Thurs. Afternoon Rental Option – U Street

1914 13th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1914 13th Street, NW:

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The listing says:

“Recently renovated 1 bedroom 1 bath with a great location. 1 block U Street, U Street metro and 14th St Corridor. Front patio on 13th St2 exposed brick fireplaces. Heat natural gas, bi-weekly cleaning service and security alarm service included with rent. 1 Block from soon to open Trader Joes. WalkScore 97. HCVP Vouchers welcome.”

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,200/Mo.

37 Comment

  • Overpriced. Worth maybe $1,500 to $1,800.

    • I meant, BWAAAHAHAHAA!!!!!

      for this comment. It’s a real knee slapper.

      • I wouldn’t pay more than $1650 for this and I live in the neighborhood. $2200 is insane for a dark, charmless basement. Even in the current economic climate.

        • $1650 is too low (sadly). It is a decent sized space, can’t beat the location. I agree with the poster below: 1900-2000 seems more realistic.

        • I dunno, I think it looks pretty bright and has a good amount of charm. Considering the location, I’d think $1900-2000 would be reasonable as others have said. If you managed to find a place like that in this location for $1600 you’d be super lucky.

        • There are loads of people who will pay $2000+ for this dingy basement for location alone. And it’s not totally without charm. I’ve seen basements with far less light and character than the front of this thing.

    • “Worth” 1,500 to 1,800? What does that mean? Hahaha you are delusional. For $2,000 they will have a stack of applications to sift through. Maybe pushing it at $2,200 but most likely will get it. Fair Market Value Anon 3:03PM.

    • i just signed a lease for a one bedroom basement with decent light on Biltmore St. in Adams Morgan for $1600 a month. So this may be a little high. I agree about 1800 seems right for now! The day of reckoning is coming landlords!

      • justinbc

        That’s really not a comparable location.

        • I disagree. If anything it is a better area. It is a block from 18th and Columbia and walking distance to the metro. I see the metro is a little closer here but biltmore street is a nice street in the heart of A morgan. Much better than U and 13th.

          • justinbc

            Better is dependent upon taste. While I’m not saying that I disagree with you in that I would rather live in one versus the other, many other people do.

          • The market does not consider Columbia Heights to be “better” than U Street or the 14th Street Corridor. Sorry.

          • Sorry — I meant Adams Morgan.

          • by “better” I mean there is a great mix of parks vs nightlife/amenities. Just look at the street view of this place. 2 blocks to the part of U street with a dry cleaners and rite aid. I just dont see it. I mean I do love U street area but I have no idea who thinks is it on average more desirable then A morgan.

          • justinbc

            I would guess all of the people that fill up the stretch of bars along U St would be the ones disagreeing with you…assuming they could afford this place. I’m betting that the 1 BR / 1 BA units that come in the Louis once it’s built will actually go for more than this.


  • day-UM! my mortgage for my house on capitol hill (3BR/2.5 ba) is only $1600/mo. rents are cray-cray!

  • Great location, but pretty awkward unit (and not really well renovated)…. not sure it’s worth *quite* this much… maybe $1900 to $2000? pas de parking….

  • Damn. I remember when you could find a 3 bedroom, 2 bath for $2000 like, 3 years ago. I’m looking for a place to move in with my boyfriend soon and from the looks of rental trends, it looks like we’ll be living in a cardboard box.

    • Pretty clear sign that the DC real estate market has completely decoupled from real wage growth. Unsustainable and totally dependent on cheap, borrowed money. Wait a year or two and you’ll have a nice choice of sub $2K 1BRs in decent (but not upscale) areas. Something like this will retreat to the $1500 range once interest rate shock begins setting in (and yes, even a quarter point increase will be a (mostly psychological) shock).

      • figby

        Isn’t there some giant glut of new rental units about the come on the market this year and bring rents to a reasonable place? Urban Turf reports:

        “16,300 apartment units will deliver in the DC area between Q2 2013 and Q1 2014 and another approximately 11,000 units will come online between Q2 2014 and Q1 2015. To put that number in perspective, normally 5,500 new apartment units are needed to satisfy demand in a given year.”

        Maybe rents will stabilize to the point we are not actually debating whether $2k-plus a month is good for a basement. Shudder. Here is the link:

  • THis is probably about right for the market, for now (til the 5,000 new apartments deliver in DC).

  • How messy is the place that they need cleaners two times a week???

  • Definitely overpriced.

  • The cleaning/security system expense is probably factored into the rent.

    PoP real estate listings remind me that I’ll never be able to move out of my rent controlled studio. Unless I win the lottery or marry a rich person. The odds of either happening are about the same.

  • Does it have a washer and dryer?

  • It’s a great location, and it does seem to have some charm… but nothing makes up for that kitchen. Do something in there… anything, and then maybe you can justify more than 1400 a month. Units like this are more common closer to Logan, and most of the ones I have seen have renovated kitchens/baths.

  • justinbc

    Aside from the debate about price and what people think it’s worth, I’m curious what they mean by “recently renovated”. It seems to look like any other old apartment? I guess there’s a newish oven, but I really don’t see much work put in here.

    • That is kinda my point… the kitchen area (again, only by the pictures) seems to be an after thought. If you want a tenant that can pay 2k, then you need to put forth some effort. my place has three times the cabinet space, full size appliances, parking, central air, yadda yadda… and I pay less than 1400. Course, I live in Bloomingdale…. but if I was looking and wanted to pay 2k, I leave as soon as I saw that kitchen.

      Basically they are asking “adult” prices, yet they seem to have a Junior space.

      • “Of course, I live in Bloomingdale.”

        That says it all. Everyone knows the three rules of real estate: location, location, location. Especially in this town. You can only compare this place with other places within a few blocks’ radius. Kock the ear all you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that, for the moment at least, it’s considered the most desirable area for young professionals in the city.

        • LOL at “kock the ear.” I meant “knock it.” But “kock the ear” might apply as well.

  • Looks like it’s rented now.

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