11/21/14 11:05am

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Photo of 2609 24th St, NW, by Connecticut and Calvert, around the corner from Open City via Murphy’s

A couple weeks ago, after Duffy’s closed, we talked about the best regular bars left in DC – Murphy’s was number 10 on my list. Ugh.

A couple readers send the sad word:

“I heard from the management of Murphy’s of DC (2609 24th St NW) that the establishment will permanently close this Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 after last call. Its lease was not renewed, and in its place is supposed to be a fine dining Italian restaurant, no additional details available right now. Enjoy the fireplace and neighborhood vibe while you can. 30+ years of memories for some who worked there from around the time it opened.”

I’ve called to confirm and it’s true – they’ll be closing after last call on Sunday because they weren’t able to renew their lease. Updates on the Italian restaurant when/if more info is known.

For those not familiar, Murphy’s website says:

Since the day we first opened our doors on March 17th 1986, Murphy’s® of D.C. has been the home of Irish hospitality in the nation’s capital. Our extensive menu specializing in delicious pub fare coupled with the finest beverages has been pleasing Washingtonians and visitors to our city alike for over twenty-three years.

Our guests have a choice of seating, ranging from our comfortable upholstered window seat booths, wooden tables as well as stools at our long traditional solid wood bar. A year round seating option is our newly renovated and spacious sidewalk patio. Though most popular in D.C.’s warmest months, the awning and heating system ensure our guests comfort during our city’s cooler months also. During winter months our guests enjoy the three sided wood burning fireplace inside. Whether warming your hands beneath the mantle adorned with an antique forge bellows, or basking in the glow of the flames from across the pub, the fireplace is a gathering spot and a symbol of fáilte, the Irish word for welcome.

Murphy’s® of D.C. showcases the best in live Irish entertainment. Whether playing traditional Irish pub songs or more contemporary rock and folk, our musicians all make sure the crowd has fun. From almost any spot inside the pub guests are treated to sporting events and news reports on one of our large flat screen televisions.

Our friendly and attentive staff will be glad you stopped by. Stay for the craic and raise a toast with us: Slainte! to your very good health!

11/21/14 10:40am

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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: 1208 Gallatin St NW
Legal Subdivision: 16th Street Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: 16th Street Heights
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Concrete Driveway Basement: Fully Finished Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $779,900.
List Price at Contract: $749,900.
List Date: 10/2/2014
Days on Market: 13
Settled Sales Price: $737,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 11/14/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

There were some comments in the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post about the sales history of this property, so here is are the links with pics:

The earliest listed sale of this property that we have access to data on is this 2011 listing, which shows the property condition as not fancy and staged, but definitely livable. You can see pics on that link (click the camera icon to the left once you open the link). So, in 2011, in livable condition the home sold for $315,000. Three years ago.

A little over six months later, the home was updated and sold for $640,000. and you can see those pics on this link.

A little more than two years later, the current sale occurred (see subject link above) in basically the same condition as the previous sale and very close to $100,000. in added market value.

On the original GDoN post, one commenter expressed concern at this ascent in price. According to Real Estate Business Intelligence, the median price for detached homes in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood during the third quarter of 2009 was $519,900. In the third quarter of 2014, that median price had gone up to $777,000. As we’ve seen in other Good Deal or Not reviews of neighborhood value history, this type of increase is not unusual for neighborhoods in the District of Columbia.

The listing agents were Melinda Estridge and Scott Sachs of Long and Foster. Chris Fries of McInearney Associates, Inc. represented the buyer in this transaction.

11/21/14 10:10am

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More good news from Tryst:

“Tryst Coffeehouse, Bar & Lounge, located in the heart of Adams Morgan at 2459 18th Street, NW, is proud to announce a Bullfrog Bagels takeover this Saturday, November 22nd, where they will be offering a limited amount of DC’s much buzzed about Bullfrog Bagels for purchase from 6:30 a.m. until supplies last.

Tryst, a coffeehouse in Adams Morgan, opened its doors in 1998 and immediately became a neighborhood gathering place for the immediate community and city as a whole. It offers delicious specialty coffee, handcrafted cocktails and an extensive café menu of food options. Tryst always sells assorted bagels throughout the day topped with delicious spreads or with the incredibly popular Smoked Salmon Plate that features smoked salmon, red onion, tomato, capers and cream cheese with a bagel of choice. However, this weekend all of their bagels will be replaced by local, hand-rolled, boiled and baked artisan bagels from Bullfrog Bagels in DC’s Atlas District.

Bullfrog Bagels, located at 1341 H Street, NE, opened its doors just two months ago, after a series of successful pop-ups around the city this past summer. Establishing themselves as city favorites from day one, an opinion solidified by the Washington Post Express naming them their favorite DC bagel this September, they’ve been challenged to keep their freshly baked bagels on the shelves. While many fans liken Bullfrog’s bagels to classic NYC-style (of which DC’s infamously had something of a dearth), the man behind the secret signature recipe, Bullfrog Founder and Baker, Jeremiah Cohen, takes tremendous Stars and Bars pride in the fact that like himself, Bullfrog Bagels are born and bred Washingtonians made with DC water and raised with local wild yeast.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user AWard Tour

11/21/14 9:45am

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Photo of T Street, NW by PoPville reader LV

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.

11/20/14 10:22pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

Last week we got tons of good podcast recommendations so I’m gonna be a bit selfish again this week. My netflix queue is completely empty so this week let’s just talk about the last great movie we’ve seen? The last great movie I saw wasn’t actually a movie but was a miniseries on HBO called The Pacific about Three Marines in World War II. It was coincidental that I happened to be watching it over Veterans Day and made it a bit more powerful but I’d definitely recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet. What about you – what’s the last great movie (or miniseries) you’ve most recently seen?

11/20/14 10:05pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user James Calder

Congrats to PoPville pick MsSunshine with:

“John’s first mistake was sending all of his clothes to the dry cleaners. His second was to assume no one would be out that early in the morning with a camera.”

Congrats to PoP pick nc3 with:

“Craigslist Missed Connection:
Washington DC 14th Street 2 pm Saturday November 15th
You were the confident bald man in a northface jacket, sweats and a cap, with a large black fluffy dog. The way you used your power to control your dog and continue walking without flinching at my abnormal choice of attire made you irresistible.
I was the guy in the bear costume with a foster dog.”

Honorable mention to jim_ed with:

“The last stage of the gentrification process – when the furries move in.”

Winners and honorable mention please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail for your shirts, onesies or tote bag.