10/24/14 12:00pm

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8th and S St, NW Sept. 20th

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit have announced an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and run that occurred at the intersection of 8th and S Streets, NW.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, at approximately 2:33 am, a bicyclist was on 8th Street, NW when she was struck by a light colored SUV that was traveling southbound on 8th Street, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 53 year-old Tonya Reaves of Northeast, Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 20-year-old Dajane Thomas of Southeast, Washington DC, was arrested pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging her with Murder Two.”

10/24/14 11:45am

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12th and Jackson Street, NE

From a press release:

“One of DC’s most exciting new neighborhood restaurants, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen, celebrates the season with new Happy Hour offerings and special fall menu items. Opened in June, this Northeast eatery serves classic American fare, a selection of local and regional craft brews, and cocktails—as well as iced coffee—on draft in a smart, industrial-cool setting.

Renowned DC bar owners Tony Tomeldon of the Pug and John Solomon of Solly’s teamed up with Chef Shannan Troncoso, former Executive Chef of Matchbox Capitol Hill, earlier this summer to open their first dining destination. The trio has set out to create the ultimate neighborhood joint with Brookland’s Finest, welcoming families, professionals, students from nearby Catholic and Howard Universities, locals, fans and friends. Whether stopping by to catch the game at the bar on one of four flat-screen TVs, lunching with friends on the patio, or enjoying late-night bites in the dining room, Brookland’s Finest offers a simple, yet surprisingly sophisticated menu, celebrating local flavors and seasonal ingredients.

Happy Hour kicks off this week for both after work and late night gatherings. Available Monday through Thursday, 4 PM to 7 PM, the bar serves up select cocktails, beers and wines for $4, $5 and $6. The Late Night Happy Hour is also offered every night of the week from 11 PM until closing along with a limited Late Night menu. (more…)

10/24/14 11:15am

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14th and Quincy St, NW

From a press release:

“The Biscuit Lab Baking Company is proud to launch its first pop-up restaurant on Sunday, October 26th from 11-3 PM at Lyman’s Tavern. Biscuit Lab will serve up homemade buttermilk biscuits, biscuit breakfast sandwiches and seasonal sides including cheesy grits.

“There’s no other place in the city like the Biscuit Lab,” said Phil Coppersmith, Biscuit Lab Co-founder. “We saw a chance to make a buttermilk biscuit that’s even better than what your grandma makes and went for it.” Biscuit Lab founders Michael Visser and Philip Coppersmith are two guys with the philosophy that “putting it on a biscuit” makes everything taste better. “Our ultimate goal is to give the people the best biscuit they’ve ever had,” said Mike Visser, Biscuit Lab Co- founder.

Both Mike and Phil bring a passion for making buttermilk biscuits the right way. Over the last six months, they have researched, baked, tweaked, and tossed out countless recipes, until arriving at the perfect combination of a biscuit that’s buttery, perfectly tender, and strong enough to hold up to any condiment.

The menu this weekend at the Biscuit Lab includes buttermilk biscuits, drop biscuits, Red Neck Benedict, “an open-face biscuit with ham, slow-poached egg, and red eye sausage gravy”.

Mike is a graduate of the L’Academie de Cuisine pastry program and has been working in all aspects of the restaurant world for the last five years. An accomplished pastry chef and an expert in specialty coffee, Mike started Flying Fish Coffee and Tea in 2011, in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC. Phil has worked both front and back of house in restaurants as a teenager. After graduating college, he focused his career on the Federal Government Contracting, first in Human Resources then into IT Consulting.

Biscuit will open its doors at Lyman’s at 3720 14th St NW, and will continue every Sunday.”

10/24/14 10:45am

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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: 4512 Argyle Terrace NW
Legal Subdivision: Crestwood
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Crestwood
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3 Parking: Garage Basement: Yes, Finished Walkout Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $995,900.
List Price at Contract: $969,500.
List Date: 6/14/2014
Days on Market: 93
Settled Sales Price: $952,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 10/15/14
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Comments to the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post included much speculation as to whether a change in school boundaries could affect home prices in the Crestwood neighborhood. Since most of the clients I have personally worked with in Crestwood, as well as friends who live in the neighborhood have either a) not had school age kids, or b) have kids in private school, I think it’s unlikely that a change in school boundaries would have much of an effect on prices. In any case, the current school locator continues to show this property within boundary for Wilson High School. You can see the August 2014 final recommendations on the boundary issues here.

The subject property was purchased in February 2014 for $620,000. Unfortunately, there is only an exterior Before pic.

You can see current active listings, pendings, and solds since March 2014 in the Crestwood neighborhood here.

The listing agent was Janette Harvey of Central Properties, LLC. Rob Williams of DC Home Buzz represented the buyer in this transaction.

10/24/14 10:15am

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3700 block of Georgia Ave, NW

The tale of the Park Place blue tape continues – thanks to a reader for sending the update:

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“I came home to ParkPlace in Petworth tonight to pieces of tape on the retail stores with names of businesses on them. It looks like Dunkin Donuts, 7-Eleven, and Wells Fargo are moving in.”

Wait – we waited how long for this?!?! Jeez – it’s not like there are approximately 8,000 bodega/corner/convenience stores in a four a block radius from here – not to mention there is an actual 7-Eleven just up the block – oof I guess a bank is good. Or is someone just writing names on blue tape and having a serious laugh – no if that were the case they’d have written TGIFriday’s…

10/24/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  J Sonder

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.

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14th and Meridian Pl, NW

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced that an arrest has been made in the homicide which occurred in the 3400 block of 14th Street, NW.

On Friday, October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:33 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for a man down. Upon arrival, they located the victim, 35-year-old Kenneth Young Jr. of Northwest, DC suffering from an apparent stab wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, at approximately 8:55 am, 26 year-old Carlton Hammond of Northeast, Washington, DC, was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, pursuant to a District of Columbia Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed in connection to the homicide of Kenneth Young Jr.”

10/23/14 10:22pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user MrTinDC

It’s been a long time since we talked best coffee in town and with new spots seemingly opening left and right, I thought it was worth an update. Just looking at the number of good spots on the poll below is kinda amazing. I’m guessing a lot of the responses will be geographically based – like I’ll say Qualia because it’s the closest really good coffee to where I live – so if there are coffee spots that you travel to just for the coffee I’d be especially interested to know of those too. So where’s your favorite coffee cafes in town?

10/23/14 10:05pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Congrats to PoPville pick PDMtP with:

“I moved here from Chicago to work the election.”

Congrats to PoP pick Greycat with:

“Dead voter fraud is real but at least the dead are informed voters”

Honorable mention to jeslett with:

“Since when is the Coupe a Mexican restaurant?”

Winners and honorable mention please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail for your shirts or tote bags. I haven’t forgotten last week’s winners I promise!