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“Dear PoPville,

A few weeks ago the city finally responded to public concerns about the unclear lane markings and unsafe pedestrian crossings along Arkansas between 16th St. and Georgia Ave. by painting tons of parking boxes along every empty curb. This has helped organize traffic and slow the pace of Maryland drivers racing up Arkansas through a residential neighborhood, past a busy dog park, to get to Georgia Ave, but the way it was done seems very sloppy and in some places it seems to have created more problems.

First, on either side of 14th St., while going north on Arkansas, there are parking boxes VERY close to the intersections, yet cars that are not turning left are expected to get to the right to continue straight. This leads many drivers to drive in the parking box, and is just asking for a side-swipe or other collision.

Second, this new congestion has led to a serious backup down Piney Branch that didn’t exist before these parking boxes were added. At this point I don’t know if this is the responsibility of DDOT, the Park Service, MPD, Mayor Bowser, or someone else. It seems to have created more problems than it solved and adds time to everyone’s commute. Councilwoman Bonds’ needling of DDOT seemed to get some action on this issue a few months ago. Any chance the Ward 4 candidates would bother to pay attention to something like this?

Any ideas on how to get smart traffic engineering instead of just tons of random parking boxes?

I think they need to take out the parking spots closest to the intersection with 14th St. The one lane of traffic coming up Arkansas gets stopped up by cars turning left to go up 14th, and cars that want to continue north on Arkansas end up stuck because the area to get around the turning cars is very small, in part because of the parking box close to the intersection. It just seems like someone told DDOT to go out and put in parking lanes to calm traffic (as people have been calling for) but they didn’t think it through. “

community_soup

From an email:

“Reminder to please join us at the first Heights Community Soup tomorrow, Wednesday, 1/21.

What is it? A community dinner where neighbors gather, and for a $5 donation share dinner including soup and bread (made and donated by owner of El Chucho, Jackie’s and the upcoming Little Coco’s) and creative ideas for the neighborhood, and vote to fund one of four proposals presented that night with the dinner’s door proceeds.

Details below:

Wednesday, 1/21, 6:30-8:30
4411 14th St in the AKA Sorority building.
Doors open at 6
Presentations start promptly at 6:30
Dinner starts by 7:30
Winner announced by 8:30

This is modeled after Detroit Soup, through which residents have gathered and voted to micro-fund many creative projects across the city.

Proposals would benefit communities surrounding the upper 14th St area bounded by: Georgia Avenue (East), Rock Creek Park (West), Spring Road (South) and Missouri Ave (North).”

4914 Arkansas Avenue Northwest

This house is located at 4914 Arkansas Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautifully Renovated Home! 3 Finished Levels, Gorgeous Hardwood Floors, Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite, 4 Full Bathrooms, HUGE Master Bedroom with Fireplace, Dual Sinks, Kitchenette in Basement, Build-in Speakers, Wired for Internet/Data throughout house, Security System, Solar Panels for Reduced Utilities, Quite Street. Available furnished for $4200/mo”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/4 bath is going for $3,500/Mo.

DC8471088 - Exterior (Front)

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: 1208 Gallatin St NW
Legal Subdivision: 16th Street Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: 16th Street Heights
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Concrete Driveway Basement: Fully Finished Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $779,900.
List Price at Contract: $749,900.
List Date: 10/2/2014
Days on Market: 13
Settled Sales Price: $737,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 11/14/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

There were some comments in the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post about the sales history of this property, so here is are the links with pics:

The earliest listed sale of this property that we have access to data on is this 2011 listing, which shows the property condition as not fancy and staged, but definitely livable. You can see pics on that link (click the camera icon to the left once you open the link). So, in 2011, in livable condition the home sold for $315,000. Three years ago.

A little over six months later, the home was updated and sold for $640,000. and you can see those pics on this link.

A little more than two years later, the current sale occurred (see subject link above) in basically the same condition as the previous sale and very close to $100,000. in added market value.

On the original GDoN post, one commenter expressed concern at this ascent in price. According to Real Estate Business Intelligence, the median price for detached homes in the 16th Street Heights neighborhood during the third quarter of 2009 was $519,900. In the third quarter of 2014, that median price had gone up to $777,000. As we’ve seen in other Good Deal or Not reviews of neighborhood value history, this type of increase is not unusual for neighborhoods in the District of Columbia.

The listing agents were Melinda Estridge and Scott Sachs of Long and Foster. Chris Fries of McInearney Associates, Inc. represented the buyer in this transaction.

DC8471088 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 1208 Gallatin Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“HUGE PRICE REDUCTION, BEST HOME AT THE BEST PRICE! totally renovated craftsmen bungalow! Sun-filled entertainer’s delight features open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, custom backsplash, upgraded lighting & ss appliances, hand layered stone hearth, gorgeous hwd flrs, vaulted ceilings & french doors, off street parking, 2-story deck w/hot tub leads to Zen garden & outdoor living. Total tranquility.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $749,900.