Housing around Kesher Israel
The information on this page is for people who are looking to move to Washington, DC. There is a list at the bottom of this page for short term housing.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Kesher Israel Housing Coordinator.
General Housing Information
Kesher Israel is located at the corner of 28th and N Street, NW, in Georgetown (2801 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007). If you are interested in living in D.C. within walking distance of Kesher, your housing search should focus on the Foggy Bottom, West End, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. Some people who attend Kesher also live in Rosslyn, VA, which is a longer walk but has cheaper apartments (but not within the eruv).
On average, studies and efficiencies near Kesher rent for $1500-$2200 a month, 1-bedrooms rent for $2000-$3000 a month, and 2-bedrooms rent for $2800-$5500 a month. Some of the apartment buildings near Kesher are condominiums, so you may end up renting from individual apartment owners rather than a company that runs an entire building.
Before you begin your housing search, take some time to think about your minimal housing requirements (e.g. level of Kashrut with a roommate, allergies, pets, etc.). Begin your housing search at least two months before moving to DC. In general, a mixture of internet searches, phone calls, and in-person apartment viewings is the best way to find a place.
The Kesher Israel Housing ListServ
To keep abreast of housing information, to subscribe to the Kesher Israel Housing Listserv. After your membership is approved, you will be able to:
- Browse old and recent housing postings at:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kesher_Housing/.
- Post your own housing or roommate request via email. Posting your own request is strongly recommended, so that anyone who knows of an available place can contact you directly.
Other Jewish Housing Forums
There are two other Jewish organizations in DC that have good housing forums. While not specifically Orthodox, their housing forums are used by the wider DC Jewish community:
- DC Minyan Bulletin: Email to subscribe. You can then email that same address with a one paragraph ad to post in the Housing Wanted section of the bulletin. If you have housing and need a roommate, send the ad to post in the Housing Available section of the bulletin.
- GatherTheJews has a housing message board resource for young Jews in DC.
With some exceptions, many buildings in DC now use electronic key-fobs to open their front doors instead of physical keys. Many Shomer Shabbat Jews will either wait for other tenants to walk into their buildings on Shabbat and follow them in, or work out an arrangement with the front desk staff of their building (if there is a 24-hour front desk) to either buzz them in or physically open the door. Make sure to discuss this with the building leasing office or condo owner before signing a lease. If necessary, consult with your local Rabbi as well.
Apartment Search Websites
There are a number of websites that are good resources on apartments for rent in the DC area. While the details vary, you will generally be asked enter an area code, city, and/or neighborhood (Foggy Bottom, West End, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle), and will be given a list of available places, their prices, pictures of the apartment, and a point of contact. The following sites are a good place to start:
- www.sublet.com (Make sure the lease of the person from whom you are subletting permits subletting.)
- www.washingtonpost.com/rentals/ (Newspaper classifieds: check daily, but especially on Sundays.)
- classifieds.washingtoncitypaper.com/washington/Results?section=oid%3A8(Newspaper classifieds: check daily, but especially on Thursdays.)
Many condo owners (and some apartment buildings) advertise through Craigslist. Craigslist lets you narrow your search by price range and type of apartment (studio, 1 bedroom, etc.). If you type the name of one of the neighborhoods near Kesher in the search bar, you should get 15-20 ads. Respond via e-mail to each ad that interests you. Do not be too surprised or discouraged if some people do not respond to your inquiries. If you get one response for every three inquiries you send out, then you are doing well.
In order to save time, you may want to create a form letter for responding to Craigslist ads. Here is an example: Dear Sir or Madam: My name is(your name). I currently live in(current living location), and am looking for a new apartment by (desired move-in date). Your ad on Craigslist intrigued me, as the apartment seems a reasonably priced and sized (studio/one- bedroom/two-bedroom) at an excellent location. Would it be possible to view the apartment in the next few days? I am available most weeknights after (time), as well as on Sundays. Thank you for your kind consideration. Sincerely, (your name).
One last note: while many Craigslist housing ads are legitimate, some may be scams. For more information, click here.
If you are looking for short-term housing, internship housing, or are having difficulty finding long-term housing, see the following websites:
For a PDF version of this page with a list of buildings, click here.