“Dear PoPville,

This corner (5th and Q) used to belong to a house with an attached, street-facing garage — a major rarity in the area. (it also used to be the epicenter of a local gang turf war! fun facts!) The developers originally won permission to build 8 units, as I recall, but instead built 4 luxury spaces — and, as you can see, are trying to sell them for nearly $1.5 million each! Ed. Note: You can see a virtual tour here.

I guess my question is: who is this for? Some foreign potentate’s children studying at Georgetown Law? Are Russian oligarchs running out of Manhattan and London apartments to buy up? Is there a market, in Shaw, for apartment-homes that cost this much? The list price has many of us in the neighborhood scratching our heads.”

April 2015

1811 6th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1811 6th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Don’t let the snow stop you from viewing this awesome condo alternative! This adorable unique, clean and bright one bedroom house has so much to offer! Location, fenced in back garden, remodeled kitchen and bath, walk-in closet, basement storage. 0.16 mile to Shaw Metro (yellow and green line). You will love this piece of heaven for your own. Available immediately!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,300/Mo.

Rendering of The Shay at 8th and Florida Ave, NW

Back in May we first heard rumors of a Whole Foods coming to 9th and U St, NW. On twitter @mr_roaming asked:

“Is the @WholeFoods coming to @TheShayDC? #Washington #DC”

@WholeFoods replied:

“@mr_roaming We have a store in development in DC but not sure on the location.”

Now we already know Whole Foods already had announced plans for H Street, NE and Navy Yard. So I’m guessing/hoping the store in development is one not already announced yet? Surely Whole Foods would know the location of a store in development right? So were they being coy? Giving us a hint? Help me dissect this tweet! Does this give greater hope for a Whole Foods around 8th/U St/Florida Ave?


Over the summer we learned that the owners and chef from Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan would be opening a second restaurant at 801 O Street, NW in Shaw. A few readers have sent emails asking for an update, noting no visible construction and that their liquor license placard has been turned around. Emails to the owner for an update have not been returned. Hopefully they’re just raising money but it’s not clear if they’re still on track for a Spring opening. Updates when more info is known.