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Today’s Rental is “Super Cute!”

by Prince Of Petworth May 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm 16 Comments

720 13th Street Southeast

This rental is located at 720 13th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“Super Cute! PARKING INCL 1 block METRO and 1 block Harris Teeter. 1 block from Fragers Hardware store, 5 blocks to EIGHTH Street with tons of restaurants and bars. Washer Dryer. Pets case by case. Tenant pays low electric bill. Landlord responsive. Hurry before its gone! Skylight in bedroom upstairs. Bathroom down. Entrance to this unit is located at the YELLOW door in back of building.”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,600/Mo.

  • Anon

    It’s not super cute, but it’s a great deal.

    • CS

      I kind of like it – but yeah, I think “funky” would be a better word than “super cute”.

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  • textdoc

    The bedroom is upstairs and the bathroom is downstairs. I’d imagine that would be a dealbreaker for most people.
    I don’t see any railing on the stairs. Railing-less stairs scare me.
    IDGI, avert your eyes — there’s a vessel sink! (And it’s one with no vanity/countertop, which IMO is a terrible setup. If they didn’t want to install a vanity/countertop, at least put in a pedestal sink to hide the pipes.)
    I see that this is an end unit, but I’d want to see what that alley is like at night before renting a place with no front entrance.

  • Linc Park SE

    Right across from Potomac Gardens – I bike by this house going to HT – I could not live on this block – and I have lived in Carver-Langston. Way too many safety issues.

    • textdoc

      Good to know, especially considering that the entrance is in the alley!!

    • Anon

      I’d consider it if the landlord installed an alarm system and window bars. As it is it’s a sitting duck for a break-in.

  • Anonymous

    I swear this place has been on PoPville 5 times over the past 3 years.
    Insane amounts of turnover – there’s a story here that we’re not hearing. I interpret “super responsive landlord” as more of a warning.

    • anon

      I was coming to say the same thing – it was definitely featured not too long ago.

  • anonymous

    I doubt this is a legal rental. When DCRA inspected my rental as part of the licensing process, they made me put in a code compliant railing on the bottom half of the stairs that had no railing.

    • Anon

      Definitely not legal unless the inspector was bribed somehow. They do love their handrails!

      • common sense

        I seriously doubt DCRA sends an inspector to every rental unit in this city. They would have to have hundreds of inspectors to do that alone.

        • textdoc

          I don’t know if they reinspect units that have already been inspected, but in theory, they’re supposed to inspect every newly created individual rental.
          PIVS doesn’t show a BBL for this street address, so presumably it has not been inspected.

        • JoDa

          Textdoc is right…they at least do an initial inspection for each new license. Your license isn’t technically valid until the inspection is complete. For renewals, they’re supposed to random spot-checks, but I imagine they more so rely on reports of problems for already licensed places.
          No BBL listed means it is likely unlicensed. It only takes a couple weeks for them to show up in there once issued. If people have seen this before, especially going back a few years, the license would show up.

          • OP Anon

            I live in a 2 unit building and we are being re-inspected this week as part of the BBL renewal (every two years). I had to sign a city-provided form to grant access to the DCAR inspector and my landlord accompanying the inspector. It sounds like they are moving to reinspect the professionally managed buildings. No clue if they are doing the same for one-off condos.

  • LJ

    Definitely doesn’t look like a legal rental to me w/o the railing…


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