“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?

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.

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This house is located at 4130 Arkansas Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Early modernist townhouse by prominent DC architects Berla and Abel. Less than 1 mile to Metro. More than 2,100 sq. ft. over 3 levels with glassed-enclosed balcony. 2 bed/2 bath. Open office space can be turned back into 3rd br. Large open living-dining. Original architectural details. 2 brick and stone fireplaces . Zen backyard w/ carport. Custom insulated windows throughout.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $725,000.

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4724 14th Street, NW

Awesome news for upper 14th Street! The folks behind Las Placitas on Barracks Row are opening another spot next to Ruff n Ready Furnishings at 14th and Decatur St, NW.

A liquor license application for Las Placitas Cafe says:

“This is new Retail Class “C” Restaurant. The restaurant will serve Latin American food. The type of entertainment shall be karaoke and occasional bands. The dance floor will be in the back space, which is 150 square feet in total. Total Capacity 75 including 20 seats for the rooftop patio.”

You can see their Capitol Hill menu here (careful music plays.)

Also a new art gallery is coming a few storefronts away:

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4718 14th Street, NW

The art gallery is located right next door to the almost ready to open Felicita Pizzeria:

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“Dear PoPville,

To cut a long and convoluted story short, “Alternative Solutions for Youth” at 5808 14th St. NW is running an atrocious mess that they call rehabilitative services, but what DC classifies as a jail. An older neighbor confirmed that they did not consult or even notify the neighborhood before creating this monstrocity. They also do not even have the proper city permit to be in operation, as confirmed by our ANC rep.

I hate to start listing the ways that this place is offensive and disgusting, because I could go on and on, but here are a few:
- Incidents of inmates escaping, including one shot and killed in Petworth after escaping
- Security guards yelling and swearing on cell phones
- Inmates yell about guns and other indecencies out the window
- Windows shoddily boarded up with plywood, cardboard, other materials
- Barbed wire running along the top of their poorly built fences
- Trash thrown by guards into our backyard

We have been working with a lawyer and the ANC rep for months on this issue, and we need support from more neighbors. I would like to ask for any 4A residents´ help at the monthly meeting, 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at Fort Stevens Recreation Center (13th and Van Buren Streets NW).”

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1351 Kennedy Street Northwest

This house is located at 1351 Kennedy Street, Northwest:

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The listing says:

“16th Street Heights Beauty! 4/3.5 beds/baths. Gorgeous, fully-renovated semi-detached home has amazing curb appeal, stunning wood floors, gourmet kitchen, spacious living room, spacious bedrooms, stunning master suite, and full lower-level in-law suite. Backyard with detached 1-car garage.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $699,999.