Halloween devil may have itHappy Halloween! 

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First Friday

Another condo alternative in the 'hood. 

2227 12th exterior 2227 12th kitchen 2227 12th terrace
2227 12th Pl, NW is a two bedroom, one bath row house listed for $515,000.  It's total square footage is 1,078 and the yearly taxes are $4,092.  It's been renovated and features exposed duct work and brick, hardwood floors, a flexible floor plan (bedrooms currently configured as a master suite and a loft/study), custom Elfa closets, an updated kitchen and bath plus a terrace.  It's a five minute walk to the U St. Metro, restaurants and nightlife.  It's Open on Sunday, 10/30 from 2-4pm. 

*photos courtesy of the MLS.  Listing courtesy of John Akhavan of Fairfax Realty.  For more information, contact me at jen@dcrealestate.com. 

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Halloween costume

I love Halloween.  It's one of my favorite nights of the year because I enjoy the creativity of the costumes.  My outfit is never particularly interesting.  This year I'm a devil which is easy but boring.  If you're more adventurous, check out the costumes above.  

1. Lady in Grey Ghost 2. Pinata  3. Feather and Felt Raven 4. Mr. & Mrs. Fox via Oh Happy Day!

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Last night, I attended the 25th High Heel Race on 17th St, NW.  It's a hilarious evening of drag queens in towering heels and wigs, jovial spectators and a three block sprint.  It kicks off Halloween in DC and it's a beloved tradition.  One of my friends lives on 17th St. and hosts an annual party.  We had a birds eye view of the festivities and it was a fantastic evening.  My favorite drag queens were the black and white swans made out of balloons.  They were spectacular!Black swans balloons White swan balloons Hhrace the scene
*top photos of black and white swans by Elvert Barnes.

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Riveting Rooms

Lonny bathroomWhile I love my condo, elements (like my bathrooms) are starting to feel very 2005.  You know what I mean…large, square traventine tile.  Granite countertops.  Stainless fixtures. It's a lot nicer than most of the bathrooms I encounter when I look at property.  But I long to revamp them.

That's why I find this weeks "Riveting Room" so inspirational.  It's a light filled, sleek yet functional small space.  I am infatuated with the tile and the floating sink.  It's perfect.

*photo courtsey of Lonny's post on Designer Visions:Cinema Style residences.  Residence inspired by Igby Goes Down.  Rooms by Jessica Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier & Co.

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Potatoes and onions are a family staple.  It's easy, tasty and fast.  It goes well with grilled or roasted foods.  You can make it on the grill or in the oven.  It's also a great dish to take to pot lucks because it travels well.  This version, I roasted in the oven for dinner at a friend's house. 

Potatoes 4
Potatoes and Onions

2 lbs new potatoes-(red, white and purple), scrubbed and sliced thinly

1 large sweet onion, sliced thinly

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons of butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Toss potatoes, onions and olive oil in a bowl.  Spread in a pan that is microwavable.  Salt and pepper.  Sprinkle two tablespoons of butter over potatoes.  Microwave potatoes for ten minutes.  When done, roast in oven for twenty minutes or until potatoes golden brown.  Serve immediately. 

Potatoes 1First step, scrub the pototoes.
Potatoes 2Second step, slice pototoes into thin medallions. Potatoes 3Steps 3-5: toss ingredients in a bowl, spread in a pan, add salt, pepper and butter. Potatoes 4Finito and ready to serve.

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First Friday

Although I love my fantasy world of million dollar homes, this week it's back to reality.  Today I'm featuring an adorable condo alternative with a fantastic price tag.

2258 12th pl 2258 12th pl lr2258 12th Pl, NW is a two bedroom, one full bath house listed for $499,000.  It's 984 square feet and the yearly taxes are $3,895.  It features exposed brick, hardwood floors, a fireplace, an updated kitchen and bath plus an outdoor patio.  It's blocks to the U St. Metro, restaurants and bars.  It's the perfect starter house.  It's Open on Sunday, 10/23 from 1-3pm. 

I think this will be under contract quickly.  There's not a lot of houses in the 'hood in this price range. More info here about the property. 

*photos courtsey of MLS.  listing courtsey of Brandon Green and Associates, Keller Williams

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In the Shepherd Park edition of First Friday, I featured two houses.  Let's explore how long they were on the market and the final sale price.

1121 Kalmia 1121 kalmia lr 2
1121 Kalmia St, NW was a renovated, semi-attached townhouse with three bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths.  The kitchen has been renovated with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  The property featured hardwood floors, new windows, and a slate patio.
It's 1391 square feet and was initially listed for $475,000.  It had several price reductions.  It sold for $399,000 with a $11,900 seller subsidy in 27 days. 
1325 iris 1325 iris lr1325 Iris St, NW was 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 2,246 square feet.  Yearly taxes are $4,912.  It was listed for $599,000.  It sold for $575,000 in 17 days.  It featured 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.


*photos courtesy of MLS.  Kalmia St. listing courtesy of Fredrika Lloyd of Lloyd and Associates.  Iris St listing courtesy of June Gardner of Evers&Co.

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Riveting Rooms

I love this space in an industrial building in Queens.  Cup of Jo wrote a great feature about this apartment and each room is amazing.  I'm especially impressed with the art, the mid century furniture, the fantastic light and the plants.  

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Estadio dining room
Estadio, a Spanish tapas restaurant in Logan Circle, has been open for a little over a year.  As a former resident of Spain, I had high hopes for a new tapas place and was thrilled there was something new in Logan Circle.  It was a welcome addition. 

When Estadio first opened, it was (and is) a mad house every night.  No reservations unless your party was (is) over six people, the space isn't huge and it was impossible to get a seat unless you went at 6pm.  Initially, I thought the food was mediocre with a few flashes of brilliance.  Yes, the drinks were fun and very authentic..I've never seen Calimocho (coke and red wine) served anywhere in the states.  My biggest peeve then and now is how they serve the wine..it's a 4oz pour at $7-$12.  Served in a cocktail glass.  Which means it's basically nothing.  They also don't give a choice for a bigger pour.  If you're a wino like myself, this is a frustrating experience.  After several dining forays, I discovered ordering a bottle eliminates the problem and is more economical.  Their bottles are well priced and the choices are exceptional.

In May, Estadio opened for lunch and I gained a new appreciation for the restaurant.  The food has has hit it's stride.  They're consistently turning out fresh, tasty dishes.  (See photos below).  My favorites are the tortilla, the halibut and the open faced manchego and jamon serrano sandwich.   Basic options but Spanish food is simple.   Which is why it's delicious. 

Estadio heirloom tomato salad

Heirloom tomato salad

Estadio open faced sandwhich
Grilled country bread with whipped goat cheese, tomatoes and salsa verde

Estadio shrimp
Sauteed shrimp, garlic, parsley and lemon

Estadio halibut
Sherry glazed halibut with a smokey romesco, garbanzo beans, greens, raisons and pumpkin seeds


*interior photo courtsey of Estadio website.  All other photos by Concrete Jungle DC.

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What can I say?  I love a million dollar house in a central location.  This weeks abode is a stunner.

1213 o st nw exterior 1213 o st dining 1213 o st family room1213 O St, NW is a four bedroom, two full bath and three half bath Victorian townshouse listed for $1,790,000.  It's 3,543 square feet and the yearly taxes are $10,351.  The home is four finished levels with 11' ceilings, a marble foyer, custom hardwood floors through out, eight fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.  The baths have been upgraded, there's a dumb waiter from the kitchen to the dining room, a manicured back yard and two parking spaces.  It's located a short walk from Logan Circle, Whole Foods and Studio Theatre. 

*listing courtsey of Alexandra Thomas of TT&R

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Wedding photo

It's my four year anniversary today and I want to reminisce.  I recently came to the realization that my wedding was a ton of fun. Anyone that's ever gotten married thinks their wedding is the best wedding ever..and rightly so.  It's a big day in your life. It BETTER be outstanding after planning for months and spending a lot of money.  But really, mine was priceless (if I do say so myself).

Here's a few of my favorite memories:

1.)  Shots of limoncello with my Mom, Dad and brother before I walked down the aisle.

2).  My friend Katie singing "Ave Marie."  I knew she could sing but I never imagined it would be so beautiful.

3).  The ceremony performed by our family friend Tate.  She rocked it.

4).  My Dad as MC.  The man loves a microphone, what can I say?  I especially loved when he razzed my cousin Dave Oliverio, who happened to be striding across the dance floor as everyone was getting settled.  Poor Dave.  He was just looking for his seat.

5).  My ex-Special Forces brother-in-law Jim springing to the rescue when the cousins table collapsed. 

6).  Seeing all my favorite people from near and far in one place to celebrate us.

7).  The fantastic toast by Jason, the best man. 

8).  Watching everyone get down.  DJ D-Mac was the man.  My parents wanted Motown and we wanted old school (the good kind, thank you) hip hop.  He melded the two perfectly and made our reception the ultimate dance party.

9).  The dance off between my Dad and one of my husband's friends.  Funniest. Thing. Ever.

10). My new husband.  Smooches.

Shots wedding
Katie wedding day
Dad mc

Susan+me wedding

Jason wedding


Dance off3

Bobby wedding

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