03/24/17 1:45pm


“Dear PoPville,

I live in a semi detached duplex style house. The neighbor was issued a stop work order in August 2016. The house is currently a see thru with a failing structure. Our party wall is made of wood (shiplap) and it is serving as my exterior wall. I currently have wildlife inside the walls of my home because the party wall was damaged leaving gaping holes larger enough for squirrels or rats or even raccoons. (more…)

03/24/17 1:15pm

cherry metro popville
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erinn Shirley

Ed. Note: If you get good cherry blossom photos be sure to tag us on Instagram #PoPville, upload to the PoPville flickr pool, tweet us @PoPville or email [email protected] thanks!!


This weekend, riders on the Red, Green, Orange and Silver lines will enjoy regular weekend service with no track work as Metro eases up on most daytime maintenance to accommodate Cherry Blossom visitors. For the next several weekends, the only daytime weekend trackwork will be SafeTrack related, affecting customers on the Blue and Yellow lines primarily south of Reagan National Airport in Virginia. The ongoing SafeTrack surge is a long-term project through April 12 that has Blue and Yellow line trains sharing a single track between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street/Huntington. (more…)

03/24/17 1:00pm

All hail the blue rooster! #exposeddc #dcfocused @popville

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03/24/17 12:30pm

350 Florida Ave, NE

Gargantuan Grocery Store Week concludes with another crowd favorite – Trader Joe’s!! (We’ve hit the grocery store trifecta this week – Whole Foods, Wegmans and Trader Joe’s, whoever had that ticket can pick up their winnings at Solly’s at 3pm today.) This is the Trader Joe’s we first learned about back in November. The liquor license placard lists hours as 8 am – 10 pm – STAY TUNED!


6608 2nd St NW

This house is located at 6608 2nd Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Own a piece of history! Original 1920’s Sears kit house- “Starlight” model. 2BR/1FB. Renovated kitchen. Sunny living and dining rooms. Sun room addition. Handsome hardwood flooring. HUGE double lot measuring 11,700 s.f. Perfect for renovation, expansion, or starting anew. Close to Takoma Park metro. Sold “as-is”. Open Sunday 1-3.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $449,000.

03/24/17 11:25am

duccini raise
1778 U Street, NW

Earlier this week we noted that Pizzeria Trattoria had closed in Adams Morgan. Didn’t take long for nearby neighboring jumbo slice pizza purveyor, Duccini’s, to jump at the opportunity. Mikaela Lefrak updates us with the stunning news last night:

“Duccini’s just raised their jumbo slice prices and my heart is breaking. (a $1 increase. These are dark times.)”

All I can say is:

03/24/17 11:00am


Thanks to Josh Gibson for going the extra mile to get these great closeups:

“Lanier Place, Adams Morgan, DC
On my way home from dropping my daughter off at the bus, I was walking up the stairs when I noticed a hawk perched on the fire escape across the courtyard.

The zoom on my iPhone wasn’t sufficient, so I ran to get my binoculars. But you can’t take photos with binoculars. However, necessity is the mother of invention, so…

Who knew that if you very carefully point the lens of the iPhone at the lens of the binoculars, and stand super-still, you get a mediocre, but waaaaay better than nothing, telephoto lens.

So, eat your heart out, Steve Jobs/John Audubon (or eat your prey’s heart out, hungry hawk), here are my awesome-despite-themselves photos. Some almost look like Impressionist paintings, no thanks to me…

PS: For the first five minutes or so, the hawk stood still, just rotating his/her head. Only then did s/he start eating the dead bird s/hehad been perched on all along.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.



03/24/17 10:30am


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 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: 1313 Emerald St NE
Legal Subdivision: Old City #1
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Capitol Hill
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1.5 Parking: Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $699,725. List Price at Contract: $699,725.
List Date: 2/9/2017 Days on Market: 5
Settled Sales Price: $730,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 3/7/2017
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

As noted above in the introduction to this post, Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) is meant to be a snapshot of the DC real estate market representing a specific period of time. It just so happens that this little one block long street south of H Street and north of Lincoln Park is a PoPville fave, so there are several posts over time reflecting the recent evolution of this micro market.

In June 2015 GDoN-R took a look at this end unit with solar panels, which settled at net $633,500.

1357 Emerald St NE settled for $669,500. in October 2014

And here is the very same house as the subject in May 2014. At that time, it settled for net $627,500. (more…)

03/24/17 10:00am

the smith u street
1314 U Street, NW

According to a liquor license placard, NYC’s The Smith (recently opened in Penn Quarter) is also coming to U Street! The placard says:

“New Class “C” Restaurant with 216 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 320. Restaurant will serve American food and will have Live Entertainment.”

Check out the 9th and F St, NW menus here. Updates as buildout progresses.

03/24/17 9:30am

Photo by PoPville flickr user VTnardo

From MPD:

“At approximately 0327 hours, MPD officers responded to the unit block of Scott Circle, NW for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from multiple stab wounds inside an apartment. The victim was transported to a local hospital by DCFEMS in critical condition. The relationship between the victim and suspects is unknown. Detectives are on the scene attempting to gather more information at this time. The suspects were last seen leaving the building in an unknown direction. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call 202-727-9099.”