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Today’s Rental “is on the second floor of a house about a mile from the Petworth Metro”

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm 13 Comments

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This rental is located at Illinois Ave NW at Ingraham St. The Craigslist ad says:

“$725 / 1br – Spacious Single Room in 4br House (5317 Illinois Ave NW)

One housemate is moving out in the middle of May, and we’re looking for another person to take her room. The room is available starting May 20. We are all on individual leases, and our landlady is looking for a 12 month commitment (no summer housing).

The room is on the second floor of a house about a mile from the Petworth Metro, 1.5 miles from the Fort Totten metro. Bus stops for the 70/79 to take you into DC or up to Silver Spring are steps from the door, along with bus stops for the E4 (west to Friendship Heights or east to Fort Totten). It is about 10×8 and has two large windows and a medium-sized closet.

I think it’s the same size as my room, meaning it should easily fit a queen bed. You would share a living room and bathroom with the two upstairs housemates, but one of them is hardly ever in residence–I have seen him maybe twice in the past 6 months. My other housemate has a very small room and uses the living room as an artist studio. I am a young professional in my mid-20s and have my own self-contained living, br, bath on the first floor. I host the occasional game night, but am fairly quiet other than that.

We keep to ourselves for the most part, but are on friendly terms and would be looking for another person to fit in with that. We rotate cleaning of common areas. I strongly prefer having a non-smoking housemate, as previous and current roommates do smoke and I am having more difficulty with it than I used to.

House includes shared kitchen with gas stove and new fridge, washer/dryer, backyard patio, and street parking. Utilities generally run between $75 and $110.”

  • textdoc

    I thought this sounds like a reasonably good deal until I got to “I strongly prefer having a non-smoking housemate, as previous and current roommates do smoke and I am having more difficulty with it than I used to.” Have previous and current roommates been smoking inside the house?? If so, dealbreaker.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      I received an email from a potential tenant and she straight up asked about being 420 friendly as it’s a regular habit, but she’d limit it to her room and the outdoors? What?! Under no circumstances is it okay to smoke anything inside the house. I hate the smell of weed as much as cig smoke.

      • Robert

        To heck with the smoke smell. How would one get rid of the stench of tuna?

  • mark

    10×8′ seems like a pretty small room to me. Putting a queen bed in it will leave you with a maximum of 3′ around it. So probably no dresser.

  • Anonynon

    This picture is rather depressing….no blinds on those windows? Yikes…and the ikea lamp and desk in there….

    • Anonynon

      just noticed the jug of water by the bed on the floor too..

    • AnonV2

      People in a room sharing situation with a mattress sitting on the floor usually aren’t shopping at Room and Board or Ethan Allen for their other furniture. Don’t judge.

      • textdoc

        That’s true… but usually the landlord provides some kind of basic window treatments, like vinyl miniblinds. I’m surprised the landlord hasn’t done so in this case.

        • Hill Denizen

          There might be blinds and the tenant was too cheap to buy curtains. Honestly, I rarely, if ever use my blinds, even when I lived in an apartment with a lot of sunlight. I prefer light and if I need privacy, I have real curtains. Even my ground floor unit now almost always has the curtains drawn once it gets dark. It’s less of a hassle than dealing with blinds.

      • James W.

        It only takes scraping together about $250 to score a dresser and headboard from Ikea.

        • textdoc

          For someone who’s paying $725/month in rent, $250 is a fair amount of money.

          • JS

            For someone who can only *afford* to pay $725 a month, $250 is a lot. For all we know someone could make six figures and rent this place just to save money.

          • textdoc

            True. I should have said “_could be_ a fair amount of money,” not “is a fair amount of money.”

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