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 space is lacking). The location is a driver’s dream — the complex is right off Columbia Pike and a quick ride into downtown D.C. There are buses to Pentagon and Pentagon City Metro stations. (Listed by JGB)


Eckington: $1,305

2BR: 116 T St. NE, Apt. 2B

The building’s slogan — “Not just an apartment, a residence” — is reflected in the details: cheery polka-dot chairs in the lobby, a cozy courtyard and sundeck — even a library. The 900-square-foot two-bedroom is roomy, with big windows, a new kitchen and two bathrooms. The neighborhood is quiet and across from a high school. It’s about a mile to both the Shaw and New York Avenue Metro stations. (Listed by CIH Properties)