Yesterday, I wrote the post below. I was frustrated and mad after a series of mishaps.
Today I had a reality check. When I first moved to DC, I worked at the Diner on 18th St. I met amazing people while I worked there and keep in touch with a bunch of them. I found out a half hour ago, the husband of one of my Diner buddies passed away last week. So really..my crappy little problems are insignificant in the scheme of things. Especially when a little sunshine fixed most of my angst. It made me realize life is good and I should be grateful even when the minor things get me down.
After a fantastic weekend away, the return to real life has been brutal.
My printer broke in the middle of printing a listing presentation. My computer is acting like an a&^*%le. Several of my deals have major problems. My head hurts because it won’t stop raining. Nobody wants to dress up for Halloween. I am seriously cranky pants.
None of these are *major* problems. They’re minor annoyances that make me crazy. I’m trying to find the positive but it’s difficult. What do you do when life is going less than stellar? I’m thinking a massage is in order, stat.
Last weekend, my husband and I went to Charleston, SC to visit my brother. He lives at Folly Beach which is a little beach town about 20 minutes outside of downtown Charleston. I love weekends in CHS because it’s the best of what I enjoy the most: beach and city.
Where we ate
Xiao boa biscuit. Asian soul food. It was our second visit and it didn’t disappoint.
The Grocery Farm to table with an emphasis on house made charcuterie and pickled vegetables. Our first visit and we enjoyed it immensely.
Where we drank
The Belmont A cocktail bar/lounge that’s got an old world feel.
Besides eating and drinking in downtown CHS, we spent quality time in Folly. We walked on the beach everyday. We took a golf cart ride to the washout to check out the waves (my brother and his girlfriend are both surfers). We attended Follypalooza on Saturday which was highly entertaining.
Per usual, our visit to Folly and CHS was a blast. I can’t wait to return. Now back to reality.
The largest sale in September was 3 rowhouses in Dupont Circle that sold for $6,500,000. The homes are old Victorians, split into a couple of units and frankly, the photos were meh. The properties are a great investment opportunity but it was hard to make it look pretty. Then I came across this condo and I immediately wanted to feature it. It’s unique on a couple of levels.
First, it’s enormous. Condos this large are hard to find in DC. Second, it’s part of the Ritz Residences which means you have all the amenities of the Ritz available in your condo. While the monthly condo fee is ridonk for the average person, for a gagillionaire, it’s normal. Let’s focus on room service at midnight. In your condo. Third, it’s gorgeous in a very “I’m loaded, here me roar” kind of way. Click the address for the full virtual tour.
4 bedroom, 5 bath condo located in the Ritz Residences. One of the two Presidential Penthouses. Hardwood floors, renovated kitchen and bathrooms, three balconies, formal living and dining rooms plus a library and family room. Conveniently located in the West End, minutes to retail and restaurants.
listing courtesy of Matt McMormick, Washington Fine Properties.
2539 13th St., NW #1
Washington, DC 20009
2 bedroom + den | 3 full baths
1,750 square feet | $5,020.00 yearly taxes sold price | $675,000
Spacious 2 bedroom + den, multi level condo with an open floor plan, gas fireplace, hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Bedrooms on 2nd level. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom. Outdoor patio that’s perfect for entertaining. 10 minute walk down 13th St. to U St. Metro, restaurants and retail. 10 minute walk to DC USA and Columbia Heights Metro. 87 walk score.
I’ve lived in DC for a looong time yet somehow, I’ve never visited the National Arboretum. This weekend I had a couple of hours free on Saturday and the weather was insanely pretty. I met a friend for lunch at Union Market and then we went exploring at the Arboretum.
The Arboretum is HUGE. We only visited 3 areas and there were many other things to see. It’s wild (harhar) to be wandering in a serene patch of woods and know the hustle and bustle of U St., NW is 15 minutes away. It’d be a great place for a picnic or to read a book.
The Bonsai Pavilion was also fascinating. One of the trees in the exhibit has been in training since the 1600’s. Isn’t that crazy?
If you need some green in the midst of the concrete, the arboretum is a great outing. How was your weekend?
4620 Iowa Ave, NW #A
Washington, DC 20011
2 bed | 1 ba
715 sf | $457.00 monthly condo fee
list price | $267,000
Adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and fresh paint. Building amenities include extra storage space and a communal courtyard with a grill. W/D can be installed in unit. FHA approved, 87 walk score, minutes to Petworth Metro, restaurants and retail. Open Sunday 1-4pm.
How are you internet? I haven’t checked in for a bit and here’s a quick update.
I’ve been swamped with work. 2 of my most difficult deals in 2015 closed in the last week and I am jubilant. In fact, I drank some bubbles and did a happy, happy, happy dance around the living room. (a mix of the running man and the nae nae. are you laughing yet??)
The DC Wise event was a huge success! We raised $55,000 (I KNOW!!! It amazes me what these ladies do when they put their heads together) and a wonderful turn out despite the drizzly weather. Thank you to everyone who participated. It means the world.
I made my first batch of soup this weekend in between work appointments. Nothing like drizzly, cold weather to make me crave soup. I made roasted tomato soup and it’s amazing. My husband made this tortilla for Sunday breakfast. Both were yummy.
I’m ready to visit my brother in Charleston in a couple of weeks. While I’m loving the Fall weather, I can’t wait to stick my toes in the sand. Hopefully the flooding clean up will be done.
What have you been doing? Did you survive the rainy weekend? Are you enjoying this wonderful Fall weather and sun?
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.
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