425 15th Street Southeast

This house is located at 425 15th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“Capitol Hill! Gorgeous 2 br, 2 ba all brick townhouse, 3 blocks to metro. Short walk to Eastern Market, close to shops and eateries. Exposed brick, Light filled bay windows in LR&MBR, refin. HW throughout. Newly remod. kit in 2013: granite, stainless, (5 burner Gas Range w convection), French door fridge, custom shaker style cabinets, Lg rear yard for enjoying the weather! Gar. Pkg.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $719,500.


My favorite of the year!

“When: Saturday April 26th
12:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River-
575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).

Biking and metro are encouraged. A free shuttle will run from Stadium/Armory Metro Station. Free parking is available in RFK Lot 6.

Who: The Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market is a collaboration between Living Classrooms, Councilman Tommy Wells’ Office, REI, Boogie Babes, BicycleSPACE, Listen Local First, Events DC, Kleen Kanteen, programming partners Gypsy Sallys and Acre 121 and media partner WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. All are welcome to attend.

Cost: $10 suggested donations to support Living Classrooms’ environmental education programming for DC youth on Kingman Island.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at http://kingmanislandbluegrass.eventbrite.com or at area Whole Foods Market stores. Last Live Whole Foods Market show is at the P Street Store on Thursday April 24th from 6pm – 8pm. The Stick Mob will be performing.


1511 A Street, NE

“Dear PoPville,

A single-family home on our street of single-family homes in northeast Capitol Hill recently sold to a “developer” who it now appears is planning on putting in 18 apartments. The house, 1511 A Street NE, a lovely home built in 1923 with an oversized lot and wrap-around porch, was owned by Mr. & Mrs. Byrd for many years. This couple, who lived there until they passed away in their late 90s, maintained the property impeccably, and always had a beautiful garden. Now, this beautiful and historic house may be lost because of a zoning hold-over from the time that the Car Barn, the next block over, was an actual functioning street-car barn. Half of the Car Barn, which is now condos and a registered historic building, as well as half of the adjacent square 1070 (which is where this house sits), are zoned C-2-A, a much more permissive zoning than R-4, which is what the other half of 1070 is zoned. All but a handful of buildings in square 1070 are single-family homes, with a few businesses fronting East Capitol Street.

The company that purchased the house is 57th Street Mews of Mitchellville, Maryland. They have a history of finding areas of the city that are zoned C-2-A and constructing large and unsightly boxes while seeking variances and zoning relief. One of their colleagues, a real estate consultant who has been quietly obtaining permits for the developer, has this mission statement listed on his website — “This company is designed to consult on land use and development with particular focus to find nuances in DC regulations that govern land use, construction and occupancy of structures in the District.” He finds the overlooked zoning mistakes ignored by the city and gets paid to do so. Genius.

My neighbors and I are increasingly concerned, both with the lack of response from our government officials and the failure of our city to identify this zoning problem in the first place.

We have since received plans from the developer, which I’m attaching with this email. We’re shocked that something like this could be built in our neighborhood as a matter of right.”

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Featured Property
: 1818 Potomac Avenue SE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #1
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 Parking: Street Basement: Yes, Fully finished Ownership: Fee simple
Square Footage per tax record: 1775
Original List Price: $593,600.
List Price at Contract: $593,600.
List Date: 2/7/2014
Days on Market: 8
Settled Sales Price: $585,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 4/7/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

As often happens, there is a short debate in the comments on the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post about proximity to stuff, like Barracks Row and Eastern Market. Without paying a whole lot of attention to the address, I was picturing the house pretty much in Maryland, only to see on the listing map that it’s across from Congressional Cemetery, and a whopping four minute walk to the Stadium Armory Metro stop (two quick stops to Barracks Row…). Location in DC, of course, is relative, so maybe if you’re a diehard NW resident, yes, this is going to feel far away from everything.

There are currently a total of 8 active listings for houses within a half mile of the subject property, priced from $550,000. to $784,900. There are 17 houses in the area currently under contract. Over the past six months, there have been 64 settled sales of houses with a median of 10 days on the market, suggesting that (like much of the city at the present moment) listings are moving fast and there is a lot of demand.

The listing agent was Joel Martin of RE/MAX Allegiance. Jeffrey Tyler of Beasley Real Estate represented the buyer.

210 17th Street Southeast,

This rental is located at 210 17th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“2 Bedr with easy access to the blue/orange line. Great hardwood floors. Stainless steel appliances. Move in date May 5th. Prefer 2 years lease. Section 8 applicants welcomed. .Following items will be needed at the time of submitting the application:Rental Application,$40 Application fee Last 2 paystubs,Security deposit. There’s a dog in the apt.”

you can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $1,975/Mo.