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Featured Property: 1509 U St SE
Legal Subdivision: Anacostia
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Anacostia
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Basement: Unfinished cellar Parking: Driveway/Off Street
Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price for this listing: $399,000
List Price at Contract: $399,000
List Date: 07/30/15
Days on Market: 11
Settled Sales Price: $368,000.
Seller Subsidy: $11,040.
Settlement Date: 09/24/15
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Ten years ago, in “needing cosmetic updates” condition, this detached single family home in Anacostia, a few blocks from the Frederic Douglass National Historic Site and Anacostia Arts Center, sold for $170,000. In 2009, in what appears from the pics to be about the same condition it is in now, the home sold for net $291,000.

As housing in other parts of the city continues to see a decrease in affordability, prices east of the river remain relatively lower, but have also been heating up. Although there were fewer homes sold in Anacostia in 2015 year to date than in 2014, the total sales volume was up. The current median sales price in the legal subdivision of Anacostia has increased from $190,000. for the same year to date period in 2014 to $267,500. for year to date 2015 (up 41.79%). For the same comparison periods, days on market have decreased from an average of almost two months on market to about three weeks. Months of supply (based on inventory and absorption rate) has decreased from a balanced 5.4 months of supply to a more seller-weighted 4 months of supply.

You can see current active house listings in Anacostia here. This snapshot of available fee simple inventory includes homes listed in a range from $165,000. all the way to $800,000.

The listing agent for this sale was Reginald Francois with Property Specialists Realty. Aty Biswese with Nid Group, LLC represented the buyer.


A reader writes:

“I was out in Anacostia yesterday afternoon helping look for Charlotte, the lost hound mix, and I found this sweet little girl. No collar or tags. I took her to the NY Ave shelter to scan for microchip but none was found. Small brown poodle mix, heavily matted but very sweet. I am a coordinator for K9 Lifesavers rescue so I will hold on to her for the 5-day stray hold period animal control suggested, then re-home her.”

Mural Art Project Reception @THEARC Flyer v2

From an email:

“Over two weeks local teens from both sides of the Anacostia River have collaborated to create a 55 foot mural. The underlying energy of the mural will focus on capturing the essence of neighborhoods along the Anacostia River through trans-community dialogue.

Tomorrow, there will be a FREE Mural Exhibition Reception open to the public on August 19th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at THEARC’s ArtReach Community Gallery. RSVP here if you would like to attend.”

More info and photos from The 11th Street Bridge Park:

Mural Project Press Release (PDF)



Samuel Dixon Photography

Thanks to Samuel Dixon Photography for sharing his great photos. You can check out the rest of the pictures at his site here.

Samuel Dixon Photography

From NPS:

“Take a spin at the only roller skating pavilion in a national park!


From June 10th until Labor Day 2015 Free skate rentals will be open seven days a week.

Weekdays: 11:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Weekends: 11:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Roller skates are free to check out with a valid I.D. Call (202) 472-3884 for availability.

Roller Skating

The skating pavilion is located at 1500 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington, D.C., near the DC-295 and Pennsylvania Ave. SE interchange. Via DC-295, exit onto eastbound Pennsylvania Ave. SE, take the first right onto Fairlawn Ave. SE, then the first right onto Nicholson Drive SE, right onto Anacostia Drive, then proceed to the parking area.

Metro: Exit at Potomac Ave. station on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines. Walk southeast along Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and cross the bridge. If crossing from the north side of the bridge, immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left to follow the trail to Anacostia Drive and continue straight to the right to the skating pavilion. If crossing the south side of the bridge, immediately after crossing the bridge, follow the path to the right to Anacostia Drive, then turn right on Anacostia Drive and continue straight to the skating pavilion.”

Samuel Dixon Photography

Samuel Dixon Photography

DC8707972 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 1509 U Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“1906 style 3br 2.5ba home with a completely modernized interior. home sits on a tree-lined street adjacent to Ketcham elementary school. Entry level has hardwood floors and open floor plan.The galley kitchen, stainless steel and black appliancesEntry Level : Living room, dining room, den, kitchen, half bathUpper level: Three bedrooms two full bathroomsLower level: Unfinished cellar, w/d”

DC8707972 - Interior (General)

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $399,000.

DC8707972 - Bath (Master)

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Photo courtesy Anacostia Playhouse

From a press release:

“American Moor, a solo play written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb, begins performances Friday, July 17, 2015 with a opening night gala to benefit the Anacostia Playhouse located at 2020 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020. Tickets for the opening are $100 for reserved seating and $50 for general seating and include a champagne reception with the actor/playwright.
This DC area engagement will be directed by fellow actor, and regular of the DC theater scene, Craig Wallace.

American Moor is authentic and unwavering in its hope for change and forward progress. Guests are invited and encouraged to come and lend their voices to the dialogue at one of eight performances scheduled with post-show discussions: Friday, July 24; Thursday, July 30; Friday, July 31; Sunday, August 2; Friday, August 7; Sunday, August 9; Thursday, August 13; Friday, August 14. Post-show discussions are presented in partnership with Folger Shakespeare Library and Thembi Duncan.

Special guest facilitators will be announced on social media under the hashtag #MoorToThisStory.

What: AMERICAN MOOR by Keith Hamilton Cobb presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.
When: July 17-August 16, 2015. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.  
Run Time:  80 minutes
Information:  www.anacostiaplayhouse.com
Tickets:  $25 each; Call 202-290-2328 or visit www.anacostiaplayhouse.com
Where:  Anacostia Playhouse. 2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for East of the River residents, seniors and students.”


This rental is located at 1643 U Street Southeast. The listing says:

“Nice Detached Victorian Home w/Some Original Features 2 Levels 4-Bedrooms 2-Full Baths w/Large Rear Fenced Yard & Front Landscaped Garden Front Porch/Rear Deck Windows/Storage Sitting Rm Off Rr Bdrm Sep Dining Rm Living Rm Bright Eat-In Kitchen Pets: Case-by-Case Basis 2 Car Driveway Close to Metro/Transportation & Routes 695/295/395 Owner: Lic RE Agent Min.Income: $60K Good Credit”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2 bath is going for $1,990/Mo.


From a press release:

Who: Nameless Theater
What: Death at the Prom, by A’Leighsha C. Butler, directed by Nia M. Barge
When: April 16, April 23, April 30 Happy Hour Starts at 6pm. Show Starts at 7pm.
Where: Uniontown Bar & Grill 2200 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Tickets: $15 Early Bird Tickets until Sat May 30th. Regular Tickets $20. Student and group discounts available. Order online: www.thenameless.us

Nameless, a newly formed DC-based theater company, announces the premiere of Death at the Prom, a modern murder mystery comedy show. The site-specific production, takes place in the midst of a high school prom where disaster strikes. Attendees will gather clues, question suspects and bring the murderer to justice. Rather than observing the show from behind the safety of the fourth wall, Death at the Prom, catapults audiences from their seats and into the zany world of the show.

Uniontown Bar & Grill, one of only two sit down restaurants in the transitioning Anacostia neighborhood, will morph into the prom of Green Meadow High- a fictional school plagued with the typical student cliques, overworked teachers and an overzealous principal on a mission to reclaim the school. Nameless is thrilled to bring this theatrical event to the Anacostia neighborhood, which is also home to the Anacostia Arts Center. (more…)


I have to admit, I’m loving this feature, if you have a photo of a neat find from your house or place of work please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail.com thanks.

A reader writes:

“I bought a house in Anacostia few years ago and one of the features that I found interesting was a toilet located on the rear exterior of the house. Is this common for dc?”

Ed. Note: Back in 2008 a reader also found one in Petworth.

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Photo by The Anacostia Watershed Society courtesy of 11th Street Bridge Park

From a press release:

“The first-ever Anacostia River Festival will celebrate the history, ecology and communities along the banks of the Anacostia River. The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the event, which will offer free kayaking and canoeing, musical performances, fishing and water filtration workshops, live birds of prey demonstration, a photography exhibition and a bike parade. The Anacostia River Festival is a premier event and official closing of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2015, noon – 4 p.m.
WHERE: National Park Service’s Anacostia Park. Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE
COST: Free – Family Friendly Event

“We are so excited to be a part of this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and look forward to the positive exposure it will bring to East of the River neighborhoods as well as the 11th Street Bridge Park,” said Scott Kratz, director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, a collaborative project of the D.C. City Government and non-profit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC transforming an old freeway into a new civic space scheduled to open in 2018. “The Anacostia River is a stunning, but often forgotten, natural resource hiding in plain sight and, by collaborating with a number of existing groups, we aim to re-engage residents with this amazing urban watershed.”

The event will bring people from across the city and throughout the region to participate in hands-on art workshops, dragon boat rides, a community sing along, urban archaeology, community bicycle rides, boating and other fun activities to connect families with the natural world. (more…)