Washington DC is one of the most densely populated and expensive places to live in the United States. Now, a frenzy of fresh, stylish and affordable coliving spaces are breathing new life into the capital’s rental market.
As rent in the city becomes an increasingly expensive and lonely experience, coliving has been billed as the ideal solution. Combining flexibility with a ready-made community, thousands of Washingtonians are opting for communal living over traditional sublets. Residents not only benefit from well-appointed bedrooms and inclusive utilities but additional perks such as state-of-the-art gym facilities, rooftop infinity pools and exclusive events. Unlike the traditional renting model, residents can pick and choose their contract lengths and cut out broker fees too. Plus, estimates suggest residents save as much as 20% on rent compared with neighbouring studio apartments. But which one to choose? We’ve selected five of the most stylish coliving spaces in Washington DC.
Victorian Renovated Townhouse Capitol Hill
Situated slap-bang in the centre of Washington’s geographic and legislative heart, this four-bed renovated townhouse is available for a minimum of one month but you’ll likely want to stay much longer. Each bedroom features a double bed, desk and plenty of storage, with easy access to one of two spacious bathrooms. The newly renovated co-living areas ooze character, with exposed brick walls, antique furniture and lots of space for entertaining. As well as being a stone’s throw from some of the nation’s most famous museums and landmarks, you’ll also find creaky bookshops, cosy pubs and a buzzing restaurant and nightlife scene.
9th Street SE
OSLO Atlas – H Street
Oslo opened its first co-living space in 2014 and now boasts four boutique co-living apartment buildings in Washington DC. Each coliving space is situated in the District’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Oslo Atlas is conveniently located just steps from H Street and right in the thick of the city’s vibrant arts scene. The building features eight apartments, each featuring equally-sized bedrooms with private bathrooms. The team has taken special care to create large commons areas that encourage easy-going socialising, with helpful features such as extra-large kitchen islands. Residents can also benefit from community events and resident perks including local discounts.
Florida Avenue NE
Exclusive Modern Apartment Massachusetts Avenue
Situated on Washington’s most famous residential street, this modern apartment is perfect for co-living on a budget. The apartment offers 32 bedrooms in two categories: The ‘Flex Basic’, a single bed separated from the rest of the suite with a smart bookcase system, and the ‘Deluxe’, which features a double bed, smart TV and study desk. While there aren’t any en-suites, there are 11 spacious bathrooms in the building, so there’s no danger of early morning queues. Residents also get access to the rooftop social deck, complete with gas grills, a fire pit and sparkling views, an onsite gym and a swimming pool.
Massachusetts Avenue NW
Commons i5 Union Market
Commons is already a favourite with city slickers from San Fran to Seattle, and its Washington outposts aren’t any less popular. If you’re looking for a central location with high-spec facilities and amenities, i5 Union Market is ideal. There are a range of rooms, from private bedrooms to furnished suites, each featuring carefully planned storage solutions and stylish interior design. State-of-the-art communal areas include a heated rooftop infinity pool with views of Capitol, a 3000 sq. ft. fitness centre and a penthouse club room. The building is located just around the corner from i5 Union Market, so you’ll never go hungry either.
Florida Avenue NE
Charming Cozy House in Columbia Heights
Once best known for its Hispanic community, Columbia Heights has become a popular hipster hangout in recent years – and this charming four-bedroom house is conveniently positioned to enjoy the best of both worlds. The multi-level house features mid-century decor throughout, with a large dining room, expansive kitchen and large living area. Each of the four bedrooms is fully furnished, with shared bathroom access. Best of all is the backyard – a rarity in the big city. The flexible lease policy means residents are welcome to stay for as little as one month and as long as 18 months.
Gresham Place NW