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Today’s Rental “is in prime Petworth location”

by Prince Of Petworth — June 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm 15 Comments

This rental is located at 3920 New Hampshire Ave, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1400 / 600ft2 – basement apartment 2 blocks from Petworth metro utilities included

We are looking for a tenant to rent out our 600 sq ft studio basement apartment. Front and back separate entrances, with a full bathroom, kitchen and onsite laundry.

Available July 1st, this apartment is in prime Petworth location, two blocks walking distance from Petworth metro (green/yellow line) and two blocks from Safeway and two block to Upsher street restaurants and bars.

This is an ideal location for someone who does not have a car and wants to live close to everything yet in a more residential neighborhood.

$1400 Wi-Fi, utilities, and satellite. can be furnished, but that would be extra…

please note there have been some updates to the apartment such as newer windows and partial carpeting mixed with the tile which are not reflected in the pictures, but everything else is the same. (I have had a tenant living in the apartment for 2 years and I have not had an opportunity to take updated pictures.”

  • NH Ave Hiker

    Crummy appliances but looks like a pretty good deal.

    • textdoc

      How can you tell they’re “crummy appliances”? The fridge looks like an older model, but the cooktop and the microwave look fine.

  • kitty

    That is one depressing looking apartment.

    • samanda_bynes

      yeah but 1400 in that area for everything and pet friendly? not bad.

      • kitty

        I’m not disputing its value. I just feel sad that to live in an affordable-ish place in DC, one must consider properties that look a bit cheap, dark and aesthetically unpleasant. Hats off to the budding designer who manages to make this feel homey.

        • samanda_bynes

          oh yeah, i agree!

  • anon

    nothing says ‘I want to rent a basement apartment’ more than a depressing photo of a rain soaked yard

  • ms frizzle

    Good price, but no oven and the only windows look out a sunroom or porch or something? Am I seeing that right? =(

  • kitty

    “Please note there have been some updates to the apartment such as newer windows and partial carpeting mixed with the tile which are not reflected in the pictures, but everything else is the same. (I have had a tenant living in the apartment for 2 years and I have not had an opportunity to take updated pictures.”

    I really think the landlord here is doing themselves a disservice. Some updated photos would go a long way towards selling this a little better. Better to do a thorough job with your marketing. Flooring and windows make a big difference.

    • Anonymous

      At a minimum, at least list what the upgrades were, like was a oven added?

      • textdoc

        I doubt it. Installing a cooktop rather than an oven was probably a very deliberate decision to have having to run a new electric line and install a new 240V outlet.

    • textdoc

      Existing tenant might be a slob, which might mean that it’s better to have no photos than off-putting ones.

      • anon

        They could have at least cut off the datestamp on those pictures so people don’t know their a whopping 7 years old. That’s seriously out of date.

        • textdoc

          Ehh, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Yes, the pics are old, but unless the tenants in between seriously smudged up the walls/floors/appliances and the landlord didn’t repaint/clean, the empty unit should still look like this.
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          I agree that cutting off the datestamp would be better, though.

  • PM

    Not the worst basement I’ve seen for that price in Petworth. Cheers.

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