07/31/15 1:20pm


“Dear PoPville,

My fiance and I live (with our dog, Logan) at 5th and Longfellow St NW. Last night, there were two rounds of shots fired. One shot at 10pm. The next set of 5-10 shots fired at around 1045p.

We heard something hit the back of our house (which happens to be our master bathroom which is attached to our bedroom). We were in the bedroom.

We called the police (as did many of our neighbors) who came out to look at the house and search for suspects. Supposedly, they caught a guy the next block up.

With closer inspection this morning, we saw that a rogue bullet that hit the space in between our two upper level back windows.

Any idea what to do now? Should we call the police to retrieve the bullet? Home owners insurance for repair the siding?”

Ed. Note: The police have been called and notified about the bullet/damage.

07/31/15 12:50pm

DC8707972 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 1509 U Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“1906 style 3br 2.5ba home with a completely modernized interior. home sits on a tree-lined street adjacent to Ketcham elementary school. Entry level has hardwood floors and open floor plan.The galley kitchen, stainless steel and black appliancesEntry Level : Living room, dining room, den, kitchen, half bathUpper level: Three bedrooms two full bathroomsLower level: Unfinished cellar, w/d”

DC8707972 - Interior (General)

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $399,000.

DC8707972 - Bath (Master)

07/31/15 12:22pm

14th and Park Road, NW

From an email:

“cove Columbia Heights is moving, and it’s an upgrade!

To make productive more convenient and better take advantage of the neighborhood, cove is moving its current Columbia Heights location at 1402 Meridian Pl NW to 3343 14th St NW in mid-August. cove is committed to being a neighborhood productive space, providing locations in the heart of the neighborhood that are accessible and near the main attractions and delicious places to fuel up.

The new cove Columbia Heights will have two floors and sit right off 14th Street, one block north of the metro station, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Columbia Heights. It will feature a self-serve coffee bar area with high-top stools, 32 desks, a comfortable lounge section, two call booths, two four-seat conference rooms, and the usual cove amenities (unlimited beverages, color printing/scanning, reliable wifi).”


From an email:

“826DC is growing our writing workshops and moving to a new space in the historic Tivoli Theatre across the street this fall, new store theme (TBD). I’m writing with a job opening for a full-time entry level position to support our expanding work with DC kids.

826DC, an award-winning nonprofit youth writing center located in Columbia Heights, seeks an energetic individual to serve as its full-time Programs Assistant!

826DC seeks a highly motivated self-starter to join our team as a full-time Programs Assistant. The ideal candidate will have a strong entrepreneurial spirit, be organized and dedicated, have experience with and a passion for working with students of all ages, and work well with all types of people. This position will report directly to the On-site Programs Manager while working closely with the Programs Director and the Volunteer Coordinator.

The Programs Assistant will implement, lead, and assist with on-site and off-site programming. The Programs Assistant will mobilize and train volunteers to support DC youth ages 6-18 in academic conditions that often lack quality resources and/or programs. The Programs Assistant will receive hands-on, real-world experience and leadership skills within arts education in an urban school district.

Job posting and full position description here.

Priority application date is August 3.

Start date is September 1.”

07/31/15 11:55am

14th and Quincy St, NW

One of the many many things that make Red Derby one of the best bars in DC year after year after year:

Sunday August 9th Red Derby in collaboration with #Tecate is throwing a Tiki Party to raise $$$ to outfit the kids at DASH (district alliance for safe housing) with SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the upcoming year.

3pm until the party stops. HULA HOOP, LIMBO and HAWAIIAN SHIRT CONTESTS w/ prizes!!! All proceeds from Tecate and Tiki Punch sales will go directly to the kids at dash!!! Stay tuned for contest schedule and judging criteria. Mark your calendars now!!!”

07/31/15 11:00am

1534 14th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Shinola, known for its Detroit-built watches, bicycles, journals, pet accessories, small leather goods and leather care is excited to announce the upcoming opening of its third nationwide flagship in Washington, D.C. The store will open September 2015 in the 14th Street Corridor at 1631 14th Street NW.

The 5,000-square-foot corner building was originally home to the Studebaker showroom in the 1920s. The store design will stay as true to the original build as possible, keeping the original black and white travertine floor, moulded ceiling and additional details from the era alongside traditional Shinola fixtures. In partnership with Washington Project for the Arts, Shinola will also showcase local artists during quarterly exhibitions in an in-store gallery.

The opening of the D.C. store will mark the brand’s tenth brick-and-mortar location. In addition to stores in Detroit and New York, Shinola has locations in Minneapolis, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ann Arbor and Plano. The new D.C. location will replace the temporary shop that opened in November 2014. Filson, Shinola’s sister brand, will take over Shinola’s former space at 1534 14th Street NW.”

07/31/15 10:35am


Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the President of 10 Square Real Estate. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 309 Seaton Pl NE
Legal Subdivision: Eckington
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Eckington
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3.5 Basement: Yes, Fully Finished Parking: Street Ownership: Fee simple
Original List Price for this listing: $699,900.
Property first listed by other agents in May at $799,000.
List Price at Contract: $699,900.
List Date: 06/11/2015
Days on Market for this listing: 5
Days on market for May 2015 listing: 67
Settled Sales Price: $699,900.
Seller Subsidy: $1500.
Settlement Date: 07/15/2015
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Here is yet another example of a home that sold significantly lower than what it was originally optimistically priced at. Even in a fast paced market with heavy demand, initial pricing is key to a quick sale.

Just across North Capitol from its NW DC neighbor, Bloomingdale, Eckington is a NE DC neighborhood that has fee simple attached rowhomes that range significantly in size and price. The south and west ends of the neighborhood feature Victorians with turrets and bays. There are a few large detached homes, however, the majority of the housing stock are porch front houses similar to the subject property.

The highest price paid to date for a house in Eckington is $910,000., which has happened twice (once this Spring, and once in 2014). The bulk of home sales in this neighborhood fall into the $500,000. and $600,000’s.

There are currently 5 fee simple homes actively listed and 7 condo units listed.

The listing agents for this sale were Trent Heminger and Kevin Gray with Beasley Real Estate LLC. represented the buyer in this transaction. Nathan Guggenheim with Washington Fine Properties represented the buyer.

07/31/15 9:45am

Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.


“My father raised me my whole life. He was a very smart man and very responsible, he just had a bad drinking problem. It’s what got him sick and broke down his immune system. He had sepsis. It’s an inner infection – it starts in your bloodstream and starts killing your nerve endings in your limbs, it starts deteriorating your inner organs… the first time, he was in a coma for about three months. When he woke up he could only lift one finger.

My father passed away when I was twenty-nine. He was fifty-three. We were best friends. It was pretty hard to make the decision I did, giving the doctor permission to take the respirator out of his mouth. That kinda hurt.


I like cooking, man. My ex fiancé, she would see commercials for Applebee’s or something and want to go out to eat. I’d say, ‘Tell me what you like, anything you see, I can cook it.’

I kept going into deep depressions after my father’s death and she wasn’t supportive. My drinking went from a couple beers with dinner to getting a fifth every other day. She gave me a choice. She said, ‘Either it’s the bottle or it’s me.’ It didn’t help when I asked her, ‘Don’t the bills get paid? I’m functional.’ But I guess she got tired of it. I think it was the drinking, but that’s just my guess. I just lost my mental stability after my father died and then I lost her. She changed her Facebook, her e-mail address. It messed me up. We were together for eight and a half years before we got engaged.

My depression and anxiety’s been bad lately. I’ve been up all night walking, just walking, walking, walking. My anxiety attacks will sometimes have me stuck. It’ll be like a hole in the top of my head and I’ll look around all lost, and sometimes it’s a lot of racing thoughts. It’s crazy.

[Right now], I’m staying at Central Union Mission. I need counseling. I dwell on the past too much– it holds me back.”

– Nick

Author’s Note: We met Nick on North Capitol Street, Northeast. He is currently experiencing homelessness.