04/08/14 4:00pm


From DDOT:

Why bike lanes on G and I Streets?
G and I Streets are one-way, low traffic volume roads popular with cyclists. They provide a safe and attractive alternative to cycling on the much busier H Street commercial corridor, and were recommended in the city’s 2005 Bicycle Master Plan. Up to 60 bicyclists per hour have been counted on these streets.* The soon-to-open streetcar line on H Street increases the need for these lanes due to the danger to cyclists of getting their bicycle wheels caught between the streetcar track and roadway.

What will the lanes look like?
The new bike lanes will look different than most of the lanes you see around the city. Placed outside the parking lane, the outer bike lane line will be a solid double yellow line separating the adjacent travel lane. This will provide a dedicated space for bicyclists to travel against traffic (contra-flow). Within this lane will be bike symbols and arrows indicating the contra-flow direction. Shared lane markings, or sharrows, will be placed in the adjacent travel lane indicating that cars and bikes must share this lane. In essence, each street will remain one-way for motor vehicles, while bikes can now travel in both directions.

What are the benefits of contra-flow lanes?
The contra-flow lanes provide better connectivity for bikes, reduce dangerous wrong-way riding, and decrease trip distance, making cycling a more attractive travel option. New Hampshire Avenue, NW has a similar design.

What about traffic?
Traffic flow will remain the same for motor vehicles – one-way westbound on G St, and one-way eastbound on I St. Bikes are the only vehicles allowed to travel both ways. There should be no negative effect on traffic flow.

Will parking be affected?
The amount of parking will remain the same. The only difference is that, on the bike lane (left) side of the road, drivers must cross the double yellow line to park. They should first look for oncoming bikes, then, when clear, cross the bike lane and park against the curb, facing in the direction of motor vehicle travel.

When will the work be done?
DDOT will install these lanes in April 2014.”



04/03/14 4:50pm


From an email:

“HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 episodes shown every week
@ Little Miss Whiskeys Golden Dollar (1104 H Street, NE)
Season premiere is Sunday, 4/6, at 9 PM. All season 4 episodes shown Sundays at 9 PM

We don’t have our own wolf any more, but we’ve still got the HDMI quality projector, 4′X6′ screen, and theatre-quality sound system with which to enjoy Season 4 of HBO’s brilliant Game of Thrones series. Possible swag and other “gifts” may work themselves into the mix this year, delicious drinky drinks and craft beers are always immediately available, so if you’re looking to stay up to date and enjoy an excellent screening of each episode as it airs please join us!”

03/25/14 12:00pm

On March 8th we learned about a stabbing inside Club XII:

“An altercation occurred inside the establishment that resulted in an individual being stabbed. He was transported to an area hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries. A suspect was arrested on the scene.”

ANC Commissioner @jaybeas updates:

“For anyone interested, XII has been allowed to open again, per ABC Board order. There is supposedly a revised security plan in place.”

1236 G Street Northeast

This house is located at 1236 G Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Almost had a heart-attack, when first looked up, saw artifacts, eventually EKG relaxed, by antique floors and period doors, painted tin ceilings had me dealing with feelings of lightness, levitation, allows meditation to make conscious contact with your inner calm, content to not reinvent a perfect patent that happened when time allowed art in construction, seduction by the devil in every detail.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $668,500.

03/20/14 10:30am

600 block of H Street, NE looking east

@HStreetDC_ tweets the updates last night:

“Murray’s grocery should close this summer so Insight can break ground for project, 600blk HSt. Fall start. #HStDC

Insight looks for late 2016 project completion. And Whole Foods! #HStDC”

Rendering via Insight Property Group

03/14/14 11:00am


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: 931 7th ST NE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Capitol Hill
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Street Ownership: Fee Simple Basement: Fully finished English
Original List Price: $768,500.
List Price at Contract: $768,500.
List Date: 2/13/2013
Days on Market: 6
Settled Sales Price: $826,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 3/7/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here. To see pics, click on the camera icon after opening the link.

In reading the comments from the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) , it is interesting that nobody contested the advertised subdivision in this location. In the mid-2000’s…pre-H Street revival…this area was sometimes referred to as SoFlo. At this point, we might expect that proximity to H Street would encourage reference to “H Street” as a neighborhood (similar to “U Street” in NW).

Real estate stats for DC were released this week for February 2014 by Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI), a subsidiary of MRIS. Condo prices remained fairly stable year-over-year (comparing February 2013 to February 2014). It is important to note that active inventory for condo listings was actually higher in February 2014 than the prior February. I mention that only because it significantly contrasts the story of what is going on with houses. Inventory for available houses for sales is down year-over-year by over 15%. Not surprisingly, supply and demand is in play as houses are getting bid up (like this one) and the median price for houses is concurrently up 15% from last February. This was the second highest sale for a house in this neighborhood over the past six months.

The listing agent was Tom Faison with RE/Max Allegiance and the buyer was represented by Crystal Crittenden of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


From a press release:

“As part of the DC Streetcar Project, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is advising the public of significant streetcar vehicle movements this week that may cause congestion along H Street NE and Benning Road, NE and near the DC Streetcar Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street.

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the DC Streetcar Operations and Maintenance Team will switch out the current streetcar vehicle parked on H Street N E for another one. First, a second Inekon streetcar vehicle will be delivered to the H/Benning corridor to begin its System Integration Testing. Then, the streetcar vehicle that has been undergoing testing on the H/Benning corridor since December will be transported back to the Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street SE to receive scheduled maintenance.

On Wednesday, March 12, one of the District’s United Streetcar vehicles manufactured by U.S.-based Oregon Iron Works (OIW), will be transported from the Testing and Commissioning Site to the H/Benning corridor. By the end of Wednesday, two streetcar vehicles will be undergoing System Integration Testing on the corridor.

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes if possible on Tuesday or Wednesday, as added congestion is expected on South Capitol Street SE, Firth Sterling Avenue SE, Howard Road SE, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Good Hope Road SE, Minnesota Avenue SE and NE, as well as H Street NE, Benning Road NE and Oklahoma Avenue NE.

Metrobus will maintain their regular bus routes this week, but riders traveling eastbound and westbound on the H/Benning corridor or along any of the above-mentioned streets should expect delays.”