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“Dear PoPville,

Living in Bloomingdale, I always hear of “Truxton Circle” on North Capitol and Florida Ave that was demolished, and longed for its return. Looking at the old pictures of the park and fountain makes one wonder why it was sacrificed instead of saved like Dupont and others. I was unaware of how many other circles were in DC and were demolished over the years. I ran across a circle in Bloomingdale on an 1887 map of DC that I had never heard of. It was at Rhode Island Ave NW, U Street NW, and North Capitol Street It was called Sedgwick Circle and Rhode Island Ave actually ended there and did not continue on into North East.

In the zoomed in image you can see Lincoln Ave (now Lincoln Road), Ledroit Park, Glenwood and Prospect Hill Cemeteries, Boundary Street (now Florida Ave) etc.

I wonder if anyone has any info on Sedgwick Circle?”

Ed. Note: On flickr an image of the same map uploaded by scenicartisan says:

“Sedgwick Circle DC 1887

This is the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and North Capitol, currently an overpass. the red lines indicate PROPOSED streets. I assume this circle was never realized.”

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Bloomingdale- Handsy Creep at 3rd and Rhode Island:

“In the interest of protecting other local ladies, I wanted to raise awareness of a potential creep in the neighborhood. Those who live in the area are familiar with the spot on Rhode Island Avenue, between 2nd and 3rd street across from the gas station, where a group of men (and sometimes women) sit and hang out. I’ve walked by this spot more times than I can count, however, while passing the ledge last night, a man (one of three present) made an attempt to grab my backside.

I calmly turned around, told him no, and walked away. He quickly backed off. I would not have interpreted this to be an aggressive situation, but the advance was unwanted. I told a friend today about the interaction and she said something similar happened to a female friend of hers while she was waiting at the Shaw Metro. Regardless if the two incidences are related, I felt this was worth sharing. For those that frequently cross this hang out spot, I’d advise crossing the street if you’re passing after dark.”


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 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: 132 U St NW
Legal Subdivision: LeDroit Park
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Bloomingdale
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3 Parking: Drvwy/Off Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $799,900.
List Price at Contract: $799,000.
List Date: 5/14/2014
Days on Market: 7
Settled Sales Price: $910,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 6/23/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

Previously featured on the Bloomingdale Civic Association’s Bloomingdale House Tour, this high quality renovated two unit Victorian drew an impressive escalation in price. With a Rammy award winning restaurant in the neighborhood, it’s hard for Bloomingdale to fly under the radar anymore, as it did for so many years.

2014 saw the first ever $1,000,000+ sales in Bloomingdale for homes with just two (as opposed to three) levels above grade. This explains why even some properties in not so great shape are selling over $600,000.

The listing agents were Alex Delorme and Laura Bowman Pimentel of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate, Inc. The buyer was represented by Nathan Guggenheim of Washington Fine Properties.

1644 North Capitol St. NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on this report on Monday from the Bloomingdale blog:

“This evening, the Bloomingdale Civic Association voted to support the request by Lot 1644′s business owner, Teri Janine Quinn, for a liquor license.”

@Lot1644′s twitter page says:

“A wine & cheese bar opening in Bloomingdale – Washington, DC.”

Ed. Note: We first heard rumors of wine bar in the old borf building now popped up, back in 2011. Can’t believe it might actually happen soon!

Ed. Note 2: It’s humorous to note in the first rumored post we were still discussing the delayed opening at Engine Co. 12

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.


“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.


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!”

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.