Tues. Afternoon Rental Option – U Street (owner request)


This rental is located at 1007 V Street, NW:


The listing says:

“Luxury 3-story townhouse (not a condo/apt) with spiral stairs, 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, open 3rd floor sunny atrium/loft great for work or yoga, private roof deck (view of Washington Monument and fireworks), wet bar; the backyard has a remote operated scrolling gate and room for 2 private off-street parking spaces (in series) or you can use it for one car and a backyard patio — perfect for grilling.

$4000 per month (OBO) plus utilities, 50% furnished (this is flexible), available December 15 (flexible), minimum one year lease and one month’s deposit.

Professional kitchen with stainless steel appliances (Bertazzoni wrought iron gas range, Miele refrigerator and dishwasher, Bosch built-in microwave), Vetrazzo recycled glass counters, bamboo hardwood floors, exposed brick and ductwork, electric skylights, excellent for houseplants, high efficiency heating/cooling, sound system wired throughout, front loading high efficiency washer and dryer, Toto dual flush toilets, tankless never-ending hot water, deep soaking tub.

Located in the heart of the U Street Corridor and its renaissance, but on a quiet street one block from all the fun (music, food, wine, theaters, etc.) and one block from the Metro.

1400 square feet interior.
170 square feet private exterior roof deck.
150 square feet front yard.
400 square feet exterior back yard patio (offstreet parking).

Please note that this is two bedrooms only (the third floor atrium will not be used as a bedroom). This home is perfect for a couple, one person or two housemates who are looking for high-end, occasional work-at-home, studio and great outdoor spaces.

No pets. No smoking.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1.5 is going for $4,000/Mo.

32 Comment

  • This is cool, but for that kind of money, I would rather just buy my own place. I doubt people will fight for it.

  • It’s pretty disingenuous to list a place as 2100 square feet in the headline with the later caveat that the house interior is only 1400 sq. ft and you’re counting the yards in the total number. It doesn’t work that way.

  • “(the third floor atrium will not be used as a bedroom)”

    I hate to break it to you, owner, but once you rent out your house you don’t get to dictate to the tenants what furniture they can put in which rooms. For $4,000, if I want to sleep in the atrium I’d better be able to.

    • I think that there are specific things — maybe a window — that can be used as a fire exit, , a door that closes (for fire safety issues), and a closet that might need to be in place to legally call a room a “bedroom”. Perhaps that’s what this means.

      • I had the impression that that guideline was intended to limit the number of people living there — seemed like the owners were fine with the idea of 1-2 people living there, but did not want a third person to use the atrium as a bedroom.

  • Talk about rental porn. Nice place for the $200,000/year income set.

  • Holy over-priced Batman!

    • You’ll pay 1.5 times this to rent an equivalent condo in the U Street Corridor. Plus extra for parking, storage cage in the basement (if available) and amenities (which are nice, if you use them).

      It’s a tradeoff between the doorman, elevator, Christmas music in the lobby, shared roof deck, etc… OR renting your own house with a private roof deck, parking space, private backyard, and scraping your own food off your own Weber grill.

  • Who wouldn’t want to pay $4000 a month to live three doors down from the Ella!

  • $4000 plus utilities = $21-2200.00 per person in a share. Seems nutty. Craigslist search on U St. yields 87 apts. under $2000.00. Even if 3/4 are bogus or nasty, you still have a good chance at your own place for under 2K.

  • it’s nice but not that nice. the rooms seem pretty narrow. for $4k you can swing a bigger house in the same area.

    • disagree. been looking for a while in the area. very few options this nice outside of condos. you can go with condo, but you’ll ultimately pay more for parking and you’ll rarely use the condo roofdeck, because you’ll tire of schlepping everything in/out up/down the elevator

  • justinbc

    This looks like a very nice rental. I agree with the poster above that including non-livable square footage is a major no-no, because otherwise I would have said it’s actually a great deal. Factoring that in it becomes less appealing.

  • HOME OFFICE DREAM !!! I wanna work from that deck and from that 3rd floor (the owner clearly has no flash on their camera nor wide angle lense, yet that 3rd floor office / yoga room). Beautiful!

    • Why would the listing say OBO in the price? You’re inviting someone to negotiate down. Which says to me that they were stretching on price. Why not just list for $3,950 to make it look cheaper? It is kind of narrow, and my gut says the landlord would be a pain to rent from. Not horribly priced though.

      • The owner might be inviting a higher offer with “OBO,” not lower. I wouldn’t want somebody renting my house if it was as nice as this. I would sell, sell, sell !!!

  • PoP, are you aware that this owner-requested ad violates fair housing law? “This home is perfect for a couple, one person or two housemates who are looking for high-end, occasional work-at-home, studio and great outdoor spaces.” This is discrimination on the basis of familial status (read between the lines: no children). It’s illegal to state this kind of preference in a housing ad. Craigslist has a handy primer on this issue that is prominently displayed when you go to post a for-rent ad. Perhaps you should include a similar primer for owners who seek to advertise on your site, or just point them to the Craigslist explanation which is pretty user-friendly?

    • A commercial rental listing can not discriminate based on familial status… however, these rules only apply if you have 4 or more units.

      • You are on the right track but that’s not quite correct. No one can express a discriminatory preference in a housing ad, regardless of number of units. However, landlords under a certain size are not prohibited from discriminatory decision-making. So for example if you only own one unit, you may not advertise a racial or familial preference, but you may act on a racial or familial preference when choosing your tenants (yes, even racial). The only exception to the advertising rule is when you share a common area like a kitchen, i.e., you are roommates, and in that case you are permitted to express a preference for male or female. Some people find it weird that you can be discriminatory in your decision-making yet cannot advertise it. But that is the law, and the above ad definitely violates fair housing law. If you want a very easy rule of thumb, it is that you should describe the **place** you are renting, not the **people** to whom you want to rent.

  • How is the owner keeping a potted tree alive on a southern exposure roof deck? This guy or gal is a tree wizard [and therefore totally disingenuous]. Ponderosa pine?

  • “No smoking”. Is that legal? Enforceable ? Does that mean that if a tenant or guest smokes in the house it violates the lease? I’ve never heard of this sort of restriction with a house.

    • Yes, it’s legal, because smokers are not a protected class under the law. It is quite common in leases. It also features in rental car and hotel agreements, etc. But hard to enforce, especially in DC – it’s hard to prove.

  • PoP, why can’t i ever see the pics on your real estate links? It’s not a browser issue, because i’ve tried several.

  • Is recycled glass better than granite?

  • I hate to say this but having looked at a lot of places in that neighborhood lately, this one is not overprized (or at least it doesn’t look so). Above my budget, sadly (I love the exposed brick and the roof deck!), but not above average costs for the area and for what it offers.

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