“Dear PoPville,

Last November, I saw a posting on your blog for new townhome style condos in Brookland being developed by Lock7. Shortly after, I took a trip to the Brooks Row construction site and visited Urban Pace’s sales office. By the end of the month, I had a ratified contract. One of the conditions was for my then-current condo to be under contract to be sold by Feb. 15th (this was later pushed back to March 30th).

At the time, I was told construction would be completed “late March/early April,” which was consistent with your blog post: “…scheduled to deliver early next spring.” The major snow storms we had pushed completion until “mid-May.” On April 17th, they hosted an open house for only one of the 22 units. That day, purchasers were still being told the project would be completed by “mid-May,” despite the fact that even the home that was “finished” was in reality very far off from being done. Two days later, my realtor told me he heard form Urban Pace and construction was then pushed back to “early June.”

On May 20, after weeks of privately expressing concerns about the construction progress with my realtor, I finally emailed Urban Pace looking for answers as to why every time I went to the site it appeared as though nothing was being accomplished. In that email, I explained to Urban Pace that I had to be out of my condo (it was under contract) by June 30. They then blamed the record amounts of rain we received as an excuse. Early that month, my realtor and I toured my unit. At that time the target for completion was “end of July/early August.”

On July 1, I moved into a temporary apartment with my dog (Lock7 is subsidizing less than a quarter of the rent costs). That weekend, frustrated with the move and the living situation, I sent another email to Urban Pace. On July 5, the response was, “With regards to construction Lock 7 told me today it would be complete end of the month, potentially early August. We need C of O after that, so settlements hopefully should take place in August once we have the final permits.” (more…)

3419 20th Street Northeast

This house is located at 3419 20th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Wonderfully maintained classic Traditional Home with large front porch. This home has many of its original woodwork throughout as well as superbly maintained Wood Floors throughout. The closed in porch makes for the perfect sunroom or office and the large family room addition is something you will not find in other homes of this era. Off street parking in rear. This is simply a must see home.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $550,000.

1304 Franklin Street Northeast

This house is located at 1304 Franklin Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“SUNDAY 8-14 1-4 OPEN HOUSE A wonderfully gracious home with a luxury feel. Brookland is where it’s at these days. Make this your own spacious oasis with a nicely landscaped yard and just minutes to downtown. Need a garage? There’s a sizable detached 2 car garage. A lot of attention to detail and quality finishes throughout help to make this a stellar place to call home.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,025,000.

via google maps

From the Brookland Listserv around 5:45pm:

“I think I just heard at least 10 gunshots coming from the Franklin St and/or RIA Ave area. Its sounded very close. I don’t think it was fireworks. Very scary. Anyone else hear it?”

One resident responded confirming they also heard it and an additional resident wrote:

My daughter and I had just rounded the corner of Franklin and 13th after going to the farmers market. We stopped on our porch because she had fallen asleep and minutes later we heard the shots on that corner–so close they had woken her up and she was crying. I grabbed her, abandoning our stroller and things, and went inside. I love our neighborhood but I have a hard time with the thought that she could have been killed by stray bullets on a nice afternoon walk.


This unit is located at 3300 9th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“1600 sq ft of unprecedented new construction in the most perfect Brookland location. 2 BLOCKS FROM BROOKLAND METRO, only 2-3 blocks from literally everything in Brookland–Monroe, 12th Street, Right Proper, Brookland’s Finest, Pint, Filter, MBT Trail. 3 huge bedrooms–master has double vanities, walk in closest. That wrap around couch & huge dining table you’ve been wanting won’t even fill it!”

3300 9th Street Northeast

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $589,900 ($162 monthly fee.)

via google maps

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred in the 1300 block of Michigan Avenue, Northeast on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

At approximately 5:15 am, members of the Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene of a traffic accident involving a 2008 GMC Yukon Denali. A Mount Rainer law enforcement member was attempting to stop the vehicle close to the DC/Maryland border when it fled into the District of Columbia. The decedent operating the SUV travelled at a high rate of speed onto Eastern Avenue, NE and eventually onto Michigan Avenue, NE. The SUV crossed the intersection of 14th Street, NE when it swerved to the right side of the road, mounted the curb, and struck a tree. (more…)

12th and Jackson Street, NE

From an email:

“For the summer months, Brookland’s Finest will feature a family-style fish and chicken fry dinner on Sunday evenings. Chef Shannan Troncoso has partnered with the District Fishwife’s Fiona Lewis to feature a local, sustainable fish, which will be served alongside her popular fried chicken Sunday dinners. The special is available every Sunday during dinner service and includes Adobo marinated fried chicken, beer battered fish, Fresno chili crab dipping sauce for the chicken, house-made tartar sauce for the fish and two seasonal sides, all at market pricing. Recent fish varieties featured have included invasive species like snakehead and blue catfish.

In addition, general manager Craig Allen and his bar team have rolled out a new seasonal cocktail menu, featuring spirits exclusively from local and regional producers including: (more…)

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Hipchickindc (aka Suzanne Des Marais) is an associate broker with Bediz Group, LLC at Keller Williams Capital Properties . 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 and/or Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI). Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1005 Taylor St NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1 Parking: Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Lot Square Footage per Tax Record: 5265
Original List Price: $599,000.
List Price at Contract: $599,000.
List Date: 05/24/2016
Days on Market: 8
Settled Sales Price: $644,700.
Seller Subsidy: $0
Settlement Date: 07/05/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

Living Room -

This home is a great example of a restored bungalow, with what appears to be the original layout and finishes preserved. There is a lot of unpainted wood trim and gorgeous floors. The down sides of these homes for modern users tend to be the small room sizes and single bathroom (hence why so many homes do not retain their original features to sell in the current market). In this case, the basement remains unfinished (although the attic offers additional living space.) (more…)