07/20/14 10:02pm

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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.”

07/13/14 2:22pm

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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.”

07/11/14 3:15pm

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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.”

07/11/14 10:50am

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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.

07/08/14 3:54pm

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.”

07/08/14 10:50am

“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.”

07/08/14 9:05am

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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.

06/19/14 12:25pm

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14th and Colorado Ave, NW

A reader writes:

“I hear a restaurant is coming to 14th and Colorado at Kennedy Street. We are anxiously awaiting something! There is construction underway at the corner of 14th/Colorado/Kennedy! I’m salivating!!!!”

We’ve been hearing rumors of a restaurant at this space for years now. Remember the Hat Check Shop tease? Looks like something’s actually coming in now. Anyone heard any details?

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05/28/14 2:25pm

“Dear PoPville,

Have you heard from you readership of late regarding a helicopter drone flying over Petworth/16th Street Heights? My neighbors and I first noticed the drone about 1-1/2 weeks ago flying at night (typically right after sundown) with a red and green lights on the fore and aft. It appears to be taking off from the vicinity of Upshur Park. The latest sighting was this past Sunday when it flew for upwards of an 1-1/2 hours, climbing in altitude and zig-zaging around the neighborhood. At one point it hovered over my house at an altitude of about 150 feet and I could clearly hear the engines whirring. It appears to be the type of helicopter drone you can purchase from Amazon or other retailers. Thoughts as to the origin and purpose?”

Maybe it’s for a real estate video?

05/27/14 12:55pm

1509 Gallatin Street Northwest

This house is located at 1509 Gallatin Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Classic American foursquare brimming w charm. Huge, level lot. Off-st prkg for 2. Sunlight streams thru myriad picture windows. HWD flrs. Deep LIV RM feat. wood-burning FPL. Updated KIT w SS and granite. Wide back porch, lrg fenced yard, 2nd flr screened-in porch. Add additional space w attic & BSMT. EZ access to Rock Creek Prkwy & Metro bus line.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/ 1 bath is going for $649,000.