And He'll Throw in the Spin Cycle at No Extra Charge
You knew the D.C. housing crunch was pretty tight. You knew people were shelling out preposterous sums for tiny hovels in awful surroundings. But if you were a blogger with the perfectly devious little mind, you could have some fun with the desperation of those seeking housing. D.C. Bachelor did, offering up his laundry room as housing and the results are hilarious, sad, frightening and well worth a visit.
I once lived in a room about that size, complete with a three-flight hike to the bathroom. But it was college and we were supposed to sacrifice ourselves like monks for our greater academic good. Anyway, for those of us who wonder why people end up living a 90-minute drive away from where they work and play, this is a revealing window onto the world of real estate angst.
But DC Bachelor was intrigued enough to up the ante, or, rather, squeeze the housing anxiety even tighter, so he posted a second ad, this time offering to rent his...walk-in closet. And yup, the people came a callin'.
It also tells us something about the Craigslist phenomenon and the difference between classifieds now vs. back in the day when paid newspaper ads had the field all wrapped up for ourselves: You're nowhere near as likely to play this sort of game when you have to pay for the ad as you are on still-largely-free Craigslist.
In any event, I'd love to hear from any of the folks who did respond to that ad. Where are you living now and how awful an abode would you really accept just so you could live in the District?
By Marc Fisher |
February 17, 2006; 6:21 AM ET
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