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by Prince Of Petworth October 23, 2017 at 2:15 pm 0

This rental is located at Kirby Street and New York Ave, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$3000 / 2br – 1278ft2 – $3000 2BDRM 2.5 Bth Truxton Circle/Mt. Vernon

Property Highlights:

• Recently fully renovated, this 2 Bed / 2.5 Bath Town home is just a few blocks from Mt. Vernon / NOMA / Chinatown / Shaw / U St. / Downtown.
• This home features hardwood floors, exposed brick, new energy star windows, new entry doors, granite countertops, central air conditioning / heating, wood-burning fireplace, a premium dishwasher, Nest thermostat, and a Bosch washer / dryer.
• The home also features a 600 sq ft fenced backyard with new turf installation
• The master bedroom features a full bathroom
• A monitored alarm system is included in the price of rent
• Easy to access street parking
• Pets allowed
• Must be able to pass a credit check

Neighborhood Highlights: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 19, 2017 at 11:55 am 0

This unit is located at 30 Florida Ave, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“The Highline by S2 Development. 8 new luxury 2BR condos in Bloomingdale. Designed w/attention & detail, units feature open floor plan w/floor-to-ceiling windows & wide plank maple floors. Spacious gourmet kitchen w/SS appliances, caesarstone quartz counters, custom wood cabinetry & large breakfast bar. BA w/soaking tubs & custom cabinets. Most units include balconies, PH units include roof decks.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $525,000 ($164 monthly fee.)

by Prince Of Petworth October 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm 0


courtesy Michelle Stearn

“Dear PoPville,

I have a story about a DC artist who illegally copyrighted and stole an image co-created by Aja, an LGBTQIA artist of color, and got away with it. We have support right now (976 signatures and counting on our Change.org petition, featured on the NBC4 evening news) but the DC artist has yet to come out and respond.

This case is part of a systemic pattern of institutional racism. Artists of color in the LGBTQIA community like Aja are continuously exploited by their white counterparts, who get away with it.

Here is the article in its entirety.”

NBC Washington reported:

“We take copyright matters very seriously and after an initial review, we determined that this is a contractual disagreement between the two parties.” the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities said in a statement to News4.

News4 has reached out to the artist who painted the mural, but she has not responded.”

by Prince Of Petworth October 13, 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: 90 O St NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #2
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 1 Parking: Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price: $850,000. List Price at Contract: $850,000.
List Date: 7/10/2017 Days on Market: 40
Settled Sales Price: $750,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0. (listing data said $100k, but spoke to listing agent who verbally confirmed it was an error)
Settlement Date: 10/05/2017
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post can be seen: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

The original GDoN post for this property had no comments, which is unusual. Understandable, though, as it’s kind of an outlier listing. I call these “Resi-mercial” deals, which are sales that are too small for the commercial agents, and small enough for potential residential use. They tend to be listed by primarily residential agents. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 11, 2017 at 11:25 am 0

“Dear PoPville,

Know you’ve been following the Republic Cantina developments, and previewed the Hanover Civic Association meeting on Saturday. Wanted to give you a follow-up. One of the opponents of the restaurant presented and it was interesting to say the least. His “smoking gun” was this slide from the start of his deck revealing how the company’s Spanish name proves…something? I guess this Trojan Caballo plot is foiled now?

For his part, Chris from Republic Cantina had just presented and gone over how this really is a full-day restaurant concept — not just a bar– including a heavy morning focus on coffee and pastries.

At the end of the meeting, the vote in favor of protesting was unanimous, but it’s worth noting that there were supporters from the neighborhood in attendance who weren’t allowed to vote because new members weren’t accepted last week. They are supposed to be allowed for the next meeting October 18th, so should be interesting to see how things change then.”


57 N Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth October 6, 2017 at 3:55 pm 0

Street View: 5 Photographers on Documenting Washington DC

“On the occasion of Flore de Preneuf’s pop-up exhibit “DC Liquor / What there is and what there was”, five local photographers – Chris Chen, Matt Dunn, Michael Horsley, Flore de Preneuf, and Joshua Yospyn – share pictures and backstories about how they work and relate to the city.

Mark your calendars for fast-paced slideshows and laid-back talk:

Sunday October 8, 2017

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

1542 North Capitol St NW, Washington DC,

at the corner of Florida Ave and North Capitol St, in the former Walter Johnson’s liquor store, now the Truxton apartment building.”

by Prince Of Petworth October 6, 2017 at 11:45 am 0

This house is located at 1639 4th Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Spacious Victorian rowhouse in historic Shaw/Truxton. Quiet block yet close to it all. Wide living room w/built-in bookshelves, exposed brick, gas fireplace. ~ bath off separate dining room. 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths incl/updated master bath. Huge walk-in w/Elfa system. Private backyard oasis w/patio, garden, yard & bike racks~great for entertaining or relaxing. Potential for parking spot.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $850,000.

by Prince Of Petworth October 6, 2017 at 9:55 am 0

Thanks to Cole for sending the latest on Republic Cantina’s efforts to open up a, gasp, Tex-Mex restaurant in Truxton Circle. The original liquor license application says, you may want to take a seat before reading this:

“New Restaurant, serving tacos and other Tex-Mex food. Total Occupancy Load is 100, with seating for 60. Requesting a Sidewalk Café with 40 seats and Summer Garden with 10 seats, along with an Entertainment Endorsement.”

Now we all know what Tex-Mex has done to other parts of town…

UPDATE: Another flyer going around:

Let us remember that Rustik (RIP) and Big Bear (not to mention Brookland’s Finest across town) prevailed in their liquor license fights and we all know what a disaster they turned out to be. Oh wait. They became/continued to be pillars of the community and quite often delicious.


57 N Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth September 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0


57 N Street, NW

“I am Bradley A. Thomas, Chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5E and the Commissioner who represents Single Member District 5E, the SMD which includes the unit block of N Street, NW, where the proposed new restaurant, Republic Cantina, seeks to open. For the past four days, I have been reading e-mail messages and comments on the Prince of Petworth blog [Ed. Note: To clear up any misunderstandings, since 2013 this website has been called PoPville as illustrated in the logo and URL.] regarding ANC5E’s protest of the application for a Class C liquor license recently filed by the proprietor of the prospective new restaurant. The comments I have read, in general, reflect a misunderstanding of both the process of an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) protest and the factual background pertinent to this particular application. In the course of my responsibilities as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, I don’t usually respond to blogs but in this case, since many of the comments have cast my colleagues on the Commission in what I believe is an unfairly harsh and demeaning light, I felt compelled to do so at this time. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 28, 2017 at 11:00 am 0


From the “53 shots fired” September 14th

Ben reported around 6:30pm Wednesday:

“10 or so shots fired on the 400 block of N St., right where the 52 shots were two weeks ago. Cops on the scene.”

Ed. Note: I asked Ben this morning if there was confirmation about the shots fired and he replied:

“Police said it was. Brought about 8 cars, spotlights, etc..”

Another resident reported:

“I think I heard _____ and _____ say they heard a total of 12 shots (7 in a row then 5). Also, a car in front of _____’s house had a bunch of bullet holes in it. Based on the placement of the shell casings, it looks like the person was likely running down the sidewalk on our side of the street, either purposefully shooting the car or having pretty bad aim if trying to shoot across the street.”

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