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July 2013

Found 18 blog entries for July 2013.

Thomason House is a boutique condo development in Columbia Heights that we first told you about in February. The condo conversion project, located at 3606 Rock Creek Church in Northwest DC on a quiet one-way street, is now ready for sale. The property is close to both the Columbia Heights and Petworth Metro stations, restaurants on 11th Street (aka “The Hip Strip”), and Columbia Heights retail.

Thomason House is a three-story federal-style brick building with 13 units:  eight one-bedroom units (ranging from 450 to 680 square feet) and five two-bedroom one-bath units (ranging from 741 to 921 square feet).  The three units on the ground floor feature private patios, one with expansive patio space that wraps around the corner.  Two different finish styles

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The Rosa Condos are offering several new listings at 3430 Brown Street NW near 16th Street NW in the Mount Pleasant community. These are six, two-story condos, with a monthly co-op fee of only $273 to $294, price from about $660,000 to $739,000 in a very popular area in the District.

The Rosa Condos are three-bedroom, townhome-style units with three full baths – a total of 1,530 to 1,660 square feet of living space, depending on the model. They were newly converted and renovated this year. Each has a living room that’s about 14 feet by 16 feet, a kitchen of 10 feet by 13 feet and a dining room of 10 feet by 13 feet.

The Rosa Condos have open floor plans and boast luxury gourmet kitchens, complete with full marble islands, as well as balconies and,

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Yes, the housing market is showing signs of recovery nationwide. But in Washington D.C., sales are especially hot, making this market much more of a sellers’ market than a buyers’ market lately.

Demand is very high in Washington D.C., but the supply is just not there right now, says a recent Washington Post article titled “Washington area homes fly off the listings fast,” which said the market is the tightest it’s been since before the housing market bubble burst.  Buyers are snatching up homes in as little as nine days in this hot D.C. housing market.

The end result is that prices in the hot D.C. housing market are steadily increasing. Median housing prices in D.C. were $529,000 in June, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence, which is up

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Just north of Georgetown, homes in Glover Park seem to offer it all. These properties are very close to one of Washington D.C.’s more elite neighborhoods along the Potomac River as well as a good amount of restaurants and shops but also close to more serene park environments of Rock Creek Park and Glover Archibald Park.

From quiet nature or metro pizazz, homes in Glover Park abound with amenities. And the choices among homes in Glover Park are just as diverse as the neighborhood’s highlights. Real estate listings, which have been on the rise in recent months, range from smaller condos to single family homes as this neighborhood has a good balance of both.

On the very small side, a 413-square-foot, one-bedroom at 1711 35th Street NW lists for

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Properties in Brightwood and Shepherd Park enjoy close proximity to city living within a community that has a very suburban feel. Properties in Brightwood and Shepherd Park, which are at the northern tip of the Washington D.C., are also quite close to Rock Creek Park.

The majority of properties in Brightwood and Shepherd Park are detached, single-family homes and these listings are on the rise in recent months, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence. Because of their larger size, homes here are significantly more expensive than the smaller condo listings common in downtown Washington D.C. Many of these homes are older, remodeled homes but they are in superb condition.

For example, a five-bedroom, 3,734-square-foot home at 7573 lists for

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Redevelopment in Prince George’s County hopes to emulate the urban feel of neighborhoods like Silver Spring, Bethesda, and Arlington with upscale condo buildings, boutique shops, and hip restaurants with outdoor seating. According to Sonja Ewing, Planner Coordinator for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Plan Prince George's 2035, “Research is really telling us that the millennials as a generation group, and the boomers, are really looking for a different type of housing that's more multi-family housing, smaller, but still very high amenities, and they want to live in walkable, urban places, and that employers are following them to these places.” 

Ewing’s group recently came up with a new general plan update for redevelopment

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Washington D.C.’s Chinatown properties are in one of the city’s more eclectic neighborhoods, with flashing lights and that iconic and ornate “Friendship Archway” over H Street.

While Chinatown does have a good number of Asian eateries, this is an increasingly diverse pocket of the city and real estate here is in high demand. Chinatown properties are in a long-established developed area, so the majority of properties on the market are turnovers. But a few new projects are in the works, so home buyers or renters set on having a brand new space to break in may find some opportunities here, although they’re among the more expensive in the city.

Chinatown properties put residents quite close to the Verizon Center, which anchors the neighborhood.  The Spy

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Sustainable energy in DC is less expensive thanks various programs through the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).

We are often encouraged to buy Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) to support sustainable energy efforts, but CFLs are rather expensive compared to ordinary light bulbs. CFLs average about $8, but can sometimes be purchased for as little as $0.99 at more than 50 retailers across the District. The retailers include some locally-owned businesses, and stores are located in every city ward. Retailers with discounted CFL bulbs include the H Street Corridor Giant Food, Yes! Organic Market in Capitol Hill, Home Depot in Brentwood, Safeway along the Southwest Waterfront, Bed Bath & Beyond in Columbia Heights, Walgreens near

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Penthouses in Washington D.C. are rarer than the everyday condos, apartments or row homes that dominate today’s listings. But homebuyers can still find a few top-floor properties on the market.

Penthouses in Washington D.C. not only offer the standard luxury living common to penthouses everywhere, but many of them also have outstanding views of the Capitol or the Washington Monument. But these properties, not surprisingly, do not come cheap.

Many of the penthouses in D.C. are listed for well into the millions. For example, a three-bedroom, 3,890-square-foot condo in Georgetown lists for $5.7 million, boasting views of the Potomac River. Also in Georgetown, a three-bedroom, 4,200-square-foot penthouse at 3030 K Street lists for $5.5 million. This

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The Capital Fringe Festival has returned to DC from July 11 to July 28 for it’s eighth year. DC has a great theater scene at regular venues like the Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theater, and Arena Stage, but the Capital Fringe Festival gives DC a taste of something different with lower ticket prices.

The Capital Fringe Festival takes place in 18 different venues across the city including Fort Fringe on New York Avenue in Northwest, Caos on F in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, GALA Theatre in Columbia Heights, Jin Lounge in the U Street Corridor, and Studio Theater in Logan Circle. There will be 738 performances of 130 different shows with local, national, and international performers. You won’t find famous Broadway shows at the

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