When we talked about the new Harper Building leasing on 14th between T and Wallach Pl, NW – some folks were asking about retail. In addition to a Universal Gear move, I just spotted a sign for a Georgetown Optician. Their website says:
“Our latest location will offer a new and exciting shopping experience with the same attentive and personal service you’ve come to expect from Georgetown Optician. Located right in the heart of the bustling 14th Street corridor, our new location will be easily accessible from the U Street Metro stop, as well as a short walk from Logan Circle and Columbia Heights. Our location will host an onsite lab as well as full collections of many of our most popular brands as well as a few new exclusive brands making their debut in Washington DC”
“a brothel-themed food space, with actual red lighting and faux-chic-come-amorous seating, including plush club chairs…it seems that the place will center around a lot of sweets, but perhaps not the morning baked goods (so maybe an evening only joint??).”
“Ready to move into. Large studio with bright, white kitchen with table space, wood floors, dressing area. Shades to be installed. Building has 24 hour desk , laundry on each floor, roof deck. Great location near Metro, food markets, downtown DC. One small pet accepted.”
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: 1209 S St NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Logan
Bedrooms:4 Baths: 4.5 Basement: English Parking: Driveway/Off Street
Total Living Area per tax record: 2881
Original List Price: $1,795,000.
List Price at Contract: $1,699,000.
List Date: 10/4/2013
Days on Market: 33 Settled Sales Price: $1,679,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 1/26/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No
The original listing can be seen here: here. To see pics, click on the camera icon after opening the link.
When this home was on the market in 1996, it was described as “exquisite, completely renovated and restored”. At the time, it sold for $330,000. Nearly twenty years ago, the agent identified the neighborhood as “Dupont”.
I’m sure the owners at the time thought they were pretty smart for selling a mere three years later for $495,000.
The 1999 listing points out a “state-of-the-art (approx.. $20,000) stereo system wired to all rooms”. I wish there were pics of the interior from those listings but back then all you got was an exterior shot (and the agent’s enticing description, of course).
Adrienne Szabo with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. represented the seller. No buyer agent is noted
A couple weeks ago we learned Bar di Bari would be closing and reopening as ‘Red Light’. A reader reports a few details he overheard while at Bar di Bari:
“First, sounds like Bar di Bari will be closed as of this weekend (Sat or Sun, not sure which). The food offerings would seem to confirm this, since the case is damn near empty at the moment.
More interesting than that, however, is what Bar di Bari will become. When you last announced the name for Gordon’s new concept for the location, I laughed when a few of the commenters wondered whether “Red Light” was “a wink at what Logan used to be known for.” Turns out I shouldn’t have laughed – after having the luck to be sitting in the cafe while Gordon had a very overt design meeting with what I presume to be his architects/investors/etc. earlier this week, turns out that’s exactly the idea they’re playing off: a brothel-themed food space, with actual red lighting and faux-chic-come-amorous seating, including plush club chairs.
They weren’t really hiding anything, leaving notes all over the place in full view of the public, and it seems that the place will center around a lot of sweets, but perhaps not the morning baked goods (so maybe an evening only joint??). The staff (which is only two people at this point, way down from the 6 to 8 they used to employ) wouldn’t divulge too much, which is understandable.”
“Former developer’s unit at Lofts 14. 1,400+ SF private terrace with plunge pool, fire pit and bar. Open floor plan with high ceilings, premium fixtures and abundant natural light throughout. Den with gas fireplace and built-ins as potential third bedroom. Two garage parking spaces and extra storage. Ideal Logan Circle location.”
“Bar Pilar, located at 1833 14th St. NW, is welcoming 2014 with a new menu and a new happy hour, thanks to Chef Jesse Miller. Already known for their “exciting and rotating menu of dishes” featuring simple, yet refined New American Cuisine, Chef Jesse marries comfort and adventure with his freshest approach to the very best of small plates. Local ingredients and unique flavor combinations like the Coffee Rubbed Pork Sliders and Pickled Pig Ear Slaw for $9 are guaranteed to warm your belly without burning your purse strings. Looking for your traditional favorites with a twist? Enjoy the Crab Mac n Cheese with White Cheddar and Old Bay for $7 or Confited Duck and Bison Pot Pie with a Tangerine and Herb Salad for $13. “Bar Pilar has been a part of my life for a long time. And to me, this menu is Bar Pilar. Its fun, open and has something for everyone” says Miller, the Baltimore native who took over as executive chef of both Bar Pilar and Café St.Ex in 2013. “We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it.”
If that’s not enough to tempt your taste buds and get your mouth watering for dinner then get ready for Happy Hour. “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…and $5 here!” Enjoy rotating rum daiquiris with enough variety to keep even the most novel rum tasters on their toes, draft slow n low (the old fashioned in a bottle), white, red and even a bubbly wine option. Chef Jesse will also feature tasty trotter tots and signature snacks. All for $5!”
Back in October we heard some scuttlebutt that Dolcezza Gelato could be taking over this space. Since then they have denied that rumor. Originally it was supposed to be a project from the Taylor Gourmet folks though with their recent troubles at Taylor Charles Steak and Ice it’s not clear what the future is for this space. But good to know something is definitely happening. Anyone hear anything lately?
Whoever is coming – some serious demolition has started:
It’s a bit hard to tell from the photos but the demo goes all the way down to the basement:
“Ryan Fleming and Miranda Mirabella today announced that they are starting Slipstream, an innovative new coffee and cocktail business with their flagship location set to open along 14th Street in Logan Circle this Spring. Slipstream will focus on service as well as the journey of coffee from source to sip and will complement the coffee with crafted cocktails in the evening.
Fleming and Mirabella will partner with Madcap Coffee Company, a specialty coffee roaster based in Grand Rapids, MI and Washington, DC and Slipstream will share a space with Fathom Creative, a creative agency headquartered in DC. (more…)
The strange saga of Logan Circle’s Bar di Bari continues. In October we learned the space abruptly closed with no notice only to later learn they were considering closing on Mondays or limiting hours during the winter. Now CityPaper reports that the space will become a new concept called Red Light. No details nor timing were given but Bar di Bari was still open as of yesterday. Their Facebook page also remains live though it hasn’t been updated since Dec. 13th. More info when it becomes available.
“MONTHLY RENT INCLUDES ALL UTILITIES PLUS ALL BUILDING AMENITIES. Fabulous 1 bedroom unit close to everything! Here you’ll enjoy a great building with exercise room, on-site concierge service, ROOFTOP DECK WITH POOL featuring breathtaking views of the DC skyline. At this location, you’ll be minutes from the shops and restaurants of Thomas Circle, 14th Street Corridor and Logan Circle.”