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June 03, 2008

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dcavocado

You should check out princeofpetworth.com to see what life in Petworth would be like. The postings and comments are very informative.

Elizabeth

Oh goodness, spot on about craiglist. I'm in the apartment searching process right now too. Last Saturday, we saw an apartment in "Columbia Heights" that sat on the Maryland border.

I'm intrigued by Petsworth too. And when I say intrigued, I mean suckered in by the low prices and pretty houses. But the two people I'm moving in with have vetoed ....

nitpick

Congress Heights IS in DC, not Virginia or Maryland.

thoughts

i live in petworth, not far from the petworth/columbia heights border and west of georgia ave....honestly, things depend on the street...and then there's the metro...i've never had a problem, but i've heard stories of muggings and what not...that's the bad...the good is that, at least on my street, it's quiet and the street is great...tree-lined and everything...and i'm close enough to walk to all of the columbia heights development, but far enough away that i don't have to deal with the traffic, noise, etc that comes with it

Erica

I lived in Petworth years ago, moved to NYC and back again to live in Columbia Heights. Now I'm back in Petworth. Personally, I think it's a little safer than CH. I lived on the east side of the metro, near Irving in CH, and now I'm 5 blocks up from the Petworth metro. I used to hear gunshots constantly in CH, but haven't heard one since I moved a few months ago.

I'd say safety-wise, they're at least equal. Petworth has more space and is more residential, while CH is closer to bars and such. And I'm happier not living in a basement apartment! Stay away from the underground, it's lame.

Ryane

I will just go ahead and admit this up front - I could probably never live in Petworth. I'm far too much of a nervous-nelly. However, if I did decide to move there, I think I would budget more for cabs; on nights that I wanted to be out late, I would opt instead for a cab than taking the train, especially if it meant not having to walk alone.

I am dating a guy now who lives in Petworth and he really likes it and seems to agree w/the one of the other commentors; it all depends on the street.

sonny

i think the entire petworth area is filled with wannabe chumps trying too hard to be gangsta. half of them wouldn't survive with all that game playing east of the river or here in northeast.

Lexi

I hate how expensive apartments are in this city! I live in an efficiency on the Hill which is rather cheap for the city, but it has its drawbacks as well, like any other place. I also get frustrated when I look on CL and I see listings for Herndon! Why would I want to live out there?! Awful.

There are one bedrooms in my building though, if you do decide that Petworth isn't for you...

Shannon

Before signing a lease, I'd go at various times of the day (and night), observe how much street activity there is, and what kind, and see what sort of cars are parked along the street. The better the cars, the better the block, usually.

Or you could come live in my building!

QOR

Have you tried sublet.com?

Just wondering how it compares with CL.

Good luck on your search!

Sharon

Stumbled across this looking for DC bloggers as I'm moving there next month (from Los Angeles).

Yeah... I'm moving in with two friends, also located far out of the area (FL). We're going to DC for 4 days to try and find and sign for a place in early July. Apartment-hunting from across the country is driving me insane. Knowing I will only have 4 days to suss out the place and make a decision is even worse.

Umm, if you happen across any 3 bedrooms, walking distance to the metro and in a relatively safe area, let me know? :)

We're hoping for $2,600 a month or less-ish. Yeah.

Also: thoughts on Silver Spring?

Sharon

Stumbled across this looking for DC bloggers as I'm moving there next month (from Los Angeles).

Yeah... I'm moving in with two friends, also located far out of the area (FL). We're going to DC for 4 days to try and find and sign for a place in early July. Apartment-hunting from across the country is driving me insane. Knowing I will only have 4 days to suss out the place and make a decision is even worse.

Umm, if you happen across any 3 bedrooms, walking distance to the metro and in a relatively safe area, let me know? :)

We're hoping for $2,600 a month or less-ish. Yeah.

Also: thoughts on Silver Spring?

Sharon

Stumbled across this looking for DC bloggers as I'm moving there next month (from Los Angeles).

Yeah... I'm moving in with two friends, also located far out of the area (FL). We're going to DC for 4 days to try and find and sign for a place in early July. Apartment-hunting from across the country is driving me insane. Knowing I will only have 4 days to suss out the place and make a decision is even worse.

Umm, if you happen across any 3 bedrooms, walking distance to the metro and in a relatively safe area, let me know? :)

We're hoping for $2,600 a month or less-ish. Yeah.

Also: thoughts on Silver Spring?

Zandria

Oh, lawd! Apartment hunting sucks. Best of luck on that. :)

Stacey

What I find frustrating is the number of ads placed on websites like apartments.com, rent.com, etc, that aren't actually available. Seems the landlords pay to have their property permanently listed, even if they have no vacancy. Craigslist is the only place I've found where I can be sure the ad is for a place that is actually available. And I would prefer to be in a building rather and without a landlord living right above me. Are there any other resources? I'm relocating from Chicago, and here we have a free weekly paper that has great listings, and free apartment search service companies.

Vicki

I have lived in Petworth for the past two summers, I was housesitting; I found living there fantastic! I never had a problem or felt afraid to venture out at night even though I am a single woman. I lved the fact that it was walking distance to Columbia Heights and all of the great shopping. I have been been trying to find something affordable there or in Columbia Heights ever since. There does not seem to be anything affordable.

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It's as if the need for "extraordinary" searching skills is important, I say. You gotta put in a lot of factors in choosing your apartment. Do you want it in the heart of the metro? Near the metro line? To yourself only? Hmm, there are bunches more. But as soon as you find the perfect apartment that really works for you, then it's worth it.

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