bikes no bikes

“Dear PoPville,

My condo board is proposing a resolution where bikes would be banned from entering through the front doors and going through the lobby to the elevators. This would not be a problem except that our building is laid out such that the only other access we would have to the elevators is through the loading dock in an alley (and that provides access to only one elevator that can be locked by management), and through the garage. Below are the suggestions to exit and enter the building with a bike:

1. Loading dock
2. Garage
3. North stairwell
4. South stairwell
5. Retail elevator (between breezeway and garage)

We also know that you can’t always call the middle elevator in order to exit the building via the loading dock area. In this case, you can take either side elevator to G1 and exit out of the garage. If you are uncomfortable biking or walking up or down the garage ramp, you can always use the retail elevator to travel with your bike between G1 and the breezeway.

The management and Board has stated that banning bikes from the lobby and front doors is a common occurrence in buildings in the area. I was hoping to fact check this. Can we get a dialogue going about how often this occurs?”

2129 15th St NW

This house is located at 2129 15th Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Original woodwork & detail merged with modern upgrades and amenities to create a one-of-a-kind property loaded with character. Steps from U St, metro, and off-street parking avail.. Across from Meridian Hill Park, this house provides the best of urban living. Separately metered English bsmt., deep front/backyards, exposed brick, central air/heat & radiators, pocket doors. Agent is owner.”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $949,000.


Thanks to a reader for sending: “Looks like construction is back on the agenda for the Black Cat.”

Back in August 2014 we first reported plans for a possible third floor expansion. Looks like plans could be back on:



[Ed. Note: Whenever Stay tuned is written in all caps it should be read in an Ira Glass voice (host of This American Life)]

1811 14th Street, NW

FP Final Large Line Up Poster

From the D.C. Department of Funk:

“Funk Parade is Saturday May 6 – and this year it’s bringing the future with it.


PARADE 3-4 PM (Begins at the Howard Theater and ends at the Lincoln Theater)


Announcing Funk Parade 2017 from Brink on Vimeo.

Saturday May 6th will be a day filled with music, dance, loving your neighbors and of course #futurefunk.  Before you prepare to navigate the 30+ stages, 120 performances and multiple unique art and tech activations there is one thing everyone must do.  Download the Funk Parade App.

With the help of the stellar team of designers and developers at Deloitte Digital we are proud to announce the ONE app you will need to navigate DC’s largest collaborative festival and parade.  Now festival goers have a simple way to figure out who is playing where and when, while also discovering new and talented up and coming local artists at the same time.


Google Play –

App Features Include:



Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) is a weekly post that reviews the settled sales data of a recent individual real estate transaction in the District of Columbia. Each post is intended as a case study and a snapshot of the real estate market at a particular moment in time. GDoN-R generally posts on Friday in the late morning.

GDoN-R has been written exclusively for PoPville since 2009 by Suzanne Des Marais. Suzanne is a practicing Realtor with the Bediz Group, LLC at Keller Williams Capital Properties . 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 and/or Smartcharts by Showingtime. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1432 T Street, NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #2
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Driveway/Off Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $1,050,000. List Price at Contract: $1,050,000.
List Date: 3/15/2017 Days on Market: 8
Settled Sales Price: $1,100,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 4/24/2017
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.


For some buyers, location overcomes small space, and in contrast to many luxury condos in the area, this fee simple home has private outdoor space. Parking and storage are also a plus.

Currently, there are two active listings on the same block, just off 14th Street, around the corner from Trader Joe’s and Ted’s Bulletin, and many other retail options. (more…)

From Kit and Ace’s coming soon sign campaign in Shaw

Looks like you’ll have to find your technical cashmere attire elsewhere. Washingtonian reports:

“Kit and Ace, the luxury-basics fashion brand founded by the family of Lululemon’s founder, announced today that all three of its Washington-area locations closed Wednesday at 12:30 PM. The company is reportedly closing all of its US locations, including showrooms on both M Street and 8th Street in DC, as well as its Bethesda Row storefront.”


From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in locating a person of interest in reference to a Burglary II/Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) incident which occurred in the 2000 block of 15th Street, NW, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at approximately 1:40 PM. The subject was captured by nearby surveillance cameras.

Anyone who can identify the subject or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.”

The Washington Post reported:

“D.C. police are looking for a man who they said burglarized a residence in Northwest Washington and then pointed a gun at the homeowner who tried to retrieve his belongings, according to authorities.”

2030 8th Street NW

This rental is located at 2030 8th Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$2975 / 1br – 800ft2 – Stunning 1bed/1bath corner unit in Shaw/U Street


Stunningly modern and perfectly located…. this 1 BR / 1 BA condo is available for rent in the boutique Atlantic Plumbing Condominium building just steps from the restaurants, night life, and retail of U Street. Located just one block from 9th and U Street you are within a moments walk to the U Street Metro, multiple bus lines, bikeshare, WeWork, and venues such as 9:30 Club, Nellies, Brixton, 801 Restaurant, Right Proper Brewery and more.

Newly constructed just 2 years ago, the property offers access fob security, full service reception, fully equipped on-site fitness center, reservable party room with kitchen, resident exclusive rooftop with fire pit, lounge chairs, grills, and more.

– Flexible, though ideally starting mid/late May or early June.

Unit Features: (more…)