829 Upshur Street, NW

From Petworth Citizen:

“What kind of bookish speakeasy would #ReadingRoomDC be if it didn’t love banned books? Chantal Tseng crafts this weekend’s Literary Cocktails from a collection of books that have faced censorship in the past. Raise a glass to #BannedBooksWeek with us, Friday and Saturday nights 7pm-12am.

Sneak peek at one of the cocktails: (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“On Wednesday, September 14th, an armed burglary occurred at 4843 Illinois Avenue, NW. The Fourth District detectives were able to develop a suspect and quickly obtained an arrest warrant for 32 year-old Youhynas Gray of Laurel, MD.

On Saturday, a member of the Fourth District was off-duty and was at a shopping mall in Maryland when he recognized the suspect. He knew the suspect was wanted in the armed burglary. He contacted the local police and directed the responding officers to the location of the suspect. The suspect is currently in the process of being extradited to the District of Columbia.

This was an excellent job by the officer!”

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From an email:

“What: third annual Freedom 5K at President Lincoln’s Cottage (where Abraham Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation and led our nation through the Civil War.)

When: Saturday, September 24th, race starts at 9am

Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage (Entrance at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011) and the 250-acre grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home)

$35 for 5K participants
$5 for parking pass
$5 for Tot Dash

Register here.

Who: Runners, joggers, walkers of all ages. Guest of honor Olympic champion and running icon, Joan Benoit Samuelson, plus Lighthouse Yoga will provide a pre-race yoga session and Paradigm Chiropractic will have a booth.

Why: All proceeds and donations support preservation, award-winning programs, and innovative initiatives such as the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only privately funded National Monument in the nation.

More details: (more…)


Suzanne Des Marais is an associate broker with Bediz Group, LLC at Keller Williams Capital Properties . 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 and/or Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI). Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1352 Randolph St NW
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Garage Ownership: Fee Simple
Lot Square Footage: 2700
Original List Price: $750,000.
List Price at Contract: $700,000.
List Date: 06/04/2016
Days on Market: 53
Settled Sales Price: $635,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 08/31/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The listings can be seen here: here.

The original Good Deal or Not post for this listing showed up right after the property was listed, early in summer. At that time, the home was marketed for $750,000. It was later reduced to $729,900., and again to $700,000. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday my husband had just gotten off the metro at Petworth about 7 pm and was going up the escalators when he felt something hit him in the back of the head. It was a green slushy, lovingly hurled at him by a group of about ten teens. It got all over his head, suit and shirt. Needless to say he was pissed, but there was no one else around and not much he could do.

I am sure this was likely a one-off incident, but I just wanted to let people know in case this becomes a “thing.” It was certainly benign when you think about what other vile things can happen in an empty subway, but it was frustrating and annoying at the very least.”

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courtesy AFRH Golf

Ed. Note: We had an interesting discussion about the golf course back in 2009.

“Dear PoPville,

The DOD pulled funding on the golf course on the Armed Forces Retirement Home and told its veteran residents and associate members that if we can’t raise $250,000 by December 2016, the golf course will close.

A group of veteran residents and associate members have banned together to try to raise the funds. Our hope is if we can reach this $250,000 goal in December we can open the course up to more members next season.”

The Washington Post reported:

“But the 128-acre oasis is losing money and senior Defense Department officials are debating whether to stop funding it, according to Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman.”

The new AFRH Golf website says:

“Until last year (2015), Golf Course maintenance operations were funded by the AFRH Trust Fund. This is no longer possible. By law, the AFRH, as a government entity, cannot solicit donation… But WE can!

Therefore, we Residents and associated members, through our AFRH-W Golf Club, are seeking donations to continue golf operations throughout the 2017 season while a permanent solution is in the process of being formulated. Without sufficient funds to guarantee the maintenance contract for the 2017 season, our golf course will close permanently after September 30, 2016- terminating our working plans and new membership drives that can support the golf course for the future.

We must produce at least $250,000 by December 15, 2016 to ensure the 2017 golf season.

Your contributions will directly impact all the men and women veterans of our Home, and will be deeply appreciated.”

little coco
Little Coco’s bar at 3907 14th Street, NW

In other Italian news – from an email:

Little Coco’s will be closed today and next Monday, Sept. 19th. We will be open on Mondays starting Sept. 26th.

Tomorrow we kick off Aperitivo Hour with:
$5 Wine and Prosecco
$5 Spuntini (Bruschetta, Arancini, Fritters, etc).
All Draft Beer $5 Pints; $17 Pitchers.
$6 Frozen Bellini and Aperol Spritz.”