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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Happy #ThrowbackThursday, everyone! It's always nice go to on a trip down memory lane, but this time, I'd like to remind myself and everyone of the achievements we've accomplished and will accomplish in the future.This reminds me of one of the closed deals that I had last year at 1325 18th St NW #606, Washington, DC! For a price of $457,500, this home is all about the combination of simplicity, location, and elegance. This 1 bed and 1 bath condo in Dupont Circle is not only spacious and filled with oversized windows to get that sun-filled, quiet corner residence. It also has one of the most amazing Brazilian wood floors I've ever seen, renovated kitchen and bathroom, and an abundance of space with natural lighting all around.Not only that this is a beautiful home inside, it also has amp...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
 [ This is the neigborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together.  Numbers increased a good bit from last month, with a total of 75 homes sold in November 2021. We are once again above the 5 year average of 60 and have reversed the previous trend down from the last couple months.  We'll continue to watch numbers as we move through fall and into winter.  We can't predict all the chan...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood in Washington, a big village, split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the north side, an iconic landmark is Union Station, with some 40 million people annually, shown here to represent the local perspective. This is a true transportation hub, with Amtrak, suburban rail, intercity  bus and the Metro(subway) stations to converge. As of 2019, 2nd busiest station in the country.As of February 2016, the H Street Trolley now gets people from (almost) Union Station to past the 15th St Starburst.This view shows the station as you drive up in a cab, or Bikeshare or walk from Capitol Hill on left.  If you were there today, you'd see no cabs, and no people inside (or...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is not only a political idea, it is also a big village, a neighborhood split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the south side of this neighborhood is Barracks Row, and the ever growing and popular Navy Yard with the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Let's consider that we will return to some level of foot traffic here in the summer of 2021, even if not 2019 levels yet.The Navy Yard has very good Metro access, and is also home to baseball's Nationals Park. This neighborhood has also become the 'it' neigborhood, growing faster than any other in the past year.  All the residential growth has fueled demand for lots of new neighborhood amenities, which brings more people.  It certainly f...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
This quote is getting older, but even more relevant in 2021. Councilmember Charles Allen was quoted in the Washington City Paper (8/21/2015) saying "Southwest is an absolutely incredible neighborhood.  It's a neighborhood that has so many things: Metro stations, water access, parks & greenspaces, small and big residential buildings.  A lot of people just didn't realize it was there".Audi Field, home of DC United Soccer, as well as PNHoffman's The Wharf will ensure a lot more people find this neighborhood.This view shows the opening day, which was a good day, albeit with opening issues. DC United has upped it's game this season with a few team additions, surely to benefit a stronger team.   A total of 17 homes were sold in November 2021, with an average for the prior 5 years being 14.  S...
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By The Isaacs Team LLC, Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
DC's SHORT TERM RENTAL | AIRBNB LAW TAKES EFFECT  ON JANUARY 10, 2022 Who needs a license, what types of licenses are required and what are the penalties for not having a license? DCRA will begin accepting license applications effective January 10th.  After a grace period, Short-Term Rental hosts must be licensed by April 10, 2022. DC's 2022 requirements adhere to the Short-Term Rental Regulation Act of 2018, and corresponding regulations that were finalized in early December 2021. There are two license types available to homeowners in the District: Short-Term Rental License: This license allows a host to offer fee-based lodging at their primary residence while the host is present on the property (partial property rental; for example, renting a bedroom within a home). As long as the ho...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Looking for a unique and interactive experience with all things about spying and espionage? Have you ever watched one of those spy films and wonder if all of those action-packed scenes are in some way accurate to how spies do it in real life? Well, this museum is for you! The Spy Museum, located in Washington, DC, an interactive museum that gives you all things about spying and espionage. They have exhibits talking about how spying shaped history, the different tools spies used and how they are made, intel gathering, and more. They also offer classes, field trips, seminars, puzzles and games for the kids, and a curation of all things related to spying.Interested in going to the Spy Museum? You may visit their website here for more information. Tickets are available here as well, and you...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
 [ This is the neigborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together.  Numbers increased a little from last month, with a total of 55 homes sold in October 2021. We are below the 5 year average of 66 and have continued to trend down slowly for the last couple months.  We'll continue to watch numbers as we move through fall and into winter.  We can't predict all the changes, so we'll jus...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood in Washington, a big village, split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the north side, an iconic landmark is Union Station, with some 40 million people annually, shown here to represent the local perspective. This is a true transportation hub, with Amtrak, suburban rail, intercity  bus and the Metro(subway) stations to converge. As of 2019, 2nd busiest station in the country.As of February 2016, the H Street Trolley now gets people from (almost) Union Station to past the 15th St Starburst.This view shows the station as you drive up in a cab, or Bikeshare or walk from Capitol Hill on left.  If you were there today, you'd see no cabs, and no people inside (or...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is not only a political idea, it is also a big village, a neighborhood split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the south side of this neighborhood is Barracks Row, and the ever growing and popular Navy Yard with the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Let's consider that we will return to some level of foot traffic here in the summer of 2021, even if not 2019 levels yet.The Navy Yard has very good Metro access, and is also home to baseball's Nationals Park. This neighborhood has also become the 'it' neigborhood, growing faster than any other in the past year.  All the residential growth has fueled demand for lots of new neighborhood amenities, which brings more people.  It certainly f...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
This quote is getting older, but even more relevant in 2021. Councilmember Charles Allen was quoted in the Washington City Paper (8/21/2015) saying "Southwest is an absolutely incredible neighborhood.  It's a neighborhood that has so many things: Metro stations, water access, parks & greenspaces, small and big residential buildings.  A lot of people just didn't realize it was there".Audi Field, home of DC United Soccer, as well as PNHoffman's The Wharf will ensure a lot more people find this neighborhood.This view shows the opening day, which was a good day, albeit with opening issues. DC United has upped it's game this season with a few team additions, surely to benefit a stronger team.   A total of 20 homes were sold in October 2021, with an average for the prior 5 years being 24.  Sa...
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By The Isaacs Team LLC, Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
NORTHEAST DC |  Kadida Development Group (KDG) and Urban Investment Partners (UIP) instructed their sales & marketing team to cancel all contracts at Tribeca Condominiums early Wednesday and withdraw listings from the MLS. Shocked buyers, many of whom have been under contract for a year or more, were informed that the nearly-completed building located at 40 N Street NE would be converting to a rental property.Read more at realestateinthedistrict.com Photo: Tribeca buyer inspecting balcony Copyright The Isaacs Team LLC 2021
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
 [ This is the neigborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together.  Numbers dropped again from last month, with a total of 50 homes sold in September 2021. We are now right at the 5 year average of 51 and have continued to trend down slowly for the last couple months.  We'll continue to watch numbers as we move through fall and into winter.  We can't predict all the changes, so we'll...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is not only a political idea, it is also a big village, a neighborhood split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the south side of this neighborhood is Barracks Row, and the ever growing and popular Navy Yard with the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Let's consider that we will return to some level of foot traffic here in the summer of 2021, even if not 2019 levels yet.The Navy Yard has very good Metro access, and is also home to baseball's Nationals Park. This neighborhood has also become the 'it' neigborhood, growing faster than any other in the past year.  All the residential growth has fueled demand for lots of new neighborhood amenities, which brings more people.  It certainly f...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
This quote is getting older, but even more relevant in 2021. Councilmember Charles Allen was quoted in the Washington City Paper (8/21/2015) saying "Southwest is an absolutely incredible neighborhood.  It's a neighborhood that has so many things: Metro stations, water access, parks & greenspaces, small and big residential buildings.  A lot of people just didn't realize it was there".Audi Field, home of DC United Soccer, as well as PNHoffman's The Wharf will ensure a lot more people find this neighborhood.This view shows the opening day, which was a good day, albeit with opening issues. DC United has upped it's game this season with a few team additions, surely to benefit a stronger team.   A total of 13 homes were sold in September 2021, with an average for the prior 5 years being 17.  ...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
 [ This is the neighborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together.  Numbers dropped quite a bit from last month, with a total of 73 homes sold in August 2021. This puts us right at the 5 year average of 72, are we finally back to normal? Or will the COVID yo yo continue.  We'll continue to watch numbers as we move through summer to fall.  We can't predict all the changes, so we'll j...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood in Washington, a big village, split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the north side, an iconic landmark is Union Station, with some 40 million people annually, shown here to represent the local perspective. This is a true transportation hub, with Amtrak, suburban rail, intercity  bus and the Metro(subway) stations to converge. As of 2019, 2nd busiest station in the country.As of February 2016, the H Street Trolley now gets people from (almost) Union Station to past the 15th St Starburst.This view shows the station as you drive up in a cab, or Bikeshare or walk from Capitol Hill on left.  If you were there today, you'd see no cabs, and no people inside (or...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is not only a political idea, it is also a big village, a neighborhood split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the south side of this neighborhood is Barracks Row, and the ever growing and popular Navy Yard with the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Let's consider that we will return to some level of foot traffic here in the summer of 2021, even if not 2019 levels yet.The Navy Yard has very good Metro access, and is also home to baseball's Nationals Park. This neighborhood has also become the 'it' neigborhood, growing faster than any other in the past year.  All the residential growth has fueled demand for lots of new neighborhood amenities, which brings more people.  It certainly f...
Comments 1
By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
This quote is getting older, but even more relevant in 2021. Councilmember Charles Allen was quoted in the Washington City Paper (8/21/2015) saying "Southwest is an absolutely incredible neighborhood.  It's a neighborhood that has so many things: Metro stations, water access, parks & greenspaces, small and big residential buildings.  A lot of people just didn't realize it was there".Audi Field, home of DC United Soccer, as well as PNHoffman's The Wharf will ensure a lot more people find this neighborhood.This view shows the opening day, which was a good day, albeit with opening issues. DC United has upped it's game this season with a few team additions, surely to benefit a stronger team. We can see 25 homes were sold in August 2021, with an average for the prior 5 years being 22.  Again...
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By The Isaacs Team LLC, Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
The New Dept. of Building And Two Other Entities Replace The Old DCRAThe DC Council recently voted to create three new entities to replace the old DCRA, which they found to be conflicted and inefficient. Law 23-269 establishes the Department of Buildings as a subordinate agency within the executive branch of the District government. The new department's mandate is to promote the health, safety, and quality of life of residents and visitors in the District of Columbia by reviewing proposed plans for technical sufficiency, issuing permits, inspecting the built environment, regulating land use and development, and enforcing the regulations and codes governing building construction, rental housing conditions, building maintenance and building safety.   In order to keep the workload manageab...
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