06/10/14 12:55pm

DC8370968 - Exterior (Front)

This unit is located at 11 S Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“New 2-level condo w/ high ceilings & great light. Corner building w street level entrance. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 marble Baths & great closet space. Large open floor plan w room for formal dining area and multiple living spaces. Kitchen w granite and stainless steel appliances! Beautiful, quiet block. Parking included!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $599,900 ($220 monthly fee.)

Ed. Note: We noticed this one popping up in Bloomingdale back in late May.

06/05/14 10:50am


“Here’s the photo of our still missing gnomes, who were discovered missing from our front porch on the morning of May 25. Also pictured (above) is a robot man which also disappeared at the same time and has some sentimental value. The gnome kidnapper also took a rusty lantern. We looked around the neighborhood at the time without any luck. No ransom note was received.

Fast forward to last night and sometime between 8pm and 10.30pm, some gnomes returned to our porch in new attire and a new position (see second photo below). Plus there was one more of them. My four year old suggested a gnome fairy had visited.

Very interested to hear of any other gnome antics, particularly whether anyone has come across our original gnomes (or the robot) which we’d really like to have back.”


“The guy below showed up sometime last night in the rogue garden behind my apartment in Dupont”

Ed. Note: And seriously if you know where the robot or vintage gnomes are above, please return them to the owner due to sentimental value.


05/16/14 1:08pm

Crispus Attucks Park

From an email:

“Please come out for tomorrow’s 11th annual Bloomingdale Community Day & Yard Sale in Crispus Attucks Park.

Crispus Attucks is the 1.3 acre green community park bordered by the unit blocks of U and V Streets NW and the 2000 blocks of North Capitol & 1st Streets in the heart of Bloomingdale.

We currently have over 30 vendors signed up who will be selling everything from jewelry to lightly used home goods. The event will also once again feature the “Taste of Bloomingdale” with a presence from a wide variety of local restaurants. We will even have a band!

Crispus Attucks is operated and maintained by Crispus Attucks Development Corporation, a non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers. 100% of the proceeds paid by vendors for a space at tomorrow’s event as well as that raised by food sales will directly support park upkeep and maintenance.

We hope to see you tomorrow! You may find a “needful thing”… or even the love of your life. But we’ll never know if you don’t show up!”

05/15/14 12:55pm

132 U Street Northwest

This house is located at 132 U Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning Bloomingdale row home w/ a 2BR/2BA main residence plus a 1BR/1BA rental unit. Beautifully renovated w/ sophisticated style + excellent finishes. Main unit -2 levels, 9~ ceilings, pine hardwood, 3 fireplaces. Custom millwork + stairs. Spacious floor plan. Open gourmet kitchen. Upper level has private master suite w/ spa BA. Weatherproof rear porch. Secure parking.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $799,000.

05/09/14 1:23pm

A reader writes:

“My friends and I started hearing a ruckus outside of our house, near the corner of 1st and Rhode Island NW, around midnight last night. When we went outside, we discovered that an 18 wheeler had gotten stuck in the intersection while trying to turn, thus completely blocking off the west-bound side of Rhode Island.

Cars were driving backwards, jumping the median, etc. And then you have the USPS truck driver, who not only jumped the median but began zooming down the other side of Rhode Island Avenue…GOING THE WRONG WAY.

No one was hurt. We can all laugh now…”

05/09/14 10:55am


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Featured Property: 2307 1st St NW
Legal Subdivision: LeDroit Park
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: LeDroit Park
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 4.5 Basement: Fully finished Parking: Garage Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $1,299,000.
List Price at Contract: $1,299,000.
List Date: 3/19/2014
Days on Market: 17
Settled Sales Price: $1,215,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 4/30/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

There were thirty one comments on the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post. Here is one of them:

“Bad deal. Sold for $750k in 2009 (which was before the neighborhood really took off, and based on the property history it seems like it was likely already renovated at that time). That’s almost a 35% increase PER YEAR if it sells at list. Plus I don’t think there are any comps anywhere near that, so there’s no way it would appraise even if it did sell for $1.3M.”

Seriously, that is a ridiculous rate of appreciation. That said, anybody who has been following the DC real estate market for the past few years knows that development has swiftly moved east and prices for housing have followed.

In January 2014, a home a few blocks away at 1938 2nd St NW, was the first property in the neighborhood with two (as opposed to three) floors above grade to sell over $1,000,000. (sold price was $1,025,000.) The subject property has a full additional floor and is a significantly larger property. The same week that the subject property went to settlement, another nearby home at 64 V St NW, which backs to Crispus Attucks Park, settled for net $1,007,875. Whether everybody is in agreement with the values or not, these sales have raised the bar in the Bloomingdale and Le Droit Park neighborhoods for large renovated properties.

The listing agents were Joe Reef and Pete Nguyen out of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Fairfax. The buyer was represented by Sonia Ahmed of Ken Taylor Real Estate.

05/08/14 12:55pm

DC8337907 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 1726 Capitol Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Currently zoned R4 with a popular carryout business on the first level. This beautiful Victorian townhouse is a great opportunity for an investor. Convert to condos, penthouse with a green roof, have your own storefront and live on top, the possibilities are there!!! For this low price it won’t last! Carryout business would consider lease option or vacate. Home needs TLC. Cash preferred. Property Sold as-is.”

Sadly no photos of the interior but this a pretty unique option with Jam Doung in the mix.

It’s going for $550,000.

05/07/14 3:55pm

Seaton 1

“Dear PoPville,

Noticed today there is a new banner on the building on Seaton NW and North Capitol Street. I was previously told it would be ground floor retail and three condos above, but still not sure with the sign. It says 1700 SF of Commercial…… and the first floor is about that square footage, and it says THREE condos. I don’t think Condos are commercial? so it must be first floor retail of some sort open for lease. I suppose they could make two one bedrooms on the second floor, and a nice penthouse on the top floor? The design looks nice, will be good to see the architecture brought back to its old glory. ”

Seaton 2