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Today’s Rental is a “furnished english basement”

by Prince Of Petworth March 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm 17 Comments


This rental looks like it’s around Florida and 12 Street, NE according to the map on Craigslist:

“$1400 / 1br – Furnished English basement -Utilities included

Live in this furnished english basement in the heart of Capitol Hill. Walking distance to the H street corridor. Available May 1 for $1,400 a month which includes all utilities, 1 year lease; $1,400 security deposit and references required.


Housing Facts:
Fully furnished
Spacious English Basement
Stainless Steel Appliances
High-Speed Internet
Ceramic Tile Floors
Spacious Closet
Central H/AC
Full Size Washer and Dryer
Front and rear entrance
Lots of storage
Non smoking”

  • Nancy

    I always think the rent should be cheaper on furnished apts., given that you’re living with someone else’s taste.

    • CHGal

      You’re also saving them the cost and the hassle of moving their belongs to storage. Definitely should be cheaper.

      • Anonymous

        Meanwhile, they’re saving you the cost of furnishing the place yourself. I’d say it evens out.

        • textdoc

          Only if you have no furnishings to begin with. Otherwise, you’re now stuck having to pay to put YOUR furnishings in storage and/or go through the hassle of selling them (and not getting very good return)… which is why the market for long-term (as opposed to short-term) furnished places is smaller than for unfurnished ones.

          • Anonymous

            If you have furnishings then you’re probably not looking for a furnished apartment though.

          • JoDa

            True, but this is a pretty solid deal. If I were in the market, I’d be interested, but I’ve had furniture (including some nice things and family heirlooms) since I was in grad school. I saved every holiday, birthday, and extra bit of cash I could scrounge for a while to buy a good mattress, for example.

      • Anon Spock

        I wonder how many are intentionally furnished vs people not wanting to move their stuff.

      • MHillPark

        There is actually a huge market in places like DC for furnished places, which typically are more expensive than unfurnished ones. They appeal to folks who are moving to town for an extended temporary assignment (such as 6-month to 1-year language study for foreign service officers or consulting gigs) or moving to town for the first time after selling all their belongings and moving cross country or after moving out of your parents’ place or a dorm. I don’t think these types of places are marketed to people who have furniture ready to move in, but as someone who just completed a many-months work assignment in another state, I can say these types of furnished places are appreciated by many and rent out fast!

  • kwame

    non smoking so I guess that hookah is just for show?

    • stacksp

      non smoking doesnt include Hookah or cannabis just cigs lol

      • textdoc

        Good question on the hookah.
        If I were to list an apartment as “non-smoking,” I would expect NOTHING to be smoked in it. Not just tobacco.

        • stacksp

          Yeah I was joking but I agree. Maybe it’s staging

    • Anonymous

      It could just be there for decoration.

  • textdoc

    Since when has Florida and 12th NE been the “heart of Capitol Hill”?? Seems like they’d have more success describing it as “the heart of the H Street NE area” or “the heart of the Gallaudet area.” (Yes, I know Gallaudet is not a neighborhood name.)

    • alpinepaq

      LOL on location. This is likely Trinidad.

      • textdoc

        I don’t think the Trinidad name has that much cachet yet, though. Isn’t it more on the border between Trinidad and whatever the neighborhood on the south side of Florida is called? (Wikipedia says Atlas District, but that’s not a term I’ve been hearing much recently.)

    • Capitol Hill is the most “stretched” boundary of any neighborhood. On vacation rental sites (Homeaway/VRBO/ABB) people post anything south of rt. 50, east of N. Capitol and west/north of the Anacostia river as Capitol Hill.

      But this seems like a decent deal.


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