Mon. Afternoon Rental Option – Columbia Heights

3537 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 3537 New Hampshire Avenue, Northwest:


The listing says:

“Magnificent 2BD/2BA condo with outdoor patio. Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, crown molding, custom plantation shutters and gleaming hardwood floors, Spiral staircase leads to LL den/office and additional storage space. Close to Metro, shopping & dining. $300 move-in fee. $40 application fee/adult. Certified check required with application. Section 8 applicants welcome to apply.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,500/Mo.

11 Comment

  • Deal looks a bit costly ($1,750 a room) but the finishes are nice and rental costs don’t shock me anymore.

    Question to readership from someone without a sense of design – do people like Plantation Shutters? They seem like a fantastic element and much more functional than blinds/curtains, however I never see them.

    • I think that plantation shutters are nice and look good, depending on the property. They are not used as much in rentals because they are significantly more expensive than generic blinds.
      I don’t think they work well in this apartment. They look better in large picture windows, that you typically find in row houses.

    • I installed some in my living room and love them. As the above commenter said, they’re a lot more expensive ($100 per shutter is on the very cheap end, if that gives you some perspective). I hope to eventually have them throughout the house as they are much nicer than regular blinds.

    • I have plantation shutters in my Georgetown rental. A lot of Georgetown row houses have them. I like them better than blinds because I can close the bottom shutters and leave the top ones opened, and I get privacy without loosing natural light.

    • Plantation shutters are only suitable for a certain style house and interior design. They can look really weird if they’re installed in a window without trim, for example, or if the furnishings are modern. Unfortunately, because they ARE more expensive, designers tend to abuse them and just have them stuck in willy nilly as a false indicator of quality. Like stainless steel appliances, even though they’re cheap now and there are a lot of kitchens that would look better with almost anything else.

      This place looks cheaply done (hollowcore doors, $1/sq ft tile), so I assume these shutters are cheap as well, and will cause problems.

      I like fabric window treatments, meself. Sheers for privacy, something decorative for outside the frame, to soften and tie it all together.

  • I wouldn’t pay this much for this location. This is a crazy price for a marginal-at-best neighborhood.
    You can get a similar price – if not cheaper – on U Street.

    • I wouldn’t necessarily call this “marginal at best”–this building is pretty close to the 11th St. corridor of restaurants/bars. I’m not saying that justifies U St. or Logan Circle-style prices (this is overpriced, IMO) but it’s not so terrible.

  • Wow – Is this true to price for the rental market? Seems insane but I guess that’s never stopped folks before.

    • Price it at $3500 in hopes of getting $3000.
      Which is still overpriced in this sputtering economy, IMHO.

    • binpetworth

      Definitely overpriced. You can get a two bedroom, two bath apartment at the Griffin and Park Place right next to the Petworth metro starting around $2,500/month–and those buildings probably feature nicer amenities.

  • Plantation shutters are expensive, but you can buy regular wood louvered shutters – same principle, but narrower slats – very inexpensively at any home supply store, community forklift, and often on craigslist.

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