Rental of the Day – Kalorama

2145 California Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2145 California Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Two level condo in the heart of Kalorama, one bedroom and one bath. Hardwood floors on the main living level & carpet in the bedroom and stairs. Wood burning fireplace in the living room. Washer and Dryer in unit. Half-Mile to Dupont Circle metro”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,695/Mo.

6 Comment

  • Seems like a decent deal. Nice amount of space, not a basement, in unit washer and dryer, fire place and dishwasher. Sure the kitchen itself is small and could use some updates, but for the neighborhood this seems like a steal. The real estate agent didn’t even lie about the distance to the Metro… what’s the catch?!?!

  • Great deal! Good location (a bit removed from a metro but still central), amazing square footage for DC, fireplace, laundry. Only shortcoming I see is the kitchen but it’s liveable.

  • Nope – great location – but landlords need to get rid of the ugly beige carpeting – who wants to live with that ugly, dust-catching stuff?? And cabinets of that particular ancient style, cheap as they come, should at least have the doors replaced, and the cabinets, too, if falling apart (as they usually are.)

    Yes, unfortunately, it is a deal, which is a sad comment on the state of DC rental housing, given the prices. With good bones, wood floors (likely under that ugly carpeting, too – unless it is in the basement) – a little upgrading would make it a nice and desirable home. Though I don’t know how someone can deduce that this is NOT a basement on the lower level – given the lack of window photos. I suspect it is, given the price.

    • The price is fair given the condition. Given the location, it’s maybe even a deal.
      Given that you’re a renter, you might not know just how much it costs to install hardwood flooring, redo a kitchen, etc. As the owner of a similar-looking condo unit, with beige carpeting and kitchen cabinets of a similar vintage, I can tell you that I wasn’t interested in spending thousands of dollars to replace the carpeting with wood flooring and redo the kitchen… and then run the risk of renters causing enough damage that I’d have to do the whole thing over again when it comes time to sell the unit.
      I can’t speak for the quality of the kitchen cabinets in this rental unit, but I know that the cabinets in my condo are in excellent shape. An “updated” condo in this location would likely cost a few hundred dollars more a month — everything is a tradeoff.

      • Oh yes, in your mind, any renter has never owned before and doesn’t know costs of renovations? Not true often, and not true here. Some renters are higher end and willing to pay for clean floors (which in old buildings like this are under the carpeting still almost always) rather than dusty, dirty carpeting. And this particular style of cabinet is always very old, and very cheaply made, the cheapest of the cheap, as someone who has looked at many, many places to buy knows. And you spend more on carpet cleaning and replacement than you would leaving the hardwood floors alone – they are maintenance free for a long, long time, an can be cleaned.

        • Most homeowners don’t go back to renting, or choose to own one place and rent in another. I suspect you’re in the minority.
          If you’re a “higher end” renter, then this place isn’t for you. That’s fine. But that doesn’t mean that all prospective renters share your tastes.
          My condo building is an old building, but it was completely gutted when it was converted to condos. That means that what’s under the carpeting in my unit isn’t hardwood floors; it’s concrete. Quite possibly the same is true in this unit. I have no intention of replacing the carpet with carpet — if it needs to be replaced, I’ll put in hardwood floors. But until then, $150 for carpet cleaning is a lot cheaper than $2000 or so for putting in wood floors that might get damaged by tenants.
          My cabinets aren’t that exact style, so perhaps the ones in this unit are indeed low-quality ones. But the ones in my condo have held up well for almost 30 years — “old” doesn’t necessarily mean “falling apart.”
          Hardwood floors _should_ be maintenance-free… but with enough abuse from renters, they’re not. When I bought my house, I had to refinish the hardwood floors — they were only 4-5 years old, but the house had been a group house and the kids parked their bicycles in the dining room. Getting them refinished made them look brand-new.
          All I’m saying is… when you own a place, you take a risk in renting it out. To me it’s unsurprising that an individual condo owner might try to limit that risk by holding off on “updating” the unit.

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