This house is located at 4132 Arkansas Ave, NW:


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The listing says:

“3 above grade lvs: True chef’s kit, vast airy open space, walls of windows, rare mudroom/laundry w/ BA & exit to OSP for 2. 2 authentic mid-century style FPs, mstr suite, 2 significantly sized additional bedrooms, bright spa-like BAs. 1st lvl vaunts expansive rec room w/ high ceilings, full BA, original rounded walls. Showpiece house perched at the cusp of Rock Crk Prk. Impossible find, found!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $749,000.

07/05/12 1:00pm

This house is located at 4834 16th Street, NW:


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The listing says:

“TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST – more than 4100 finished SF of pure gorgeous – a blend of the best traditional & contemporary features inside & out! 4 BR, 4.5 BA, 4 entertaining spaces, 2-story foyer, 2 levels of HWF, a plethora of windows w/custom blinds, new kitchen w/Wolf, range, stainless, granite & tumbled stone. Rear patio, low maintenance yard & 1-car garage.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/4.5 bath is going for $999,000.

03/16/12 1:00pm

This home is located at 4301 Argyle Terrace, NW:


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The listing says:

“This 1926 Italian Villa in Crestwd with soaring ceilings & exposed beams feels like Old World Europe, yet its gourmet Kitch & updated Baths have modern living in mind. Main lvl has spacious LR w FP & vaulted ceiling, sep DR w exposed beam, TS Kit, FB, Sunrm, 2 BRs & 2nd FB. 2 more BRs/3rd FB up Exercise loft above Kitch. Unfin LL w storage/laundry area. 2 Car Attd Gar.”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $898,000.

12/29/11 2:00pm

Dear PoP,

I don’t know the last time that you came into Crestwood, but in the last 6 weeks or so a brand new house has been under construction. For as long as I have lived in the neighborhood (2005), there have been two empty, wooded lots for sale on the right side of Mathewson, as one comes up the hill from Blagden. Well, there now is a new house under construction on one of those lots.

Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

12/09/11 11:00am

Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. Her latest business venture can be seen here. 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: 4026 Arkansas Ave NW
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Original List Price: $439,000.
List Price at Contract: $439,000.
List Date: 10/05/2011
Days on Market: 6
Settlement Date: 11/16/2011
Settled Sales Price: $464,000.
Seller Subsidy: $15,000.
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No
Type Of Financing: Conventional
Original GDoN post is: here.
The listing can be seen: here. To see the photos, after opening the listing link, scroll through the arrows on the main pic. There is also a virtual tour, which can be seen here.

It’s quite common to see the name of prolific late 19th/early 20th century developer Harry Wardman attached to real estate listings (often incorrectly, I might add). For whatever reason, the names of other, similarly prolific developers and architects are not as familiar. Clearly, the District of Columbia has seen decades of housing booms, each bringing particular styles, which contribute to the character of entire neighborhoods.

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10/07/11 1:00pm


michael k. wilkinson, photographs

This house is located at 4026 Arkansas Ave, NW:


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The flier says:

“Meticulously maintained mid-cenutry modern across the street from Rock Creek Park with 3 bedrooms/3 baths, in-law suite, oak floors, CAC, & off-street parking. Updated kitchen & baths, sunny & spacious. Convenient location just off of 16th Street. Why buy a condo when you could have a house? and no monthly fee. Freshly painted and ready to move right into.”

You can find more info here and a virtual tour here.

Thanks to Michael for the heads up and the photos. This is one of my favorite blocks in the city. While I wish it was a bit closer walking distance to restaurants, I’ll just say it – if I were looking I’d buy this one in a heartbeat. What do you think – $439,000 sound right for this 3 bed/3 bath?

04/21/11 12:30pm


Photo by PoPville flickr user ericandkatherine

Nevermind that the list seems a bit arbitrary. Never mind that Ballston is on it. PoPville represent!

From a press release:

As Americans widely embrace the “green revolution”, residents of the greater D.C. area interested in eco-friendly living should check out the newly released Top Green Neighborhood list published by MRIS, the nation’s largest multiple listings service (MLS) which offers nearly 75,000 local homes listings via its consumer website, Homesdatabase.com.

MRIS compiled the list by collecting the most recent MLS data, and surveying local parks and area green initiatives. Based on this hyperlocal data, MRIS notes the following as the top green neighborhoods in the greater D.C. area:

* Ballston (VA)
Ballston is showing clear efforts to educate the public about environmental improvements, through its initiative to reduce emissions, and its innovation in building Virginia’s first LEED platinum house.

* Bethesda (MD)
Bethesda is home to DC’s first Passive Design House. It also has a number of green initiatives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and implement green jobs.

* Capitol Hill (DC)
Capitol Hill is abundant with green homes and buildings and offers close proximity to the city’s largest farmer’s market and famous green spaces and gardens -most notably the Botanical Gardens.

* Crestwood (DC)
Crestwood borders Rock Creek Park, which contains 1,754 acres of green space and nature-related activities. Crestwood also has a neighborhood plan to conserve and preserve their community.

* Columbia Heights(DC)
Columbia Heights is home to DC’s first solar powered condos, as well as DC’s largest residential solar thermal project.

* Mount Rainier (MD)
Mount Rainier has a number of green building initiatives and projects, as well as an abundance of green space including the Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center.

* Old Town Alexandria (VA)
Old Town Alexandria is the home to the first LEED certified condo building in the state of Virginia. It also takes part in all of Alexandra’s green initiatives, including the Green Building Policy and the Go Green Alexandria project.

* Petworth (DC)
Petworth is home to DC’s first LEED platinum condo development and it encompasses a number of parks and lush green areas, including Rock Creek Cemetery.

* Takoma Park (MD)
Takoma Park features 17 acres of green space and parks, including Sligo Creek Park. It is also home to a number of green buildings and community projects.

* Woodley Park (DC)
Woodley Park is surrounded by green space and offers a number of public transportation options. Woodley Park is in walking distance to the National Zoo and a number of local parks, including the largest in DC, Rock Creek Park.