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This house is located at 811 Madison Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Recently updated 4 BR, 4 bath rowhouse in Petworth. Hardwood floors & crown molding throughout the open floor plan. Sun-drenched sitting area off dining rm. Upgraded kitchen w/ granite counters & dark wood cabinets. UL w/ master suite w/ upgrade bath & walk-in closet, 2 additional bedrooms & 2 baths. LL kitchenette & large carpeted bedroom w/ bath & storage/laundry rm. Back patio w/ parking.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/4 bath is going for $534,900.

402 Rittenhouse Street Northwest

This house is located at 402 Rittenhouse Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Situated on 9,163 sq ft corner lot, owner tastefully renovated entire home to include gourmet kitchen, master suite w/ full bath & expansive basement. It’s south-facing, rear garden offers privacy for large scale entertaining. This lovely home is perfectly located minutes from Takoma Metro, Downtown Silver Spring and Downtown Washington. SOLD AS-IS.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/4 bath is going for $799,000.

2014 Kennedy Fest Street Scene

“EVENT: Second Annual Kennedy Street Festival
WHERE: Kennedy Street NW, between 3rd Street and Georgia Avenue
WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

DETAILS: The second annual Kennedy Street Festival returns this Saturday, June 20, along Kennedy Street NW from 3rd Street to Georgia Ave. This community-driven, crowd- funded event includes artist and artisan vendors, live music, activities for kids and adults, and information on what’s coming next to our long-overlooked corner of DC.

Highlights will include street performances by jazz, soul, classical, folk and root-rock musicians. You’ll be able to complete a neighborhood scavenger hunt or buy raffle tickets for a chance to win Washington Nationals tickets, donated by At-Large DC Council member Elissa Silverman. Look for specials and guests at local favorites Culture Coffee, Andrene’s Cafe, Tony’s Place and Taqueria D.F. Local arts vendors include our local master wood carver Boluwaji Omisore, our funky thrift purveyor Vintage Glam, new local screen-printers Aniton Ink, and many more. Food trucks including Street Cream, Timber Pizza, and Karat Cakery will be filling neighborhood niches.

This year we’re marking 100 years of Kennedy Street (more or less!), which was laid out across the farmland of what is now Manor Park, Brightwood Park, North Petworth, and 16th Street Heights between 1911 and 1918. Today, Kennedy is the commercial heart of these neighborhoods, with huge untapped potential to be a walkable, locally-serving main street. We’ll have several DC government agencies and neighborhood volunteers on hand to talk about what’s coming to Kennedy Street NW, including two streetscape improvement projects, a restaurant and apartment development, and more.”

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Progress photos via Swampoodle facebook

Ed. Note: When asked when they hope to open they responded on facebook: “-6 weeks to 2 months.”

A reader writes:

“Word on the street is that Swampoodle finally got their permits from DCRA yesterday after a lengthy and inexplicable delay. There were people working all day today with the windows open and the boards gone, and they have gorgeous new photos of the upstairs posted on their Facebook page. There’s also diagrams posted on the doors on the Colorado Ave side showing the sidewalk seating plans and it looks great, with an outdoor bar on the 14th Street side.”

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another reader writes:

“Was walking the dog this morning, finally saw some progress on Swampoodle. I took the picture of them installing windows. These other pictures are from their Facebook. It’s looking awesome!”

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the President of 10 Square Real Estate. 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: 1387 Sheridan St NW
Legal Subdivision: Brightwood
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brightwood
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Garage Ownership: Fee simple
Original List Price: $599,900.
List Price at Contract: $599,900.
List Date: 04/14/2015
Days on Market: 7
Settled Sales Price: $610,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 05/14/2015
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Brightwood is the neighborhood north of Petworth, above Missouri Ave NW. Although most of Brightwood is concentrated east of Georgia Ave NW, this particular property is located a few blocks north of where Missouri transitions into Military Rd NW, and is less than two blocks from Rock Creek Park. To the east, nearby retail includes the Piney Branch Safeway, and the Georgia Ave Walmart. Brightwood is actually pretty huge, with the eastern-most part of the neighborhood often referred to as Takoma DC.

The property was sold in December 2014 for $340,000. (list price was $350,000.) The 2014 listing suggests that this was a short sale. What that means is the seller at that time owed more on it than the current market value. Short sales can potentially be a way to get a decent deal, however, they require much patience and tolerance for ambiguity. The listing agent’s only comment in the description is “3RD PARTY APPROVAL STILL PENDING. NO MORE BACKUP OFFERS.” That pretty much sums up a short sale…lots of waiting for approval from the bank or banks who hold the mortgages.

Brightwood still feels like a bit of a well kept secret. In contrast to many of the neighborhoods that are covered in Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R), inventory is fairly abundant, with 19 currently active listings for fee simple houses , ranging in price from $399,000. to $995,000. In the past six months, settled sales of fee simple houses have ranged from $361,000. to $1,100,000.

The listing agent for this sale was Dina Paxenos with Evers and Company Real Estate, Inc. Pamela Wye with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer in this transaction.

From a press release:

“EVENT: 14th and Kennedy Street NW Farmers Market Soft Launch
WHEN: June 6 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m
WHERE: 5500 Colorado Ave. NW

A new Farmers Market is launching in D.C. at 14th and Kennedy Street NW. The soft launch of the market is Saturday, June 6 at 9 a.m. The market will run through Nov. 21 and currently features 7 vendors selling meat, fruit, vegetables, bread and coffee.

As the season progresses, the market hopes to foster a deeper connection with the community and bring new and varying types of vendors each week based on the expressed needs and desires of the local residents.

The market will also feature a rotating table hosting local community organizations, not-for-profit government organizations, and local community businesses to increase awareness of organizations and promote small business in the area.

The market will accept WIC and SNAP in late June and plans to have live music every Saturday.”

“Dear Popville,

While I fully acknowledge that even a strong police force can’t prevent all crime, I do expect the police to have at least some deterrent effect. Which is what makes Friday’s armed robbery directly in front of the 4D headquarters so disturbing. Two men, armed with at least one handgun, were able to rob someone in broad daylight and have not been caught as of the next morning. I live nearby, and can vouch that there are almost always cops sitting in a van in the station parking lot, looking out onto the street. For these criminals to feel no fear of being caught in the act of robbing someone at 4 in the afternoon tells me that there are potentially deep problems within the fourth police district.

When two cars were lit on fire and destroyed right behind this police station last month, I told myself that such a thing could happen only in the dead of night, that it was a one-off event, that I shouldn’t draw any harsh conclusions about the state of the police force. Now, I’m not so sure.

I’m also not sure where to go from here. Is this primarily a morale problem that could be at least partly solved by replacing the 4D commander? Or does this speak to larger, more fundamental issues within the police force that need to be addressed from the top down? As a concerned citizen, where should I focus my attention, and my rage?”

Ed. Note: I’ve found the 4D commander, Wilfredo Manlapaz, to be responsive and overall quite good. Having said that, I feel OP’s frustration.

6445 Luzon Avenue Northwest

This unit is located at 6445 Luzon Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great Location! Great Building! Spacious 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, well cared for Coop Building, Coop Fee covers everything except TV & Phone.Convenient to 16th Street and Ga Ave public transportation, and Downtown Silver Spring.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $205,000 ($826 monthly fee.)

423 Longfellow Street Northwest

This house is located at 423 Longfellow Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“FIRST OPEN SAT 1-4PM. Best value and lowest price for single-family in Petworth/Brightwood! Brick end-unit row house, borders North Petworth and Brightwood. 3BR 2BA, partially finished walkout basement. Front and rear fenced yard. Excellent bus routes to Ft. Totten or Georgia/Petworth subway. Close proximity to shopping, restaurants.”

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This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $369,900.

From MPD at 10:12pm:

“On May 5, 2015, at approximately 2212 hours, members of the Fourth District were patrolling in the 600 block of Kennedy Street, NW, when they heard 6-7

gunshots in the area of 8th and Kennedy Streets, N.W. Several calls from concerned citizens were also received via the 911 system for the sound of gunshots.

While canvassing for possible suspects, officers located an adult male victim in the rear of a residence in the 5500 block of 8th Street, NW (east alley).

The victim had been shot once in the back by an unknown suspect. The victim was transported to a local area hospital in serious condition.

Anyone with information about this offense is urged to call the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099. Thank you.”

and 11pm:

“UPDATE: STABBING@2303 hrs 800 blk First St.,NE. LOF W/M, 506/8, mid/late 30s thin bld blonde hair wear rd Coca Cola tee & khaki shorts//2173

The complainant was standing outside of the listed location when he was approached by a subject who asked for crack cocaine. The suspect immediately started stabbing the complainant with an unknown object. The suspect fled in an unk direction. The complainant was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries and is in stable condition.”

and around 1:30am:

“multiple gunshots heard at 11th and H NE just now. Have anything?”