by Prince Of Petworth — March 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm 37 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user washingtonydc

“Dear PoPville,

I am a property manager and I manage a number of small condominiums all over the city including Georgetown, Anacostia, Columbia Heights, Eastern Market, etc.

On Tuesday night, 3/8/16, a resident/owner at one of my buildings in Anacostia – who we’ll call Paul – arrived home around 10:30pm to an apartment that had been robbed. While we are not entirely sure the order of events, based on what we know, the perpetrators most likely entered through his bedroom window and proceeded to steal his computer, TV, and PlayStation. It was most likely a group of kids, one of whom broke through the window, walked through the apartment, and let his/her accomplices in through the front door.

When the police arrived on site on the night of 3/8/16, as Paul explained to the police what happened, the police accused Paul of “staging” the break-in, asking Paul if there was “anything else he was leaving out of the story.” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — March 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

river fest
Anacostia River Festival 341 – NPS Credit

From an email:

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Anacostia River Festival on Sunday, April 17 from 1 – 5PM in Anacostia Park, a premier event and official closing program of the National Cherry Blossom Festival! This year’s festival celebrates “connecting people to parks” in recognition of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration. Activities include: kayaking, boating, fishing workshops, hands-on art projects, musical performances, bike parades, and other unique programs engaging families with the river, its history and ecology. Held in Anacostia Park, this FREE event will encourage District residents and tourists alike to explore communities and parks east of the river.

When: Sunday, April 17, 2016; 1 pm – 5 pm
Where: National Park Service’s Anacostia Park. Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE
Who: FREE and open to the public.

The Anacostia River Festival is presented by the National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Park in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.”

by Prince Of Petworth — November 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm 9 Comments


From a press release:

“As part of a year-long community-led effort, the 11th Street Bridge Park releases an Equitable Development Plan to ensure that nearby residents can benefit from this new civic space. The Bridge Park’s Equitable Development Task Force, formed in the fall of 2014, has worked with community residents, business owners, policy experts and government officials to identify actionable recommendations that the Bridge Park and its partners can take in three areas: workforce development, small business enterprise and housing. The Task Force has developed an Equitable Development Plan comprised of 19 specific recommendations encouraging inclusive development in the neighborhoods surrounding the park.

The Equitable Development Plan is available here to view online and here to download.

With the release of the Equitable Development Plan, Bridge Park staff will partner with experts from the Urban Institute to create measureable and detailed outcomes for each recommendation. Implementation of the recommendations has already begun. In early 2016 for instance, the Bridge Park will provide financial support for a new East of the River Home Buyers Club run by MANNA. The Home Buyers Club offers free high-quality financial literacy training and homebuyer education services with the goal of helping low and moderate income persons acquire quality housing and build assets for families through homeownership.

The Equitable Development Plan supports the unprecedented $100 million investment made by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council in the Housing Production Trust Fund, an effort to create a more inclusive city. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — October 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm 12 Comments

This house is located at 2336 Payne Terrace, Southeast. The listing says:

“Amazing Renovation in the Heart of Historic Anacostia. Seller renovated this beautiful home as if it were here own!!! Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Counter-tops, SS Appliances Hardwood Flooring throughout the entire home. Spa-like bath with Marble Tile. Great yard space with driveway parking. Quite street on a cul-de-sac”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $385,000.

by Prince Of Petworth — October 2, 2015 at 11:10 am 7 Comments

Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the President of 10 Square Real Estate. 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. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1509 U St SE
Legal Subdivision: Anacostia
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Anacostia
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Basement: Unfinished cellar Parking: Driveway/Off Street
Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price for this listing: $399,000
List Price at Contract: $399,000
List Date: 07/30/15
Days on Market: 11
Settled Sales Price: $368,000.
Seller Subsidy: $11,040.
Settlement Date: 09/24/15
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Ten years ago, in “needing cosmetic updates” condition, this detached single family home in Anacostia, a few blocks from the Frederic Douglass National Historic Site and Anacostia Arts Center, sold for $170,000. In 2009, in what appears from the pics to be about the same condition it is in now, the home sold for net $291,000.

As housing in other parts of the city continues to see a decrease in affordability, prices east of the river remain relatively lower, but have also been heating up. Although there were fewer homes sold in Anacostia in 2015 year to date than in 2014, the total sales volume was up. The current median sales price in the legal subdivision of Anacostia has increased from $190,000. for the same year to date period in 2014 to $267,500. for year to date 2015 (up 41.79%). For the same comparison periods, days on market have decreased from an average of almost two months on market to about three weeks. Months of supply (based on inventory and absorption rate) has decreased from a balanced 5.4 months of supply to a more seller-weighted 4 months of supply.

You can see current active house listings in Anacostia here. This snapshot of available fee simple inventory includes homes listed in a range from $165,000. all the way to $800,000.

The listing agent for this sale was Reginald Francois with Property Specialists Realty. Aty Biswese with Nid Group, LLC represented the buyer.

by Prince Of Petworth — September 28, 2015 at 10:10 am 15 Comments


A reader writes:

“I was out in Anacostia yesterday afternoon helping look for Charlotte, the lost hound mix, and I found this sweet little girl. No collar or tags. I took her to the NY Ave shelter to scan for microchip but none was found. Small brown poodle mix, heavily matted but very sweet. I am a coordinator for K9 Lifesavers rescue so I will hold on to her for the 5-day stray hold period animal control suggested, then re-home her.”

by Prince Of Petworth — August 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm 1 Comment

Mural Art Project Reception @THEARC Flyer v2

From an email:

“Over two weeks local teens from both sides of the Anacostia River have collaborated to create a 55 foot mural. The underlying energy of the mural will focus on capturing the essence of neighborhoods along the Anacostia River through trans-community dialogue.

Tomorrow, there will be a FREE Mural Exhibition Reception open to the public on August 19th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at THEARC’s ArtReach Community Gallery. RSVP here if you would like to attend.”

More info and photos from The 11th Street Bridge Park:

Mural Project Press Release (PDF)



by Prince Of Petworth — August 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm 18 Comments

Samuel Dixon Photography

Thanks to Samuel Dixon Photography for sharing his great photos. You can check out the rest of the pictures at his site here.

Samuel Dixon Photography

From NPS:

“Take a spin at the only roller skating pavilion in a national park!


From June 10th until Labor Day 2015 Free skate rentals will be open seven days a week.

Weekdays: 11:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Weekends: 11:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Roller skates are free to check out with a valid I.D. Call (202) 472-3884 for availability.

Roller Skating

The skating pavilion is located at 1500 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington, D.C., near the DC-295 and Pennsylvania Ave. SE interchange. Via DC-295, exit onto eastbound Pennsylvania Ave. SE, take the first right onto Fairlawn Ave. SE, then the first right onto Nicholson Drive SE, right onto Anacostia Drive, then proceed to the parking area.

Metro: Exit at Potomac Ave. station on the Blue/Orange/Silver lines. Walk southeast along Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and cross the bridge. If crossing from the north side of the bridge, immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left to follow the trail to Anacostia Drive and continue straight to the right to the skating pavilion. If crossing the south side of the bridge, immediately after crossing the bridge, follow the path to the right to Anacostia Drive, then turn right on Anacostia Drive and continue straight to the skating pavilion.”

Samuel Dixon Photography

Samuel Dixon Photography

by Prince Of Petworth — July 31, 2015 at 12:50 pm 9 Comments

DC8707972 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 1509 U Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“1906 style 3br 2.5ba home with a completely modernized interior. home sits on a tree-lined street adjacent to Ketcham elementary school. Entry level has hardwood floors and open floor plan.The galley kitchen, stainless steel and black appliancesEntry Level : Living room, dining room, den, kitchen, half bathUpper level: Three bedrooms two full bathroomsLower level: Unfinished cellar, w/d”

DC8707972 - Interior (General)

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $399,000.

DC8707972 - Bath (Master)


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