Today’s Rental has a “97% Walkscore!”

by Prince Of Petworth September 14, 2016 at 2:30 pm 12 Comments

1613 Harvard Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1613 Harvard Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“97% Walkscore! The Embassy Condominium, your gateway to Adams Morgan and the best of NW DC! 2-blocks from Columbia Heights Metro! Near shopping centers, grocery, coffee, theater, Rock Creek Park, and more! Fitness & storage rm! Unit Features Hardwood Floors Throughout, Full Tub, Full Galley Kitchen with Stainless Dishwasher Disposal, Combo Microwave & Oven.”


You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,500/Mo.

  • J

    I’ve always wondered what the inside of this building looked like. It looks nice and is a great area but $1500 for 343 square feet is tough to swallow.

    • textdoc

      I was thinking $1500 for a studio in that building sounded pretty good… until I saw the square footage.

      • J

        My thought process exactly. I pay $1300 for a larger (450sqft) studio down the street.

  • anon

    When a listing’s photos include more shots of the neighborhood than the unit, that seems like a red flag, no? Also amusing: one of the neighborhood photos includes a banner advertising apartments for rent in a nearby building! (probably too small to be read, but still…)

  • Pixie

    I love this building, it’s so pretty. I used to live nearby and always wondered it looked like inside. $1500 seems a bit high for a studio this size.

  • Anon3

    I am curious if the $1,500 rent includes utilities? The listing does not say anything. I rent out a similar sized renovated carriage house studio 2 blocks from shaw metro for under $1,400 but it includes utilities and wifi. I think it’s that’s very reasonable.

    • textdoc

      If the listing doesn’t say it includes utilities, I’d imagine it includes no utilities other than water. (It could just be sloppiness on the part of the real estate agent, though.)
      Pretty much all condo buildings that I know of don’t meter individually for water, so water is included as part of the condo fees. Same with apartment buildings, where it’s included as part of the rent.
      Condo/apartment buildings with radiator heat generally include heat in the condo fees or rent. Buildings that provide heat and A/C via central chillers and boilers (the kind where you can adjust the temperature in your unit, but not the switchover from A/C to heat and vice versa) include those (and in my experience, electricity too) in the condo fees/rent.
      Condo/apartment buildings where each unit has its own individually controlled HVAC system (like a heat pump) usually do not include utilities other than water.

      • soozles

        This included water but not electric. Mine had heat and AC but not radiator-style.

      • JoDa

        I can’t find anything that supports this quickly, but it is my understanding that DC Water doesn’t allow separate metering of multi-unit buildings (my understanding is that would require A LOT of piping extra connections from the street), so water is always included except in single-family homes or where the landlord charges or makes arrangements separately (when I lived in the English basement of a house, I was required to pay 1/4 of the water bill, but there was only one bill for the whole property, for example). Every single condo building I’ve owned or lived in has had a common meter, and water was included in the condo fees.
        I generally dislike included utilities because that either means you have no control over your heat/AC or you’re paying through the teeth when your neighbors open all the windows and run the heat/AC at full blast, but water included is kind of a given in DC. It at least provides an incentive for landlords to be attentive to leaky faucets and the like. This didn’t happen in DC, but many moons ago, we let our landlord know that our bath faucet was leaking pretty heavily. He blew us off until he got an insane water bill. Suddenly, his handyman showed up all *excited* to stop the faucet from leaking. “About time…we told him about this 5 weeks ago, 4 weeks ago, 2 weeks ago…”

  • Anonymous

    It better have a good walk score, because with a place that small, you’ll not want to spend much time in it.

  • soozles

    I lived in a 2-BR apartment on the 5th floor of this building from 2008-2010. Loved it. Gorgeous apartment with a large foyer, built-in bookcases, two huge bedrooms, separate dining room and kitchen. I thought they were going condo, and we all had to move out. Luckily, I found and bought a house. My rent was $2300/mo. But only because Borger’s son showed it to me and accidentally quoted the wrong price. Didn’t see the studios but would totally live here again.

    • saf

      We lived in a one bedroom on the 3rd floor here 88-90, before it went condo. It was a lovely corner apartment. I would live there again in a second.


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