06/09/14 10:50am

12th and Evarts St, NE

Today’s big Brookland news remains the long delayed opening of Brookland’s Finest today (have a look inside and at their menus here) but here’s a close runner up according to a reader:

“Was at Menomale [2711 12th Street, NE] last night and got to talking with several of the folks working there. Apparently the owners of Menomale are going to be opening a pasta location down on the block (12th and Evarts). Similar to how Menomale focuses mainly on pizza, this new location will focus mainly on pasta. Said they should be opening by September December. Spoke with 3 employees independent and they all confirmed the new location!”

06/05/14 11:15am

12th and Jackson Street, NE

Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets about Brookland’s Finest. After a long, long road – we’ve got an official opening date (though I wouldn’t be surprised if they were open during this Sunday’s Brookland house tour either…) – Monday, June 9th:

Attendees of the PoPville birdwatching tour last month will note the Wood Thrush (DC’s bird) in their logo (I failed and originally thought it was a raven)

I stopped by yesterday for a look and was not disappointed to say the least. Even more impressive than the space, which really turned nice, was the food. I was able to sample some of the fare and sorry to curse, but holy shit, it was amazing. I thought the food was going to be very low key, and there are some chill but delicious items like pretzel bites and mac and cheese, but man oh man they have a steak that was as tasty as any steak I’ve had in a steakhouse. They had pork chops, turkey pesto sandwiches, and a slew of desserts that are going to have this place packed. Check out their complete menus:

BF Main Menu (PDF)



And a quick side note here given all the history and drama in the space. In the couple hours I was in the new spot, no fewer than 15-20 people stopped by to see if they were open. And the people could barely contain their enthusiasm they were so excited about a real opening date. And even better than that given the crazy drama was who the people were – black, white, couples, families with kids, older, younger, in cars, on bikes, walking – in short the neighborhood. People say all the time that they are hoping to open a neighborhood spot. Well for those who are looking for a geniune neighborhood spot – you need look no further.


Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

06/04/14 4:25pm

Last week we learned about this year’s Great Streets Grants winners and one of the winners listed was:

“Mess Hall, a food business incubator located at 703 Edgewood Street, NE”

Their website says:

“Mess Hall is a unique culinary incubator concept opening in Washington DC. As you can see, we’re making big changes.

An old warehouse in Brookland will be the site of beautiful new kitchens, offices and storage space… all to be shared by food entrepreneurs who will come together to cook, share and collaborate under one roof. Our members will be privy to unparalleled resources and institutional knowledge to help launch and accelerate their growing local businesses.

To follow the adventure, check us out on Facebook & Twitter @MessHallDC

Charter Membership applications will be available soon. To learn more, email us at community@MessHallDC.com and be sure to include your contact info.”

And their facebook page says: “Opening late Summer / early Fall 2014.”


05/30/14 10:55am


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 popville.com 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: 1404 Otis St NE
Legal Subdivision: Brookland
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brookland
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 3.5 Basement: Fully Finished Parking: Garage/Detached Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $599,999.
List Price at Contract: $579,900.
List Date: 12/28/2013
Days on Market: 206
Settled Sales Price: $575,000.
Seller Subsidy: $9000.
Settlement Date: 5/21/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Located not far from quaint downtown Brookland and across the street from Federally protected greenspace, this home was originally listed in September for $659,900., For whatever reason, it took several price reductions to get it in the right range to attract a purchaser.

The Brookland neighborhood in Northeast DC has benefited from development at and around Monroe Market. It tends to attract buyers seeking larger yards and more living space than the same amount of money can buy in more urban neighborhoods. Developers have been renovating throughout the neighborhood to serve this market.

Median prices for detached homes in Brookland have peaked a couple of times above $800,000. (in summer 2011 and again in summer 2013). Currently, there are five active listings for detached homes in the neighborhood, spanning in price from under $500,000. to over $900,000. There were 20 settled sales of detached homes in Brookland since the beginning of 2014 with prices starting at $195,000 (not typical) to $830,000. Most of the recent sales fall between $500,000-$600,000. As with other parts of the city, the variation in pricing is due to location, size, condition, amenities, etc.

The listing agent was Jacques Edelin of Urban Land Company. The buyer was represented by William Hines of Keller Williams Capital Properties, which is the same brokerage company that the writer is affiliated with.

05/22/14 4:10pm


Well this is a cool one at 1314 Kearney St, NE sent in by a reader. The realtor’s website says:

“This house was built around 1910 by Ludwig Luebkert, a house builder from southern Germany who lived across the street. He built the house for his sister, and though it is an example of the simpler Edwardian style, he recycled a few architectural elements from the earlier Victorian era: the front porch balustrade, the wainscoting and stairway in the foyer, and the fireplace mantle in the dining room, were all reused from older houses. The stained glass window on the stairs and turned wood above the transoms in the front room are examples of Edwardian features.

During 1978, just after the sellers moved into the house as the third owners, the original woodwork was refinished by removing paint and dark varnish. New woodwork in the kitchen, dining room, and family room was custom milled to match the old woodwork in the front rooms. At the same time, the large family room at the back, which was built in the 1950s by the prior owners, as well as the 1950s vintage kitchen, were completely redesigned. The feel of the house was opened up by enlarging the door from the dining room to the family room, by adding an opening between the kitchen and the family room, and by adding a sliding glass back door that provides a view of the yard. Though they replaced the old louvered windows and knotty pine paneling in the family room, they kept the 1950s pink and black tile in the downstairs bathroom. During 2008, the screened porch was built to replace the deck that we built in the late 1970s, and the upstairs bathroom was completely redesigned. Both of these improvements used environmentally friendly materials and have many hand-crafted details.”

You can see a virtual tour here. This 4 bed/2 bath is listed at $849,000.

Check out some drone video below:

05/22/14 11:25am

Photos courtesy of Bartered Threads

Bartered Threads’ facebook page says:

“Bartered Threads is Open for Business!

3924 12th Street, NE

At Bartered Threads, we have selectively chosen new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and kids, offered to you at a fraction of their original retail prices.”

Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

05/20/14 11:25am

A couple weeks ago a reader sent in some old marketing materials for a planned Ledo Pizza at 12th and Otis St, NE in Brookland. Turned out that deal had fallen through but on the Brookland listserv this morning:

“Dear Neighbors: Yesterday I was told to check out the sign at 12th and Otis at the old auto repair site. So I did and I see a “Coming Soon” sign proclaims a Seven Eleven franchise is slated for that location.”

Suffice it to say an intense debate followed on the merits of a 7-Eleven for that location.

05/16/14 3:00pm

1405 Otis Street Northeast

This rental is located at 1405 Otis Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Lovely ready to move in Victorian detached home with 3 BR/2.5 BA in desirable Brookland. Hardwood floors, fireplace. Deck with nice yard. Garage and driveway. Short distance to metro station. Section 8 vouchers welcome to apply. 40 app fee/adult. Pets case by case. $20/pet/month. First month’s rent due at application in certified funds.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $2,850/Mo.

05/15/14 11:25am

3514 12th Street, NE

Thanks to a reader for sending a first look inside Smith Public Trust in the former Library Bar and Grill space. He writes:

“Saw that Smith Public Trust had its front door open and lights on. Pretty sweet mural in the back of the capitol, nice custom bar, small stage..overall looking great! Spoke with the contractors there and they said the bar should be opening within 3 weeks (take that for what its worth).”




05/09/14 12:55pm


This house is located at 1223 Irving St, NE. The listing says:

“Kilmurry Properties LLC presents the Premiere home in the hottest DC Neighborhood. Not for the faint of heart or the “lookies”. Serious location, serious Lot, spectacular Home. Nothing like it for the money. Call Mary for private tour or EZ of questions. This is truely “One of a Kind” Hurry. “Pool sized” yard with plenty of entertaining space.”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,089,000.