Washington, DC


1509 Swann Street, NW

Tom writes:

“1509 Swann, is on the market again. Love how the agent describes it as “historically significant”.

The full listing says:

“Don’t miss the rare opportunity to own a piece of history with this stunning 4 BR ; 3.5 BA Victorian rowhome, built circa 1886, located on gorgeous Swann Street in the highly desired Logan Circle neighborhood. Nestled in the heart of it all, this home offers luxury and privacy within a short walk to endless dining, retail, fitness, grocery, and transportation options. Upon entry, you~ll be amazed by the eleven-foot-high ceilings; the brilliant natural light that floods the living and dining areas; and the dramatic, antique English black marble fireplace, featuring a Venetian plaster chimney. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user John Goucher

From Councilmember Grosso’s office:

“Today Councilmember David Grosso, chairperson of the Committee on Education, introduced legislation to generate new revenue for the District of Columbia’s budget priorities with a progressive tax on high-value properties.

“D.C. has experienced tremendous economic growth in the past decade, but not everyone has shared in that prosperity,” said Grosso. “Instead, the income and wealth gap has widened in that period and is starkest along racial lines.”

The wealthiest 20 percent of households in D.C. make 7.5 times as much income annually compared to the poorest 20 percent. The average wealth of white households is now 81 times that of the average Black household.

“Every budget cycle, investments in educating our students, ending homelessness, and preventing violence in our communities fall short. A high-value property tax would address racial inequity by raising resources from those most well off to fund public investments to lift up those who have been left behind,” said Grosso.

Currently, residential property is taxed at 85 cents per $100 of value, prior to deductions for principal residences and for senior citizens. Residential Real Property Taxes Equitable Alignment Act of 2019 would create two additional marginal rates for high-value properties, taxing $1.25 for every $100 of value over $1.5 million and $1.50 for every $100 in value over $5 million. Read More

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525 Montana Ave, NE. Photos courtesy The Baptisia

“We have just listed an exciting new condo project in Edgewood/Brookland that was designed from the ground up to the Passive House standard which is the highest level of energy efficiency and occupant comfort. The Baptisia was built by local DC developer True Turtle and, if we are successful once tested by third party certifiers, it would be the first market rate Passive House in DC. The green construction details are too numerous to list but you can read about them in depth here. With the addition of solar it will use less energy than it produces annually. It is a totally unique building… one we will see more of in the coming years, but this one is a pioneer for sure.”

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