3126 12th Street, NE at Jackson St.

From an email:

“For the month of December, Brookland’s Finest Chef Shannan Troncoso will put a spin on the restaurant’s weekly distiller dinner series. The kitchen will pay homage to the restaurant’s diverse staff and their backgrounds with a rotating menu of how holiday meals are celebrated in their specific countries, as well as here in the U.S. In collaboration with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, each week will celebrate the flavors of a different country with a three-course dinner with cocktail pairings. The first dinner on December 6 will honor the flavors and ingredients of El Salvador with items like Pupusas, Smoked Pork Tamales and Arroz con Leche. The following week’s dinners will highlight flavors of Italy (12/13), New Orleans (12/20) and Mexico (12/27), respectively – all representative of the multi-cultural staff at Brookland’s Finest. Each of the three-course dinners with cocktail pairings is priced at $35 per person, and full menu details can be found below.

Additionally, on New Year’s Eve, Brookland’s Finest will offer a special three-course dinner-for-two menu to ring in the new year. The menu, created by Chef Shannan Troncoso, begins with Shrimp Cocktail with Gulf Shrimp, spicy cocktail sauce and Old Bay vinaigrette; followed by a second course of Surf and Turf featuring Rib Eye with whole Wild Maine Lobster, grilled rapini, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and béarnaise sauce; and finished with slices of Lady Baltimore cake and Red Velvet cake, along with a champagne toast. The special menu is available for $50 on New Year’s Eve only from 5:00 p.m. to close.”

Holiday Distiller Dinner Series Menus: (more…)

3000-3002 12th Street, NE

Well this is gonna be a helluva transformation – the liquor license placard for Primrose says:

“A neighborhood bar serving French cuisine with a strong wine focus. Seating capacity of 66 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 97. Summer Garden with 26 seats. No entertainment, performances or dancing.”

Updates as they get closer to opening.

Previously the Silvestre Cafe and note the Bail Bonds upstairs:

12th and Hamlin St, NE back in 2010 or so


What can I say, I’m a sucker for Bungalows…

This house is located at 904 Hamlin Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Great opportunity in super hot Brookland. Near shops & restaurants, this freestanding home has convenient access to Catholic University, Inspired Teaching School & metro. Roses & a gracious porch welcome you to sunny home. Cozy fireplace warms LR & sunlight fills master BR. Deep backyard has room for vegetable garden, a swingset & parking. Partially finished LL w/half bath & separate entrance.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $549,555.

3301 12th Street, NE via Indigo DC’s facebook

Well this is great Brookland news – thanks to a reader for passing on the Facebook announcement from Indigo:

“Friends , me and Nidhi are very excited to share our big day with you all. But before that we want to remind you again that we owe all this to you and a lot to mom’s blessings and family support . My little Grace is our inspiration .

Indigo is very proud yet excited and humbled at the same time to announce our new location coming up in early 2017. We have chosen Brookland to be our second home !

And we are excited to have our family join us into making this vision come true . Meet Renuka and Manish .

We are taking this step keeping all your love and blessings by our side .”

Indigo’s first location is at 3rd and K St, NE in NoMa.


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 Smartcharts by Showingtime). Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 2422 2nd St, NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2 Parking: Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $489,950.
List Price at Contract: $489,950
List Date: 09/28/2016
Days on Market: 2
Settled Sales Price: $515,000. (Net $499,550.)
Seller Subsidy: $15,450.
Settlement Date: 11/01/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

In reviewing the market history for the subject property, I happened to notice that the first transfer on record in the multiple listing service (which only started in its current form in the mid-1990’s) was on the 17th of September 2001…less than a week post-9/11. At the time, it settled for $53,000., which was $6000. over the asking price.

Agents working in DC post 9/11 will recall a huge sense of uncertainty that pervaded the market. Eventually, following 9/11, the DC real estate market returned to normal and continued to thrive as the District welcomed new residents. Many areas of the city experienced revitalization that began in the early 2000s.

From a market perspective, agents rely on what we hear from our peers about open house attendance, number of (or lack of) multiple offers, days on market, price reductions, etc. Statistical data, however, will always lag behind what we experience anecdotally. For example, we will never know the actual peak or valley of a market until after it has happened. (more…)


This house is located at 1204 Franklin Street, Northeast. The listing:

“Brookland Beauty! – four levels including a finished attic with full bath. Beautiful Brazilian cherry hardwood floors greet you at the door. The kitchen with granite counters and SS appliances, The1st floor is complete with a 1/2 bath. A large finished basement and a fenced-in backyard complete the house. Blocks to restaurants, shops & metro! Video on You Tube Open House Sunday 1-4”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is listed at $669,000.


From The Bike Rack:

“Brookland neighbors, don’t be down about the #SafeTrack metro closure. Celebrate by biking to work!

We’ll be handing out FREE Filter coffee to bike commuters on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Stop by our table on the Met Branch Trail outside our Brookland location from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Bring your own travel mug or grab one of our cups. Look for our signs, stop by and have a cup of joe on us!”

12th and Jackson Street, NE

From an email:

“Brookland’s Finest is hosting a Halloween pumpkin painting contest on Sunday, October 30 on the restaurant patio. The contest will be split into three age groups: 5 years of age and below, 6-10 years old, and 10 years and above. All supplies, including the pumpkins, paint and paint brushes will be provided. At the end of the contest, judges from Brookland’s Finest will select a winning pumpkin from each age bracket, and prizes include items like a free meal and dessert, a coloring book and a Brookland’s Finest t-shirt. Throughout the contest, which will last from 3:30-5:30 p.m., happy hour ($4 Rail Drinks, $5 select drafts, $6 house red or white) will be provided for the parents and adults.


“Expect large crowds, fewer trains and major delays along the entire Red Line.”

And may God have mercy on our souls.

Although GoDCGo offers (among other alternatives) something that just might be good for our souls:

“You can walk anywhere, but you can also take this opportunity to use the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Take it during the day for a direct route, about 3.7 miles, 82 minutes walking. This trail is accessible via the NoMa, Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland, Union and Takoma Metro stations. The best route on the northern side is on the Metropolitan Branch Trail toward MBT Stairs, see instructions here. The best route on the southern side is on Galloway St NE see instructions here.”