Wed. Afternoon Rental Option – Mt. Pleasant

This rental is located at 18th and Kilbourne Pl, NW:

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The Craigslist ad says:

“Spacious one bedroom basement apartment at 18th and Kilbourne in Mt. Pleasant. I don’t know the square footage, but it is quite spacious. Large living room, bedroom big enough for queen size bed and dressers, good sized kitchen, and storage space.

10 minute walk to Columbia Heights Metro, 5 minute walk to Rock Creek and the Zoo, 2 blocks away from Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market.

Rent is $1300/mo, $1100 deposit.

Utilities split with 3 people in upstairs part of the house.

Move in Sunday Feb. 20.

No couples please, sorry. And no pets.”

$1300 sound reasonable for this location?

15 Comment

  • SusanRH

    Looks like a good option for the grandmother below 🙂

  • that looks dank, and not in a good way.

    also sounds like the upstairs tenants are doing the looking. wonder why…

  • The price isn’t bad, but I don’t think the utility split thing is legal. Isn’t it supposed to be separately metered if the basement is a true apartment with a C of O?

  • Why the restriction on couples?

  • Maybe it’s more like a group house with this room/suite more separate than the rest of the rooms? I wonder if everyone is on one lease, so the roommates are looking to replace someone who is moving or recently moved out.

  • That’s what I pay for my English Basement in Mt. P at 18th and Newton, although utilities are included, and it’s a corner unit, so lots of light (windows in the front, and all down the side.)

  • The basement is considered a fourth bedroom in the house which is all on one lease. It just happens to have washer/dryer, kitchen, separate entrances if you want to use it as a private apartment. No couples because only four people allowed total. It’s not dank…some more lights needed to be turned on for that picture. It’s quite light and spatious (for a basement).

  • You need some eagle-eyed queen in there to do a little staging.

  • I find it weird that the deposit is quite a bit lower than the monthly rent, especially given that it seems the current tenants are the ones listing the rental. I wonder if they’re trying to turn a profit/reduce their own rent somewhat through this?

    • Well, splitting the rent equally when one roommate has a private kitchen and washer/dryer would be a little unfair, don’t you think?

  • That post has been flagged for removal on CL.

  • i saw this apartment last week – it’s not quite as bad as the pic makes it look, but it definitely hasn’t been updated in a long long time, kind of yucky carpet and kitchen seemed run down, but not terrible. the bathroom is really tiny – it feels like a camping shower stall or something. i think it’s going to be a tough sell at that price for just one person and not split between a couple, you can get a much nicer studio for less money.

    i don’t understand why owners of great houses like this can’t put in the slightest of investement into their properties.

  • I used to live upstairs in this house, but then it was basically a 4-man group house, and the whole thing was shared (a friend lived in the basement). I was renting one of the nicer bedrooms upstairs, and paid something like 750 per month. The whole house was going for 3,000. Then we moved out in ~2008, they increased the rent by a grand, and changed nothing. It was a great deal when I was there, though not anymore.

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