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Wed. Afternoon Rental Option – Columbia Heights

by Prince Of Petworth November 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm 27 Comments

This rental is located at 1321 Fairmont Street, NW:

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The Craigslist ad says:

“Partially furnished, sunny, top-floor, studio apartment on a quiet street.

Building is within a few short blocks of the Columbia Heights Metro Station, Target, Giant, and other shops and restaurants in Columbia Heights. This apartment is new (completed in late 2004), with hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceiling fan, and central heat and A/C.

Furnishings include Murphy bed and side unit with bookshelves and drawers, as shown in picture, along with two barstools. Secure storage unit, shared laundry facilities, and secure bike room in basement.

Rent is $1400/month neg. and includes utilities and internet. Security deposit is one month’s rent. Street parking only. Sorry, no pets.”

Sweet, a murphy bed! Does $1400 sound reasonable for this studio?

  • Anonymous

    Can you fold up a Murphy bed with the bedding on it?

    • Neighbor


  • Brian

    That space looks tiiiiny.

  • Matvey

    Wow – a Murphy Bed on that block for 1400? This is a joke, right?

  • As in, “That block be SKETCH-E”! no thanks!

  • Haha! I live across the street and have a one bedroom for under $900. This is the same building where a studio condo recently sold for a little over $160K if I recall correctly.

    • JS

      What year did you sign your lease?

      • Tres

        Exactly — as soon as a rent controlled resident moves out, the landlord will bring the rent up to current prices.

        • Kev29

          I believe that when a “rent controlled” place goes back on the market, the price can only be raised by about 10%. But someone who knows a lot more about DC rent laws might set me straight on that.

  • A

    For a long-term rental, this is quite expensive for something that small in Col Heights. However, since it’s partially furnished the landlord might consider marketing it as a short-term rental. It seems like this would work for someone who’s in DC for a short period of time, and short-term rentals usually go for more since there aren’t as many of them.

  • 11th

    this is not a good deal, but it is making me feel very grateful (sorry if that’s obnoxious). i’m going to hug my apartment when i get back tonight. and send my landlord a box of chocolates.

    • landlord

      My favorite is dark chocolate covered cherries. . .
      Oh wait, my rental isn’t on 11th, but on Columbia Rd. one block from metro 1 bedroom – $1,100.00 a month.

  • kdc

    If that’s a good deal, then I should be a very happy person the day I decide to rent out my 1BDRM in Columbia Heights.

  • Anon

    The murphy bed is a nice touch, and it’s great that utilities and internet are included, but that still seems pretty high. I pay almost $200 less for a larger studio two blocks from the Woodley Park metro stop (and my building has a pool).

    Most people who have to settle for a studio are not going to pay more just because a place has stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors.

    • Tres

      Do you pay for any utilities or internet?

      • Anon

        Utilities are included. Internet is not.

        • Anon

          To quickly follow up, I know I got extremely lucky, and deals like what I found are uncommon in Woodley Park, but I still think that studio is a bit overpriced.

  • Kim

    I’d say it’s an OK price, but not a good deal. The included utilities and Internet definitely help. I wonder if cable is included, as well?

    • Goethe

      Utilities on a place that small are negligible. It’s way too much for such a tiny box.

  • Herman

    Overpriced by $350 at least.

  • K

    if a person can swing $1400 for rent why would they live in a studio? Move to Capital Hill or another neighborhood and pay the same price for a 1 bedroom.

  • rj

    I pay $1600 for a 900 sq ft one bedroom on NW Conn Ave — it doesn’t have fancy appliances, but it does have a screened-in porch. Heat/water is included in my rent. So, no, I wouldn’t pay $1400 for a studio in Columbia Heights.

  • Neimanmarxist

    It’s in Columbia Heights – enough said. I pay less than that in Logan Circle and I have a much nicer place. I have to say, and seeing as how this is PoP, I suppose I will be raked over the coals for this, but CoHe is just not a great neighborhood. The crime rates are way too high and the new construction feels like a N. VA strip mall more than a real city neighborhood. Sorry, no thanks, I’ll stick to the original Thai Tanic, you guys enjoy your Ruby Tuesday.

    • Caroline

      Echoing what Anon said about luck, I pay almost $300 less than this for a large studio with a balcony in Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights. It looks good, but it’s way overpriced. You can get a 1-bedroom pretty easily in the neighborhood or Mt. P.

    • Anonymous

      Agree 100%. I think the appeal of Columbia Heights is supposed to be its proximity to cooler neighborhoods, like Adams Morgan and U Street, which aren’t that great either.

    • TGAA

      I live in Columbia Heights and your post made me laugh. I mean like in a humorous way. You forget we have IHOP now too. Does that change your analysis?


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