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Old 08-03-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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Condo:
$1625 rent
- in the Silverton Complex
- built in 2006
- Hardwood floors
- no balcony
- rent includes parking space in garage (only accessible with key pass)
- fitness center and pool (even though small but adequate)
- rent includes water
- only pay for gas and electric
- not allowed to paint (owner really prefers not to) walls are painted a beige
- I visited evening after work but the complex seemed pretty quiet, not a lot of traffic with people in and out

Apartment:
- the rent seems to change depending on the move date but seems to be about $1480
- considering Lenox apartments
- high rise
- apt available has hardwood floors
- building itself is older (not sure when built)
- completely remodeled, so updated kitchen with new appliances
- W/D in apartment
- balcony looks over the pool area and on 7th floor
- parking is extra in garage -- $110 for unreserved single or $140 for tandem parking
- garage to public is a pay garage (guess they wanna make money) so kinda makes me nervous about safety
- garage is bit cramped and I read some review comments online about it
- large very nice pool
- nice fitness center
- utilities are not included in rent
- seemed to be more traffic going in and out but it was Saturday afternoon
- allowed to paint but have to paint back before moving out
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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do a background check on the condo owner to make sure he's not a foreclosure case or include language in your lease recquiring him to disclose any foreclosure proceedings otherwise you can withold rent...I would do the condo...apt management companies are a pain to deal with....
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Even with parking it seems like the apartment is cheaper and has better amenities. Maybe it's just a personal quirk of mine, but having a washer and dryer in-unit and not having to save up quarters is a huge bonus.

Is there something about the condo that has you leaning toward renting it instead? Perhaps having a super-quiet environment or an updated building is particularly important to you?
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