03/27/15 12:55pm

2829 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

This unit is located at 2829 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spacious, serene efficiency with private balcony, separate kitchen, dressing area, Murphy bed. Light filled and quiet with ample closet space. Renovated kitchen and bathroom. Building features gym, swimming pool, rooftop deck. Near Woodley Park Metro, Capital Bikeshare, National Zoo, Open City, Lebanese Taverna, Petits Plats and other restaurants and shops.”

2829 Connecticut Avenue Northwest murphy bed

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $239,900 ($426 monthly fee).

03/27/15 12:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user L. Shanley

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of March 27-29 with service adjustments on two of six rail lines.

This weekend, Red, Orange, Silver and Green line trains will operate at regular intervals. Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 18 minutes.

Metro is gearing up for the busy Cherry Blossom season, a time when weekday ridership increases 15 percent and weekend ridership can nearly double.

Sat. Apr. 4 & Sun. Apr 5: No weekend trackwork. Regular service on all lines.
Sat. Apr. 11 & Sun. Apr 12: No weekend trackwork. Regular service on all lines. Metrorail will open two hours early (at 5 a.m.) for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.”

03/27/15 12:20pm

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Drink City is written by Beau Finley.

Dani Paulson is currently at Copycat Co. on H Street NE.  Drink City is a series of snapshots of people in the DC area who are invested in DC’s drinking culture. This post originally appeared on DC Focused.

What brought you to DC?

I moved back to the DMV area after college. My stepdad had just been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and my mom needed help with my younger brother and sisters while he was away. I worked in retail for a few years and I was miserable, so I went back to school after my stepdad got home and started waiting tables to pay my tuition. I fell in love with the restaurant industry and moved to DC from the ‘burbs almost 5 years ago.

How long have you been bartending in the city?

I had two bosses at two consecutive restaurant jobs in Virginia tell me that I “didn’t have what it takes” to be a bartender, so naturally I took this as a challenge. My first bar job in DC was opening Black Jack [in 2011]. While I was transitioning to DC I had a lot of free time so I spent all of it at Black Jack doing everything that goes along with opening a new spot. On the third night of our soft opening, one of the bartenders was a no-call, no-show. One of the beverage directors came up to me and said, “Get behind the bar. You know where everything is.” At the end of the night, he asked me how I felt about bartending. I told him I felt great and he said, “Awesome. You’re a bartender now.”

Since then, I’ve been very lucky to meet and work alongside some of the most talented and respected bartenders in DC – people like Jo-Jo Valenzuela, Jamie MacBain, Micah and Ari Wilder, and Tom and Derek Brown. I’ve recently made my way over to Copycat Co. on H Street NE. Devin Gong has an incredibly high standard for his cocktails and I am thrilled to work with and be trained by one of the best bartenders in DC. (more…)

03/27/15 11:55am

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2915 M Street, NW back in the day

From a press release:

“The newest addition to M Street in Georgetown is Maxime – Steak Frites and Mussel Bar. Maxime will fill a much needed niche in Georgetown as one of the only casual French steakhouses and mussel bars, with an emphasis on dining simplicity—courtesy of restaurateurs Ben Kirane, Moe Idrissi, and Joe Idrissi, who also bring you Bodega and Thunder Burger. The name Maxime, often associated with a variety of French personalities, was actually chosen after its Latin translation for “special.”

Maxime will open Thursday March 26th and will occupy the former Guards space, located at 2915 M Street. Maxime looks forward to providing the neighborhood with an authentic brasserie atmosphere complete with French hors d’oeuvres – such as quiche, charcuterie and fromage alongside classic french onion soup, rustic bread, and a Belgian inspired list of specialty beers and cocktails.

The highlight of the menu created by Executive Corporate Chef Ryan Fichter will be the Steak Frites. This Maxime signature meal will be served with a special Maxime secret sauce, salad, frites, and a baguette breadbasket. Another noteworthy option is the broiled marinated Portobello mushroom steak and the salmon filet. This Maxime signature meal, also known as “La Formule” will be priced at $19.95. (more…)

03/27/15 11:25am

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. 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: 3115 13th St NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $475,000.
List Price at Contract: $475,000.
List Date: 02/11/2015
Days on Market: 7
Settled Sales Price: $580,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 3/16/2015
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Brookland is a NE DC neighborhood known for large yards and an abundance of fee simple properties including rowhomes like the subject property, as well as detached farm houses and bungalows. The main commercial area is 12th Street NE, near Metro, with several recent and ongoing development projects in the vicinity.

Commenters to the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post called this one. Several folks predicted that it would sell above list. One person even noted that their agent said to “expect it to go for $575,000.”

As with other neighborhoods in DC, Brookland is experiencing a very tight market for active listing inventory. Stats from Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI) show that in February 2015, there were about half the number of homes listed as compared to the five year average for the month of February. With less than one months supply of inventory (a balanced market is generally considered a six month absorption rate), Brookland is definitely a sellers market right now.

There are currently a total of 18 fee simpleactive listings in Brookland, ranging from $284,900. to over $1 million.

The listing agent for this sale was Shelley Gold with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. Susan McNeill with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage represented the buyer in this transaction.

03/27/15 10:55am

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Rendering via The Parks at Walter Reed

Beautiful words from the Washington Business Journal:

“Officials from the Rochester, New York-based grocer were in town Thursday to tout its soon-to-open Alexandria store. Talks between Wegmans and the Hines Interests LP team chosen to develop the Walter Reed campus are still taking place, spokeswoman Jo Natale said.”

Ed. Note: You can read about the plans for the Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden Group team to redevelop Walter Reed here.

03/27/15 10:00am

Sareana Photo

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.

Author’s Note: Sareana and her mother are still in transition.

“It’s stressful to be in transition. At first it was, do we have a place to stay? Trying to figure out where we’re going to go, how it’s going to work, what do we need, what needs to get put away… it’s really living off the bare minimum. Do I know if I’m eating lunch today? How am I going to get around? Gas is expensive, the metro is expensive. There are a lot of things you don’t know, and you don’t know what tomorrow is looking like. For me it was about making the most of what I had at the time and trying to do the best I could.

I think when we were packing it still hadn’t hit me that we were going to leave our place and pretty much go to the car or with my friend. I think it hit me when we cleared out the place and we walked out. It was like well, we’re never coming back here again. We’ve had that place since forever, since I was young. It’s always been there. And it was something that’s been permanent and then all of the sudden we’re not there anymore. It was that really quick transition, I don’t know, I was expecting it right away – of course I was being told, but going from being told to actually seeing it happen is completely different.

There’s child support that comes in and that’s what we used for food. So it’s $500 a month – and that’s what we lived off of. I think we also got lucky when we were staying with other people, they were like ‘eat what you want’… they were very, very nice about it. We moved in with someone who I met through my advocacy work, who has a wife and a kid and a dog and they’re such a cute family, actually. We stayed with them for about a month. We agreed on a certain time that we’d be staying there and we obviously didn’t want to impose. They were having family coming over, and we hadn’t really planned ahead, so we were in the car for like a week.

Yeah, it’s not bad. Honestly, everyone’s like, ‘Oh my god, you stayed in a car!’ – We were lucky! We stayed in a car when it was warm outside, we had some nonperishable food that was left over – it wasn’t bad at all. It’s a Honda CRV so pretty big. It was not the most comfortable thing, I will tell you I probably woke up as soon as the sun rose, but it’s not bad. So the first night we parked in our storage unit and then we discovered there are cameras. So that wasn’t very smart. And then we parked on Beach Drive. It’s by Beach and Strathmore at that intersection. We would go there after-hours.”

– Sareana Kimia, age 16

At 16 years old, Sareana Kimia is now a youth advocate and local activist with her own non-profit, Youth for National Change. Please visit the Person First Project to read her whole story. If you feel motivated to help, she has created a GoFundMe page to support her education and her life. http://www.gofundme.com/SareanasEduFund