312-varnum-street-northwest

This house is located at 312 Varnum Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Fabulously renovated 3-level row home in desirable Petworth with perfect attention to detail! Large Master Suite with sitting room, fireplace, luxury bath and access to private balcony. Remodeled kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances. Gleaming Brazilian cherry wood floors. Beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. Three bedrooms, three full and one half baths. Rare over-sized 1-car garage.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $799,900.

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Lots of love for Petworth in the New York Times. Tell me something I don’t know!! But nice to see the recognition has spread. Thanks to the many many excited Petworthians who sent me emails. Here’s how they define the borders of Petworth:

“Petworth is bounded by Emerson Street NW to the north, Rock Creek Church Road NW and Spring Road NW to the southeast and south, the 18th-century Rock Creek Church Yard and Cemetery to the east and Arkansas Avenue NW to the west.”

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The listing says:

“Newly renovated Petworth townhouse steps from bars and restaurants. 8 min walk to Georgia Ave metro. This gorgeous 3BR/2.5BA has an open floor plan, hardwood floors, and a modern kitchen with stainless GE appliances.

What to know:

Wired for FIOS
Available Immediately
Credit Check /Background Check
Managed by EASE Property Services
No Pets please
Basement is owner-occupied with separate rear entrance.

Neighborhood Information:

8 minute walk to Petworth Metro (Green/Yellow lines); Safeway; Yes Organic Market, CVS, yoga studio, bars and restaurants, and much more…

Steps from Petworth Citizen, Twisted Horn, Slash Run, Himitsu, Slim’s, farmers market!

Ample street parking

Great block, great neighbors, safe and family friendly.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,300/Mo.

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inside 828 Upshur Street, NW via Himitsu

Short and sweet email from Himitsu:

“We are thrilled to announce that Himitsu will be opening tonight! Enjoy up to $800 in extra bonus credit when you purchase a gift card online!”

Their website notes:

“open tuesday thru saturday 5:00 PM until late night

​accepting parties of 4 and under to do our petite space”

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A reader notes:

“Seems the trash cans in Sherman Circle need emptying. On the good side, an obvious increase in dog owners picking up, but man, that’s a lot of dog…”

Anyone know who picks up the trash in federal parks? Does NPS contract out to a private firm?

UPDATE from the National Park Service:

“Our NPS maintenance crew is scheduled to pick up the trash there this afternoon. They empty the cans and pick up trash at Sherman Circle every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.”

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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“On Sunday Oct 30th neighbors from the Sherman Circle gathered for a pre Halloween celebration. It was great! Weather was perfect. Kids and pets show up in their best outfits.”

Hope everyone has a fun and safe evening tonight! If you have great photos from tonight be sure to email me at [email protected] or tweet me @PoPville or upload to the PoPville flickr pool – thanks!

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dc_reynolds
3628 Georgia Ave, NW

From DC Reynolds:

“Brau-loween Pumpkin Carving Contest w/Atlas Brew Works

Saturday 5 PM – 10 PM
DC Reynolds

It time once again for the BRAU-LOWEEN Pumpking Carving Contest with special guests Atlas Brew Works!!! We’ve joined forces this year to bring you the annual DC Reynolds Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza and contest!

Here’s what you need to know: (more…)

ruta
800 Upshur Street, NW

I know I continue to sound like a broken record when I speak of amazing transformations on Upshur Street but here is another amazing transformation on Upshur Street. You have to remember this is the former, troubled Riyad market:

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8th and Upshur St, NW previously

And now it is this:

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And that’s just a tiny slice. Ruta Del Vino is the Latin American Wine Bar and Restaurant that we first heard about a year ago. Now they are very very close to opening – I’m told the soft opening should be in about a week or so and the proper opening in about two weeks or so (knock wood, knock wood!) But as you can tell the space is 99% completed and just a jaw dropper dominated by a huge wrap around bar (lots more photos after the jump.) In the meantime, have a sneak peek of the menu “90+% complete”:

ruta_del_vino_menu_draft (PDF)

Earlier they shared on their Facebook info about the new chef:

“After a long search, we’re pleased to announce we’ve hired an executive chef.

Chef Victor Meneses began his career in his hometown of Albuquerque, NM, helping his father prepare authentic Mexican street food for his camión (food truck). At fourteen, Victor began working as a dishwasher and prep cook for a local New Mexican Restaurant. Soon, he landed a job at the northern Italian restaurant Scalo and trained under award-winning chef Jonathan Perno, working his way through every station in the restaurant, honing his skills and technique and expanding his knowledge of Italian cuisine.

A few years later, Victor moved to the Washington, DC area to attend L’Academie de Cuisine. While in school, he worked for the late culinary legend Michel Richard at Citronelle and learned the importance of building flavors and refining technique. Victor completed his culinary externship at Equinox, known for imaginative, seasonal, regional American cuisine. After that, he worked for Chef Tony Chittum at Notti Bianche. Soon, Victor was promoted to sous chef, then to executive sous chef. Over the next few years, he continued to learn from the best chefs in the area, working with Drew Trautmann of Sonoma on Capitol Hill, Jeff Black of Black’s Bar & Kitchen in Bethesda, and Ethan McKee of Circle Bistro.

Victor relocated to South Florida seven years ago and was intrigued and inspired by the area’s produce and seafood, preferring to use products that are locally sourced. He allows nature to dictate his menu, mixing the subtle with the unexpected, avoiding trends in favor of elegance and timelessness. Freshness, simplicity and depth of flavor are his trademarks, and he strives to execute every dish with care and attention. During his time in Florida, he was executive chef for one of south Florida’s best Mexican restaurants, El Camino, which was voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the country two years in a row by OpenTable.

At Ruta del Vino, Victor will design a menu covering a broad array of Latin American cuisines to pair with wines from across Latin America.

Welcome, Chef!”

And I’ll be sure to update when the opening date is confirmed. Now check out lots more photos of the space: (more…)

305-rock-creek-church-road

This house is located at 305 Rock Creek Church Road, NW. The listing says:

“FULLY RENOVATED 3-level row-home in highly desired section of Petworth. OPEN FLOOR-PLAN includes hardwood flooring, gourmet kitchen w/ granite, s/s appliances, & island. Main level also has 1/2 bath & walkout deck. Gorgeous upstairs master suite includes vaulted ceilings w/ exposed brick. W/D upstairs. Lower level has in-law suite walks out to OFFSTREET PARKING!”

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You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $774,900.