07/29/16 11:35am

CH Coffee
14th and Otis Pl, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I noticed this sign on the intersection of 14th st & Otis pl nw, and was wondering if there are any other details. This space is sharing the block with the Ethiopian market Black Lion, and seems to have been part of it in the past (based on signs outside). Looking forward to a nice coffee shop to this block!”

Back in July of 2013 we heard that an Ethiopian Coffee Bar was coming to this space. Very happy to see it’s finally happening!

07/29/16 10:45am


Hipchickindc (aka Suzanne Des Marais) is an associate broker with The Bediz Group, LLC at Keller Williams Capital Properties . 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 and/or Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI). Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1421 Columbia Rd NW #B2
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1 Parking: “Other” (yes, it says this in the listing) Ownership: Condo
Monthly Condo Fee: 123.00 Square Footage per Listing: 430
Original List Price: $299,000.
List Price at Contract: $245,000.
List Date: 09/10/2015
Days on Market: 243
Settled Sales Price: $220,299.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settled Price per Square Foot: $512.
Settlement Date: 06/29/2016
Transaction type: REO/Bank Owned

Note that this is not the subject property, but another unit in the building was a GDoN post in November 2015: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

This recent sale did not start out as a GDoN (Good Deal or Not) post, however, I stumbled upon it while following up on another unit that was a GDoN in the same building. It seemed like an opportunity to write about a rare bird in DC…the foreclosure sale.

It’s still a heavily weighted Seller’s market out there with less than two months worth of active listing inventory at any given time (a balanced market is considered six months worth of inventory, which refers to the amount of time it would take at the current pace of the market to absorb existing inventory). That said, “Good Deals” are all relative to the conditions of the market. As agents, we still get inquiries from buyers looking for deals and the question, “what about foreclosures?” (more…)

07/29/16 10:20am

900 16th Street, NW

The liquor license placard for Plateau says:

“Full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring French cuisine with live entertainment indoors on the weekend. Total occupant load: 180. Total number of seats: 147. Total number of sidewalk café seats: 66.”

16th and I St, NW

Brutalist Church no more



07/29/16 9:20am

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via google maps

From MPD:

“This evening [Thursday] at approximately 6:30 pm in the unit block of Florida Avenue NW, three subjects occupying a gold Ford Explorer accosted several citizens at gunpoint as they exited an establishment in the block. The victims were robbed of their personal possessions, and the suspects fled the scene in the vehicle.

Moments later the Office of Unified Communications dispatcher broadcast the radio run for the robbery, including a look-out for the suspect vehicle.

Fifth District officers immediately flooded the area while canvassing for the victims and suspects. Within moments, one of the officers spotted the suspect vehicle and began coordination with other officers in the area to conduct a felony vehicle stop. While doing so, the suspects became aware of the increasing MPD presence, and the suspects fled in the vehicle to an alley in the 200 block of Morgan St NW. The suspects bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Despite two of the suspects being armed with guns, the officers selflessly gave chase on foot. All three suspects were apprehended without injury to the officers or the suspects. (more…)

07/28/16 10:22pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

A reader requests:

“I was hoping PoPville could provide some advice to some local parents getting their first extended taste of freedom in a long time. Our kids are FINALLY old enough to spend a week at their grandparents house by themselves, so my husband and I get something we haven’t had in 9 years– a full week in DC with no children. I can’t even wrap my head around it. We aren’t hermits or anything– we get sitters often on weekends and get out of the house. But we don’t get out much during the week so I’m looking for some ideas of what to do on a random Tuesday. I have a couple other friends in the same boat and we’d love to hear from people who are in the know. I feel like there is probably some cool stuff that goes on during the week that I never hear about due to our parental status.”

07/28/16 10:05pm


Thanks to Brittany for passing on from REI:

“Thingamajig Gear Swap
Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
REI Community Space at Wunder Garten: First and L St. NE Washington, DC

Negotiating agreements isn’t just for politicians. Let’s listen to live bluegrass while we deal, swap and sell our favorite well-worn gear. A portion of each ticket supports a local outdoor nonprofit. The Lineup: 12PM: By and By, 1:45PM The Bumper Jacksons, 3:30PM Johnny Grave. The deets: $7 gets you in the door ($2 from each attendee going to support The Mid-Atlantic Climbers, a local outdoor nonprofit protecting local climbing areas). The first 50 people in the door with used gear to sell get a ticket for a free beer. Table space will be provided for people to merchandise their wares. REI will also be selling top-quality used gear. All sales are person to person. Bring cash to buy/sell gear. Restrictions: No guns, knives, hatchets, or anything that could be construed as a weapon. No motors -human powered transport items only. No rock climbing equipment. Please tag your items for sale with a price ahead of time. REI reserves the right to review and refuse items for sale. Let us know if you have questions at [email protected]