthwhile trade-off for them, but it’s something to consider.

  • I pay less than this in capitol hill and my place is twice as big. Not a great deal at all. It’s all novelty.

  • kiki

    Washer and Dryer AND a yard? If I lived alone, I’d love it.

  • Hey everyone,

    This is the owner of the Tiny House. I just found this blog, and thanks for all of your comments! Some answers…..

    First of all, I love the line about loading the toilet and washer at the same time. I am totally stealing it–thanks, H!

    It’s been rented a few times already, so the market tells me that the rent’s about right. And renting is still cheaper than owning in this neighborhood. We bought this just a couple of years ago, and a monthly mortgage on it would be much higher than our asking rent–probably more like $1500-1700. I know that you can’t use that standard alone, but it’s a good comparison.

    The size– It’s definitely not for everyone. It’s incredibly small inside, and the closet/fridge/etc. are tiny–but the people who have lived there didn’t mind. It takes a while to find the right person, but they’re out there.

    As far as legality–it’s been inspected by DCRA. And it’s definitely the smallest stand-alone house in DC. A tax assessor checked the city’s database for me, and it’s the smallest house on record.

    I know that house on South Carolina and 12th SE. I walk by it often, and it looks like it’s a garage or carriage house for the main property. It’s smaller than our house, but not a separate property. So we still win!

    I agree that the main room could be arranged better. We rent it unfurnished, so it’s up to the tenant to do what he or she can with the space.

    I am pretty proud of the bathroom’s layout, though. It originally had a full-sized tub, a huge vanity, a full-sized water heater and no washer/dryer. I decided that I’d rather have a w/d than a tub if I lived there. We installed a lowboy water heater on a platform over the w/d. The tiny sink means a slightly wider shower.

    As far as making it a vacation rental–you’re right, I probably could get more than $1095/month some months. And you’re also right that I don’t want to deal with vacancies or marketing right now. I may reconsider in the future.

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