The Harper Now Leasing in Logan/14th Street

1919 14th Street, NW

You like the way it turned out? I’m digging it.

Apartments are now for lease:

“We are located on 14th Street, NW between T and U Streets, and we offer contemporary studio, junior one-bedroom and one-bedroom apartments, created with the discerning urban resident in mind.”

Studios start at $1875/Mo. and 1 beds start at $2,225/Mo. You can see all the Floor plans here.

14th and T Street, NW

Quite the upgrade from this:


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  • So only one model has an actual seperate bedroom….

    that whole Jr. 1 br concept is a joke…

    • Totally agree…I went on a tour…the “junior 1 br” has no walls or windows in the “bedroom”…it is totally a studio….and the “studios” have enough room for a couch and a chair or one bed…that’s about it….they will need to lower those prices a bit to get that place filled up I am sure even with the 1 month free upfront…especially with the Louis about to open up across the street…and they DO NOT allow pets…a brand new building that does not allow pets…

      • I wish there were more buildings that didn’t allow pets. I don’t enjoy your dog. I don’t want to be around your dog. I don’t want to hear your dog or smell your dog. If I wanted those things I would get my own dog.

        • And my cat? Why do you care about me having a cat? My cat doesn’t leave my apartment or bark.

          Keener has done this for years in old and new buildings. I can understand the idea that pets might do damage, so why bother if you can get by with not. And in a highly desired area, they probably can cut out renters who have pets and still fill up.

          It’s fine, this building looks pretty boring, small and crappy anyway.

          • Just because your toxoplasmosis makes you think cats are acceptable pets doesn’t make it true. I hope you know that the cat does not care about you one way or the other.

            (joking, sort of)

        • Hey, I feel the same way about kids, but they’re pretty much allowed everywhere and there’s nothing I can do about that. Gotta learn to live with it. You could get your own house or move to a building that doesn’t allow pets or better yet move to the country where you don’t have to be near anyone!

          • I agree, this is one instance where Anon really should move back to Iowa or wherever they came from, where they can be miles away from any sort of pet.

        • Well, the truth is, we dog owners don’t enjoy you, we don’t want to be around you, we don’t want to hear you or smell you.

      • justinbc

        Well they also have no dedicated green space for pets to use…

    • I love the big windows, but yeah…I am not a fan of the railroad-style layout of the Junior 1BR. It’s just awkward, and it has all the negatives of a studio apartment, with none of the mitigating elements of a Jr 1BR (that’s how my previous apartment was listed, as a Jr 1BR, but in that case it meant a separate bedroom but no separate kitchen–in other words, the kitchen was a stove, fridge, and sink crammed along one small wall of the living room). With this Jr 1BR layout, either your sleeping space is at the back and you’re away from the natural light of the windows–but more than that, if you want to have guests over, everyone’s essentially traipsing through your bedroom to get to the living room–or if you do the reverse and put your bed by the windows, then the light in the living room space won’t be that great, and your bedroom is on the other side of the apartment from your bathroom. Of course, this is out of my price range anyway, so it doesn’t really matter to the developers what I think.

  • So, it’s basically all studio apartments. Only 6 real 1 bedrooms in the whole building. Wow!

    • And it looks like only 3 of those actually have doors on them.

    • exactly…
      literally 6 units with a bedroom

      i cant get over the prices though
      no reason to get a “Jr. 1 Bedroom” lol grab a studio and put up one of those cube ikea bookshelves… BOOM Jr. 1 br

  • wow the units are small for that price!

  • justinbc

    It’s amazing how fast this building went up. Overall I do like the exterior aesthetic.

  • Dan, can you refresh our memories as to the retail scheduled for the building?

  • How much do you think the Louis will rent for? I would love to move into that building instead

  • “Studios start at $1875/Mo” :::sigh:::

    WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? I make acceptable money, kind of, but good lord. If you make $62k/year, the cheapest studio here is still more than 1/3 of your gross income. And then you don’t have much left over to spend on 14th st.

    • Apparently, DC is full of well-off people who are too stupid to know they’re being bilked.

    • singles who want to live at the epicenter of one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country maybe?

      lots of people don’t want tons of space to furnish and plan to spend most of their time traveling on business, working, or going out.

      this is gorgeous and will fill up fast.

      • How can they afford going out in the epicenter when they are paying so much for rent??? I can’t afford that!

      • My question wasn’t, “Who would pay that much to live there when the same money could buy so much more space elsewhere?”

        It was, “Who the F makes tha much money and is single and is young enough to be in the sort of demographic that would live in a building like this?”

        Obviously the answer is, “Lots of people in DC.” But sometimes I just get baffled, because my friends and I all have graduate degrees and decent gigs, and this is still laughably expensive.

        • Do all of your friends with graduate degrees work at NGOs and other bleeding heart companies?

          • people still say “bleeding heart”? god thats lame.

          • No; our problem is that we make more money than only 70 to 80% of Americans, but we haven’t yet reached that 90th percentile you need to be in to live here.

            Anon and anonymous, your responses are amazing. Apparently you think people who don’t live here either (a) are just foolishly spending the same money somewhere else and don’t *want* to live on 14th st or (b) are straight-up poor.

            You really have no conception of just how rich, in relative and absolute terms, someone needs to be (especially for a single 20-something) to pay for these and many other similar apartments. Yes, it’s easy to lose sight of that in DC, but I’m just saying that every once in a while – like when a building goes up in a really great place and I’m curious about the rent – I’m reminded of the fact that, holy shit, there’s so much money here.

          • Also, if you’re in your 20s and making $80k, there’s a good chance you have a lot of student loan debt that precludes you from paying $2k in rent.

          • dcloafer what’s your point?

          • justinbc

            I think his point is that DC is expensive, some places exceptionally so. To which others have countered, “yeah, and it’s filled with people who can afford it, whether you personally can or not.”

          • I’m an engineer who entered the workforce with no debt (BS at a state school with a scholarship) and I was making close to $80k in my late 20’s. If I’d played my cards better, and wasn’t a woman, I’d probably be making $80k by my mid 20’s. I think I lot of young people in STEM could be making that salary with little or no educational debt, since you don’t need advanced degrees for those fields.

        • My main point is: Goddamn!

          My secondary point is: Don’t be so incredulous when someone reacts to the rents at yet-another-luxury-apartment building by saying, “Goddamn!” Because only a small minority of Americans can afford this, and it’s healthy and appropriate to step back every once in a while and express your awe at the fact that enough of those people live in DC to merit yet another luxury apartment building.

          I’m not saying this shouldn’t exist; I’m happy about any expansion of the housing supply. But my point still stands: Goddamn!

      • +1

        The layouts could be better but there are lots of people in DC able to pay $2k a month.

      • Hottest neighborhoods in the country? You are delusional.

        • justinbc

          In terms of development it certainly is. I can’t imagine there are many other neighborhoods across the country that have had around 20 restaurants/bars, multiple high rise condo buildings, etc built over a 2 year span.

        • Is it the hottest neighborhood in DC? Yes.
          Is DC one of the hottest cities in the country? Yes.
          So why wouldn’t it be?

        • you obviously haven’t travelled much. this part of dc is absolutely top tier.

          • Now it’s being called top tier? This is hilarious.

          • which neighborhoods in US cities are you thinking of that are hotter or higher tier? that’s right, there are none.

          • Easy there, Mr. 14th St. It’s an overpriced and overrated area where people with too much money to spend hang out, and that’s fine. It leaves the places I enjoy going to less crowded.

    • This place is going to be a dormitory for recent law school graduates operating on too little sleep.
      What’s starting salary for a government lawyer? $80K? And then $120-150K for Big Law? Even $80K is great money for a 26 year-old.
      PS – my dormitory room in college was bigger than these places. These are insane prices, but I bet people will pay them.

      • Big Law attorneys in DC start at $160K and by third year are over $180K or higher. And there are lots of those people in the city.

        • I would guess there are at least 500 (if not 1000) new first year associates at law firms paying $160,000 each and every fall. That’s a lot of people to fill up buildings like this.

      • You also have high end consulting firms like McKinsey, BCG etc that start people off at 70k+ for bachelors and probably low 6 figures for MBA’s…..

      • 80k is not THAT much when you have 200k or more in student loans…

    • justinbc

      For a lot of firms / agencies / etc in this area that salary is what the entry level positions make.

    • lovefifteen

      The median salary in this neighborhood is almost $80,000 according to that “super zip codes” articles in the Washington Post a few weeks ago so I am sure there are tons of people who can afford these apartments. They probably like location, easy access to bars/restaurants, and don’t ever want to host dinners. This city needs more and more housing to bring prices down so be happy when the existing housing supply here increases.

      • Rental prices in D.C. aren’t going to go down — it’s possible that an increased supply of housing might make them go up less quickly, but the prices are not going to go down. (Especially when the units coming onto the market are “luxury” ones and priced accordingly.)

        • I agree with you. Increase in supply ain’t doing much for prices in DC. Every time supply goes up, the comp prices hit a new high and then that’s what everyone expects their place to be worth. Other People’s Money is fun!
          The tapering of the US bond buying program and rise in interest rates can’t come soon enough.

          • You do know comps are adjusted for factors like age of building, amenities, location, etc, yeah? It’s not a straight one for one comparison.

        • Anecdotally, they are coming down in some places. One Mass and 4th buildings is now renting out 1BR+Den for the same price they were asking for a 1BR just a year ago.

        • 2013 multifamily market reports noted that Class A buildings are beginning to offer incentives. Apartment Showcase shows 1-2 months free rent even on new buildings = 8-16% off the annual rent.

          More importantly, the people moving into these apartments are not moving into older apartments, whose residents are not moving into group houses, who are not in turn outbidding families to rent rowhouses. It all filters down…

    • The traditional “30% of income on housing” assumes that you will also spend a lot of money on transportation. (Traditionally transportation is the 2nd biggest household expense after housing). However most people who live here will have pretty low transportation costs because they will be in the middle of everything and probably won’t have a car. That frees up a lot more money – up to $10,000 annually, in some cases — to spend on housing.

      • That’s a good point. I feel comfortable spending more than 30% on housing because I spend less on transportation, food, and shopping than the average American. Also I don’t have kids and never will.

  • So to try to make rent affordable they built a dorm…but charged crazy prices, thereby not making it affordable.
    The Jr. one bedrooms aren’t bad but $2K or more?

  • bustyredhead

    No square footage listed. Not surprising.

    • I’m guessing these studios are 300 sq feet.
      Who’s managing this place? My guess is that they build out a fat stream of cash flows and flip the building in a year or two. This has private equity written all over it.
      BTW, I believe JPMorgan bought one of the recent 14th Street rental developments while still in the construction phase. They bought the whole building and are buying to hold. That speaks volumes as to what they think of the future of American homeownership (that ship is sailing out of the port….)

      • are you kidding? have you not noticed the relentless stream of home and condo sales in this city? and who cares whether “private equity” owns this?

        • My comment was related to the unusual features of the building given the location – it’s basically a bunch of small dorm-style apartments with high end features. There’s nothing like that in this area, that I’m aware of. There’s also no chance that this place ever goes condo (if you’re buying, you’re not buying 350 sq ft). I think it’s indicative of an emerging trend in DC urban real estate.
          Also, if you’re thinking of renting a place here, you should be concerned if it’s a private equity investment. If this place gets flipped, the new owners will be looking to cut costs and raise prices. It happens every time.

          • The PE firm is just going to hire a management company like Bozzuto or whatever, just like the previous owner would have. It won’t change anything. You people need to stop thinking everyone in business is a Gordon Gekko.

          • Sorry man, I’m speaking from my experience. My building was sold a year ago (small bldg, 14 units) and they’ve been huge dicks since then. Cutting amenities, shirking on repairs, cut down garbage collection (was twice/week, now it’s only once/week and the garbage overflows), trying to raise rents as much as they can, etc.
            Someone’s got to pay the piper.

          • You’re right — your anecdote lends credence to the theory that it “happens every time”

          • Pedantic, party of 1? Your table is ready.
            It happens more often than not when a building changes hands. They try to squeeze out as much profit as they can out of their renters (within reason – no one wants empty apartments).
            Why you so butthurt about this? Work for a REIT?

          • God forbid a company turn a profit.
            While I applaud the excellent use of “butthurt” I don’t work for REIT, just tired of whiny urbanites hating on some good old fashioned capitalism.

      • People buy buildings in DC during the construction phase due to TOPA — which makes buying a building a drawn-out legal headache once the first renter moves in. That said, homeownership rates still haven’t reverted to their long-term average in the USA.

  • I currently live in a one bedroom apt. I must say…I enjoy having a door to my actual bedroom

  • The only way an ordinary person can afford a 1 bedroom apartment in DC is to be sharing their bed with someone. Looks like that will soon be the case for studios too.

    • Agreed! Most 1 bedrooms (and it seems more and more studios) are priced for double occupancy. There are very few options for people who aren’t living with an SO and don’t want roommates. In fact, I think there might be zero options. I haven’t come across any, anyway.

      • Amen. I live in a studio apartment (I’m in my 30s) and it’s enough of a stretch on a midcareer nonprofit worker’s salary (and it’s still nonprofit, but my organization is not a grassroots, shoestring-budget nonprofit by any means), when you take into account taxes, my student loans, etc. The thing that’s been frustrating me lately is that the close-in suburbs are almost as bad–every time I’ve looked into moving farther out to lower my monthly costs, the prices I’ve seen are a little cheaper but not so much that most of that cost savings wouldn’t be eaten up by the higher Metrorail fare to get to the end or near-end of a line (whereas I can either Metrobus or walk to work now). Really far out, and you do start to get cheaper…but then add back in MARC or VRE fare, probably a car payment for driving to the MARC or VRE stations, and by the time your commute stretches that long, there are substantial quality of life impacts that make the trade-off not very worth it.

        • +1
          Economists have found that you need to be making 40% more money for trading a walking commute for a 1-hour driving commute to be worth it. If you were to monetize the quality-of-life tradeoff, the suburbs would be way more expensive than the city.

          • Yep, I did an “extreme” commute for a while (circumstances completely unrelated to the desire for a bigger space in the exurbs), and I can’t even tell you how often people said things to me like “OMG, you must be saving SOOOOOOO much money not living in DC!!” In fact, not really. I had to factor in commuter train fare, Metrorail fare from Union Station to work, parking at the commuter rail station (unless I wanted to drive twice as long to the next-closest station that had free parking, which I sometimes did, although it was more of a hassle and also had fewer trains stopping there), and car expenses (I was lucky to be able to borrow the car of a relative who worked out of state all week, so that saved me a car payment, but I paid my relative’s car insurance and also filled the gas tank every week.) Add to that the cost of buying more lunches during the week, since I had so little time at home and the commute was so tiring that I had far less energy to cook and prepare lunches to bring to work. (And I recognize that this part is totally my fault, but I think I even shopped a bit more, telling myself “my commute is so crappy and soul-crushing that I deserve this treat!”) So bottom line, I did save SOME money, but the savings were so meager and the other quality of life compromises so burdensome, that it was really not worth it.

          • +1
            I used to spend 3 hours of my day doing a car-bus-metro commute into DC. Once I determined my finances would work and got over the stigma of the living in expensive DC, I moved in from VA and never looked back. Quality of life skyrocketed. For once I had a social life, something outside of working and constantly being too tired from commuting to do anything after. I found an decent priced apartment and although I am paying more on housing I don’t have to spend $300+ on transportation per month. It’s all a give and take and depends on your situation and what you value. Every time I visit friends or family they think I’m a nutcase for living in dc . To each his own.

    • There are plenty of places for “ordinary” people to afford a one bedroom in DC. I’m tired of people being pissed that they can’t afford to live in a brand new building in one of the hottest areas of the city. If you want to be able to live here, work harder and get a better job!

    • You forgot to qualify that with “in a brand new building in one of the hottest neighborhoods.” There are more affordable options elsewhere in the city.

      • Depends on someone’s of “ordinary.” I don’t live in a brand-new building, by any means, but my building and the older buildings around me are still plenty expensive. Where would you consider the affordable options to be? (Seriously, please share, as I’m looking to move and would love to know about some more affordable options that I’m not aware of.)

        • Just completely at random, 1608 18th St SE is a 1BR+Den being offered at for $879/mo.

          Yeah, lots of people here probably don’t consider EOTR, but that is still in DC, and way cheaper than this.

          • EOTR may as well be virginia.

          • Yeah, you don’t have much accessibility or urban amenities out there. I will concede that it’s a good alternative to Virginia, which lacks the urban amenities AND is just as expensive as DC.

        • Um, send me an email? I’m looking!

 AT gee mail

        • Sorry. Just reading this now. There are numerous more affordable options on a $/sq foot basis pretty much anywhere outside of this immediate neighborhood and certainly in any older, or less recently renovated places. My wife is also very skeptical of markets in general, but she compares this situation to when she moved to London ten years ago. She knew it was not worth her time to even look in all of Zone 1 then. DC is not London, but exorbitant prices should be expected in the most desirable neighborhoods in fast developing cities, which DC has become. If you’re smart, you’ll enjoy what makes this city so desirable and find a less trendy area to enjoy it from.

        • What?? You’re lying. Or just an incredibly kind person. Either way, except to be flooded with applicants. I would just advertise by word-of-mouth if I were you.

        • “Yes, there are compromises you have to make”
          No heat? Infested with bedbugs? Building’s missing a wall?

      • I moved into a brand new apartment building on H Street (first tenant in my apartment) and I do not pay this much at all for a one bedroom. I guarantee my square footage is also bigger.

        ….and my apartment building understands the concept of doors.

        • They said “one of the hottest neighborhoods” not “H Street”

          • H Street is one of the hottest neighborhoods in DC…

          • H Street is nowhere near as hot or desirable as 14th Street in Logan Circle on a variety of metrics. Sorry.

          • “One of…” meaning more than one or of a group. Never said H Street was hotter than 14th but it is “one of” the hottest neighborhoods

          • Right, and if it’s not nearly as desirable as 14th (which you seem to admit) wouldn’t it make sense that you pay less? Pretty sure that things like location, neighborhood amenities, etc. would have a big impact on cost.

          • Def not admitting anything. I’d take H Street neighborhood, my building amenities, lower cost and DOORS any day of the week

          • you’re talking about your building, not the neighborhood, again.

            let’s face it, h street is a bridge-and-tunnel playground of cheesy dive bars, annoying fast food concepts, and boarded up buildings, while 14th street is packed with incredible high-end restaurants, boutiques, and other amenities. no comparison.

        • what building? i am looking in that area!

        • I actually started this by talking about my building because the topic is about a new apartment complex (both are in hot neighborhoods and both are new). Somehow a certain someone turned it into a pissing contest about how rad 14th Street is. 14th St is an ok place to live but this building is incredibly overpriced for what the renter is getting.

          • That may be one of the least informed comments I’ve seen on here. I don’t live in either neighborhood but I much prefer going out on H Street – every time I go out on 14th it’s obnoxiously crowded and filled with 20 somethings acting like it’s their first night in a bar. And H St has a couple of my favorite restaurants in the city, although I suppose if you judge quality by price then 14th st is your place.

          • I live in Logan and love it but I don’t get the hate for H Street. They are both great neighborhoods. I love living in a city with both. The microprovincialism is laaame.

    • lovefifteen

      Guys, this is a brand new building on what might be the hottest, trendiest blocks in all of DC. Yes, the prices are high, but they aren’t shocking. Any one bedroom in this area will set you back $2,500/month.

  • The units do seem very small. Only six units are real one-bedrooms, and no two-bedrooms. And the rents do seem high. HOWEVER…their website also says they have no deposits or amenity fees, and all electric, water, trash and sewer is included. So to compare to most of the other new buildings, you’d need to cut a couple hundred off these prices, I would think. Clearly they think the market is there. We shall see, I guess.

    • They do however charge $50 app fee AND a $400 “administration” fee!…so that’s like an amenity fee in my book….

  • I like the exterior of the building, but those dorms, err, ‘apartments’ are LOL small.

  • lovefifteen

    The demand for housing is incredibly high in DC. These apartments will be filled easily, and there will be plenty of people willing to pay for them. Someone above was talking about a $62,000 salary. There are so many people here who are single and making $100K+, and there are tons of people here that come from money.

  • I don’t think the rent is high for a real one bedroom. But even the one bedrooms in this building don’t look much larger than a typical studio in most older buildings. I pay more than that for my one bedroom, but my one bedroom is enormous and has outdoor space.

  • handsome building.

  • Maybe I’ve lived in DC too long (ahem, born and raised), but I don’t think the prices are that outrageous for a brand new building with all utilities included, no amen fee (like every other apt) or sec. deposit and first month free…in the heart of 14th St. I’ve seen far crappier places go for just as much if not more and I live about 3 blocks from this building.

  • I like the look of the building. I also appreciate the fact that construction is finishing up, and the Louis too, so that the two sides of that block can get back to normal. It will make waiting for a 14th Street bus, and cramming my way on (if they even stop for more passengers) just a little bit better.

  • I’m not really shocked at the rent amount, but I am surprised that this is basically a building of studios. Are there that many people making $$-$$$$ that want to live in a studio? I get that we have a bloated demographic of young(ish), single or DINK people with well-paying jobs, but…the lack of space makes me wonder if they’ll have trouble filling it? Especially with all the other new buildings on that stretch of 14th that are more or less identical and probably have more than 6 1BDs–those “junior 1 BDs” are, as previously stated, a f#%&ing joke. Call it a “senior studio” and be done with it

  • I live on 14th and Chapin and those are laughable prices. First of all, who wants to live in a building RIGHT on 14th and U essentially. SO much foot traffic and noise from people walking up and down drunk on weekends, i feel like i would never sleep. I pay $2,250 for a 2br 1bath not but a 5 min walk from here. I guess one day all these building will age and prices will drop. But that wont be for 5-10 years

    • I don’t know of any “aged” apartment buildings in DC where the rents have gone down. I can guarantee that your apartment on Chapin is more expensive that it was 5-10 years ago.

      • well i agree i am sure it is more expensive than it was before but its an older condo building (newly renovated at least in the past 5 years) and the rent is literally half of what it costs for comparable places nearby. Granted i share my place with one roommate, which i dont mind most of the time.

        I think for a 1br place $1,400 a month would be ‘manageable’ – coming from a federal contractor making 54k a year

      • I think they mean drop in a relative sense. Today’s class A luxury apts become tomorrow’s cheaper/slightly dated class B apts. Although, I think it will take longer than 5-10 years, more like 20-30 years.

    • I’m with ya, I don’t know who would want to live right in the epicenter of all this. It’s a nice place to visit, and it sure would be nice to live a few blocks away from it, but a side effect of this being “one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country” is that it’s like Adams Morgan crossed with Gallery Place.

  • No pets! Boo!

  • Live 2-3 blocks north on V or W and save $500/month for the same square footage.

  • “We are located on 14th Street, NW between T and Wallach Place…”

    There I fixed it.

  • Beautiful building!!!!

  • I live in the apartment building at 14th and S. It is FULL of 20-somethings apparently making plenty of money (though I have seen some parents signing leases with/for them). Some of them are nice, but most of them will hardly bother to say hello in the elevator. Ick. On top of that, the building’s main furnace is troubled/challenging to maintain. By this I mean that for two weeks (during the “polar vortex” period) we had no heat in any of the public areas (hallways, elevators, lobby). Recently, we had another 3 days of poor heat. As far as 14th street hotness goes, we’re not too impressed. There are tons of restaurants, but few of them are truly good and/or a good value. We’re moving–soon.

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if there was more parental help going on than we see. It may not be the rent, but it could be the credit card, or the student loan payments, or just the monthly bank-account infusion.

      Yes, there are people making lots of money in this town, but the ones who would rent these places, the couple-years-out-of-college set, as a group, aren’t them.

  • I’m not sure if anyone has mention it, but a lot of these newer buildings have Affordable dwelling units (ADU). They just don’t advertise it as much. It never hurts to ask when you are apartment hunting. It can change a $2,300 one bedroom apartment into a $900 one bedroom apartment. Mostly meant for people who make middle income.

  • The units on the north side overlook that flaming cauldron on top of MatchBox14. That’s going to be either really cool or spooky!

  • “created with the discerning urban resident in mind” ROFL Marketing makes me laugh.

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