529 Lamont Street Northwest

This rental is located at 529 Lamont Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautifully RENOVATED, BRIGHT SUNNY 2Br/1Ba Apt on Top Floor of 3 story Parkmont Condo in Park View neighborhood of Col Heights, just off Ga Ave NW, Near HOWARD U and METRO. New Kitchen w/Granite/STAINLESS APPL/Tile Floor; Washer/Dryer in Apt, Central AC/Heat; MUST SEE. AVAILABLE 4/1/15. Vouchers Accepted”

You can see more photos here.

This2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,000/Mo.

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3118 Georgia Ave, NW

I apologize in advance but this is one of the transformations that makes ramble because I’m so happy. First of all I had no idea it was gonna turn out so nice. I just thought Colony Club was gonna be a very bare bones ping pong hall. I was very very wrong. Their website says:

“Colony Club is a neighborhood coffee shop, bar, and ping pong club. We serve quality products in a friendly and approachable setting.

Located on historic Georgia Avenue in Park View, Washington, DC, Colony Club tries to capture an old-school vibe, and pay homage to the history of the street (including the family flower shop, pictured below).”

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Photo via Colony Club

Check out their beer/wine/spirits menu here and breakfast and bar snacks here.

So a bit more info – which I totally didn’t realize. They’ll be a proper coffee shop during the day. They’ll open Monday-Friday from 7am-11pmish (hours likely to change a bit based on what folks want) and 8am-midnight(ish) on the weekends. Coffee is ceremony. Pastries will come from Bakehouse (14th and T St, NW.)

As for the evenings – while they have a small wine and cocktail list – the focus will be on good beer. Four draft lines, four cans, four bottles and a small cellar list. and Porkslap will only be $3!

As for the ping pong – it’s upstairs. One table. The space wasn’t photo ready when I stopped by but they are very very close. And you could definitely get a feel for it. It reminds me of when Temperance Hall (now Looking Glass) first opened on Georgia. It doesn’t remind me of the same style but in that what a huge deal it is. There is nothing like this around the 3100 block of Georgia (all due respect to Bravo Bar which is great for different reasons.) This place is a game changer for this section of Georgia Ave. You will see very, very soon.

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I take this as a very good sign:

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This is so much nicer than I was expecting, just a taste, but wait till you see proper photos:

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There will be bike parking out front:

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To properly gauge the amazing transformation – here’s how it looked in 2009 as Hadiya Cafe before it became Ma Ma’s Southern Cuisine:

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If you have a photo of a neat find from your house or place of work please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail.com thanks. To those who have I sent – I promise I’m working through the queue!

“Found in the original gas fireplace of my Park View house (built 1916):

Old playing cards
What appears to be a handheld roulette wheel
Tooth powder container
(Not pictured: Mummified mouse)”

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3205 Georgia Avenue Northwest

This unit is located at 3205 Georgia Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“31 NEW LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS in vibrant Columbia Heights & walking distance to Metro. Featuring 1BRs, 1BR/Lofts & 2BRs w/designer kitchens, 7″ wide plank floors throughout, walls of windows boasting east, west and south. exposures many w/views of Monument, Cathedral, Basilica. Elevator in building & Secure, Gated, Sep. Deeded Parking Avail. for $30k. LOW FEES. GRAND OPEN this weekend (3/28 & 3/29)”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $454,900 ($209 monthly fee.)

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3232 Georgia Ave, NW

From an email:

“Grand Opening Celebration
Date: March 20, 2015
Hours: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Attire: Business Casual

Purpose: Welcome you to my new studio home & celebrate this milestone that the Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill community; DC Government, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development/Great Streets Initiative; Neighborhood Development Company; Design Republica; Family; and close Friends have helped me to accomplish. This is my opportunity to convey my profound gratitude to you as we welcome Bikram yoga to the Petworth/Columbia Heights and Shaw communities.

Location: Bikram Yoga Petworth, 3232 Georgia Avenue, NW, Suite 105, Washington, DC 20010. Located between Lamont and Kenyon streets.

Metro lines are Green and Yellow. Both Metro stations, Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue/Petworth, are within 5-6 blocks of the studio.”

Ed. Note: While I loathe debating neighborhood boundaries, I did mention to the owner that even I don’t call this far south on Georgia Ave Petworth. Having said that – happy to hear they are opening!

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2915 Georgia Ave, NW

What’s the word on the highly anticipated (by me anyway) wine bar coming to Georgia Ave? Well a reader hears they’re no longer coming. I’ve sent an email for confirmation but haven’t heard back yet. The fact that their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since March of last year is not a good sign either. Hoping I’m wrong.

Update: The owners say they are now shooting for a summer 2015 opening! Great news. Updates as they get closer.

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Sherman and Lamont St, NW

A reader reports:

“Police have been on the 3300 block of Sherman Avenue for a deceased female stabbing victim since it was reported at 8am. They have been canvassing the houses on the block for witnesses.”

From MPD:

“The Third District is currently investigating and incident that occurred in the 3300 block of Sherman Ave., NW.

If anyone has any information please contact the police department on 202-727-9099.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 3300 block of Sherman Avenue NW. On Sunday, March 8, 2015, at approximately 8:11 am, members of the Fourth District responded to the report of an unconscious person lying in the 3300 block of Sherman Avenue, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an unidentified adult female suffering from apparent stab wounds. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded and observed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene. The decedent’s identity is being withheld at this time, pending positive identification.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 3300 block of Sherman Avenue NW. On Sunday, March 8, 2015, at approximately 8:11 am, members of the Third District responded to the report of an unconscious person lying in the 3300 block of Sherman Avenue, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an unidentified adult female suffering from apparent stab wounds. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded and observed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene.

The decedent has been identified as 37 year-old Alejandra Coronado-Cardona of Northwest, Washington, DC.”

Ed. Note: We used to feature these renovations from PoPville back in the day but it’s been a while since I’ve found folks willing to share. A good time for me to say, which I sadly realize I have to say, if you have negative comments about the reno please consider keeping it to yourself. Critiquing the renovations is not the point of these posts. It’s simply to show what some folks have done. If you like it, obviously, feel free to let them know but again – well let me be clear – don’t be a jerk. Thanks. Sorry to have to preface with that. I really do love these features and am fortunate that 2 or 3 three more folks have also agreed to share their renovations. These renovations can be extensive – like a whole house gut or simply a 1/2 bath added, floor refinished or even smaller. It can be a whole series of posts or just one. If you’d like to share one of your projects please email princeofpetworth(at)gmail thanks and thanks for understanding!

You can read episode two from this series here.

windows

“I knew we would replace the windows in our house eventually, but I did not think we would do it in the first year let alone the first five months! However, after doing some research I found it was more cost effective to do all 15 windows at once rather than replace a few at time. Plus many companies have a four (or more) window minimum. I hope no one reading this has to replace windows soon because the initial consultation some of these window companies make you suffer through are terrible. Also, both spouses have to be home for the consultation, which is really annoying if you both work. Our windows were twenty years old and I don’t think they were even nice windows the day they were installed. They were so drafty and some of them could not even be unlocked, or it felt like they would break if you forced it! One window also had a small break in the glass.

First we met with Home Depot for a quick estimate on getting one window fixed since the lock on it was broken and that is not too safe. He was prompt and provided us with a quote for $671 Simonton window. He never mentioned lead paint or any of that and I know our house has lead paint in it since it’s 100+ years old. If you’re dealing with lead paint there is a special process for removing/disposing of the old windows. I also read mixed reviews on buying windows from Home Depot. Furthermore, $671 for a window and installation isn’t that cheap. (more…)