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There isn’t a ton out there right now, but if you’re looking to find a new home before the new year it’s definitely possible. A few of the listings I found today have great outdoor spaces — I know its the last thing you want to think of when its so cold outside but this winter weather just means it’ll be spring (and then summer!) soon enough! Happy apartment hunting.

$1500- 0 BD/1 BA – 650 sq feet – Basement for rent near Red Line and 6 Major Bus Lines (Brookland/Bloomingdale) 

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What makes it great: This looks like a great deal for a student or someone new to the District. Not only is this very close to several major bus lines and a Metro station, the landlord is also willing to be flexible on the lease. Walking distance to both Brookland/Bloomingdale night life scenes. The $1500 price tag includes all utilities AND a cleaning service once every two weeks (those can cost you closer to $115/cleaning!). The landlord appears to be the upstairs resident – which can be both a blessing and a curse – but you know they will be around to take care of upkeep.

Why you may think twice: The setup is confusing based on photos. In one photo it appears the bed is in the kitchen – while another makes it appear as though there is a living room setup. Will need to share washer/dryer with above unit.

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$1850 – 1 BD/ 1 BA – 700 sq feet – 1 BE, English basement in trendy CH/Petworth with UTILITIES INCLUDED00W0W_4fI0lGIqvhD_600x450

What makes it great: I’m a sucker for a colorfully painted door, so when I saw the patio entrance, I was hooked. Don’t worry – there are plenty of perks to get you through the cold months ahead: newly remodeled kitchen, renovated bathroom, in-unit washer/dryer, and all utilities included. It always helps to know up front exactly what you’re paying so you’re not shocked by some expensive surprise down the line.

Why you may think twice: The basement living isn’t for everyone. If you’re sold on the patio know this is a shared outdoor space so you may not be able to grill in quiet if that’s what you’re dreaming of.

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$2450 – 1 BD + Den/1.5 BA – 847 sq feet- Perfect West End Duplex in Victorian Row (Foggy Bottom) 

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What makes it great: The outside of this unit looks like the set for a sitcom based in DC. Inside, this is a beautiful unit that will likely get scooped up quickly – so act fast if this is in your budget. Not only is the location smack dab in the middle of everything (walk to several Metro stops), there is a ton of great space to work with this apartment. I love finding a great two-level unit that isn’t a traditional stand alone house. The first floor features a kitchen, a large, tiled living/ dining space and a half bathroom. Upstairs is the sitting room (den), a large bedroom, and master bathroom.

Why you may think twice: For about the same price, you can find a two-bedroom in most parts of DC. If you’re looking for a place with extra space for guests, this may get a bit complicated because of the setup. Street parking can also be tough in this part of town.

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$1460- 1 BD/ 1 BA – 750 sq feet – Glover Park 1 BR 1 BA w Hardwood Floors, Priv. Screened Porch

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What makes it great: With the temperatures in the 30’s today, a screened in porch doesn’t sound like a priority. But one of the perks of DC is that we do have a lot of months where this space could come in handy! While plenty of units have porches or patios, having a screened in one will make it ideal to sit on through spring, summer, and fall. This also seems like a great deal for a one bedroom of this size – this would make a great apartment for a couple.

Why you may think twice: I always feel the need to point out that the lower rents in Glover come at the cost of transportation. While buses aren’t too far away, there is no Metro within walking distance. There’s also a mention that air conditioning is through AC units -which you must provide. For some, its worth the investment, but it can be a pain hauling this around from building to building if you move often. There also appears to be W/D access – but in a separate building. While it may not seem like a pain now, imagine carrying back all of your clean clothes in the rain -or snow!

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