From MPD just before 6am:

“The Fifth District is currently investigating a shooting in the 1200 block of Simms Place, NE.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call (202) 727-9099.”


“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 1200 block of Simms Place, Northeast.

On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at approximately 5:23 am, members from the Fifth District responded to a call for a subject shot in the alley of 1200 block of Simms Place, Northeast. Upon arrival, they located an adult male unconscious and unresponsive. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

The decedent has been identified as 23-year-old DaShawn Hammonds of Southeast, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

From current Capital Fringe home at 607 New York Ave, NW

From a CONNERSMITH gallery press release:

“Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith are pleased to announce they are seeking the next DC home for CONNERSMITH gallery and the (e)merge art fair office. Recently, Smith and Conner accepted an offer from the Capital Fringe Festival to purchase their art space in NE Washington, DC.

Smith and Conner moved their business from Dupont Circle NW to the Trinidad neighborhood in NE DC in 2007 when they purchased an auto body shop at 1358 and 1360 Florida Avenue, NE. The art entrepreneurs converted the two-story building and courtyard into an arts space at a time when the area was known for multiple homicides and police checkpoints.

In the renovated space, CONNERSMITH presented, free to the public, 56 solo exhibitions and 10 group shows of art by established, mid-career, and emerging artists, including Leo Villareal, Zoë Charlton, and Wilmer Wilson IV. A gallery hub formed with the arrival of neighboring galleries, demonstrating the transformative power of art within a resilient community. While based in Trinidad, CONNERSMITH supported its artists’ exhibitions in museums and biennials nationally and abroad and made over 32 presentations at international art fairs. In 2011, Smith and Conner launched (e)merge, DC’s own international contemporary art fair. (more…)


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 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: 1213 West Virginia Ave NE
Legal Subdivision: Trinidad
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Trinidad
Bedrooms: 6 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Drvwy/Off Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $699,900.
List Price at Contract: $735,000.
List Date: 5/8/2014
Days on Market: 6
Settled Sales Price: $735,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 6/9/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Trinidad. Uh huh. Trinidad over $700,000. We’ve seen it before. A similar home in Trinidad sold for $716,500. this year, but otherwise, the bulk of prices for houses in this neighborhood was in the $300,000’s and $400,000’s.

There were a total of 67 settled house sales in Trinidad since the beginning of the year, which is a pretty good number. In comparison, for the same time period last year, there were a total of 51 house sales in Trinidad.

Investors are pretty much snapping up whatever they can get their hands on over there. Of the 67 recent sales, only 12 were listed on MRIS for less than $300,000. I suspect that many of the investor sales happen pre-market and we are not seeing them on the multiple listing service.

Condo activity in the neighborhood is not quite as brisk as the fee simple sales. However, once investors start catching on to value in an area like this, we are sure to see lots more in the future, especially with the significant stock of small multi unit buildings in the area.

The listing agent was Kymber Lovett-Menkiti of Keller Williams Capital Properties (per above disclosure, the listing agent is affiliated with the same brokerage as the author of this post). The buyer was represented by Erin Stevens of Fairfax Realty, Inc.

1213 West Virginia Avenue Northeast

This house is located at 1213 West Virginia Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“The open main floor plan features a gourmet kitchen w/ granite counters,SS appliances&a large island,spacious living room & dining room & a family room.Upper level is complete w/ 4 BRs, including a master suite.The lower level offers generous ceiling height,2 BRs & front/rear entrances.Off street parking for 2 cars!Steps to Union Market, Gallaudet U. & shops & restaurants of H St. Corridor!”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/3.5 bath is going for $699,900.


“Dear PoPville,

My good friend lost her cat, Minou, yesterday. She was doing some yard work when Minou got startled and managed to sprint out of a gate that had been left slightly ajar. It happened so fast and my friend is quite distraught. Minou is one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever met, and we all adore her. She generally loves humans, but she must be so scared right now, I’m not sure she’d approach anyone. This happened in Trinidad near 15th and Neal St NE.

12 lbs female cat answers to Menew or Nunu.
Green eyes, black and orange patches with white belly.
Lost from 1500 block of Neal St NE on March 9th
Contact Katherine at (202) 417-6948

UPDATE: Found!

From the Washington Post:

“Eva Nash said she and her husband heard loud shouts outside of their house on the 1200 block of Neal Street NE shortly after 11 p.m. They looked out to see a crowd of 20 to 30 people of various ages on the street and sidewalks, with at least three separate fights occurring. Nash watched as one fighter body-slammed another onto her Mini Cooper, denting the hood.”

The report says the Nash family was unimpressed with the MPD officer’s response as none of the combatants were detained. The family that filed the complaint were also told “that officers are told not to engage with large crowds if it might put them in danger” according to the Post report.

Perhaps MPD needs to send more than one officer to a report of a brawl involving 20 to 30 people?