Today’s Rental is “Not a typical Basement”

by Prince Of Petworth March 9, 2017 at 2:15 pm 11 Comments

1866 California Street

This rental is located at 1866 California Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1700 / 1br – Available April 1! Fantastic Adams Morgan Location. 1 bed/1 bath.

Coming Available April 1!

1 bed/1 bath English Basement unit! (Not a typical Basement).
Great sunlight!
Full kitchen including dishwasher!
Tons of closet/storage space!
Central HVAC.
Small front patio area.
Washer/Dryer in unit.

1700.00 plus electric. Located on California Street between 18th and 19th. Blocks from everything! 18th Street nightlife, U Street Corridor, Harris Teeter, Gyms, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Boutiques and so much more! Short walking distance to both green and red metro lines. Rentals are based off the 1st come 1st serve system. Be the first to see it! Contact Andrew (EMAIL please) to schedule a showing.”


  • t-digs

    I dont know…looks exactly like a typical basement. In fact the typical basement I just moved out of has moire windows and light. (and was $1600 on Biltmore in Adams Morgan)

  • textdoc

    That pricing sounds about right — or if not, overpriced only slightly (like by $25-$50/month).

  • B

    Not sure why they think this is not the typical basement unit, because it is – and I don’t necessarily mean that critically (I own a house with a basement rental – they are fine, and are unfairly viewed negatively). That said, it looks like a perfectly decent apartment, and I the price looks about right.

  • That Man A

    looks pretty typical to me

  • the devil’s donut

    Assessing the discoloration on the outside of the building, and perhaps the inside, inferring moisture was / is present, this is soooo basement. That said, it does appear to be higher than most, and gets slightly more natural light than deeper units, or others covered by a porch.

  • UStreet

    Times have surely changed when an apartment in the heart of Adam’s Morgan is advertised as a couple of blocks from the U street Corridor! When we moved to the U Street area a lot of people dreamed about our neighborhood being the next Adams Morgan – Lol!

    • I lived a few doors down from this apartment in 1991-1994 and it was a good location even back then, before the U St. Metro opened and that strip really took off. It was a short and pleasant walk to Dupont Circle. Based on the location, and compared to what I’m getting for my own 1 bedroom basement apartment in Mt. Pleasant, I think the rent is priced about right.

  • BN

    I think the living room has more light than usual for a basement! Looks like a good deal to me.

  • I lived in an “english basement” just a few doors down from this one when I first moved to DC (1991). It was quite nice, as basement apartments go. The front was like the entrance to a crypt, and the bedroom at the front was small and rather dark, but it had (relatively) high ceilings and because of the hill, the back of the apartment walked out to a patio that was actually above street level. The living room at the back of the apartment (which was the entrance we usually used) had full-sized windows and it was bright and very pleasant.

    • BTW our rent in 1991 was $750/month. So yeah, prices have gone up a bit…

      • logandude

        Yeah, but once you adjust for inflation (using standard CPI), $750 in 1991 is the same as about $1,325 today. So $1,700 is not that much of an increase above inflation.


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