08/01/14 2:10pm


Rental application and fee:

“Landlord-to-be here, seeking advice on two questions from the PoPville experts:

First, what rental application do you use? I’ve seen the GCAAR form. Not sure if there are others or if that is the go-to form.

Second, what (if any) application fee do you charge? Do you charge it to everyone who submits an application or only those applicants who look good enough from the application to warrant running a credit check?”

Lease to Rent Room in House:

“I am about to start renting out two rooms in my house. I will continue to occupy one of the bedrooms, and we will share access to the common spaces and outdoors. All of the sample leases I have found online are written for someone renting the entire house or unit. Does anyone have a sample lease they have used to rent out individual rooms in their house?”

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08/01/14 1:20pm

6th and P St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I live on the eastern side of Shaw, where there are a dearth of grassy parks that my 7-month-old baby can crawl around on. I noticed a potentially nice space near the playground at Kennedy Rec Center at 7th and P NW with tall trees, winding paths and lots of grass. Yesterday, we tried it out. The only other group was a triad, sitting by the fence, chatting, surveying the park and giving me a suspicious look.

I set the blanket out, kicking away bottle caps, bandaids and pieces of glass. When we looked over to the other group, we noticed a man stumble up, hand over some cash, and take a little baggie from them. Lots of weary side eye was directed our way.

Needless to say, we felt a little unwelcome. My husband later pointed out that the glass may have been intentionally thrown around to deter the likes of me.

So, what to do? Should we forget about the park, leaving the space for the group to conduct business? Should I keep coming back, but mind my own business? Should I round up my parent friends and have a ‘baby sit-in’? What’s the protocol here? What do other neighbors think of that space?”


08/01/14 12:55pm

1440 W Street Northwest

This unit is located at 1440 W Street, Northwest. The Listing says:

“Unbelievable opportunity to purchase a wonderful, sunny one- bedroom apartment in the great 14th & U Street corridor, near Metro! Approximately 650 square feet. Coop fee includes taxes, insurance, maintenance, management fees, utilities (except electric), underlying mortgage and more. YOU PAY ONLY $42,000 TO PURCHASE. INCOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY – $47,950/one person. Sorry no investors allowed.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $42,000 ($1,076 monthly fee.)

08/01/14 12:20pm

4811 Georgia Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“The former Moroni Bros has a sign up now. Something called Okapi?”

[The okapi, also known as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi and the giraffe are the only living members of the family Giraffidae.

The animal was brought to prominent European attention by speculation on its existence found in popular press reports covering Henry Morton Stanley's journeys in 1887. A 2013 study determined there are 10,000 okapis remaining in the wild, down from 40,000 a decade ago.]

Updates as more info is known and Okapi gets closer to opening.

formerly Moroni and Brothers

08/01/14 12:05pm

Thanks to a reader for passing on from CBS Washington:

“A leader of the District’s Dupont Circle neighborhood allegedly used a racial slur, threw personal items belonging to homeless people, and attacked his neighbor with a chemical substance during a bizarre early-morning rampage this week.

Witnesses say Robert Leo Dwyer, who was elected as an Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative in 2012, was “acting crazy” on the corner of 17th Street and Corcoran Street NW shortly before 3 a.m. on July 28.”

You can read the rest of this bizarre story and see the court papers here.

08/01/14 11:45am

1926 14th Street, NW

From an email:

“Michael Schlow’s TICO restaurant will start brunch service this weekend, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 3pm. On the menu guests can expect Latin and Spanish influences on American brunch staples, such as a duck confit and green chile hash with poached eggs and hollandaise ($12), a twist on eggs benedict; and open faced omelets ($12) with three different choices including: pork belly, potato, oaxaca cheese and green chile sauce; 14th St. Farmer’s Market veggies with local goat cheese; or asparagus, serrano ham, avocado, manchego and piquillo peppers. On the sweeter side, caramelized banana pancakes with crunchy hazelnuts ($11) and cinnamon raisin stuffed french toast ($11) round out the menu. A crunchy and spicy fried chicken with maple butter will come with fennel cole slaw and fries ($13).

On the cocktail front, the popular hibiscus margarita appears alongside new brunch sips including a bloody chancho ($11) with bacon infused reposado tequila, house bloody mary mix, and a “tico”rashi rim—Schlow’s riff on the Asian spice mixture, togarashi–made with sea salt, chile de arbol, cayenne, coriander and lime zest. Two coffee cocktails include the mommy’s happy ($10), inspired by travels to Spain, made with Patrón XO Café, Frangelico, Nescafé, iced coffee and milk; and the good morning ($10) made with Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa, Bailey’s, iced coffee, cream and cinnamon.”

08/01/14 11:15am

14th and N St, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails about Popeyes closing. We knew it was coming when we saw La Villa closed next door in early June. Fear not Popeyes fans – they’ll reopen in 2-3 months across the street at 1322 14th St, NW (between B Too and The Pig.)


You can see details about the new project here: 1313-1317_14th_St_NW (PDF)


Rendering via Douglas Development:

1313-1317 14th Street, NW

08/01/14 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: 1243 10th St NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #2
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Street Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple
Square Footage per tax record: 1662
Original List Price: $875,000.
List Price at Contract: $799,000.
List Date: 2/4/2014
Days on Market: 96
Settled Sales Price: $760,000.
Seller Subsidy: $22,121.
Settlement Date: 7/21/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? 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 house on 10th Street on the other side of the city. You can see the link to that post here. The Capitol Hill 10th St house similarly had no basement, no off street parking, and was a couple hundred square feet larger. Both homes sold with a substantial seller subsidy (with the current subject property having a subsidy double that of the Capitol Hill sale).

Although this home was originally priced similarly to last week’s GDoN-R home, it did not go under contract until the list price came down to just below $800,000. Whereas the other home was on the market for 9 days, this one was out there for over three months (which, in normal markets is probably a pretty reasonable amount of time, but in the DC market, where listing time is calculated in dog years, that is kind of a long time.)

For whatever reason, it is not unusual to see fee simple house homes in Capitol Hill selling higher than their counterparts in similar neighborhoods in NW. On the flip side, the price per square foot for condos is significantly higher on the NW side of the city compared to The Hill, probably because there simply are more condo sales in NW.

Gina Carvana of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listed the home. No buyer agent was reported in the multiple listing system.

08/01/14 10:05am

Photo by PoPville flickr user ianseanlivingston

Thanks to @vplus for tweeting us the news:

“@PoPville breaking lunch news — Shophouse coming to Union Station. (h/t @robinlasher5001)”

News this big can’t wait until lunch!

ShopHouse will follow the successful June opening of Shake Shack in Union Station. Updates when they get closer to opening.

And in other ShopHouse news – don’t forget every Sunday in August, Capital Bikeshare members get a free bowl.