02/27/15 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Doug Duvall

Tips on building a roof deck:

“I’m really interested in building a roof deck on my Trinidad DC rowhouse. I’ve read the related Popville posts (http://www.popville.com/2011/04/dear-pop-getting-a-roof-deck/, http://www.popville.com/2010/01/dear-pop-roofdeck-suggestions/), but it doesn’t look like there’s been a discussion on this topics in a few years. Does anyone have any advice on good architects, builders, etc.? Any recent cost estimates? Or any other advice or tips? Thanks!”

You can see all forum topics and add your own here. If you are having trouble uploading your question  please email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail

02/27/15 1:25pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

How important is it to have an in-unit washer/dryer for a renter? Our English basement rental does not have one (though a Laundromat is half a block away) and I have a sneaking suspicion that the people coming to view the place are crossing it off their list because of it. The unit is amazing otherwise. I’d love to hear what the commentariat thinks. Is this a deal breaker?

(I understand you covered a similar topic here but it didn’t specifically address the washer/dryer issue).”

02/27/15 12:55pm

51 R Street Northwest

This house is located at 51 R Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Victorian townhouse in a fantastic location, ready to move in but could use a little TLC. Finished basement with a kitchen and full bathroom, front and rear entrance. Nice deep lot with plenty of room for 2-3 cars in the back. Offers due March 3rd at 5 PM.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $639,000.

02/27/15 12:20pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Bowser announced the appointment of D.C. based restaurateur and chef Spike Mendelsohn to chair the District’s newly created Food Policy Council (FPC).

“Spike’s leadership will be a tremendous asset to the D.C. Food Policy Council,” said Mayor Bowser. “The District’s food landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade. Policy makers, non-profit service providers and other sectors of the food system should be equal partners in our efforts to create a nourished D.C. I look forward to Spike’s leadership and expertise as we work collectively to transform our food system.”

As Chair of the Food Policy Council, Spike Mendelsohn will spearhead efforts to promote the food economy and entrepreneurship, improve food access and equity in all 8 wards, and promote urban agriculture and production. (more…)

02/27/15 11:55am

Photo courtesy Acre 121

From Acre 121 (1400 Irving St, NW):

“Acre 121 is celebrating DC Repeal Day this weekend with Prohibition cocktails, local brews and local music. Specials kick off on Saturday at 3pm and run until close on Sunday, including $9 Sazeracs and Gin Rickeys, and $5 DC Brau Corruption cans and Denizens draft. Saturday night will feature a free show from local band Smoke N’ Mangos, from Poolesville, Maryland.”

02/27/15 11:25am


For those who want to support/celebrate the coming cat cafe:

“Crumbs & Whiskers’ Kickstarter launch is officially slated for Sunday, March 1 at 2 PM. And I REALLY want to celebrate that with you guys. So here’s the plan.

What: Drinks, A Silly Video, Polaroids, Cat Stickers, and THE KICKSTARTER LAUNCH.
When: Sunday, March 1 from 1 PM – 4 PM.
Where: Penn Social [801 E St NW]
Who: You and your friends.

RSVP here.

PS. This event is not sponsored. No one attending the event is expected to contribute to the Kickstarter, but if you would like to, we will have laptops or iPads.”

02/27/15 11:00am


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: 159 V St NE
Legal Subdivision: Eckington
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Eckington
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Driveway/ Off Street Basement: Fully Finished Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $599,900.
List Price at Contract: $599,900.
List Date: 12/28/2014
Days on Market: 13
Settled Sales Price: $595,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 2/26/2015
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

The comments on the original Good Deal or Not GDoN post led to an interesting discussion of the pros and cons of buying a home renovated by an investor.

This Eckington home is located a few blocks from the Bloomingdale commercial areas, which now include North Capitol Street (The Washington Firehouse Restaurant), First Street NW, and Rhode Island Avenue NW. This is a fee simple home with a basement, parking, and a porch and front yard. The interior has been completely updated with a new kitchen, baths, floors, etc.

Currently, there is only one active listing in the neighborhood for a house priced under $600,000., which is located on a busy street and reportedly suffered recent fire and water damage.

Since July 2014, there have been a total of 35 settled sales of fee simple houses in the NE Eckington neighborhood. These have ranged from $318,250 to $835,000.

The listing agent for this sale was Leo Pareja with Keller Williams Realty Falls Church. Daryl Judy with Washington Fine Properties, LLC represented the buyer in this transaction.

02/27/15 10:05am


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.

“I joined the Navy in 1978 and I was honorably discharged because I have manic depression so my thoughts tend to race a lot. So when I first moved out on my own, I was smoking a lot with the mood swings and the drug addiction.

Before Saint Elizabeth hospital was taken over by the D.C. Government they had a lot of long-term programs. So when I was homeless and wasn’t doing too well, I’d be there. I’d spent months and sometimes years in there. So housing wasn’t a big issue; we always had someplace to go: psych ward, detox, or something. As these things started being cut out, I started realizing I’m actually homeless. I’m going to all these places but they’re discharging me and I have no place to go. I had no rental history. I had severe mood swings. I couldn’t stay sober. They called me ‘treatment resistant.’ The addiction was so strong. No matter how much I wanted to stop, I just couldn’t.

One of those particular times when I was in the psych ward and got discharged on the streets, I had an incident happen and I contracted HIV. I seroconverted* shortly after that in the street.”

-Waldon (formerly homeless at the Housing First Rally in Chinatown)

*Seroconversion is the period of time during which HIV antibodies develop and become detectable. Seroconversion generally takes place within a few weeks of initial infection. It is often, but not always, accompanied by flu-like symptoms including fever, rash, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes.”