03/28/17 10:05pm

1248 Fairmont Street, NW

This is the spot we spoke about back in December.

The Mansarte’s website says:


The Mansarte is boutique 5-unit condominium development located in the heart of Columbia Heights at 1248 Fairmont Street, NW. All units feature high-end finishes and thoughtful designs, all have outdoor space and a shared roof deck, and parking is available.

Two 1 bedroom / 1 bath units
Two 3 bedroom / 3.5 bath units
One Penthouse 3 bedroom / 3 bath

The Mansarte project is a conversion of a Grand Victorian on premium, extra wide corner lot into five luxurious condominiums. The lower level will feature two (1bd/1bth) units, each with an outdoor space and back patio. The main, first, and second floors will each feature 1800 sqf (3bd/3.5bth) condos. Each unit will have outdoor space whether it is a wrap-around porch or balcony on top. Also, all units will have access to a shared roof deck and indoor secured parking.

Units are not yet registered with the Department of Housing and Community Development, Rental Conversion and Sale Division. No units will be offered for sale prior to Registration.”


More after the jump. (more…)

03/28/17 10:02pm


For those not familiar with Dorothy Height:

“an American administrator and educator, was a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.”



03/28/17 4:00pm

From an email:

“Check out more info including all the details about the Anacostia River Festival Anacostia River Festival
Sunday, April 9, 2017; 1 pm – 5 pm

The National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park present the third annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a taste of local D.C., come celebrate the Anacostia River and take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast D.C.’s local arts scene at this special FREE event. This year we are celebrating biking in the District with trail rides, safety classes, quick bike tune ups and special bike activities for all ages.

This year’s program will have a special focus on biking in the District and will celebrate the new extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Bladensburg, MD.

We are anticipating over 8,000 visitors and are partnering with more than 40 nonprofits to offer FREE family-friendly activities re-engaging residents and visitors alike with the Anacostia River and Historic Anacostia neighborhood.

NEW this year: (more…)

03/28/17 3:30pm

Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

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Shepherd’s Row, circa 1880. The Shepherd Mansion is on the left. (Source: Library of Congress).

The stately former mansion of “Boss” Alexander Shepherd on the northeast corner of Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW was one of the most prominent of the great houses that lined K Street during the Gilded Age. Designed by famed architect Adolf Cluss, the house was an emphatic expression of wealth and power. While Shepherd lived there for only a few years, its prominence in Washington’s social life endured for another half century as diplomats and industrialists made it their home and held lavish parties in its ornate reception rooms. “Palatial in size and fittings, magnificently furnished, an example of the union of great wealth and noble tastes,” The Washington Post concluded in 1899.

Alexander Shepherd

The rise and fall of Alexander Robey Shepherd (1835-1902), one of the most important figures in D.C. government in the post Civil War era, is a well-known story, but only recently has a complete biography of this complex individual been published. John P. Richardson’s Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital offers a balanced and clear-eyed view of a man who has been vilified as often as he’s been celebrated. (more…)

03/28/17 3:15pm


A reader reports:

“Came out to a bullet hole in my windshield and the .45 cal bullet sitting neatly implanted in my dash board on the corner of 15th and Harvard this morning.

From the impact angle on the dash and condition of the bullet looks like this was a stray bullet shot in the air that happened to land on my car. Went out to my car at 11pm last night and it was fine then, but when I came out at 7 am this morning I found the bullet on the dash so happened sometime overnight. ”


03/28/17 3:00pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 2 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.


“Be not afraid. This box has eyes.
Lulu of Chevy Chase, formerly of Georgia Ave WHS”


“Frenchie was not looking forward to the snow. He is keeping these blankets warm in Adams Morgan while his pet sitters go to work.”


“Clyde, enjoying some winter sun warmth on Capitol Hill.”

03/28/17 2:30pm

landlord advice
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

“Dear PoPville,

I am planning to rent out my condo in upcoming months. I’d prefer not to use a management company if I don’t have to as I’ll still be living in the city. I was wondering if your readers have advice or recommend resources for a first time landlord. I want to make sure I do things by the book to protect my home and respect prospective renters. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!”