A new cafe is coming to Mount Pleasant to the former Last Exit space underneath Radius. The cafe, to be called Habit, comes from the owners of the newly opened American–Filipino restaurant, Purple Patch, next door. I’m told that there will be coffee and pastries but other details are still being worked out. Sounds like it could be a little friendly competition for Flying Fish. Stay tuned.

3155 Mt. Pleasant St, NW

Intruder in my backyard w/ Munchies (Mother’s Day Edition):

“These guys waited to the very last moment to look for their mother’s day gift!

If you haven’t read my 2 prior posts; this is the third intrusion attempt in the last 30 days. All of these attempts are in my backyard which is accessible from the North 1800 Newton ST NW alley. This recent attempt happened 2:47am this morning. What you can’t see is that I planted a junk bike right in front of my backyard camera. The bike I planted was left by the thief who stole our Jamis bike back in June 2014, you can find that post below as well.

These guys don’t look entirely prepared as their are finishing their late night snack. It’s also hard to tell if they leave because they notice the camera, or because the bike is a not worth stealing. What I can tell is that this is NOT the same guy that came by twice already. You can also tell that their hopping the fence leaves me pretty vulnerable (not that there is anything in my backyard with value).

Aside from a taller fence or white house fence spikes, are we all just sitting ducks? What can we do to prevent this activity?

I’m forwarding this to the police for their database of people to look out for.

See more videos here.

Prior Attempts / Posts:
Monday April 27th 9:28pm

Saturday April 11st, 3:03AM

June 22rd, 2014, 9:02pm”

Security Camera Footage of Alleged bike and package thief in Mount Pleasant

A reader reports:

“I live in the Argyle at Mt. Pleasant and Park Road and a few days ago (4/29) a dude stole some bikes and packages from our basement. He got in once by dialing up random numbers on the call box and the other time when he followed someone that was coming in. Apparently he’s on camera across the street at the Park Ridge recently stealing packages as well.

Someone in the building did see him after we circulated the photos, so he seems to be a local or at least spends significant time in the neighborhood.

Obviously I don’t expect any return on the stolen items but if people keep an eye out, maybe they can prevent their own stuff from being snatched by him, since he’s making a habit of it.”

1661 Park Road Northwest

This unit is located at 1661 Park Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“1661 Park Rd NW #402: Adorable and cozy condo unit, in small building near lots and lots! Top-floor one bedroom/one bath condo with in-unit washer/dryer, newly spruced up kitchen, freshly painted, and hardwood floors. Windows in every room!”

DC8602695 - Living Room

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $269,000 ($308 monthly fee.)


Mount Pleasant repping well this month.

Thanks to a reader for sending in:

“This male pileated woodpecker and his mate demolished my suet feeder a few times this spring. Yes, he’s about 12-15 inches long. Absolutely huge. In Mt Pleasant, near Rock Creek Park.”

If you have any sightings please email or tweet to @PoPville


A reader reports:

“6 ft deep sinkhole on 19th in Mt P. Between Kilbourne and Lamont. Appeared over night. Water service off on 19th st. It’s a deep hole!”

Another reader tweets us:

“Water main break on 19th at Lamont in Mount Pleasant. No running water in nearby homes – understandably. @PoPville”



Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the President of 10 Square Real Estate. 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: 1636 Irving St NW #2
Legal Subdivision: Mount Pleasant
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Mount Pleasant
Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1 Parking: Street Ownership: Condo
Original List Price: $379,000.
List Price at Contract: $379,000.
List Date: 02/13/2015
Days on Market: 5
Settled Sales Price: $390,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Square Footage reported in listing: 575
Settled Price per Square Foot: $679.
Settlement Date: 03/19/2015
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

This property is located just off of Mount Pleasant’s commercial district and was converted from a four unit rental building to seven condos and two deeded parking spaces in 2005 by developer Lakritz Adler. The condo is called The Madera.

In 2005, the brand new units sold for an average of $669. per square foot. Those who were around during the mid 2000s boom years of DC real estate may recall that segments of the market began to slow significantly in 2006, as reflected in the 2006 sale of the subject unit for $446. per square foot.

From 2008 to 2010, the building saw prices around $540. per square foot. In 2013, a unit in the building without parking sold at $711. per square foot.

The listing agent for this sale was Randall Nolan with Urban Land Company. Cameron Shosh with Century 21 Redwood Realty represented the buyer in this transaction.

Intruder in my backyard (1800 Newton NW Block) on 4/11/2015

“I discovered an intruder was casing my backyard at 3:03AM Saturday morning. I was informed that my neighbor 4 houses down had an intruder in their backyard Monday morning. I have video surveillance, and below are videos from Saturday. I have other videos from Monday as well that may help with my neighbor’s case.

I contacted the police via 911, and they were quick to dismiss the case as nothing was stolen or broken in to. Never-the-less I pressed and they sent an officer that looked at the wrong yard, and never came to my door.

Please email this thread if you also had an intrusion, seen a suspicious person, or have images/video from the 1800 block Engleside/Newton alley.

Hopefully posting here can at least make the neighborhood aware of this problem, and help stop these intrusions.

– Ben

Saturday 4/11/15 3AM videos

Intruder Enters Backyard
4-11-2015 3:03.10AM

Intruder Leaves Backyard
4-11-2015 3:03.39AM

Intruder Bikes Away
4-11-2015 3:04.13AM

Update:I emailed this information to the police”

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3174 Mount Pleasant Street, NW

Pop’s SeaBar (1817 Columbia Road, NW) owner, Justin Abad, commented on our post about the Subway sandwich shop protest:

“Before we opened in Adams Morgan, we were trying to open Pop’s SeaBar at this very location. In fact, we had a singed LOI and were reviewing Lease details when the landlord and broker pulled out of the deal last minute, with little to no explanation.

Sorry to say, but it was clear the property owner wanted to sell to a national chain rather than support small, neighborhood business. We would have loved to be a part of the Mt. Pleasant community, as both myself and business partner are former residents of Mt. Pleasant.”