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Thanks to all who tweeted/emailed their concern.

From MPD:

“On Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at approximately 6:05 pm Fifth District Officers responded to the 1800 block of Irving Street NE in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived on the scene and located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to the body. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Any persons with information regarding this crime may contact the Fifth District Detectives’ Office at 202-698-0260, or the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099. Reference CCN# 16-218-861.”


A reader reports:

“Someone tried to kick in my door last night in Brookland. Luckily it’s pretty sturdy and the attempt was unsuccessful. ‘Tis the season…no harm done, just a little pissed and disgusted. Remind readers to be aware of their Xmas tree lighting, they can be seen as targets especially if its in close proximity of the front door. I typically shut mine off at night and close the blinds but last night I did not.”

Crazy. We’ve seen a lot of package thefts caught on film but this is a first.


“Dear PoPville,

There has been a homeless man living in a bus stop near our house (in Brookland). He’s been there for quite some time (weeks if not a month or more). With the weather turning really cold this week, I went to Walmart and bought him some warm clothes, gloves and a few other things. I gave them to him two nights ago (in a small rolling backpack/suitcase so he could travel with it). He was there this morning when I passed the stop, but this afternoon, he was gone, along with all of his stuff (blankets, etc). The area had been completely cleared out. Does anyone know if the city or WMATA goes around and clears out these areas? I’m afraid that he left for the day and someone came through and took/threw away all of his stuff. Seems unlikely that he packed up all of his things (after weeks) and moved somewhere else.”


Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) is a weekly post that reviews the settled sales data of a recent individual real estate transaction in the District of Columbia. Each post is a snapshot of the real estate market at a particular moment in time. GDoN-R generally posts on Friday in the late morning.

GDoN-R has been written exclusively for Popville since 2009 by Suzanne Des Marais. Suzanne is a practicing Realtor with the 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: 1216 Michigan Ave NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 1 Basement: Full Unfinished Parking: Driveway Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $659,000. List Price at Contract: $659,000.
List Date: 10/18/2016 Days on Market: 12
Settled Sales Price: $655,000. (Net $645,000.)
Seller Subsidy: $10,000.
Settlement Date: 12/01/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

This house raises an interesting question, which was noted in the comments on the original GDoN post. How much does being on a busy street make a difference to market value?

Although the subject property sold nearly 3% below list price, it did move relatively quickly at less than two weeks on market. Average time on the market for the eleven bungalows sold in Brookland (including the subject) in 2016 is 27 days. (more…)

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.