Thurs. Afternoon Rental Option – Columbia Heights

This rental is located at 1358 Girard St, NW:

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The listing says:

“Wonderful terrace level 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with private front entrance and great front area. Building renovated in 2002. Open floor plan with hardwood floors throughout, cherry cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas cooking and washer & dryer. Available April 1, 2012.”

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,500/Mo.

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  • If I remember correctly this place just sold last summer. I walked through the open house and it wasn’t bad but suffered from a awkward layout and low ceilings due to duct work.

  • Terrace level? I assume that means either ground floor or basement.

  • yikes. my 2 bedroom basement was 1550 incl. tv and internet

  • I would rent this if it were $2100.

  • Even in DC you can’t get $2500 for a basement! Or at least I hope not!

  • No way. You can get a 3br full house for $500 more in that area.

  • Did I miss a picture of the kitchen and both bedrooms? Why are they highlighting an Ikea light fixture? (Not that I don’t like it, it just wouldn’t make me pay $2500). Now I am thinking my rental unit on 1300 block of fairmont is underpriced. Above ground, two bedroom, balcony and one bath for $500 less.

  • Can we agree that it’s not cool to say that it was renovated in 2002…need for a reminder but that was 10 years ago! That’s a lot of wear and tear for any place, and especially for one that is a rental.

    • Well, what is the cutoff for renovations in your book? 5 years? 7?

      if it said “last renovated in 2002” would that be ok?

    • Do you not like to know when a place you are looking at was last renovated? Not like they were even claiming it was recent…

      • All I am saying is that in these ads, people list what the “selling” or “rental” points are of the place. If one of the key points to this rental is that it was last renovated in 2002 (10 years ago), I wouldn’t be all that impressed. A lot changes/improvements take place within 10 years; an example would be: energy-efficient appliances (that would be important, especially if I were paying for utilities). As I originally said, 10 years is a decent amount of time in a home where wear-and-tear begins to show. It tends to be pretty well known that in rentals, occupants tend to take care of the place less well, generally, than owner-occupants. So, I think the 10 years with renters would show even more wear-and-tear. This point coupled with no pics of bedrooms/kitchen, etc. and photos of ceiling track lighting makes me wonder even more what the selling points would be to renting this place.

  • $2,500 a month for a 2 bedroom basement on pretty much the worst intersection of Columbia Heights? No thanks. I’d rather not be shot at or mugged by all the gangs on Girard Street.

  • What’s up with pic of the room showing the ‘bedroom’? Looks like someone is living out of a suitcase and sleeping on the floor. Very sketch.

  • Wow, $2500 for a basement at the corner of robbery avenue and stabby street.

    Alas, someone will pay it. Someone always does.

    At least you could walk to Meridian Pint easily. That’s worth something.

  • I’ve lived near that intersection for the past year and there has been no criminal activity on that corner. It’s not 2009 anymore, Columbia Heights and that intersection has changed.

    • Stats provided by disagree with your assessment. Total crime within 1,000 feet of this address is up 17 percent from Feb. 2011 to Feb. 2012, as compared with the same time frame from the previous year.

      • And violent crime is up 63 percent over that time frame.

        • Just letting you know what I obvserved and have been around for the past year. Also 14th st. is very busy and IMO is alot safer then other side streets. Girard street got a bad rap cuz of the gang name but they are building Condos there and it’s totally changed. Is Harvard and 14th considered unsafe too? Where in Columbia Heights would you say is 100% safe?

          • I tend to agree with Girard st. person, if you put almost any address in Columbia Heights (or for that matter almost any location in DC) it shows a high crime number, so what makes Girard st different from the other streets? There was only 4 crimes on the corner of 14th and girard over the year period.

      • I think the past history of the G-Rod crew and the violence associated with that group colors the perception of the area. It wasn’t too long ago that an innocent Dunkin Dounuts employee was killed in a crossfire on 14th. However, I believe that with the indictment of many of the crew members (see the area is much improved.

        People think the corner’s bad but I think that that the “Wonderland-Metro” corridor probably has more muggings. You’d be surprised how many police alerts go out for robberies in the 1300 and 1100 blocks of Kenyon.

  • I think we have reached a point where 2500/mo for a basement, terrace, whatever you want to call it condo on 13th street or similar area is not uncommon or outrageous. However, those are recently upgraded condos and without seeing pictures of the kitchen, bathrooms, etc it is difficult to tell the quality of the renovation. Also looks as though this basement has a low ceiling (7ft or so), most newly renovated basement units are dug out to allow for 9+ft ceilings.

  • Went and viewed the place.
    The living room was well lit (on a sunny day) and the kitchen was nicely upgraded (apparently in 2002 they went near top of the line). That combo room is quite large.
    Both rooms have nice closet space, but the smaller room had a small room, low ceiling feel to it. As did both bathrooms.
    Also being next to that basketball court seemed to attract a fair amount of homeless neighbors.
    It really wasn’t a bad place, just not worth $2500 (it’d have been snatched up in a second at $2250)

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