The listing for this Takoma rental says:

“A must see, this beautifully renovated 1BR apartment has your very own washer/dryer, granite and porcelain in kitchen and bathroom, open floor plan, Central Heat and Air you control, in a central location. Just 5 blocks to the Takoma Red Line Metro and easy to get to downtown DC, Silver Spring, area grad schools and hospitals. Call today 301-559-9111 to schedule a visit or respond to this posting.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1bath is going for $1,475/Mo.

6937-6939 Laurel Ave

From an email:

“Republic will officially launch their music program this month, hosting a live event on Sunday with Krist Novoselic, award-winning bassist from Nirvana. The event will benefit Takoma Park-based FairVote (http://www.fairvote.org/), of which Krist is board chair, and also features New Yorker essayist, Hendrik Hertzberg and a number of Maryland politicians including State Senator Jamie Raskin and Congressman Chris Van Hollen. Food and drinks from Republic’s new late night menu will also be available, with 5% of proceeds going to FairVote. See attached invitation for more info:

Republic, the newest addition to Black Restaurant Group, will debut their live music program and a new late night menu this March. Booking Manager and 9:30 club veteran, Catherine Rytkonen, will manage a diverse music line-up, featuring a wide variety of performances including open mic nights, blues nights, and jam sessions. Chef/partner Danny Wells and bar manager, Brett Robison, have collaborated on a late night food and drink menu which can be enjoyed throughout the restaurant, and on the expansive back patio, weather-permitting. (more…)

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest in connection to the robbery force and violence/attempt sexual assault, which occurred on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at approximately 6:10 pm, in the 7400 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

73 Tuckerman Street Northwest

This house is located at 73 Tuckerman Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“A beautiful Cameron renovation. Open floor plan. All new. Hardwood floors. Granite counter top. Stainless steel appliances. Double crown molding. Designer baths. Skylight. Lots of natural light. Nice patio area in backyard.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $419,900.

Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant (formerly Cedar Crossing Tavern) 341 Cedar Street, NW courtesy of Old Takoma Business Association

From a press release:

“Healthy eaters will have two new vegan options available in the Old Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC. Starting Thursday, February 13th, Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant will be bringing its plant-based menu, with soulful influences, to 341 Cedar St NW, Washington, DC, steps from the Takoma Metro station stop on the Red Line. The restaurant will feature the same successful full-service lunch and dinner concept with bar and take away options as established at its original Capital Height’s MD location. A second Takoma location, called Sweet Life Bakery, will also open soon .5 block away from the full service location at 6904 4thSt, NW to include 100% vegan baked goods made by Everlasting Life and other local bakers.”

Ed. Note: A resident on the Takoma listerv says that Everlasting Life Vegan Restaurant will open at 2pm today.

Back in Sept. 2013 we first heard Everlasting Life Restaurant & Lounge would be opening up another restaurant in Takoma:

About the Everlasting Life coming to Takoma:

“At Everlasting Life Restaurant & Lounge we fuse flavorful ethnic cuisine with a 100% vegan menu. We aim to consistently exceed your expectations and are committed to setting the standard on what delicious and fresh vegan meals should be. Affordable and convenient, Everlasting Life Restaurant & Lounge seeks to provide value to our customers and employees through our efforts and expertise. Drop by and experience the taste of health with a soulful twist!”

You can see their daily menu here.

Cedar Crossing first opened up in Takoma back in Nov. 2009, I’m not sure the exact date they closed.

Takoma Central located at 235 Carroll Street, NW

Last week a reader wrote in:

“Glen’s Garden Market which has a location in Dupont Circle will be joining Busboys and Poets in the new Takoma Central project.”

Now word comes from the Takoma Listserv:

“Apparently the developer didn’t think they would succeed and they [Glen's Garden Market] finally had to pull out, now they have a new partnership with a developer in Shaw who is basically going to build them a new store.”

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…)


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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.

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…)