01/14/14 12:00pm

6937-6939 Laurel Ave

From a press release:

“Jeff Black, Chef/Owner of Black Restaurant Group and Chef/Partner Danny Wells have begun offering weekend brunch service at their Takoma Park restaurant, Republic.

The menu, available here, starts with ‘cures for your ailments’ including a charred tomato Bloody Mary, a collaboration between bar manager Brett Robison and Chef Danny Wells. After lamenting the dearth of flavorful tomatoes in the winter, the two decided to experiment with grilling the tomatoes on the wood-burning grill in the kitchen, and ended up with a smoky, charred, flavorful tomato to puree and serve as their bloody mary base. House-made arbol and guajillo pepper chili paste, fresh lime and lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and house-made celery salt round out the bloody mary ($10), which is traditionally served with vodka. The addition of Old Bay spiced Chesapeake shrimp takes it up a notch to make a Rena Maria ($12). A Bloody Maria ($10) with tequila can also be enjoyed, along with Mimosas and bellinis, which are available for $7 with fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, and peach or mango puree. For those looking for a cocktail, The Localist, made with Green Hat gin, BeeGeorge local honey, lemon juice, and a citrus flame ($11) makes for a restorative start to the day. (more…)

01/03/14 11:00am


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Featured Property: 806 Fern PL NW
Legal Subdivision: Brightwood
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Takoma
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Detached Garage Ownership: Fee Simple Basement: Partially Finished
Original List Price: $589,000.
List Price at Contract: $589,000.
Days on Market: 7
Settled Sales Price: $595,000.
Seller Subsidy: $1,500.
Settlement Date: 12/27/2013
Bank Owned? No Short Sale? No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The listing can be seen: here. To see pics, open the link above and click on the camera icon to scroll through pics.

Brightwood/Takoma DC, located directly north of Petworth, directly east of 16th Street Heights, and directly south of Silver Spring, is the NW counterpart neighborhood for buyers also looking at detached houses in the NE neighborhood of Brookland. Although the comments in the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post garnered at least one “not an easy walk to the Metro” comment, these neighborhoods offer more space indoors and out compared to locations closer in to downtown.

Detached homes in this area range from Sears kit bungalows to Four Squares to grand Victorian mansions to unique stone Tudor-ish houses. List prices in the past six months have ranged from $189,000. (safe bet it went much higher and for cash) on up to the high $700’s. The area is well known by swimmers and triathletes for the easy access to the Takoma Pool at 300 Van Buren St NW. The development at the Georgia Ave Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus will have a major impact on the area. There is already a recently update Safeway in the vicinity (at Piney Branch and Georgia), and one of the brand new Walmarts just opened, as well.

The listing agent was Brian Cusick of Central Properties, LLC. The purchaser was represented by Vanessa Patterson with Realty Associates.

01/02/14 11:00am

Flim Flam-Note in bag

From the Takoma Park Police:

“Chief Alan M. Goldberg from the Takoma Park Police Department announces the arrests of Consuelo Ann Green, 39, and Sharon Denise Erickson, 51, both of Baltimore, Maryland, for Conspiracy to Commit Theft and Theft Scheme.

On December 30, 2013, at approximately 12:11 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the 7600 block of New Hampshire Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland, for a theft scheme in progress. A victim from a previous incident recognized one of the suspects that had taken her money in a previous scam. That victim immediately called the police and gave a description of the vehicle the suspects were driving. Officers arrived and identified the suspects in the vehicle; one of whom was the potential victim. Police quickly identified Green and Erickson. Located in the back seat with one of the suspects was a bag with money bags inside and filled with what appeared to be large amounts of cash. A search of the bag incident to arrest revealed the money inside was fake stacked paper like money and various other items of evidentiary value were seized and impounded.

At approximately 1:55 pm, detectives were able to speak with one of the suspects and gathered further information regarding the theft scheme.

The victim indicated that Green approached her and advised that she had just found a brown bag filled with money and she showed the victim the bag. Green told her she would get half the money if she would pay her money and give her her bank information. Erickson showed up and pretended to not know Green. Green handed Erickson a large amount of “money” and they talked like they knew each other. Green then instructed the victim to go to the bank. The victim did go to her bank to withdraw money to give to the suspects. Green and Erickson got into the victim’s vehicle with her and before the victim was able to give Green and Erickson her money, Takoma Park Police arrived on the scene. (more…)

12/30/13 10:02pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From Takoma Park PD:

Gun Shots to Put Down Rabid Raccoon – Community Advisory
On December 29, 2013, Takoma Park Police responded to Sligo Creek Parkway and Heather Avenue for reports of a rabid raccoon. Based on the raccoon’s behavior and demeanor, it was deemed to be rabid and had to be put down. Animal control is en route to pick up the raccoon.”

235 Carroll Street, NW

Construction started almost exactly a year ago on Takoma Central:

“These brand new apartments are conveniently located amongst the independent shops and restaurants of Takoma Park and minutes away from the bustling shopping and dining destination of downtown Silver Spring, MD. The building is tailored to complement the unique architecture of the neighborhood, with a five-story Victorian-style warehouse design connected by a glass “hyphen” to a contemporary, four-story brick and stone building in the Art Deco style.”

This is the same building where a Busboys and Poets is coming.


12/06/13 10:30am

6937-6939 Laurel Ave

Holy cow this spot turned out nice. Jeff Black’s [owner of Pearl Dive and Black Jack among many others] new spot, Republic, at 6937-6939 Laurel Ave not far from the Takoma metro is opening Sunday. Last night they had a preview opening and you can see Republic was well worth the wait. A huge score for Takoma and Takoma Park. Have a look:


Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

806 Fern Place Northwest

This house is located at 806 Fern Place, Northwest:


The listing says:

“Beautiful Takoma four square house sited above the street with a lovely front porch. Large level private back yard/ New hardwood floors throughout/Wood burning fireplace/built-ins in living room and dining room.Spacious attic loft for office or kids playroom. Separate formal dining room/ Partially finished basement with rec room/bath/laundry and lots of storage. Detached garage. Walk to Metro!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/3.5 is going for $589,000.