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.”
This rental is located at 5429 13th Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Beautifully refinished original parquet flooring on main level and hardwood upstairs. Brand new SS appliances, including a commercial grade gas range! Fully fenced-in backyard and pet friendly. Newly fully finished basement, including a bedroom and full bath with laundry. Close to Wal-mart, Rock Creek Park, Georgia Ave Petworth station and bus stop across the street. Above DC voucher amount.”
I live in a rowhome in 16th St Heights, in where the alley is so narrow that it is barely wide enough for a vehicle. That means that the only way for DPW to access your trash bin is for you to open your gate, and push the bin right up to the alley way. Within the past year, the trash collectors have wizzed by on a number of occasions, driving through the alley and never picking up any trash. When I called repeatedly for a special collection, they say that I MUST put the can in the alley way. Been there, done that. What happens is that the private trash collecters (that service the retail/apartments down the road) barrel over the cans left in the alley for special collection, leaving them debilitated and full of trash. Trash is strewn all over, and the cycle of trying to remove the trash and debilitated bins removed continues. I call the DC service center to report dumping and to request special collections. Nothing happens. I then get multiple fines for “dumping,” and in most cases was never actually alerted to these alleged notices that I received. The DC service center conveniently loses my call records (although I have been keeping my own). I keep fighting these fines on the grounds that they can’t fine me when they don’t do their job or properly notify me. This has escalated to the courts and they have put the onus back on DPW’s, and they continue to allow the same problems to fester (meanwhile I’m still uncertain whether I will be held responsible for hundreds of dollars in fines).
Recently DPW has stopped collecting my trash, but seem to take the neighbors. Retaliation? This week, while my gate was left open to allow them to try to collect my bin (without it running the risk of being barreled over by another truck), someone snuck in to my backyard, broke into my shed and stole my brand new $900 bike, that was securely locked to a bike rack and probably removed with a lock pick or bolt cutters. The police responded to my call to report the theft and were extremely helpful, and suggested that DPW should be to blame for consistently leaving me vulnerable….ehm!
My attempts to resolve the trash collection issue have not been resolved. I have contacted Muriel Bowser’s office but still no resolve. And because I must leave my gate open to allow for collection, I was at greater vulnerability to theft. Or perhaps targeted, since the trash people seem to apparently have some disdain for me now… Does anyone have a recommendation for a competant and responsive human being in DPW to resolve this?
All I want is for my trash to be collected, to be able to maintain better security of my back yard, AND I want my beautiful new bike back. It’s truly distinctive and I’ve attached a picture of it. So if anyone sees someone riding it around DC, it’s likely that they stole it. Please let the cops know because you don’t want your property to be next.”
Saturday between 2-5am 25 vehicles on the 1400 block of Buchanan St NW had their tires slashed. Mine included. Fortunately my car was just detailed so they got a nice juicy handprint from it. Whomever is convicted will likely get a felony. Besides costing a few hundred a tire this had literally wasted 25 different vehicle owners weekends trying to manage this. I’ve been on this block for 10 years and never experienced these kinds of incidents.”
“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.”
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.”
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
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.
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.”