Curated Craigslist: New DC Website Highlights Young People-Friendly Rentals

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Curated Craigslist: New DC Website Highlights Young People-Friendly Rentals

September 12, 2013

Hunting for an apartment to rent is often a joyless task that involves scrolling through endless options on Craigslist. Though the website has made some practical improvements to their layout, the visuals are still bare bones, and the only way to find quality options is to search and search.

One young DC resident is hoping to make the experience of finding a place a bit more enjoyable. Earlier this month, 24-year-old DC resident Jamie Grigg launched Exposed Brick DC, a website that aims to “break through the clutter of the DC rental market.”

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A recent listing on Exposed Brick DC

In short, Grigg acts as a rental curator for those on the hunt. The Pinterest-y website highlights her picks for desirable apartments, which, she tells us, must be “affordable and cool” for her young audience.

Grigg, who lives in a two-bedroom in Cleveland Park, posts about one rental a day, highlighting the photo and visual appeal; when she doesn’t find anything suitable, she’ll add content to a section of the website called “Off the Market,” which offers thoughts and tips from renters about their current living situations.

To keep things affordable, Grigg set monetary limits on the properties she features. “Studios and one bedrooms can’t exceed $1,700/month, two bedrooms can’t exceed $2,800 and three bedrooms can’t exceed $4,000,” she said.

She is particularly interested in deals that seem priced below market rate. A recent post highlights a good-looking Georgetown one-bedroom that was renting for $1,425 per month. “It was spectacular,” said Grigg, with hardwood floors, a black and white tiled kitchen and built-in bookcases.

Exposed Brick DC officially launched on September 5 and interested renters can get Grigg’s picks delivered to their inbox by subscribing at the bottom of the site.

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