changes

Quick update:  posting is going to be light to non-existant for the next week till my new blog platform launches!!  I’ve been working on this for over a month. Unfortunately, there’s techincal difficulties and I’ve been advised to stop posting on this platform.  (insert a lot of boring blog mumbo jumbo)  That’s why last week was relatively quiet.  This week there will be sparse posting as well. I’m looking forward to this break. More importantly, I’m excited about something new for my readers!  Stay...
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‘hood happenings

links and photos top to bottom:  POP, Urban Turf,  Washington City Paper, District...
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sold! 3001 Porter St, NW #100

3001 Porter St, NW #100 Washington, DC 20008 650 sf | $411.00 coop fee (includes utilities and taxes) sold price: $216,000 Basement level one bedroom, one bath coop in Cleveland Park.  Updated unit with hardwood floors, the bathroom has a river stone floor and a Kohler tub, new Pella windows were installed in 2007, the kitchen has a granite counter top, stainless steel appliances and a cork floor, there’s an Elfa closet plus an enormous storage room.  There’s no underlying mortgage and the coop fee includes all utilities and taxes.  Another fantastic feature is the common backyard with a community grill. It’s one block to Cleveland Park Metro, restaurants and...
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riveting rooms

The console in this room is the best thing I’ve seen in forever.  I love a piece of furniture that’s both decorative and useful. I had a fantastic weekend visiting my best friend from college.  We took an easy, had lovely weather and ate great food.  That’s my kind of weekend!  How was your weekend?...
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five lessons from my Dad

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. 1. 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). 2. 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. 3.  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. 4.  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. 5. 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...
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summer bedding

Do you change your bedding every season?  I do.  As soon as it starts getting warm, I switch from a down duvet to a very thin quilt (as seen in my photo of my new fan). It’s the perfect weight. For Christmas, I bought my Mom a Roberta Roller Rabbit quilt for her bedroom at the beach and it’s the cutest. Now I can’t stop looking at quilts and these are my favorites.  Maybe you need one for your room too! hearts             elsa              ...
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real estate round up

Links from top to bottom: Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN...
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dino’s grotto

Dino's Grotto, the latest incarnation of the Dino's restaurant of Cleveland Park, opened in mid-May at 1914 9th St, NW.  I visited for the first time last week and my immediate impression was "yum."   The first thing to note is Dino's Grotto offers a kick ass happy hour from 5-7pm everyday.  $3 off wine, beer and antipasti, $12 mussel pots and $15 burger and a brew.  They also offer 33% off all wines over $50 and their wine list is amazing. The happy hour specials are offered in the basement bar and the wine bar on the second floor.   Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the basement bar.  For me, it lacked ambiance and it's loud.  In fact, the look of the restaurant is decidedly "meh."  On the flip side, Dino just closed in Cleveland Park and re-opened in Shaw.  I'm sure the focus was on re-opening and not the decor.   The food, on the other hand, is stellar.  My husband and I ordered a slew of antipasti:  burrata, trotter tots, duck confit, and fried artichokes.  The burrata and duck confit were out of this world.  The trotter tots and the fried artichokes weren't as impressive.  After our snacks, we moved upstairs to the wine bar and ate dinner. Again, the food was excellent.  Dean Gold, the owner/chef, was working the room and he recommended the barrimundi.  It featured seasonal vegetables and mussels and I'd order it again and again.  My husband ordered the risott0 with spring vegetables and it too was delicious.    Overall, I'm thrilled there's a new Italian option in the 'hood that offers wonderful food.  Welcome...
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father’s day gift guide

Father's Day is Sunday and if you haven't purchased a present yet, here's a few ideas.   My Dad loves his coffee hot.  This stainless steel mug has gotten rave reviews. zojirushi mug $33.40 He also fishes a lot but he likes to pick his own gear. A gift card to Bass Pro Shops is a perfect compromise.  bass pro shop gift card At my parent's beach house, there's always grilling.  This brine would be yummy. Apple Chipotle Bath Brine $8.99 Now that my Dad is retired, he reads!  A mini ipad will be perfect for his Jack Reacher books.  mini ipad $399  ...
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state of affairs

This week has been crazy which is why posting has been light.  I ratified three contracts which is gratifying and exciting.  I've been working with these clients since January and I'm so happy they've found a home!  Next week is going to be equally as insane with home inspections, negotiations and closings. Most importantly, I'll be getting ready to visit my best friend from college.  I can't wait to get out of town!   While I didn't have a lot of free time to troll the internet, I found a couple of things that caught my eye.  Have a great weekend! 10 go-to paint colors.  When I painted my condo last year, I looked at endless posts like this one.  It's helpful to see what other people use on their walls. 5 delicious summer salads.  I'm always looking for a new salad. These look fab. Beach reads!  Clearly I need to put these on my list for my flight to SC.  ...
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sold! 1840 Vernon St, NW #208

1840 Vernon St., NW #208 Washington, DC 20009 1 bedroom | 1 bath 650 sf | $160.11 condo fee list price: $415,000 sold price: $415,00  days on market: 2 Charming one bedroom, 1 bath condo in a boutique building with newly refinished hardwood floors, open floor plan, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, w/d in the unit and a balcony.  Located at the edge of Adams Morgan and beginning of U St. Corridor, short walk to 3 Metro stops, restaurants and retail. 98 walk score.   Congrats to my sellers!...
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big deal

4400 Garfield St., NW Washington, DC 20007 9 bedrooms | 10.5 bath 12,000 square feet | $70,111 yearly taxes list price | $7,500,000 sold price | $6,600,000 May's largest sale was a massive Tudor home in Wesley Heights.  Highlights include herringbone hardwoods throughout the main level, a formal living room and dining room, a family room, library, a chef's kitchen, an enormous master suite with his and hers bathrooms and dressing rooms, a movie room, a terrace, gardens, a pool and a three story guest house.  It was a cash sale.   *While I'm not a Tudor fan and some of the decor is not to my taste, this house is crazy! Who has a 3 story guest house in the middle of DC??!! I could live in the guest house, no problem* listing courtesy of Nancy Ittelieg, Long & Foster, photos via MLS big deal includes closed sales from the previous month, ending on the last day of the...
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