Fri. Afternoon Rental Option – Columbia Heights (reader request)

This rental is located at 1438 Meridian Pl, NW:

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The listing says:

“Amazing one bedroom and den the ground floor of small condo building in hot spot Columbia Heights! Available April 1st for year lease. Unit includes a washer/dryer, dishwasher, electric heat and tons of light. Trash, water and sewage included; only utilities are electic. Only 5 blocks/7 minute walk to Columbia Heights metro, with 14th and 16th Street bus service less than one block away. Giant, Target, restaurants, bars music venues and tons of shopping all within walking distance; current tenant has lived in location for four years without a car! Open house planned for Sunday, February 26th from 11am to 1pm. Please email with any questions and don’t miss this amazing apartment!”

This 1 bed/1 den/1 bath is going for $1,750/Mo.

22 Comment

  • How did they manage to fit one bedroom AND a den into 480 square feet??

    I used to live in a 580-square-foot one-bedroom apartment, and it was on the small side.

  • Indefatigably NO! 450 sq ft for a 1 BR + den? No. No. No. What’s the BR, a closet? What’s the den, a corner of said closet? Heck no.

  • Overpriced. The apt is in Columbia Heights, not DuPont or Logan. It will need to be painted too – those colors are hideous.

  • talula

    honestly, most of the one bedrooms I saw a few months ago while I was apartment hunting in Adams Morgan/Mt. Pleasant/Co Heights were around this price. That being said, I would think a basement apartment would be priced a bit lower than that. Looks like its good shape, has a washer/dryer & dishwasher but you know, it’s basement, and it should be going for a bit less than $1750. Also like someone else said, 450 sq ft is crazy small for a one bedroom + den.

    • 1750 for 480 sq ft 1br?? SUPREMELY overpriced. Not for that location; no way. I live like 5 blocks away, in a basement apt twice the size for nearly 1/2 the price. Ridiculous.

  • I know the person who lives there currently, and I’ve been in the apartment. It’s not in the basement, it’s on the first floor. And I don’t know if it’s really 450 square feet or not, but it feels a bit bigger than that.

  • …and tons of light

    When you have every light on in the place

  • Wow, I lived in this building from 2001 to 2004, in a first-floor apartment with that exact same layout but reversed (must be right across the hall from this one). I can’t remember for the life of me what we paid in rent (though that’s utterly irrelevant to the current discussion). $1,200/month total, perhaps? Two people was a bit of a squeeze, sure, and the front bedroom was tiny, but we were younger and poorer and didn’t have a lot of stuff.

    Nice building, tho. Columbia Heights is completely unrecognizable now compared to back then, when we had a crappy old Giant at 14th and Meridian instead of the crappy newer Giant, the Target mall was just a giant vacant lot and the Rib Pit was basically as good as it gets in terms of food options.

  • OP here!

    Thank you guys for all your comments! It is very helpful for me listing the apartment going forward.

    I should note that I have long thought the apartment was larger than 480, but that is what my rental company had it listed at, so I figured it was better to have it end up being larger than be a disappointment!

    And it is true, I DO have every light on in the apartment, mostly because I only had time to take pics at night! 🙂 I’m in the wonderful position of being able to buy a home for the first time, and have been a bit rushed to get this place listed and out on the market. However, I promise if you come buy my open house, you’ll see that it truly is full of light throughout the day.

    Thanks again for taking the time to comment!

    • ^^ excuses. You only get one first impression. Bad first impression + excuses/explanations (if someone even bothers to follow up) good impression.

      Get a friend to go over during the day and take pictures. I would also recommend talking any pieces of furniture out that you can for the pic. Like the white chair. or the desk and chair.

  • I think it’s about right for the neighborhood. I live at the southern end of Columbia Heights in a ~650 square foot apartment for about the same, but with no w/d and further from DCUSA and Giant.

    However, my 1bedroom is big enough to convert into a two bedroom with plenty of space.

  • This is one of the biggest reasons why I am considering getting out of this city. It’s too bad.

  • the peanut gallery here always whines that apartment prices are too high for the market. I won’t believe it unless they include links to Craigslists posts for apartments of the same size, location, and characteristics at lower prices.

  • 480 sq. ft.? In Columbia Heights? For that price? Is this a joke?

  • Jaysus, for that price you might as well buy. My fiance lives 1.5 blocks from the CH metro and has a mortgage of $1300 for a 1BR with 530 sq ft.

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