08/18/14 10:22pm

1821 18th Street, NW

Ed. Note: I like the name change to Swann Dive.

Back in April we learned Saloon 45 (now hoping to be called Swann Dive) would be coming to the former Sandy’s Flower Shop:

“Will provide a small menu approximately 5 to 7 items of mostly fried foods along with over 50 specialty craft beers chosen mostly from local brewers. We have a small selection of wines and cocktails. Drinks and food will be provided in a quiet relaxing environment either inside at a table or outside in our summer garden. Summer Garden Seats #36, Total Occupancy Load #85.”

Interesting update from Short Articles about Long Meetings:  ["ABRA held a closed hearing about the matter on August 6, according to official records (see page 4 of a 22-page .pdf here), and will issue a decision within 60 days"] via ANC Rep Will Stephens:

“Our Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans has submitted a letter supporting the protest and asking the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to full-out deny the new license application. The letter is here. This is highly unusual, because normally Council Members do not get involved in liquor license requests.”

Updates when a ruling is announced.

08/15/14 10:45am


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: 1 Scott Circle NW #413
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #2
Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1 Parking: Street Ownership: Condo
Square footage per listing: 532 sq ft Condo fee: $462/mo
Original List Price: $250,000.
List Price at Contract: $250,000.
List Date: 7/9/2014
Days on Market: 5
Settled Sales Price: $275,000.
Settled price per square foot: $516/sq ft
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 8/7/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

The General Scott is a fabulous example of DC’s Art Deco architecture. This nine story 50 unit condominium building features a 24/7 staffed front desk, an elevator, a roof deck with great city views, all in a great location close to downtown, DuPont, and 14th Street. The big downside? Cats only. Sorry, no dogs.

There was discussion in the comments to the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) about the junior one bedroom/studio debate (referred to as a “solarium” by one commenter). This is interesting to consider, as there is a move in current development trends in the city to design and build “microunits”. These are intended to serve the influx of newcomers beginning new professions, which is probably how buildings like The General Scott were conceived of in their day.

The condo association for this building has reportedly capped the percentage of allowable investor-owned units at 40%. This can help keep a committed owner occupant majority. It is also likely to keep the building in good standing with the lenders for future buyers. Currently, it’s not all that difficult to find a decent loan product for an unwarrantable condo building, but if the market shifts a tad, the lender restrictions may tighten in response.

The listing agent was Shari Gronvall of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Leslie Shafer of A-K Real Estate, Inc. represented the buyer in this transaction.

08/13/14 11:45am


From an email:

at Glen’s Garden Market
2001 S st NW, at the corner of S & 20th

1/2 Price Giant Pretzel

Monday, August 18th, 6pm to 10pm

Kick off your DC Beer Week with a giant, housemade hot pretzel, 1/2 price for $3! It comes with cheese fondue and spicy mustard, and goes perfectly with a $4 draft of local craft beer.

Mad Fox Brewery Tap Takeover

Tuesday, August 19th, 6pm to 10pm

Come toast our friends from the award-winning Mad Fox brewpub in Falls Church, VA! In celebration of (very!) local craft beer, we’ll be pouring seven drafts and one cask-ale from their signature lineup, all brewed less than ten miles away from the Market. RSVP: Free event, $4 drafts!

08/13/14 11:16am

1827 M Street, NW

Eater DC reports via Don Rockwell that Malaysia Kopitiam‘s last day on M Street is Friday.

Were there any fans?

1819 M Street, NW

Back in June we learned that even Strip Clubs were getting in on the small plates game. Urban Daddy reports:

“Come up with a handy alibi while you hang out at MPire Club in the space that once housed the similarly inclined Joanna’s 1819 Club, soft-opening later this week.”

08/09/14 7:17am

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced today that the death of former Presidential Press Secretary 73-year-old James Brady has been ruled a homicide related to the 1981 shooting.

On Monday, March 30, 1981, at approximately 2:25 pm, while President Ronald Reagan was exiting the Washington Hilton Hotel, a gunman fired multiple shots. President Reagan was struck by a bullet that ricocheted off his limousine. Press Secretary Brady was also struck by a bullet. Additionally, a United States Secret Service agent and an MPD officer were also shot.

The suspect, John Hinckley Jr., was immediately subdued by additional MPD officers and members of the United States Secret Service. Hinckley was charged with the attempted assassination of the President of the United States, in addition to other charges related to the shooting.

On Monday, August 4, 2014, at approximately 10:40 am, at his residence in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. James Brady succumbed to his injuries sustained in the 1981 shooting and was pronounced dead.

His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Northern District of Virginia. An autopsy was conducted and revealed the cause of death to be a gunshot wound and consequences thereof, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Mr. Brady’s death brings the number of criminal homicides for 2014 to 71.

Members of Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are reviewing this case.”

1806 Riggs Place

This rental is located at 1806 Riggs Pl, NW. The listing says:

“Generous 2 Bedrooms
2 Full Bath
Original hardwood Floors throughout 2nd and 3rd floor!
Full kitchen w/Dishwasher and large dining area!
Spacious living room
High ceilings!
Lots of storage/closet space
Tons of natural sunlight!
Washer/Dryer in unit
Central HVAC”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,200/Mo.

1319 21st Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1319 21st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“RENOVATED WEST END DUPONT CIRCLE 1st FLOOR WALKOUT 3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Living & Dining Areas – 1,100 s.f. WD DW Cent Air/Heat. Quiet tree lined street in the heart of the city. Close to shops, restaurants, grocery and nightlife. Blocks to DC Metro and GWU. Steps to tennis & basketball courts, community pool, dog park, jogging. Must use CBRB application”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $4,000/Mo.

08/01/14 12:05pm

Thanks to a reader for passing on from CBS Washington:

“A leader of the District’s Dupont Circle neighborhood allegedly used a racial slur, threw personal items belonging to homeless people, and attacked his neighbor with a chemical substance during a bizarre early-morning rampage this week.

Witnesses say Robert Leo Dwyer, who was elected as an Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative in 2012, was “acting crazy” on the corner of 17th Street and Corcoran Street NW shortly before 3 a.m. on July 28.”

You can read the rest of this bizarre story and see the court papers here.