Hurrah! The Meridian Hill Park fountains are filled again. Though the pressure seems lower again like it was last year:


Also the restoration of the 16th Street entrance/retaining wall has been completed:



But the Washington Meridian marker plaque is gone!! Let’s hope it doesn’t got the way of the Armillary Sphere.


Here’s what it used to look like:

Photo by flickr user David


L’Enfant planned Washington around a right triangle, having its 90° vertex at the Washington Monument, its eastern vertex at the Congress House, and its northern vertex at the President’s House, now called the White House. The west side of L’Enfant’s triangle forms a natural prime meridian passing through the President’s House. The following five features on this meridian are listed from south to north. In 1793, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson surveyed and marked with a wooden post the southwest vertex of L’Enfant’s triangle, establishing the second Washington meridian, the one through the President’s House. The wooden post was replaced by the Jefferson Pier in 1804, while Jefferson was President of the United States. After removal and replacement several times, it was permanently replaced in 1889 by a two foot (0.7 m) square, two foot tall granite pier, now 119 m WNW of the center of the Washington Monument. Its longitude is 77°2’11.56″W (NAD 83). In 1890, the Meridian Stone was placed at the center of the Ellipse on the same meridian. It is an 18 inch (45 cm) square granite post set flush with the ground. In 1923, the Zero Milestone was placed on the same meridian on the north side of the Ellipse, intended to represent the zero mileage point for all United States roads (but never was). It is a granite pillar about 18 inches (45 cm) square and about 3.5 feet (1 m) tall. The most prominent feature on this Washington meridian (besides the White House) is 16th Street, which extends due north from the White House. The last feature on this meridian no longer exists. It was a small freestone obelisk placed in 1804 on top of a hill 1.5 miles (2.5 km) north of the President’s House, hence the name Meridian Hill. It was at the northern end of 16th Street, north of Florida Avenue, before 16th Street was extended northward soon after 1900, covering it up. Now adjoining the east side of 16th Street where the obelisk once stood is Meridian Hill Park.”

1314 Girard Street Northwest

This house is located at 1314 Girard Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Fully Redone Super Stylish CH TH Boasts Soaring Ceilings, Inlaid HDWDS, Exposed Brick, Great Proportions, Open KIT, Powder RM, Decadent MBR w/Fabulous Bath Renovation, Stellar W/I Closet, Balcony off BR 2, Redone Hall BA, CAC, Celebration Ready Deck + Patio, Lovely Gardens, 2 CAR PARKING, LL In Law Suite w/sep Entry, Mins To METRO, Shops, Dining, Nightlife, U St, Logan.”


You can see more photos here.

The owner writes:

“PoP first had a story on 1314 Girard Street NW in 2008. The house garnered a fair amount of negative commentary, particularly about the master bath and general aesthetics. To be fair, the choice of colors in the house was a bit a garish and the absence of walls dividing the toilet from the master bedroom certainly merited criticism.

You ran another story about the house in 2010. As in 2008, the comments were not endearing. Undeterred, we bought the home in 2010 and proceeded to upgrade, renovate, and polish.

We just put the house on the market yesterday and the photos show what can be done with a little love and a lot of primer.”

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $859,900.

1029 Euclid Street Northwest

This house is located at 1029 Euclid Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautifully renovated Columbia Heights row home with exposed brick on all western facing walls. The luxurious renovation features a modern kitchen, open floor plan, custom master closet, skylights, and airy bedrooms. The property also includes an in-law suite with two separate private entrances. True city living being located in walking distance to shops, restaurants and a rumored Whole Foods”


You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $899,000.


Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the President of 10 Square Real Estate. 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: 1464 Harvard St NW #13
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1 Parking: Street Ownership: Condo Condo Fee: $287.00/month
Square Footage: 780
Original List Price: $519,900.
List Price at Contract: $519,900.
List Date: 02/23/2015
Days on Market: 14
Settled Sales Price: $512,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 04/28/2015
Settled Price per Square Foot: $657.
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

A couple of weeks ago, we revisited a one bedroom condo sale a few blocks east you can see here, which sold in a similar range of price per square foot. One bedroom condos in excellent condition in NW DC in the Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods are currently selling solidly in the $600’s per square foot. As condos get larger, the price per square foot decreases incrementally, such that current pricing for two bedroom condos in the same area generally falls into the $500’s per square foot.

As a listing agent, I am often asked why condos are often priced per square foot (with adjustments for parking, and other amenities or deficits), and houses in DC typically are not. The primary reason is that there are a higher number of variables to consider when pricing a fee simple house. Houses tend to be less consistent in terms of condition, style, use of space, outdoor space, number of levels, etc. Additionally, because square footage can be measured differently by different sources, houses are less likely to have a reliable available number to compare to other houses. Tax records typically identify livable above grade square footage, however, the finished space in a home may not always be accurately reflected, especially since finished basement areas can vary significantly in terms of comfort and function.

The listing agent for this sale was Aaron Jeweler with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. Jeff Sasche with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyer in this transaction.

From MPD:

“The Third District is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1300 block of Harvard St NW.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099.”

@alanhenney tweeted:

“U/D SHOOTING, 13th and Harvard Sts NW, DC. Victim is a 22yr-old man shot in chest in CARDIAC ARREST, probable fatal. No suspect info yet.”

@dcalerts tweeted:

“Shooting at 2345 hours in the 700 b/o 12th Street, SE. POSSIBLE lookout is for a B/M last seen wearing a red shirt under a black jacket”

a reader tweeted @PoPville:

“Ummmmmm….Did anyone else near Marine Barracks hear what sounded like gunshots??? @PoPville Sounded like about 10 to 14 shots.”

Update from the HillEast listserv:

“The shooting happened at 12th and K, around 11:30. There was a burst of small-caliber gunfire, followed by some larger-caliber (presumably) return fire. We looked out the window and saw one man running towards Hopkins and two others moving up 12th, towards I. This was the victim and another man. The victim was being dragged and looked very badly hurt. We called 911 and the police and ambulance were there in a few minutes. A small amount of blood and shell casings on the sidewalk are the only other things we saw. We were really hoping the victim was going to be OK (the police wouldn’t say), but it sounds like he was not.

The high number of shots was disconcerting – everyone on 12th St between I and K should check their cars and homes for stray holes. The police were fast, very professional, and very thorough from what I could tell. Mostly, we’re just pissed off that this happened at all in our neighborhood. I have yet to meet an unfriendly or aggressive person on our block, and we are outside everyday. This is such a stupid, pointless act, and so very sad.

We will be contacting the city about a brighter/better streetlight at the corner of 12th and K, and trimming back the large tree on the corner/putting in our own yard lights. All together, the lack of those things makes that corner very dark and, clearly, unsafe.

Thanks to the MPD to coming right away, though, and doing a good job in a very unpleasant situation. Our thoughts are with the family of the young man who was shot, and if anyone has more information I urge them to call MPD and report it.”


“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to write to you today about what I feel is an epidemic in that has hit Columbia Heights.

I live in the area slightly north of Meridian Hill Park and at least once or twice a week I see a smashed in window from yet another theft of items in someone’s car.

It has gotten to the point where when I walk my dog down 15th St or the 14th-15th St Blocks of Harvard, Euclid, or Girard on a Saturday or Sunday morning I am SURPRISED if there isn’t a smashed in window. It is just a constant stream of glass on the sidewalk and no doubt stolen property from yet another car.

What I ask is what are the police doing about this? I see numerous police officers writing up reports, but over the past 6-8 months there has been no letdown in the occurrences of this crime.

I am almost feel fortunate that I only use public transit/Uber and don’t have to park my car on the street each night. the rare occurrences I have a rental car I need to park overnight I have zero faith that anything is being done to prevent waking up to a smashed window and I almost feel it is a coin flip that I will walk up to one.

I can’t be the only one in this area that notices this on a very frequent basis. I am also taking about a very small coverage area strictly within Columbia Heights, I am sure this is a problem elsewhere as well.

Hopefully this can lead to something being done about this so the Columbia Heights community doesn’t need to cross their fingers every time they park their car on the street that they will have to file an insurance claim in the morning.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I just had a rather unbelievable experience while I was out running errands in Columbia Heights. I live in a building immediately above the CH metro and am quite used to the large groups of people that gather on this corner. Today, however, as I was walking home from Giant and waiting in front of the CVS to cross 14th, a drunk man walked up next to me carrying a 40 and began screaming “F this, F that”. This is a pretty typical experience so I just stood there silently waiting for the light to change. He then got even closer to me (about 2-3 feet away) and started screaming that he was going to stab me with his knife.

I did a quick survey and saw 4 police officers on bicycles standing in front of Panera. Thank goodness! I thought. I booked it across the street to give them a heads up that this man was threatening to stab me. I was waving my arms and yelling “Excuse me officers!” All four officers looked at me and then got onto their bicycles and rode off.

I have absolutely no idea whether to report this incident or not. And I also have no idea who I would even report it to. I don’t think it is too much to ask for a group of officers to acknowledge you when you are running towards them and screaming to get their attention.

If nothing else, let this be a warning that there is a man hanging out by the metro in a baggy red t-shirt threatening to stab people.”