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Back in August we learned about the Art Soiree House that was supposed to come to the space above Floors on 14th. It sounded incredibly promising. Before this the space was once planned for a spot called Local 14 and more recently was once a planned pizza restaurant. Another cursed spot?

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11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word. Originally plans for Holm were listed on the CAS Riegler website:

“A former parking lot, and home of a taxi cab stand and garage, the site has been razed to prepare for the ground-up construction of 38 luxury condominiums and 3,100 square feet of retail.”

But if you click over to the Holm website it now says:

“A collection of 38 new luxury apartments are coming to the vibrant Logan Circle neighborhood. Located just east of the booming 14th street corridor, the residences at HOLM are perfectly situated among all that city life has to offer.”

Previously Diamond Cab:

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1324 14th Street, NW in 2008

Remember the awesome old and bit beat up Downtown Lock Co. sign in Logan Circle? 

So like the old “5 years ago” posts I used to do, well, I was going through my photo archives (call it nostalgia if you want but I just love seeing the changes and remembering what it once was.)  All the legwork got me thinking that I could use an intern.    I’m looking for someone who is consistent, curious, and can string a sentence or two together.  Consistent and curious are the most important elements.   I’m not looking for the new Edward R. Murrow.   I’m just looking for someone who loves DC and wouldn’t mind doing some grunt work.  There will be a small stipend and I’m sure you’ll get to go to some cool events too.  Not essential but bonus if you know anything about video editing. Ideally you’ll be interested in development, restaurants, real estate, bars, DC government, all the stuff we cover daily.  If you are – please email princeofpetworth(at)gmail telling me a bit about yourself with the subject line ‘Intern for PoPville’.  Thanks.  Now for real how cool is that Lionel Trains sign?

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1324 14th Street, NW today

1621 12th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1621 12th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“2 Story Penthouse Loft on a quiet street in the heart of Logan Circle designed by famed Architect Brie Husted. Remarkable throughout in its design, quality, and detail. Perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Private rooftop deck with an Outdoor kitchen & 360 degree views, floor to ceiling windows, reclaimed oak flooring, hot stone fireplace, 2 terraces, private parking, and much more.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $7,400/Mo.

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1328 14th Street, NW

The Bentley has been completed on 14th Street and units are now for lease.

You can see the floor plans and prices here.

Their website also says:

“Ultra-modern one and two bedroom apartments with hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Modern living at its finest.

Building amenities include a fitness center, private pet grooming salon, a high-tech controlled access entry system, and in-building parking.”

1459 S Street Northwest

This unit is located at 1459 S Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning all new 1200 sq 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxurious Townhouse Condo. Good light from southern exposure, gleaming gourmet kitchen with huge marble island, custom tiled baths, washer/dryer, and the best location in the city!!!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $679,000 ($183 monthly fee.)

Bang & Olufsen
1604 14th Street, NW just north of Q Street

“Dear PoPville,

When I walked by last night, it looked to me like Bank and Olufsen is closing on 14th street. The windows were partially papered over and the space was in disarray from what I could see.”

Sad news for audiophiles. I spoke to the owner who confirmed the closure. Apparently it’s related to this reuters report:

“Danish television and sound system maker Bang & Olufsen would consider any bid approach from a larger rival as it seeks a response to problems that caused a profit warning last month, its chairman said.”

Basically any US independent stores that carried a balance had to pay up immediately or have their dealer license revoked. That is what happened here. For current clients the owner notes:

“we have been in touch with all of our clients who we have open projects with us and they are being completed currently or are being handled by the Tysons Corner store, which is a corporate store. I don’t want to give the appearance that we are disappearing and abandoning our clients. We are all dedicated to see this to a dignified end. In fact, not one employee has jumped ship. We are still dedicated as we put this to bed.”

Audiophile or not, this is very sad news for the retail diversity of Logan. And sadder still is the fact that the people that worked here sound like really nice folks. Wishing them a quick recovery during these tough times. Bang & Olufsen opened up in Logan back in 2008.