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Today’s Rental has a “Functional Shower-Built In Shelf”

by Prince Of Petworth February 2, 2016 at 2:45 pm 21 Comments

20 Rhode Island Avenue Northeast

This rental is located at 20 Rhode Island Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“2Bd/1Ba English Basement Condo in Bustling Bloomingdale/Eckington, Luxurious Finishes, 2 Private Entrances. $2,500/month Rent Includes Water and Sewage, Pets Allowed with Security Deposit, Built In Breakfast Bar, Custom Tile Backsplash, Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops, Raindrop Shower Head, Functional Shower-Built In Shelf, Walking Distance to RI Metro Station, Shopping, Dining.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,500/Mo.

  • Or you could rent a 2BR/2BA above ground unit right at the Metro at Rhode Island Row for roughly $200 less per month…but I cannot attest whether it has a built in shelf in the shower.

    • Timebomb

      Probably true, but then you wouldn’t be near the bustling Bloomingdale area (and a relatively tenable walk to even 14th St. and downtown). In Brentwood, you’d be pretty isolated (and the 10 blocks further away from Bloomingdale you’d be would make it a reach goal at best, and put 14th St. and downtown off the table).
      Being above a metro is nice, but it’s not the end-all be-all of transitability.

      • womp

        having been out to Rhode Island Row several times, i agree. it does not strike me as a place I’d want to live and is slightly reminiscent of Texas’s general idea of urban living (minus the metro, of course).

        • Timebomb

          It’s changing, though. The MRP real estate development at the Rhode Island Shopping Center, the RIA development up Rhode Island a bit, and a few buildings being built across Rhode Island from Rhode Island Row are all getting the ball rolling.
          But that’s a case for buying near there more than renting. If I’m deciding how to spend 2500/mo in rent, I valuing the convenience and experience; not future improvement.

      • Leeran

        In my experience Bloomingdale’s “bustling” reputation is still oversold, especially on that end, but to each his own.

        • Timebomb

          Compared to Rhode Island Row and the area surrounding it? This place is close to Boundary Stone, Showtime, Rustik Tavern, and Big Bear (off the top of my head; I don’t go by there often these days). At Rhode Island Row, you’d have Chipotle and Sala Thai and sea of parking lots.

          • zartan

            also aroi thai, red hen, grassroots gourmet, baccio, meats and things, pub and the people, wicked bloom, and the new cidery.

  • petworther

    After looking at so many apartments with non-functional showers I’m so glad to have found this one.

    • AnonCP

      Functional…but oddly without a shower curtain rod.

  • I Blame HGTV

    I know it’s a rental and no one is forcing me to live there, etc etc etc. but could we PLEASE stop the multi-color little-tile backsplashes? That would drive me nuts, especially in contrast with the countertops….

    • AG

      Seriously, I’d prefer the just plain painted wall like I’ve had in my last two rentals over the tacky tile.

  • anonymous

    These last two rentals of the day are making me feel pretty good about my mortgage and how much I could rent my house for in this area, if it ever came to that. Of course, I have no idea if they will actually rent for the advertised prices.

  • Billy

    I live in the English basement literally next door. We have a 2bed/2bath recently renovated. The rent is $1800. This apartment has nicer finishes, but it’s certainly not worth another $700/month! This is a perfect example of overpricing that occurs on Rhode Island/ in Bloomingdale.

    • Anon Spock

      Definitely overpriced, but your place is a but below market rent too

      • Billy

        Yeah, mine is below, certainly. But it’s not as big a discrepancy as this unit.

  • John

    Does anybody know about the floor in this apartment? It looks like the concrete floor has been painted/treated with something to make it look more awesome then a normal concrete floor.

    • AnonV2

      Acid concrete stain. Cheapish alternative to doing tile. You kind of have to commit to the look, though.

      • John

        Thanks for the information. I suppose you could still cover with tile if you don’t like the finished look.

      • vered

        Does it change the feeling of concrete underfoot? Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just wondering.

  • neighbor

    I love the bare acid-washed concrete floor. That’s the only thing I love about this apartment. The tile in the kitchen and bathroom are hideous, but that concrete floor is bangin`.

  • This is Awkward

    Wait wait wait…a functional shower AND a shelf? My wildest dreams realized…


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