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Old 02-29-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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Hello:

Will be moving to DC from Atlanta, and am looking at rentals near Catholic U and Howard U. Proximity to Metro is of utmost importance as I will not have nor want to get a car.

How is the area between Rhode Island Ave and Franklin St NE. It seems to be closest to the Rhode Island Metro Station.
Is it safe to live here?
What do the rentals run?
Is there shopping close by? Target / Grocery / Pharmacy

thanks
...ST
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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Hello:

Will be moving to DC from Atlanta, and am looking at rentals near Catholic U and Howard U. Proximity to Metro is of utmost importance as I will not have nor want to get a car.

How is the area between Rhode Island Ave and Franklin St NE. It seems to be closest to the Rhode Island Metro Station.
Is it safe to live here?
What do the rentals run?
Is there shopping close by? Target / Grocery / Pharmacy

thanks
...ST

It's hard to tell you if it's a safe area without knowing your comfort level and what kind of area you're used to in Atlanta. I don't consider that area bad, it's quiet most of the time. However, there are some projects a couple blocks down off Montana, so you will see some shady characters, but honestly, as long as you're not into their activities you'll be fine.

You have a lot of retail right off Rhode Island avenue. For grocery, right by RI/Franklin there are some typical corner stores for quick stuff, but Giant supermarket is right by the Metro station and it will have everything you need. For a pharmacy, if memory serves correctly I'm pretty sure there's a Rite-Aid on the same block as Franklin and RI.

You would have to check craigslist for today's rental market in that area. The reason I say that is I used to live near there before gentrification and the influx of moneyed professionals, so rents I'm sure have gone up a lot since I left that area in 2005 - lots of new upscale housing has been built there since then. However, it's probably still reasonably priced (by expensive dc standards) compared to areas closer to downtown.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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Yea, I'd classify this area as not the best, not the worst. If you're looking for a certain type of really trendy young professionals neighborhood, this isn't it. However, it isn't a terrible neighborhood either.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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What the other folks have said: Decent neighborhood, relatively cheap. Probably not for long considering all of the condos going up next to the RI Ave metro station.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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Default Area on the rise

I live in the area and its going through a serious transition. For the most part the area is comprised of single family detached homes. There are new apartments that are being constructed right at the Rhode Island Metro. That complex promises to bring some more shops. Currently, a CVS is slated. There is a Giant, Home Depot, TJMaxx, CitiBank and TD Bank located right there. The area really lacks nice sit down restaurants, but I have hopes that will change in the next year or two. Also, if you can look closer to Catholic U near the Brookland Metro, more rental choices and a new development under construction promises new retail as well as more apartments. If you will be commuting to Howard or CUA both locations are good for bus transporatation.




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Hello:

Will be moving to DC from Atlanta, and am looking at rentals near Catholic U and Howard U. Proximity to Metro is of utmost importance as I will not have nor want to get a car.

How is the area between Rhode Island Ave and Franklin St NE. It seems to be closest to the Rhode Island Metro Station.
Is it safe to live here?
What do the rentals run?
Is there shopping close by? Target / Grocery / Pharmacy

thanks
...ST
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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How does one condo development make that area "on the rise?" There are zero cafes, nice restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, etc. It is pretty much a desert. That TOD at the Metro would have happen either way, given its proximity to Downtown. Not dissing the area or anything, but I am there on a fairly regular basis, and nothing about it screams "on the rise," especially not with those terribly un-urban and and low-end chain-dominated shopping centers.

Not to mention, the intersection of Rhode Island and 4th St., NE (where a new condo building just opened) is the most problematic and crime-infested intersection in the whole 5D police district. Hopefully, though, that area will catch on. It makes too much sense not to.
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