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Today’s Rental is “a collection of things”

by Prince Of Petworth June 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm 33 Comments

This rental is located at 625 H Street, NE. The Craigslist ad says:

“$2196 / 1br – 735ft2 – Large One Bedrooms avaliable at Luxury ~ Anthology~ on H Street (625 H Street N.E.)

Luxury Residences With the Vibe of H Street
Anthology. It’s a collection of things. Materials, textures, people, experiences, ideas. And here, it’s your collection. When we decided to create Anthology, we wanted to make something that was more than just a place to live. We wanted to create a community that truly reflects the culture of H Street and makes an effort to be part of the neighborhood, from arts to music to food to all the little things that may go unnoticed but make an experience what it is. That, and be a really, really nice place to live.

Features

– Balconies and patios*
– Floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a lot of light and give you a stunning view of DC
– Nine-foot ceilings
– Full-sized washers and dryers
– Hardwood-style flooring
– ENERGY STAR® stainless steel appliance suites
– Open layouts
– Quality cabinets
– Kitchen islands*
– Large Closets
– Quartz countertops
– Designer fixtures

Community Amenities
– Second-floor terrace
– Two pools
– Interactive cinema walls
– Breathtaking views of DC
– Just four blocks away at union station
– Grilling area
– Garage parking with controlled access
– Rooftop escape
– Zen fountain
– Sleek lobby
– Fitness center
– Unbeatable location
– Conference room and free wi-fi
– Inviting courtyard
– Original art installations
– Authentic industrial design
– Strength and cardio machines
– Terrace fireplace
– Easy transportation”

  • MadMax

    Well at least this unit actually shows a bed, unlike the previous one which just had a couch for (not) sleeping.

  • Anonymous

    Curious– this unit is $500 more than the ADU one discussed several days ago in the FL AVE/Union Market development. Is H street that much more of a premium- or is this building more luxury? Or will the regular non-adu priced 1bd at that development be closer to these prices.

    • FridayGirl

      The non-ADU price will be similar to this building.

    • alice

      The last thing you said. Non-adu units will be priced much closer to the unit being highlighted today.

    • MadMax

      This is right across from the new Whole Foods, on the (arguably useful / useless) Streetcar line, and the building is a bit more luxury oriented, from what I can tell.

    • J

      I live in a similar-sized ADU 1BR in one of these luxury H st buildings (not this one) and pay $1480.

  • it’s sad when 735 square feet is considered to be a large one bedroom. i actually consider that to be pretty standard, and all these new 500sqft one bedrooms these days to be considered small.

    • MadMax

      We rent out several 1 BRs around ~600-650 sqft each, and they feel pretty sufficient to me. I would call them “yuge”, but adding another 100 sqft to them I would definitely say yeah, that’s on the larger end for DC.

  • hillyeah

    no thanks. if you’re going to make a high-priced building aimed for (well-off, mostly white) young professionals, don’t claim to “create a community that truly reflects the culture of H Street and makes an effort to be part of the neighborhood.” if anything, this place makes the “neighborhood” feel like even less of one.

    • northeazy

      What makes you think this is aimed at well off white people? I agree it is aimed at people who have access to money, but where do you get the white from? Are you assuming well of black or Asian people would not be interested to live here? Or that this ad somehow excluded non-whites? Seems like you try trying to gin up racial animus unnecessarily. I am all for discussing racial inequality, but a racially nondescript Craig’s List ad for an apartment is not the place.

      • hillyeah

        i would all but guarantee that the residents of similar complexes in the area are overwhelmingly –
        or, as i put it above, mostly – white. i’m not sure that’s a contested point. there are certainly well-off young professionals of all races, but, as you know, due to innumerable factors, including redlining, low transfer of generational wealth, and discrimination across all facets of society – including educational opportunity – that it’s less common for young professionals who could afford to live in this building – who, in order to spend so much on rent, are likely being subsidized by parents or working in high-income jobs likely secured through a privileged network – to be non-white.

        i don’t see how pointing that out is somehow “ginning up racial animus.” it’s hardly revolutionary to point out that H St is turning into a whiter and whiter area, which is a change from the current “culture” of the neighborhood. stores and business that served a primarily black clientele are less prevalent, and businesses that cater more to, as a i said, “well-off, mostly white” young professionals are moving in. this apartment is aiming for that crowd, and, as justinbc said, the culture of H St is more and more centered around the young and well-off.

        • hillyeah

          oops, meant “madmax.” pic threw me off.

        • Wow – getting all facty on us aren’t you?

          • hillyeah

            i forgot some people prefer alternative facts :D

      • dangerous dave

        +1 Northeazy

    • MadMax

      Maybe they meant the culture of what H Street is now (which would match your description pretty closely), not what it might have or have not been 20, 30, or whatever arbitrary point in history period many years ago you’re thinking of?

    • CS

      I’m with you hillyeah. That line of their publicity/advertising campaign really irks me. I’m not going to make any arguments about whether this building is a good thing or bad thing for the neighborhood, or what race(s) the building is targeting, but that line is a pretentious slap in the face at the long time residents (and business owners) who have been pushed out of the H Street area.

      • MadMax

        While I completely agree with you that it might come across as a slap in the face to those people, those people also aren’t who they’re marketing towards, so they likely don’t care. If these are being sold to new residents of the city those people are even less likely to be aware of what was there previously, especially on that end of H Street as it’s mostly all big condo / apt buildings now.

        • Rosette

          There seems to be this trend of the young and well off that are flocking to the once more dangerous neighborhoods that are now perceived as the “edgy, hip” neighborhoods almost as if it’s history, culture, crime was a cool factor they could brag about. Not everyone neccessarily wants to live in safe and pristine Georgetown, Dupont etc.

          • StraightOuttaShaw

            JBG has certainly profited well off of “edgy, hip” north end shaw

          • People moved into Dupont Circle 30 years ago (many gay people) when it was in no way safe or pristine. They actually turned it around, resurrected/fixed it. Crime/dangerous neighborhoods are not attractive to either rich or poor, but marginal neighborhoods on the boarder of developing neighborhoods are.

    • 10thstreetmom

      Anthology hosted my child’s school’s annual fundraiser. Anthology could not have been more gracious to us and its residents. Its residents attended the fundraiser, and some even bid. By my recollection (I was busy and a little tipsy that night), there were several races represented and a wide variety of ages. There were retirees, one young family with a kid in a stroller, a family with a 13 year old, and a handful of millennials and even a 40 something dude new to DC. The variety of ages in one building was, I thought, as a neighbor really neat…always nice to have more kids at the playground. The staff is diverse and includes several long time DC residents, and they were all exceptionally professional with us and super friendly with their residents. Heck, they knew their residents’ names. They may be new to H St, but they represent the kind of neighborhood spirit that I think of when I think of my neighborhood.

      • dangerous dave

        +1

      • acindc

        this says it all … “The staff is diverse and includes several long time DC residents, and they were all exceptionally professional with us and super friendly with their residents.”

        • acindc

          … and i don’t mean that in a good way. it’s tone deaf at best.

          • AJSE

            yup

        • anon

          or, it could mean, look, maybe they had reason to be jerks to us, bc gentrification and change, but instead we all got along.

          • AJSE

            They all got along because the staff that is “representative of the neighborhood” (code for minorities) are paid to be professional and courteous to the residents and guests of residents and if they are “jerks” (in your words) to the gentrifiers they may rightfully resent, they’d be fired.

          • Anon

            I dunno dude, I’m relatively rich and I’d get fired for being a jerk. I read 10thstreetmom as getting the impression that they actually took pride in their jobs (They knew everyone’s names) where others could be and are embittered by the changes happening. People complain when gentrification leaves the old residents behind, then complain when they have jobs bc of it. Unless you want to freeze the city in time, it’s unclear what you’re upset about, other than raging against the machine.

    • JF

      I disagree, I think you can certainly make a case for why a building like this is bad for longtime residents who can’t afford the rising cost of living in the neighborhood (which is a much bigger problem). I don’t think you can make that argument on the foundation of the neighborhood losing its culture. H Street was a forgotten strip and hasn’t had much culture for a very very very long time. Liquor stores and bodegas aren’t culture and I think its kind of offensive to the people you are standing up for to equate them as such.

      • sarah

        +1

      • That Man A

        H st was full of businesses that were neither liquor stores nor bodegas
        what are you talking about?
        There were churches, barber shops, grocery store, hardware store, dollar store, a carry out or two
        to paint this picture that H St. was a dead strip with boarded up store fronts just waiting for people to move there and “save” the neighborhood is a false narrative

        • anon

          For what it’s worth… I suspect most gentrifier types would be interested only in a grocery store and hardware store.

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