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.

07/31/15 9:29am

Photo taken in Adams Morgan by PoPville reader Heidi Walters

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

07/31/15 9:13am


Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted us updates – @Jhauganiii tweeted:

“Police activity at Georgia & Lamont. Passerby said shooting. Also saw police tape at morton&warder”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide that occurred on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at approximately 9:25 pm, in the 3300 block of Georgia Avenue, NW.

Members of the Third District responded for a call of a shooting. Upon their arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent’s remains were later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 24-year-old Derrick Black of Northwest, D.C.”

a reader expresses the mounting frustration felt by many:

“not a good night for Park View, first one at Lamont and Georgia is a homicide, then an hour later shooting at Manor and Warder, 2ish blocks away while there were tons of cops both on Georgia and and cruising the neighborhood because of the first one. Again we literally had a meeting last night with police, a rep from our council member, a rep from the Park-Morton redevelopment task force. This meeting was literally less than 100 feet from the bus stop and we talked at length about needing to police this stop and whether we could have the bus shelter taken away because it added an heir of legitimacy to the people hanging out there.”

07/30/15 10:22pm

friday question
Photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin Wolf

I saw this question was on PoPville about 3 years ago. I know DC has changed a LOT since then, and a neighborhood I could afford in 2012, is probably no longer in my price range. I was able to buy a house on the edge NoMA 4 years ago and would like to buy another house in a neighborhood that will experience that same sort of change. I’m working with about 400-500k.”

Despite the fact that DC is apparently sinking, without a doubt I would buy in historic Anacostia or anywhere relatively close to the waterfront east of the river. I’m feeling very positive about long term action when 11th Street Bridge Park gets built.

07/30/15 10:05pm


From Metro 2025:

“This program provides improvements and expansion at high ridership stations to ensure safe and efficient operations and facilitate passenger movements from street to platform and transfers between lines. The proposed stations, most of which are in the system’s core, already experience crowding or would reach capacity by 2025. Proposed improvements vary from adding escalators and stairs to building pedestrian passageways connecting platforms within a station and between stations.

Purpose and Need

Station capacity is the maximum number of passengers that can safely travel through facilities
within a station. Expanding capacity at high ridership stations ensures safe and efficient movements of passengers and trains throughout the Metro system. The strong ridership growth Metro enjoyed since opening has already placed strains on some stations, where travel demand exceeds the designed capacity, especially in the system’s core. Metro 2025 identifies a group of stations that urgently need significant capacity expansions to alleviate current and anticipated congestion and support a strong economy and sustainable development in the region.”

Read more about the proposed planshere.

@KevDC tweets:

“Expect 15-20 year delays in both directions due to routine track maintenance.”

07/30/15 10:02pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Congrats to PoPville pick You Street with:

“This now-petrified sailor never made it to the war, due to track work on the green line. Archives metro station, 1947.”

Congrats to PoP pick AnonG with:

“Don’t forget to tag on me on Instagram”

Honorable mention to areesha with:

“Not this guy again…”

Winners can pick up shirts next Thursday at the PoPville Happy Hour 5-9pm at DC Reynolds.