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 638-square-foot one-bedroom has smooth concrete floors, a kitchen (with dishwasher and just enough counter space for cooking) and a carpeted bedroom with walk-in closet. On the first floor, there is a party space for residents as well as a gym with spin bikes. (Listed by Bozzuto Management)

Chinatown: $2,250

1BR: Mass Court, 300 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Apt. 716

Mass Court offers great digs if you’re looking for fun. Case in point — the outdoor pool and hot tub are open all year round. Modern art dots the lobby; a sleek electronic board behind the concierge alerts residents when packages arrive. The 765-square-foot one-bedroom is carpeted, with ample counter space, a washer/dryer and two closets. The living room bay window looks across the way to the Government Accountability Office. The downside? The freight elevator is right outside your door, making it noisy when others are moving in. (Listed by Riverstone Residential Group)