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I’m never one to wish away summer, but September in DC is enough to make anyone excited for fall. With the humidity finally calming down, I want to spend as much time as I can outside. Today I focused on a few places where you can squeeze in a few patio/balcony parties before it gets too cold outside (and even a little snow will look great on these outdoor spaces!).

$2900- 2 BD/1.5 BA – 827 sq feet – Exposed brick, hardwood floors, and french doors to your private balcony (Adams Morgan) 

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What makes it great: This unit really has the charm of older construction. This much exposed brick could make other apartments feel dark – but this one seems to be bright thanks to its private balcony. The french doors out to the balcony also help to extend what could feel like a small space – even with those floor-to-ceiling mirrors. This is also a great location – on the edge of both the Adams Morgan and U Street neighborhoods.

Why you may think twice: 827 square feet isn’t much space for all this promises- it may feel a little cramped, especially if you plan to share a home with a roommate. I’m also wary because although this listing was posted today, it mentions priority for early September move-ins – which makes me wonder why it hasn’t been scooped up yet!

$4300 – 3 BD/3 BA – 2000 sq feet – Furnished home of your dreams with incredible backyard patio (Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase)

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What makes it great: Just look at the backyard and tell me you don’t want to live there – or have friends who do! This is an incredible home that is great for a family or a few friends looking to share an incredible house. This house has two master bedroom suites – one is in a private “in-law” suite perfect for the friend who prefers a private, separate space. You’ll never have to search for quarters or a laundry card here – there are two laundry areas! Walk to Red Line station is less than 4 minutes.

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Why you may think twice: This is about as suburban as you can get while keeping a DC address – you’re practically in Maryland.

$1899- 1 BD/ 1 BA – 678 sq feet – Bright & white one bedroom with sunroom and shared outdoor space (Cathedral Heights 

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What makes it great: Natural light for the win! Spend a month’s paycheck at Ikea on lighting – and you still won’t be able to beat the natural lighting of this apartment! It definitely helps that this place has light floors and newly painted white walls to make it look much larger than 678 square feet. The building itself is an older one, but this complex has done wonders with renovations. The sunroom will allow you to enjoy sunny days – even once its too cold to spend them outdoors. The shared patio also looks like a great spot to enjoy a Sunday afternoon with a good book (without having to maintain it yourself!).

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Why you may think twice: The layout of this apartment online appears to show the only entrance to the bathroom as being through the bedroom. Not a deal breaker, but can be frustrating if you plan to entertain. Cathedral Heights is also much more suburban than many realize. While buses are easily accessible, getting to the Metro is a bit of a hike.

$2400- 2 BD/2 BA – 900 sq feet – Basement apartment with gated backyard garden (Columbia Heights) 

 

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What makes it great: This looks like a great renovation of a basement apartment. The newer features and amenities give it a brighter feel than many others for rent in this area. Backyard area looks like the perfect spot to host a BBQ or other outdoor event – while maintaining privacy with fencing. Great location – with easy access to Metro.

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Why you may think twice: If natural light is important to you – this may not be the right spot. While the outdoor space adds to the benefits, it appears the inside of the apartment is pretty dark.

Don’t miss these other homes with outdoor spaces:

$1629 – 0 BD/1 BA – Studio living with access to rooftop patio with unbeatable view (Downtown)

$2350- 1 BD/1 BA – Enjoy a private balcony during warm months & fireplace through the cold (Van Ness)

$2599 – 1 BD/1 BA – 713 sq feet – One bedroom with open living-space and balcony (Dupont Circle)

$3315- 2 BD/2 BA – 1317 sq feet – A slice of Europe in the heart of DC (Adams Morgan)

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