UrbanTurf Reader Asks: Renting in DC and Getting the Most Bang for My Buck

by UrbanTurf Staff


In this week’s installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a recent DC transplant who has been couch surfing, inquires about where she can get the most bang for her buck renting in DC. 

“Since moving to DC a month ago for a job, I have been crashing on the couches of a revolving group of friends. My job has kept me busy, so I haven’t been able to start my rental search in earnest yet, so I was hoping that the UrbanTurf audience could offer their two cents.

I can pay up to $2,300 a month in rent and I would like a two-bedroom, if possible, but know that can be more one-bedroom territory. I don’t want to be more than a 5-10 minute walk from the Yellow and Green or Red Lines, and being within a similar walking distance to retail and restaurants would also be nice. Houses and apartments are both fine, although my rental limit will probably restrict my search to apartments.

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  1. freddy said at 4:36 pm on Tuesday August 9, 2011:

    SHAW. And you could probably get a two-bedroom apt or small row house in that neighborhood that would be within your budget.

  1. srt said at 4:41 pm on Tuesday August 9, 2011:

    Check out Petworth and northern and eastern Columbia heights.

  1. Rayful Edmond said at 4:57 pm on Tuesday August 9, 2011:

    Southwest Waterfront.

  1. Rockville Resident said at 10:39 pm on Tuesday August 9, 2011:

    Depending on how far you want to be from DC, Rockville Town Center has lots of rentals near by and is right across the street from Rockville Metro. Search zip 20850

  1. Jovan said at 10:52 pm on Tuesday August 9, 2011:

    You should look at Shaw, LeDroit Park, or if you’re looking to stretch your dollar and get more for your money you should look at Bloomingdale/Eckington.

  1. ali said at 8:42 am on Wednesday August 10, 2011:

    Bloomingdale. I am sure that you can find something nice in your range in that area.

  1. Rob said at 9:00 am on Wednesday August 10, 2011:

    Very little of Bloomingdale is within a 5-10 minute walk of a Metro station.

  1. parkster said at 11:05 am on Wednesday August 10, 2011:

    Shaw, northern Columbia Heights, Petworth for sure. The pricier options - Dupont, Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, central Columbia Heights, U Street - are closer to a lot of restaurants/retails and have occasional good deals; you have to work for them and be patient in your search but they do exist. I found one of them in April.

  1. Laura said at 2:56 pm on Wednesday August 10, 2011:

    I think columbia Heights is the best bet, you can get something below $2,300 for a 2 bedroom there and its walking distance to green/yellow lines like you wanted and there is a target and giant right there, so it is very convenient. In general I think $2300 can get you very far with housing in the city, provided you aren’t looking for a high-end luxury building.

  1. Marshall said at 3:38 pm on Wednesday August 10, 2011:

    Check out

    It’s a great new building just about to start leasing - half a block from the Convention center Green line. Starting at $2065.

  1. StringsAttached said at 4:27 pm on Thursday August 11, 2011:

    Why not find a decent place with a metrobus stop not too far away for less than that, pocket the savings and look to buy a home. If not here, in whatever city you want to move to? Just my 2 cents.

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