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Quick update:  posting is going to be light to non-existant for the next week till my new blog platform launches!!  I’ve been working on this for over a month. Unfortunately, there’s techincal difficulties and I’ve been advised to stop posting on this platform.  (insert a lot of boring blog mumbo jumbo)  That’s why last week was relatively quiet.  This week there will be sparse posting as well. I’m looking forward to this break. More importantly, I’m excited about something new for my readers!  Stay tuned.

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‘hood happenings

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links and photos top to bottom:  POP, Urban Turf,  Washington City Paper, District Source

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3001 Porter St, NW #100

Washington, DC 20008

650 sf | $411.00 coop fee (includes utilities and taxes)

sold price: $216,000

Basement level one bedroom, one bath coop in Cleveland Park.  Updated unit with hardwood floors, the bathroom has a river stone floor and a Kohler tub, new Pella windows were installed in 2007, the kitchen has a granite counter top, stainless steel appliances and a cork floor, there’s an Elfa closet plus an enormous storage room.  There’s no underlying mortgage and the coop fee includes all utilities and taxes.  Another fantastic feature is the common backyard with a community grill. It’s one block to Cleveland Park Metro, restaurants and retail.

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riveting rooms

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The console in this room is the best thing I’ve seen in forever.  I love a piece of furniture that’s both decorative and useful.

I had a fantastic weekend visiting my best friend from college.  We took an easy, had lovely weather and ate great food.  That’s my kind of weekend!  How was your weekend?

 

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Just like my Mom, my Dad taught me valuable lessons about life.  When you’re growing up, you’re not thinking about what your parents are teaching you.  You’re thinking “Man..this is so dumb.  Why are we talking about this again?”  (This was constantly running through my head while in middle/high school along with: “Why do I have to stop reading to listen to this?”)  In honor of my pops and Father’s Day, here are five things my Dad taught me.

1. Be kind.  This sounds like a no brainer but I’m constantly surprised by people’s bad behavior.  It’s one of the tenets of my personality and a lot of days, it’s hard. Everyday there’s someone I want to blast but I don’t.  (Most of the time.  I’m not perfect and I complain a lot instead).

2. Be on time or early.  My Dad taught me that being late is rude.  It conveys a message to the person you’re meeting that their time isn’t important.  I’m always punctual and when I’m late, it stresses me out.

3.  Pay your bills on time.  This lesson was one of the best things my Dad taught me.  I always had a job at our restaurant when I was growing up. When I got my first bills in college, my Dad made certain I knew the importance of paying bills on time and how it led to good credit.  Having good credit has been instrumental in my adulthood when purchasing cars and my home.

4.  Work hard and you shall achieve.  When I was growing up, my Dad worked incessantly.  When I was little and we lived in Northern Virginia, he was a teacher, a painter, a driver’s ed teacher and a photographer.  He worked hard to provide my brother and me with a great childhood.  It also led to a beach house and a wonderful retirement.

5. Your actions say it all.  My Dad was an excellent athlete.  He still has football records that remain unbroken in his home state of WV.  When my brother and I played sports when were younger, he taught us  actions always speak louder than words. While I don’t play sports any longer, I apply this lesson daily to both my personal and professional life.

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summer bedding

Summer-quiltsDo you change your bedding every season?  I do.  As soon as it starts getting warm, I switch from a down duvet to a very thin quilt (as seen in my photo of my new fan). It’s the perfect weight. For Christmas, I bought my Mom a Roberta Roller Rabbit quilt for her bedroom at the beach and it’s the cutest. Now I can’t stop looking at quilts and these are my favorites.  Maybe you need one for your room too!

hearts             elsa                jaroka

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real estate round up

Real-estate-round-up-6.14Links from top to bottom: Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN Money

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dino’s grotto

Dinos-Dino's Grotto, the latest incarnation of the Dino's restaurant of Cleveland Park, opened in mid-May at 1914 9th St, NW.  I visited for the first time last week and my immediate impression was "yum."  

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Fd14.1Father's Day is Sunday and if you haven't purchased a present yet, here's a few ideas.  

My Dad loves his coffee hot.  This stainless steel mug has gotten rave reviews. zojirushi mug $33.40

He also fishes a lot but he likes to pick his own gear. A gift card to Bass Pro Shops is a perfect compromise.  bass pro shop gift card

At my parent's beach house, there's always grilling.  This brine would be yummy. Apple Chipotle Bath Brine $8.99

Now that my Dad is retired, he reads!  A mini ipad will be perfect for his Jack Reacher books.  mini ipad $399

 

 

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BikesThis week has been crazy which is why posting has been light.  I ratified three contracts which is gratifying and exciting.  I've been working with these clients since January and I'm so happy they've found a home!  Next week is going to be equally as insane with home inspections, negotiations and closings. Most importantly, I'll be getting ready to visit my best friend from college.  I can't wait to get out of town!  

While I didn't have a lot of free time to troll the internet, I found a couple of things that caught my eye.  Have a great weekend!

10 go-to paint colors.  When I painted my condo last year, I looked at endless posts like this one.  It's helpful to see what other people use on their walls.

5 delicious summer salads.  I'm always looking for a new salad. These look fab.

Beach reads!  Clearly I need to put these on my list for my flight to SC.  

 

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1840 Vernon St., NW #208

Washington, DC 20009

1 bedroom | 1 bath

650 sf | $160.11 condo fee

list price: $415,000

sold price: $415,00 

days on market: 2

Charming one bedroom, 1 bath condo in a boutique building with newly refinished hardwood floors, open floor plan, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, w/d in the unit and a balcony.  Located at the edge of Adams Morgan and beginning of U St. Corridor, short walk to 3 Metro stops, restaurants and retail. 98 walk score.  

Congrats to my sellers!  

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big deal

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4400 Garfield St., NW

Washington, DC 20007

9 bedrooms | 10.5 bath

12,000 square feet | $70,111 yearly taxes

list price | $7,500,000

sold price | $6,600,000

May's largest sale was a massive Tudor home in Wesley Heights.  Highlights include herringbone hardwoods throughout the main level, a formal living room and dining room, a family room, library, a chef's kitchen, an enormous master suite with his and hers bathrooms and dressing rooms, a movie room, a terrace, gardens, a pool and a three story guest house.  It was a cash sale.  

*While I'm not a Tudor fan and some of the decor is not to my taste, this house is crazy! Who has a 3 story guest house in the middle of DC??!! I could live in the guest house, no problem*

listing courtesy of Nancy Ittelieg, Long & Foster, photos via MLS

big deal includes closed sales from the previous month, ending on the last day of the month.

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