The Travel Channel, on a mission to introduce the world to popular food trucks and quick-serve food vendors across the U.S., will be taking to the streets of DC on Tuesday, July 24 to meet and film some of DC’s favorite food truck crews.
National Public Radio Headquarters (for the time being) sits across K Street from all the construction activity of the AAMC headquarters project. The endeavor of moving five historic structures on the site to make way for excavation has generated a great deal of curiousity and fascination. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block of All Things Considered hosted an informative 8 minute segment (audio | transcript) on the transformative project with sound bytes from Expert House Movers, DC Preservation Society, Douglas Development, architect Shalom Baranes, and Kebrab Tekla – a resident who sold the townhouse he lived in for 25 years to accommodate the site assemblage.
Expert House Movers move MVT buildings on wheels (Doriane Raiman/NPR)
On one building having a history as a former brothel:
BLOCK: And in the middle of the block, there were a couple of faded Grand Dames built with when this was a thriving German immigrant neighborhood; three skinny Victorian-era row houses, and most recently one of them was known to be a brothel.
TYLER ANDERSON: I just told my guys, don’t touch anything.
BLOCK: I found Tyler Anderson outside that narrow three-story house. His company was reinforcing it so it could be moved without falling apart.
ANDERSON: There were saunas and whirlpools and walk-in showers, all on every floor. It was like oh, my God.
Last night a first floor unit on the Madrigal Lofts was featured on HGTV’s Real Estate Intervention. I believe this is the first foray by HGTV into our ‘hood since Chris Chan’s episode of My First Place aired this past Spring.
Home Selling 101: De-clutter and Stage
Jesse has decided to go to school full-time to earn his PhD, but he needs to get out from under his mortgage. His one bedroom condo is in a hip Washington location, but it might prove difficult to dig out a sale from underneath all the clutter. Jesse gets a tour of two comps and a refresher course on pricing from Real Estate Expert Mike Aubrey. Staging Expert Sabrina Soto and her team give Jesse’s bachelor pad a lesson in elegance, even assigning him some homework ? keep out the clutter. With the right price and Sabrina’s tutoring, can this condo graduate at the top of its class and sell?
I was not impressed with expert Mike Aubrey. The Chinatown comparable (virtual tour) he pushed on Jesse didn’t have parking included while the Madrigal Lofts unit does. Mike failed to acknowledge this important difference. Perhaps he was too distracted by his hang up with Jesse’s 3/4 height bedroom walls to properly evaluate the comps. How much of a concern is bedroom privacy in a 1BR unit anyway? In the end Jesse trusted his instincts and took his unit off the market rather than drop the price to Aubrey’s suggested level.
One could happily spend an evening ensconced in the up-front booths, sipping a Moscow Mule at brothers Derek and Tom Brown’s Chinatown-area bar. But in terms of speakeasy appeal, you can’t beat the reservation-only Columbia Room in the back.
The Passenger is located at 1021 7th Street NW. For past blog coverage on this bar visit the Passenger tag.
Reader Chris Chan sent a heads up that he will be on an episode of HGTV’s My First Place this Thursday at 8pm.
For Chris Chan, buying a home in Chinatown would allow him to stay close to work in Washington D.C. and also stay connected to his heritage in a neighborhood he grew to love as a renter. After a long search in this expensive city and some tough negotiating, he finally gets a good deal on his dream condo. But surprise lending restrictions on new construction bring everything to a halt. For months, the only thing Chris can do is wait and wonder whether he’ll ever get to close on his first place.
“As of the first of the year, fewer than 100 new units will be available and all one-bedroom units are projected to be gone by March,” said David Mayhood, president of the Mayhood Company, which markets and sells condos. “With no new condominiums under construction, the current inventory will be gone by mid to late 2010.”
The December ’09 edition of Washingtonian magazine includes a 10 page feature on The Best of Penn Quarter.
A liberal definition of PQ allows some MVT bonafides to join in on the celebratory press. Taylor Gourmet was mentioned among the Best Sandwiches and the neighborhood’s condos and apartments nearly swept the real estate superlatives. Washingtonian bestowed the the following titles on the residential high rises north of Mass: City Vista K (Most Convenient), The V Apartments (Best Incentives), Madrigal Lofts (Best Lobby) and Yale Lofts (Best Backstory).
Absolute Thai was singled out as a hidden gem by Shakespeare Theatre Company’s artistic director Michael Kahn who said “(I enjoy) a wonderful drink called the Cha Cha and my favorite food to order is the pad Thai.”
Much, much more is in the issue which is on sale for just $3.95.