Here in D.C., traditionally taboo discussion topics among friends are fair game — like cost of living and one’s politics. I read an article recently about a woman living in San Francisco who makes six figures and still qualifies for low income housing. After nearly spitting out my coffee, I felt grateful that D.C. hasn’t become that bad. D.C. rental costs continue to soar, and I am constantly reminded by my Southern friends and family that their mortgage payments are less than my monthly rent. Finding affordable, livable housing is certainly daunting, so this week I’ve kept options under $2400 to give you fellow bargain hunters a bit of hope!

$2300 / 2br – 850ft2 – 2-Bedroom English Basement Apartment in Bloomingdale (Bloomingdale)
What makes this place great: A gorgeous, two bedroom basement unit in Bloomingdale at $1150 per person? Jackpot. Grab your roomie and apply for this gem. Bloomingdale is increasingly growing in popularity, and I don’t forsee it staying affordable for long with bars like Boundry Stone and ANXO becoming happy hour hotspots. You get more than a pretty place with this E.B., the unit comes with a washer/dryer, and Nest thermostat (major cool factor).

Why you should think twice: I’ve said it before, English basements aren’t for everyone.


$2400 / 1br – Beautiful Capitol Hill 1BR Apartment
Why you’ll love it:  Coming in just at my budget challenge price, this unit is a good option for a couple, or someone willing to spend extra on a one bedroom they love. This Capitol Hill apartment gives off major West Elm vibes — it’s a renovated English Basement with modern benefits, but still includes classic touches like curved walls and a brick fireplace (pictured).

Why it might not work: No square footage listed, although the pictures make it appear spacious and bright.

$2000 / 1br – 602ft2 – Top floor, sun filled spacious Kalorama 1bed 1bath condo (Kalorama)
Why you should apply: This apartment is located in The Rockledge condominium, which I was this close to moving into last year. It’s an older Kalaroma building, so don’t go in expecting a whole lot of glamour (exception: one amazing rooftop). I see so much potential for this unit. Gorgeous wood floors, and a top-floor view; inquires are sure to pour in. When I applied to this building last year, I was one of four hundred people to reach out within hours of it being posted. Move fast folks!

Why I thought twice, and you should too: I applied for a studio not much smaller than this, and it felt stuffy. Six hundred square feet might not be enough room for some.

$1600 / 1br – 680ft2 – Unfurnished 1 Bed Basement, H Street $1600 Rent (13st + F st)
What makes this place great: Aside from an unbeatable price for a full one bedroom, this H Street gem looks just as amazing on the outside as it does inside. Utilities are affordable as well — tenant is responsible for a flat fee of $100 a month! Work on the Hill? This Senate-side apartment is only a block from Maryland Avenue. Another reason to love this place is its pristine back patio.

Why you should look elsewhere: Should you value privacy, this might not be the best option for you, as the stairway seems to be accessible to the rest of the house (I could be wrong).

$1325 / 1br – One bedroom, one bath Petworth basement apt (Petworth)
Why you should apply: Petworth, like Bloomingdale, is one of the few remaining affordable D.C. neighborhoods. Modern and clean finishes make this place great, along with the price. I love the kitchenette, and that there is a private entrance. Apparently, the current tenant rents out the living room couch on Air BnB, which the landlord gave the OK to continue.

Why you should think twice: The location could be a challenge for those needing access to Metro’s Red Line, both nearby stations are Green/Yellow.

I’d love to hear if better deals are out there, feel free to share your budget-friendly finds in the comments below.



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