Tues. Afternoon Rental Option – Petworth

This rental is located at New Hampshire Ave NW & Quincy St NW:

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The listing says:

“This one bedroom apartment is perfect for you! It’s newly renovated in a boutique building walking distance to all the action in both U Street and Columbia Heights! These apartment homes feature: brand new hardwood floors, granite countertops, brand new stainless appliances including washer/dryer and dishwasher! tons of closet space, ceilings and central air! Trash, gas, and water utilities included in rent-you pay electric only.”

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,700/Mo.

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  • 1,700 for a 1 br/1 ba? I guess that’s worth it since it’s so close to U Street.

  • Interesting definition of “walking distance”: Almost 30 minutes walking from here to 9th and U.

  • HAHA
    yea its a nice walk to columbia heights

    but that is not in walking distance to U st by any means
    a quick bike ride yes, but not walking

    • 25 – ish blocks

      30 minutes walk to U street. No lie there.

      • Just curious, is 30 minutes beyond the length of time people are willing to walk to get somewhere? I’m just thinking of all the places that are a 30-40 minute walk from my house (Yards Park, Union Market, work, the National Mall) that I normally would walk to. Would most people drive or take public transit instead?

        • From someone who walks a lot, 30 minutes is hardly a big deal in terms of amount of walking. However, I think it’s a little misleading to say in a real estate listing when stating “…walking distance to U street activities.” It’s not that I would mind walking but if I were looking to rent/buy a place and proximity to x thing or x neighborhood is usually a selling point (think convenient to x store, x location or totally cool if I want to run to the neighborhood bar/restaurant – oh wait – it’s not a 2 block walk. Then, I re-think/re-consider, do I really feel like taking a 30 or so minute hike (weather, tired, stay out late but not wanting to do the walk back). It’s all misleading.

          • I guess there’s a disparity between the distance most people are willing to walk and the distance most people imagine when “walking distance” is discussed in the context of real estate.

          • Eastern Market,

            I’m not your average walker nor am I your average real estate person. That said, the disparity is not whether or not I would walk 30 minutes and whether or not 30 minutes would be considered walking distance. I think there are probably many people on here who would and who have walked 30 minutes to somewhere. I’m not sure all those people would consider 30 minutes walkable distance even though they have done it themselves. I measure walking distance in a real estate listing to connote convenience. Do I think walking 30 minutes convenient? Neutral about this. Is that why I walk to places that are 30 minutes from me? All yardsticks aside, when I measure walking distance to convience (close to) I think in terms of if I am having a lazy day, convenience and walkable is a couple to a few blocks away. For example, if I were to buy groceries, I would much rather walk a couple to a few blocks with groceries instead of a 30 minute walk.

        • I regularly walk 25-30 minutes to get places, too. But I wouldn’t put the proximity of those places as selling points in a real estate ad.

        • Considering that this apartment building is practically on top of the Georgia Ave.-Petworth Metro, it’s hard for me to imagine anyone wanting to walk 30 minutes to U Street when it would be just a few minutes by Metro.

          • See, I can’t imagine anyone wanting to deal with the metro when they can have a pleasant 30-minute walk there instead.

          • Fair enough. I guess it depends on the weather, and also on the route you’re taking.

            Georgia Avenue is improving, but the walk from those apartments to U Street going straight down Georgia Avenue would not be an especially scenic one.

          • You can’t imagine that *anyone* would ride the metro for 3 minutes instead of walking for 30? Maybe some people have things to do?

          • ^ This is why Americans are fat.

          • No one is saying they couldn’t or wouldn’t walk 30 minutes. I could walk an hour and a half to work every day. I don’t, because sometimes the weather is inclement, sometimes I am afraid of being mugged, and sometimes I have things to do. And I’m not fat.

        • I probably walk to get to places that are 30 min away walking maybe once a week or so… and only when the weather is decent (>30, <90 F).

          But I probably wouldn't say that those destinations are "walking distance" from my apartment the way the bar around the corner is, or the grocery store or Metro stop 5 blocks away is.

  • Man – remember when Petworth was affordable.
    Reminds me of my favorite comment I’ve heard on a bus in DC
    “Yeah I had to leave Logan Circle for Columbia Heights because it go too expenseive, and then had to move to Georgetown because Columbia Heights go too expensive.”

  • First, as most commenters already noted, this is by no means walking distance to U street. Absurd hyperbole.

    Second, the building is plain ugly. Make that fugly.

  • I’m really sick of people thinking that you can make a decent island by slapping a piece of granite or faux granite on top of existing cabinets. Ugh. Horrible.

    Also, all pictures from your cat’s POV.

  • When we bought our house a couple blocks S of there (so: less than 2 blocks to metro, stumbling distance to Looking Glass & all the newer places on GA, close to Qualia, close to Meridian Pint, quick walk to DC USA) the listing also claimed that it was walking distance to Adams Morgan & U Street. This neighborhood has its own merits & this posting has me fantasizing about renting out our house & traveling the world.

  • I’ve rented an entire row house with nice yard several blocks north of here for $1,625/month for the past year.

    I’ve always laughed at what these condos ad apartments go for.

    • If you really somehow found an entire townhouse for $1600 a couple blocks for the metro in the last year then that’s fantastic for you. (I suspect there’s some substantial caveats there somewhere.) But it’s not as if such arrangements are abundant and people are simply too foolish to take them.

  • saf

    Newly renovated? Perhaps they mean newly built?

  • I like this place and the neighborhood, but learned that the $1,700 apartment is 482 sq’. The largest unit they have left is 562 sq’ for $1,750. $1,700 for what is a studio-sized apartment doesn’t seem to be a good deal for the neighborhood. The new development right there on Georgia is around the same price point for a larger unit that gives you access to the features of the building over the Petworth Metro (gym and rooftop).

    Do rent controls remain when a building is renovated like this? That would be the selling point to me and the reason I’ve been staying away from the new buildings for fear that my rent will jump by large sums each day.

    • Check out the article in the thread above, which discusses the unrenovated apartments in this building.
      Rent controls stay in place for existing tenants who choose to stay. But I don’t think anyone moving into a renovated apartment will have the protections of rent control going forward. The whole purpose of buying out tenants is to get their apartments off of the rent control rolls.

  • i looked at an apartment here a few months ago. They are alright, but laid out kind of odd. The balconies are very nice, and key selling point, but saw signs that made me wonder if they had roaches, so didn’t take it.

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