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The Fifth Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival is returning to The National Building Museum, January 26-29.

ADFF:DC showcases sixteen films that investigate design’s impact, environmentally and culturally, on the worlds of fashion, art, architecture, urban planning, and housing.

Opening Night kicks off Thursday, January 26, with Alice Street, a documentary about the power of public art and a mural that brought together artists and community leaders in the fight to protect history, culture and voice in the face of gentrification. The evening also features an open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

Friday and Saturday evening’s festivities begin with a Happy Hour, featuring vendors, Little Miner TacoDon Ciccio & FigliOther Half Brewing, and Silver Branch Brewing.

Friday evening includes a photography showcase featuring local artists, Ahmed Akari, Steven M. Cummings, and James Singewald, and films exploring international design, the origins of redlining, and modern consequences of discriminatory urban design.

Saturday’s films highlight the world of sustainable fashion. In addition to screenings, visitors can learn more about sustainable clothing at a panel discussion with industry leaders and pick up a one-of-a-kind piece from local vendors Tribute CollectiveBitter Grace or Illicit Rag Vintage at a pop-up market.

The festival concludes Sunday, January 29, with a Go-Go brunch with popular D.C. band TOB, a pop-up exhibition of photographer Dee Dwyer’s work and a screening of the documentary Barry Farm: Community, Land and Justice in Washington D.C. The film tells the story of the fight to protect the legacy of a cherished community that helped define D.C. culture.

Learn more and purchase tickets, here.

In 2017, Shirley and her husband were looking for a cleaning service for their D.C. apartment. Both worked high-stress jobs that required them to spend long days away from home.

“We didn’t have the time or even the mental space to think about cleaning,” Shirley said.

They tried out several services, but it’d take a long time for a crew to clean their small space — and it never actually felt that much cleaner.

“It was a totally different experience with Well-Paid Maids,” Shirley said. “Every time they come and clean, after I’m just like, ‘I feel so much better.’ I feel like I can just relax in my space.”

The D.C. couple began using Well-Paid Maids in 2018 and have been loyal customers ever since.

Initially, they were attracted to the company’s ethos. Well-Paid Maids pays its cleaners a starting wage of $22 an hour, and they’re offered insurance, 24 paid days off per year, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and more. They’re also covered by unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and D.C.’s paid family and medical leave program.

But the couple also loves how easy it is to work with Well-Paid Maids. They have their cleanings set to autopilot, but if anything changes, they can just email the office to reschedule. Plus, the same cleaner shows up each time, so they get to know the couple’s cleaning preferences and can take any feedback into consideration. 

“We really get to know them, and we feel really comfortable with them being in our house,” Shirley said. “They feel more like a member of our household.”

Even their dog gets excited for cleaning day.

Shirley and her husband agree: As long as they live in the D.C. area, they’ll continue using Well-Paid Maids.

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It’s a new year! Maybe you are looking to build stronger ties to our D.C. community. Maybe you are looking to feel better about the kind of person you are. Maybe you want to connect with people you might not normally interact with.

Tutoring and mentoring a young person checks all these boxes. Two-thirds of children and teens in D.C. need a little extra support from an extra caring adult in their lives. By becoming a volunteer tutor or mentor — just an hour or two a week — you can build a stronger D.C., one relationship at a time. And with thousands of students  grappling with pandemic learning loss, your time can make a difference in academic outcomes, too.

“That sounds great,” you might be thinking to yourself. “But where do I start?”

Join the virtual Mentor Recruitment Fair Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m., co-hosted by the DC Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative and MENTOR Maryland | DC.

Attendees will listen to brief presentations from a dozen programs serving neighborhoods throughout the city, then choose breakout rooms with program(s) that they like. It’s a great opportunity to find a great program that also fits your schedule, location, preferred age group, and interest areas.

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There are 300+ open houses scheduled across the District this weekend and it looks like we might finally see some sun. If finally buying a home, or buying a new home, is on your New Year’s resolutions, get your year going and check out our favorite open houses below, and to see the full Open House List, click here.

  • 3900 Watson Place NW #A-7DE — $1,149,000 — Observatory Circle
    Open Sun. 2-4 p.m. — Claude Labbe
    “Do you prefer 3900 Watson Place with space or with views? Both available in this STUNNING 3 Bedroom, 4 Bath, light filled, northeast corner apartment with balcony in PET FRIENDLY building. 7th Floor wraparound views and an expansive double length balcony to enjoy them from. You’ll surely want the open floor plan with a smooth flow across the kitchen-breakfast-dining-living room space accommodating ebb & flow of your needs as the moment compels. The kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, granite counters, with ceramic backsplash, and expansive wood/glass cabinetry. Adjacent to the kitchen is a breakfast room with tile flooring and additional cabinetry. The bonus you never knew you needed includes a breakfast room for any and all needs. Recessed lighting throughout and a signature chandelier do make for a breathtaking dining experience for up to 10 at the dining table. One oversized master suite with closet space galore will allow you to easily put everything away without overcrowding. The guest bedroom will easily allow your guests to be honored by it’s size and views. The third bedroom could easily be converted into 3rd and 4th bedrooms, but it’s so tempting to enjoy it for yourself as your home office and sitting room. This home also affords you 4 ceramic tiled bathrooms; the Master Bath 1 with a large glass walk in shower and a granite counter. There is an in-unit washer and dryer for ease. Surely you will notice the balcony with access from 2 bedrooms and the living room. This home is quintessential Watson Place from the wood floors to the crown molding, albeit updated for today’s discerning homeowner. Clean and crisp renovations make this truly move in ready. 3900 Watson Place sits on 6 acres of its own, and shares another 10 acres with the Westchester, for a beautifully landscaped, relaxing setting.”
  • 401 13th Street NE #112 — $379,900 — Kingman Park
    Open Sat. & Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Mandy Hursen & Tim Hursen Jr.
    “This home has been freshly painted and is ready for the new owner. You’ll love the Chef’s kitchen with stainless appliances, endless granite counters, lots of storage space and a breakfast bar with pendant lighting. More special features include: Hardwood floors, very high ceilings and crown molding throughout. You will not feel cramped in this very spacious home.”
  • 437 New York Avenue NW #1110 — $750,000 — Mt. Vernon Square
    Open Sat. 2-4 p.m. & Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Molly Branson
    “Rarely available in the Yale Steam Laundry condominium, a 2 bedroom, 2 bath corner unit with panoramic views of the Capitol Dome and Washington, D.C. skyline. This strikingly beautiful condo is modern and spacious with an open floor plan boasting 9′ high ceilings and wall-to-wall windows.”
  • 256 15th Street SE — $2,500,000 — Hill East
    Open Sat. & Sun. 12-4 p.m. — Ned Malik
    BUY ALL 5 UNITS! “BRAND-NEW CONSTRUCTION Upon the delivery of the building, new ownership can expect only the highest quality of finishes in every apartment. From all-white quartz counter tops, brand new appliances, and two-level three-bedroom units, this asset will be one of the most desirable places to live in the entire area. Ownership can also expect their expense exposure to be extremely limited, with all utilities separately metered (aside from water).”
  • 1454 Belmont Street NW #12 — $995,000 — Columbia Heights
    Open Sat. 12-2 p.m. & Sun. 2-4 p.m. — Kassie Payne
    “Offers encouraged. Make your best offer! THE VIEW WILL INSPIRE YOU LIKE A TRUE WASHINGTONIAN In this spacious 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom modern urban style loft! This truly amazing space features soaring 24ft. ceilings and sleek modern aesthetics, fixtures, and appliances, complete with an upper loft bedroom and a main level bedroom/den, both with their own full bathrooms, a main level hallway powder room, amazing floor to ceiling windows with automatic remote controlled window shades, and a balcony with some of the best monumental views of downtown D.C., with a total of 1,300 sq. ft. of living space!”
  • 1248 Half Street SW — $1,089,000 — Southwest Waterfront
    Open Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Sarah Minard
    “This sleek, modern home offers light-filled, luxury living on one of the few remaining historic blocks in the Southwest Waterfront community. Completely renovated and expanded with all new systems, this property features all the top tier luxury conveniences your heart desires and an open floor plan. Light washed oak hardwood floors and new, high-end Pella windows drench this bright space in natural light.”
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The freshest cold-pressed juicecashew milks and cleanses delivered straight to your home or office from Greenheart Juice Shop!

Greenheart delivers to over 100 zip codes in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. Check your delivery day here and start your first order.

Greenheart also has locations in ViennaLeesburg and Aldie.

Visit us for superfood smoothies, açaí bowls, plant-based waffles, juice, cashew milks, salads and more. Check out our full in-store menu!

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All new subscribers will receive a $10 gift card for their first home or office delivery, or their next visit to any Greenheart Juice Shop!

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

Featured Property of the Week: 1003 Florida Avenue NE

“Enjoy a Spacious and Fabulous New Home in D.C. when you’re living in an incredible, 2,138 sq. ft. Capitol Hill-style townhome situated between two of the Districts most exciting neighborhoods. Built in 1905 and renovated just this year, this 4 br, 3.5 bth townhome is a short walk from all of the fabulous culture, cuisine, shops and bars of NoMA and the Atlas District, including the famous Union Market. If this is too much space, neighbors had $20k bnb income last year. Step inside your townhome and enjoy wonderfully comfortable living with spacious rooms, plenty of natural light and dual-zoned HVAC. The back of the house provides great getaway space with a privacy-fenced courtyard and decks on both the first and second floors that look out on your lovely residential neighborhood. The top-to-bottom renovation features all new flooring throughout, gorgeous bathrooms, an incredible kitchen with a gas stove and a separate dining area. The finished basement isn’t your typical TV room, either; it’s a big, brand-new living space that could easily be an income source as a rental for students at nearby Gallaudet University. Being in one of the most walkable areas you’ll find anywhere (93 walk score), you don’t have to have a car at this address, but if you do there is on-street parking for residents. Wherever you need to go in the D.C. Metro, you can get there easily by being so close to NoMA-Gallaudet Metro Station.”

Other Notable Fresh Listings:

  • The Most Expensive Home of the Week is a massive 6 BR/5 FB/2 HB manor in Mass. Ave. Heights with 10k+ total square feet spread across 3 levels and features gated entry, sunroom, library, stone terrace, home gym, climbing wall, 2-car garage, swimming pool and pool house — all for $9.75M.
  • “Constructed in 2007, Lincoln Park Terrace is a pet-friendly luxury condo in Capitol Hill. This home has been freshly painted and is ready for the new owner. You’ll love the Chef’s kitchen with stainless appliances, endless granite counters, lots of storage space and a breakfast bar with pendant lighting.”
  • “Masterfully re-developed and thoughtfully curated 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom [Petworth] home. The main level’s spacious open floorplan allows for flexible living with brand-new hardwood floors, nine-foot ceilings, crown moldings, and recessed LED lighting throughout.”
  • Your REO/Bank-Owned Property of the Week is a 4BR/3 BA end-unit rowhome that desperately needs repainted as well as removing the bathroom tile from the stair wall.
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Stop wasting hours of time getting your car maintained or repaired!

Discover the joy that is CarCare To Go and see why so many people are leaving reviews like the one below.

CarCare To Go brings modern convenience and simplicity to car repair and maintenance. They combine the quality and trust of a full-service shop with a uniquely transparent process, plus free valet pick-up and delivery from your home or work.

This was a phenomenal experience from beginning to end. I booked my appointment the day before and there is plenty of availability. I made a mistake entering the vehicle details and called them to correct it and they picked up the phone immediately. I left the key for them in an accessible spot and they texted me every step of the way: when they got the keys, when they started driving, when they got to the shop etc. Communication was fabulous. The estimate included recommended items and was super easy to accept or decline whichever services I wanted. Easy to pay online. Overall, this stellar experience was unlike any other. Highly recommend if you do not have extra time to wait around in an auto shop (and who does?)… — Dovid B..

To celebrate the new year, CarCare To Go is so confident that you’ll love their new service and come back for more, that they’re offering first-time clients an oil change for just $20.23. No catch. Synthetic or blend for any make or model car. Just enter coupon code FIRST20 when you book. And the valet and a light hand clean are completely free.

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There’s no better feeling than stepping into a fresh, clean home after being out of town.

Whether you’re planning an MLK weekend road trip or penciling in travel plans for later this year, remember to schedule a professional home cleaning with Well-Paid Maids, the District’s only living-wage cleaning company.

With Well-Paid Maids, you don’t have to be home for your cleaning. Simply drop your key off or arrange plans to buzz your cleaner in. If you have any special instructions, detail them in home access instructions/parking/other notes when you book your cleaning.

Here’s what one reviewer had to say:

So we came home today to a completely different apartment. I thought we kept it pretty neat and clean, but [it] hasn’t looked like this since we moved in. They cleaned EVERYTHING.

Not only will Well-Paid Maids ensure your home is clean when you return, you can feel good supporting the company. It pays cleaners, who are W-2 employees, a starting wage of $22 an hour and offers insurance, 24 paid days off per year, 100% employer-paid commuting costs and more.

So before you skip town, book a professional home cleaning. Your future post-vacation self will thank you.

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Buying a home in this real estate market can be challenging.

You’re thinking: Is now still a good time to buy? What should I expect the housing market to do in the short and long run? What type of loan should you get? Where do I begin and what are the steps in the process? We offer a simple, informative, fun and free virtual workshop with you in mind.

Please join our Home Buyer Workshop Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m.

Learn mortgage loan options with local lender Alex Jaffe. ⁠Also, receive the best strategies for making winning offers from our GreenLine Real Estate agents Dee Getachew and Jonathan Bartlett.

Register here and join the conversation.

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With the holidays now passed, the real estate market is back in full swing with nearly 300 open houses scheduled across the District. Check out our favorite open houses below and to see the full Open House List, click here.

  • 1326 Girard Street NW #3 — $899,900 — Columbia Heights
    Open Sat. 1-3 p.m. — Fernando Garcia
    “Every so often there comes that unique property that can make you feel as though you’ve just spotted a dazzling unicorn amid the otherwise boring brush. Welcome to Girard Crossing, specifically unit No. 3. While you might get distracted by the intricate-brickwork artistry of this gloriously storied mansion’s facade — somewhat hidden behind the timeless magnolia and cheery maples — do step inside and make your way up the polished staircase to our unicorn. In this exclusive Elysium of a mere seven units, the entire third floor is yours. To the left, your private storage unit; ahead, step into your home. Immediately, you are soothed by the soft embrace of resplendent natural light from northern and eastern exposures, complemented, deeper in, by light from the south and west. The warm Brazilian-cherry floors further enhance the invitation to explore this magical space, as your eyes pass from exposed brick to the whimsical rounded turret to the painstakingly restored period mantel and hearth, housing a gas fireplace. Warmth aside, you’ll likely also be struck by the abundance of space and soaring ceilings as you make your way into unit No. 3. Pass by the ample dining area, and the kitchen is ready with its own list of exciting amenities. There’s the nearly new refrigerator, gas stove, and refurbished island — a bit of old Tampa tobacco history. This kitchen also boasts what so many of its newer contemporaries lack: a walk-in pantry! Abundant storage throughout — to include some Elfa organizing — is another nod to this handsome home’s practicality.”
  • 1345 K Street SE #201 — $724,900 — Capitol Hill
    Open Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Denny Horner & Leyla Phelan
    “This spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo features a sharp, modern aesthetic with open floor plan, wood floors and plenty of natural light through floor to ceiling windows. The open layout is perfect for entertaining and provides a wonderful flow for everyday living. Your home comes with one parking space and TWO storage units (the largest option units!), so you’ll have plenty of room for your car and all your belongings.”
  • 5311 4th Street NW — $725,000 — Petworth
    Open Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Kerry Murphy & Joe Himali
    “This delightful row-house nestled in the heart of sought-after Petworth is blocks from all of the action. With three bedrooms, four bathrooms and an open and bright layout, 5311 4th Street, NW is the perfect, fully updated home for ideal city living.”
  • 525 Water Street SW #317 — $815,000 — Southwest Waterfront
    Open Sat. 2-4 p.m. & Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Stacy Berman
  • “Beautiful Potomac River views from an elegant condo at The Wharf! Truly the benefits of urban city life on the waterfront! Full-service concierge building with modern sleek design elements. The perfect balcony for watching planes fly over the Potomac with view of the Pentagon Memorial too! 2- bedroom/2- bath condo with Bosch appliances throughout. Porcelanosa cabinets — Quartz countertops. New carpet, freshly painted just waiting to start the New Year in sheer beauty!”
  • 1713 New Jersey Ave NW #2 — $849,900 — Shaw
    Open Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Mandy Hursen & Tim Hursen Jr.
    “3 spacious BR’s with lots of closet space. 1 den/home office. 3 full bathrooms. 1 private, off street parking space included. Tons of space — over 1300 sq. ft.! Top 2 floors of a historic Victorian row home. High ceilings, hardwood floors, chef’s kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances and breakfast bar. Open floor plan perfect for entertaining with private outdoor space on both the main and upper levels. The den, located on the top level with light streaming in through skylights above, is perfect for the home office space you’ve been dreaming about.”
  • 1986 Retta Gilliam Court SE — $669,900 — Fairlawn
    Open Sat. 1-3 p.m. — Tiffanyanne Tomlinson
    “Your SE D.C. oasis awaits you right here in Fairlawn Estates! This exclusive gated community of only 20 fully detached homes delivered in 2010 is perfect for a new or growing household! This home features well over 2,500 square feet of living space spread across 3 levels. All bedrooms are conveniently located upstairs with 2 full bathrooms plus a personal view of the Washington Monument from your owner’s suite!”
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