dc wise invite 2017 you're invited750

After months and months of planning, the DC Wise 4th Annual Cocktails + Silent Auction is tonight! The auction site is already live and we have some incredible items this year.

I know some of you can’t make it but no worries! You can still donate. It’s 100% tax deductible.

If you’re attending tonight, I can’t thank you enough for supporting us.

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1401 ch lr1401 Church St., NW #418

2 bedroom | 2 bath with garage parking & storage

list price | $950,000

Loft living in Logan Circle! Sunny 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with hardwood floors, an open floor plan, 12′ ceilings, exposed duct work and floor to ceiling windows. The kitchen features Scovolini cabinets, granite countertops, glass backsplash and stainless steel Kitchen Aid and Bosch appliances. Roller shades in all windows are electric, surround sound speakers, and a balconies overlooking Church St. Garage parking and storage also included. For the virtual tour, click here. 24 hour notice needed to view unit.

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1423 R entry

The Fall selling season has started with a vengeance. I’m seeing a huge uptick in supply (finally!) and sales continue to move quickly. My listing in Logan Circle had several offers and is under contract in 6 days. Contact me if you’re ready to buy or sell!

1423 R St., NW #302
Washington, DC 20009
1 bed | 1 bath
710 sf | condo fee $245.00 monthly
list price: $485,000
Sunny condo with original hardwood floors, an open floor plan, granite countertops in the kitchen, w/d in unit, new hvac in 2016, new windows 2015, new dishwasher 2015, a storage space, lovely balcony and a fabulous location minutes to 14th St. Corridor and Logan Circle.
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1423 R St., NW #302
Washington, DC 20009
1 bed | 1 bath
710 sf | condo fee $245.00 monthly
list price: $485,000
 
Sunny condo with original hardwood floors, an open floor plan, granite countertops in the kitchen, w/d in unit, new hvac 2016, new windows 2015, new dishwasher 2015, a storage space, a lovely balcony and a fabulous location minutes to 14th St. Corridor and Logan Circle. Rental parking available for $200 a month off site. Bike storage in the basement. 98 walk score. Open House Sunday 9/10/17 from 1-4pm.
For the virtual tour, click here.
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Yesterday, we had friends over for ribs, corn on the cob and green beans from the farmer’s market. It was the perfect meal to end Labor Day weekend! I saw this recipe on Food 52 and thought it’d be fun to give it a whirl. I subbed a few ingredients from the original recipe. It was delicious, easy and reminded me of a pot de créme.

Serves 6 to 8

  • ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped) (I used Lindt Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & a Bittersweet Bar)
  • tablespoons bourbon
  • tablespoons very strong brewed coffee or espresso
  • large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  1. Melt the chocolate, liquor, and coffee together in the microwave for 35 seconds. Stir well once it’s melted. Add the egg yolks in one at a time then add the olive oil using a hand held mixer or wooden spoon.
  2. Start whipping the egg whites and when they begin to stiffen add the sugar. Whip to stiff peaks. Fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate a quarter at a time, thoroughly amalgamating in between additions until all the whites have been folded in. Spoon the mixture into 6 to 8 individual ramekins or one large bowl, whatever you plan to serve it in.
  3. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.  Chill 3 hours then serve.
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5 things

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On Saturday, I spent the day with 14 women, wine tasting our way through Virginia for a bachelorette adventure. Although I’ve lived here for many years, this was a first! Mostly because I work weekends and I hate driving once I’m not working. Silly but that’s how I roll. It was serious fun! My favorite vineyard was Pearmund Cellars (pictured above). Highlight of the day (besides laughing hysterically. these girls are funny) was the “Porn or Nail Polish” game. You’re welcome.

cool mural

I love when homeowners get creative. This incredible mural is near the corner of 9th and N St., NW. Go check it out.

sugar shack donuts

Look at dem donuts! Sugar Shack Donuts opened 1922 9th St, NW on August 19th. Donuts in the ‘hood. Woot.

district cryo

Have we talked about my obsession with Cryotherapy? Cryo is “is a cutting-edge innovation using hyper-cool temperatures to stimulate is a powerful physiological responses and trigger the body’s natural healing processes. These include accelerating healing in soft tissue and joints, reducing inflammation and pain, and boosting metabolism.” I’ve been going to District Cryo at 9th and N St, NW for a year and it’s amazing. It’s helped my with my aches and pains after working out. I highly recommend it. Plus all the cool kids are doing it like the Real Housewives and various professional athletes.

texas heart

On a more serious note, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in Texas. To help provide assistance, go to Charity Navigator and donate. There’s a list of charities that are responding to the aftermath of the hurricane.

*image from poppy and pinecone. buy it here*

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dc wise invite 2017 you're invited750

Are you joining me for the 4th Annual DC Wise Cocktail Party and Silent Auction on October 12th? If yes, early bird tickets go on sale today! Click here to purchase.  Tickets are $75 and include an open bar and heavy canapés. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Italy has a special place in my heart. As an Italian American, I feel a connection with the people and the food. I also love it because one of my best friends from college lived in Torino for years. I’ve been to Italy more than any other country. This was my sixth sojourn and it was as incredible as my first. Venice and Lake Como have been on my list of places I wanted to visit for years. This trip was full of nostalgia and adventure which to me, equals a fantastic vacation.

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Our first stop was Venice. All of my friends told me I would hate Venice; that it’d be crowded and smelly. While is was overrun by hordes of tourists (which I did hate), I loved the quiet corners. I especially enjoyed the Airbnb we rented on the Grand Canal. Sitting on the balcony watching the boats gave me a glimpse into the daily life of a Venetian. We didn’t see any of the major tourist sites. Instead we wandered the streets of Venice and took a ferry to Burano. In Burano, I had grand plans for us to eat lunch at Da Ramano but it was closed for the August holidays. We also intended to ogle the the colorful buildings. Except it was too damn hot. Italy was having an unprecedented heat wave when we visited. Sweating a lot was a daily occurrence, as were stops for apertivos and Aperol Spritzes. After 2 nights and 1 full day in Venice, we hopped in our rental car and drove to Lake Como.

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Lake Como was impressive. We stayed in Como at a swanky apartment complex that overlooked the lake. Of course the unit we rented had a view of the garden and the apartment building next door. Since we were only there to sleep and cool off occasionally, our view didn’t matter. If I ever go again, I’d stay further north in Cernobbio or Varenna.

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Unfortunately, even though the average temperatures were supposed to be in the high 70-80’s in Como, it was 90+. We distracted ourselves by taking the funicular up the mountain. It was a gorgeous ride and the view was incredible.

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We did a “hike” (it was really a 20 minute walk up a hill), stumbled across this wonderful shrine and then stopped for an apertivo.

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We also took the ferry to Bellagio which was quaint and picturesque. While in Bellagio, the “great ferry adventure” took place. To get anywhere in Lake Como, you take ferries. You can take a fast ferry or a slow ferry. The day we went to Bellagio, we took the fast ferry. As we were waiting for the return ferry, we were told the fast ferry broke. The next ferry was in another two hours and we had already explored all parts of Bellagio. I didn’t want to wait two more hours so we hopped the slow ferry. It was supposed to take two hours. Instead it took three and the slow ferry broke too which required a boat switch. While it sounds complicated and terrible, this was actually my favorite part of the trip. We visited thirteen little towns around Lake Como. I had a seat in the shade with an incredible breeze. The scenery was incredible. I can’t imagine a better way to kill a couple of hours.

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Our last stop on the trip was a small town an hour outside of Venice called Padua. Padua was my second favorite part of our adventure. We stayed at a boutique hotel near the historic center of town. While the interior was modern, the exterior was a historic house surrounded by cobblestone streets. The staff was lovely and helpful. We only had a half day in Padua and we had grand plans to go see Padua’s famous frescos. When we started to wander around in search of lunch, we quickly realized the frescos weren’t going to happen. Padua was too charming and we had exploring to do.

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The main thoroughfare was lined with porticos and shops. As we walked along the streets, we glanced into the store fronts and realized almost everything was closed during the afternoon. Even though Italy isn’t known for siesta, it was clear by the deserted streets everyone was staying inside during the hottest part of the day. We were the only idiots wandering around in the 100 degree heat. We ducked into a pizzeria for lunch and had one of our best meals. Padua was the only place we visited that wasn’t overrun by tourists. The menus were in Italian (yes!), the restaurant was full of Italians (double yea!) and finally, we had a peek into the real Italy. It instantly reminded me of my visits to Turino. Padua also had the most incredible street art. This was my favorite. It’s so clever!

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While I don’t regret one iota of my trip, I came away with a couple of realizations. 1. We won’t be traveling at the end of July or in August unless we’re going to somewhere that’s not hot. The heat made things difficult. Already percolating in my mind is a trip to Copenhagen, Ireland or Scotland next summer. Germany is also on the short list since we had friends move there recently. 2. I enjoy the road less traveled. While I’m thrilled I was able to experience Venice and Lake Como, I don’t like the generic tourist experience. I don’t find it authentic or fun. 3. Adventure is good for the soul. I’m thankful I was able to get out of here for a week and away from the omnipresent news cycle. What’s happening in our country makes me weary.

 

 

 

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616 E lr

One of my client’s is renting his 1 bedroom condo at the Clara Barton in Penn Quarter.  Details below.

616 E St., NW #422
Washington, DC 20004
822 sf
rent | $2350.00
1 bedroom condo with an open floor plan, wide plank floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances and an in-unit w/d. Building amenities include 24 hour front desk, business center, movie room, gym, rooftop with gas grills and a pool. Rental parking available. No pets or smokers. 93 walk score.  Minutes to Penn Quarter restaurants/retail, the National Mall and the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro (red, green & yellow lines). Tenant pays for electric, cable internet. Available September 1, 2017. Click here for the virtual tour.
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midcity 18th annual dog days

Don’t forget it’s the MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk Sale this weekend.  It’s the 18th year and a great way to support local business. It’s going to be lovely weather this weekend. Go check it out!

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vencie

Tomorrow, I’m hopping a flight to Italy to spend 7 days visiting Venice, Lake Como and Padua. I can’t wait!

We’re spending 2 days in Venice (this will be my view from the Airbnb we’re renting!), then 3 days in Lake Como and 1 day in Padua. I’ve never visited this part of Italy and these places have been on my “to see” list for years.

Any suggestions??

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life via instagram july

Why hello! After a lovely 4th of July at the beach with my family, I’m back in DC and trying to survive the heat.  There’s nothing like showing property in 98 degree heat and humidity.  Uf.

What have you been doing?  Any good vacations coming up?

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