gdon revisited

Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) is a weekly post that reviews the settled sales data of a recent individual real estate transaction in the District of Columbia. Each post is intended as a case study and a snapshot of the real estate market at a particular moment in time. GDoN-R generally posts on Friday in the late morning.

GDoN-R has been written exclusively for Popville since 2009 by Suzanne Des Marais. Suzanne is a practicing Realtor with the 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 Smartcharts by Showingtime. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 4107 8th St, NW
Legal Subdivision: Petworth
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Petworth
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 Parking: Driveway/Off Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $649,900. List Price at Contract: $649,900.
List Date: 3/2/2017 Days on Market: 6
Settled Sales Price: $712,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 3/31/2017
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.


The original Good Deal or Not post regarding this property brought forth some interesting conversation (which you can see here. Several commenters expected the property to sell over $700,000. (which it did), and others appreciated the “character” of the place in contrast to brand new completely renovated houses, which some perceived as more sterile.

Google maps puts this at a six minute walk to Metro and Safeway, which definitely is an add for desirability, and makes a strong case for holding or increasing in value. As of this listing, the subject house has not brand new appliances, a galley kitchen, does not have central air and employs radiator heat (radiator heat is very efficient and home inspectors generally like it).

For perspective, a house that was similar in size and location but not as prepped for listing sold in December for for $551,000.

And a house around the corner on Taylor that appears fully gut renovated with open floor plan sold a few weeks ago for $841,000.

The listing agent for this property was Marshall Carey with Redfin Corp. Loic Pritchett with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, assisted the Buyer.

Courtesy Ten Tigers 3813 Georgia Avenue, NW

Always happy to share word of $1 beer options and a mighty fine day in store for the kick off! From an email:

“Ten Tigers’ rescheduled patio opening will kick off on Wednesday, April 5 at 5pm with $1 beers and complimentary tastes of its new boozy boba tea menu ($10 each):

The Crenshaw: Three Olives Vodka, Green Milk Tea, Melon Syrup, Sweet Tapioca Pearls
Limehouse: Jim Beam Bourbon, Lemon Infused Syrup, Lemon Tapioca Pearls
Long Thailand: Thai Iced Tea, Sailor Jerry Rum, Sweet Tapioca Pearls
Jian Blade: Sauza Signature Blue Tequila, Chili Lemon Infused Syrup, Chili Lemon Tapioca Pearls

Ten Tigers’ newly renovated outdoor patio boasts the original Chez Billy fireplace and additional heat lamps.”


From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred in the 4600 block of 5th Street, Northwest, on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

At approximately 4:01 pm, the suspect approached the victim, brandished a handgun and fired shots which struck the victim. The victim was transported to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The person of interest can be seen in this video:

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.”

bike house

“Dear PoPville,

It’s finally spring, which in DC means cherry blossoms, Nationals baseball, and the return of Bike House clinics.

The Bike House reopens on April 1st at noon.

Whether you rode your bike all winter or stored it away, ride over to Annie’s Ace Hardware to get it tuned up and ready to roll. We’ll pair you with an experienced mechanic to help you do anything from simple projects like fixing a flat or cleaning and lubing your chain to more complicated fixes.

Clinics run from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday at 1240 Upshur St. NW. The Bike House is all volunteer and relies on donations to cover the costs of our clinics.”

Photo by Jai Williams

The Domku to Taqueria del Barrio transformation is complete and it is dope!!

Taqueria del Barrio – Menu

From a press release:

“Taqueria del Barrio, an authentic Mexican taqueria, will open its doors on Thursday, March 30 serving house-made regional Mexican dishes and drinks in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest. Diners can choose from 14 types of tacos served on tortillas made in-house, three specialty ‘torta’ sandwiches, and additional traditional Mexican foods, served in a modern, casual dining room and bar.

Taqueria del Barrio’s menu was developed by Chef and Owner Anna Bran-Leis and General Manager Mikey Torres, and is centered around $3 tacos in classic styles like carne asada, pescado, and al pastor varieties served alongside less-familiar options like nopales – grilled cactus paddle served with melted Oaxacan cheese. Appetizers include elote with a chili-lime aioli and cotija cheese, and beef albondigas cooked in a smoky chipotle salsa. Entrées range from $12 to $15 and include traditional Mexican dishes like chile relleno –poblano peppers stuffed with barbacoa, tomatoes, onions, and queso freso; and mole con pollo with made-from-scratch mole, blended with nuts, chiles, and a subtle hint of chocolate. While Taqueria del Barrio is opening with a lunch and dinner menu, a unique brunch menu is expected to roll out in the coming months. (more…)

via google maps

From MPD:

“Shortly after 4 PM this afternoon MPD received 911 calls for the sounds of gunshots. Officers responded to the location and located an adult male in the 4600 block of 5th Street, NW, with an apparent gunshot wound. The injury appears to be non life-threatening and the victim was transported to the hospital for treatment. The case is being investigated by the Fourth District Detectives’ Office. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 202-729-9099 or send a text to 50411.”


This rental is located at New Hampshire Ave at Upshur St, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1900 / 2br – 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom first floor apartment

Spacious apartment on the first floor (street level in front, english basement in rear) with great light and space. Two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Stainless steel appliances – including a dishwasher – in the kitchen. Washer/dryer, good sized closets, kitchen island and large living/dining area. (more…)

a few days after the snow/ice

Almost made it the whole season…

“Dear PoPville,

I live around the corner from First Seventh Day Adventist Church at 810 Shepherd Street NW. The church’s bordering streets of Shepherd and 8th are literally never shoveled after it snows.

I’ve noticed this is fairly common with churches — no one actually lives there and the congregants don’t live nearby, so no one actually takes responsibility for keeping the sidewalk clean. The church has many visitors every Sunday, parking all over the neighborhood. But when it snows, not one person comes to shovel.

Yesterday, we had freezing temperatures after it snowed, and the sidewalks at Shepherd and 8th are now lined with ice because no one from the church maintained them. This is not only dangerous for the church’s congregants, but for the neighborhood in general. I also find it inconsiderate and disrespectful to the families who live here (everyone else in the neighborhood keeps their sidewalks clean and safe for their neighbors).

Is there anything that can be done? Anyone in the city who can convince them to take responsibility of their property?”

3813 Georgia Avenue, NW

From Ten Tigers Parlour:

$3 Happy Hour – Starting this week, guests guests can enjoy $3 Sapporo drafts, house wines and a rotating selection of cocktails during Ten Tigers’ new daily happy hour. Hours are between 5-7pm on weekdays and 2-5pm on weekends.

Delivery – Also new this week, the kitchen is now offering delivery service via Caviar and Grubhub. The full menu – with the exception of the soup dumplings – is available for delivery within DC.

Outdoor Patio Opening + Boozy Boba Tea menu launch – On March 22, Ten Tigers will unveil its renovated outdoor patio – complete with a fireplace and heat lamps – and new boozy boba tea menu! Menu below – all are priced at $10: (more…)

3911 14th Street, NW

A reader reports:

“Been watching this space (and block!) transform a lot over the past two years. Barrilito quietly opened last week in the old location of El Sol on 14th and Randolph, one store front up from Little Coco’s. Little disappointed only because we have so many amazing taco and torta places in the neighborhood already. But I wish them all the best!”

Anyone happen to take an early taste?

Check out the menu after the jump. (more…)