first friday

442-S-St,-NW-exterior
444 S St, NW

Washington, DC 20001

3 bedrooms/2.5 baths

1,620 sf/ $4,758 yearly taxes

list price: $539,000

This week's new listing is an attached rowhouse built in 1900 located in Shaw. The home has all the prerequisite amenities:  hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and skylights on the upper level for additional light.  In addition, it has a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom in law suite with a separate entrance in the basement.  The income from the in-law suite (it could potentially rent for $1500-$1700) could offset mortgage costs.  It's also located 4 blocks to the Shaw Metro and it's steps to Bar Boehm, Thai X-ing and Shaw Tavern.  

photos via MLS, listing courtesy of Michele Wiltse, Stages Premier

First Friday is a weekly post that features a listing that's been on the market for 7 days or less.  The home is either an excellent deal or it has interesting design elements.  

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Oliver Dunn

Oliver-dunnGeorgetown is full of adorable stores that I never visit.  I love DC and my fatal flaw is that I don't explore enough.

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wth?

Sometimes, listing photos make you scratch your head and say "wth?"  A few of my favorites below:

Statue

Sss-and-exercise
Panda
photos via MLS

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Before you read any further, you should be singing "bandelero, bandelero" to the beat of "bamboleo" by the Gipsy Kings in your head.  It will enhance the post greatly.  I promise.

Bandelero
Bandelero, Mike Isabella's modern Mexican restaurant in Georgetown, is a rootin' tootin' good time.  

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riveting rooms

Sag harbor house
This time next week, I'll be on vacation at the beach and I can.not.wait.  To make it through this marathon work week, I needed a little beach inspiration.  This lovely room is from a gorgeous home in the Hamptons. My view won't be as refined but it will certainly be as lovely.  Let the count down begin.

photo by Scott Frances via Architectural Digest

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first friday

3001-porter
3001 Porter St, NW #100

Washington, DC 20008

1 bedroom/1 bath

$218,000

This weeks new listing is a charming co-op in Cleveland Park.  It's been freshly painted, it has hardwood floors, new Pella windows in 2007, an updated bath with a Kohler tub and a river stone floor, an updated kitchen with granite counter tops, SS appliances and a cork floor.   The low fees of $390 a month include taxes and utilities. There's no underlying mortgage. The unit also shares a fantastic common backyard with grill & above ground pool. The co-op is located one block to Cleveland Park Metro and retail.  Open House 1-4pm on June 24th, 2012.  

photos via MLS, listing courtsey of me.

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rue travel issue

French-kitchen
Have you read the new issue of Rue?  The June/July issue is always dedicated to travel and in this issue, they've featured homes in Sweden, Paris and Malaysia. The photo above is from a flat in Paris and I'm smitten.  I bet you know why: marble counter tops, grey cabinents and that over the top light fixture.  The entire place is fantastic and makes me want to go to Paris right now.  Enjoy!

Lr-flat

French-dining

 

photos Pierre Verger for Rue Magazine

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latest and greatest

Latest.greatest-june

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sold: first friday

1741-johnson

1741 Johnson Ave, NW #201

Washington, DC 20009

2 bedrooms/2 baths

DOM: 44

list price: $649,000

sold price: $628,000

In April, I featured this lovely condo at Dupont Lofts. The building, a former auto repair shop, was built in 1870.  It was converted into condos in 2005 and it's one of the few authentic loft buildings in DC.

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riveting rooms

Blue&white room

Blue and white is a classic color combo but it also can be modern like this bedroom.   J'adore the funky wallpaper and quilt, the ikat pillows, the over sized floor lamp and the striking light fixture.  Dying to to re-create the look yourself? Get the look below.  

Blue-and-white-
1. ikea Knappa pendant $42

2. squiggle wall wallpaper by vivienne westwood $100

3. cb2 photography lamp (sold out)

4.  balanced design peacock pillow $70

5.  cb2 gloss night stand $249

6. madeline weinrib ikat pillow price upon request 

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first friday

1347-v-exteriortext
1347 V St, NW

Washington, DC 20009

2 bedrooms/1.5 baths

1,348 sf/$5,390 yearly taxes

List price: $769,000

This week's new listing is an attached row house in the 'hood.  It's newly renovated, spacious and bright with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and granite in the kitchen, built in shelving for storage, a master bath with dual sinks, and a rear garden.  (The rear garden can also be converted to parking).   It's steps to 14th St. retails and restaurants and a block to the U St. Metro.  

photo via MLS, listing courtesy of Jen Smira, LRRE

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Laura adams art
Recently, I was flipping through a West Elm catalog and I noticed an interesting abstract painting.  I love that West Elm features independent artists from Esty. The artist was West Virginian Lauren Adams and I was instantly intrigued.    

Both of are parents are from WV and they hold any artist/artisan from WV in high regard.  When I saw this water color that was inspired by a WV Spring morning, I knew it'd be a perfect gift for my Mom.  In fact, it's a perfect gift for anyone because it's an original piece of art for $25.  It's not big but my Mom has a gallery wall where it would fit beautifully.  

Lauren has a variety of paintings, both large and small, that are captivating.   Check out her shop on Etsy and add your own piece of original art to your home.  

 

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