Is DC Running Out of Group Houses to Rent?

by Mark Wellborn


If you and your friends are looking to upgrade from the shabby house that you have been living in since college, this may be a more difficult time to accomplish that move than in years past. The City Paper’s Ruth Samuelson is reporting that it is getting harder and harder to find a group house in DC where the rent is semi-affordable.

In an attempt to help a recent college grad with her housing search, Samuelson emailed a friend who is living in Columbia Heights who, with his current living mates, is interested in moving. Here is an excerpt from his email:

We had three people looking hard for two months, and not more than a handful of places showed up. 4/5/6 bedroom houses in columbia heights/mount pleasant for 700-1000 per person were just not popping up on craigslist. Petworth maybe. A mile north of the metro, sure. But nothing comparable in location to what we have now, and certainly nothing close to the price/location combination.

So it seems there are housing options, just perhaps not in the desirable places that grads have grown used to. One thing that there did not seem to be a shortage of was young professionals looking for a place to live: The emailer had already interviewed ten potential roommates.

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  1. Bob said at 4:44 pm on Tuesday July 28, 2009:

    I manage a group house in Tenleytown a block from the metro.  Rents range from $675 for a sunny walk-in closet to $860 for the basement dungeon suite, plus utilities.  All in, rent is $2850/month.  I know this only covers about 70% of the landlord’s mortgage and taxes, so he’s subsidizing our housing by almost 30% and just waiting to cash in on increasing property values.  He told me the home has increased about $150k in value over 5 years, so his model is working.  There’s a good reason affordable group houses in nice neighborhoods are disappearing - there are no longer affordable houses in nice neighborhoods in D.C.  Just like the rest of D.C.‘s middle class, young professionals are either going to have to move into less desirable parts of town or prepare to pay huge chunks of their take home in rent- even for a room in a beater group house.

  1. Georgetowner said at 10:07 am on Wednesday July 29, 2009:

    Since we’re comparing anecdotal experiences - I can say that my friends are not having any problems finding group houses.  And the neighborhoods they’re looking at are not exactly undesirable - places like Glover Park, Capitol Hill, Logan Circle, Shaw, etc..

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