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June 2013

Found 14 blog entries for June 2013.

Columbia Heights listings have increased, in fact doubled, in recent months from a low in March of about 14 active listings to about 31 listings in May, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence.

Columbia Heights is a sought-after Northwest neighborhood for its proximity to Adams Morgan and U Street but with slightly more affordable pricing and slightly larger properties, including a slew of condos. Listings in Columbia Heights, which borders Shaw and Park View, are also very close to Rock Creek Park and Dupont Circle.

Public high schools in Columbia Heights include Cardozo High School, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Bell Multicultural Senior High School and Booker T. Washington Public Charger School for Technical Arts. Lincoln Middle

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Affordable housing in Washington D.C. actually exists. Washington D.C. is one of the most expensive cities to live in and its housing and rental prices are rising more quickly than in most other major metropolitan areas. Now, renting an average studio or one-bedroom easily costs about $2,000.

For residents who make less than $45,000 per year, affordable housing in Washington D.C. may seem out of reach. But increasingly, developers are including affordable units in newer projects per requirements by the D.C. government. For renters who qualify, that may mean the difference between living outside the city districts with a long commute to work and living in a decent, affordable apartment in the city limits.

Lower income renters may find hundreds of

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DC Public Libraries have come a long way in the past decade. Circulation has tripled since 2006 and 14 branches have been rebuilt or renovated. 

Two of the new libraries, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue and Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Libraries, won Royal Institute of British Architects International (RIBA) awards this year for architectural excellence. But not all DC Public Libraries libraries are brand new structures; some are housed in beautiful historic buildings including the Petworth and Mount Pleasant Libraries, which were recently renovated. After the fire in 2007, the historic Georgetown Library was completely renovated, which also allowed for the addition of more space. Construction is currently underway at the historic Northeast

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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has been leasing their space at 641 D St in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Northwest DC since 2005. But now they are the proud owners of the 30,000-square-foot facility.

Woolly Mammoth was founded in 1980 and is known for innovative plays that defy convention. They just completed their 33rd season including some new plays that transported us to the diverse locations of Africa, North Korea, Disneyworld, and Zucotti Park. This summer, Woolly Mammoth welcomes back The Second City for performances of America All Better!! July 9 through August 4.

The theater company’s facility is on the ground and underground floors of a large apartment complex with 428 units near the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro station,

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D.C. housing prices, it’s no surprise, have been increasingly sharply in recent years. But recently D.C. housing prices have marked record territory in median sales price of nearly $500,000 in May, with homes selling exceptionally quickly.

The average time a home in D.C. was on the market nine days lately, about twice as fast as they sold a year ago, according to the RealEstate Business Intelligence.  Homes were on the market an average of 11 days in April and 15 days in March, even with 20% more listings than a year ago, although listings are still slim.

The average home prices rose 8.9% in May from a year prior to $490,000, the highest of D.C. housing prices recorded in May. That’s more than $30,000 higher than in May last year and $70,000 in May

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The Exchange at Potomac Yard in Alexandria just began construction a couple months ago, after seven years in the planning stages, D.C. Curbed reports. This first residential building at the Exchange at Potomac Yard will be The Arlic, a 323-unit apartment building that should be complete in late 2014.

A Potomac Yard Metro stop near the Exchange at Potomac Yard is also on the horizon, with development

MRP Realty and JBG are developing The Exchange at Potomac Yard to include 2 million square feet of mixed-used development just north of Old Town. Rendering of the Arlic at the Exchange at Potomac Yard depict  a modern, roughly six-story building. A second residential site could break ground before the end of the year on the 14-acre property.

The Exchange

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With baseball season in full swing, house and apartment hunters may find that apartments near the Nationals Stadium can offer an exciting living location, although the area’s retail, restaurant and nightlife sectors are still blossoming.

Camden South Capitol is among the more newer housing options, offering a slate of amenities and brand new living quarters. And Camden South Capitol apartment rates are a bit more affordable than in other parts of the District, like U Street and Adams Morgan, because this area hasn’t hit the “hip to live here” stride yet. Still, the Southwest waterfront community has much to boast about now and will likely be a burgeoning place in the near future.

Camden South Capitol, at 1345 S. Capitol Street near the Navy Yard Metro

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Takoma Theatre Apartments is a project that has proposed restoration and adaptive reuse of the historic Takoma Theatre at 6833 4th Street in Northwest DC. The plan calls for apartment homes with ground-level flex space.

The original Takoma Theatre was built to show movies, but also included a community forum, two stores, and a suite of offices. The two-story brick building was completed in 1923 at a cost of $60,000. In 1929, the Takoma Theatre became one of the first neighborhood theatres to show movies with sound. The theatre was acquired by Warner Brothers in 1935, but closed in 1980. The theatre reopened as a live performance venue in 1983, but closed again in 2002.

With the new proposal, various parts of the original Takoma Theatre will remain to

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DC bocce is alive and well with various leagues -- DC Bocce League, Capital Bocce, and DC Bocce Ball League. Bocce is a simple ball toss game that doesn’t require extreme athletic prowess. But it’s not just for old Italian men anymore. In fact, it’s become quite the social sport for a younger generation.

DC Bocce League started in 2004 with 50 players on 10 teams and has grown to over 2,500 players. They have various divisions for the summer in DC, Virginia and Maryland. The Virginia divisions meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Arlington, while the Maryland division meets in Bethesda on Thursdays. There are DC divisions Monday-Thursday evenings at locations such as Vinoteca, Black Jack, NoMa, Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights, and Dupont

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Progression Place is a new mixed-use development at 7th and S Streets in Northwest DC. This location is in the Shaw and LeDroit Park neighborhoods, adjacent to the Shaw-Howard U Metro station. The project includes office, retail, and residential space.

The Offices at Progression Place at 1805 7th Street is a LEED-Silver certified modern building with a mostly glass facade.  The building has 47,000 square feet of office space to rent and an underground parking facility. The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) plans to make this building their new national headquarters.

The 7th Flats at Progression Place is the residential portion of the project at 1825 7th Street. This building will house 205 new access-controlled apartments that are slated to deliver

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