Wed. Afternoon Rental Option – Pleasant Plains

This studio is located at 430 Irving St. NW:

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The Craigslist ad says:

“Recently renovated studio available September 1, 2010 in a secure building. Apartment features a washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and hardwood floors.”

I’m always excited when I find places sub-$1000. This one looks promising – think $900 sounds reasonable?

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  • Pleasant Plain’s northern border is Harvard Street NW, this property is in Park View.

  • They don’t seem to mention it’s a basement, but it looks pretty obvious from the window placement.

    While the price is nice for a seemingly well renovated place, Irving Street does get a lot of traffic, so it could be pretty noisy. I would have been a pretty big negative on the location too – right on the edge of the reservoir/hospital wasteland, but the new addition of the park at Georgia & Irving gives it a bit more upside than it would have had a month ago.

  • Basements: Just say no

  • I just had some friends move into this building.

    The condo they are renting is nice (high ceilings, hardwood floors, lots of natural light) but they’re on the second floor. This looks to be on the first floor, looking out towards the back of the building where the designated parking is. As far as I know, there are no basement units in this building.

    I second Anon in that this place gets heavy on the traffic during the morning and afternoon rush, a potential drawback from some.

  • I’m not well-versed on this particular location or what rents are like here, but a place with hardwood floors AND a washer/dryer for under $1000 anywhere in the city is a deal as far as I’m concerned.

  • Are there any buses that go through here? How far of a walk is it to the metro? Is there a lot of street parking? What about current retail/restaurants? Future?

    I know very little about this area – its what I drive through to get to other places… doesnt seem particularly sketchy or dangerous, probably great for hospital staff, maybe howard students?

    Seems especially isolated, but that might be a plus for some folks.

    900/month for a studio seems steep, but it looks to be a good quality unit, though maybe a bit small and in the basement. I think one could find a studio other places for about the same, but this one is probably not too far off the price… it does seem that its become less and less likely to find anything for less than 1000 that is not in a shared house arrangement.

    • $900 for a studio in the District is cheap, what are you talking about?

      • I agree. People always seem mystified as to why someone would pay ($900, $1000, whatever) for a studio in DC. I gather these people haven’t gone apartment hunting recently.

    • I live around the corner…. In park view.

      The crosstown bus from Brookland to Cleveland park travels down Irving or Columbia and the Georgia Ave buses are a block away. 10 minutes to Petworth metro and less than 15 minutes to CH metro. Good walkability.

      There is always street parking, however not much retail or restaurants in the immediate vicinity.

      The $900 price seems about right for a basement studio in this area, although this particular unit looks like about 250 square feet which is WAY too small.

      Cat ladies only.

  • This is my block and yes there are buses and traffic, but after rush hour the street is pretty quiet. There is always street parking. It is good being able to walk over to the hospital – if you get a doctor over there in the Physicians Office Building, it is a 2 minute walk. I usually walk or drive to the grocery store – Giant on Park, or Yes! on Georgia. I take the 79 Express bus on Gworgia downtown to go to work in the morning. We have been here almost a year and love the neighborhood.

  • I think it’s a good deal. If you’re paying $900 and living alone in DC, chances are you’re going to be conceding on some things like square footage, above-ground space, proximity to metro, etc. For many people the tradeoff is worth it.

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