Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Apartment search help?

Just got this email from an out-of-town reader:
What's the best way to find a decent, safe apartment in your area that won't cost an arm and a leg? I'm getting ready to move to D.C. and like what I read about your neighborhood. Can you point me in the right direction?
I suggested Craigslist and the Washington Post apartment guide, any other suggestions? Places to avoid? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

15 comments:

Mason Kessinger said...

http://www.padmapper.com/

Anonymous said...

Define arm and a leg...

Anna said...
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Anna said...

if you want safety, go with virginia...
DC is urban. you pay for the environment, not safety. But in Cheights, I would stay west of 14th and south of the metro.

Nithya said...

I would say stay west of 14th and north of the metro. Whenever I hear about shootings and such they always seem to be around Harvard, Clifton, Girard, Columbia etc.

er said...

Nonsense. I live on Harvard near Georgia, and I feel plenty safe there, even at night (and even as a female). I think the neighborhood is great, the prices are reasonable, and it's only a 10 minute walk to both the Metro and bus I take to work downtown. Of course, if you want to stay west of 14th street and keep my neighborhood quiet, low-demand, and free of any more yuppies, you are welcome to do that, too.

Sam said...

I live near georgia ave and columbia. It's an education, but I love it. Can't beat 550 a month.

Anonymous said...

sam...how many El Salvadorians do you live with? 550 only if there are 4+ people in your flat. Anna is right go to Va. and live in the most unatractive part of the "city" where safty and boring are hand and hand. Either you live in the city or you don't. NJ is not NYC... just like MD and VA are not and never will be DC.

DC_Chica said...

yikes anon, way to make an ignorant comment

Unfortunately, the reader's question is so vague my best advice to look for a place in a group house where there's no lease, and live there until you can get a feel for different parts of DC and how much things cost (and how long/expensive your commute to work or school would be). If you end up considering an apartment building/complex, you can read reviews on apartmentratings.com. That said, I live in Mt. Pleasant and highly recommend it for it's proximity to Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan and its' quiet, neighborhood-y feel.

Anonymous said...

I'm moving into my new place at 14th & Harvard from my old place that's just a couple blocks away at Irving and I have to say that I love the neighborhood. Everywhere in DC has crime....even Logan/Dupont. Does anyone remember the gang of kids busting into Universal Gear and stealing hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise? (overpriced or not).

I used Craigslist to find both of my places and it was totally worth it.

Jimmy D said...

Ditto the no-lease, group house option if you can find it. It is hard to give advice about where to live to people that arent familiar with DC or havent lived an an urban environment before. What is acceptable/safe is highly subjective. If you have a chance to live somewhere contract free, that is really the best way to learn what you are ok with and what you are not.

Anon at 1:45 - welcome to Harvard St. Im at 1420.

Jason Hertenstein said...

I would suggest Cazoodle Apartment Search. http://apartments.cazoodle.com

Mackenzie said...

I'm not sure I'd recommend Columbia Heights if you want safe. Go for Foggy Bottom, they've got an extra police department because of the school. Heck, it's cheaper too.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy D-

If you see a big moving truck blocking the alley or the street on the afternoon of the 1st about 10 houses down you can blame me.

-Anonymous aka Lauren

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 12:56 PM: There are 4 of us, huge row house with a ton of space, off street parking for 3 cars. Yeah we have random people going through our trash in the middle of the night, and yeah our neighbors across the street are arms and drug dealers. But hey, living cheap in the District at this price is well worth it!