08/01/14 1:20pm

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6th and P St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I live on the eastern side of Shaw, where there are a dearth of grassy parks that my 7-month-old baby can crawl around on. I noticed a potentially nice space near the playground at Kennedy Rec Center at 7th and P NW with tall trees, winding paths and lots of grass. Yesterday, we tried it out. The only other group was a triad, sitting by the fence, chatting, surveying the park and giving me a suspicious look.

I set the blanket out, kicking away bottle caps, bandaids and pieces of glass. When we looked over to the other group, we noticed a man stumble up, hand over some cash, and take a little baggie from them. Lots of weary side eye was directed our way.

Needless to say, we felt a little unwelcome. My husband later pointed out that the glass may have been intentionally thrown around to deter the likes of me.

So, what to do? Should we forget about the park, leaving the space for the group to conduct business? Should I keep coming back, but mind my own business? Should I round up my parent friends and have a ‘baby sit-in’? What’s the protocol here? What do other neighbors think of that space?”

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08/01/14 10:40am

GDoN-r

Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. 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. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1243 10th St NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #2
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Street Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple
Square Footage per tax record: 1662
Original List Price: $875,000.
List Price at Contract: $799,000.
List Date: 2/4/2014
Days on Market: 96
Settled Sales Price: $760,000.
Seller Subsidy: $22,121.
Settlement Date: 7/21/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here.

Last week, Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) looked at a house on 10th Street on the other side of the city. You can see the link to that post here. The Capitol Hill 10th St house similarly had no basement, no off street parking, and was a couple hundred square feet larger. Both homes sold with a substantial seller subsidy (with the current subject property having a subsidy double that of the Capitol Hill sale).

Although this home was originally priced similarly to last week’s GDoN-R home, it did not go under contract until the list price came down to just below $800,000. Whereas the other home was on the market for 9 days, this one was out there for over three months (which, in normal markets is probably a pretty reasonable amount of time, but in the DC market, where listing time is calculated in dog years, that is kind of a long time.)

For whatever reason, it is not unusual to see fee simple house homes in Capitol Hill selling higher than their counterparts in similar neighborhoods in NW. On the flip side, the price per square foot for condos is significantly higher on the NW side of the city compared to The Hill, probably because there simply are more condo sales in NW.

Gina Carvana of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage listed the home. No buyer agent was reported in the multiple listing system.

07/31/14 1:20pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

“Dear PoPville,

I had my bike stolen the other night right from outside of the shaw metro. The thieves cut my lock and took the bike. Sure enough I see an ad for the same bike on craigslist a day later offering it at a very low price – it was clear they were trying to get rid of it quickly. The photo was not actually of my bike, so I was only 90% sure it was the same one. When I met them to confirm it was mine and “purchase” it, my plan was to just take it. But I was met by two people who came in a car and the bike didn’t have the wheels on it so a getaway didn’t seem likely. I reluctantly paid them $100 for my bike back, but told them I knew they stole it or at least they know it was stolen. Naturally, they claimed to have “bought it off some guy on the street” the previous day.

I filed a police report once I noticed it was gone and I know what the person who sold it to me looks like and their phone # – is there any way to get these people in trouble?

I wanted to go for the sting type of operation, but I didn’t see any police nearby and I don’t have any documentation that I even own the bike.”

07/31/14 11:20am

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1231 11th Street, NW

Back in 2011 we noted the 35th anniversary of Capitol Supermarket. Their website says:

Originally a Safeway store in the 60′s and early 70′s, the store became Capitol Supermarket in April 1976. We are a hard working Korean-American family with 3 decades of experience in the grocery business. We started by selling mainly mainstream everyday items at a low price, but as time passed our grocery store changed with the times. Because our nation and our city is such a melting pot, we began selling international foods including a full line of Latino, Asian, and African products. In 2006, we added a full line of fresh seafood including fresh whole fish, fresh clams and mussels and live blue crabs in the summer. In 2008, we updated our beer and wine department to add more fine and imported wines and a wider selection of micro-brew and craft beers. Also in 2008 we upgraded our produce case to hold a wider selection of fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy eating. More recently we began selling more all natural and organic food items and for those on the go, we partnered with the Culinary Circle brand and added a full line of gourmet ready-to-heat and eat entrees.

We are not finished upgrading!

We are planning even more exciting changes in the upcoming years including adding more hard to find products to our store. Although our store has changed over time, we have not forgotten our original vision of providing savings to our loyal customers. So please keep checking in and see what’s new at Capitol Supermarket!

So what do you think of the facelift?

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Prior to renovation:

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New sign:

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I’ll admit I preferred the old sign:

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07/22/14 3:00pm

978 Florida Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 978 Florida Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Rare opportunity to rent an AIA award winning row house just blocks away from buzzing U street corridor. This home’s unique floating staircase is complimented by exposed brick and bamboo floors. Light pours through skylight and impressive three-story wall of windows. Kitchen and baths have poured concrete counters & espresso maple cabinets, topped off with desirable Liebherr and Miele appliances.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,500/Mo.

07/22/14 1:20pm

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@MrsARodriguez tweets us the photo above:

“Parked a few spots down, didn’t see vendor sign. Happened 2 another guy 2. Lesson learned I guess! $30 ticket on top of having to pay $120 to get his car from the towing company.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I did not realize until Sunday morning that drivers wanting to park along streets that have Sunday-only back-in parking near churches in Shaw were required to park that way during those times. I just figured it was permissible but not required. I was wrong. In other words, residents must move or adjust how their cars are parked by 7am on Sundays along many streets in Shaw. When I walked by 7th St NW Sunday morning two MPD officers were ticketing cars that were not properly parked (backed in, protruding into one lane of traffic).

What’s more, I understand that MPD will not ticket vehicles that remain backed in and blocking one lane of roadway after 3pm unless a complaint is called in.

By the way, the churches have petitioned the city to extend back-in parking on 6th St NW until 9pm Sundays. The city extended the hours while doing a study earlier this year. The study found that extended hours parking was unsafe but the Universal House of Prayer has hired an attorney to petition the city to allow the extended parking to remain. This extended parking makes it more challenging to find a place to park for residents as, even if they find a spot along that road, they need to move their car/adjust how its parked at 9pm…”

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07/17/14 4:45pm

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945 Florida Ave, NW formerly home to District Flea

Following last year’s wildly successful BRGR Battle in Ballston, the newly rebranded D.C. BRGR Bash will take place in the heart of Shaw at 945 Florida Ave, NW— just steps away from the U Street/Cardozo Metro stop. The event, which brings together 10 of the DMV’s best burger chefs for a friendly competition amidst live music, games, and a craft beer garden, will happen rain or shine on JULY 19 from 1 to 6 pm.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

Willow Restaurant – Arlington
Burger Tap & Shake – Foggy Bottom
Cafe Saint-Ex – 14th Street
GUGS – Georgetown
Big Buns – Arlington
Granville Moore’s – H Street
Boundary Stone – Bloomingdale
1905 – Shaw
Old Ebbitt Grill – Downtown
Fainting Goat – U Street

CRAFT BEER AND ENTERTAINMENT

D.C. BRGR Bash has partnered with DC Brau and Atlas Brew Works — two of D.C.’s top craft breweries — to offer a selection of 16 oz. drafts on sale for $5 at the event. On tap will be three beers from each brewery — DC Brau’s The Public, The Corruption, and The Tradition. Atlas Brew Works will pour District Common, Rowdy Rye and Home Rule.

D.C. BRGR Bash will feature live music for the entirety of the event from the following local acts: DJ John Bowen, house-infused funk group House of Soul, and the nine-piece soul and R&B powerhouse The Original Moonlighters.

TICKETS (more…)