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Fri. Afternoon Rental Option – Furnished 4.5 Room English Basement Apt. with Private Gym (Cleveland Park)

by Prince Of Petworth May 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm 22 Comments

This rental is located at Newark St. NW at Connecticut Ave. NW:


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The Craigslist ad says:

For rent in Cleveland Park Historic District on Newark Street NW in Washington, DC. Available June 1. One year-lease minimum. Monthly rent is $1,800 for one person (plus additional fee if 2nd person shares the same bedroom), plus one-month security deposit. No added charges for utilities, use of owners’ private backyard gym, & high-speed broadband for Internet connectivity.

— L-shaped living room area (see photo below) includes two rosewood & black leather chairs, contemporary Tibetan rug, small dining room table with four chairs, set of three rosewood nesting tables, two standing lamps, teak bookcases, recessed overhead lights, & audio/video equipment, including 5.1 Digital Dolby sound system with high-end M&K speakers, DVD/CD player, large high-definition television (with lots of cable stations), & tape deck.

— Office/den (see photo below). Wired or wireless access to LAN offering high-speed broadband Internet at no extra charge.

— Bedroom has one French mahogany bed with queen-size mattress & ample closet & shelf space. Bedroom also has teak night table, standing lamp, & recessed lights.

— Basement apartment’s kitchen includes stove, microwave, full-size refrigerator, full-size washer & full-size dryer (note: washer & dryer are shared with owners), dishes, pots/pans, utensils, serving dishes, glasses, etc.

— Bathroom has tub with a shower. Medicine cabinet has “make-up” lights.

— Window air conditioner in office/den provides cooling for whole apartment. Modern slider windows in every room. Floors in each room (excluding bathroom) are maintenance-free quarry tile. A sand-blasted brick interior brick wall links living areas to kitchen via short hallway.

— Use of owners’ private gym located on property in separate backyard structure. Our gym is a British-style glass conservatory (22 feet x 25 feet) with views of gardens (see photo below). Aerobic equipment includes Precor elliptical trainer, recumbent bike, treadmill, & 4000 PT Stairmaster. All face 50-inch plasma monitor fed by both gigahertz LAN linking tenant’s & owners’ computers to gym computer (for reading E-mail, Web-surfing, or other computer projects while exercising), as well as cable TV. Gym also has free weights & four anaerobic stations, including linear leg sled, Smith machine, hamstring extension, & Lat pull-down. Thick rubber mat floor, two walls of leaded glass & 2 walls of mirrors & teak wood. Two ceiling fans. Heated & air conditioned.

— All rooms have windows with security bars. Basement apartment entrance (to the basement apartment kitchen) has two doors: one is a storm door with wrought-iron security bars, & immediately in front of the storm door is a wood door with windows.

— Apartment has separate entrance facing our gym & beautiful gardens (featured in the Cleveland Park Historical Society Garden Tour). The house is very quiet.

— Our English-Tudor home – set on a hill about 25 steps up from Newark Street (see photo below of house on the hill in winter) — was built in 1906 & is about 500 feet west of Connecticut Avenue, three minutes from stores, restaurants, & subway/Metro (Cleveland Park stop on Red Line). We have owned & lived in the house since 1974.

— Non-smoking. No dogs (no exceptions), but one cat would be welcome.

$1800 sound right?

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