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I take three things very seriously in life – Bagels (and associated appetizing), Pastrami and Pizza. Wiseguy Pizza is the best slice in the District. So this aggression absolutely cannot stand. Wiseguy Pizza’s entrance has been blocked by prep for inauguration security:

“City couldn’t find anywhere else to put their concrete blocks. They closed the front of my restaurant. I hope this doesn’t stay like this until Thursday. It’s ridiculous. They must did this Sunday morning like 6am.”

Ed. Note: I don’t know if it’s the city or the Secret Service or the Guard but this is outrageous. So if you’ve got a hankering for some good pizza today (or anytime this week) show some love to Wiseguy and support local DC.

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3rd and Massachusetts Ave, NW


This house is located at 468 Ridge Street, NW. The Redfin listing says:

“Live in the heart of it all! Spacious 2bd/2.5ba home with an open floor plan, hw floors, tons of storage, ADT, upgraded eat-in kitch w/ granite countertops, SS appliances. Master BR w/ vaulted ceilings & in-suite BA. W/ D in unit. Large private rear patio. 2 gated prkng spaces. 2 blocks to Metro, groceries, I395. Walk to top dining/entertainment in Shaw, Bloomingdale & more. Minutes to Capitol Hill.”


You can see more Photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $749,000.

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense which occurred in the 300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at approximately 6:17 pm.

Two suspects approached the victim inside of a building at the listed location. A struggle ensued and one of the suspects produced a gun and shot the victim. The suspects fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”


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: 301 Massachusetts Ave NW #403

Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #2
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2 Parking: Deeded, Underground Garage Ownership: Condo
Original List Price: $765,000. List Price at Contract: $765,000.
List Date: 10/05/2016 Days on Market: 3
Settled Sales Price: $765,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 12/12/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

When The Sonata, in which the subject property is located, and her sister building, Madrigal Lofts, were under construction, there was a sales trailer in a construction parking lot nearby. This was the gritty mid-2000’s, prior to there being a whole lot of new construction or retail in the Mount Vernon Square area.

Inside the sales trailer was a ginormous detailed three-dimensional model of the planned development for the neighborhood, much like you can see today at the PN Hoffman sales center at the waterfront. The area has experienced tremendous revitalization and has realized much of the development that seemed so far away back then. (more…)


From a press release:

“The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce that it will reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, manages the property. In September, Events DC temporarily closed the Carnegie Library to treat mold found in two areas of the building and conduct thorough environmental testing on the rest of the space. Events DC announced today that it is reopening the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square after conducting a successful environmental remediation. (more…)

Mass Courts (300 Massachusetts Ave)

“Dear PoPville,

I think there was a shooting earlier this evening at Mass Courts (300 Massachusetts Ave). Police were everywhere and no one really knows what happened. Was it intentional or did they follow someone into the apt building and it was a robbery gone wrong?”

This morning a reader sends this crazy report from the Washington Post:

“A police report says that the victim encountered two men outside an apartment on the 14th floor. One of the men said, “Give me your wallet and keys,” according to the report.

The victim told police he fought with both men and that one took out a handgun and shot him in the left wrist.

801 K Street, NW

From Events DC:

“Events DC, the official convention and sports authority of the District of Columbia, announced today that it has entered into a Letter of Intent with Apple Inc. for a potential lease of portions of the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. If final negotiations are successful, the development will help to breathe new life into a popular historic site and to reimagine the original intent for the building, located in the heart of Washington, DC.

“As Washington, DC looks to be the ‘inclusive innovation’ capital of the country, we are excited that Apple is interested in joining our growing tech ecosystem,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The store’s proposed location, in the iconic Carnegie Library, will link DC’s rich history to our continued economic renaissance, will demonstrate the strength of our retail market, and will tell companies across the globe that the District is open for business.”

“This is an extremely important repositioning of an iconic building—a building whose original purpose was about community, information and sharing of knowledge-for the 19th century. As cities evolve so do its buildings. But we also retain the essential characteristics for a new century—how we collaborate, engage and share information and knowledge is now different—and this evolution of the Carnegie Library provides a platform for the 21st century-all while creating jobs, enlivening a neighborhood, and providing a place for us all to gather, ” said Max Brown, Chairman of the Board of Events DC. “Amid rapid change in our city, we are confident the space can become a true blend of the square’s past and future.” (more…)

801 K Street, NW

Back in September we spoke about the possibility of an Apple store coming to the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square. We even took a poll so roughly 50% of us should be happy! The Washington Business Journal reports:

“Apple will work with Foster + Partners of London to redesign the 63,000-square-foot space, which will be similar to stores it operates in London and San Francisco, the source said.”

Stay tuned for an opening date!