Apt 1202, 437 New York Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001 http://www.apt1202.com One great 2 bedroom apartment for rent. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:26:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hi. http://www.apt1202.com/2013/04/19/hi/ Fri, 19 Apr 2013 05:00:17 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=13

If you’re wondering, this blog is about a really great 2 bedroom, 2 bath, penthouse apartment that is for rent in the Yale Steam Laundry condominiums at the corner of New York Avenue and 4th Street, NW, in downtown Washington, D.C.  It’s a beautiful, spacious apartment in a really great location, convenient to everything.

See the picture of the two condo buildings at the top of this post? Look at the new building on the right, at the left front corner on the very top floor. That’s the apartment. That’s right. It’s a corner apartment with windows all along two sides, wall-to-wall and almost floor-to-ceiling glass.

Interested?  Want to get a jump on your competition because you know great apartments go quickly? Okay, send an email to Apt1202@verizon.net or call 443-621-3880 for an appointment to see the apartment. Or maybe you’ve already seen enough to know this is where you want to live? No problem. Click on the “Rent, Terms & Conditions” menu button. Read that page and then print a “Prospective Tenant Application.” Fill it out, sign it and send it to us with your Application Fee.

This is tentative, but Apt. 1202 should be available for you to occupy in early November.

Thanks for stopping by.


– The Owner, Apt 1202  (That’s me.)

Where, exactly, is Apt. 1202? http://www.apt1202.com/2013/04/18/where-is-apt-1202/ Thu, 18 Apr 2013 05:00:32 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=164

Where is Apt. 1202? The answer is, downtown, in the northwest quadrant of Washington, conveniently located to everywhere in the city by Metro rail, Metro bus, the DC Circulator, bike and on foot. The building address is 437 New York Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. That’s almost at the corner of New York Avenue and 4th Street, NW. It’s a great location. Click on this link for a Google Maps PDF that you can print, and you’ll see what I mean.

The technical name of our building is “The Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums.” The complex is built around what used to be an actual steam laundry that served customers in the District a long time ago when it’s delivery wagons were horse-drawn. In fact, the lobby of the building used to be the stables for those horses.

If you’re walking over or driving by, look for the “YALE” sign on the steel frame over the main entrance on New York Avenue. Look at the picture below so it’s familiar to you. The red brick building on the left is the original steam laundry. The 12 story, light brick structure on the right is the new condominium building where Apt. 1202 is located in the left front top corner, as high up as you can get.

Now that you know the address, you might want to click on “The Neighborhood” menu button and read “Getting Around Town” to appreciate what a really great location we’re talking about.

It’s good to be on the top floor. http://www.apt1202.com/2013/04/17/the-view-from-the-12th-floor/ Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:00:13 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=536

There’s a reason why you rent a corner penthouse apartment on the 12th floor. (If you’re not from around here, 12 stories is as high as you’re allowed to build a residential structure in downtown Washington.) It’s all about being up there, where it quieter and where there’s more to see – although the higher than usual ceilings are also nice. By the way, the windows open a few inches, not enough to be dangerous, but so that you can get some fresh air and hear the sound of the city if you miss it.

The master bedroom itself is in the corner and has 2 walls of almost floor to ceiling glass.  The great room – living room, dinning room and kitchen – has it’s own glass wall as does the second bedroom.  Even the wall between the great room and the master bedroom is glass – so that, when you’re in the kitchen for example, you can see through the master bedroom wall out the corner of your 12th story apartment!

What you get on the 12th floor is a wonderful urban view that includes the sky, the streets and everything in-between – and the city lights at night.  What you get through all that glass is a view of a neighborhood continuing its transition upward, the sights and sounds of the growing economy and energy of the greater Mt. Vernon Triangle community that will soon include the spectacular new Washington Marriott Marquis just a few blocks away, near the Convention Center.

All those stores and restaurants and all that entertainment – just some of which you can see highlighted when you click on the “The Neighborhood” menu button?  They’re all part of what’s happening around the Yale Condominiums.

With 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, Apt. 1202 is not only a great place for a single professional or couple, it’s is also perfect for a family of three.  Or you can use the second bedroom for friends and family to stay when they’re in town – even if you didn’t invite them.

An intelligent floor plan. http://www.apt1202.com/2012/05/03/very-nice-floor-plan/ Thu, 03 May 2012 05:00:36 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=185

It’s a beautiful, spacious, corner apartment, with wall-to-wall windows looking down on Washington from the top (12th) floor of our building. Two bedrooms, each with its own full bath and walk-in closet, separated by a living room/dining area and kitchen in a comfortable total of 1,250 square feet. (One of the reasons I wanted to be on the 12th floor is that there are no balconies. Balconies are small and people rarely use them. This way I have more interior space.)

Here’s a floor plan, the original one provided by the developer.

What the floor plan doesn’t show you, of course, is that the ceilings on the 12th floor are higher than usual, higher than on the other floors, and that I’ve made changes, enhancements to the original apartment I bought. (I’m the original owner, by the way.) Here’s what I’ve done:

I replaced the original carpeting in the bedrooms with hardwood floors matching the living room and dining area.

I installed 3 strips of overhead halogen lighting, in the bedroom, the living room/dining area and in the kitchen. It helps make the apartment less dependent upon floor, table and desk lamps.

I installed surround sound to go with the wall-mounted HDTV. Depending upon what you’re watching, it’s like you’re right in the middle of the action.

I coated the windows with energy saving film that cuts the cost of electricity for air conditioning and heat, without affecting the view.

There are also special roller shades on the windows that will give you privacy while still letting you see the lights of the city at night.

Most importantly perhaps, I replaced most of the wall between the corner bedroom and the living room/dining area with glass panels and double glass doors. The glass wall and doors open up the apartment, bringing the view and light from corner bedroom windows into the living room and dining area. The effect is almost that of a great room, while keeping the spacing of the original floor plan intact.

The apartment is also beautifully painted. By “painted,” I mean other than “off white.” You’ll see when you do the walking tour of the apartment by reading the posts numbered 1 through 6.

1. The Corner Bedroom http://www.apt1202.com/2012/05/02/1-the-corner-bedroom/ Wed, 02 May 2012 10:00:13 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=210

Here’s what that master bathroom looks like from inside the bedroom.  I’m starting in the center of the bedroom looking into the bathroom.

The bathroom is in the northwest corner of the bedroom. Check the floor plan if you’re having trouble understanding these compass directions.  As you can see in the picture below, it’s one of the great advantages of being on the 12th (top) floor that even the master bathroom has a great view of the city.  Here’s what looks like on beautiful day…

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This next shot shows the entire north wall of the Corner Bedroom.

That’s the door to the bathroom on the left, a bureau in the middle, the walk-in closet on the right and we’re just getting started. Notice the hardwood floors. They’re everywhere throughout the apartment except in the kitchen and bathrooms. The glass door to the right of the closet is just that, one of the double glass doors that open into the bedroom from the Living Room/Dining Area. If you like glass, if you like the openness and light it gives you, this is your apartment. (The glass wall and doors between the Living Room and the Corner Bedroom are something I did after I bought the apartment which is why they are not on the floor plan.)

With your back to the east (interior) wall of the bedroom, here’s what the west wall looks like.

If it seems a little dark, it’s only because I’m not a professional photographer and there’s so much light coming in the wall of windows that faces northward.

Here’s the southwest corner of the bedroom.

And a shot looking down and west along New York Ave. so that you can see all the new construction and, if the sun weren’t so bright, the top of the Washington Monument at a distance.  It’s a great neighborhood getting even better.

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Here’s the south (New York Avenue) wall of the master bedroom.

The southeast corner.

And, finally, the east wall of the Corner Bedroom.

What you’re seeing is double glass doors in the open position, connecting he Corner Bedroom to the Living Room/Dining Area and Kitchen to create both the sense and reality of openness that brings the corner window walls, their light and what they see, into the core of the apartment. It’s a unique, custom modification, and not the standard floor plan as you can see from the diagram the developer provided.

Two more things and we’re done with this room. First, the walk-in close has custom built-ins as you can see below.

(The closet’s so big, it took two pictures to show it to you.) And second, the room has custom overhead lighting which is especially impressive at night.

Now follow me to the Living Room/Dining Area

2. The Living Room/Dining Area http://www.apt1202.com/2012/05/02/2-the-living-roomdining-area/ Wed, 02 May 2012 09:00:57 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=250

Hi. Welcome to the Living Room/Dining Area. As we did in the Corner Bedroom, we’re going to sweep the room from right to left, starting with the southwest corner.

This next shot is of the south wall of windows that face New York Avenue.

In the southeast corner, you can see the door to the Other Bedroom which I use as a study, but which could be used as a second bedroom for a roommate or child. The Other Bedroom has its own walk-in closet and direct access to what I call “The Red Bathroom.” (You’ll understand why later.)

Here’s the east wall of the Living Room/Dining area, taken with my back to the Corner Bedroom. You can see my dining table, which is expandable and has 6 chairs to accommodate company. That’s real art on the wall, and it stays with the apartment. The Kitchen is to the left. Left and right, you can see the double glass doors to the Corner Bedroom where I’m standing to take this shot.

Standing with your back to the windows along New York Avenue, you can see the dining table and chairs again, and the Kitchen and front door behind them. The double glass doors to the Corner Bedroom are on the left.

I don’t know about you, but I like music and the feeling of being in the movie or at the game when I watch them on a high definition TV. That’s why the apartment has surround sound. See the two speakers above the door to the Other Bedroom?

They go with the matching set above the wall-mounted TV and the bass on the floor.

The HDTV goes with the apartment, of course, as does the surround sound which is connected to the the silver Onkyo box on the bottom of the equipment stack shown below. That’s XM radio in the middle, which I’ll be taking with me. The top box is a DVD player.

Next up, the Bedroom/Study

3. The Other Bedroom/Study http://www.apt1202.com/2012/05/02/3-the-bedroomstudy/ Wed, 02 May 2012 08:00:33 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=281

Coming into the Other Bedroom/Study from the Living Room, you’re now turning around and facing the southwest corner of the room. On the right, you can see the open door leading back into the Living Room.

To the left along the wall of windows facing New York Avenue, you’re now looking at the southeast corner of the room.

FYI, the Nationals coin bucket on the floor doesn’t stay with the apartment. It’s just that I didn’t realize, when I was taking these pictures, how heavy it was until until I tried to move it out of the way.

This next shot is the back or north wall of the second bedroom. The door you see is to the second bath room that guests can also access from the hallway off the kitchen. (I really miss taking naps on that couch. Very comfortable.)

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And here, below, is the west wall of the second bedroom/study. The door to the walk-in closet is just outside the shot to the right of the floor lamp.

As you can tell going around the room, there’s plenty of space to use the room as a nice size bedroom or study – or both.

Ready? Okay, let’s see “The Red Bathroom” I keep talking about…

4. The Red Bathroom http://www.apt1202.com/2012/05/02/4-the-red-bathroom/ Wed, 02 May 2012 07:00:10 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=286

Washer Dryer 103014 IMG_4192On your way into the Red Bathroom from the second bedroom/study, the first thing you’ll notice, on your right, is the washer/dryer which is in the closet. The picture on the right was taken from the second bedroom, with the door to the bathroom and the louvered door to the washer/dryer closet open.  It’s a brand new, high end Sanyo washer and dryer. Both units full-size and full-featured even though they’re stacked.

Keep in mind that the second bathroom is not only accessible from the hallway off the entrance to the Apt. 1202, but also from the second bedroom so, in effect, the apartment can be configured to have 2 master bedroom suites.

In this next picture, you’ll see why it’s called “The Red Bathroom.” (That’s Marilyn Monroe in the poster, in case you were wondering.)

In this next shot, I’m standing with my back at the towel rack across from the sink. In the mirror over the sink, you can see the reflection of the hallway that leads to the kitchen.

And there’s a glass shower.

Let’s see the Hallway next, on our way to the Kitchen.

5. The Hallway http://www.apt1202.com/2012/05/02/5-the-hallway/ Wed, 02 May 2012 06:00:23 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=289

This Hallway runs between the Kitchen and the Red Bathroom along the back of the apartment. There’s some art and the apartment’s electrical box on the right wall. On the left are louvered doors behind which are the hot water tank and HVAC box. The door closest to the front on the left is a coat/storage closet. You can see the door to the Red Bathroom at the end of the Hallway.

Here’s the coat closet, its door open, viewed from the Living Room. The front door is just off the picture to the left, and the Kitchen to the left of that.

Last stop, the Kitchen

6. The Kitchen http://www.apt1202.com/2012/05/02/6-the-kitchen/ Wed, 02 May 2012 05:00:47 +0000 http://www.apt1202.com/?p=292

Last stop on our tour. This Kitchen looks perfect, doesn’t? Why is that? To be honest, I eat out a lot.

Starting with the front, overhanging counter, I’m going to sweep from left to right around the Kitchen. The countertops are granite. In this first shot, you’ll see the dishwasher under the left end of the counter, and then the sink which is deep and has a pull-out faucet. The Kitchen is bright. This first shot is a little dark because of all the sunlight coming in from the south-facing Living Room windows.

The microwave, glass-top stove and oven (both electric) are in the middle of the kitchen.  The thermostat on the wall is the original model before I had the Nest installed.

Here’s a better shot of the microwave, stove and oven.

And now the right or backside of the Kitchen which includes the refrigerator.  Since this picture was taken, I’ve replaced this refrigerator with a brand new unit with French doors on top, cold water in the left French door and a larger, pullout freezer on the bottom.

This is how the Kitchen looks viewed from inside the Living Room. That’s the door to the apartment on the right, and the glass doors to the Corner Bedroom on the left.

Refrigerator 103014 Med Size IMG_4194Since these pictures were taken, I’ve upgraded the refrigerator to the one shown on the right.  As you can see, there’s an exterior cold, filtered water dispenser and french doors that open left and right so that you fit a leftover extra large pizza inside, no sweat.  And the freezer’s on the bottom.

Last one. This is what you see looking from inside the front door, past the Kitchen into the Living Room. Again, it’s much brighter in person.

That’s it. When you’re finished looking at the Kitchen, just click on the “Home” button on the left, below the header at the top of the screen.