07/25/14 3:55pm

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2300-2310 Connecticut Ave, NW

Lots of folks have sent in photos of the facade of the old Chinese Embassy on Connecticut Ave just past the Taft bridge between Dupont and Woodley Park. Here’s the first rendering I’ve seen:

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Here’s an old press release from May 2013 when ground was broken:

“DTZ announced today that ground was broken on a new 370,000 square-foot Residential Compound for Chinese Embassy diplomats at 2300 Connecticut Avenue N.W. The new building will occupy the former site of the first Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the US, which opened in the early 1970s. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has since moved its’ Embassy to 3505 International Place, NW.

The construction phase is programmed for 26 months with a completion date scheduled for the summer of 2015. (more…)

07/25/14 3:30pm

Ed. Note: Thanks to Michelle for putting together this list of adoptable pets. It will be featured the last Friday every month. If you are interested in submitting an adoptable pet you can email Michelle at Help.the.Pups.DC(at)gmail(dot)com

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Lala – Washington Humand Society

Lala is a terrier/American staffordshire mix from the Washington Humane Society.  She is a very fun dog with lots of energy, so she’d love to find an active family that wants to go for runs and long walks.  Her favorite thing is…treats!  She’s mastered sit, so she can pop up to catch them in the air.  And, she’d love to learn new tricks so we can earn some more!  You can meet Lala at our New York Avenue Adoption Center and learn about our adoption process here.

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Foxy – Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Foxy a less-than-1 year old DSH gray tabby from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.  She is young, super sweet, and incredibly friendly.  She is great with other animals and would love to have a playful feline friend.  She loves to be picked up and will sit in your lap for hours.  If you’re looking for a cuddledud, Foxy’s a match!  If you think Foxy would be a good fit for your home, please fill out our cat adoption questionnaire and email it here.  Homeward Trails needs more cat fosters, including one for Foxy, so if you are interested, please contact Lori here.  You can also meet some of our adoptable animals at one of our events!

More great pets after the jump. (more…)

07/25/14 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JEO Photography

From WMATA:

Red Line
Trains every 10-20 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows throughout the weekend:

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: every 20 minutes
Between Grosvenor & NoMa-Gallaudet: every 10 minutes Saturday & Sunday from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Rail tie and insulator renewal between Shady Grove and Twinbrook.

Orange Line
Regular weekend service

Blue Line
Regular weekend service

Silver Line
Opens Saturday, July 26 at noon with regular weekend service

Yellow Line
Regular weekend service between Huntington and Fort Totten

Green Line
Regular weekend service”

2359 Ashmead Place Northwest

This rental is located at 2359 Ashmead Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“OPEN SUN 12-3. 960sqft of bright, private, quiet luxury. 9′ ceilings & open plan w/ lots of light, 4″ cherry flooring; Viking & Bosch appliances, 7′ marble counter w/ bar seating for 5, plantation shutters, marble bathrooms w/ frameless glass showers & decorative listello, private flagstone patio, fenced yard, pet friendly, amazing building & blocks to woodley park metro, adams morgan, & dupont.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,000/Mo.

07/25/14 2:30pm

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“Dear PoPville,

We bought a home two years ago in Bloomingdale with very little down payment and, given the rise in prices in the area, we are thinking on refinancing to get better terms in the loan. We are quite confident that we have more than 20% equity in the house considering numerous recent comparables.

Our surprise is that some lenders are offering more stringent terms because the house has a separate legal basement unit. When we bought the house two years ago it already had a Certificate of Occupancy and it was already classified with a use code 24 (Residential-Conversions less than 5 units). However, no lender raised the question of the second unit, and we closed without any problems or amended terms.

We would be interested in knowing how people are financing the houses that have legal rental units with C of O nowadays. If the terms are indeed more stringent for houses with C of O, that would be yet another reason not to go through the painful process of “legalizing” an english basement.”

07/25/14 2:10pm

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Yogo – 1 on 1:

“Haven’t done Yoga before [have taken stretch classes] and have a few lower back issues. Wondered if anyone in PoPville can recommend 1 on 1 Yoga instructor/class to see if my back is A-OK for a class.”

Classes in Auto/Motorcycle Mechanics and Electrical Installation?

“Does anyone know places in DC where one can learn vocational hands-on skills? I would like to learn more about auto/motorcycle maintenance and electrical installation, but cant’ find any classes in the area. Only tech institutes that offer associate degrees. I’m not looking to be certified, I just want to learn some more skills.”

You can see all forum topics and add your own here.   If you are having trouble uploading your question to the forum please try clearing your cache. If it still doesn’t work please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail

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“Dear PoPville,

I have had Zone 1 parking for the past 6 years. A year ago I won an ADU (affordable dwelling unit) lottery. For those of you who are unfamiliar with ADU, your rent is based off your income. This provided us a home that we could afford that wasn’t “managed” by a slumlord. I waited until my car registration expired before changing my address at the DMV. Just this was more financially feasible for us at the moment then to pay multiple fees at multiple times. The DMV told me that even though the surrounding streets are zone 1, that my block in particular is not allowed to have the RPP permit. Just my block. The apartment building had made a deal with the ANC that they wouldn’t allow residents to have RPPs and that they would keep the block strictly commercial.

I completely understand where the ANC is coming from, but now I have a major problem. Parking used to be about 165$ for the entire year to have zoned parking, and I was able to park in multiple locations in the zone. Now I am being forced to either park illegally on the street or pay $200 per month to park only in a garage (which I cannot afford). Neither one of these are options for us at the moment. Neither is getting rid of my car. My apartment building never mentioned in the lease or verbally that we would be forced to have garage parking.

Has anyone been able to work themselves around this type of problem? Or have any ideas of who I can talk to that can help us with at least finding affordable parking if we can’t have RPP? (Does ADU parking exist?) Or just any advice in general about this?”

07/25/14 12:55pm

52 Milmarson Place Northwest

This house is located at 52 Milmarson Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“This home has a skyline view of Washington National Cathedral! The sun porch has an evening view of the landing patterns for the National Airport. The fireworks are amazing from the roof! This home is filled with traditional charm, including h/w throughout, wood burning FP, original glass door knobs and a basement that you can totally renovate! Two metro stations are within walking distance.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $599,000.