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by Prince Of Petworth November 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

This family, coming from British Columbia and visiting friends in Mount Pleasant, got a rather rude welcome from the DC Government: a parking ticket for $1000. They parked their tiny trailer on the street, and Parking Enforcement struck, charging them with parking a trailer on a residential street. Yes, the fine for that is a thousand dollars, though surely the District Council did not have in mind little trailers brought into the District by tourists when they prescribed that draconian fine.

This family has been all across the country with their trailer, and had no trouble with it anywhere, until arriving in our fine town. I’m afraid their visit here won’t be a fond memory.”

by Prince Of Petworth November 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm 0

“I’m looking for the owner of a dog that bit my daughter 12 years old, this past Saturday nov 11, at approx 9:30 am. My daughter was on block of Kilbourne Place between 18th and 19th streets, a woman walking 2 dogs on leashes, 1 of the dogs, smallish, shaggy white bit my daughter above the knee. She asked my daughter if she was ok and left. She had another small darker dog with her too. Since we have not located owner yet, my daughter is getting series of rabies shots. I would like to locate the owner of this dog.”

Ed. Note: If you have information please email [email protected] Thank you.

by Prince Of Petworth October 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0


Photo credit: from documents distributed at the ANC meeting

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

RRaze of Collapsing Mt. Pleasant Carriage House Proposed

“We won’t let our children go near that property,” a neighbor told Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1D/Mount Pleasant at its October 24 meeting.

The property in question is a carriage house at the rear of 3305 and 3307 18th Street NW. It is a single structure which was built in the rear of two adjacent residences, perhaps around 1896, according to homeowner testimony to the ANC.

“The carriage house is in very bad shape,” the owner of 3305 told the ANC. The homeowner also said the building was structurally unsound and submitted a petition with 24 signatures from neighbors supporting the demolition of the existing structure and replacement with a new structure of similar appearance.

Since the carriage house is located in the Mount Pleasant Historic District, getting permission to demolish and replace it involves two separate permissions. The plan to rebuild must be approved by DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). But the act of demolishing a building in any historic district involves a separate review by the office of Mayor’s Agent at DC’s Office of Planning.

A representative of Historic Mount Pleasant, a local organization dedicated to architectural preservation, said that, in this case, the organization supported the demolition of the building. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0


Proposed site of single-family dwelling behind 1665 Harvard St NW from Office of Zoning Files

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

Meridian Hill ANC Says No to Harvard Street “Popbacks”

Homeowners on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Harvard Street NW are meeting local opposition to adding rear additions to their homes. At the October 24 meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1D/Mount Pleasant, voted to oppose three separate requests for zoning relief in these blocks. Each vote to oppose was unanimous.

The first case was for zoning relief for a property at the rear of 1665 Harvard Street. The owner of the lot wishes to build a two-story, single-family dwelling on a lot facing a rear alley. Although the owners may build “by right” (i.e., without having to ask for permission), the proposed design cannot satify the requirement for setbacks along the side and rear of the property without zoning relief.

Attorney Meridith H. Moldenhauer, representing the applicants, noted that the city is encouraging the construction of alley dwellings and the lot under consideration was the only lot in the area that is “large enough to be buildable”. However, neighbors came out in force to object to the petition, saying that the proposed project would render an adjoining walkway difficult or impossible to use, and that no other house on Harvard Street has been granted an exception to the setback requirements, among other objections.

One neighbor said approving the zoning relief “would eviscerate zoning requirements”. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

From an email:

“District Vintage presents a vintage pop-up shop at Suns Cinema in Mount Pleasant just in time for Halloween.

District Vintage brings Washington, D.C. a temporary shopping experience with vintage shops from in and around the metro area. Visitors are invited to experience this unique shopping event at Suns Cinema – Mount Pleasant’s one and only art house movie theater. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

This rental is located at 16th at Park Road, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1995 / 745ft2 – Top Floor Renovated 1br w/BALCONY available now! Exceptional view!

Available now, Top floor renovated 745 sf 1br with a balcony renting for $1995/mo plus the electric. Features a 16 ft balcony facing Southeast, amazing view, and beautiful sunsets. Wood floors, dishwasher, and granite counter tops. Manager’s special** (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 6, 2017 at 10:55 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: 1702 Lamont St NW

Legal Subdivision: Mount Pleasant
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Mount Pleasant
Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $1,295,000. List Price at Contract: $1,295,000.
List Date: 8/29/2017 Days on Market: 9
Settled Sales Price: $1,330,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 10/02/2017
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen
: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Not only do we have Before pics, this house was a GDoN post here on PoPville in 2010. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 5, 2017 at 11:15 am 0


3110 Mt Pleasant Street, NW

[Scene: I violently tear my shirt.]

“Dear PoPville,

Noticed on my walk to work this morning that the construction outside San Miguel Pupuseria on Mt. Pleasant street seems to be more than the patio. I knew the ice cream shop [Mount Desert Island Ice Cream] was going in up top but I thought San Miguel would stay in business in the basement.

Place looks cleared out now. No “open” sign or anything. Such a shame. Best pupusas in the city.”

Ed. Note: I’m very sorry to say that when I tried to call to confirm, their phone had been disconnected. Mount Pleasant will not be the same.

Quite the microcosm here. Perhaps nothing really better captures how D.C. is changing today than San Miguel closing and Pearl Plum opening. Not to mention Mount Desert Island Ice Cream opening…

by Prince Of Petworth October 5, 2017 at 10:20 am 0


3064 Mt. Pleasant St, NW courtesy Pear Plum Cafe

From a press release:

“Pear Plum Café is ready to open! Owners, Emily Friedberg and Jeanlouise Conaway, took over the former Flying Fish Coffee and Tea space in Mt. Pleasant back in April and after a summer of renovations are ready to re-open their new concept, Pear Plum Café. The café will have simple and seasonal food, high quality coffee drinks, and a small bar serving wine, beer, and classic craft cocktails featuring a fun selection of local booze. It’s a neighborhood spot with friendly comfortable service. Customers can enjoy their meal, their friends and families, and their community in a new bright, airy space. (more…)

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