life lately | real estate

As you might have guessed from the photo above, the Spring real estate market has been a little bit nuts. I found a house off market for some of my clients after a 3 (!!) year search. On their perfect block with everything they said they wanted. In Logan Circle, that’s nothing short of amazing. My listings downtown have been moving too. 408 Crittenden St, NW was on the market one day and sold for 40K over list! The Petworth market is bananas. Upper NW listings are moving a little slower but they’re still moving. I’m used to 7 day listing period. Up there, it’s more like 30 days in the condo market. Over a million dollars, I’m seeing properties take more time to sell. Especially if they’re not priced correctly. The 550-950K market continues to be fast especially if it looks good and is a desirable location. Yesterday at my Compass staff meeting, a Logan Circle condo had 22 offers. 22! It was under priced but still. 22! As always, if you need assistance to buy or sell, contact me!    ...
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before and after | the master bath at 1623 New Jersey Ave, NW

I love a “before and after”! The master bath at 1623 New Jersey Ave, NW is a wonderful example how a little investment can turn into a big return. The original master bathroom was very 2006. It needed updating to appeal to today’s buyers. Interior design is one of my interests and when the opportunity arose to redo this bath, I jumped on it! Immediately, I knew the tile had to be updated. Grey remains a huge design trend which is why I chose to use a grey floor tile with white subway tile in the shower and around the tub. Instead of the typical white or grey vanity, I picked a natural colored maple vanity. I also didn’t want to stray too far from the design in the rest of the house. The grey I used on the bathroom floor mimicked the grey staircase. The vanity was the same tones as the hardwood floors throughout the house. Buyers want bathrooms to look updated but not too funky. The most expensive part of the upgrade was the custom double vanity. I didn’t want to move any plumbing because it’s expensive. While the seller agreed to make upgrades, they didn’t want to spend a million dollars. The size of the vanity needed for the space wasn’t standard. I considered one vanity that wasn’t custom but it was backordered  6 months!! Instead, I had a custom maple, double sink vanity designed with a white quartz countertop. Quartz is one of my favorite materials for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s durable and it looks sleek. I am so pleased with the final result! I’m positive it was one of the reasons the house went under contract so...
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for rent! 1 bed | 1 ba in Adams Morgan

1954 Columbia Rd., NW #211 1 bed | 1 ba | 650 sf $1995 Sunny, corner 1 bedroom with hardwood floors, updated kitchen, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops. Fantastic location, minutes to restaurants and shops, 96 walk score. Gas included in rent. Tenant pays for electric, phone & cable. Bike storage in basement. No pets. No smokers. Rental parking available if needed. Contact me for a viewing. For additional details and photos, click here....
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new listing! 2 unit rowhouse in Shaw

1623 New Jersey Ave, NW 4 bed | 3.5 baths 1,878 sf | $5970 yearly taxes list price | $1,099,000  Two unit rowhouse! Main level: open floor plan, living/dining room, updated half bath, kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops + a deck. Second level: two guest bedrooms/1 full bath, full sized washer/dryer. Top floor: master suite with a newly remodeled master bathroom featuring a double vanity, separate shower and separate jacuzzi tub. Roof deck with Capitol views. Lower level: 1 bedroom/1 bath with a kitchen and washer/dryer. The furniture conveys. Legal C of O, immediately ready for Airbnb or rental! One secure parking spot. Freshly painted . Maple hardwood floors recently refinished. Eight minute walk to Shaw Metro, retail and restaurants. 95 walk score. Open Sunday, 3/10 from 1-4pm. For virtual tour, click here. ...
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hitting the market this week! 1217 N St., NW #1

1217 N St., NW #1 2 bed | 2 ba condo 1,378 sf | $419.00 monthly condo fee list price | $699,000 HUGE 2bd/2a condo with an open floor plan, high ceilings, exposed brick, all new flooring, updated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, fantastic light fixtures, a reclaimed wood accent wall + a separate dining area. Perfect for entertaining! Both bathrooms have been updated in the last two years. Master bathroom is brand new: deep soaking tub, tile, and vanity. Laundry room with full size washer and steam dryer. Tons of storage and a Elfa closet system in the master bedroom. Private patio is great for grilling and dining al fresco. 12 minute walk to 3 Metro stops, steps to Logan, Shaw and downtown restaurants and retail. 97 walk score. Open House 3/10/19 from 1-4pm. Click here for the entire virtual...
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sold! 1 bed | 1 bath in mclean gardens

Congratulations to my client on the purchase of his new condo! This one was a doozy. We originally put in an offer in November 2018. We won a bidding war(!). Then the seller decided not to move forward (!?!?!). Cue dramatics. My client and I kept searching but nothing was catching my clients interest. After looking for 2 more months, I reached back out to the listing agent for this unit and asked: would the seller be interested in selling now?? It was kismet because this time, the seller moved forward. My client is thrilled and so is the seller. Persistence is the...
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happy valentine’s day!

hope you’re having a wonderful valentine’s...
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valentine’s gifts for the gentleman in your life

Per always, I’m a little late to the game on this gift guide. Especially if you’re ordering something online. However, I love all these options and most* are mr. tested and approved. Bushwick Kitchen Gochujang Sriracha $11 Boss Golf Hybrid Jacket* $278 Wyoming Whiskey $50 (also available locally at Cairo Liquor store on 17th St.) Apple AirPods $159   *My Mr. has a version of this jacket that he loves by Nike. It’s no longer available but this looks similar. Apparently it’s the best on those days that are kind of warm and kind of cool while playing...
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sold! 2 bed/2 ba on U St. Corridor

Congratulations to my clients on the purchase of their new condo! The winter is a fantastic time to negotiate a smart deal. Savvy buyers (like my clients who purchased this unit!) are finding great opportunities. As an U St. Corridor resident for over ten years, I know the neighborhood inside out. Contact me today to...
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winter reads

Anybody who knows me understands my nose is always in a book. This last month, distraction has been needed. (furlough + freezing temperatures=books and curling up on my couch.) I only read fiction so this list will be divided into “light and fluffy” and “serious” books. What’s the difference? “Light and fluffy” books tend to be romances and books that make me laugh. “Serious” books are the ones that caught my attention because the plot or the writing (or both) enchanted me. I lost a day or stayed up all night reading these books because they were so engaging. Enjoy! Light & Fluffy My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan. I was expecting a trite, coming-of-age abroad novel. It’s not. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me think. All signs of a great read. Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson. A smart, sassy romance.  It’s not the typical boy meets girl story. Instead, it’s littered with amazing, quirky characters who teach the protagonist there’s many ways to love. Ghosted by Rosie Walsh. This book was a page turner. I expected it to be a typical tale about a woman getting dumped. Instead, it’s about life’s unexpected turns. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. I love the way Sally Rooney writes. This book is sharp and complex. One of my favorite reads of late. Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey. Who doesn’t enjoy a southern novel about complicated families? The first of the Peachtree Bluff Series, I whipped through this in one evening. Women in Sunlight by Frances May. The premise of this book was interesting: 3 ladies at the end of their lives rent a villa in Italy. (who doesn’t want to do that?) It’s worth reading for the descriptions of the meals and the day to day life in Italy. The rest: banal at best.   SERIOUS The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. This is not an easy read. It’s raw and the subject matter will likely be disturbing for some. It’s also fantastic and a tribute to a mother’s love. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. A beautifully written tale about four siblings.  Tragic and glorious. All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin. Emily Griffin is one of my favorite authors because I immediately get sucked into the plot. Her latest is about the dangers and consequences of social media gone...
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things to do | rodarte exhibit

In between showings and the snow storm last weekend, I went to see the Rodarte exhibit at the National Museum of Women. I’m a fashion geek and I love these types of exhibits! It blew me away! Their first collection was entirely handmade and was featured on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily, which is a huge fashion coup. The level of detail in each of the dresses displayed was amazing. Since their dresses run from $8,000-$12,000, I’ll never own one but it’s fun to daydream! This dress was netting and tulle, two fabrics I never would’ve imagined together and it was stunning. I love anything shiny and this sequined dress was one of my favorites. Although the shoes weren’t designed by Rodarte, the best shoe designers in the business have worked with them. These spiked gems are Jimmy Cho’s. While I could never walk in 4″ inch heels, these are kick ass! Go see the exhibit! It’s not shut down during the furlough, tickets are $10 and it runs until Feb. 10th, 2019. The gift store was also adorable. I wanted a million things including the Rodarte paper...
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sold! 1 bed/1 ba in columbia heights

Congratulations to my client on the purchase of her first home! What a great way to begin...
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