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Old 03-06-2012, 03:17 PM
 
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Hi all,

I’ve been living in the area for a bit now, but my commute is really getting in the way of me actually meeting people or doing anything interesting during the week. Does anyone know anything about the apartments in NOMA, particularly Flats 130? They've caught my eye, but I'm wary about paying so much (~$2,000 and up) if the apartment isn't actually worth it.

I’ve read all the reviews I can find online, but I was hoping maybe someone had more experiences they could share.

Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:50 PM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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Hi all,

I’ve been living in the area for a bit now, but my commute is really getting in the way of me actually meeting people or doing anything interesting during the week. Does anyone know anything about the apartments in NOMA, particularly Flats 130? They've caught my eye, but I'm wary about paying so much (~$2,000 and up) if the apartment isn't actually worth it.

I’ve read all the reviews I can find online, but I was hoping maybe someone had more experiences they could share.

Thanks!
I don't live in NoMa, but it's definitely growing quite quickly. Your biggest advantage will be the ground-level Harris Teeter and the Metro on the same block. If you travel a lot by train, you're a quick walk to Union Station. At the same time, NoMa is pretty close to much of the action Downtown, albeit a bit of a walk (you'll definitely Metro it if it's not particularly warm). I will say it's new and therefore somewhat sterile, but give the area some time. There are certainly far worse places to be, but get in while you can because rents are just going to go up as more people see the advantages of the neighborhood. Not to mention you're right near H Street…
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:53 PM
 
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What area is NoMa?
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:23 PM
 
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^Generally, it is the new area located to the north of Union Station and Mass Ave, east of North Capitol, to the west of the Metro/MARC/Amtrak tracks, and south of New York Avenue. An extension of Downtown, it has only recently been developed, and it is characterized by glassy office (and, increasingly, residential) buildings that feel somewhat sterile and corporate in feel.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:12 AM
 
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They are doing some major construction right next to the Flats, so that might be a concern during the day. I know someone that lives there, and they like it pretty well. The area is growing FAST.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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$1750-$2000 for a 500 square foot apartment? Does that even include utilities or is that just straight up rent?

If that's the going rate for studios in DC, then I'm probably going to make some money when I end up renting my condo out to someone. Despite reading up on all the amenities, at the end of the day that price is outrageous and it doesn't include utilities. And it's not even a good area! NoMa!? Are these the flats that are right next to the metro station?

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Old 03-07-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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Hi all,

I’ve been living in the area for a bit now, but my commute is really getting in the way of me actually meeting people or doing anything interesting during the week. Does anyone know anything about the apartments in NOMA, particularly Flats 130? They've caught my eye, but I'm wary about paying so much (~$2,000 and up) if the apartment isn't actually worth it.

I’ve read all the reviews I can find online, but I was hoping maybe someone had more experiences they could share.

Thanks!
It seems like a nice building but really for 2k, I'd want to be in a more desirable area. Not that NoMa is "bad" it's just that you have a budget that allows for some of DC's more happening neighborhoods. It makes more sense to buy in an up and coming area like NoMa or Navy Yard than it does to rent there. IMHO, if you're going to rent, you may as well live in the best/most convenient area your money can get, or in a place cheap enough to save a decent amount of money. Doesn't seem like this place really meets either.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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^ agreed does not appear there is any discount for renting in D.C.'s "up and coming" spots. Saw apts next to the rhode island ave metro that were just as, if not more expensive (though looked real nice)
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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Are these new condos going up, do they come with mail order brides as well? For 2 grand a month, what are you getting? It's definitely not location, NoMa is sketch. Spare me the up and coming, it's going to take another 2-3 years. Rhode Island Avenue NE is sketch as well (and ironically enough, I've got 2 or 3 friends moving there within the next month)
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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Are these new condos going up, do they come with mail order brides as well? For 2 grand a month, what are you getting? It's definitely not location, NoMa is sketch. Spare me the up and coming, it's going to take another 2-3 years. Rhode Island Avenue NE is sketch as well (and ironically enough, I've got 2 or 3 friends moving there within the next month)
Rhode Island Avenue NE isn't even in NoMa, it's in Eckington (I'm assuming you're talking about the stretch between North Capitol and the Red Line). Yes, parts of NoMa are still suspect, particularly near Sursum Corda, but overall the area is fine nowadays, albeit still rough around the edges. Are there even any condos in the neighborhood? A part of me thinks they're all rental.
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