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14th and Otis Pl, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I noticed this sign on the intersection of 14th st & Otis pl nw, and was wondering if there are any other details. This space is sharing the block with the Ethiopian market Black Lion, and seems to have been part of it in the past (based on signs outside). Looking forward to a nice coffee shop to this block!”

Back in July of 2013 we heard that an Ethiopian Coffee Bar was coming to this space. Very happy to see it’s finally happening!

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Hipchickindc (aka Suzanne Des Marais) is an associate broker 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 Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI). Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1421 Columbia Rd NW #B2
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1 Parking: “Other” (yes, it says this in the listing) Ownership: Condo
Monthly Condo Fee: 123.00 Square Footage per Listing: 430
Original List Price: $299,000.
List Price at Contract: $245,000.
List Date: 09/10/2015
Days on Market: 243
Settled Sales Price: $220,299.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settled Price per Square Foot: $512.
Settlement Date: 06/29/2016
Transaction type: REO/Bank Owned

Note that this is not the subject property, but another unit in the building was a GDoN post in November 2015: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

This recent sale did not start out as a GDoN (Good Deal or Not) post, however, I stumbled upon it while following up on another unit that was a GDoN in the same building. It seemed like an opportunity to write about a rare bird in DC…the foreclosure sale.

It’s still a heavily weighted Seller’s market out there with less than two months worth of active listing inventory at any given time (a balanced market is considered six months worth of inventory, which refers to the amount of time it would take at the current pace of the market to absorb existing inventory). That said, “Good Deals” are all relative to the conditions of the market. As agents, we still get inquiries from buyers looking for deals and the question, “what about foreclosures?” (more…)

This house is located at 3211 Sherman Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great location! Over 1800 finished SF. Completely renovated SFH (Tax record is not updated yet). This SFH features over 400 sqft of roof top deck. 3BR, 3.5BA. Master BR and BA are on the 3rd floor of the house! New kitchen with marble Counter tops, SS Appliances, Hardwood Floors. Private parking and private back yard!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $888,888.

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3100 14th St NW entrance on Park Rd, NW

I’ve been getting a number of emails and tweets asking about LeTena, the “fast casual Ethiopian restaurant” coming to the former Senor Chicken space in Columbia Heights. Happy to share that work on the buildout has finally started so standby for an opening date as they make progress:

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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: 3628 New Hampshire Ave NW

Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Carport Ownership: Fee Simple
Lot Square Footage per Tax Record: 1955
Original List Price: $679,000.
List Price at Contract: $679,000.
List Date: 05/23/2016
Days on Market: 8
Settled Sales Price: $715,000.
Seller Subsidy: $5000.
Settlement Date: 07/06/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The listing can be seen here: here.

The multiple listing system in the Washington, DC Metro region first went online as a dial up (not internet based until a few years later) in the mid 1990’s. Prior to listings being available on this closed computer system to agents only, listings were printed out for each real estate office in an MLS book. Every once in a while, while poking through listing history for a Good Deal or Not Revisited post, there is a house that has a few old listings which give us a bit of a time capsule view into the District’s real estate market.

This is a 104 year old house, so consider that this is just a small fraction of her story, over the last twenty one years:

Listed in September 1995 for $180,000. Sold for $180,000. Total taxes: $700. 3 days on the market (unusually quick for back then).

3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. No pictures and no remarks. At that time, the agent would put the listing info into the system and several days later, the multiple listing system would send out a photographer to take a pic of the front of the property. No interior pics were included until many years later. Buyers were 100% reliant upon agents to pick out listings to show them since there was no consumer facing access to listings.

Listed in July 1996 for $108,000. It settled in October 1996 for $104,000. with a $2500. seller subsidy. 63 days on market. Still 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Here are the remarks: (more…)

3648 11th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 3648 11th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“GREAT ROOMMATE OPPORTUNITY TO LEASE this LARGE 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath 3 level row house with original molding, Sep. LR & DR, Covered back porch/sun room, 2 closets in Master bedroom, Lots of light, Ceiling fans, Fully Renovated Basement with Central Heat/A/C, Carpet, Large Foyer, Hardwood floors, Close to Metro, Located in Columbia Heights. Security Lights in Back. Refrigerator will be replaced.”

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This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $3,650/Mo.

1205 Lamont Street Northwest

This house is located at 1205 Lamont Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Gorgeous 2010 Victorian Reno in heart of Columbia Heights. Elegant mix of orig hdwd floors & millwork w/ modern finishes. CAC, chef’s kitchen and plenty of entertaining space. Master bedroom suite w/ upper lvl laundry, separate in-law suite w/ its own kitchen and bath. Gated two car parking. Steps to 11th Street dining. Walk Score 98! **Check out 3D Tour, Click on Virtual Tour**Open Sat/Sun 1-3*”

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You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,275,000.

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J-La asks:

“@PoPville any word on the apparent murder at view14 building?” [2303 14th Street, NW]

Another reader reported last night:

“At about 3:30 this afternoon [Monday], there was some type of altercation on the 6th floor of View 14 Apartments, resulting in blood puddles and spatters up and down the hallway, a cordoned off elevator full of blood with police tape, and police that have been camped outside of an apartment since then.

The building sent a vague email that has only caused increased fear and alarm for all residents, but there are rumors swirling amongst residents that a fellow resident was stabbed and there is a potential body in an apartment as the apartment is processed for evidence and a search warrant is executed.

It’s terrible — and scary — that as a resident on the floor where the incident happened, I cannot get information from the building or the police to know what happened and if my family is in danger. If there’s any chance that you have better luck in getting to the bottom of this, I believe that my family and fellow View 14 community members would feel a bit safer.”

Update from MPD:

“MPD units responded to the location yesterday after being requested by members of DCFEMS. Upon arrival on the scene, an individual was located who had minor lacerations to his legs and feet. The concern from the DCFEMS staff was that the amount of blood in the hallway and residence did not appear to be consistent with the minor injuries on the subject. Unfortunately, the injured individual does not know how he sustained the injuries or how the blood came to be in the building. Our officers and detectives secured the location as a possible crime scene and obtained a search warrant to search the premises for any assault victims and/or evidence. No other individuals were located and we are continuing to investigate. At no time did we receive any calls from tenants in the building regarding any assault or other matter taking place there and in interviews with residents last night, nobody reported seeing or hearing any altercation.

At this time, we have not located any victims of an assault and we are continuing to ongoing investigate which is why it is not currently a crime on the 3D crime list today.

If anyone is aware of the circumstances that led to the blood in the hallway, please have them contact me at [email protected] . Thanks.”