This two level attached row house built in the 1890's is perfect for someone looking for a condo alternative. The home is 906 square feet and the yearly taxes are $3,454. It has hardwood floors through out, an open floor plan, central AC, a back patio and gated parking. It's 1 block to the U St. Metro, the lively U St. nightlife and restaurants.
photos via MLS, listing courtsey of Rachel Valentino, Keller Williams.
Every year when Spring arrives, I purchase several new dresses for work. Yes, I wear dresses not suits. My job consists of walking around DC, going into homes that may be filthy, and searching for lock boxes in odd places. Once the weather turns warm, dresses are the only way I can look professional but not overheat.
So far this year, I've found two wonderful options. The outfit on the left is my take on color blocking. The outfit on the right is my interpretation of the neon trend. Although I love fashion, I'm not keen on purchasing clothing that's super trendy. I go for classic silhouettes with fun (cheap!) accents.
Curbed DC is doing a series called "Curbed University" this week. As they describe it, it's "insider tips and non boring advice on how to buy, sell, or rent an apartment or home". It's genius and I highly recommend you check out the series. I spend half my life explaining these exact topics to buyers and sellers. Although I could also write about these topics, why when Curbed already has it covered? Plus it sounds a little preachy when I do it. And I can't be as sarcastic as Curbed. *I must retain a professional demeanor at all times because this is a blog about my business.* I would love to write what I really think but what I really think generally isn't too friendly. And yes Curbed, I'd write anonymous pieces if you let realtors contribute. But I digress…
One of my favorite posts is their "condo vs. co-op: which side are you on?" post. Co-ops are prevelant in certain neighborhoods like Cleveland Park. In general, buyers don't understand them. Curbed breaks down the pros and cons in two easy, concise paragraphs.
sold price: $870,000 with a $10,000 seller subsidy
DOM: 5 days
I've decided the First Friday's from last year aren't relevant. Instead, let's take a gander at what's been happening this year.
I featured 1841 12th St, NW in January. From the sold price, there were definitely multiple offers. Anytime a house sells for 31K over the list price is a good day for the seller. It also an indication of the low inventory level that's plauging the DC market.
The three level Victorian was built in 1870. Although it has been updated, the home retains many original architectural details like wide plank hardwood floors, pocket doors between the living and dining rooms, plaster moldings, and a wood burning fireplace. It also features a renovated kitchen with open shelving, a lower level au-pair suite, a roof deck, a large master bedroom where the washer/dryer is located (love that!), a garden and two car parking. The location is also fantastic: one block to the Metro and minutes to U St. or Logan Circle.
photos via the MLS. listing courtesy of Kimberly Casey, Washington Fine Properties.
Kid's rooms are usually too "cute" for me. They are too pink or too blue or too monogrammed. This room appeals to me because of the painted floors (so striking!), the mismatched beds and bedspreads plus the brightly painted chests of drawers. Colorful but functional. That's my kind of room.
This Bloomingdale beauty was built in 1906. The renovated Victorian is 3,056 square feet and the yearly taxes are $3,713. The home is a mixture of modern and traditional. There are hardwood floors through out, pocket doors, three fireplaces, a cook's kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The baths have been updated, the basement is finished and there's a lovely deck and back yard with two parking spaces. It's Open Sunday, 3/24/12 from 1-4pm.
photos via MLS. listing courtesy of Lee Murphy, Coldwell Banker
I'm having one of those weeks where I'm frustrated by everyone and everything. Instead of venting about it, I'm going to walk around DC. I'm going to enjoy the weather and do some people watching. I'm going to sit on a bench and read my book. I'm going to listen to Lady Gaga loudly in my car, dance and sing along. I'm not going to obsessively check my email. I'm not going to yell at people in their cars. I'm not going to cuss a lot. This resolve might only last an hour but for that hour, I am determined to be a happier person.
As soon as the flowers start blooming, I start dreaming about outdoor living rooms. There's nothing more enjoyable than sitting outside when the sun is shining and a breeze is blowing. This "room" is perfect for a city dweller that wants a little edge with their comfort. All I need now is my own private roof terrace.
Built in 1910, this sunny, renovated row house on Wallach Place is a real beauty. It has a large bay window, hardwood floors through out, an open floor plan, exposed brick, high ceilings, an updated bath and a renovated kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances. Additional features are a lovely patio and parking. The home is located one block from the U St. Metro, restaurants and local shops. It's Open Sunday 3/18 from 1-4pm.
photo via mls. listing courtsey of Jeff Sachse of TTR Sotheby's.
DC is having an unprecedented stretch of good weather. It's been so lovely, I've begun my outdoor entertaining. Last night, I had a couple of friends come over for the first cook out of the year. In March! On the menu were the standards: hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled zucchini, asparagus plus my new favorite side dish: carrot slaw. It's easy, delicious and good for you. It's also yummy as a condiment on the hot dogs and hamburgers.
12 ounces of carrots (assorted colors if you're feeling fancy), peeled and julienned. (about 4 cups. we use the cuisinart for this task)
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 to 5 limes, juiced
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt plus more for seasoning
2 jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and minced
1/2 cup (loosly packed) fresh cilantro leaves
fresh ground pepper
Toss carrots, oil, juice from the limes, cilantro, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and jalapenos in a large bowl. Let marinate for 15 minutes (I like to let it marinate for an hour or more for the best flavor), tossing occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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 […]