Price Point: $1,000 to $1,500

Arlington: $1,270 Studio: 1201 South Courthouse Road, Apt. 032, Arlington The building — a functional brick complex with plenty of parking and a roomy lobby — is a bit generic but has its perks, like an outdoor pool and playground. Inside, the 436-square-foot studio has carpeted floors, spacious closets and a small kitchen nook (counter […]

Price Point: $1,750 to $2,250

Capital Riverfront: $2,017 1BR: 909 New Jersey Ave. SE, Apt. 312 This sleek glass apartment building is full of amenities — there’s a rooftop pool, a deck with grills, and a free coffee bar. Even the lobby has an airy, futuristic feel. The 741-square-foot one-bedroom has plush white carpeting; the bedroom walls are white with […]

Price Point: $1,000 to $1,500

Alexandria: $1,400 2BR: 8602 Village Way, Unit D, Alexandria This peaceful apartment complex is a bit out-of-the way (the nearest Metro, King Street Station, is a 5-mile hike). The property has a community feel, with units clustered together and children often playing outside. Inside, this two-bedroom is full of windows, many of which look out […]

Taking It to the Streets

If you live in a city, you expect a certain amount of your life to be lived on the stage of the street. Six photographers translate that idea into art in the National Gallery of Art’s “I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938-2010,” which features dozens of pictures that capture urbanites going […]

Price Point: $1,250 to $1,750

Silver Spring: $1,405 Studio: 8750 Georgia Ave., Apt. 107B, Silver Spring This glossy high-rise (lots of granite, lots of chrome) in the heart of downtown Silver Spring is just steps from the Metro. What it lacks in character, it makes up for in amenities — rooftop pool, free WiFi in the common rooms, hang-out spaces […]

Price Point: $1,500 to $2,000

Arlington: $1,900 1BR: 1028 S. Walter Reed Drive, Apt. 402 A gym with personal flat-screen televisions and free yoga, a “Zen” pool deck (with designer chaise lounges!), an oh-so-modern lobby — the Halstead is sleek living in Arlington at its best. The 670-square-foot one-bedroom includes a spacious living room, plush carpets and stainless steel kitchen […]

Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate

When Anna Smith, 29, moved from Los Angeles to D.C., she and her boyfriend had a typical Washington-area real estate experience: First, they looked at a dingy basement apartment without a kitchen, then they saw a bedbug-infested place downtown. And then, there was a sunny studio in Columbia Heights. “Hardwood floors, a closet that could […]

Around The World in One Day

Take a global tour without leaving town at this year’s Passport D.C. On Saturday, more than 40 embassies will welcome visitors at open-house celebrations to kick off a month of cultural goings-on across the city. We recommend the Cinco de Mayo festival at the Embassy of Mexico, free sausages at the Embassy of Serbia and […]

Price Point: $2,250

U Street: $2,250 1 BR: The Ellington, 1301 U Street NW, Apt. 312 A balcony that looks out onto U Street, a roof-deck with views of the Washington Monument, a washer/dryer in your kitchen — these are some of the perks at the super-sleek Ellington apartment building, two blocks from the U Street metro. This […]

Plenty of Strings Attached

Chapel Hill, N.C., septet Lost in the Trees delivers folk through a whirlwind of guitar, strings, accordion, French horn and drums. It all coalesces around the gut-wrenching lyrics of singer Ari Picker, who can nail the tragedy and ecstasy of love with a single line. On the band’s newest disc, “A Church That Fits Our […]