Dan Silverman: Citizen of the District of Columbia. Photo by Hugh Clarke
So as most people know by now Wawa opened their first D.C. location yesterday and there was a massive turnout. And there was a massive, predictable, “I don’t get it” counter-reaction. And the even more predictable – “it’s just gas station food.” But what pushed me over the edge was a twitter response from someone reacting to Jessica Sidman’s viral photo of the huge line inside:
“This is why DC is the worst city in the world, these hipsters think Wawa is some kind of authentic poor people thing and they want to be a part of it.”
No, no, no. NO. First of all we’re not even the worst city in the mid-Atlantic. Second of all look at the God damned photos – these people are not hipsters. If anything they are the opposite of hipsters. And third of all “authentic poor people thing”? What? Anyway it got me thinking how the anti reaction to anything popular in D.C. is so reflexive these days. Can we not just be happy for whatever reason for one half second?
People excited about a Nordstrom Rack opening? “You bastards, don’t you realize all that clothing is made in China.” Excited about a Sweetgreen opening? “You stupid lettuce fetishist – don’t you realize they are a chain now?” Excited about a Christmas pop up bar? (more…)
It’s that time of year when things start to slow as people stop for a few days to think about buying presents for others rather than themselves. While the open house list is a lot shorter this week, there are still 40+ new open houses to explore as well as another 100+ opens for houses that have been on the market for a while. While everyone else is out pretending to be Santa, check out some of our recommended open houses to see:
For the entire DC Open House List click here.
- 355 I Street SW — $384, 990 — Southwest Waterfront
- Open Sun. 1-3PM — Rachel Valentino
- Only 3 blocks to the new Waterfront district.
- 826 Madison Street NW — $779,900 — Petworth
Open SUN. 2-4PM — Barak Sky
Exposed brick & parlor doors.
- 1405 Staples Street NE #4 — $365,000 — Trinidad
Open Sun. 1-3PM — Dana Cannon
2-bedroom “boutique condo.”
- 709 17th Street SE — $599,900 — Hill East
Open Sun. 1-4PM — Robby Thompson III
“Classic federal overlooking Congressional Cemetery.”
- 437 New York Avenue NW #1008 — $499,000 — Mount Vernon Square
Open Sun. 1-4PM — Mansour Abu-Rahmeh
Yale Condominiums 1-bedroom with numerous building amenities.
This house is located at 5307 13th Street, NW. The Bright MLS listing says:
“Gorgeous, fully renovated 4 BR 3 FB 1/2 bath,3-level home w/open floor plan. Separate Living, Dining Rm, fireplace, high ceilings.Large Master BR w/full BA & 2 WIC. Gourmet Kitchen w/granite, SS appliances. New baths w/designer touches. New HW floors upper levels. Recessed lighting throughout. New (2) HVAC units, HWH, windows & Washer & Dryer. Basement BR, Rec Rm w/wet bar & full BA. 2 Car Garage.”
You can see more more photos here.
This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $795,000.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood
This morning as I was unlocking a Jump Bike on the bike racks outside the Woodley Park Metro, a woman who was locking her own bike lectured me on how it was improper for bike shares to be left on the racks because the racks were for people like her who own their bikes. She went on to claim, as if she knew this for a fact, that the city would not give Jump Bikes a contract after the current trial period because their bikes take up rack space. She then walked away.
I have no idea if what she is saying is true, but I am a big fan of Jump Bikes since the electric motor makes my uphill commute tolerable. DC is a hilly city, and a muggy city for much of the year, so many of us stand to bike more with the electric bikes as an option. Bottom line, I would be very sad if Jump Bikes couldn’t get a contract. (more…)
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…)
2465 18th Street, NW
From the Adams Morgan BID:
“DC-based fast casual restaurant &pizza will be opening their Adams Morgan location at 2465 18th St NW on Tuesday at 11:00am. This is the popular chain’s 25th location and they will be open:
Sunday through Wednesday 11am – 11pm
Thursday 11am – 12am
Friday & Saturday 11am – 4am
In honor of opening their 25th location, they will be giving away 125 free pizzas to the first 125 people in line. Also, the first 25 people to request the & tattoo will get one for free + free pizza for a year.”
By: Mimi Montgomery
Photo by Erin
FRIDAY, DEC. 15
HAPPY VINO-DAYS: Drink the District Wine Festival is back this weekend with its holiday celebration. Sip and holiday shop to your heart’s content: A general admission ticket includes unlimited sampling of over 100 wines, a chance to shop locally-made holiday gifts, cooking demonstrations, and live music. (The Park View, multiple time sessions, $30 – $99)
SANTA BABIES: Dust off those Santa hats and head to the Wunder Garten for its Night of a 1000 Santas costume party. Lose yourself amidst a crowd of furry, red jackets as you sip holiday drinks, dance to a DJ, and snack. Elves and Grinches are welcome to attend, too. (Wunder Garten at NoMa, 7 – 11 p.m., FREE)
ART BELOW GROUND: Dupont Underground will host its Underground After Hours event tonight to celebrate its newest exhibit, a collection of the digital artist Brian Dailey’s work. Listen to tunes from DJ Amen Ra while you sip on a Red Devil, a tequila and cranberry cocktail made on-site by Firefly restaurant’s bartender. Go to the restaurant beforehand, too, for a bite to eat: All After Hours guests can get an appetizer, entree, and glass of house wine for $35. (Dupont Underground, 7 – 10 p.m., $18 on Ticketfly, $20 at door)
GUESTWORKER: Head to the Anacostia Community Museum tonight for a screening of “The Guestworker.” The documentary chronicles the life of Candelario, a seasonal farm worker who has traveled between Mexico and the U.S. for 40 years providing for his family. Post-screening, two staffers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will host a discussion about government visas and the guest worker program. (Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, 11 a.m. – 12 noon, FREE, registration required)
BOOK IT: A Creative D.C. will host Duende District for a three-day pop-up this weekend. A bookstore focusing on works by authors of color, Duende District will be selling some of its favorite titles on-site for all the bibliophiles on your holiday shopping list. If you can’t make it to this one, Duende District has a permanent pop-up at the Anacostia Arts Center, too. (A Creative DC: Brookland, Friday 12 noon – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., FREE)
MORE: Lucky Buns Live Music: Sean Chyun (Lucky Buns, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m., FREE), Wharf Ice Skating Rink with DJ (The Wharf, 8 – 10 p.m., $8 – $10), General Shaw’s Chicken Comedy Showcase by Capital Laughs (Shaw’s Tavern, 8 – 10 p.m., $10), Third Annual Gingerbread House Making Party (Ventnor Sports Cafe, 7 – 11 p.m., FREE), Sharam (U Street Music Hall, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m., $10), Create Alignment: Uncover Your Purpose and Design Your Life (The Lemon Collective D.C., 6 – 8:30 p.m., $110)
Photo by Eric P.
SATURDAY, DEC. 16 (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user DCbmyers
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