Ever wondered what the holiday season was like in the earliest days of the Nation’s Capital? Explore life in early Washington this Christmas with a visit to Dumbarton House, the longest-running museum in Georgetown.

Dumbarton House is decked out for the holidays, although not as decked out as you might expect. Learn about the customs and celebrations of years gone-by with a visit to the museum during our open hours, Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by attending one of our holiday programs.

For a magical experience, join Dumbarton House for our holiday open house on Friday, December 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. See the house by (faux) candlelight, try wassail, a Federal period holiday punch and make a Christmas craft from the early 1800s. Can’t visit in December? Never fear, we always have new programs and exhibitions so follow us on social media to stay up to date.

Although not as grand as our neighbor, Dumbarton Oaks, our grounds are a beautiful oasis in the city, open daily for free, from dawn to dusk, and we even have free Wifi!

Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by Real Living At Home.

Featured Property of the Week: 5001 4th Street NW

“Amazingly spacious and bright 4 BR/3.5 BA end unit row home on a beautiful (and large!) corner lot in the desirable Petworth neighborhood! At just under 3000 sq. ft. of living space, this home has classic bones mixed with modern updates. There is a charming front porch and original hardwood floors on the main and 2nd floors. The first floor features a large foyer which opens into the spacious and light-filled living room with adjoining/separate dining room and 1/2 bath. The updated kitchen has stainless appliances, granite countertops and ceramic tile backsplash; there’s even room for a table or mud area! The second floor owner’s suite has a large bonus room perfect for an office or gym and easily convertible to a 4th bedroom by adding a wall and closet. There are two add’l bedrooms and a cute hall bath. The finished basement is an updated In-law suite with a kitchenette, large family room with elegant fireplace, a bedroom and full bath with a stylish barn door to perfectly compliment the space! Located just minutes from neighborhood restaurants (La Coop coffee shop, Jackie Lee’s), grocery stores, yoga studios and countless other spots including the up and coming Kennedy St NW corridor! Close proximity to both Georgia Ave/Petworth and Fort Totten Metro Stations. Welcome home!”

Other Notable Fresh Listings:

  • The Most Expensive Home of the Week is a 10 BR/4 FB/3 HB Colonial row home in Kalorama with 6,400+ square feet spread across 4 levels is currently being used as an office space and features restored original hardwood, 7 fireplaces, 3 parking spaces and a separate lower level 1BR apartment — all for $3.85M.
  • “This [2 BR/2.5 BA] townhouse-style home gives you the conveniences of condo living with a front door that actually gets you outside. All the goodness of row house living without the shoveling or mowing. And if you want to get away from everything for a bit for some real peace, climb up to the private roof for fresh air right next to the tree tops and views of the city.”
  • Just listed is this 2 BR/2 BA “gorgeous sun-drenched apartment” that’s “waiting for you to make it your home! Large windows extend across each room, allowing plenty of natural light to soak in.”
  • Your REO/Bank-Owned Property of the Week is a 2 BR/2.5 BA Edgewood/Brookland interior townhouse with 1,500+ square feet and will need some substantial work including repainting just about every inch of the home.

Well-Paid Maids, the D.C. area’s only living-wage home cleaning company, has been recently recognized for its relentless commitment to high wages for its workers.

The firm has received a Tier II+ certification from Living Wage for US, an Oxfam International-incubated national living wage accreditation program. The certification was announced during the global “Living Wage Week” in November. Tier II+ is the highest certification awarded at this time.

Well-Paid Maids’ staff are employees, not contractors, and as such receive health, dental, and vision insurance; 22 paid days off each year; and 100 percent reimbursed commuting costs, among other benefits. In order to determine the company’s level of certification, Living Wage for US calculated the total value of all cash wages and benefits provided to staff (for the record, almost no matter where you live, $15 an hour is woefully inadequate). Based on that calculation, Well-Paid Maids employees effectively receive more than $25 an hour when cash wages and the value of benefits are added together.

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Few events at the National Cathedral compare to the goosebump-inducing majesty of a full-throated “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” sung by professional vocalists accompanied by a sold-out nave of holiday revelers.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unforgettable show when the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra and the Cathedral Choir take the stage for three performances beginning noon on Saturday, December 4, with a special concert — shortened, and ideal for children — followed by extended encore performances December 4 and Sunday, December 5, at 4 p.m.

G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” will resound around the classic and historic Neo-Gothic ecclesiastical architecture of the famed National Cathedral and will not only get you ready for the holidays but will stay with you for weeks to come.

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The Rounds, a zero-waste refill and delivery service, just made their service giftable in the District.

The green startup that launched in D.C. last August is the greenest way to get your household essentials. With over 100 basic products, The Rounds delivers your essentials to your door in reusable packaging. The Rounds members simply leave empty containers out for pickup and refill, like the traditional milkman model, making it easier than ever for you to switch to zero waste.

The Rounds now offers an option for holiday gift-giving. The holiday season brings with it increased waste — between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the amount of trash produced in the United States increases an estimated 25%. To skip the waste this year, gift your loved ones a membership to The Rounds and save an estimated 50lbs per household per year!

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Now that it’s getting darker sooner and chillier faster, it’s no secret that fall is in full swing in the DMV. While you may have to dodge some random leaf piles on your walk around town, there are still nearly 300 open houses scheduled across the District this weekend. Take a look at our favorites below and to see the full Open House List, click here.

  • 1312 Upshur Street NW #1 — $799,000 — Petworth
    Open Sat. 2-4 p.m. — Andres Serafini
    “WELCOME to this luscious and spacious condo that offers outdoor living, perfect for entertaining. Upon entering the unit, you are greeted by tons of light and high ceilings to make way for a spacious floor plan. A newly renovated, customized home that boasts of atrium white oak flooring throughout and quartz countertops with a waterfall island and top of the line Samsung appliances in the kitchen. The craftsmanship + thoughtful design of this gem are truly breathtaking. The kitchen overlooks the luminous filled living room & dining area. There is also a large deck that overlooks the large fenced in green space; there is also reserved parking in the back. Heading downstairs you will find the sun-filled primary bedroom with ample storage, en-suite bathroom featuring double vanity, and a private patio perfect for relaxation. The two bedrooms are located towards the front of the home along with a full bath in the hallway. All electrical + plumbing system + appliance, HVAC systems, energy efficient windows, high efficiency LED lighting are completely new. All the bathrooms feature cultured marble vanity tops, Delta premium faucets, Kohler bathtubs and frameless shower doors. Enjoy this thoughtfully laid out floor plan, perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Conveniently located near the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Station and endless restaurants and bars including favorites like Hook Hall, Call your Mother Bagels, St.Vincent Wine Bar, Taqueria Habanero, Pho Viet and more!”
  • 1034 Otis Street NE #102 — $620,000 — University Heights
    Open Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Philip Martinez Nadal
    “This townhouse-style home gives you the conveniences of condo living with a front door that actually gets you outside. All the goodness of row house living without the shoveling or mowing. And if you want to get away from everything for a bit for some real peace, climb up to the private roof for fresh air right next to the tree tops and views of the city.”
  • 1545 18th Street NW #715 — $424,900 — Dupont Circle
    Open Sun. 2-4 p.m. — Metro DC Houses
    “Live in the middle of the action in this light, bright, beautifully updated [1 BR/1 BA] condo at the Dupont East. The walls of windows offer spectacular views throughout all seasons, while the tastefully designed interior offers an orb of creature comforts.”
  • 5025 Ayers Place SE — $599,999 — Marshall Heights
    Open Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Arynne Crane
    “Bright and airy with its open concept design and plenty of natural light, this home will make you the envy of all your friends. The beach vibes will make you feel like you’re on vacation every day. Sit out on your front deck and, due to your vantage point, look down on everyone.”
  • 1279 Owen Place NE — $850,000 — Trinidad
    Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4 p.m. — John Coleman
    “Recently renovated, this home makes life easy. Features include exposed brick, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen (quartz counters), butler’s pantry, and designer bathroom fixtures and accents. With a basement in-law suite, parking, and fun outdoor space, you won’t find a more complete package!”
  • 1514 17th Street NW #311 — $255,000 — Dupont Circle
    Open Sat. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Shana Webb
    “You’ll love this large, open studio in The Copley Plaza located in the heart of the coveted Dupont Circle just steps away from it all. Own a slice of history at a bargain price! This is the largest studio in the building and makes a perfect home or pied-à-terre away from home.”

Score your first 3 months rent free* and discover elevated DC living at Highland Park Apartments, directly above the Columbia Heights Metro with distinctly designed studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, two bedroom with den, and two-level loft homes.

With a Walk Score of 98 and prime location on bustling 14th Street NW the property features an array of inspired amenities including an expansive roof deck, two-story fitness center, courtyard with bocce courts, billiards room, and more. Target and Giant are just a block away, along with nationally renowned restaurants and cafés from Mt. Pleasant, to 11th Street, to U Street just down the hill — Highland Park is D.C. living at its finest.

Choose from an array of beautifully appointed flats and upscale lofts, offering stained concrete floors, walk-in closets, and full and French balconies. Maximize your day with modern luxury amenities — a vibrant lobby with 24/7 concierge service, membership-class fitness center with a standalone yoga studio, lush outdoor courtyard with outdoor bar and bocce courts, business center and Wi-Fi throughout the common areas.

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District Fray Magazine and Events DC invite you to an exclusive concert featuring some of D.C.’s best go-go artists. 

Snag your $1-$10 tickets for Bounce Beat + Beyond: A Celebration of Go-Go Music on Sunday, November 21 from 5-10 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre. This concert is the third “For the Love of D.C.” event produced by District Fray and Events DC this fall. 

Attendees will get an inside look at the future of D.C.’s go-go movement while supporting the local music scene at the same time. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about D.C.’s culturally rich and unique genre and what it means to the city.

Get your tickets now before they sell out!

Starry, D.C.’s premier internet-only service provider, can now service apartment and condo communities as small as 10 units! Plus, if you refer Starry to your building manager, they’ll give you a $25 Amazon gift card just to say thanks! They’ll also give you the first 3 months of service free when the building gets installed.

For just $50 a month (every month — no price hikes!), Starry gives you ultra fast speeds (up to 200Mbps), free WiFi router and installation, up to $200 reimbursement for your old provider’s early termination fees, unlimited data — no data caps or overage fees, and friendly, reliable 24/7 customer support from a locally based team of experts.

Starry is currently available in all four quadrants of D.C. and continues to expand their local network every day.

Residents, Building Property Managers and Owners who want to bring Starry to their community can apply through their website or email [email protected] to inquire about bringing in Starry at absolutely no cost to the building.

Why wait? Bring a transformative new internet option into your community today.

Happy Interneting!

Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by Real Living At Home.

Featured Property of the Week: 7223 Blair Road NW

“Rare opportunity to own this historic, one-of-a-kind, 4 BR/3.5 BA Arts & Crafts style-home on a large, flat lot (7,996 sq. ft.) in the heart of Takoma Park, DC! A perfect blend of original 1920’s features and modern updates: grand, wrap-around stone front porch, expansive rooms with original hardwood floors, trim, and woodwork, stone fireplace, large chef’s kitchen and bay windowed dining room! There’s a lovely powder room and separate mudroom with lots of storage. Upstairs, the spacious primary bedroom suite has a sitting area, beautiful bathroom with double vanity and walk-in closet! There are two additional, roomy bedrooms and a hall bath with double vanity. The finished attic space is HUGE and completely open, with space for a bedroom, office, playroom or whatever your heart desires. The lower level is fully finished, and also open plan, with a family room, full-bath, laundry room and plenty of storage with an amazing 2-car garage, parking pad and driveway! Located in the Takoma Park Historic District, it is 3 blocks from the Takoma Park Metro (Red Line) and steps to all that downtown Takoma Park has to offer: Farmer’s Market, neighborhood restaurants, charming shops and more!”

Other Notable Fresh Listings:

  • The Most Expensive Home of the Week is a 5 BR/5 FB/3 HB traditional style single-family home in Kent with 8,400+ sq. ft. spread across 3 levels boasts a 6-car garage (4 of which go underground), an au-pair suite, a multi-tiered rear deck and a private sport court — all for $4.8M.
  • BACK ON THE MARKET WITH A NEW PRICE is this 4 BR/3.5 BA Navy Yard interior row home with 4 levels and features an attached 1-car garage, updated energy-efficient appliances and a breathtaking rooftop deck overlooking the District.
  • 2 BR/2.5 BA Petworth townhouse has an “improved price” and has been “updated and well maintained” with an open layout, hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen and a “private and expansive rooftop deck.”
  • Your REO/Bank-Owned Property of the Week is a 1 BR/2 BA luxury condo with nearly 1,500 square feet in The Colonnade Condominiums.

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