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Thurs. Afternoon Rental Option – Mt. Vernon Sq./Shaw

by Prince Of Petworth January 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm 17 Comments

This rental is located at 1125 12th Street, NW:

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The listing says:

“Renovated in 2005, one bed/full bath Apt. in the heart of the DC. Walk to Shops: Whole food, Star bucks, Multiple Metro Stops. Hardwood floors,Granite Countertop,Stainless Steel Appliances, Microwave,Oven,Dishwasher and Central AC and Elevator. Rent Includes all utilities.”

This 1BD/1BA is going for $1,745/Mo.

  • utterlyanon

    The location is great, but that seems a bit high to me. I just left an apartment that I had been living in since 2008, 2 blocks east of this, that I was paying less than $1200 for. Although I had been living there a while, I still think it would probably only rent now for about $1400 or so. Similar type of building and similar size. Although this does seem to have a little w/d and utilities are included so I guess that makes a bit of difference…

    • Honestly, I think a lot of the real estate on PoP’ville is greatly overpriced simply because the readers of this site are a high income demographic. Owners, building managers, and real estate agents toss up a high dollar amount and watch us froth at the keyboard with our replies.

      If you are willing to hit the pavement, most of the good deals in DC real estate – especially in the rental market – won’t be found on PoP’ville or Craigslist. It comes via word of mouth or directly contacting the management companies.

      Just my 2 cents.

      • Which management companies would you suggest reaching out to ?

        • William C Smith, Bernstein, and Borger own a lot of rental buildings in DC.

    • Respectfully, I live less than a block from this rental and I disagree with your assessment. This looks like a pretty nice space, with new appliances and a redone kitchen. $1750-1850 sounds about right to me for a true (albeit small) 1-BR this close to Logan and downtown. For a space with older appliances, I might feel differently, but this one seems about right. For comparison, my apartment building asks about $1650 for 425 sq. ft. studios.

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you here. I would jump on this if I were in the market for a 1 bedroom.

    • Anonymous

      I think the rent is so high because the entry room is upside down… Renovating a place to give you a Lionel Ritchie “Dancing On The Ceiling” feel.

  • Jon

    Wow, it even has an upside down room?!

  • commenter

    Wow, I’m quite surprised that people think this price is high! Studios in this area regularly go for around this amount. The rents have really skyrocketed in DC. I’m also surprised that someone suggested contacting management companies for a good deal – I’ve never dealt with a management company that offers a below market rate offer on an apartment!

  • Rock

    I think the price is so high because living there would apparently be one extended dream sequence.

  • Seems pricey, but what do I know?

  • T

    The rent includes utilities? I don’t know if this would have been a good deal in 2008 but I don’t think it’s possible in 2013 to find a 1 bedroom cheaper that’s this close to Logan.

  • commenter

    They will get this price in less than a week, guaranteed.

    • T

      I’d be stunned if this place is still available.

      • Rococo

        This apartment has been listed on craigslist for more than one year. The price doesn’t seem that bad so I’m not sure why they haven’t been able to rent it out.

  • M

    I would guess that most people that think this rent is too high haven’t looked at rents in the area much recently. I’m not talking about rents for people that have lived in their place for 10 years, but rents for a new lease. Anything under $2k for a 1br this close to metro and downtown is pretty damn good.

  • Forget the price – it’s the building that scares me. Just bad vibes while I was there. I lived in this building my first month when I moved down (furnished rental to buy time to find a more permanent place to live). My apartment was a back unit and every weekend, there would be some sort of (very loud) party going on in the parking lot(s) of the surrounding apartment buildings. The washer/dryer combo only worked when I duct-taped the door because it would not close properly. Mail service was spotty, even though there was supposed to be an “on-site” manager to receive packages. The bulk of the building was investment properties, so a renter looking for a more long-term situation might want to look elsewhere.


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