first friday

1011 V St, NW

Washington, DC 20001

2 bedrooms/1 bath


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.

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spring shifts


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.  

1. purple dress 2. wedges 3. navy dress 4. belt 5. flats

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curbed university


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.  

They also address downpayments and title insurance, why you really need an agent , and what "broom clean" really means.  If you're thinking about buying a place, this series has a lot of relevant information.  

photos via MLS.


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sold: first friday


1841 12th St, NW

Washington, DC 20009

3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

list price: $839,000

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.

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riveting rooms


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.

photo: seen on camile styles, photo via

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first friday


43 U St, NW

Washington, DC 20001

4 bedrooms/2.5 baths


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



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sometimes you have to

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.  


*photo via betty broccoli

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I loved the photo from yesterday's post so much I had to recreate it.  Outdoor living at it's finest.

1. mr. w graffiti on wood  2. green sunbrella pillow 3. pop swirls outdoor pillow  

4. white outdoor sofa 5.  yellow sunbrella pillow  6.  large pop swirl outdoor pillow 

7.  outdoor drink tray

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riveting rooms


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.

photo via

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Parc Deux is finally on it's way at 14th and Q St, NW at the old dry cleaners building.  (POP)

Those Hilton Brothers at at it again:  their team behind ESL, Marvin, Gibson (the list goes on and on) is proposing an arts incubator in the old HR-57 spot.  (Urban Turf)


Another new restaurant is coming to 14th St, NW.  The folks behind Matchbox are bringing another concept to the 'hood:  Ted's Bulletin.  Expect homemade pop tarts and diner style food.  (Eater)

Central Union Mission is getting a face lift.  New plans were submitted at the last ANC meeting to turn the building into a 51 unit condo building.  (urban turf)

Howard theatre
Howard Theatre is reopening on April 9, 2012.  I can't wait to see this place restored to it's former glory.  (renew shaw)

Two new Mike Isabella are coming to 2201 14th St, NW in early 2013.   Hell to the yes! (dcist)


*photos top to bottom:  pop, urban turf, eater, urban turf, left of ledroit, urban turf

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first friday


1349 Wallach Pl, NW

Washington, DC 20009

3 bedrooms/1.5 baths


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.

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tasty tidbit

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.  

Carrot Slaw

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.

*adapted from carrot, cilantro and chile slaw recipe

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