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1300 block of R Street, NW

From DDOT:

“As part of the District’s Potholepalooza campaign, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will temporarily close R Street, NW, in Ward 2, between 13th and 14th Streets, today, Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 11 am to 2 pm.

Extensive pothole filling is needed along this block to ensure the roadway is safe for the public. Commuters are asked to use alternative routes.”

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1409 14th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“I noticed a couple of days ago that the former 1409 Play bill Cafe had been tagged a vacant property. Wonder if we’ll still see the Chinese Sushi Wine bar.”

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Vacant property classification has been on a tear lately. I also noted the former Carry Out Deli space across the street too had one:

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1313 R Street Northwest

It’s bonus house porn this week with 1313 and 1309 R Street, Northwest. First 1313 R Street’s listing says:

“Immaculately restored Victorian row house in one of the most desirable locations in Washington. Just steps from 14th Street, U Street, and Logan Circle, this stunning three story property features five bedrooms, three and a half baths, plus a one-bedroom English basement suite, secluded outdoor space, and private parking for four vehicles. The adjacent property, 1309 R Street, is available as well”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/3.5 bath is going for $3,500,000.

1309 R Street

1309 R Street’s listing says:

“Immaculately restored Victorian row house in one of the most desirable locations in Washington. Just steps from 14th Street, U Street, and Logan Circle, this stunning three story property features five bedrooms, three and a half baths, plus a one-bedroom English basement suite, secluded outdoor space, and private parking for two vehicles. The adjacent property, 1313 R Street, is available as well.”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/3.5 bath is going for $2,500,000.

A reader shares the letter she sent to her friends:

“I know some of you walk over around this area to work, or else just live by here, so I wanted to let you know that this am when I was walking to work down 10th street, there were a number of police officers and am ambulance, around 9:20 am, because a woman our age [mid 20s] was cut on the forehead by a man with a knife on her walk to the metro. It happened right outside of the church on 10th and N, and apparently he approached another man first, but the other man screamed and ran, then he approached the woman and cut her before another neighborhood man with a dog came running after him. The man with a knife apparently got away, I don’t know his status. Very scary!!”

Ed. Note: No mention of a knife but DCAlerts tweeted just before this incident at the same location:

“Robbery at 0907 hours in the 1300 block of 10th St NW Lookout for B/M, 18-20 years of age, 5’9”, 170lbs., wearing tan pants and a grey hoode…”


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More anit prostitution stings from MPD:

“On 03/17/2015, during the early morning hours, members of the 3rd District VICE Unit conducted a covert “Anti Prostitution” Operation along the borders of PSA 307 & PSA 308. During the course of this initiative, members arrested two (2) male “Johns” who were seeking the services of street level prostitutes and one (1) “Pimp” who solicited an undercover officer to work for him and provide prostitution services on his behalf. Human Trafficking is real and a danger for everyone involved. Please remember “If You See Something…Say Something!”

1225 13th Street Northwest

Under $400k Friday continues with this unit just under the wire located at 1225 13th Street, Northwest in Logan Circle. The listing says:

“Beautiful contemporary two-story loft in Logan Circle. Hardwood floors, granite countertops, SS appliances, spiral staircase! 18-20FT ceilings with large windows. Washer/Dryer IN UNIT! Short walk to all Metro lines.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1.5 bath is going for $399,950 ($371 monthly fee.)

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1833 14th Street, NW

From Bar Pilar:

“We’re old, but we definitely still know how to party! Bar Pilar, the lauded neighborhood restaurant and watering hole, is marking a decade of service at 1833 14th Street NW with a week-long celebration of throwback drinks, favorite dishes and guest bartenders starting on Tuesday, March 17th ending in a 10th Anniversary Party upstairs at the restaurant on Sunday, March 22nd.

“Over the past decade, we have seen 14th Street boom around us, worked with a motley crew of talented individuals who have helped shape the DC dining scene, and have had the privilege of serving countless guests who have passed through our doors,” says general manager Matt Brown. “There’s a lot to celebrate & we look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces at Pilar over the course of the week.”

On Monday – for one night only – Chef Jesse Miller will feature Pilar’s Prime Rib dinner, including a slab of prime rib, creamed spinach, foie gras whipped potatoes and glace. Other popular past menu items will be offered in addition to the regular menu throughout the week, including the Malt Aioli Potatoes, Grilled Calamari with Tomato & Basil, Tuna Niçoise, and the Bacon Buddy. Bar Manager Ben Wiley is also planning a special drink menu for the week featuring classic Bar Pilar signatures, like The Dark Side, The Ruffled Shirt, and The Bees & the Beer, with a few guest bartenders making special appearances behind the bar on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights.

To cap off the celebration, Bar Pilar invites everyone to its 10th Anniversary Party on Sunday, March 22nd upstairs at the restaurant starting at 7pm. The evening will include complimentary light bites, DJs and signature cocktails from the past decade (cash bar – all cocktails $10).”

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5111 Georgia Ave, NW

From Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen (formerly three little pigs):

“Tomorrow [Today] will be our 3rd year anniversary! Three years is a big deal! It’s a big deal because ninety percent of food service businesses close their doors before reaching that benchmark – only one in ten make it! We couldn’t be more grateful and appreciative to each and every person that has helped us make it through. We certainly didn’t do it on our own strength alone! We hope that you know that we really are thankful for all you have offered us; from shopping with us, sharing our food with your friends and family, offering encouragement, suggestions, and advice.

We can’t tell you how many people have told us they didn’t think that our business could survive in these early development stages happening in our neighborhood. In almost all cases, their intentions were good – people definitely wanted to see us thrive, but many were unsure if the timing was right for a business like ours. We knew we had our work cut out for us, but loyal customers and steady press let us know we were on to something great.

If you haven’t been by the shop lately, come by and see us again. If you have been coming regularly you probably already know about our growing pantry, bigger and better lunch menu, workshops on everything from butchery to salumi, and the renovations on our second floor. This is our year to strengthen and improve our work to give you a better and better experience. We couldn’t be more excited to have you on this journey with us.

So… how about some fun? Friday through Sunday we will have some awesome stuff going on! We have 25% off all smoked sausages, workshop giveaways, and a ton of meat boards so you can sample some of our favorite cured meats! Stop by, say hello, and join us in celebrating this awesome milestone!”

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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: 1420 12th St NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Logan
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Driveway/ Off Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $1,199,900.
List Price at Contract: $1,199,900.
List Date: 10/24/2014
Days on Market: 32
Settled Sales Price: $1,181,000.
Seller Subsidy: $12,800.
Settlement Date: 3/06/2015
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Everybody gets that this area has changed drastically even in recent years. Changes in real estate values and market conditions provide tangible representations of transformation. Our local multiple listing service in its current form, which is called Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) shows listings that go back to the mid 1990s, when we first began with a dial in computer-based service.

This property that sold nearly twenty years later for over a million dollars was listed for $42,000, in 1996 as an estate sale. (You can see a photo of what the exterior of the property looked like at the time on the link.)

Perhaps what is more interesting is that at that time, at that price, they could not give it away. The listing in 1996 was on the market for 142 days and expired without selling. Comments from the listing agent at the time (Pearl Dalley with Pardoe Real Estate ERA) state that it is “a cute little house (that) awaits an urban pioneer***lots of potential in this property with a detached garage.” I wonder if Ms. Dalley ever imagined the potential reaching quite this level.

The listing agents for this sale were Trent Heminger and Kevin Gray with Beasley Real Estate, LLC. Ben Roth with Washington Fine Properties, LLC represented the buyer in this transaction.