Dear PoPville – Looking for Wheelchair accessible apartments

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Dear PoPville,

I am wheelchair user living in DC and looking to move into a more accessible apartment. Currently, my building has a flat entrance and elevator, meeting some bare minimums for accessibility (and boy do I pay exorbitantly for those!). I would love to live somewhere with the option of more accessible features within the apartment (e.g. lowered cabinets, a sink that I can roll under, a kitchen I can actually turn around in, etc.). By law many buildings are required to make these options available, but the legal battles you have to go through to get them are not worth the cost. I would love to live in the U-Street, Columbia Heights area, but am flexible. Here’s hoping PoPville has some building recommendations or places to look!

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  • I have a wheelchair-using friend who lives in the Allegro on 14th Street, and have seen at least two others there. Oddly, I don’t know if his apartment is accessible in itself, though I know the building to be. Given how new and large the building is, and given that I know of at least three wheelchair users who live there, it seems possible that it has a couple of units built with accessibility in mind.

  • I live in the Ellington on U St.. The building is certainly wheelchair accessible, but I think they have some accessible apartments in the building too.

  • I have neighbors in the Diplomat apartments on 16th St. in Adams Morgan who use wheelchairs. I don’t know much about the interior amenities, though.

    • I looked at the Diplomat when I was searching for an apartment. It’s quite affordable and for the price, seemed quite nice. There weren’t any bells and whistles but the apartment seemed clean and had a modest but new-ish kitchen. The bathroom was not renovated but was very clean.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    On twitter:

    “I know for a fact that the Archstone First+M building in the NoMA neighborhood has a ton of wheelchair accessible spaces.”

  • As if finding an apartment in DC weren’t hard enough! Good luck with your search.

  • Most of the larger older buildings in Columbia Heights in the Ogden area accessible but not as “nice.” I’m pretty sure any newish construction between the Ellington all the way up to Allegro is accessible but it comes with a price.

  • check out the new apt buildings in Navy Yard. they all have very accesible units with the lowered cabinets, surfaces you are looking for. lots of amenities.

  • greenroofgoddess

    Contact the Equal Rights Center. They are a non-profit located in DuPont that has brought several cases against local builders to increase the number of accessible units, including two where I was pro bono counsel. The settlements from these cases have resulted in additional accessible units being added by several builders, including AvalonBay Communities, Bozzuto Group, Camden Property Trust, Donatelli Development, Kettler, The JBG Companies and Trammell Crow Residential. You can easily find them on the web and give them a call–they are all really nice.

  • When we moved in, we were shown a wheelchair-accessible unit here in Flats 130, and I know of at least two current neighbors in wheelchairs. As a plus, the Harris Teeter in the building is easy accessible both from outside and through the garage.

  • Just moved into Ava H Street. They have a model specifically tailored to wheelchair users — lowered countertops and washer/dryer in unit. We toured it and it’s pretty spacious.

  • View 14 on 14 & FL NW

  • Yale West in Mt. Vernon Triangle also has wheelchair friendly units with all of the modifications you list, especially in the kitchen areas.

  • As a fellow wheelchair user, I feel your pain. Especially since none of these (beautiful) options are less than $1800/mo for a studio. If anyone knows of a more affordable option, please share!

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