We’ve written extensively at Forest Hills Connection about rent control: How DC apartment buildings built prior to 1976 are generally subject to laws limiting the frequency and amount of rent increases. How to know if you are in a rent-controlled unit. How, regardless of income, anyone aged 62-plus OR the disabled (any age) can apply […]
Welcome Forest Hills high-risers! We are a vital and diverse community of 31 high-rises, consisting of 18 apartment buildings, 10 condominiums and 3 cooperatives. We even have one low-rise garden apartment community in our midst.
- North - Bordered by Nebraska Avenue, includes Archstone Connecticut Heights and the Ellicott House.
- South - Just below Tilden Street, including Sedgwick Gardens and 3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW.
- East - The Archstone Consulate and the entire Van Ness complex representing all three types of high-rises: Van Ness East condominium, Van Ness North cooperative and Archstone Van Ness South apartments.
- West - Yuma Gardens on Yuma Street - our one garden apartment community.
Our High-Rise Life writer Barbara Cline has been busy mapping the many multi-unit housing options we have in our neighborhood, which only scratches the surface of data she has painstakingly collected over months – even years. For example, she has figured out we have more than 6,700 condo, co-op and apartment units in the area […]
by Barbara Cline Connecticut Avenue Northwest from Porter Street to Nebraska Avenue* has 43 multi-unit residential buildings, and unless you’re in the know, they are largely indistinguishable. Is that building a condo, a co-op or an apartment building? And if it is an apartment building – is it rent-controlled or not? Here is what may […]
by Barbara Cline Big news for seniors and disabled renters leasing rent-controlled apartments. On January 29th, the DC Office of the Tenant Advocate announced the 2016 standard rent increase for both groups will be 0% – yes, ZERO – and for only the second time in 35 years. That means no rent increase at all […]
by Barbara Cline Kris Laurenti has lived and worked in Washington, DC, her entire adult life. But like many of the District’s 100,000-plus seniors, she wondered how she would be able to “age in place” in an increasingly unaffordable city. Fortunately, Laurenti found her answer – and she hopes her story will make DC more […]
by Marjorie Rachlin Early fall means harvest time at the community gardens on Sedgwick Street. It’s been a good summer despite the heat and drought – tomatoes have done well, and people are picking squash, eggplant, beans, peppers and several exotic vegetables, as well as basil and other herbs. Okra plants, eight feet tall, are […]
by Barbara Cline Did you know that DC renters have the right to request relocation assistance from their landlord if they are displaced by a substantial rehabilitation of their unit? In 2009, a renter in the Connecticut House was undergoing cancer treatments that resulted in a compromised immune system. When mold was discovered behind a […]
by Deidre Bannon Current Newspapers correspondent Reprinted, with permission, from the May 6th edition of the Northwest Current. Download the newspaper here. As Washington springs forward into the summer months, two local communities are looking to harness the sun’s power by installing solar panels on homes. In Ward 2, about 50 residents have formed a […]
by Barbara Cline (DC has set the 2016 rent increase at 2%, and it’s 0% for seniors and those with disabilities. Read about it here.) As a member of the Citizens Advisory Group of Iona Senior Services, I attended Mayor Bowser’s “Talking Transition DC Town Meeting” in January. This forum was held to let the […]
by Emmy Elfin Some blizzard, I said to myself when last Tuesday dawned. But it was still my kind of weather and I couldn’t wait to go out. There must be some polar bear in my DNA, according to my companion. I’m no fan of deep water and I never swim, but a couple of […]