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photos by Michael K. Wilkinson

Thanks to Michael for sending:

“Bad day on Arkansas Avenue Saturday. About 2:15 in the afternoon, a fire broke out on the front porch/balcony of one of the houses in our row (built 1939-1941, architect Joseph Abel). The fire damaged a significant portion of the front of the house, and fire rescue efforts led to smashed windows front and rear from top to bottom and sledgehammered/crow-barred roofs on 2nd and 3rd floors. Significant water damage as well. The house was occupied by one person on the upper floors and one person in a rental apartment on the ground floor, and everyone got out safely. Homeowner’s small Yorkshire terrier was rescued, like in a movie, by a firefighter, who brought the dog to the homeowner among cheers from the crowd of onlookers. Everyone was very worried for the dog up until that moment. A bright moment in an otherwise dark afternoon.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Or as my neighborhood is dubbing it “Nightmare on Buchanan St”.

On the 1400 block of Buchanan St NW they completely razed a beautiful Wardman rowhome without the proper permissions, causing structural failure to the adjoining homes. DCRA is asking the neighbors, whose houses were damaged, to pay for new firewalls and re-enforcement. This blatant disregard to the neighborhood (and the permitting process) is frightening. If you see what’s been done, it’s absolutely awful. I’ve never seen anything like it in any neighborhood in DC. The one of the house you can see white because there is absolutely nothing but daylight behind the brick. There is nothing in place to even keep the façade standing. It’s a miracle the façade hasn’t crumbled.”

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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: 1509 Gallatin St NW
Legal Subdivision: 16th Street Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: 16th Street Heights
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1 Parking: Drvwy/Off Str Basement: Yes, Unfinished Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $649,000.
List Price at Contract: $691,000.
List Date: 5/23/2014
Days on Market: 7
Settled Sales Price: $691,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 7/30/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

The 16th Street Heights neighborhood is attractive to DC buyers seeking some room to spread out in living space detached from their neighbors and the typically large accompanying backyard. Although not particularly Metro accessible, there is an express limited stop bus that traverses 16th Street during rush hours.

This particular house suffered from something that many DC buyers might consider a deal breaker…the dreaded single bathroom in the entire house. Priced competitively under $650,000., the escalation to nearly $700,000. suggests that there was more than one buyer willing to deal with that affront to modern amenity.

In the past six months, detached single family home sales in 16th Street Heights have ranged from $480,000. (from agent’s description: “needs a plumber, electrician, heating and cooling contractor, and a gardener; and that’s just for starters”) to $1,250,000. for a completely gutted and renovated property on the same block as the subject property that was under contract before it ever hit the multiple listing service. There are currently 5 active listings for detached homes in the neighborhood, ranging in list price from $615,000. to $998,000.

Carlos Garcia of Keller Williams Capital Properties, (per the disclosure above, the listing agent is affiliated the same brokerage as the writer), represented the seller. Loic Pritchett of TTR Sotheby’s represented the buyer in this transaction.

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Thanks to a reader for sharing this great mural (and story):

“This mural was just painted on a structure facing the parking lot at my son’s daycare (Bright Start in the 6th Presbyterian Church at 5413 16th St NW).

My two-year-old son was fascinated by the painting process, and the artist – known as Eric B. – was so nice about answering the barrage of toddler questions. Now, when we leave daycare, my son wants to talk about “colors and art.” Pretty awesome.”

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A reader writes:

“We found a dog this afternoon walking around the 16th street heights area. He was found right across the street from carter baron. We will be dropping him off at the humane society on New York Avenue. He is not neutered and has a long furry tail. He looks like he just got a hair cut but you can tell it’s curly. He probably weighs about 25 pounds.”

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From YouCaring.com:

“This memorial fundraiser is set up in memory of James Oh.

He was taken away from us and is now with God, fishing in the big lake in the sky.
He never asked for much and appreciated the simple things in life. Everyone loved him in the DC community he worked at. He was everyone’s dad. He cared for you like you were his own.
We will miss him dearly.

He is is survived by his wife, Soonai, daughter, Susie, and son in law, David.

If you would like to donate to help pay for medical or funeral expenses, you may use this site.

This site charges a transaction fee, for those who do have Paypal can send funds directly without fees to “bboydiz(at)hotmail.com”

And for those who would rather pay via check can email
David Pham at bboydiz(at)gmail.com for the address.

For those that are friends and family of the Oh family, a memorial service has been set for this Friday, July 11th, please contact David Pham for information.

James Oh, a beloved husband, father, and friend will be missed. May you rest in peace.

Thank you for your condolences, prayers, and support. Please continue to pray so that we may bring justice to him.”

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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: 4130 Arkansas Ave NW
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2 Parking: Carport Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $725,000.
List Price at Contract: $699,000.
List Date: 5/1/2014
Days on Market: 18
Settled Sales Price: $710,000.
Seller Subsidy: $10,000.
Settlement Date: 6/27/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

The last time we revisited a house on Arkansas Ave NW was back in December 2011. That house was a block away, on the same side of the street as the current subject property, and not furnished with the appropriate Mid Century Modern furniture. That home sold in late 2011 for net $449,000. You can see that Good Deal or Not Revisited here along with additional background on the architect. The listing links in the old post are expired, so here’s a link to that 2011 listing, on which you can see pics.

There was some debate on the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post regarding the desirability of these rowhomes that have a different feel from bay front Victorians and the thousands of porch front homes built in DC during the 1920’s and 30’s. Within the past year, this was one of only two of this modern style of home that was available for sale in this location. The other sale was across the street, sounds nicely renovated, and went for $685,000.

These blocks saw their first sale over $600,000. in 2006. Over the next several years, not unlike other areas of the city, the values declined significantly and there was not another sale over $600,000. until 2012.

The listing agent was Michael Shapiro of Long and Foster. Harry Moore, also of Long and Foster, was the designated representative of the buyer.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a homicide and an armed robbery of an establishment which occurred in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, Northwest.

On Friday, July 4, 2014, at approximately 5:19 pm, members from the Fourth District responded to a call for a robbery in progress in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an adult male semi-conscious and suffering from head trauma. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

The decedent has been identified as 76-year-old James Oh of Rockville, Maryland.

The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying two persons of interest in this incident. The suspects left the scene in a black Jeep Cherokee with DC tags DP 6033. The vehicle, which was stolen on July 4, 2014, has since been recovered. The suspects are described below:

Suspect One: Black male. He was wearing a red hooded sweat shirt and mask.

Suspect Two: Black male. He was wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and mask.”

“Dear PoPville,

Did you hear about the Golden Market on 15th & Colorado getting held up on July 4th? Apparently the owner passed away. Have not heard anything, and was wondering if you knew about this?”

“Dear PoPville,

I live near the intersection of 14th and Colorado and was shocked to hear that the elderly owner of the Gold Corner Grocery was brutally attacked and later died. I never frequented his store but he was very quiet and unassuming. So, so sad. Surprisingly I have not seen anything in the news about this attack, has anyone else?”

From the Petworth Listserv:

“It is with great sadness that I report the death earlier today of James, owner of the Gold Corner Market.

James (age 77) and his wife sustained injuries during a robbery of their store on friday, July 4th. James had been beaten to unconsciousness, as per my sources, and never regained consciousness.

James’ wife was released from the hospital and is staying with her daughter.

As I learn of arrangements and/or any immediate needs of the family, I will pass them along to you.

The perpetrators are still on the loose….This should be a “wake up call” for us ALL to be more security conscious.

On another note, I just visited with Mrs. Fleming (owner of Soap City USA). She has been the victim of petty theft as of late. She stated that a young man had opened her soda machines on several occasions…..WITH A KEY…..and has gotten away with the money. Last wednesday was the most recent occurrence. Mrs. Fleming happened to walk into to her business, and witnessed the thief moving away from the soda machine and exiting the back door. She started to follow him and said, “Excuse me, I’d like to speak to you”. At that point, the individual started to run. Mrs. Fleming briefly pursued him (being the 78 year old bundle of energy that she is). The chase was then taken over by a passerby who chased the thief down Longfellow Street, then south on 13th Street. The thief then jumped into a southbound car on 13th Street (with someone else driving) and sped away. Luckily, the gentleman who was in pursuit was able to capture a mobile phone photo of the car (complete with license plate #) as it sped away……

James and his wife, along with Mrs. Fleming, were/are immigrants from other countries (Korea and Jamaica respectively), who came here to live out the “American Dream”. It is unfortunate, that they had to/ must endure these kind of hardships, ESPECIALLY given the fact that they are Senior Citizens.

Please keep James’ family in your thoughts/prayers…..”

UPDATE from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a homicide and an armed robbery of an establishment which occurred in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, Northwest.

On Friday, July 4, 2014, at approximately 5:19 pm, members from the Fourth District responded to a call for a robbery in progress in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an adult male semi-conscious and suffering from head trauma. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

The decedent has been identified as 76-year-old James Oh of Rockville, Maryland.

The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying two persons of interest in this incident. The suspects left the scene in a black Jeep Cherokee with DC tags DP 6033. The vehicle, which was stolen on July 4, 2014, has since been recovered. The suspects are described below:

Suspect One: Black male. He was wearing a red hooded sweat shirt and mask.

Suspect Two: Black male. He was wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and mask.”

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Reese, beige dachshund mix in front

“Dear PoPville,

Saturday night July 5th my dog Reese ran away from my house in 16th street Heights while my neighbors continued celebrating with fireworks. She is brown, 12 lbs and 6 years old. I live at ingraham st NW and Georgia ave. she was last seen running west on Jefferson from Georgia ave. Reese needs daily medicine and I will pay a cash reward, thanks Larry 623-363-0044.”

Ed. Note: Though there is a similar appearance, unfortunately, this is not the same dog found yesterday.