Shepherd Park is a small, historic neighborhood north of Walter Reed between Georgia Ave. and Rock Creek Park. The houses are stately, the streets are tree lined and it's convenient to downtown Silver Spring and DC. Today there's two houses that caught my eye.
1121 Kamlia St, NW
1121 Kalmia St, NW living room
1121 Kalmia St, NW is a renovated, semi-attached townhouse with three bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths. It's 1391 square feet and it's listed for $475,000. Yearly taxes are $3,681. The kitchen has been renovated with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. There's hardwood floors, new windows, and a slate patio.
1325 Iris St, NW
1325 Iris St, NW living room
1325 Iris St, NW is a Tudor that hasn't been on the market since the 60's. Built in 1929, it's four bedrooms, two and half baths with 2246 square feet. Yearly taxes are $4,912. It's listed for $599,000. It features refinished hardwood floors, new gutters, and it's been freshly painted. Both the kitchen and baths need updating. It also doesn't have central air conditioning. What is does have is tons of character and architectural details, a screened in porch, a two car garage and a slate roof. It's Open on Sunday, May 1 from 1-4pm.
I was dubious. A marvelous new sandwich shop in a gas station? I know that's commonplace in Miami but it's not in DC.
I told my husband, who's a more adventurous eater, and one day he came home with a Cubano. I sampled it and wham, our love affair with Fast Gourmet began.
I know both POP and U St. Girl professed love for the Cubano but we're partial to the Chivito (steak, ham, fried egg, bacon, cheese, green olives) and the roasted turkey with the green olive mayo. I'm sure you can guess which one is mine. I highly recommend giving it a whirl next time you're in need of a good sandie. Yum.
Roasted turkey with green olive mayo
*photo of Fast Gourmet via POP. Sandie photos, my own.
I love a big, cozy, comfy couch. I know that's not cool in haute interior design but I'm a reader and a lounger. The photo below from TradHome (still perusing..so many interesting ideas) embraces my love of the couch.
This week it's all about Brookland. This neighborhood doesn't get a lot of love and I've never understood it. There are consistently well priced houses, access to the Metro (the red line), a Yes! Grocery and a bustling strip of commerce plus a seasonal farmers market.
4316 12th Pl, NE
4316 12th Pl, NE living room
The first house featured is 4316 12th Pl, NE. It's four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and it's been completely renovated with hardwood floors, granite and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, a finished basement and a large back yard. It's listed for $469,000 and it's 1592 square feet. Taxes are $2869 yearly. (The taxes will likely increase if it sells at 469K. The current taxes are for the house before the renovation.) It's Open on Saturday 4/23 from 12-3pm and Sunday 4/24 from 12-4pm.
103 Webster St, NE
103 Webster NE kitchen
The second house highlighted is 103 Webster St, NE. It's four bedrooms, 3.5 baths house with a rental unit for $449,900. (3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths upstairs, 1 bedroom/1 bath in the rental unit). It's 1336 square feet, it's been renovated with hardwood floors, updated baths, a kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances, Energy Star windows and HVAC, and it's eight blocks to the Metro. Yearly taxes are $2388. As with the property mentioned above, taxes will likely increase if the property is sold at the list price. Once again, the current taxes are pre-renovation.
Over the last several months, a huge debate about making 20% down payments mandatory when purchasing a home has been raging in the news, blogosphere and in real estate brokerages across the country.
If you've been out of the loop, basically the gov has decided to implement a minimum 20% down payment for conventional loans in order to obtain a mortgage at the best interest rates. If you're using an FHA loan, the minimum down payment will remain 3.5%.
What's the point? To make sure we never have another financial meltdown like the one we just witnessed.
Personally, I am not in favor of a 20% down payment. I know I'm biased. A 20% down payment would impact some of my business.
On the other hand, DC is expensive. Coming up with 20% down payment or $80,000 on a 400K property (the *informal* average price of DC property) is a struggle for most buyers. I have plenty of clients who manage to save 20% down on average salaries and I'm always thrilled for them.
Furthermore, buying a property these days is rife with hurdles. Why make it even harder?
I also don't think obtaining a loan should be easy as it was in the early 2000's. But lenders are rejecting fantastic loan candidates for the stupidiest reasons. If it didn't break client confidentiality, I could give you multiple examples.
Meanwhile, I (and every other realtor in the country) will be watching closely how the issue is resolved.
I am captivated by this rug by Madeline Weinreib of ABC Home. I first mentioned it last October. It was in Lonny Magazine and I was smitten. I took a soujourn to see it in person at the ABC Home Store when I visited NYC. It's more fantastic in person.
It was recently featured in a COCOCOZY post about blue and white rooms and I'm hooked once again. I want it in grey and white but I love the graphic pop of the blue and white version. There's also a fantastic zig zag pattern.
1400 21st St, NW is the latest fancy lady to catch my eye. Listed at $1,495,000, it's four levels, four bedrooms, four baths, 2224 square feet, and has parking. Located two blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro, it's central to restaurants and shopping. Although the outside is classic, the inside is sleek with an updated Poggenphol kitchen. What a spectacular space!
I'm holding an Open House today from 1-4pm at 1260 21st St, NW #101. It's a 2 bedroom/2 bath condo with parking for $449,900. It's 863 square feet with big windows, stainless steel appliances and parquet floors. It's a quick walk to Dupont Circle, the Metro, the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market and restaurants galore. I hope to see you there!
606 14th Pl, NE is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath rowhouse in Capitol Hill within walking distance to H St. Corridor. Listed for 349K, this is an excellent condo alternative. Although it's narrow, it's 1096 square feet, has hardwood floors, a fireplace and off street parking. The taxes are $3160 a year. It's Open on Sunday, 4/17 from 2-4.
606 14th Pl, NE
606 14th Pl, NE living room
606 14th Pl, NE master bedroom
1713 Harvard St, NW is 3 bedrooms/2 full bath town house located near the zoo for 619K. Designed by modern architect Joseph Abel, it has an open floor plan, a lovely patio with a hot tub (!), and two car parking. It's 1248 sf and the taxes are $4298 per year. It's Open this weekend on Saturday 4/16 and Sunday 4/17 from 1-4.
Jen Angotti is the creator of Concrete Jungle DC, a blog about real estate in DC, ideas on how to decorate and design your abode plus a variety of topics she loves: new restaurants and bars, DC happenings, food, and travel. Jen is a licensed realtor in DC and VA.
Rise Bakery, located at 2409 18th St, NW in Adams Morgan, is a gluten-free bakery. This is monumental news in my gluten free world. A couple of months ago, my husband popped by there and grabbed a few things: a bag of bagels, a loaf of bread, a banana nut muffin and a cinnamon roll. They were delicious and I was so exited. Good gluten free bread and pastries are hard to find. I had an appointment today in Adams […]