Best Apartment Communities in DC | Spring 2018

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The Best Apartment Communities in Washington DC | Spring 2018 Edition

Washington, DC has over 3,500 apartment communities to choose from when deciding where to live….To say apartment hunting in DC is overwhelming would be a slight understatement.  We culled the options by checking out review sites like Google, Yelp, and Apartment Ratings. Below is our list of our favorites and what the reviews say are the best apartment communities in DC.

This isn’t the first time Park Chelsea is making the list of Best Apartment Communities in DC.  In 2017, they made Washington City Paper’s Best of lists.  The warm classic finishes paired with an endless list of amenities make Park Chelsea a must see.  Residents at Park Chelsea get access to free weekly yoga and spin classes, monthly social events like mixology and pizza making demonstrations, and a list of amenities that include an indoor pool and steam room and rooftop pool with monument views. While Park Chelsea is just about 100% occupied, phase 2 of the community, The Agora just opened.  Residents of the two buildings get reciprocal access to each other’s amenities. And when the Whole Foods opens on the ground floor of the Agora, you’ll be saying Yes to this address.

Brunswick House is not only rated one of the best apartments in DC, but its ratings on multiple reviews sites also rank it as one of the best apartments in the country.  Interestingly, Brunswick House is not a new luxury apartment community.  Instead, it is an older, albeit well-maintained building with a stellar location and a phenomenal staff.  Reviews describe it as, “a place with a warm sense of community, wonderful neighbors, and an amazing management team.”  Brunswick House is a rent control building, meaning that rent is only increased a marginal amount each year.  This makes it the best deal in the city for anyone planning to stay in one apartment for an extended period.  Located just off of the Dupont Metro station, you can live a car-free and carefree life at this community.

When ranking apartments as the best in DC, one of the factors must be location.  The Swift at Petworth is one block from the metro and has a Safeway grocery built on the first floor pushing this apartment community to the top of our list. The Swift at Petworth apartment finishes are stunning and include all the right extras; washers and dryers in the apartments and kitchens to die for. If you are new to DC, you’l appreciate the programmed resident events.  One review stated, “The events they hold and the community atmosphere they create truly sets this building apart.”

City Market at O isn’t the newest building in DC, but they continue to rank high in Google and Apartment Rating reviews.  The amenities at this building show how the developer really thought about the residents and their needs.  The indoor/outdoor fireplace is one of our favorite features.  They also thought about your furry family members’ needs with a rooftop pet park.   One review summed it up with, “In my experience, City Market at O is the best apartment community in the city. The staff are friendly, the residents are sociable, and the amenities are top-notch.”

Located in the Cathedral heights neighborhood of DC, 3333 Wisconsin is one of DC’s best apartment communities for those looking for a bit more residential feel.  The apartment community backs up to a neighborhood full of gorgeous houses and parks and is just a stone’s throw away from the National Cathedral.  Runners and walkers love the wide sidewalks lining the streets and mature trees that provide fantastic shade.  But this neighborhood isn’t all houses!  DC institutions like 2Amy’s Pizza and Cactus Cantina are right outside 3333 Wisconsin’s front door.  You also have a Giant grocery store, CVS, Barcelona Restuarant, Solidcore, Pure Barre and countless other conveniences.  The apartment community has a theater room, fitness center and a rooftop deck to take in the city views.  One reviewer wrote, “Convenient location, excellent amenities and amazing staff. The concierge service in this building was impeccable.”

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How to Allergy-Proof Your Home: A Room-by-Room Guide

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans every year, costing an estimated $18 billion and acting as a leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.

With symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, sniffing and sneezing, coughing and even asthma, allergies can leave everyone feeling miserable. That’s why it’s important to keep your home allergy-free and clean, especially if your symptoms are more severe.

Use this guide to allergy-proof your home or apartment. Click the links below to jump to a specific section:

Common allergens in the home

It’s important to know what you’re fighting when trying to allergy-proof your home. From dust mites to mold, these allergens can trigger symptoms of serious allergies and leave you feeling itchy, achy and congested.

Below are some of the most common household allergies:

Dust mites

These microscopic insects are some of the most common household allergens, thriving in warm, humid environments around the house.

  • Common symptoms: Asthma, headaches, itchy nose, throat and eyes

Mold and mildew

Mold is a fungus that grows best in damp, poorly ventilated environments that don’t receive a lot of sunlight. The most commonly affected areas include bathrooms, piping and kitchens. There are many common types of mold, including Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium and Stachybotrys (also known as black mold).

  • Common symptoms: Asthma, COPD (in those with preexisting conditions) and headaches

Animal allergens

Animal allergies are caused by reactions to the saliva and dead skin cells (dander) on your pet’s skin. As many as 30 percent of Americans have dog and cat allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

  • Common symptoms: Itchy or swollen eyes, stuffy nose and trouble breathing

Pollen

Many plants, including oak trees, ragweed and grass, create a fine powder called pollen when they begin to bloom. Over 25 million Americans are allergic to pollen of one kind or another.

  • Common symptoms: Itchy or watery eyes, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemical gases emitted by a wide array of products, including carpeting, perfumes, air fresheners, certain cleaning products, upholstered furniture, adhesive and office equipment like printers and copiers. The three most common VOCs are formaldehyde, ammonia and benzene.

  • Common symptoms: Itchy eyes, sore throat, headache, nausea, fatigue and dizziness

How to eliminate allergens in the home

Whether you live in a studio apartment or a five-bedroom home, you aren’t defenseless against allergens and toxins in the air. Use the following tips to protect yourself and your home from allergens like mold, dust mites and animal dander.

Removing kitchen allergens

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One of the most heavily trafficked rooms in the home, it’s important to keep your kitchen allergy-free and clean. Use the tips below to allergy-proof your kitchen:

    • Check under the sink often. The combination of leaky pipes and dark space makes the perfect breeding ground for mold. If you find mold here, use a cleaning solution of baking soda, white vinegar and tea tree oil to scrub pesky mold away. Renters should contact their property manager to repair any leaking pipes.
    • Clean your fridge frequently. We’ve all come across moldy food in the fridge — the lack of ventilation in most fridges makes mold growth likely. Once a week, remove all produce from your fridge and wipe down surfaces to remove mold-causing moisture. When you’re finished cleaning, be sure to store all produce correctly to prevent further mold growth.
    • Maintain good ventilation. Use the vent hood when cooking, open a window or turn on a fan to encourage good airflow and keep the air from retaining too much moisture. Poor ventilation makes it easier for mold to grow.
    • Pest-proof everything. Did you know cockroaches carry allergens? Many people are allergic to their droppings and sheddings, which can trigger asthma attacks in severe cases. Seal all food in air-tight containers, never leave food out and wipe down surfaces frequently to remove food particles these pests are attracted to. If you live in an apartment, you can often submit a request for pest control services.

Allergy-proofing the bathroom

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The bathroom is one of the most mold-friendly rooms in the house. Use these tips to combat mold and keep your bathroom spotless!

    • Use a ventilation fan. Especially in small bathrooms, airflow is critical. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends an exhaust fan to reduce moisture build-up. If your bathroom doesn’t have a ventilation fan installed, ask your property manager to install one. Otherwise, keeping a window or door cracked can prevent moisture from building up.
    • Skip the plug-in air freshener. While keeping the air smelling nice is important, plug-in fresheners emit VOCs that can cause allergic reactions, exacerbate respiratory problems and trigger headaches. As an alternative to a plug-in air freshener, use a candle or air-filtering houseplant to keep the air clean.
    • Choose your shower curtain carefully. Vinyl shower curtains emit VOCs, which could contribute to your allergies. Instead, opt for a nylon curtain that is better for your health and for the environment.
    • Use mold-resistant paint enamel. If your bathroom has wallpaper, consider switching it out for paint or tile. Use a mold-resistant top coat to protect your paint and discourage mold growth. Be sure to check with your property manager before making any changes if you rent an apartment.

Eliminating bedroom allergies

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Your bedroom is your sanctuary –– use these tips to keep it free from allergens.

    • Use dust mite-proof coverings. Up to 10 percent of the weight of a two-year-old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings. To keep these tiny creatures at bay, use microfiber covers on mattresses, box springs, comforters and pillows.
    • Do the laundry consistently. Wash your bedsheets at least once per week using water that is 130ºF or hotter to kill dust mites. Alternatively, 15 minutes in a dryer at 130ºF will also kill dust mites and remove allergens from your bedding.
    • Keep pets off your bed. Dander and saliva produced by animals can trigger allergic reactions. If your allergies are serious, consider declaring the entire bedroom a pet-free zone to keep your symptoms at bay.
    • Replace your mattress. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends replacing mattresses every 10 years and pillows every five years. Mattresses and pillows can house mold spores, which can trigger asthma attacks and other allergy symptoms.

Keeping the living room clean

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Another heavily trafficked room in the home, your living room could be harboring unwanted allergens like dust mites, mold and pollen.

    • Use allergy-friendly window coverings. Curtains are a breeding ground for dust mites. They should be laundered and even vacuumed at least every two weeks. Choose washable fabrics like cotton or linen, or use blinds that can easily be wiped down.
    • Opt for leather furniture. While plush, upholstered seating is great for comfort, it isn’t so good for allergies. Choose leather seating to reduce the possibility of dust mites, or use washable slipcovers.
    • Skip the carpet and area rug. Dust mites love carpeting, so consider replacing any carpet you may have in your living room with vinyl, tile, or hardwood flooring. If you’re renting, look for apartments that offer carpet-free living.
    • Wipe down surfaces often. Use a solution of white vinegar, olive oil and warm water to wipe down surfaces, including coffee tables, end tables, fireplace mantles and windowsills. This will remove any dust buildup and keep your furniture in good condition.

Other ways to allergy-proof your home

There are plenty of other ways to continue allergy-proofing your home. Using the right cleaners and equipment goes a long way to reducing allergens.

Natural cleansers

When cleaning, opt for natural solutions over chemical-based cleaners and disinfectants. Many household cleaners, including those with chlorine bleach, have been found to emit VOCs.

In fact, studies have found that “a higher frequency of using spray products during household cleaning (especially glass-cleaning and furniture sprays and air freshening sprays) was associated with a 40 percent increase in wheeze, a 50 percent increase in asthma symptoms or medication use and approximately a 100 percent increase in incidence in physician-diagnosed asthma.”

HEPA filter vacuums

To remove dust and dirt from your home, consider investing in a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter vacuum. Regular vacuums can push allergens back into the air, but HEPA filter vacuums prevent this re-spreading of allergens.

According to Consumer Reports, the best allergy-proofing HEPA filter vacuum cleaners are:

  • Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly Bagged Vacuum
  • Miele Dynamic U1 Cat and Dog
  • Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick
  • Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly UltraPlush 81714
  • Kenmore 81614
  • Miele Complete C3 Marin
  • Kenmore Elite Pet-Friendly Bagged Upright Vacuum

Air filtration

Use a portable air purifier to reduce unwanted allergens in your home. There are many different types of air purifiers available, so consider choosing one based on the size of the room you’ll use it in.

The clean air delivery rate (CADR) determines how many particles and square feet an air purifier can reach. To determine the best CADR rating for your room’s square footage, use the following equations:

  • Room size (sq ft.) = (CADR rating x 1.55) or CADR rating = (Room size (sq ft.) / 1.55)

For example, if you see an air purifier at the store with a CADR rating of 100, it will be able to clean a room that is 155 square feet.

  • (100 CADR x 1.55) = 155 sq ft.

Alternatively, if you are looking for an air purifier that will clean your 250 square foot room, you can determine that you’ll need an air purifier with a score of 160 or higher.

  • (250 sq ft. / 1.55) = 161 CADR 

According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, you should use the smoke CADR score when doing these calculations, as this is the smallest particle size and will be the most difficult to clean from the air.

For more allergy-proofing hacks, check out the infographic below. 

Whether your allergies include a runny nose or trouble breathing, it’s important to keep your home as free of allergens as possible. A clean, dust-free environment goes a long way to reducing allergies and consistent maintenance will help to prevent the spread of mold.

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Matthew McConaughey Pays $7.8M for a Chic Beach Property in Hawaii

It’s hard to think of a better place to hang out for Matthew McConaughey than the Kaupulehu Residence—a brand-new $7,845,000 home on the big island of Hawaii.

Brimming with “barefoot elegance,” the home is part of the Kukio Beach and Golf Club community in Kailua-Kona, according to the listing.

The residence features six bedrooms and 6.5 baths, and the McConaughey family will be its first official residents after the purchase in December 2020.

Esperanza Residence LLC bought the 1-acre lot for $1.65 million in 2018 and invested nearly $3.8 million into the construction of the home. It was designed by Kona architect Paul Bleck.

High-quality finishes in the home include floors of La Paz stone and wide-plank oak, and surfaces of handcarved limestone, Italian Calacatta marble, and quartzite.

There is also extensive custom woodwork, including teak cabinets, oversized cedar sliding doors, and the cedar ceiling in the lanai.

The luxe home is full of doubles, including two primary suites, two pools, two outdoor fire pits, and the indoor and outdoor kitchens.

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New Kona residence

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Kitchen and great room

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On the singular side of things, there is one wine cellar, one media room, one bocce court, and one office/bonus room.

One of the home’s most striking features is the 66-foot infinity pool complete with spectacular beach views. Those views can also be enjoyed from the great room with 63-foot-wide pocket doors, which allow breezes to flow through the house.

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Watch: Matt Damon’s $21M Pacific Palisades Home Says ‘Big Time’

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The home initially went on the market in July 2019 for $7,995,000. The actor strolled in with an offer in late 2020.

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Backyard with infinity pool

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As a resident of this exclusive gated community, McConaughey will have the opportunity to join the Kukio Golf and Beach Club, which features two golf courses, two clubhouses, a sports complex, and an indoor and outdoor spa. The community is located near the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and Kona Village–Rosewood Resort.

McConaughey, 51, first blazed onto the scene in 1993, when he appeared in the coming-of-age comedy “Dazed and Confused.” He won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” and recently published a memoir, titled “Greenlights,” which debuted at No. 1 on the the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.

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A Major Kitchen Moment

I know, I know. I was espousing the need to minimize kitchen design just a couple of weeks back. And while I’m still feeling the paired down look, I’m also human. I will always be easily seduced by a stunning kitchen moment. 

The following example certainly qualifies.

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A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34

You wouldn’t know it first glance, but this kitchen resides in a nearly 200 year old townhouse in Brooklyn. Part of a double height addition, this kitchen is oversized without being overly opulent.

A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34

I love how this kitchen has the Euro-influenced backsplash that features single open shelf (still realllyyy wish I’d done that in my kitchen but it wasn’t a thing in 2015!), but doing it with the Vermont soapstone is perfectly understated, rather than in your face. And its texture is so yummy, I just want to stand there and pet it. The bead-board cabinetry in a yummy subtle cream and oversized reclaimed oak island could read rather rustic, but the 20-foot steel clad windows and the huge modern pendant balance the look.

A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34
A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34
A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34

I love the wall to wall cabinets that hide appliances and storage creating a serene, clean look. This feels like elevated farmhouse at it’s very best – particularly since its in New York! The wall of cabinetry leads you into a sunken hangout area, creating a large contiguous communal space.

A Major Kitchen Moment on apartment 34

While everything in this kitchen is on a grand scale, there’s still an air of minimalism and restraint I really appreciate. So maybe I’ll hedge my bets on the minimal kitchen and say maybe we could all benefit from a little more restraint.

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20 DC Apartments for $1800 or Less

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 This week we found 20 apartments for under $1800 available to rent now in Washington, DC! Apartment hunting on a budget in Washington, DC can be challenging. It’s all about what trades you are willing to make.  A less trendy neighborhood will likely result in a larger apartment or a lower rent. Is a state of the art gym a must-have amenity for you? That’s okay, just know that you’re going to be squeezing into a smaller apartment.  The good news is, there are plenty of options!  This week we bring you 20 apartments for under $1800 available to rent now!

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1400 Van Buren

One Bedroom $1395

1400 Van Buren NW
Washington, DC 20012

1400 Van Buren is an apartment community with one and two-bedroom apartments for rent in the Brightwood neighborhood. You will feel comfortable and at home in these apartments with their beautiful hardwood flooring, ceiling fans, central A/C, and spacious floor plans. The apartments are located in a charming brick building with controlled access, on-site maintenance, on-site management, on-site laundry facilities, and more. 1400 Van Buren’s convenient location gives residents access to everything they need on a daily basis.

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Park Chelsea at the Collective

Studio  $1800

880 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

Park Chelsea at the Collective is the first phase of three buildings that make up The Collective.  The concept is that no matter at which of the three buildings you live, you have access to amenities at all three buildings.  Amenities include indoor pools, rooftop heated pools, clubrooms, fitness centers, Peloton bikes, golf simulator, hydro massage beds, and even a Whole Foods on site.  This time of year, you can get great deals on apartments and this studio for $1800 is an exceptional value for everything you get with your rent!

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Alexander Gardens

1 Bedroom  $982

1617 17th Street SE 
Washington, DC 20020

Park Pleasant located off 16th Street in the District of Columbia. Beautifully landscaped, this comfortable, sought-after community is convenient to Adams Morgan, is within walking distance of the Columbia Heights Metro Station, and is four blocks the new Target and Staples! Park Pleasant offers affordable, spacious studios, one bedroom and one bedroom/den apartments. So don’t delay, call or visit Park Pleasant today!

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Park Pleasant

1 Bedroom  $1700

3339 Mt. Pleasant Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

Welcome to Park Pleasant located off 16th Street in the District of Columbia. Beautifully landscaped, this comfortable, sought-after community is convenient to Adams Morgan, is within walking distance of the Columbia Heights Metro Station, and is four blocks the new Target and Staples! Park Pleasant offers affordable, spacious studios, one bedroom and one bedroom/den apartments. So don’t delay, call or visit Park Pleasant today!

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Baystate Apartments

Studio  $1595

1701 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Looking for features that look and feel like they came from a book and tell a story? The Baystate offers beautiful studio apartments for rent in a variety of floor plans. All utilities are included! No need to worry about extra bills. With the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC only two blocks from your front door, be fascinated with local culture and flavor. Having the Red Line Metro within walking distance means all of Washington, DC is yours to explore. Find touches of extraordinary in the every day.

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The Kenmore

1 Bedroom  $1749

5415 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Experience a lifestyle that is as rich in history as it is in local activities. The Kenmore’s Connecticut Avenue location is distinct and convenient. This residence offers a 24-hour concierge beautifully renovated, classic style interiors. Spacious studios, one and two bedroom apartments are equipped with expansive windows that offer exceptional views.

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Studio  $1560

4550 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Frontenac is nestled in the heart of elegant upper-Northwest. The Frontenac boasts spacious apartments with updated kitchens and bathrooms. Its classic architectural style, evident in our grand lobby’s high ceiling and in our apartment units’, arched doorways and traditional wainscoting, attracts tours of local art history students.You can meet your neighbors or take advantage of WiFi on the Frontenac’s peaceful roof deck or in its spacious laundry room. Take a stroll to the Van Ness metro station, Giant, Whole Foods, pharmacies, dry cleaners, restaurants, shopping, and great schools for students of all ages. Our neighborhood is full of hidden gems..

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The Channel Apartments

Studio  $1778

950 Maine Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20024

The Channel is the beating heart at the center of The Wharf. With an industrial design aesthetic and jaw-dropping amenity spaces, including a one-acre rooftop green space, this is an urban lifestyle that’s here to be explored, taken in, and experienced like never before. These stylish apartment residences, situated in the heart of a bold and vibrant waterfront neighborhood, are designed to deliver both modern beauty and faultless functionality. Join the ranks of those who live life amplified and move to The Channel today.

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The Swift at Petworth Metro

Studio  $1800

3828 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20011

The Swift is one of our favorite communities in the Petworth neighborhood. The Swift’s beautiful apartments, luxurious amenities, and fantastic location allow residents to fully immerse and enjoy themselves in city life. The building offers studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments. The apartments are pet-friendly, spacious, and comfortable, while still maintaining a luxurious and stylish feel. Residents have access to a clubroom, fitness center, a rooftop with lounging areas, grills, and a fire pit. Whether you are simply coming and going from your apartment or lounging on the rooftop, any and all dogs and other pets are more than welcome. 

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Hampton Courts

Studio  $1095

2013 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

***Special Note about this unit.  It does have a full kitchen.  But with that location and the service at this building, this unit is a steal!!!****

Constructed in 1926, Hampton Courts has the elegant appeal of the early 20th-century architecture. The building is equipped with two elevators, a controlled intercom entrance, and a laundry room with a card payment system. The studio, one, and two bedroom apartments at Hampton Courts has updated appliances and spacious floor plans. All utilities are included in your rent, so no need to worry yourself about additional bills. The U Street Metro Station is three blocks away and provides access to the yellow and green lines. Zipcar and car2go vehicles, as well as Capital Bikeshare bicycles, are just a block from the building giving you endless means of transportation. The Saturday Farmer’s Market, Yes Organic Market, Trader Joes, Vida Fitness and several yoga studios are all a few blocks away from your front door. Come and explore the city living in Hampton Courts.

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Studio  $1350

3802 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

Twin Oaks is a Columbia Heights apartment community that consists of two unique buildings with a variety of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments for rent. Situated at the intersection of 14th Street and Quincy Street NW, Twin Oaks Apartments conveniently connects its residents to a unique group of local shopping and dining hot spots. The apartments and amenities will make you feel right at home. Enjoy spacious floorplans, hardwood floors, and central AC in the units while having access to the building’s on-site maintenance and management, laundry facilities, and package receiving services.

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Dupont Apartments

Studio  $1535

1717 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Living at the Dupont Apartments will give you the lifestyle you want, and the location you need. The apartments feature hardwood floors, high ceilings, and spacious floorplans in a controlled access building. You will love the floorplans at Dupont Apartments. They have the best micro-units in DC, and several one-bedroom floorplans to choose from. The building is located in one of the most desired locations in all of DC. DuPont Circle provides easy access to public transportation, a variety of restaurant and entertainment options, and a quick commute to many of DC’s finest attractions.

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6100 14th Street

1 Bedroom  $1389

6100 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

Located in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, DC. There are no limitations set when living at 6100 14th street; tons of shopping and dining options nearby, a Metro bus stop right at your doorstep and only a mile to the nearest metro station. Offering spacious and affordable one and two bedroom apartment homes.

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Cambridge Square Apartments

1 Bedroom  $1595

4909 Battery Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

Downtown Bethesda is growing by leaps and bounds, and you’ll find Cambridge Square at the heart of it all. This jewel of a property is so convenient, yet quietly backs up to a park setting. Experience a wide variety of new and exciting shopping and dining options. Cambridge Square offers an easy commute to Washington, D.C. via Bethesda Metro Station. Featuring spacious and affordable one, two, three and four bedroom apartment homes to rent. Cambridge Square floorplans offer large walk in closets and hardwood flooring.

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Klingle Apartments

1 Bedroom  $1730

2755 Macomb St. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Right on the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Avenue, you will find the Klingle. This beautifully landscaped and maintained property couldn’t be more convenient. Located at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street, The Klingle is in easy walking distance to Cleveland Park’s most popular shops and restaurants, not to mention the Cleveland Park Metro Station, National Zoo, and locally-famous Uptown Theater.

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Parkside Apartments

1 Bedroom  $1695

1702 Summit Place NW
Washington, DC 20009

Well designed apartments for rent that use every inch of space thoughtfully. Hardwood floors that shine when natural light pours through the windows and bounce off of them. Arched doorway details add architectural interest and the kitchens have gas stoves for cooking gourmet meals. Best of all, these affordable apartments are just blocks from both Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights; our Walk Score of 91 proves it. This is the life.

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1 Bedroom – $1775

1673 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Simple elegance. The best things in life don’t have to be bragged about. They can be simply appreciated each time you arrive home. The Calverton Apartments are in in the heart of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. An array of restaurants and grocery options are within minutes of your apartment. Inside, you’ll find updated kitchens with energy efficient appliances, grand living rooms and large windows for natural light to pour in. Whether you choose to rent a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment, you will be treated to beautiful hardwood floors and ample closet space. This is thoughtful living.

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Penn View Apartments

1 Bedroom  $1165

2515 R Street, SE 
Washington, DC 20020

Design cannot be defined by one component but rather the artful intersection of style and function. Located just minutes away from Capitol Hill, Penn View apartments offer affordable efficiencies, one, and two-bedroom apartment homes for rent. Penn View’s luxurious kitchens and functional floor plans are just a few of the features you’ll find at this community. Quality is always on trend.

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Wakefield Hall

1 Bedroom  $1795

2101 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

Wakefield Hall’s decorative facade gives way to just as beautiful apartments. Hardwood floors, updated kitchens, and walk-in closets create a charming and comfortable living space. Wakefield Hall is located near U St./Cardozo Metro Station, giving you access to all DC has to offer via the yellow and green lines. You can step out your front door and experience the cultural vibes within your neighborhood.

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3801 Connecticut Avenue

Studio  $1750

3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

3801 Connecticut Avenue offers incredibly spacious studio and one bedroom apartments on one of D.C.’s liveliest boulevards. Residents enjoy the convenience of restaurants, unique shops, and a plethora of activities and site seeing opportunities just walking distance from their homes. You’ll fall in love with the new in-unit renovations at this community, whether it is with the designer plank floors, detailed back-splashes or stainless steel appliances. With a metro stop a few blocks away, the options are limitless in these beautiful apartments!

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Food Storage Tricks for a Small Apartment Kitchen

Living in an apartment has its pros and cons. Even though many people enjoy renting their apartment, it can also come with a few challenges. Most renters would agree they have limited space for their belongings, especially if you live in a studio or one-bedroom. In places like your kitchen, you’ll never run out of things to organize, but how do you handle everything in a tiny room?

Check out these easy food storage tricks for a small apartment kitchen any renter can use. You don’t need to screw holes in your wall to hang things or potentially damage the drywall for more space. With a little creativity, you’ll find a spot for everything, and your kitchen will look organized and clean.

1. Get wire shelf racks for cabinets

Apartment cabinets are notorious for being small. You might not be able to stack more than a few plates or bowls at a time, especially side by side. This places limits on the number of pantry goods you can stock alongside your dishes.

Don’t worry about leaving clean dishes on the counter when there are wire shelf racks for sale. These racks stand alone, so they don’t require any installation. Get them in any color you like and use them in every cabinet to double the storage space instantly — freeing up room for all the rice, canned tomatoes and broth you desire.

2. Invest in containers

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Over the last few years, celebrities and popular Pinterest bloggers have posted pictures of their pantries filled with clear plastic containers. It’s both a clever food storage trick and a trendy design touch — the perfect solution for renters who want their small kitchens to be stylish and functional.

They’re usually sleek and airtight, making them ideal for combining boxes of noodles, cereal or bags of flour. Find a few containers for the food you keep in your pantry and use them to minimize how many boxes and bags take up extra space.

3. Use freezer bags intelligently

Bulk food purchasing is a great way to reduce grocery spending and stay stocked up. Unfortunately, freezer space can be limited in an undersized fridge. Here are a few tricks for frozen food storage.

When you buy a large pack of ground beef or chicken thighs, you can make them last longer by freezing them. The problem is that styrofoam and plastic containers are bulky. Take the meat out, section it into usable portions and seal it in freezer bags, removing the air to condense the volume.

Are you a fan of boxed freezer goods, like pizzas, ice cream bars and burritos? Take items out of their boxy packaging and keep them in freezer bags instead. This allows you to store smaller items with less air and cardboard taking up space. If you’re worried about freezer burn, wrap these items again in plastic wrap.

Finally, keep soupy leftovers in easy-to-manage flat layers. You can lay a flat, sealed bag on a cookie sheet, and wait patiently for it to harden. Your stews will no longer create misshapen lumps that need to be maneuvered into whatever space is available.

4. Hang temporary hooks

Command hooks help people who need storage solutions without causing permanent installation damage. Press them on the inside of your cabinet or pantry doors to hang your cooking utensils and bags of food, then store the rest for other hanging needs around the apartment.

5. Use more drawer dividers

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Kitchen drawers get messy when you toss in whatever you can find. Even if you keep everything in the drawer, it doesn’t have to stay a mess. You can find and use extra drawer dividers to organize everything from silverware to measuring cups.

Use some of the dividers to combine pens, bread bag ties and bag clips, which often get lost in the back under mail and instruction manuals.

6. Store things above cabinets

Don’t forget that you can always use the space above your cabinets as storage, too. If your cabinets don’t extend to the ceiling, it’s available space waiting to help. Dutch ovens, small appliances and any other kitchen supplies you don’t use every day can make a home up there.

Just be aware that they may collect more dust and require a quick wash before you bake with them again.

7. Label everything you buy

Americans are notorious for food waste, throwing away 165 billion worth of food each year. If you’re someone who stores leftovers and never eats them — or has no idea what’s sitting in the back of your cabinets — labeling can help organize food and remind you when it’s time to dive into your stored meals.

One label maker will go a long way in organizing your kitchen and other rooms in your apartment. Create labels for expiration dates so that you can toss out what’s expired instead of leaving it in your pantry or fridge. You can also label foods with what recipes they go with, so you always know what you can make and when you should throw food away.

Clever food storage ideas for small apartments

Before you can organize your kitchen, you’ll need to start spring cleaning to get rid of everything you don’t need. Organize whatever’s left with tricks like drawer dividers, wire shelf racks and command hooks. You’ll find the techniques that work best in your apartment, depending on the shape and size of your kitchen.

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13 DC Apartments under $1500 Available to Rent Today

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 You may have read recently that apartments in DC aren’t affordable.  If you’re new to DC, understanding the affordable housing options in the district can be a challenge, so we made you this handy guide. We also went on the hunt for you and found 13 apartments for under $1500 available to rent now in Washington, DC!

Apartment hunting on a budget in Washington, DC is all about what trades you are willing to make.  A less trendy neighborhood will likely result in a larger apartment or a lower rent. Is a state of the art gym a must-have amenity for you? That’s okay, just know that you’re going to be squeezing into a smaller apartment.  The good news is, there are plenty of options!  This week we bring you 13 studio or one-bedroom and even a two-bedroom apartment for under $1500 available to rent now!

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The Foreland

Studio $1295 | Available Now
23 2nd  Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Everyday living is made comfortable and effortless at The Foreland. You can look forward to a convenient location, shopping, and a multitude of dining options. The units are equipped with hardwood floors and ample closet space. Multiple windows in each apartment provide ample amounts of natural lighting. The community is located directly across the street from the Supreme Court building and within walking distance of Capitol South Metro, the National Mall, Capitol Hill, and Union Station. Convenience and comfort are guaranteed at The Foreland.WC Smith embraces the belief that great customer service is our best amenity. Living at the Foreland means experiencing a higher level of service. Our service team is available 24 hours a day and you can access your resident account online any time; day or night. Discover classic charms and modern conveniences of the Foreland, located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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The Kenmore

1 Bedroom  $1495 | Available Now

5415 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Experience a lifestyle that is as rich in history as it is in local activities. The Kenmore’s Connecticut Avenue location is distinct and convenient. This residence offers a 24-hour concierge beautifully renovated, classic style interiors. Spacious studios, one and two bedroom apartments are equipped with expansive windows that offer exceptional views.

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Hilltop House

Studio $1450 | Available 11/29

1475 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Hilltop House is a hidden jewel of the Adams Morgan neighborhood. This community offers studio and one-bedroom apartments for rent. Each apartment has large windows and breakfast bars; creating a cheerful, open, and bright atmosphere. To keep apartment living and budgeting easy, all utilities are included with your rent. Hilltop House faces Meridian Hill Park, where residents may take in a variety of social and cultural events. Every Sunday the park is activate with kickball leagues, yoga classes, Frisbee sessions, and drum circles. Just a couple of blocks from the Hilltop House apartment community is the Columbia Heights Metro station with access to both the green and yellow like. Hilltop House Apartments have the perfect location to take in all that Washington, DC has to offer.

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1400 Van Buren

One Bedroom $1395  | Available 11/14

1400 Van Buren NW
Washington, DC 20012

1400 Van Buren is an apartment community with one and two-bedroom apartments for rent in the Brightwood neighborhood. You will feel comfortable and at home in these apartments with their beautiful hardwood flooring, ceiling fans, central A/C, and spacious floor plans. The apartments are located in a charming brick building with controlled access, on-site maintenance, on-site management, on-site laundry facilities, and more. 1400 Van Buren’s convenient location gives residents access to everything they need on a daily basis.

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Baystate Apartments

Studio  $1495  | Available 12/4

1701 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Looking for features that look and feel like they came from a book and tell a story? The Baystate offers beautiful studio apartments for rent in a variety of floor plans. All utilities are included! No need to worry about extra bills. With the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC only two blocks from your front door, be fascinated with local culture and flavor. Having the Red Line Metro within walking distance means all of Washington, DC is yours to explore. Find touches of extraordinary in the every day.

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The Shawmut

Studio $1500 | Available 11/14

2200 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Classic style and modern amenities are the perfect combinations to make you feel right at home. This pet-friendly building in the heart of Adams Morgan, just across the street from Kalorama Park, creates a comfortable living space for all. The Shawmut’s elegant, New York-style exterior gives way to beautiful one and two-bedroom apartments featuring hardwood floors, 9′ ceilings, and updated kitchens.Step outside and you are in the heart of a vibrant, thriving community. From the bustling 18th St Corridor down to Dupont Circle, you are never far from the energy of Downtown DC. Want to get away? The L2, 42, 43, and H1 bus lines are right outside your front door with direct connections to the Green, Red, and Yellow metro lines.

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Studio  $1450 | Available Now

4550 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Frontenac is nestled in the heart of elegant upper-Northwest. The Frontenac boasts spacious apartments with updated kitchens and bathrooms. Its classic architectural style, evident in our grand lobby’s high ceiling and in our apartment units’, arched doorways and traditional wainscoting, attracts tours of local art history students.You can meet your neighbors or take advantage of WiFi on the Frontenac’s peaceful roof deck or in its spacious laundry room. Take a stroll to the Van Ness metro station, Giant, Whole Foods, pharmacies, dry cleaners, restaurants, shopping, and great schools for students of all ages. Our neighborhood is full of hidden gems..

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Hampton Courts

Studio  $1460  | Available 12/1

2013 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

Constructed in 1926, Hampton Courts has the elegant appeal of the early 20th-century architecture. The building is equipped with two elevators, a controlled intercom entrance, and a laundry room with a card payment system. The studio, one, and two bedroom apartments at Hampton Courts has updated appliances and spacious floor plans. All utilities are included in your rent, so no need to worry yourself about additional bills. The U Street Metro Station is three blocks away and provides access to the yellow and green lines. Zipcar and car2go vehicles, as well as Capital Bikeshare bicycles, are just a block from the building giving you endless means of transportation. The Saturday Farmer’s Market, Yes Organic Market, Trader Joes, Vida Fitness and several yoga studios are all a few blocks away from your front door. Come and explore the city living in Hampton Courts.

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6100 14th Street

1 Bedroom  $1395  | Available Now

6100 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

Located in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, DC. There are no limitations set when living at 6100 14th street; tons of shopping and dining options nearby, a Metro bus stop right at your doorstep and only a mile to the nearest metro station. Offering spacious and affordable one and two bedroom apartment homes.

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Penn View Apartments

2 Bedroom  $1315  | Available Now

2515 R Street, SE 
Washington, DC 20020

Design cannot be defined by one component but rather the artful intersection of style and function. Located just minutes away from Capitol Hill, Penn View apartments offer affordable efficiencies, one, and two-bedroom apartment homes for rent. Penn View’s luxurious kitchens and functional floor plans are just a few of the features you’ll find at this community. Quality is always on trend.

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1401 Sheridan

Studio $1250 | Available Now

1401 Sheridan Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

1401 Sheridan boasts spacious floorplans which include separate dining rooms in each apartment. Beautiful hardwood floors, expertly landscaped grounds, and abundant closet space add to the charm and convenience of these studio and one-bedroom apartments. 1401 Sheridan is located between 14th and 16th Streets near Georgia Avenue providing easy access to Rock Creek Park, Carter Barron, and much more.

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Jetu Apartments

2 Bedroom $ 1125 | Available Now

2100 Maryland Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Discover our beautifully landscaped community located in the heart of Northeast, near Langston Golf Course and National Arboretum. Jetu Apartments offers affordable one and two bedroom apartment homes for rent. Featuring gas range stoves, upgraded kitchens, frost-free refrigerators, mini-blinds, and wall to wall carpet. Each apartment offers a separate dining area with chandelier lighting. The grounds include two new playgrounds, a community room, and a community garden.

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Skyland Apartments

One-Bedroom $1029 | Available 11/16

2333 Skyland Place SE 
Washington, DC 20020

Moving to the Skyland means you have a choice of a townhouse or apartment home. Our beautifully landscaped community is impeccably maintained. Enjoy the features of your new updated kitchen including; gas ranges, frost-free refrigerators, and garbage disposals. Dishwashers are available in 3 bedroom apartments. There is also an on-site dry cleaner and a tot lot. Skyland Apartments is located near Anacostia Metro and the new Safeway. Uncovered parking is available.

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