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Natural light is a crucial point on my checklist when looking for a new place to live – and most of these listings I found today have it in abundance! Since I’m always looking ahead to warmer months, I also found a few places with patios where you can ring in spring. (Until we get to spring – a few of these also have fireplaces to keep you warm!).

$1572- 1 BD/1 BA – Ground level condo with beautiful illuminating hardwood floors (Foxhall/Palisades)

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What makes it great: While this location isn’t quite Georgetown, this may be the cheapest apartment that offers a parking spot in this part of town. The location would be good for anyone who works in that area or in Virginia, but wants a DC address. No square footage is included, but the listing mentions that both the bedroom and living room areas are spacious with good closet space. There is a small private patio that will be nice for warmer weather. Washer/dryer included.

Why you may think twice: This part of DC is pretty secluded when it comes to public transportation, so if that’s a requirement, you may want to rule this one out. Pets are allowed but cost an additional $25/month. I’m also curious about the requirement that 80% of floors be covered by a carpet or rug – that’s something you’ll want to ask about before you take the apartment plunge.

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$2100-1 BD/ 1 BA – 550 sq feet – Amazing corner unit with light on 3 sides in East Village (Georgetown)

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What makes it great: Even as rents rise across DC, Georgetown still seems to be one of the hardest places to both find an apartment and a deal. For a one bedroom that’s actually in Georgetown – this isn’t too bad of a price. It also has the benefit of being central, but relatively secluded. I’m a sucker for natural light so the title got me right away. While the furniture currently in the unit gives off an older vibe, it appears the apartment itself is renovated – with relatively new appliances. Central air (crucial for some of these older buildings in the summer) included. Washer/dryer in common area.

Why you may think twice: Parking is a problem everywhere in Georgetown and so is Metro access. Unless you live, work, and play in these parts – it can be tough to get around. You’ll also want to make sure the bedroom can fit a larger bed – the photos show it currently has a twin – but there appears to be extra room.

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$2750- 2 BD/1 BA – 940 sq ft- Light Filled Bi-Level Condo Near Park/ Metro (Adams Morgan)

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What makes it great: Two words: spiral staircase. I can’t be the only one who thinks this this simple addition to a home makes it that much more magical (once you’re moved in – furniture up the stairs of course!). This apartment also has two bedrooms – large enough that it could be a near-even split for roommates. It is on the top floor and in the back of the building, both factors that can keep the noise level down. It also has access to a rooftop deck and a washer/dryer in the apartment itself. The building has the character from when it was built back in 1910 – but the modern amenities of a building that was renovated in 2009.

Why you may think twice: No utilities included – may want to check how much more this will add to your bill. No parking included – can be a tough area to find consistent street parking. No dogs allowed.

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$2850- 3 BD/1.5 BA – 1202 sq ft- Cute row house right off of H Street Corridor 

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What makes it great: What an awesome house for sharing with friends/roommates. It’s in a prime location if the H Street area is your preferred hangout spot (a block from &pizza – sign me up!). Inside, has the space you’d need to have private space – while still being charming and outside, a private deck to hang out on before/after your nights out on H! Great hardwood floors and natural light. Washer/driver included.

Why you may think twice: If this is going to be a home you share with two other people – keep in mind there is only ONE full bathroom. That can be troublesome if you work similar schedules and need the shower at the same time each day.

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