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Today’s Rental “is the attic” (reader request)

by Prince Of Petworth April 25, 2017 at 2:15 pm 32 Comments


This rental is located in 16th Street Heights. OP writes:

“Weirdest rental I’ve seen recently…”furnished” also seems like a generous term here.”


The Craigslist ad says:

“$1125 Huge Furnished Room Available (700+ s/f) – Utilities Included (16th Street Heights)

Large furnished bedroom with newly installed carpet. The bedroom is the attic so you will have an entire level to yourself!
($1125 /including utilities). A queen memory foam mattress can be provided if needed.

Utilities are included in rent (Verizon Quantum internet, water, electric, gas). The house has central air/heat, dishwasher, fully furnished and includes a 60 inch television and a beautiful wooden hand-made dining room table. Street parking is available.

The house would be shared with myself (owner) who lives in the basement and three other tenants. We are all low key, working professionals.

The house has four finished levels with a wrap-around porch, fenced yard, large deck and sun room. Features original/ newly refinished hardwood floors , pocket doors, woodwork. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, Two individuals will each share a bathroom.

The house is .6 miles (13 minute walk) to Georgia ave/Petworth Metro and is within 2 blocks to several bus lines (S1, S2, S4, 50, 52, 70, 79) which go all over DC/Silver Spring. Easy commute to downtown DC, Arlington via Rock Creek Parkway & revitalized downtown Silver Spring. Neighborhood boasts detached homes & unique amount of space. City living with suburban qualities.

We are looking for a clean, responsible and respectful tenant. Single occupancy only.

Please send an email with a little about yourself and let me know if you have any questions.

Bonus: The house comes with a dog and cat who reside in their owner’s bedrooms. Sorry, we cannot accept any additional pets.”

  • danger dave

    Probably meant the house (common areas) are furnished

    • Truxton Thomas

      I figured they just meant the folding chair.

      • Elvis’s Mom

        Ha! Agreed, that’s what I was thinking also. Plus they can provide a mattress. Luxury city living.

  • welp

    An attic room in 16th st heights should go for $600-ish tops.

    • Anonthony

      Yeah, that’s an obscene amount. I’d think you might be able to find a fully functional studio apartment or basement unit up there for about the same amount.

    • Yeah, no knowing anything about current rental prices in this area, I googled studio 16th St Heights and found three that were clean, bright (no gaudy maroon carpet), above ground and in the $1100-$1150 price range. Methinks the owner is over-valuing access to the “beautiful wooden hand-made dining table”.

      • Commentator

        I’m with you on the owner’s table love.

      • MadMax

        Depends what you’re doing on the table.

  • also anon

    I hope the dog and cat don’t actually only live in their owner’s bedrooms. Thinking of pets locked in a room all day is sad.

    • anony

      hmm, my dog is crated…that probably makes you even sadder?

      • Anon

        Then why have a dog? I don’t understand people who want to have a pet, yet leave the pet’s mobility restrained because it is more convenient for them.

        • GallowsHummer

          Crating is just so freaking weird. Illegal in many places as it’s just a cage with a nicer name.

          • James W.

            Please stop. Crating is not illegal “in many place.” In fact it’s a commonly accepted and endorsed training method in the U.S.

        • NH Ave Hiker

          I don’t do this anymore, but I had to crate my dog when she was younger because she would get into a lot of stuff. She’s none the worse for wear…

        • suzy555

          I crate-trained my dog for over a year when I first got her. She had terrible separation anxiety and would rip apart all the doors and windows whenever I left. Keeping her in a confined area with a puppy/baby gate didn’t work. It was recommended by multiple dog trainers and holistic vets – made her feel calm and safe instead of panicked. Ruining things was one thing but the real problem was how distressed and upset she was. Took some time but now she is fine being left out.

  • SW 20011

    $1125 for a room in a shared house? I laffed. I pay $1150 for a studio nearby.

  • anon

    Owner must be living rent free and earning a substantial profit with rents like that.

  • FridayGirl

    This is so beyond sketchy.

    • Anon

      I think you might need to reevaluate what you consider sketchy. The Craigslist posting from Scott a few months back would qualify as “so beyond sketchy.” This post is pretty normal by comparison — a rip off, but still quite normal as Craigslist goes.

      • textdoc

        Agreed. Overpriced, but not sketchy per se.

      • FridayGirl

        Well, that was SUPER sketchy. But to be honest I don’t know why anyone would respond to this ad — that kind of sketchy that just gives you the heeby-jeebies for no reason (not like serial-killer come-sleep-in-my-bed sketchy).

    • GallowsHummer

      That carpet wasn’t that color when installed sketchy?

  • John B.

    The first thing (of many!) I would look for is a fire escape.

  • navyard

    ugh. How can people live in a house with so much crip on the kitchen countertops? That would drive me crazy.
    Is there a door to this attic room?

  • wobber

    No way. This is way overpriced and more than .6 miles (13 minute walk) to Georgia ave/Petworth Metro

    • NH Ave Hiker

      how do you know there’s no address provided…

      • katemc

        From reading the ad?

  • anon

    It doesn’t look like 700 sq. ft. – but even if it is, with walls that slant down to within a foot of the floor on so many (all?) sides, the usable sq. ft. is SO much less.

  • textdoc

    I don’t know why they even claim “furnished,” given that they’re offering only a queen memory-foam mattress. (Not even a boxspring or a bed frame??)
    For them to claim “furnished,” I’d expect there to be a proper bed and a dresser. Probably a desk too. And in this space, I’d expect a wardrobe, since there don’t appear to be any closets. And heck, a sofa and coffee table, given that they’re trying to capitalize on the size of the space.

  • textdoc

    I wonder what the bathroom arrangements are. The ad says “The house has four finished levels … 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, Two individuals will each share a bathroom.” Is the owner counting his/her bedroom as one of the four, and is his/her bathroom one of the two? Or are there 4 tenant bedrooms (including this attic) and 2 tenant bathrooms, both of which are on the 2nd floor?

  • Lefttown

    I left D.C. last year and moved to a mid-sized Southern city. It’s no D.C. (and I miss bubble tea pretty hard), but am renting a 3-brm house w/a yard, bsemenent, etc. for $1200/month.

    • JoDa

      The living’s great in cheaper cities…if you can get a decent job. People often ask me why I don’t move back to my hometown when I tell them the living is cheap. I tell them I don’t want to have to hustle to get a job as a gas station or grocery store cashier. I probably wouldn’t even get those, since they don’t like to employ people who would know enough to turn them in for wage theft and the like…


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