2729 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 2729 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“GREAT LOCATION!!!!! Less than 2 blocks from the Metro. Top floor unit in a beautiful historic townhouse. Free washer/dryer for community use in the home. Beautiful back yard. COVERED GARAGE Parking available for $150 per month. Enter the home and go to the top floor. The unit is on the right. Vouchers welcome. Showing: 9am – 8pm”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,100/Mo.

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2609 24th St, NW

That was fast. On Nov. 21st we learned Murphy’s was closing after almost 30 years in Woodley Park and scuttlebutt was that they could be replaced by some sorta fine Italian dining. Eater DC now reports:

“Liam LaCavita, the chef who used to oversee Liberty Tavern and its sister restaurants, is opening up a place there. The restaurant will serve Modern American food, with an influence from other cultures such as Italian.”

They also say he’s hoping to open in early 2015. Standby for updates.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user James0806

From a press release:

“This year marks the 45th anniversary of Salon Roi at its original location in Woodley Park. The first full service unisex salon in the District, Salon Roi has gained recognition for the unique Marilyn Monroe Mural that was painted on its south facing, exterior wall.

Originally called Charles the First for its co-founder Charles Stinson, Salon Roi was named “Best Salon” in 1981 by Washingtonian Magazine. The original owner, Roi Barnard, sold the salon to current owner Daiva Kasteckaite in 2007.

“I have many clients that have been with me the entire 45 years. I gave all their children their first haircuts and still do when they visit their parents,” said Barnard, who still works as a stylist at Salon Roi three days a week. Looking to the future, Barnard says of the new owner, Kasteckaite, “She is relentless in her strife for excellence. The salon is fresh and has many added services, including a spa and boutique.”

Over the years, the iconic Marilyn Monroe Mural has attracted attention to the salon. In 1981 Stinson commissioned John Bailey to paint the mural for Barnard’s 40th birthday. When the mural was painted “all the media mavens came…they were interviewing people in the street for their opinion. Everyone loved and loves it” said Barnard.

In 2001 the Woodley Park neighborhood contributed funds and brought Bailey back to restore the mural to its original vibrancy. As part of the unveiling of the restoration, lights were installed – funded by Starwood Urban – which illuminate the mural at night. Chipotle Mexican Grill on the corner of Connecticut Ave. and Calvert St. pays for the ongoing electrical costs for the lighting.”

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Photo of 2609 24th St, NW, by Connecticut and Calvert, around the corner from Open City via Murphy’s

A couple weeks ago, after Duffy’s closed, we talked about the best regular bars left in DC – Murphy’s was number 10 on my list. Ugh.

A couple readers send the sad word:

“I heard from the management of Murphy’s of DC (2609 24th St NW) that the establishment will permanently close this Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 after last call. Its lease was not renewed, and in its place is supposed to be a fine dining Italian restaurant, no additional details available right now. Enjoy the fireplace and neighborhood vibe while you can. 30+ years of memories for some who worked there from around the time it opened.”

I’ve called to confirm and it’s true – they’ll be closing after last call on Sunday because they weren’t able to renew their lease. Updates on the Italian restaurant when/if more info is known.

For those not familiar, Murphy’s website says:

Since the day we first opened our doors on March 17th 1986, Murphy’s® of D.C. has been the home of Irish hospitality in the nation’s capital. Our extensive menu specializing in delicious pub fare coupled with the finest beverages has been pleasing Washingtonians and visitors to our city alike for over twenty-three years.

Our guests have a choice of seating, ranging from our comfortable upholstered window seat booths, wooden tables as well as stools at our long traditional solid wood bar. A year round seating option is our newly renovated and spacious sidewalk patio. Though most popular in D.C.’s warmest months, the awning and heating system ensure our guests comfort during our city’s cooler months also. During winter months our guests enjoy the three sided wood burning fireplace inside. Whether warming your hands beneath the mantle adorned with an antique forge bellows, or basking in the glow of the flames from across the pub, the fireplace is a gathering spot and a symbol of fáilte, the Irish word for welcome.

Murphy’s® of D.C. showcases the best in live Irish entertainment. Whether playing traditional Irish pub songs or more contemporary rock and folk, our musicians all make sure the crowd has fun. From almost any spot inside the pub guests are treated to sporting events and news reports on one of our large flat screen televisions.

Our friendly and attentive staff will be glad you stopped by. Stay for the craic and raise a toast with us: Slainte! to your very good health!

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“Dear PoPville,

I saw this Halloween display on Woodley Rd near the Marriott. It looked like a very cool Halloween decoration from the road (it’s a mummy scarecrow, there are crows but the lighting was terrible at night so it was hard to capture them).

The sign on it says “This is a most tasteless display and sign (note: “sign” has a strike through). 4500 people have died and countless are grappling with it. Please be compassionate.”

I’m guessing the 4500 is referring to Ebola victims, but why the need for the sign? Does anyone out there know if there was another sign on it before that said “Ebola victim” or something, and that’s why the word “sign” is crossed out? I regret not having flipped this one over while I had the chance to see if the other side said anything antagonistic or controversial.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user dullshick

From an email:

Night of the Living Zoo is happening on Thursday, October 30th from 6:30pm-10pm. It’s guaranteed to be a night of spooky fun with live music, costume contests, adult elixirs and scary oddities.

“Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at the Zoo’s annual Halloween event, Night of the Living Zoo. With live music, a costume contest, performance artists, and glow in the dark lawn games, it’s a wicked night of fun that you won’t want to miss.”

Tickets available here.”

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Photo of Tuesday’s Red Line metro mess by ‏@wowindc

“Dear PoPville,

Tuesday, when the Red line was single tracking and it was impossible to get anywhere, I was on Connecticut Ave in Woodley Park trying to get a cab. Twenty minutes and no cab, and there are others next to me trying as well. Then this couple pulls up and opens the window and the woman says, We’re going down Connecticut to U street and we know the metro is a mess. Do you guys want a ride that far? We all jumped in, and sped down near Dupont Circle where we all needed to be.

I don’t know who these people were, but they absolutely saved me.”

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2631 Connecticut Ave, NW

Portuguese flame-grilled chicken also coming to Woodley Park reports the Washington Business Journal:

“Nando’s has applied for a special exception to open at 2631 Connecticut Ave. NW, in a 3,442 square-foot space that was previously home to a Bank of America branch.”

The Bank of America closed back in February.

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And on Friday we learned that Nando’s would also be coming to H Street, NE – here’s the location:

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411 and 413 H Street, NE

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2812 34th Street Northwest

This house is located at 2812 34th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Contemporary style with classic sophisticated elegance abound in this spacious and stylish renovated center hall colonial. This incredible remodel by designer Lori Graham has custom touches throughout all 4 upper beds with en suite baths. Home features Master, in-law and au-pairs suites. Beautiful gourmet kitchen, premium marble and honed black granite counters, pro appl. 2 car Garage. Must See!!”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/5.5 bath is going for $1,699,900.