DC is a complicated place.  It’s full of wonks, geeks, creatives, and technophiles. It’s a hodge podge of exceptionally smart people.  Most of the time, it’s a lot of “wah wah wah” but every once in a while, it’s the perfect smorgasbord of awesome that makes me love this city.

Last weekend was the kick off festivities for the new African American Museum.  There were free concerts on the Mall, speeches by the President and the who’s who of *important people* were in town.

On Friday night, there was a concert at Lincoln Theatre by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  I bought the tickets at the last moment because I love jazz.  I know nothing about jazz. I’d heard Preservation Hall was good.  I had no expectations and it.blew.my.mind.

Unbeknownst to me, the concert was an official part of the kick off festivities for the new museum.  There was a very cool intro from a Smithsonian staffer about how Preservation Hall set the standard for music in New Orleans during Jim Crow years and since then, has continued to provide outstanding music and entertainment.

The band began and it was an incredible, joyous show.  They grooved.  They rocked.  They celebrated a birthday.  They celebrated a couple of surprise guests like one of the Blind Boys of Alabama and Dave Grohl.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, popped in for a jam session.

For the encore of the show, all the musicians gathered on the stage and started a song. Then they started walked off the stage and out of the Lincoln. As we exited out the doors in a second line and the entire audience followed the band down U St., my only thought was “I can’t believe this is  happening in DC.”  It was an epic evening celebrating a historic museum opening and I couldn’t be more excited I was part of the “moment”.

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1401 Longfellow St, NW
Washington, DC 20011

5 bedrooms | 3 baths
square footage | 2,365
yearly taxes: $4,310.00
list price | $749,000

Renovated, classic colonial with original hardwood floors, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances & silestone counter tops, updated bathrooms, fireplace, mud room, off street parking, & a gorgeous back yard. Finished basement can be used as an in law suite or Airbnb. Finished attic can be used as a bedroom or office. New AC in 2013, new furnace & hot water heater 2016. 89 walk score. Open Sunday Sept. 25th from 1-4pm.

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real-estate-rulinks and photos clockwise: washington post, the washingtonian, urban turf, washington post

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Haikan, the latest ramen joint from the Daikaya folks, has finally opened at 805 V St, NW in Shaw/U St.  It’s been open around two weeks and my husband has already been twice. It’s going to be his local spot and his reviews are favorable. Which means it’s amazing.  He’s a tough critic.  It’s open for lunch (right now) Friday-Sunday from 12-3 and for dinner 5-10:30.

ramenThis is the Shoyu ramen with extra noodles and corn.  There’s not 2 pictures because unfortunately, there’s no gluten free ramen at Haikan.  I know I can’t expect every restaurant to offer a gluten free options but I’m bummed.  I love ramen.  The dinner menu has a few offerings I could enjoy but it looks like Haikan is not going to be a regular haunt for me. However, that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out!

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2120 Vermont Ave NW #602
Washington, DC 20001
1 bedroom + den
750 sf | $415.00 monthly condo fee | taxes $3026 yearly
list price | $499,000

sold price | $557,000

Congratulations to my client!  Multiple offers and $58,000 over list. Sunny, top floor 1 bed + den. 2 levels with amazing private, outdoor patio. Open floor plan, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, juliet balcony in the bedroom, Elfa closet system, w/d in unit and a garage parking spot. Pet friendly. Building amenities include a rooftop deck, communal grill and exercise room. 2 blocks to U St. Metro, Shaw/U St. retail and restaurants. Across street from upcoming Shaw Whole Foods. 98 walk score

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