“Dear PoPville,

Walking by B&J’s BBQ at 3rd and Rhode Island NW, I noticed that the windows are all covered in newspaper. At the same time, I saw some people in there watching TV and hanging out as usual. I’m confused – is this the beginning of the end or just more of the usual sketchiness?”

I also noticed the storefront papered over when I walked by on Saturday. And I too saw someone inside – when I inquired all I was told was that there were closed. More info when it becomes available. We judged B & J back in 2011.

238 Rhode Island Avenue, NW


This house is located at 1908 6th Street, NW:


The listing says:

“Charming,renovated & sun-drenched end unit Victorian,c.1900 in fabulous LeDroit Park.Fully renovated w/period charm intact:6 gas fireplaces,some w/orig mantels.Charming kit w/breakfast nook,”pressed tin” & glass block.Second floor family rm/game/rm incl. pool table.Large master suite,huge bath.Each bedroom w/ en-suite bath. Blks to Metro,HU, H.Theater,Elllington Plaza, mins to Dwntn.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $789,900.

1938 2nd Street Northwest

This house is located at 1938 2nd Street, Northwest:


The listing says:

“Historic Ledroit Park and literally everything you want and need in a city-center home! Completely gutted, two-story addition added to the back and renovated with attention to every detail. Main house has bonus family room off kitchen,amazing master suite, closets galore, chef’s kitchen. Basement turned into a legal two-bedroom rental. Huge yard and detached garage. METRO!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $949,900.

149 W Street Northwest

This unit is located at 149 W Street, Northwest:


The listing says:

“LAST UNIT AVAILABLE in popular building! Offers abundance of sun light, oversized windows, 2 juliet balconies, stacked washer/dryer and LARGE WALK-IN closet! Short walk to Howard University and U Street. On-Site Rental Parking Available! OFFERS REVIEWED AS RECEIVED.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $249,900 ($199 monthly fee.)


From the Ledroit Park Listserv:

“Bloomingdale Community, I`d like to share that I was assaulted while I was walking to the Howard University Metro stop early this morning on T Street, NW, between 3rd and 4th Streets NW. At approximately 5:50 a.m., a jogger passed me, surprising and startling me. I slightly jumped but felt calm when I realized he was only a jogger. He jogged passed me, stopped at the corner, and began stretching. As I passed him, I slightly glanced at him in acknowledgement as I passed him. Shortly after I passed him, he approached me from behind and reached under my dress into my underwear. I was so startled and screamed very loudly so the man ran away. I was immediately heard and assisted by another passerby and neighbor (who came out of his home), both of whom attempted to find the assailant. They were unable to find him. The passerby was about 1/2 block behind me and had witnessed the assailant walking behind me. The passerby seems convinced that the assailant had followed me for two blocks (and the passerby actually quickened his own pace to catch up with me in case I needed help because he felt something wasn`t right).

I believe the assailant to be a Hispanic male in his late 30`s. He was approximately 5`8“/5`9“, medium/athletic build (160 lbs or so), fair-skinned, very short (but not cropped) black hair, and square face. He was wearing a white tee shirt and light gray jogging pants. This description was also confirmed by the passerby.”


Thanks to a reader for sending the heads up. This building is located at 1901 4th Street, NW at the corner of 4th and T. The listing says:

“Corner 4 level mixed use w/ retail on first Fl. Top 2 Fls are residential. Clean shell ready to design & your Finishes. New windows, solid steal support, basic new framing, exposed vaulted beams, space to add a roof deck, covered garage Class B beer/wine license conveys, Gr South/west view .. APPOINTMENT ONLY AGENT – no exceptions”

You can see a virtual tour here.

Asking price is $998,000.

1922 3rd Street, NW

Last week we admired the awesome transformation of the long vacant old house at the corner of 3rd and U St, NW. The architect of the project sent me an email with some interesting details about the place:

“In the 1940′s it was fully gutted and turned into 13 efficiency units for WWII housing. I was so fortunate to have found the original floor plan and front and side elevations of James McGill’s original design. From those, we restored the exterior to the way it originally would have been, while only adding on the sunroom and porch off of the rear (making it look like other neighborhood additions done in the 1920′s. As you can see, it was a massive undertaking and is still a work in progress. The landscaping is the next big plan. There is a lot to landscape! So, hopefully soon it will be fully finished.

Bill Smith
StudioSmith, LLC