Mon. Afternoon Rental Option – Petworth (Roomate Request)

This rental is located at 539 Quincy St, NW:

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The Craigslist ad says:

“Newly renovated basement apartment on Quincy St NW, 2 blocks away from the Petworth metro station (Green/Yellow line), and on the H8 bus line, in a quiet residential neighborhood. Fenced-in backyard with grassy area and seating area. Spacious kitchen with dishwasher and microwave. Washer/Dryer. Central air and heat. Open floor plan. Fully furnished (although a flat-screen to hang on the existing wall rack would help out a lot!). Parquet floors throughout. Street parking, which means a Zone 1 or 4 permit.”

Does $960 sound reasonable to share with a roomate?

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  • A thousand bucks a month to split a basement and take care of your dog when you don’t come home? I haven’t been in the rental market for a while, but that doesn’t sound like much of a deal to me.

  • For a basement in Petworth with a roommate? Absolutely not!

  • “I’d like to find a roommate who doesn’t mind letting Petey outside in the back, and giving him some attention if I am out and about and can’t get home.”

    Am I crazy for thinking that’s a lot to ask of a roommate? What if your roommate isn’t home either? And also, if you’re single and like to, you know, party and not come home some nights, why would you get a dog?? If he wants a dogsitter, maybe he should be offering the room for free!

    • I don’t think that’s a lot to ask… But that depends on who you’re asking I guess.
      I wouldn’t think he’s asking the roommate to walk the dog or be scheduled to do such things, but hey – if you’re home and I’m not, say hi to the dog and let him in the backyard, ok?

      It’s prob important to this person to live with a dog lover, basically. I can understand that.

      That said – $960 for a basement share? No way.

  • The wha? How can you have parquet floors in a basement? Is this just an unregistered basement that someone is trying to rent out and is beating around the bush? Do Petey and the landlord live upstairs? Because then it’d actually be reasonable.

    • Ooof. Just looked at the ad a second time and it seems like this is really to SHARE a basement with someone. A basement is probably worth that on its own. This is outrageous.

  • This is absolutely ridiculous pricing. The roommate needs the person to not watch TV, not have a pet, take care of his pet, and share a basement with someone who seems completely anal retentive.

    Not okay.

    • Agreed – all those stringent rules, plus you have to love his dog?! So the prospective tenant will be fine as long as he/she stays in his/her room until it’s time to let the dog out. Oh, and it would be GREAT if the tenant “came with” a flat-panel TV.

      Did he just rent the place and then realize he can’t afford it, I wonder.

  • at least the spookiness is laid bare. this guy actually sounds a good bit like me, which is why i know better than to have a roommate.

  • You guys are all jerks!

  • The price is extremely expensive. I live in a renovated fist-floor apartment on Quincy St NW (about 3 blocks from this rental) and only pay $950 per month. It’ll be difficult to find someone willling to pay this much for a roommate situation.

  • Weren’t 4 people shot over the weekend on this block?

  • Ok first, of all, nice block and nice apartment. I would say it is worth 1200-1300 on it’s own (if you weren’t sharing.) So $600 would be fair. Then again, who wants to share a basement apartment?

  • Based on the exact rent \needing to be worked out with the landlord\ I think we can say this isn’t Petey’s owner’s pricing. It’s high, but if the smaller bedroom is a den or closet sized, I could see why a true master bedroom (12 x 15) would cost the lion’s share of what the entire basement would rent for. I imagine this guy is paying 700 for his room. Above ground masters in renovated group houses go for more than 960.

    I don’t know why people are willing to pay this kind of money to have a roomie, but they do. Perhaps all the sub- $1000 single person housing gets snapped up so quickly that many of DC’s transient workers end up settling for stints in expensive shares.

  • I don’t think it’s crazy to say that about hoping a housemate might help out with the dog–I love dogs and that would def be a plus. On the other hand, this isn’t a very convenient or nice location in my opinion and if the ad means that you will actually be sharing a bedroom… hell no! Even if not, you can get a waaay better deal in that neighborhood!

  • I wouldn’t taking care of someone’s pet, and I don’t think he’s a jerk for asking, but this is awfully expensive for a basement share.

  • I rent out my 2nd floor bedroom for $1000 (utilities included) and I live 1 block to U St Metro. Not a good deal!

  • The wording is off, but I think they mean its $960 split between two people, not $960 plus whatever the lister is paying.

    • Nope, in the CL ad it’s very clear that it’s just for the one bedroom, and doesn’t include utilities.

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