July 2015

Found 12 blog entries for July 2015.

Live Music in Adams Morgan

Arguable one of DC’s coolest neighborhoods for everything from specialty coffee to soul food to people watching, Adams Morgan also offers up some of DC’s best live music. Check out these hot spots, then hit 18th street with an ear out for good tunes and good fun.
Columbia Station, Food & Blues,  Washington DC
Columbia Station
2325 18th St NW Washington, DC 20009
Live, no cover Jazz every night of the week, unbeatable atmosphere and American fare from every corner of the country come standard at Columbia Station. The classic Adams Morgan food n’ blues venue features local musicians and hosts traveling artists. Snag an outdoor patio seat on a summer night and enjoy good eats while live music floats over your table through the open front window.

Madam’s Organ
2461 18th St NW

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A Floating Landmark – The Main Avenue Fish Market

DC Fish Market in SW DC
Tucked between the I-395 underpass and the yacht basin along the Washington Channel, The Maine Avenue Fish Market—also lovingly referred to by regulars as The Fish Market, The Fish Wharf and The Wharf—exists as a locally fueled public space in the midst of pedestrian-scarce new development along the waterfront. Due to its somewhat clandestine location and the city’s reluctance to promote the market as a tourist site for fear its days may be numbered (see below), the crowds of tourists swarming the nearby monuments most often overlook the Fish Market, making it a local favorite for good fish and good fun.

The Project for Public Spaces describes the market as an “authentic example of urban commerce at

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Say SUP to the Potomac: Stand Up Paddleboarding the DC Area
Paddleboarding and kayaking in DC on the Potomac

What could be finer than gently canoeing or kayaking along the Potomac as the sun sets on a burning hot DC summer day? How about paddling your own private vessel where you serve as mast, motor, captain and passenger into the horizon? Stand up paddleboarding (commonly deemed SUP) has floated its way into the hearts of DCers and options abound to hit the areas various waterfronts in a whole new way.

SUP originated in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing that allowed surfers to paddle out farther, view incoming surf from greater distances, propel faster through waves and enjoy riding the ocean on days when the waves were nothing to hang ten about. The sport emerged in the United States around 2005

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Exquisitely renovated Cathedral Heights Condo

2800 Wisconsin Ave NW#704
Washington DC
$299,000

Open House Sunday 1-4 PM


Virtual Tour
2800 Wisconsin Ave NW DC #704 Living Room

2800 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC exterior

This exquisitely renovated, large 1 bedroom condo in a prime location is one of a kind! The expansive wall of windows overlooks the treetops of Observatory Circle while your feet rest firmly on shiny hardwood floors on the 7th level of this well-managed building with front desk. The high-end kitchen was recently renovated with superior stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and custom cabinets. Relax in the spa-like bathroom with custom shower and tile work, and rest comfortably in the large bedroom with a giant walk-in closet. There's even a storage unit in the building. Ample street parking and in-building

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Brookland True Value Store is closing.

True Value Brookland Hardware
Brookland Hardware store

Brookland Hardware mailed a letter to the Brookland community today announcing that Howard, the store owner, is retiring after 40 years, and will have a "Retirement-Store Closing Sale"  staring on Thursday July 23rd through Wednesday July 29th.  According to the mailer "This will be the largest sale in the history of the store.. and the last!"

We are very sad to hear that this Brookland institution is closing and wish Howard all the best in Retirement.

Thank you Howard for 40 years of community service to Brookland!


Update July 22nd 2015, 9:24am:
We just learned from a press release that "Anne Stom, owner of Annie’s Ace Hardware, today announced that Howard Politzer will be joining Annie’s Ace Hardware’s as a

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National Ice cream day is actually a thing!   Nothing says summer like an ice cream cone dripping happily down the elbow of a grinning child, or sweethearts sharing a gelato in the afternoon heat.
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream Flavors Washington DC

Getting ice cream is the universally applicable form of joy sharing, and is flexible across a wide variety of circumstances. It’s the perfect way to spend a sweltering summer Sunday afternoon with the kids; it’s a great way to catch up with an old friend; it makes for a casual and fun first date – or a fail-proof extension of a successful first date. “So, should we get ice cream?” rolls of the tongue perfectly upon the conclusion of a conversation-filled dinner and is exceptionally more impressive than: “Uh. Wanna come in?”

So, forget the frozen

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1225 Perry Street NE, Washington DC.   Beautiful Brookland. 
Closed today for $857,000

5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, Sunroom, Fireplace, Central AC, Radiator heat, Private driveway, 3 Blocks to Metro


1225 Perry St NE DC. Brookland. Front

A real  forever home is found here in an extraordinary balance of beauty, space, and convenience. The beauty begins outside on a meticulously landscaped corner lot. The lush yard with flowers, carefully tended gardens, private patio and expansive, newly-planted lawn envelop the property and expand the living space outdoors. The coveted location also features a private driveway. 

Enter this welcoming residence through the foyer and admire the expansive formal living room with large updated windows, gleaming hardwood floors, and a commanding

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DC’s Best Locally Roasted Coffee

 

From single origin, freshly ground cups of pour over boasting citrus and floral flavor notes, to expertly extracted fair trade espresso, the DC coffee scene is buzzing. While coffee shops can be found around nearly every street corner and vary from cute and neighborhoody to quick and take-outy, local roasters are keeping the fine art in the coffee business and serving up some of the most delicious caffeine fixes to be found. Check out these DC coffee roasters doing it right and add a local twist to your morning ritual.

Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar
Multiple Locations

The good-coffee, happy-customer bicycle enthusiasts at Filter use specially selected varietal beans roasted by local Ceremony Coffee Roasters in

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Hang Out Outside – DC Meetups for Outdoor Adventurers
Hiking

Do you love to hike? Does waking up outdoors make your heart sing? Does watching the sunset from a hiking trail high above your office space sound like the ideal way to unwind? Join the club. Shoot, join a few. The DC area boasts some of the nation’s most picturesque outdoor spaces and is chock full of hiking trails offering breathtaking views, outdoor recreation, fitness and fun. The area is also home to several active hiking and outdoor adventure clubs that will keep you trekking, social, fit and happy. Many of the groups are sponsored by Meetup.com, a social networking company that brings people living in the increasingly virtual world together in real life settings to build community around

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Washington Post

Read this great article in the Washington Post on how our buyers smartly purchased a fixer upper and made it their home.  No need to pay more for developer flips.  Do the work yourself, just like you want it and SAVE!
Even in this very competitive market, these houses are available all over the city at all price ranges.  It is worth your time and patience to find them and consider doing the work yourself.  203K renovation loans as well as conventional renovation loan options are really a smart way to go.  While developers are bidding on many of these houses, buyers who intend to occupy the house as their primary residence should be willing to offer more than developers.  Even after you renovate, you will, if done smartly, be ahead and more importantly

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