Today’s Rental is a Room in a Bloomingdale Row House

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm 33 Comments


This rental is located at 1st and T Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1025 Roommate for 3 BR/2.5 bath Bloomingdale rowhouse

We have a room opening up in our warm, furnished rowhouse starting mid-February (earlier move in may be possible). We’re hoping to live with someone who’s sticking around for a year.

The two other roommates are in their mid-twenties/early-thirties (both female). One is from California, has lived in D.C. for 12 years and travels often for work. The other is a more recent Midwestern transplant who works for a media org and watches just about everything on all the TV streaming services. We’re tidy, friendly and enjoy spending time with each other, while having friends of our own.

The open room is large enough (can provide dimensions) to fit a queen size bed, dresser and other furniture (bookshelves, benches, ect). It has ample closet space and a window that lets in a good amount of light. This room shares a full bathroom with another roommate.

Rent is $1025/month, utilities not included, but they rarely run over $50/month. The house has a washer/dryer in unit with the possibility of a parking spot. Our landlord lives in the garden unit and is responsive and helpful.

If you’re interested in checking out the house, send us an email with some info about yourself and any questions. We’ll set up a time to meet and chat.”

  • Petworth dude

    I pay $1300/month for my Petworth English basement studio, with all utilities included. If today’s rental had it’s own private bathroom, then maybe you could try to justify the price. Otherwise, it’s a garbage deal.

    • anonymous

      Then try getting a 1bedroom in any of the new apt buildings or even a two bedroom. Looking at 1700+ for 1bd and around 1500 to share a 2dbrm. You my friend have a great deal- those are less available.

    • textdoc

      I don’t really know what the “going rate” is for a room in a group house in Bloomingdale, but this might suit someone who works on the Hill and likes to bike to work.

      • Truxton Thomas

        Or someone who walks to work downtown. I would think Bloomingdale is a better and more expensive location than Petworth.

      • Anon

        $1000/mo is pretty much the going rate for most places where you’d want to live in DC. Add a few hundred for close proximity to hot hoods (U, etc).

        • maxwell smart

          “$1000/mo is pretty much the going rate for most places where you’d want to live in DC.” bAHAHAHAHAH. You have to be kidding?

          • Anon

            I meant per bedroom – sorry, figured that much is assumed. And no, I am not kidding.

          • Anon

            To add, that’s at the bottom end of things… I’d love to see concrete examples of lower rental rates in desireable locations.

    • kharr89

      +1 you can get your own apartment in Bloomingdale for only a couple hundred more.

      • Anon

        This is not true. Show me a single stand-alone apartment for under $1,300 in Bloomingdale. (I’m not talking about folks who moved in years ago and are still paying a similar rate.)

        • kharr89

          I personally moved out of a 1 bedroom last year where I was paying $1470 all utilities included. But I just did a quick CL search and there are a handful of 1 bedrooms for $1300-1400. With utilities this place is about $1100, so it’s not a stretch.

          • kharr89

            I should add that I don’t think this is outrageously priced, just saying that there are options in Bloomingdale if you have a little wiggle room with price.

          • Elkhaert

            Not trying to be antagonistic, but could you link one of those examples? I did a search too, and I didn’t see any. There were some rentals in that range but the ones I saw were for inauguration weekend only, not actual rentals, or were for a room in a house like this one.

          • kharr89

            Here’s one for $1400: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/apa/5956279351.html

            .To your point though, one I saw for $1300 is actually a shared house (albeit insanely nicer than this one, with your own bathroom). This is certainly not a hill to die on – I just bought a condo in Bloomingdale, so I’m not arguing that it’s not expensive. Guess I stand corrected!

          • Elkhaert

            Ah, I wasn’t looking that far north. But yah, I think we are essentially in agreement now.

      • bdale homie

        Also, many people (like myself) place much more value in an above-ground house with lots of natural light than living by myself in an underground unit with little natural light.

        • Petworth dude

          Fair point. There’s a reason why I’ve starting taking vitamin D since I started living in a basement studio in Nov. 2015.

        • maxwell smart

          Sure, living in a English Basement wasn’t my first choice when I moved to DC… but everywhere else was easily an additional $400/month for less space and not as well equipped. I’ve been in my apartment now almost 6 years, my rent has not increased $1 and all in all, I have a pretty good set-up. Just saying – not all basements are bad.

      • Elkhaert

        That’s just wrong. Bloomingdale is expensive. 3000K for a three bedroom is market for a renovated place in Eckington. On the Bloomingdale side? I’d expect 3500. That NW designation makes a difference to people for some reason.

        Can you get a better deal elsewhere in the city? Sure, of course you can. But if you want Bloomingdale, this is what you are paying.

        • Elkhaert

          I think the tone of this came across as harsher than I meant to. I just am skeptical that there exists a one bedroom in Bloomingdale for less than 1600-1700 at this point, with the exception of possibly an unrenovated basement.

          • Tom

            I saw a nice Bloomingdale basement for like $1425 or something similar on CL a few weeks back, but that’s the absolute lowest I’ve ever seen. My basement is going for $1600, and my landlord may have bumped it up when they re-signed their lease; my aboveground housemates both went up $100 in October and November when they re-signed theirs. (I signed a two-year last year, so no bump for me, muahahah)

  • Bloomingdale Rez

    $1000 for a room in a “single family row house” (not basement) group home in Bloomingdale is the standard rate.

  • Anon

    This is totally standard. Back in 2007 I paid $800 for a room in a seven bedroom rowhouse in Adams Morgan and then $950 when I moved into a smaller place (three bedrooms) in Mt Pleasant. It was going rate then as well.

    I’m glad I can swing my own place now but man were those days just incredibly fun.

  • Pleasanter

    The picture of the kitchen in the ad shows a mousetrap, fwiw.

    • Anonymous


    • adubs

      Every row house in this city has mice. If you don’t think you do, you’re not paying enough attention.

      • Pleasanter

        I had a rat in the walls once, but no mice to speak of! It must help that I have a cat.

        • Elkhaert

          That legitimately helps a ton. I am allergic and have thought seriously about taking the pills to let me have a good mouser.

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  • Tom

    Bloomingdale’s great and this doesn’t seem too far off from what I hear people asking. You could *probably* do better on price if you looked hard enough (I pay around the same and live half a block from this place, basically the entire second floor to myself with my own full bath), but I suspect they’ll have no trouble at all finding me a new neighbor.

  • I Dont Get It

    Ugh. I really need to get my life together and rent my third floor. #NotBloomingdale

  • brett brown

    Popville Article: 4 Bedroom house a block away from Dupont – $3,000
    First Comment: What a ripoff! I pay $900 for a 4 bedroom in Anacostia!

    • Bloomy



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