“Dear PoPville,

There has been a lot of talk about signs this week, so I thought I would flag what I believe to be an unfortunate set of signs that have been appearing around the Eastern Market construction. Photo above. Some neighbors have taken it upon themselves to create metal no parking signs in an attempt to scare workers from using street parking. Segments of my note to Charles Allen are below, including more detail. To Councilmember Allen’s credit, he reached out and asked that I connect with him on this, and I’m hopeful he will agree that this type of coordinated messaging has no place on our public streets and needs to stop.

The irony is that many of these signs are being strapped to street sign posts within line of sight of MLK quote signs that have been appearing in front yards throughout the neighborhood this week.

And an update since last week: while I appreciated Councilmember Allen’s initial response (publicly on twitter, of course) my attempts to connect with him privately have been met with radio silence.”

Dear Councilmember Allen: (more…)


This house is located at 226 12th St, SE. The MRIS listing says:

“Commanding corner Victorian superbly located just 2 blocks to Lincoln Park, 4 to Eastern Market offers a 2,676 ft2 on 3 levels. Steeped in natural light from 3 exposures, features expansive &gracious living spaces, original historic features, updated baths/kitchen, radiant heat/central AC, & offers room to expand in the full basement. Enviable in size and stature, a home to cherish. Open Sun1/15”


You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $1,055,000.

637 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

From a press release:

“Off Road DC, a premiere Washington, D.C. fitness studio, will open its second location at 637 Pennsylvania Ave SE on January 17.

The locally owned business will host a soft opening over Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend, with a limited schedule starting that Saturday, January 14 and continuing through Monday the 16th.

“We’re so excited to open on Capitol Hill,” said Tammar Berger, co-owner. “It’s a perfect neighborhood for Off Road, and we look forward to meeting the community and adding our fitness expertise to the mix.”

Clients can expect Off Road’s three popular BIKE, BOX and BUILD programs in a 2000+ square foot space. The second location will feature two dedicated studios in the heart of Capitol Hill. (more…)

Courtesy @caphillcreates

I love this idea.

From an email:

“I am launching a community art project/experiment with three sketchbooks and the Little Free Libraries system. The goal is to encourage people who live on Capitol Hill to find a book in a Little Library, make some art, return the book to another library.

I’m hoping that when people find the book and return the book, they will announce its location via twitter (@caphillcreates) or Instagram and once the book is filled, they will let me know if it’s final location.

Once all three books are filled, I will find a location to mount a show of pieces from the books.

Right now book #1 is at 803 East Capitol St SE. Book #2 is at 1229 Massachusetts Ave SE and book #3 is at 909 F St NE.


This rental is located at 515 Seward Square SE. The Craigslist ad says:

“One year lease. Elegant, PARTIALLY FURNISHED 3BR/1BA apartment located five blocks from the US Capitol, one block from Metro and Eastern Market. Includes gleaming hardwood floors, decorative fireplace and mantle, separate living and dining rooms, galley kitchen with 2 built-in wooden hutches and an on-site resident manager. Filled with historic details.”


This 3 bed/1 bath is going for $2541/Month.


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: 146 Duddington Pl SE
Legal Subdivision: Capitol Hill
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Capitol Hill
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 Parking: Street Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $799,000. List Price at Contract: $799,000.
List Date: 12/01/2016 Days on Market: 5
Settled Sales Price: $883,550.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 12/30/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen
: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

For those who like Before and Afters, you can see the true vintage Harvest Gold appliances on the 2011 listing. As of the recent listing, the actual vintage appliances were supplanted with vintage-style Northstar kitchen appliances. (more…)

660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

From a press release:

“ABOUT JOSELITO CASA DE COMIDAS: Joselito Casa de Comidas, located at 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, was created by Javier Candon to bring a piece of Spain to the Eastern Market neighborhood of Capitol Hill. It is an intimate 70 seat eatery reminiscent of the timeless establishments found throughout Spain at the turn of the century.

The restaurant will hold a “soft opening” from Monday, January 9 to Sunday, January 15. During these days, we will offer guests a 20 percent discount on our food. From Monday, January 9 to Wednesday, January 11, we will be open only for dinner from 5:30- 10 p.m. Beginning Thursday, January 12, we will be open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

OUR INSPIRATION: The restaurant is an homage to Javier’s late father, José, who enjoyed long, leisurely family meals at restaurants that had an “old school” feel and a warm, casual, and inviting ambiance. “Joselito” was José’s childhood nickname, as well as the name of one of his favorite bullfighters (Joselito el Gallo) and a popular child actor in the 50s in Spain (José Jiménez Fernández).

OUR CUISINE: Our menu features traditional family recipes from Spain, but prepared with the modern techniques of today. Most of the dishes on the menu are offered in three sizes—tapa (equivalent to an appetizer size), media ración (entree) and ración (family style portion)—so that guests can craft their own culinary journey.

HEMINGWAY HOUR: We offer our “Hemingway Hour” daily from 4-7 in the evening. Guests can enjoy everything on the menu with a 20 percent discount. (more…)


This house is located at 1008 South Carolina Ave, SE. The Redfin listing says:

“Elegant 3-level Capitol Hill townhome, including English basement for INCOME PROPERTY. Upper 2 levels include grand living room, tastefully upgraded kitchen & dining, sophisticated millwork, high-end finishes, oversized master bedroom, cozy second bedroom & luxurious top-level bath. Wonderful outdoor space, including third-level balcony, patio & backyard. Rental basement unit tenant-occupied.”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $1,250,000.