2625 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“Wylie Wagg is bringing its popular organic pet products to a new Woodley Park location that will be its first Washington, D.C. store, according to George Galloway, managing principal of Next Realty Mid-Atlantic, LLC, the store’s exclusive broker. Wylie Wagg will occupy a 2,900-square-foot building at 2625 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

“Wylie Wagg offers what its pet-loving customers want: the peace of mind that comes from knowing they’re buying safe, natural products for their four-legged family members,” said Galloway, who says the store is akin to a Whole Foods for pets. As with Wylie Wagg’s four other locations in Arlington, Fairfax, Tysons Corner and Middleburg, the new store will offer a large selection of all-natural and organic canned, dry and raw pet food, as well as supplies such as beds, collars, leashes, harnesses, toys, treats, clean-up aids, bowls and gifts.

“Woodley Park is such a pet-friendly area, and Wylie Wagg is an outstanding fit for the neighborhood,” said Andrew Rose, Next Realty’s senior director. “We’re actively scouting other sites in D.C. and Northern Virginia for this wonderful company,” he added.

Founded in 2002 by Laura and Larry Clark, Wylie Wagg is committed to running stores that help the people and pets in the communities that they serve. Among other things, Wylie Wagg believes in promoting the health and wellbeing of animals and only sells products that they believe will enhance the life of a pet. Each location is pet-friendly, welcoming those well behaved family members into their bright, attractively built out stores.”


2829 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

Today’s rental is located at 2829 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Nice efficiency with wall to wall carpet, walk in closet.. balcony, Roof deck and outdoor pool. Block to Metro red line, zoo, and Woodley park…Rent includes all utilities except phone, cable , internet, etc available immediately …Hud Housing Vouchers Welcome”

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This efficiency is going for $1,495/Mo.

3008 Cortland Place Northwest

This rental is located at 3008 Cortland Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautiful Row House in Woodley Park Area. 4bed/3bath/sep. dinning room, play room, sunroom and utility room. Lower level has in-law suite. Backyard with parking. Kitchen features gas stove, granite counter tops,stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar. All bathrooms have been renovated. Master bath has walk in shower. Lots of closet space. Great location, across from park with a playground.”

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This 4 bed/3 bath is going for $5,200/Mo.

Photo courtesy LHB Communications

From a press release:

“South Cathedral Mansions, a landmark apartment building situated in Woodley Park on prestigious Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC, has changed hands for only the fourth time since it was designed and developed in 1922 by the iconic team of Harry Wardman and Mihran Mesrobian. Located one block from the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro station and directly across from the National Zoo, the 131-apartment property was acquired by Commonwealth Cooperative, a recently formed group of Washington, DC multifamily industry veterans.

While this is Commonwealth Cooperative’s first acquisition, the team members have extensive experience in the city’s multifamily market, particularly in the acquisition and renovation of historic apartment buildings. The joint venture is led by Commonwealth Residential and CAS Riegler, with property management provided by Oculus Realty and construction services provided by Snead Construction.

Commonwealth Cooperative’s collaborative approach with the tenants, via TOPA (Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act), coupled with their commitment to historic renovation, provided the framework for a partnership with the South Cathedral Mansions Tenant Association to redevelop the property.

“We are bringing a new approach to working with tenants’ associations based on honesty, transparency, and flexibility,” said Brad Gilchrist, Managing Principal of Commonwealth Residential. “The tenants who have chosen to continue renting here will benefit from a highly innovative profit-participation plan.”

Beginning in November, the building will undergo an extensive two-year renovation to provide modern amenities while preserving and enhancing its historic character. The project will provide all-new unit interiors, central HVAC, upgraded common areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, unique community space within the original carriage house, and other improvements. By reconfiguring the apartment layouts and incorporating previously unutilized attic space, Commonwealth Cooperative will add 29 new apartments, 17 of which will feature 20-30 foot ceiling heights.

“Upon completion of these extensive renovations, South Cathedral Mansions will compete with Class A properties along Connecticut Avenue and in other sought-after neighborhoods of Washington,” said Kevin Riegler, Principal of CAS Riegler. “We have an in-depth understanding of the way these buildings were built, how to preserve them, and how to ensure that they last into future generations.”

South Cathedral Mansions, located at 2900 Connecticut Avenue, NW, is included in both the National Register of Historic Places and the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites. When originally developed by Wardman as part of a three-building complex totaling 492 apartments, it was reputed to be the largest US apartment community south of New York City.

Wardman lost the property in the run-up to the Great Depression; since 1927, South Cathedral Mansions has had just two owners. In 1961, the property was acquired by District Intown Properties, LP on behalf of the Calomiris family. The seller was represented by HFF in today’s sale to Commonwealth Cooperative.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user jiconoclast

“Dear PoPville,

Sorry for the depressing subject line, but I’m wondering if you’ve heard anything more about this news story [from the Washington Post]:

“Two people on Friday morning discovered the body of a woman near the William Howard Taft Bridge in Northwest Washington, according to D.C. police.

The cause of death remains undetermined, and Officer Araz Alali, a police department spokesman, said detectives have not yet identified the victim.”

It seems wild that they found a dead body in Woodley Park last week, especially so close to the running trail, but there’s been absolutely no follow-up by the MSM.

My friend and I happened upon the scene when we were running the other morning. It was really disturbing, and made me wonder about trail safety.

Do you know what’s going on?”

Ed. Note: An inquiry with MPD has not (yet) been replied to.

DC8369461 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 2142 Cathedral Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“You’ve never seen anything like this. Unique, lavishly livable, Woodley Park. Transfer your artistic , alternative bent here, or make it a new personalized space with the vision and inspiration of your dreams. Either way, entertainer deck, 7 parking, elevatr..(poss 5th level rooftop deck?) Walk into equity and grace at the same time. Worth the look? Reclaimed wood walls, Lava rock structures…”

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This 5 bed/4 full bath/2 half bath is going for $1,850,000.

Photo courtesy Friends of the National Zoo

From a press release:

Tickets are now on sale for the National Zoo’s annual Brew at the Zoo event, held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo, more than 60 breweries from around the world will travel to D.C. for the beer tasting extravaganza, all in support of wildlife conservation. Local favorites such as Port City Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will be joined by popular microbreweries including DC Brau Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, and New Belgium Brewing Company. (more…)