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“Dear PoPville,

I have had Zone 1 parking for the past 6 years. A year ago I won an ADU (affordable dwelling unit) lottery. For those of you who are unfamiliar with ADU, your rent is based off your income. This provided us a home that we could afford that wasn’t “managed” by a slumlord. I waited until my car registration expired before changing my address at the DMV. Just this was more financially feasible for us at the moment then to pay multiple fees at multiple times. The DMV told me that even though the surrounding streets are zone 1, that my block in particular is not allowed to have the RPP permit. Just my block. The apartment building had made a deal with the ANC that they wouldn’t allow residents to have RPPs and that they would keep the block strictly commercial.

I completely understand where the ANC is coming from, but now I have a major problem. Parking used to be about 165$ for the entire year to have zoned parking, and I was able to park in multiple locations in the zone. Now I am being forced to either park illegally on the street or pay $200 per month to park only in a garage (which I cannot afford). Neither one of these are options for us at the moment. Neither is getting rid of my car. My apartment building never mentioned in the lease or verbally that we would be forced to have garage parking.

Has anyone been able to work themselves around this type of problem? Or have any ideas of who I can talk to that can help us with at least finding affordable parking if we can’t have RPP? (Does ADU parking exist?) Or just any advice in general about this?”

07/25/14 12:55pm

52 Milmarson Place Northwest

This house is located at 52 Milmarson Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“This home has a skyline view of Washington National Cathedral! The sun porch has an evening view of the landing patterns for the National Airport. The fireworks are amazing from the roof! This home is filled with traditional charm, including h/w throughout, wood burning FP, original glass door knobs and a basement that you can totally renovate! Two metro stations are within walking distance.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $599,000.

07/25/14 11:45am

3206 O Street, NW

I was happy to see that the refreshed Georgetown Dinette had finally reopened.


One yelp reviewer writes in late June:

“Georgetown Dinette has reopened under new management but Harry still owns the building and pops in and out on a regular basis. I live in the neighborhood and walked by and decided to try the gyro special tonight and it was the absolute best gyro I have ever eaten. The owners, Nasser and Josh, were giving away free sliders tonight (first come first serve, they won’t last long) and they were equally amazing. They mentioned they may be open late a few nights a week, which is a plus. This place is worth a visit, definitely a new gem in Georgetown.”

New trend in reasonably priced little spots opening in Georgetown?


07/25/14 10:50am


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: 130 10th St SE
Legal Subdivision: Capitol Hill
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Capitol Hill
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Street Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple
Square Footage per tax record: 1872
Original List Price: $869,000.
List Price at Contract: $869,000.
List Date: 5/29/2014
Days on Market: 9
Settled Sales Price: $845,000.
Seller Subsidy: $10,000.
Settlement Date: 7/15/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

This Capitol Hill rowhome close to Lincoln Park was on the market in February listed at $799,000., only to be removed from the market a week later. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the reason for the short initial listing period, but remember all that snow we had this winter? The home listed again in the Spring, $69,000. higher than previously.

There was some discussion in the comments on the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post about the note in the listing that the property is being sold “AS IS”. Although often seen on distressed listings, having a seller explicitly state that they prefer an AS IS sale does not necessarily equate to something being materially wrong with the property. In a market with less than two months supply of active listing inventory (six months is generally considered a balanced market), it is not unusual for sellers to negotiate this term.

An AS IS contract on a property usually allows for a General Inspection Contingency. The General Inspection Contingency differs from the full blown Inspection Contingency in that the purchaser still conducts an inspection and the expectation of further negotiation over items requiring repair is removed. Following inspection, the purchaser either chooses to continue with the contract or walk.

The listing agent was Jenn Smira of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate, Inc. There was no buyer agent information reported for the transaction.

07/25/14 9:45am

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