by Prince Of Petworth March 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

This rental is located at Oakdale Place at 5th Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$4200 / 3br – 2000ft2 – Beautiful Home in LeDroit Park / Shaw

This 2- floor rowhouse home (3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths) is located in beautiful LeDroit Park/Shaw, on a small, quiet street within 5-10 minutes walking distance of the U Street and Shaw metros, and 20 minute walk to downtown DC. Your neighbors are young families and professionals who love this peaceful pocket of DC.

Available for move in May 1.

DETAILS. . . (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

It started a few months ago. Perhaps late for work and sick of searching for a spot, one driver decided to park on the basketball court at 2nd and W street NW. Now, emboldened by this first idiot, drivers (many of whom are uniformed DC Water employees) pack their cars onto the court every day. The Department of Parks and Recreation says they no longer own the property, and DPW won’t tow or ticket absent “no parking” signs. Seriously? It’s a basketball court. Are “no parking” signs really necessary? Thoughts or suggestions appreciated.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 24, 2018 at 10:55 am 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Adam Fagen

“Dear PoPville,

I just wanted to share a fantastic experience with Third District Police and Officer Perry Morgan Jr.

I had grabbed a Capital Bikeshare from the park at 3rd and Elm and only realized when I arrived home that I had left my fob and keys dangling in the original dock (what an idiot). Luckily I have an extra set in a lock box so was able to quickly throw on my running shoes and jog back over to try and recover them. Once there, it was clear the keys were gone and I turned to run back home empty handed. I then noticed a cop car idling next to the park and decided to make a last resort effort and asked Officer Morgan if anyone had turned in any keys, which unfortunately no one had. I again turned for the dejected jog home, when Officer Morgan called out and asked for my name and contact info. I gave the info to him with no expectation that I would ever see the keys again.

Astoundingly, about an hour later I got a phone call from Officer Morgan saying that he had been able to retrieve my keys from some kids that had found them and decided to take one of the bikes on a spontaneous, and likely indefinite joy, ride (of which I got email confirmation from Bike Share saying I had an open-ended trip past 30 minutes). Ecstatic, I asked where I could come pick them up, but he refused and insisted he would drop them off at my apartment. Shortly afterward, Officer Morgan had delivered my keys and explained that he and seen some kids hanging around the bike dock, found them nearby, and bartered with them for a pizza tomorrow (which he refused to allow me to pay for) if they managed to “find” my keys, which they managed to do in quick order. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 15, 2017 at 10:45 am 0

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 intended as a case study and 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 Compass. 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 MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems), which is the local multiple listing system and/or Smartcharts by Showingtime. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1883 3rd St, NW
Legal Subdivision: Ledroit Park
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Ledroit Park
Bedrooms: 6 Baths: 4.5 Parking: Garage, Driveway Ownership: Fee Simple
Lot size: 6215 square feet
Original List Price: $1,795,000. List Price at Contract: $1,795,000.
List Date: 11/2/2017 Days on Market: 6
Settled Sales Price: $1,855,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 12/8/2017
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

The earliest recorded sale available in the multiple listing system (online records only go back to the mid 1990’s) for this property was in 1998.

Two decades ago, the Anna J. Cooper Circle in historic LeDroit Park, upon which this grand home sits, was a very different place. At the time, a few houses down, Anna Cooper’s own architecturally impressive detached home sat vacant, as did many properties in the immediate area. These are old, very large homes, that are expensive to keep up and many, over time, fell into deep disrepair. (The Anna J. Cooper home was renovated around a decade ago by a developer as his own home.)

That 1998 listing? (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 13, 2017 at 11:45 am 0

This house is located at 1911 2nd Street, NW. The Bright MLS listing says:

“Too many cool details to list! Dramatic 4 level floating staircase, Atrium ceiling. Extensive smarthome features (Nest on every floor, integrated Control4 media system & Sonos). Gas fireplace, high end appliances, hard wired gas grill, 4-zoned HVAC, tankless water heaters, sprinkler system. 8 ft+ ceilings in basement. Media rm & guest suite. Secure parking.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,299,000.

by Prince Of Petworth December 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

This rental is located at 1808 4th Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$3400 / 3br – LeDroit SFH For Rent!

Rent a beautifully renovated 3-bedroom, 2-bath semi-detached townhouse​ in historic Ledroit Park at Florida Ave and 4th St NW! Updated kitchen and brand new bathrooms. Built in the 18​90s. Hardwood floors, 12​-​foot ceilings, and original ​details and ​wood moldings throughout. Lease Terms: – Available immediately. – Minimum 12 month lease. – Credit check is required and the cost is $40/applicant. – No pets or smoking. – Rent: $3,400 – Security Deposit: $3,400″

by Prince Of Petworth November 24, 2017 at 9:30 am 0

via google maps

From MPD:

“The Fifth District is working a shooting in the 100 block of Q Street NW that occurred on November 22, 2017 at approximately 3:49PM. The victim reports while standing on the sidewalk he heard several shots then realized he was shot once in the upper left leg. The victim was treated at a local hospital. The Lookout for the male with the handgun is a medium skin, 18-40 years old, heavy build, wearing dark jeans and a black hoodie. Any information please contact 2027279099

As for right now there is no evidence to connect the shooting in the unit block of N Street NW that occurred on November 21 with this incident. The Fifth District Detective’s office is investigating both cases.”


“Earlier today [Thursday], at approximately 1:30pm, members of the Third District responded to the 200 block of V Street NW in reference to the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival on the scene, officers located an adult female suffering from a gunshot wound to her lower extremities. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 202-727-9099.”


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