1 BR/1 BA THE CHRISTOPHER (Click for listing) - $1750 a month
Once again, the rate is a bit steep, but not too bad if you have a roommate to pay half. The tradeoff is a luxury building right by the Bethesda Metro Station. Utilities are extra, but parking, storage and water are included in the rent. Please note that the move-in date is not until December 1. Lots of amenities, in a modern building, and location, location, location!
PRIVATE SUITE IN BROOKMONT HOME (Click for listing) - $1100 a month
Although I am usually directing you to the best units in the best downtown Bethesda buildings, this suite in a private home is worth considering if a) you work near the Sangamore Intelligence Campus, Georgetown, American University, Sibley Hospital or on the Red Line (Ride On bus to Friendship Heights passes by the home); b) price is more important to you than the excitement of downtown living.
This house is within walking distance of the Shops at Sumner Place shopping center, with a great CVS, a Safeway, Bethesda Market (opening soon), Praline French bakery and restaurant, Passion Fin sushi bar, and a Starbucks.
Obviously, you'd want to do a thorough inspection, but $1100 a month is a very good price in Bethesda.
Let's consider another basic piece of furniture that everyone has - the coffee table. There's nothing wrong with the traditional wood coffee table, but maybe you want something a bit more contemporary.
Skye Indigo coffee table from Crate and Barrel - $319
Wall Street coffee table - $149.09
Both of these have similar lines and designs, but faking it will save you about $180 this week. Nothing says "living large" like Wall Street, right? Gordon Gekko would approve, and so will your wallet.
Security. An unsafe apartment isn't worth any amount of money. When apartment hunting, do your own security audit of the building, and the particular unit. Do doors and windows lock securely? Do blinds or curtains give you privacy when you want it? Is the garage or parking lot secure? How easy is it to gain access to the building? Is the front desk manned? Is that "man" on duty 24 hours a day? Can you have a dog?
Have a great weekend, and hurry out to check out these apartments before they're gone. I believe that every Apartment of the Week I've featured so far, has been leased by the end of the weekend. Let me know if this guide helps you to find the apartment of your dreams, in the Richest Town in America!