IMG_1285Yesterday, 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 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.



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IMG_2723Last 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.

CharlestonWhere 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.

AC’s  Your classic dive bar.

folly beach low tideBesides 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.




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1155 23rd St., NW PRES PH2

Washington, DC 20037

4 bedrooms | 5 baths

5,644 square feet | $7206.10 condo fee

list price | $6,950,000

sold price | $6,050,000

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.

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links and photos top to bottom:  1. Washington Post 2. Urban Turf 3. Washington Post 4. NY Times

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The 2nd Annual DC Wise Cocktail Party and Silent Auction was two weeks ago and it was huge success. The donations are still rolling in and we’ve raised over $55,000 for Fair Girls. I’d like to thank all of our sponsors, donors and attendees.  It wouldn’t have been possible without you.

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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.

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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.

bonsaiThe 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?

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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.

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How are you internet?  I haven’t checked in for a bit and here’s a quick update.

dcre ja SOLD sign
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??)

dc wise Invite

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.

tortillaI 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.

folly beach sandI’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?

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dc wise party 2014After months and months of planning, the 2nd Annual DC Wise Cocktail Party and Silent Auction is tonight.  If you’re tired of the posts, too bad.  DC Wise is raising money for an excellent cause, FAIR Girls.  Did you know a “pimp could make upwards of $200,000 annually off of one child victim?”  This is what we’re trying to stop.  I hope to see you tonight!

*If you can’t make it tonight, you can always donate.  Every dollar helps.  As little as $25 can buy a Metro card for a survivor.*

*Thank you to all who’ve already donated/supported the event/are attending tonight.  Your support means the world to me!*

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