February 2015

Found 12 blog entries for February 2015.

In Georgetown, one of the most historic and upscale neighborhoods in the District, Sheridan Garage is a luxury residential condominium building transformed from a converted parking garage that gives it a unique twist.  The Sheridan Garage condo building is tucked in Georgetown’s East Village neighborhood, a short walk to Georgetown’s famous intersection of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue that is home to some of DC’s finest restaurants and best shopping.  It is close to Rock Creek Park, a favorite park of DC residents for its jogging trails and serene greenery; Dupont Circle Metro Station and dining, shopping and entertainment options; and an easy walk to Foggy Bottom.

Located near the heart of Georgetown between 26th Street NW and the Rock Creek Parkway,

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The story of Mount Vernon Avenue begins with the advent of the automobile.  The invention brought interest to new road proposals and Mount Vernon Avenue was re-built in 1915.  The electric rail was running a similar route parallel all the way from Rosslyn to Alexandria in Virginia.  As more cars were being produced and purchased by more and more Americans, new paved roads became in fashion.  One of the first experimental roads to test new construction and materials techniques, Mount Vernon Avenue ran from the Highway Bridge at 14th Street to what is currently Arlington Ridge Road, along Mount Vernon Avenue and going into Alexandria.  

Today, Del Ray is an Alexandria neighborhood home to young families who crave a sense of community, where the idea of a

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City planners in DC have advanced a plan to restrict expansion of housing, specifically to pop-ups.  In everyday parlance, pop-ups mean adding an extra floor or two to a row house, or converting it to condos.  The DC Zoning Commission, which appears divided on the issue, is studying the plan.  The plan is in response to resident complaints about pop-ups, row houses that are renovated upwards with upward expansions.  

Neighbors of pop-ups worry that their own property values are depreciating because they see pop-ups as ugly and not compatible with the character of the block.  Some neighbors fear the loss of views, sun, parking or serenity as they see it.  The other side, primarily developers, argues for a better design review process to ensure a unified

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The Parker-Gray neighborhood, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as an historical district, is a 40-block swath west of Washington Street located in the northwest section of Old Town Alexandria.  Parker-Gray extends north to south from First Street to Cameron Street, and from east to west from Alfred Street to N. West Street.  Alexandria’s Parker-Gray enjoys a rich history going back hundreds of years.

Parker-Gray has a rich cultural history as part of Alexandria’s African-American community.  During and following the Civil War, the neighborhood was one of the area’s havens for escaped slaves.  Through the 1950’s, the area was then known as “Uptown” and was a center of African- American life, with a majority of businesses centered on Queen

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As the housing market improves in the historic Anacostia neighborhood in DC, attention is now focused on this community as possibly the next popular area for real estate homebuyers.  With home sales climbing up and an upswing in prices, real estate development is strengthening in this once over-looked area in the southeast quadrant of DC.  In the last year, there has been a decrease in crime and an increase in interest making this a new area catching the eye of potential homebuyers.

This real estate trend may happen to the Anacostia neighborhood, located east of the Potomac River.  Anacostia is the last remaining space to be developed in DC.  In the last few years, historical fixer-uppers, townhomes and condo development have taken place; Uniontown

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The exclusive 8-unit upscale condominium building in Adams Morgan can be called an urban retreat for its quintessential city living and surrounding amenities.  The all-new Lanier Place condos are now selling in the bustling neighborhood in much sought-after Adams Morgan, featuring 1 and 2 bedroom residences, and 2 penthouse units with contemporary interior appointments and special touches.  Located on a quiet street, 1726 Lanier Place has dynamic curb appeal and a timeless exterior brick façade.  It is just steps away from the Columbia Heights Metro Station, restaurants offering international dining selections, trendy and bohemian shopping, and a hip nightlife.  People looking for urban living in a “green” building will adore this coveted urban address

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Big cities have a lot to offer---high paying jobs, trendy condos and lofts, nightlife, good restaurants, top shopping, but how far will your paycheck stretch in places like DC?  Not far at all, according to data analyzed by website FindTheBest.  The company looked at data collected by of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from all over the country.   While salaries in DC are indeed among the highest in the nation, see what happens when average salaries are adjusted for the cost of living.  The Top 100 U.S. cities on the rankings reveal DC is America’s least affordable city.  After paying for mortgage or rent, groceries, eating out, utilities, taxes and so forth, Washingtonians don’t have much left over and this recent analysis gives us food for thought

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With Valentine’s Day approaching and if you are looking for love, today we take a look at the best cities in the USA for singles.  Following Boston, DC ranks #2 as the best stomping ground for singles.  Philadelphia comes in third.  Interestingly, all these top cities are on the East Coast.  To find that special sweetheart, romantics may want to pack up the car and move to DC.  In addition to a large population of unmarried highly educated professionals, DC also has high salaries, ample professional jobs and an unbeatable nightlife.

NerdWallet’s third annual “Best Cities for Singles” list ranks the Top 10: #1 Boston, #2 DC, #3 Philadelphia, #4 Baltimore, #5 Cleveland, #6 San Francisco, #7 Detroit, #8 Atlanta, #9 Oakland and #10 Seattle.  DC takes a top

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Nearing 50% build out, the residential inventory of DC’s Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard neighborhood is expected to double over the next three years, according to the annual report by the neighborhood’s Business Improvement District (BID) presented last month at its annual meeting.  Real estate watchers agree 2014 was a big year for the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood!  Over the past year, eight new restaurants opened, now bringing the number to 27 restaurants; an upscale Harris Teeter market popped up; and Vida Fitness opened its doors at The Yards.  The Capitol Riverfront is DC’s newest “hot” neighborhood located on the scenic river, merely 5 blocks south of the U.S. Capitol.

Located in the southeast and southwest quadrants of DC, the area has undergone

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Modern and delivered in 2013, The Oronoco is a high-end centerpiece in Alexandria with new luxury residences overlooking the Potomac River in the heart of Old Town.  The panoramic views of Oronoco Bay Park, Old Town and the Potomac River make this the location that can’t be beat.  Award-winning developer EYA transformed a former commercial building into an upscale boutique residence with just 60 condos in this prime location.  Available residences at the Oronoco include 2 bedrooms+Library or Family Room from $1.725 million, and 3 bedrooms +Library or Family Room from $2.995 million, ranging in size from 2,000-4,000 square feet.  This is the first new waterfront housing in Old Town in more than a decade!

Oronoco Finishes

The Oronoco oozes a

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