08/14/14 9:10am

@DCPoliceDept tweeted around 12:30am:


Other shootings reported by @DCPoliceDept last night include:

“7D Shooting_2305 hrs_MLK Jr Ave at Malcolm X Ave, SE_No Lookout”

“6D Shooting, 2141 hours, 1000 48th Place NE, LOF Black Nissan Maxima with tinted windows.”

“6d shooting, 0112 hours, 3300 block Croffut Place SE.”

UPDATE: Statement Muriel Bowser:

“Today Democratic Nominee for Mayor, Councilmember Muriel Bowser, released a statement regarding the recent shootings that have occurred over the past week in the District of Columbia:

“I have been briefed by Chief Lanier on several shootings that have occurred over the past week in the District. I am saddened for the victims and their families, yet also outraged that the acts of a few individuals now threaten to erode our ability to feel safe in the District.

“Ensuring the public safety of Washingtonians is our top priority. After speaking with Chief Lanier, I know our police department is doing everything possible to keep our residents safe and deter additional shootings. But they can’t do it alone. If residents see something, say something. You can provide an anonymous tip anytime to 202-727-9099 or text to 50411. We are our brothers and sisters’ keepers, so we must work together to ensure a safer District for everyone. And, we must stay vigilant in condemning acts of violence and continuing to act on the values that make the District of Columbia the greatest city in the nation.”

08/13/14 4:21pm

606 Florida Ave, NW

More good restaurant news for Shaw/Ledroit Park – thanks to a reader for sending:

“Saw some good progress on the brick and mortar Rito Loco on 6th and Florida today. After a delayed opening (they had initially mentioned a Cinco de Mayo opening), it looks like things are moving!”

For those not familiar you can check out their menu here.


08/12/14 4:22pm

247 Florida Ave, NW

And in other almost open news – Meats & Foods – from their website:

“13th St Meats is proud to announce the arrival of our new retail shop and restaurant at 247 Florida NW in Washington, DC.

Opening soon, Meats & Foods will feature a variety of styles of handmade sausages as well as chili, soups, and sides.”

And on August 6th they wrote:

“Thanks @kellytowles for the amazing piece on our wall. Just got our C of O, health inspection next week!

And from their facebook page:

“Sneak peek at a sample menu…Health inspection tomorrow morning!”


08/11/14 10:22pm

2020 9th Street, NW (just north of U Street) across from 9:30 Club

“Dear Popville,

Any chance we can get an update on the new restaurant from the owner of Thai X-ing that you wrote about in September? I absolutely can’t wait to try it!”

I sent another email to the folks at Thai X-ing to try to get a firm date but haven’t heard back yet. But walking past this weekend I did notice that they have a live plant out front so it’s gotta be soon! Also a peek in the windows reveals it’s gotta be very very soon:




08/01/14 1:20pm

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?”


08/01/14 10:40am


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.