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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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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2125 14th ext

2125 14th St NW #330

1 bed + den + parking

list price | $609,000

sold price | $605,000

I represented the buyer in the purchase of this condo. I’m pleased to announce we negotiated $4,000 off the original list price.  It’s almost never happens in the DC market and I’m thrilled for my client.

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This is the 4th time this year I’ve negotiated money off the list price for my buyers.  Does it mean the market is softening?  A little. I think some sellers have dollar signs in their eyes and they’re pricing too high.  It’s a bit of a correction.

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On the other hand, the last 3 offers I’ve written had multiple offers. In 2 of those situations, the home had over 8 offers! I know..the market here is nuts!

Contact me if you want to buy or sell.  As you can see, I know the ins and outs of the market and I’d love to help you.

 

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happy 4th of july!!

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I’m spending the holidays with my family at the beach and it’s been wonderful.  It’s hot as hades but frequent bike rides have helped. I hope your 4th was fab!

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summer reading

4th of july reads

School is over and vacation season is in full swing. Interested in a few books for your down time? These seven books are what I’ve liked lately.

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.  What do you do when your 5 year old boy wants to be a girl? This insightful, beautifully written novel explores the topic without sensationalism.

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller. Twelve years after his wife has disappeared, Gil spots her outside a book store. What unfolds next is a tale of a family torn apart by her disappearance and what really happened.

The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansk.  A lost painting brings together two women who form an unlikely friendship.

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi. When your seemingly well adjusted mother commits suicide, some unsettling truths emerge.

The Girl Before by JP Delany. A psychological thriller with an unexpected ending. I also read The Couple Next Door and Behind Closed Doors. The Girl Before is the best out of the three.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. A mindbending sci-fi thriller.  You know I love sci-fi and this is the best one I’ve read this year.

The Futures by Anna Pitoniak. A book about love and betrayal in your early 20’s. It perfectly captures that time of indecision immediately after college when you’re trying to adult.

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master bathroom before after entry

After months of planning and three weeks of construction, the master bathroom renovation is done! I am thrilled with the results and the photos speak for themselves.

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The biggest change was transforming the shower stall into a vanity for my husband.  While it was never a hardship to share one vanity, having two is superb. There are many things I love about the new vanities: there’s a medicine cabinet! Two drawers of storage! My favorite is the One Forty Three light. I love color but kept the finishes neutral. The light is my one pop of color and it makes me smile. One Forty Three made them in a custom size and color but they were still affordable at $175 each.

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A million times better, right?  The bathroom feels larger and the amount of storage we gained is insane. I *actually* don’t have enough stuff to put in the medicine cabinet, vanity drawers and the tall cabinet near the tub.

before after tub

For the floors, I used a 14″ x 16″ porcelain tile by Storka. For the tub and the vanity alcoves, I used a 1.9″ x 7.8″ matte white subway tile laid vertically.  I can’t find a link for it but it came from Home Depot. I also added 2 overhead 9″ LED lights from ylighting.  The faucets and shower are by Moen, the Eva line.

Next on the agenda is adding art and accessories.

Shout out to Justin Mattice of Mattice Designs for taking my ideas and making them into a reality. He was instrumental in sourcing the tile, cabinets, and vanities. He also really patient with my 8000 questions and concerns.

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5 lessons from my Dad

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“Five Lessons from My Dad” is something I wrote a couple of years ago. While I rarely look backwards, many of my life decisions have revolved around these lessons and it’s worth revisiting. Happy Father’s Day!

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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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happy memorial day

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Thank you to those who have served and fallen in the service of the USA. We remember.

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hood happenings may17links and photos left to right: washington post, urban turf, washington city paper, price of petworth

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master bath before1

After months and months of planning, the master bathroom renovation has begun!  It started on Monday and currently the bathroom is a big mess. They’ve torn out everything and slowly, what I imagined is coming to life.  It’s exciting and I can’t wait until it’s finished. Already I’ve been daydreaming about my own vanity.  It’s not been a hardship to share but it’s going to be amazing when we both have our own space. We’re on track to finish everything at the end of next week except the new counter tops.  Updates forthcoming!

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five lessons from my mom

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“Five Lessons from My Mom” is something I wrote a couple of years ago and it’s one of my favorite posts.  Many of my life decisions have revolved around these lessons and it’s worth revisiting. Happy Mother’s Day!

My Mom has taught me a lot about life.  Throughout my adolescence and most of my 20’s, I rolled my eyes about these lessons.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized these are the tenents of my life and I’m grateful.  So Mom..despite all the years I dismissed them, these are my favorite lessons.  Happy Mother’s Day!

1. Work hard and you will achieve. My Mom always worked hard. After starting her career as a teacher, she worked in our restaurants and then for a publisher selling educational textbooks.  She won many sales awards, she worked insessantly and helped fund a wonderful retirement.

2. Wear lipstick.  Image is important.  For years, I thought this was the silliest, most superficial advice.  Then I realized she’s right.  People judge you as soon as they meet you.  If you’re pulled together, the impression is more favorable.  It’s sales 101.

3. Laughter is the best medicine. Whenever I’m having a terrible day, I try to find humor in something.  Laughing always makes me feel better.

4. Be curious.  My Mom is curious and she taught me to be the same. It’s why I love to read and travel.

5. Good grammer is important.  My Mom is a former English teacher.  While I used to find her corrections annoying, now I’m grateful. Poorly written sentences make me cringe.

 

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