12/09/16 12:45pm

Package theft

“Dear PoPville,

Here is yet another in the string of package thieves caught on tape…we live on Delafield between Arkansas and Georgia. This gentleman just laid down on our porch and took two Amazon packages (as well as Shutterfly Christmas cards) that were delivered about an hour prior. The police believe he has been following UPS trucks and then circling back shortly after delivery to steal the packages–which is exactly what happened to us.”

12/09/16 12:00pm

762-park

This unit is located at 762 Park Road, NW. The Listing says:

“Stunning 2yr contemporary condo blocks to heart of Columbia Hgts, 11th St dining & 2 metros! No expense spared-every detail:gleaming hdwds;10 ft ceilings;Brite & spacious open flr plan. Modern gourmet kit w/marble tops, 42″ cabs & high-end SS appls; W/D & Designer BAs. Private patio/rooftop deck/open courtyrd/secure boutique building/low condo fees w/optional parking.1 yr paid parking”

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You can see more photos here.

This 1105 square foot 2 bed/2 bath is going for $600,000 ($157 monthly fee.)

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12/09/16 11:30am

comet
5037 Connecticut Ave, NW

You can see Comet Ping Pong set up a tent with heaters so they should be able to welcome lots of supporters all weekend!

#StandWithComet Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11.

Comet Ping Pong Pizza is a family-friendly neighborhood pizzeria that has come under attack in the age of fake news. On Sunday, December 4, the attack became literal when an unidentified man entered the establishment with an assault rifle.

Thankfully, no one was hurt. The assailant was arrested, identified as Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, N.C., and now faces multiple charges.

No doubt this awful event and the malicious mistruths spread beforehand have left the staff feeling unsafe and on edge. They need a little light in all this darkness.

So go eat at Comet Ping Pong this weekend: Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11. Thank the staff for being a part of our community. Tell them you have their back. Tip well. Post your support on social media with the hashtag #StandWithComet.

We are also asking that you patronize the businesses surrounding Comet that have been negatively impacted by this fake news crisis, including Politics & Prose, Little Red Fox, Buck’s Fishing & Camping, Besta Pizza, and others.

For those of you who don’t live in D.C. or can’t make it to the restaurant, but want to help, there will be a GoFundMe page, where interested parties can make donations to help cover the costs for damage to the property, the increased security measures now required, and the wages the restaurant covered out of pocket when they were shut down.

Some of the signs of support out front:

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12/09/16 11:10am

city-dogs
301 H Street, NE

From an email:

“City Dogs, which offers daycare, boarding, grooming & training, has opened a second location on H St, NE and we’re having an open house this Sunday, December 11 from 12 – 4. We invite folks to stop by to tour the new space, meet our awesome team, check out brief demos, and win door prizes from City Dogs and other local businesses. We’re also offering complimentary holiday dog photos between 2 – 4 p.m.

12/09/16 10:45am

1216-michigan-avenue-northeast

Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) is a weekly post that reviews the settled sales data of a recent individual real estate transaction in the District of Columbia. Each post is a snapshot of the real estate market at a particular moment in time. GDoN-R generally posts on Friday in the late morning.

GDoN-R has been written exclusively for Popville since 2009 by Suzanne Des Marais. Suzanne is a practicing Realtor 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 Smartcharts by Showingtime). Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1216 Michigan Ave NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 1 Basement: Full Unfinished Parking: Driveway Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $659,000. List Price at Contract: $659,000.
List Date: 10/18/2016 Days on Market: 12
Settled Sales Price: $655,000. (Net $645,000.)
Seller Subsidy: $10,000.
Settlement Date: 12/01/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

This house raises an interesting question, which was noted in the comments on the original GDoN post. How much does being on a busy street make a difference to market value?

Although the subject property sold nearly 3% below list price, it did move relatively quickly at less than two weeks on market. Average time on the market for the eleven bungalows sold in Brookland (including the subject) in 2016 is 27 days. (more…)

12/09/16 10:20am

mezcalaro
14th and Quincy St, NW

Thanks to Kenna for sending the photo of the new signage and paint job. Mark it, the new opening date is set for December 16th!!

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, this is the El Sol reincarnation opening near Red Derby and Lyman’s on 14th (in the failed Quik Cash space.)

“Mexico City Street Food, Small Plates, Authentic Cuisine, Entrees, Fresh Ceviches, Weekend Brunch Specials, Craft Mezcal Cocktails – by chef Alfredo Solis, owner of El Sol, and his sister, chef Jessica Solis.”

12/09/16 9:55am

straws
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

“Dear PoPville,

On Tuesday I flew on Southwest from BWI in a race to be at my fathers bedside before he died. I wasn’t myself…on accident, I left my laptop at the TSA security. When I boarded the plane I realized I hadn’t slipped it back in my bag. I disembarked and the Southwest folks told me I had 4 minutes to get it. I took off running. I did not have the presence of mind to tell them about my father’s imminent death. The laptop was not at the security. I ran back to the gate to watch my plane leave without me. I left on a later flight and did not make it home prior to my father’s passing.

I am a small business owner. That laptop is the core of my business life. I do have it backed up, but it will still be painful in the extreme for me to recreate things that fall into the gap from my last back up.

It goes down as one of the worst days of my life. (more…)

12/09/16 9:25am

kbc
3410 11th Street, NW

When KBC (Kangaroo Boxing Club) first opened on 11th Street back in 2012 they were riding the 2nd wave of the street’s revitalization. The excitement and anticipation was huge for BBQ from the (former) Porc food truck folks. They were instantly a smash hit, complementing next door neighbor Meridian Pint, the pizza centric Red Rocks across the street and fellow new comers Maple and The Coupe. Alas 2012 is a lifetime ago in District years and change is not uncommon. Props to KBC who were a big part of the block’s revival – following the closure of Acuario.

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From a press release:

“After four-plus years, countless renditions of “The Victors”, three engagements (Mazel Tov!), and more Alex Combos than we care to admit (RIP Kevin Combo), Kangaroo Boxing Club will close its doors early January 2017. While we are devastated to have to close our doors at KBC, we remain dedicated to our wonderful staff and the neighborhood we still call home. With that in mind, we are working quickly to redevelop the space and plan to launch a new community focused bar and restaurant this summer.

Long-time bartender and friend, Carrie Dzwil, along with the team from Ivy and Coney, will be the creative force behind the new project. While the bar will be new, you can expect to see many familiar faces when we launch this summer. In the meantime, some of our KBC staff can be found at Ivy and Coney and the newly-opened Midlands Beer Garden. (more…)

12/09/16 9:09am

eagle
Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

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12/08/16 10:22pm

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Much like the last time I asked this question back in 2008, I’m simply exhausted and don’t want to fight today. And in honor of the last days of Fye in Union Station – What was the first CD you ever bought? If applicable what was the first cassette you ever bought? And finally what was the first concert you ever went to? And be honest!!

First cassette I owned – Michael Jackson Thriller
First cd I owned was U2 Joshua Tree
First concert I ever went to was Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet Tour – 1986. Oh oh livin on a prayer!

So what was the first cassette, cd and concert you owned/went to?