Burglary in Mt. Pleasant:

“On the afternoon of Thursday, 9/25 two guys broke into our home through our front window. Our neighbor saw them walking up our front steps and loitering on our porch. She called me, I remotely turned on our alarm system, and she called the police. They had about 4 minutes in the house during the phone call and me figuring out how to turn on our alarm. Once the alarm triggered, they left.

In those few minutes they took three iPads, an expensive watch, a baby monitor, and some money.

They entered through a cracked and locked front window. The lock is a plastic latch which they broke.

My neighbor videoed them and I was able to extract a close up of their faces from the video – police have both.

If you see these two, contact police.”

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3211 Mt Pleasant St, NW

That was fast. Zabver in the former Adam Express space soft opened on Sunday. Like Adam it’s still a small carryout space but the menu looks good. In a brief chat I was also told that the owners are the same folks from Asian Spice in Chinatown. Though the menu is likely to change a bit you can check out the soft opening menu after the jump. Anyone stop by for an early taste? (more…)

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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: 1753 Harvard St NW
Legal Subdivision: Mount Pleasant
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Mount Pleasant
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 Parking: Drvwy/Off Str Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $729,000
List Price at Contract: $729,000.
List Date: 8/18/2014
Days on Market: 8
Settled Sales Price: $729,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 9/22/14
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

This compact and efficient modernist rowhome settled for exactly list price. This might seem an anomaly, particularly if you are a buyer making offers on the same houses that everybody else wants (or are a regular reader of Good Deal or Not Revisited). In reality, though, year to date, the average ratio of sold price to original list price around the city is 97.8%, suggesting that there is some negotiating below list price going on somewhere.

Anecdotally, agents around the city are noticing slower activity on listings and are publicizing more price adjustments than even a few months ago. With mortgage financing still at low interest rates, this Fall may be a good time for prospective buyers who bailed from looking during the high competition season.

The listing agent was Jeffrey Jackson of Keller Williams Capital Properties (which, per disclosure above, is the same brokerage affiliation as the writer). Ed Carp of Continental Properties represented the buyer in this transaction.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From MPD:

“This morning [Saturday], at approximately 4 am, a resident of the 3200 block of Adams Mill Road was awakened by a strange noise. He got up to investigate, and noticed that a window on the front of his house was open. He quickly realized he had been burglarized and that several items, including his laptop computer, were missing.

He called the police and when they arrived they asked him to utilize the tracking function on the stolen computer to try to determine its current location. He did so, and the current location for the laptop was obtained. Detectives immediately drove to that location and spotted an individual sitting there utilizing a laptop which happened to be of the exact type that had been stolen. The computer as well as other items stolen from the house were recovered and the suspect was arrested and charged with burglary.”

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“Dear PoPville,

On July 28th, a driver backed a mini-van onto the sidewalk in front of Marx Cafe on Mount Pleasant St, incident which was covered here on PoPville. Luckily, no pedestrians were hurt or killed and the restaurant narrowly avoided serious damage. However, there was one casualty – parking sign pictured here.

I took this picture on September 8. It’s nearing 2 months since the sign was knocked over. I walk by it almost every day. Once in a while I’ll tweet it to @DDOTDC or @DCDPW but day after day, the sign remains dejectedly on the ground as people walk by, my tweets lost in the abyss of bureaucratic morass.

Lately there have been a few comment threads on your blog discussing the tepid business environment on Mount Pleasant St, while other areas of the city are in the midst of investment bonanza. The symbolic nature of this sign sitting the ground for weeks was not lost on me, as I personally feel it represents the malaise and mediocrity of the entire corridor and seemingly few people willing to do much about it.”

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Former Suns Discount Store, 3174 Mount Pleasant Street, NW at corner to the left of Bestworld

Thanks to all who sent world last week via the Mt. Pleasant listserv:

“It seems that *Subway (sandwich chain)* may be coming to Mount Pleasant. It would be at 3174 Mount Pleasant Street in the old toy store (white brick facade) adjacent to the Best World. This space borders Kilbourne St. and has been vacant for the past two years. The franchise owners are going through the permitting process now.”

Ed. Note: We spoke about Botanica Boricua coming to former Lamont Video Store at 3171 Mt. Pleasant St, NW here.

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Located off 16th Street on the Mt. Pleasant side in full golden glory is Guglielmo Marconi:

“Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi’s law and a radio telegraph system. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun “in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy”. An entrepreneur, businessman, and founder in Britain in 1897 of The Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company (which became the Marconi Company), Marconi succeeded in making a commercial success of radio by innovating and building on the work of previous experimenters and physicists.”

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