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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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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3 fun things

Have you eaten at San Lorenzo yet? I went a couple months ago and it was delicious. Currently, it’s my fave Italian place in DC. Above is the pasta with rabbit ragu. Two weeks ago, my Aunt and Uncle were in town and they wanted to eat at the Wharf. Before dinner, we stopped at Whiskey Charlie for a cocktail and this was the view. It was beautiful! Definitely a must do when the weather is lovely. I’m currently obsessed with the nitro coffee at Union Kitchen Grocery. I know nitro coffee is nothing new but I’d never had a good one. However, Union Kitchen’s version is legit. I did a taste test yesterday morning (Compass nitro coffee from the F St. shop after spinning vs. Union Kitchen’s on 9th St…I know this is slightly ridiculous but I’m serious about my coffee) and Union Kitchens’ kills it. I have no idea why because Union Kitchen Grocery uses Compass...
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unconventional diner

Have ya’ll tried the Unconventional Diner? I’ve eaten there 3 times and it’s  been fantastic. Perhaps in the highest compliment for this eatery was my Dad liked it. (Shocker! He doesn’t like anything because he always thinks he can make it better. *this is what happens when you used to own restaurants*) The highlight for both my Dad and husband was the fried chicken. It was everything fried chicken should be: there was dark meat. It was crispy and juicy. There was hot sauce. They also loved the biscuit and gravy. My go-to order has been the miso salmon with zucchini and pine nuts. It’s delicious! I also love the art in the restaurant. The mural near the bar is one of my favorite pieces of art in DC. I’m thrilled to have a new restaurant in our rotation. Unconventional Diner 1207 9th St NW WDC 20001...
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1 bed/1 bath condo for rent in Shaw!

2120 Vermont Ave, NW #2 Washington, DC 20001 1 bed | 1 ba   685 sf $2200 Freshly painted 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo with an open floor plan, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances (all new within last 2 years), granite counter tops, updated bathroom, new carpet in the bedroom, w/d in unit. Floor to ceiling windows in the bedroom, walk in closet. 3 blocks to U St. Metro, restaurants and retail. Building amenities include gym and roof deck with a gas grill. No pets. Parking not included in price but usually available for $100-$150 a month in building garage. Tenant responsible for electricity, cable, internet. Available immediately. For more photos, check out the virtual...
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‘hood happenings | u st. corridor & shaw

links and photos left to right: washington post, urban turf, washington city paper, price of...
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upcoming development Shaw/U St.

Exciting news in the ‘hood this week.  Ground has finally been broken on the Whole Foods site.  According to the Urban Turf article about upcoming development in Shaw/U St. Corridor, it’s delivering in 2020.  I’m not looking forward to years of construction noise and dust but...
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master bath reno | the plans

Earlier this year, I mentioned I was going to renovate my master bathroom. Happily, things are progressing and I have plans!! (I’m going to use a lot of !! in this post as I’m super excited). This is the first time I’ve ever had use plans when doing a project in the condo.  When I renovated the hallway bath, I knew I wasn’t changing much.  I painted the original vanity, swapped out the fixtures and re-tiled. This renovation is going to require more finesse.  I’m converting the shower stall into a vanity for my husband and keeping the tub. While neither of us like to take a soak, it’s the only one in the house.  For resale, it’s important to keep at least one bath tub. Some buyers are really attached to their baths! I’m retiling everything, adding an angled cabinet for storage, replacing the vanities, adding medicine cabinets and new light fixtures. The tile I mentioned in this post was no bueno in person.  It was frustrating and a good lesson. Make sure you get samples!  I was sure it was “the one” and it wasn’t! Gah. The next step is organizing the timeline and getting the materials ordered. I’m shooting for the reno to begin mid to late May.  Hopefully it’ll all work out! Stay tuned.    ...
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union kitchen grocery opens in shaw

The second location of Union Kitchen Grocery has opened in Shaw.  Located on the corner of 9th and N St, NW, the store features a coffee bar, house made sandwiches and a hot/salad bar. Many of the available grocery items are produced locally. You can also grab basic necessities like a bottle of wine. Welcome to the neighborhood! 1251 9th St, NW Washington,...
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all purpose does not disappoint!

Over the holidays, I finally went to All Purpose.  The pizzeria in Shaw has had a lot of good press and Tom Sietsema said it was his #1 restaurant in DC. My husband and I went for lunch and we shared a roasted squash and apple salad and each had a pizza.  I really enjoyed the salad of red endive, carrots, apple, celery and radish atop the roasted butternut squash. My husband went for the DIY pie and got pepperoni.  He said it was better than 2 Amy’s and in the DC pizza world, that’s the highest compliment you can receive. I had the gluten free pizza with pepperoni.  There’s no photo because gluten free pizza is sad. Dairy is out for me too so it’s just dough and pepperoni.  Who wants to see that?  As for the pizza itself, it was OK. I don’t know if I’d go back for it. However, gluten free pizza is hard and the whole place shouldn’t be judged on this one category.  I’ve only found ONE decent gluten free pizza in all of DC. Overall, I’d go back for the antipasti and because everyone else will enjoy a fantastic pizza. Located at 1250 9th St, NW. WDC 20001....
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‘hood happenings | u st. corridor, shaw and 14th St.

links and photos clockwise: washington city paper, washington business journal, urban turf, urban...
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new restaurants in shaw | hazel

Hazel Restaurant opened at 808 V St, NW in June and it’s been a welcome addition to the slew of new restaurants in the ‘hood. The menu is divided into several categories: vegetables, breads and batter, fish and shellfish, meats and poultry. There’s also a section called Lazy Susan dinners which requires 2 or more people to eat the dishes.  So far, my husband and I have sampled the regular menu but not the Lazy Susan items.  The food is globally inspired which means the menu is a wonderful mish mash of flavors from different places.  The chef, Rob Rubba, is skilled at blending these elements and creates a delightful dining experience. One of my favorite dishes is the hamachi crudo with crisp rice, black lime, radish and hibiscus. One thing I love about Hazel is the presentation.  It’s thoughtful and creative.  Then there’s the food itself: not only does this look beautiful, it tastes amazing.  I order the crudo every time we eat at Hazel. This one of my husband’s favorite dishes: steamed little neck clams, brown butter miso broth and steamed potatoes with a side of rice to sop up the broth.  Yum! On our last visit, Hazel had just added this dish to the menu.  DO NOT MISS this one: it’s duck sausage, roasted squash, shaved pear, mizuna and spicy cashews.  It’s unbelievable and I can’t wait to go back and eat it again. Not every dish at Hazel is a winner but that’s not going to deter me from returning.  Welcome to the neighborhood Hazel.  We’re glad to have you!...
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