Today’s Rental is requesting you “Excuse dust…”


This rental is located at 1495 Newton Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Charming 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment with lots of windows, hardwood floors, washer/dryer, dishwasher, cac,and stainless appliances. Minutes from Metro bus/rail, blocks away from Rock Creek Park which offers riding stables, tennis, golf, and more. This smoke free building has garage parking. Shops, entertainment are all here in Columbia Heights! No Pets Please. Realtor is the owner.Excuse dust …”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,850/Mo.

17 Comment

  • It’s amazing to me that a realtor/owner of all people wouldn’t bother to have it cleaned and take some decent photos before listing it.

    • Seriously. And put the microwave back into its spot. Though I don’t know if that would do much to improve that awful kitchen.

      • Yeah, and this is her own property. If she is going to be sloppy with her own income/investment, just imagine how she’ll treat yours!

      • I don’t think the microwave can go “back into its spot” — it looks like a regular microwave, not an over-the-range microwave.
        I can’t tell from the photo whether they had an over-the-range one that failed and they remove it, or if that spot was supposed to be random shelving from the get-go.
        The countertop looks awfully crowded with the microwave in its current spot. Renters don’t expect units to come with a microwave unless it’s a built-in, over-the-range one — I think this realtor/owner ought to remove the microwave or place it somewhere else.

    • Agreed. When I saw the headline, I thought, “The ‘excuse dust’ had better be because there’s renovation going on that’s almost finished — not because the owner can’t be bothered to get the place cleaned.”
      Can’t believe it’s the second. That’s exceedingly lame.

  • Rent seems high for this listing, particularly because the kitchen does not appear to have many upgrades and there is only 1 bath. The outdoor space is nice though. In my research, I have found that 2/2 apartments in smaller/older buildings in Columbia Heights go for around $2800, so I would expect a 2/1 to go for substantially less. That said, I would love to see this as the going rental rate for the sake of the condo I own that I may want to rent out someday!

  • It’s sad when there is such a housing demand in CH these days that an owner doesn’t even take the time to sweep the floor and then has the huevos to ask $2850/mo. It probably took as much time to write “Excuse the dust” as it would to sweep the floor.

  • Thank god I live where I do.

  • Who’s renting this place? I hope this was a wishful number and not what the last tenant paid.

  • A realtor of all people should know NOT to put ‘excuse dust’ in a listing, even their own!

  • I was so distracted by the awful pictures of the unit that I failed to notice they included a picture of traffic on 14th Street as one of the nearby “attractions.”
    Also, install a real toilet paper holder. It’s only a tiny bit harder than sweeping the dust up.

  • I have listed an apartment and didn’t include any photos. We are having the floors redone and the place repainted, and wanted to make the place look presentable. I have had no responses to it yet, so I understand why someone would list it with pictures, even if it looks bad.

    • Yeah, but this person has no excuse — the dust is there not because of renovations (which would be understandable) but because (as far as I can tell) the person didn’t bother to get the place cleaned before listing it.

    • When I’m shopping for a rental, I won’t even look like ads that don’t include any photos. I *will* look at ads that have “before” photos and mention the specific renos/updates underway. I look at photos primarily to see spatial relationships – the actual layout, window placement, flow, etc. – not paint colors.
      Posting decent photos of a “worn but clean” (and under reno) unit is one thing. Photos like these, where it’s obvious no effort was made at all to make the unit even minimally presentable, leave me with the impression the landlord doesn’t actually care about anything but the rent check, and makes me question how he or she would respond to any issues I might have.

  • $1400 per person assuming a rooommate/couple situation to live in an old building with no amenities and share a bathroom. This has to be a joke. The dust is the least of this place’s problems. They couldn’t even put the microwave in its place.

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