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Back in July we heard some scuttlebutt that some Portuguese flame-grilled chicken could be headed toward the western end of H Street, NE.  It’s official – Nando’s Peri Peri is coming to 411 and 413 H Street, NE. The folks from Nando’s tell me “we will be opening a new Nando’s in spring 2015 (hopefully in May) on H Street NE.”

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From 13th and H Street, NE.

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From 5×5:

“U.S.A.I.R.A.N obscures the perceived divide between Iranian and US identities. By reappropriating the exterior of a vacant building in D.C.’s thriving H Street corridor, artist Sanaz Mazinani creates a sculptural symbol for the transference of culture in which one’s personal politics are recontextualized and cross-examined.

The installation brings attention to the void of Washington D.C.’s official Embassy of Iran, which has stood regal yet vacant on Massachusetts Avenue NW since 1980. Mazinani wraps a quintessential mid-century American building — the site of the former Robert L. Christian Community Library — in intricate Islamic patterns. Articulating the nebulous sense of place from the perspective of an emigrant, muraled windows and walls reference the architectural details of the former Embassy. Upon close inspection, one will see that these patterns are comprised of mass media imagery, composed in both parallels and contradictions. U.S.A.I.R.A.N examines absence and placelessness, while at the same time explores the potential for harmony. It is a site from which to build mutual respect and activate cultural exchange.”

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The ATV/Dirt Bike saga continues. A reader sends word last night at 10:45pm that there were 7-8 kids riding at 9th and H St, NE then headed towards K Street with one police car in pursuit. Looked like “one rider was caught at 9th and H” but the others got away. The reader reported that they were driving on both sides of the street crossing lanes of traffic. It’s interesting to note that he saw a police car in pursuit after yesterday’s discussion noting that MPD had previously been directed not to chase.

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1380 H Street, NE

Holy canoli – finally a new tenant for the Ohio Restaurant. Ed. Note: Somebody must save those signs!! Just saw this sign for Oh Zone Lounge in the front door:

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It’s not clear if these are the real menus or just a place holder but it’s on the website listed in the sign. Updates when they get closer to opening.

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14th and H Street, NE

828 11th Street Northeast

This rental is located at 828 11th Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Make this beautifully renovated 380sf ground level Studio with wood floors, Granite/Stainless, CAC, W/D and lovely private patio your home! Enjoy 10ft ceilings, large dome windows and exposed brick. Utilities plus Cable/Wireless Internet included in your rent! Vouchers welcome.”

You can see a few more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,385/Mo.

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@CarolineBehr tweets us around 7:30pm:

“@popville 100+ guys on dirt bikes (100 motorized 2 and 4 wheeled off road bikes.) just went flying down H St NE, Weaving through traffic. One hit by a car.

And of the 4 police cars I saw on the road, not one turned on their lights or tried to stop them. Very dangerous.”

Ed. Note: Last week we spoke about a serious motorbike/dirtbike accident in Columbia Heights.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

Don’t forget Adams Morgan Day is this Sunday and mark your calendars for H Street and Columbia Heights:

“The 2014 H Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This will be the biggest Festival ever, spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE and featuring over 200 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and merchants. Come down and enjoy great food, drinks, music, contests, kids’ activities and more!

Organized by H Street Main Street, the annual celebration highlights the development of the H Street NE Corridor and it’s vibrant businesses. The event is one of the District’s most popular festivals, and has been named Washington, DC’s best neighborhood festival by Washington City Paper for the last four years. In a city that boasts so many wonderful neighborhoods, the H Street NE Corridor has become one of the most diverse and exciting neighborhoods to live in, shop, eat and hang out.

This year’s Festival will offer more entertainment than ever before, featuring more than 500 performers and artists on 14 staging areas spread throughout the event. Performances will range from jazz, pop and gospel music to fitness demonstrations, a “skills on wheels” performance and interactive art displays.

For those who come hungry or thirsty, the Festival will feature over 70 food vendors, food trucks and restaurants serving up meals from all corners of the world. Festivalgoers can also visit the beverage gardens located along the festival route to sample the many available libations.

Other attractions at this year’s Festival, include:

- Washington Nationals Presidents – The Presidents will race down part of the Festival route from the 8th Street Stage (8 and H) following the singing of the national anthem at noon. The Presidents will also be available for pictures with festivalgoers at 3 p.m. at the Zone 9 parking lot (9 and H).

- DC Streetcar Open House – Visitors will be able to get an up close look at the exterior and interior of the DC Streetcars, which are set to begin running later this year (5 and H, 8 and H and 13 and H).

- Grand Opening of Gallery on O – The H Street Festival will celebrate the grand opening to the public of the Gallery on O, showcasing the 50th anniversary of Washington Informer photography (13 and H).

- Kids Zone – The Festival will have a special “kid’s zone,” featuring GolfZilla, a Godzilla-themed inflatable target that kids can hit golf balls at, multiple appearances by Callaloo the puppet, face painting, a giant slide and other family-friendly activities (9 and H).

- Interactive Art Displays – Festivalgoers will be able to get an up close look at a number of art cars (13 and H), as well as watch artists paint an H Street-themed bus from start to finish and build custom bikes from scratch (5 and H).

- Contests and Competitions – Attendees are invited to compete in or watch the annual pie, chili and burrito eating contests, a bad tattoo competition (10 and H) and an arm wrestling competition (9 and H).

- District Fashion Week – The Fashion Stage will kick off the annual District Fashion Week celebration with area designers (10 and H).

- Pedicabs – Pedicabs will offer weary festivalgoers transportation at a special festival rate parallel to the festival route on G and I Streets.

- And much more!

Festival hours are from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Festival will take place between the 400 and 1400 blocks of H Street NE. For additional information, please visit here.”

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“Columbia Heights Day Is Back!
Join your neighbors & bring your friends on Saturday, October 11th!

The Columbia Heights Day Initiative and 11th Street Business Alliance are excited to announce the kick-off of our 8th Annual Columbia Heights Day Festival. Neighbors and friends of all ages are welcome to join the fun-packed day of festivities which will feature local musicians, a dunk tank, face painters, eating contest, an adult tricycle race, yoga, family fun field day, & much much more”

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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: 714 4th St NE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #1
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1.5 Parking: Garage Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $499,900.
List Price at Contract: $499,900.
List Date: 8/7/2014
Days on Market: 5
Settled Sales Price: $665,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 9/5/14
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Commenters to the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post were spot on in noting that this property was listed low and ultimately sold for significantly above the listed price. Over the past six months, fee simple property sales within a quarter mile of the subject property have ranged in price from $470,000. to $1,050,000. An updated home on the same block as the subject property recently sold for net $738,500.

It is specifically mentioned in the listing that the property is being sold “AS IS”. This has been a topic of discussion before, and it can be noted that “AS IS” is not necessarily explicit code for “there’s something wrong with this property.” What it more typically means is that the seller or seller’s estate does not want to deal with deferred maintenance or picky repairs. In a situation where there is likely to be multiple offers, it is not unusual for buyers to pay for and complete a pre-inspection before even making an offer. Having an inspection report in hand, up front, allows the buyer to decide if they are comfortable moving forward without an inspection contingency despite knowing about potential repairs. Another option is to use a clause referencing the general inspection (as opposed to a full blown home inspection), in which the buyer has the opportunity to inspect, but agrees to not negotiate price or repairs any further. The buyer may void the contract within the timeframe of the general inspection contingency if they are not comfortable with any found defects.

The listing agent was Bradley Wisley of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. Joe Mascio of Real Living at Home represented the buyer in this transaction.