After 20 years of a car-centric lifestyle in a large house in Bethesda, Maryland, and nearly a decade of lobbying her husband, Roxanne Littner achieved her goal of moving into the District of Columbia.
“My husband was more attached to the house than I was and wanted to stay longer, but when we had a plumbing issue and the basement flooded, I put my foot down and set a date to sell our house in a year,” Littner said. “We started looking downtown at different neighborhoods and couldn’t find anything we wanted to buy with 1,500 square feet or more that we liked and that wasn’t outrageously expensive.”
Littner and her husband, ophthalmologist Roy Rubinfeld, opted to move into an apartment in the Kennedy-Warren district in Northwest Washington. They quickly discovered that the services provided and the freedom from maintenance suited their lifestyle.
“It seems to make financial sense to rent, because we don’t pay high condo fees or have to pay for repairs,” Littner said. “We own a second home in Italy, and renting gives us the flexibility to be gone for months at a time if we want, since we know the Kennedy-Warren staff will take care of our place in the city.”