3207 Grace Street, NW

The placard for Chaia says:

“A restaurant that offers seasonal, plant-based tacos in a stylish, fast, casual setting. Vegetarian combinations are served in freshly pressed and grilled handmade corn tortillas.
Total Seats: 20. Total Occupancy Load: 49.”

looking east towards Wisconsin Ave between Pinstripes and Patagonia


From an email:

“A Benefit for Dean Adams Featuring Joe Buck, Justin Jones and the B Sides, The Glenmont Popes and Lazlo Lee and The Motherless Children

Sun, August 23, 2015
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$20 Advance and Day of Show Tickets

This event is 21 and over

This concert is to celebrate and support our good friend, Dean Adams, who is being faced with serious health issues. 100% of all proceeds from ticket sales after basic expenses go directly to Dean to help cover his health care expenses and to support him as he walks through this season of his life. Dean’s own words about this special night: “I would love to celebrate all the great talent, entertainment, fun and friends this musical community I call family has brought us all and especially me.” Come on out!”

2015 Canoe and Kayak Flyer V7_WCC

From an email:

“I volunteer with the DC committee of a group called Water For People, our upcoming event will support drinking water and sanitation projects around the world. WFP as a national nonprofit has received stellar ratings in financial management from Charity Navigator 10 years running, and we partner with local governments, citizens, and local businesses to fund these projects.

We’re having a Canoe/Kayak event on Saturday, August 22 to benefit Water For People and the Washington Canoe Club. It’s a lot of fun–your ticket includes paddling in a canoe or kayak, food (straight from the grill), beer, and some great live entertainment, with the return of Aztec Sun.
You can get your tickets on Eventbrite here! There are a limited number of full (boat, food, drink, and music) tickets available. We also have limited (music + food/drink) and children’s tickets available.”


“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday I took my first walk along the tow path in Georgetown since moving to DC 8 years ago. I’m not sure why I never visited it sooner, but I was impressed with how clean the water looked and was kind of surprised at all the aquatic life I saw enjoying a warm summer day. But then like a screeching record, I spotted this (see attached pics).

There it was … a snakehead just chilling out. I have heard they’re incredibly invasive and can inflict significant damage in the waters where they live. I’m wondering what PoPville readers know about them. Is the canal infested with them? Can anything be done to get rid of them? Or are they just part of the ecosystem now and not anything to worry about?”


From the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders fact sheet:

Aren’t those “Frankenfish” in there?
Yes, there are Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) in the Tidal Potomac River. The Snakehead is a non-native species to this watershed, but so are Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass (introduced in 1854). Snakeheads are a blast to catch. They will take a well presented fly, fight hard, and make great table fare.

If I catch a Snakehead, what should I do?
There is no legal requirement to kill a Snakehead if you catch one. However, it is illegal to possess one alive. The laws require that you either release the fish or kill it on the spot if you are keeping it. While it is not illegal to release a Snakehead if you choose, the VDGIF, MDDNR, and the USFWS are still asking anglers to kill all Snakeheads caught in an effort to help control the propagation of this species. Please visit their respective websites for more details. If you catch a Snakehead bearing a USFWS tag, you are asked to kill the fish, retain the tag, and call the number on it. You will be asked questions about where it was caught, how it was caught, its size, and its approximate weight. Also, the USFWS may wish to collect the fish. For your efforts, you will be rewarded with a “Snakehead Control” hat, which is a coveted prize among TPFR members.”


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: 3024 Cambridge Pl NW
Legal Subdivision: Georgetown
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Georgetown
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3 Basement: Yes, Fully Finishes Parking: Street Ownership: Fee simple
Original List Price: $2,095,000.
List Price at Contract: $2,095,000.
List Date: 04/17/2015
Days on Market: 11
Settled Sales Price: $2,050,000.
Seller Subsidy: $25,000.
Settlement Date: 07/10/2015
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

In reviewing past sales of properties for Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDON-R) posts, most of our subjects have seen significant appreciation in value through the years, reflecting the changes to DC neighborhoods. The renovation boom that began in DC in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s attracted amenities, such as new supermarkets and restaurants that spurred continued development and economic growth activity in formerly distressed neighborhoods.

What about a neighborhood like Georgetown, which was already desirable in the 1990’s? This property has a significant transaction history over the past fifteen years, with frequent sales.

The 2000 listing notes “Totally renovated in 1989 with finest craftmanship throughout”. At that time, the home was listed at $815,000. and sold in May for $797,000. The handy dandy internet inflation calculator tells us that this was $1,104,497.60 in 2015 money, and actually more if you consider that mortgage interest rates were higher.

Only a month later, in June 2000, the home listed for $849,000., and sold for $851,500. Listing comments suggest that granite counters were added. There were no interior pics in the multiple listing system back then, so we can’t see the changes made from one listing to the other.

A few short months later, in January 2001, the home transferred again. It was listed at $899,000. and sold at $910,000. Again, the granite countertops were specifically mentioned in the listing comments (because granite was the new thing fourteen/fifteen years ago…)

There was an attempt to sell in 2008 and then the home sold in 2009, listed at $1,795,000., and sold for $1,750,000.

There was another unsuccessful attempt to sell the home in 2010. It was listed again in 2013 at $1,750,000., and sold for $1,650,000.

The additional interesting piece of this history is that, after settling earlier this month, the home is now back on the market, listed for $2,175,000.

The listing agents for this sale were Carrie Carter and Elizabeth D’Angio with Washington Fine Properties. Janet Whitman with Long and Foster Real Estate represented the buyer in this transaction.

1042 Paper Mill Court Northwest

This rental is located at 1042 Paper Mill Court, Northwest. The listing says:

“Blocks from the best dining, shopping and nightlife Georgetown has to offer! This 2 bed 1 bath condo INCLUDES GARAGE PARKING and has two generous levels in the historic Paper Mill condominium. The unit also features a wood-burning fireplace, renovated bathroom and Master bedroom with walk-in closet. The community is professionally managed and has a swimming pool! Immediately available!”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $3,050/Mo.


From a press release:

“Greg Engert, Beer Director for Neighborhood Restaurant Group, announces the opening of The Sovereign, a bar and bistro located at 1206 Wisconsin Ave NW (at the end of the alley at M St. NW & Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Georgetown later this Fall. The two-story bar and bistro will be comprised of an 84-seat first floor dining room and 47-seat bar on the second floor. Known for his award-winning beer lists at Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Rustico and more, Greg Engert is now curating and creating a Belgian beer list unlike any other at The Sovereign alongside a menu of classic Belgian cuisine from Executive Chef Peter Smith.

The Sovereign will showcase the widest array of drafts and bottles from the very best Belgian brewers. With 50 drafts and 200+ bottles, the beer program will feature the work of Belgian brewers who embody the standards, techniques, and innovative spirit that underpins the fabled Belgian brewing culture.

Just as The Sovereign will be championing brewers that use simple, true recipes and let technique and patience yield complex flavors, so will the menu feature rustic ingredient-driven dishes of Belgian cuisine, which draws from French, German and Dutch cooking traditions. Executive Chef Peter Smith of PS7 and Vidalia has developed the menu –which will be available throughout the restaurant and bar– by combining his French training with experience gained while traveling through Belgium with Engert.

While dishes will change with the seasons and use local ingredients, Smith has also worked to source key products like domestically farmed, bottom harvested Dutch-style mussels. Diners will also find traditional small bites (such as Saucisse Ardennaise, anchovies and pickled onion, or gruyere with caraway seeds, a range of Flammkuchen or Tartes Flambé, and a variety of braises and stews such as Lapin a la Kriek or Rabbit in Cherry Beer.

The Sovereign is committed to celebrating the brewers –many of them little known and rarely found in the US –who are sustaining and evolving the brewing traditions and culture that created Belgium’s reputation as a beer mecca. An expansive breadth of selections will illuminate the flavor-driven, craft-brewed complexity that is the trademark of the best Belgian beers. Selections in constant rotation will include: (more…)