12/19/14 12:50pm

DC8520810 - Exterior (Front) 2nd view

This house is located at 1812 M Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“1-2-3 THIS HOME WILL SELL FAST!!! It is a beautiful well maintained home-SHOWS WELL MOVE IN CONDITION-that has many updates including granite counter, new dishwasher, garbage disposal, washer and dryer. Baths remodeled. Updated windows. Two sun porches 1up and 1down. Nice Patio and two car carport with gate. Security cameras front and back. Walking distance to transportation, shopping and dining.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $427,000.

12/19/14 12:20pm

Marketplace or fishing attempt

“Dear PoPville,

I’m 98% sure this is a ham-handed but legit attempt to catch people who encountered trouble enrolling ahead of the December 15th deadline, but… seriously?

Note that it was sent after 6pm on the day of the (extended) deadline, so I’d have plenty of time to check it out. At least there was no upside down flag?”

Date: December 18, 2014 at 6:21:01 PM EST
From: DC Health Link
To: [snip]
Subject: Re: 2015 Plan Selection [ ref:[snip]:ref ]

We apologize for the difficulties you experienced with enrolling in a plan through DC Health Link. We are continuing to work to ensure that you have coverage starting on January 1st, 2015.
In order to move forward with your coverage, we need to know what plan or plans you would like us to enroll you in by Thursday, December 18th.
Already know what plan you want?
Reply to this email with the following information:
• Full names of everyone who should be enrolled
• Full name of your medical plan (if any)
• Full name of your dental plan (if any)
• Whether or not you are applying for financial assistance
Not sure what plan you want?
You can look at your plan options by logging into your account and clicking on the link to “Browse plans without completing an application”.
You can also find detailed plan benefit descriptions here. The plans available to you are the 2015 Individual Market plans.
If you would like advice on what plan is best for you, you can use our search tool or call us at 1-855-532-5465 to find a broker.
What happens if I miss the Thursday deadline?
If you are currently enrolled in a plan through DC Health Link for 2014 and miss the deadline, we will automatically renew you in your current plan or a very similar plan for next year. You have until January 15 to make a plan change for February 1.
If you are not currently enrolled in a DC Health Link plan, we will work with you to enroll in coverage starting February 1.
Please note: This message is for individuals who have reached out to DC Health Link with difficulties completing their application or enrollment for coverage. If this does not apply to you, we apologize for the inconvenience and you may disregard this message.
DC Health Link

12/19/14 11:40am

1001 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“After years of guest requests, America’s third oldest, continuously operating restaurant, Tadich Grill, is opening on the East Coast in the first quarter of 2015. The DC location will be on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street, NW, at the pulse of the political district, just as the original is in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.

“The DC restaurant will reflect the soul of the original Tadich Grill, but will not be a replica, as original icons cannot be replicated. We plan to bring the same consistency in quality and attention to detail in food, beverage, service and ambiance to the district’s power players,” revealed General Manager Ron Robbins.

Staying true to its roots, the Tadich Grill tradition of fine seafood and meats grilled over mesquite, established in San Francisco over 165 years ago, will continue in Washington, DC. Under the direction of Executive Chef Wil Going, menus will be prepared from scratch and printed daily, serving the freshest seafood, meats, poultry and produce available. Much like the original, diners will find authentic elements such as artisan glass, mesquite broilers, wines from California vineyards and those famous white-jacketed servers at the DC location.

“The rich past of Washington, DC aligns perfectly with what we wanted for Tadich Grill’s first location on the East Coast. We look forward to introducing our West Coast flavor and traditions to our nation’s capital,” said Rick Powers, managing partner and COO of Tadich Grill Development Company LLC.

Upon opening, the restaurant will offer dinner Monday through Saturday, with lunch service to follow in the subsequent weeks. One distinctive difference is that Tadich Grill – Washington, D.C. will take reservations.

The DC location is currently hiring for all front and back-of-the-house positions. Applications may be submitted to Rick Powers at rpowers@tadichgrill.com or 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 102, Washington, DC 20004.

About Tadich Grill

Tadich Grill’s history dates back to 1849, during California’s famed Gold Rush, when three Croatian immigrants set up a coffee stand on Long Wharf in San Francisco. They served fresh fish grilled over mesquite, to the merchants, sailors, and argonauts that frequented the pier, a technique that the San Francisco restaurant still utilizes today. Over a century and a half later, that coffee stand is now one of the world’s most iconic restaurants, exemplifying tradition, longevity, and history. The Washington, DC location opening in 2015 will be the first outpost of Tadich Grill. To learn more about Tadich Grill, visit www.tadichgrill.com.”

12/19/14 10:40am


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: 521 Tennessee Ave NE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Capitol Hill
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 1.1 Parking: Street Basement: Full Unfinished Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $619,500.
List Price at Contract: $619,500.
List Date: 10/30/2014
Days on Market: 20
Settled Sales Price: $620,500.
Seller Subsidy: $18,837.28
Settlement Date: 12/16/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Last week, Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) looked at a small home in Old City #2 in Northwest DC. This week’s subject property is in NE, in Old City #1, and although on the smallish side, does have an unfinished basement that provides laundry space, as well as storage (which is super helpful when living in a small space).

The home last sold in 2008 for net $454,816. in what appears to be about the same condition that it is in now. For those who do not recall, the DC real estate market six years ago was in a very different place. Of course, since that timeframe, H Street has hit its stride, in addition to the market returning to a high demand cycle.

In 1998, this home was on the market for nearly a month and did not sell until the price was dropped to $149,000. At that time, it ultimately sold for $142,500.

The listing agent was James Dean with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PerFed Realty. Joe Mascio with Real Living at Home represented the buyer in this transaction.

12/19/14 10:10am

1658 Columbia Road NW via Potter’s House

From an email:

“After weathering some significant delays we are excited to announce that we are 6-8 weeks from reopening! As construction is wrapping up we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise money for initial startup costs.

The Potter’s House is a not-for-profit café, bookstore, and event space Adams Morgan. Since opening its doors in 1960 it has been a key place for deeper conversation, creative expression, and community transformation. After closing last year for major renovations we’re excited to reopen with a completely redesigned space and new offerings.


The new menu will change seasonally, be sourced locally whenever possible, and draw from the diverse cultural and culinary streams that make our city great. Daily pay-what-you-can items will ensure that all who enter our doors can enjoy a delicious meal. A third wave coffee and tea program will feature Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Tea.


The bookstore will focus on social issues, cultural studies and progressive spirituality. And we’ll offer curated selections of literary fiction and poetry, alongside great books for children and youth.


Community is at the heart of this entire project. We want to be a catalyst for justice and healing in DC through our programs and gatherings. Our discussion tables, issue forums, and film screenings will amplify efforts for social justice and explore the spiritual practices and cultural traditions that sustain them. Our live music, spoken word and storytelling nights, and rotating gallery will highlight the diversity of the city and celebrate its creativity.”

12/19/14 9:10am

From DC Water:

The Do Not Drink Advisory remains in effect until further notice. DC Water crews flushed an expanded area of the distribution system last night and into this morning in an attempt to clean the system. The Authority is conducting further testing.

DC Water, EPA, DDOE and other DC agencies continue to work together to investigate. DC Water is asking the public to contact the Authority at 202-612-3400 if they are aware of any potential petroleum leaks in the area.

Water will be available for customers affected by the Advisory until further notice. Customers should bring water containers, such as reusable water bottles or other large water receptacles to the Quench Buggy, which is located at O Street, NW between 6th and 7th Street today.

IMPORTANT: The impact area changed slightly as of 6:30 pm last night. Customers in the additional area were notified door-to-door last night. The map will be updated as the investigation better defines the affected area.

Current directional boundaries are as follows:
South — Q St. NW and Rhode Island Ave. NW
East — New Jersey Ave NW
West — 13th St. NW
North — S St. NW (between 9th St. NW and 13th St. NW) and T St. NW (between 7th St. NW and 9th St. NW) and Florida Ave NW (between 7th St. and New Jersey Ave. NW)

Customers in other areas of the District of Columbia are not affected and can continue to use their water as usual. DC Water advises customers in the impact area to use bottled water for drinking and cooking until testing confirms that the water is safe. To minimize any health risk, follow the instructions outlined below: (more…)

12/18/14 10:22pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

From the Mayor’s office:

“Two websites went online today to chronicle the work of the Administration of Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Both websites – mayorgrayarchive.dc.gov and vincegray.org – give visitors access to a plethora of information related to the accomplishments and progress made during Gray’s term. They include links to key mayor’s orders, legislation, speeches, and action plans.”

So at the end of the day – what do you think of Mayor Gray’s performance? What was his greatest accomplishment? Where did he fail? Is the District (are you) better off than it was four years ago?