pain sculpture

Thanks to a reader for sending: “Not sure if you had already seen this but if the allegations are true it’s pretty crazy.” The allegations are absolutely terrifying – just a sample:

“35. Despite immediately finding upon entry the Plaintiff’s pedigreed dog to be in good health and temperament, and without any evident injury or mistreatment, Defendant Kyle seized the Plaintiff’s dog as “evidence”.
36. After finding no evidence of animal cruelty, Defendant Kyle began opening closed containers within the Plaintiff’s residence, and began “field testing” capsules he found therein for illegal drugs.
37. Such searches by Defendant Kyle exceeded the limited scope of the defective animal cruelty warrant authorized by the Superior Court.
38. After claiming one such capsule he found inside a closed container to have tested positive for amphetamines, Defendant Kyle sought an additional search warrant from the Superior Court for the capsules he had already obtained through his initial illegal search of the Plaintiff’s residence.
39. The Plaintiff was arrested and charged by Defendant Kyle with animal cruelty and possession of illegal drugs.
40. Such charges lacked any factual basis of lawfully obtained evidence supporting probable cause.
41. The cash receipts of the Plaintiff’s two nightclub businesses found in his residence were seized by Defendant Kyle without explanation and have not been returned.
42. Such cash was seized without any lawful authority.
43. The Plaintiff’s dog has been seized by the Washington Humane Society without any kind of hearing or recourse and the Washington Humane Society refuses to release the dog to anyone including the Plaintiff.”


Thorp Lawsuit (PDF)

1358-1360 Florida Ave, NE

Back in June we learned that Capital Fringe was moving from Mt. Vernon Square to Trinidad. Their website says:

“Phase one’s tentative plan is to build a black box theatre on the first floor and one rehearsal space on the second floor (with 24-hour access). We plan to start theatre and musical performances, along with a bar, come January and to operate through the 2015 Festival. Plans for a larger Phase two build-out are in the works, but will not materialize until the necessary funds are in place to break ground.”

Looking forward to the next Fringe Festival – their liquor license transfer says:

“Seating capacity of 350 and total occupancy load of 350. Summer Garden with 100 seats.”


910 Bladensburg Road, NE

A little over a couple months old – I finally checked out W.S. Jenks & Son’s new Trinidad location near H Street, NE. The folks were super nice and the place is stocked with all your hardware needs:

“Established in 1866, W.S. Jenks is Washington’s most complete source for Tools, Hardware, and Machinery”

And the space is huge – was on old car showroom. And W.S. Jenks is super old with some great history:

“2014 – W.S. JENKS & SON moves to a new 20,000 sf location with a new emphisis on the local hardware experience. In addition to our government and commerical sales, our new retail showroom is a unique shopping experience. Visit us and see why we are not just another hardware store.

After 146 Years WS JENKS & SON has earned the reputation as “Washington’s Oldest Hardware Store” and is the finest in Industrial, Woodworking, Contractor and Electronic Assembly Tool sales. Whether the order was placed by Mr. Morse’s telegraph or Mr. Bell’s telephone or today’s E-mail, we look forward to continued growth in the future, while giving our customers prompt, personal service and attention.”

Check out tons of photos after the jump including some sweet old history (botanic gardens ledger from early 1900s and tons more) – oh yeah there are plans for an eventual partnership with a restaurant (nobody in particular yet) to lease the space for a roof top restaurant and bar – but that’s way down the road – but when it comes… (more…)


@GA77tweets tweets us

“any idea what is happening near Gallaudet? I see a dark cloud & fire engines in the area”

@IAFF36 tweets:

“Working fire dispatch – 1100 blk. Oates St. NE. All companies working, fire in a row house.”

1326 Trinidad Avenue Northeast

This house is located at 1326 Trinidad Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“ATEL Development did it again! Taste and Quality speaks, No Detail left out. Get all you wish for: Large Modern Kitchen w/SS, quartz countertops; Sleek Baths w/porcelain tile; New Systems. Hardwood, Tray ceilings, Crown molding. Legal heights in the Basmt + 2nd Kitchen and Bdr/Bath suite. Think extra income! Deck & secured parking. Walk to trendy H street, New Whole Foods and Giant. Must See!”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is listed at $648,500.


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: 1125 7th St NE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Capitol Hill
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1.5 Parking: Street per listing (there appears to be a garage in the pics) Basement: Yes, Full, Unfinishes Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $500,000.
List Price at Contract: $500,000.
List Date: 10/01/2014
Days on Market: 18
Settled Sales Price: $600,000.
Seller Subsidy: $12,500.
Settlement Date: 11/19/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

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

There was some interesting discussion in the comments on the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post regarding thoughts about a “flipper tax”.

The District of Columbia actually already has the highest recordation and transfer tax rate in the nation, as confirmed by the Tax Revision Commission’s research. Currently, both buyer and seller respectively pay at settlement the rate of 1.1% of the purchase price if the sale is below $400,000., or 1.45% if the sale is $400,000. or above. Investors who buy property, renovate, and then sell again pay the tax on the acquisition, and then again at the next settlement based upon the increased re-sale price. Investors also already pay taxes on their profits.

On the flip side of a flipper tax, there are efforts under way at the DC Council to incentivize non-investor first time buyers in the District by creating a tax credit. This might sound familiar, as we used to have a Federal $5000. tax credit that is not currently in place.

The listing agent was John Smith with Prudential PenFed Realty. Trent Heminger with Beasley Real Estate, LLC. represented the buyer in this transaction.

From @DCPolicedept:

“Shooting at 1854 hrs [6:54pm] in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE. No Lookout”

“MPD on scene of shooting. 1840 hrs [6:40pm]. 2700 block Naylor St SE. LOF dark colored vehicle”

“5D Shooting in the 1000 block of 16th Street NE. Lookout for a black Subaru occupied by (2) B/M’s”

“Alert: [5D Shooting] at [0045] hrs in the [1100] block of [Owen PL, NE] No Lookout”

“Alert: [7D Shooting] at [2302] hrs in the [100] block of [Yuma Street, SE] No Lookout”

A few readers also tweeted reports of helicopters overhead in Shaw:

“@PoPville what sounded like 6 gunshots fired minutes ago on 1400 block of 6th St NW”

And nearby @DCPoliceDept earlier tweeted:

“Robbery Force and Violence. 1900 hours [7pm]. 8th & R Sts NW. LOF 8 juveniles wearing dark clothing”