Kristen Russi isn't cooking any feasts in the efficiency kitchen of her rented 425-square-foot Logan Circle studio. Mastering the art of a diminutive kitchen just takes strategy — and a dash of creativity.
When a 24-year-old gives drawing lessons in the living room of his Bloomingdale group home, they're likely to be unorthodox. But the setting works, artist Martin Swift has found. He is among the local artists who have chosen to teach at their rented homes.
It can feel like a Goldilocks situation when hunting for that perfect apartment lease — something that's not too long, not too short, but just right. Long-term can mean a cheaper rate in the long run and delay future apartment-hunting stress, but short-term can offer flexibility and deals, too.
The U Street neighborhood saw its first heyday during the early 20th century Jazz Age, then fell into disrepair following the 1968 race riots. Now the D.C. corridor, replete with trendy bars, ethnic eats and lots of entertainment, is a booming example of a revitalized neighborhood.
When an empty nester ditches a home in the suburbs for the walkability and other conveniences of a condo in the city, the move is ripe with possibility, but not without compromise. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
As a career bartender, Chad Spangler is the first to admit he’s not an easy person to live with. “I don’t tell people they can’t come over to my house at 3 a.m. and drink because my roommates are sleeping,” says Spangler, 25, a bartender at Chaplin’s Restaurant and Bar in Shaw. “Those words have never come out of my mouth.”
When bringing a new pet home to a rental — particularly a puppy, kitten or a rescue from a shelter — be prepared to make some adjustments. There’s more to making sure the transition goes smoothly than, say, just finding a building that says yes to pets.
There’s no place like home for the holidays — and some local apartment complexes have been making that especially true for their residents this year, connecting renters with their surrounding communities through festive public events or charity drives.