12/02/16 1:30pm

18th and Columbia Road, NW courtesy the Adams Morgan BID

From Festivus to a Living Blog the kiosk now offers a chance for those who wish to thank 44.

“Dear PoPville,

Adams Morgan spent the thanksgiving holiday thinking of what they are thankful for…then created a way for the community to share their thoughts. The kiosk at 18th and Columbia, NW is now covered in blackboard and ready to go. Chalk provided. Here is what the first person wrote.”


12/02/16 12:45pm

Photo of Tonya Butler-Truesdale by Rose Marie Berger

“Dear PoPville,

Tonya Butler-Truesdale, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, is standing her ground this morning to keep developers from encroaching on to her property.

Butler-Truesdale bought her home at 1240 Fairmont Street NW in 1997 and she knows from experience the kind of troubles that arise when higher-income homeowners come into a neighborhood and start to bother the lower-income ones. She’s an attorney and the housing provider ombusdsman for DHCD Department of Housing and Community Development.

Now she’s fighting the development of the property adjacent to her own home that has encroached on the “airspace” above and disrupted the foundation below.

Right now she’s taking days off work to protect her property line and make sure the construction workers don’t use her property to advance the work she’s trying to stop.”

12/02/16 12:15pm


This house is located at 146 Duddington Place, Southeast. The listing says:

“Custom Green & Period Restoration of this 3BR/2BA light-filled home on Capitol Hill’s most idyllic street. Experience its Parisian sidewalk culture! Flexible layout. A kitchen w/ style & soul–North Star appliances & recycled glass countertops. New Plumbing/ Elec. /Mech. systems (total util. <$200 in peak months!). $200K renovation. Brent Elementary. 2 blks Metro & Whole Foods (June 2017)." gdon

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $799,000.


12/02/16 12:00pm

821 Upshur Street, NW

Ed. Note: Domku closed after a decade back in June.

From a press release:

“Anna Bran Leis and Shawn Leis who own DC Empanadas, announce the opening of their new concept, Taqueria del Barrio, in the Petworth neighborhood early 2017.

The modern taqueria will serve lunch and dinner with a solid bar program and then start brunch a little bit down the road. Anna has tapped cocktail expert Chris Martino to run the bar program and will have Mikey Torres in the front-of-the-house as General Manager. In the kitchen, Anna will be the Chef, as well. The menus will be comprised of tacos, tortas, a bar menu with appetizers, and traditional Mexican entrees as well as traditional desserts with a twist. Everything is going to be very authentic and scratch made, down to the tortillas. (more…)

12/02/16 11:45am

3126 12th Street, NE at Jackson St.

From an email:

“For the month of December, Brookland’s Finest Chef Shannan Troncoso will put a spin on the restaurant’s weekly distiller dinner series. The kitchen will pay homage to the restaurant’s diverse staff and their backgrounds with a rotating menu of how holiday meals are celebrated in their specific countries, as well as here in the U.S. In collaboration with Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, each week will celebrate the flavors of a different country with a three-course dinner with cocktail pairings. The first dinner on December 6 will honor the flavors and ingredients of El Salvador with items like Pupusas, Smoked Pork Tamales and Arroz con Leche. The following week’s dinners will highlight flavors of Italy (12/13), New Orleans (12/20) and Mexico (12/27), respectively – all representative of the multi-cultural staff at Brookland’s Finest. Each of the three-course dinners with cocktail pairings is priced at $35 per person, and full menu details can be found below.

Additionally, on New Year’s Eve, Brookland’s Finest will offer a special three-course dinner-for-two menu to ring in the new year. The menu, created by Chef Shannan Troncoso, begins with Shrimp Cocktail with Gulf Shrimp, spicy cocktail sauce and Old Bay vinaigrette; followed by a second course of Surf and Turf featuring Rib Eye with whole Wild Maine Lobster, grilled rapini, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and béarnaise sauce; and finished with slices of Lady Baltimore cake and Red Velvet cake, along with a champagne toast. The special menu is available for $50 on New Year’s Eve only from 5:00 p.m. to close. Reservations are not required, but can be made by calling (202) 636-0050.”

Holiday Distiller Dinner Series Menus: (more…)

12/02/16 11:10am


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: 706 Rock Creek Church Rd NW Condos-Unit 1 & 2
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Assigned Ownership: Condo

Unit 1: Still ACTIVE
Original List Price: $699,000. Current List Price: $679,900.
Monthly Condo Fee: $243.00
Square Footage per Listing: 1450 Price per Square Foot: $469.
List Date: 10/06/2016 Days on Market: 56

Unit 2: Settled 11/30/2016-Unit 2 included a private roof deck
Original List Price: $779,000. List Price at Contract: $779,000.
Monthly Condo Fee: $243.00
Square Footage per Listing: 1450 Settled Price per Square Foot: $537.
List Date: 10/06/2016
Days on Market: 6
Settled Sales Price: $779,000.
Seller Subsidy: $1500.
Settlement Date: 11/30/2016
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post for Unit 1 can be seen: here.

The listings can be seen here: here.


Like much of the rest of the city, condo conversions began appearing near the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro Station in 2004. A number of previously single family homes on the same block as the subject properties have since been parceled into two or three units. (more…)

12/02/16 10:10am

660 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Thanks to a reader for passing on from Sapore:

“Sapore is moving…to the Internet! We’re evolving to e-commerce, and we want you to come along. We want to express our gratitude to all of our customers who have supported us for five wonderful years on Capitol Hill. It’s been a very rewarding experience and we appreciate your patronage.

Our storefront will be open and we’re here for your cooking needs and holiday gift giving through Saturday, December 31st.

After that, we invite you to continue to shop for all of your favorite oils and vinegars from our website.

Ed. Note: Sapore opened up near Eastern Market back in March 2012. They were the pioneers of the District’s brick and mortar Olive Oil craze.