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Housing in Washington

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If you are moving to Washington, here is some information on accommodation in the capital.

Washington, in the District of Columbia, is one of the areas where property prices are relatively high. If you plan to settle there, you must first locate the area where you would prefer to live. You can choose between renting a studio, an apartment or a house, or even buy a house. The main areas are the downtown Washington, Georgetown and Friendship Heights.

Types of accommodation

In Washington, you will find different types of accommodation, namely a “2 ½” which refers to a studio, a “3 ½” referring to an apartment with a bedroom, “junior” referring to an apartment with two bedrooms and a living room and a “4” referring to an apartment with a bedroom and a living room that can be divided, giving an extra bedroom.

To rent a studio, you need $900 to $1,300 per month. If you want to rent a “2 ½”, you need between $1,100 and $3,500 per month. Renting a “3 ½” can cost you between $1,700 and $5,600 per month while the rental for a villa starts at $2,200 and can reach $7,000. Housing prices may vary by neighborhood. However, if housing prices do not suit you, you can always opt for flat sharing.

Rental

To find an apartment to rent, you can check the classified ads section in the local newspapers, websites or engage the services of a realtor. Here are some links that you may find useful:

Booking.com www.booking.com

Apartments.com www.apartments.com

For Rent www.forrent.com

My New Place www.mynewplace.com

Generally, leases in Washington include charges such as water, gas, electricity and maintenance facilities as well as janitorial services. Most accommodations in the area have a heating system and air conditioning. Make sure to inquire about the conditions of the lease before signing the contract. You will need to pay a deposit to the owner, equivalent to one month's rent.

 Good to know

Here is a list of terms used in real estate jargon in Washington:

Term Definition Term Definition
Cute  cute and small apartment sub  Sublet
BTH  bathroom Flr  top floor
DR  dining room frnsh Furnished
Kit  kitchen LR  living room
BR bedroom Unfrnshd  Unfurnished
roommate flat to share By owner  by the owner, no agency fees
Neg  negotiable Bld  building
Pets   Pets allowed Pvt  private
A / C air conditioning Good view with a beautiful view
Equipment Appliances available Available available room/apartment
Fam. house  family home Condo  condominium
Blcny balcony Mo Mo months
Grdn  garden Terr  terrace
 co-ops cooperative PH  penthouse
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