Coming Soon! | 2314 Shannon Place SE

I am very excited to showcase 2314 Shannon Place SE as a COMING SOON listing, expected to hit the market on July 19, 2018. Just two doors down from my first home (purchased many moons ago), this little row home that could (and would) was in very, very bad shape when purchased by the property’s owner in 2017. See below for some photos of the property’s condition back then.

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Fast forward to now, July 2018, and the property’s restoration and transformation are complete and merit a visit. Please reach out to me at should you not already have a buyer’s agent. (Redfin/Trulia/Zillow, etc. Browsers: COMING SOON properties are not publicly listed until they are live. If you want a head start, reach out now!)

The seller wants you (the occasional blog reader and/or potential buyer) to know the following:

(1)   “The property that greets you today did not look so good in 2017. Its rehabilitation has been a true labor of love. Ask K questions about materials used, or anything else that might come to mind.

(2)   #Anacostiarocks. Leaving the DMV was unexpected. Work obligations required a move … very, very far away. There is a vibrant community in Anacostia. From ListServs to group runs to community outings … it’s all pretty awe-inspiring. Home.

(3)   UrbanLand Company (ULC) hosts great Happy Hour Opens, with the first at 2314 Shannon Place SE on July 19th!”

While still one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Washington, DC, Anacostia home prices have risen 19 percent! Online data shows that sixty percent of sales in Anacostia were on the market for ten days or less, and that the median days on market for homes in the neighborhood during the first quarter of 2018 came in at just ten days — the lowest total on record for Anacostia.

Some more highlights, according to the Washingtonian’s Best of Washington:

Waterfront City … Navy Yard, the Wharf, the Anacostia River
— Summer Venue … Nationals Stadium (one metro stop away from Anacostia station!)

And, it if I still have your attention. Beyond the up-and-coming, new development glitz and glam, Anacostia is about community and grit. We do an annual Nip & Sip Event to get to know our neighbors. Residents open their doors and prepare meals and drinks to share with each other. The 11th Street Bridge Park project continues to gain momentum, aiming to do more than connect disparate neighborhoods; the community-led process hopes to spur inclusive development. And, residents continue to hold the Mayor accountable, whether through the Historic Preservation of Derelict District Property Act of 2016, which bestowed four derelict homes that have sat vacant for years in the Historic Anacostia neighborhood to the L’Enfant Trust for rehabilitation, or the Big K project, and ensuring its special merit designation meet both the affordable housing and Class A retail needs residents deserve.

Buy 2314 Shannon Place SE and join our crew? I sure hope so!

(Update: Under Contract) Hot Home in #Anacostia | 1137 Chicago Street SE

Hot Home Alert! Perfect opportunity to own just blocks away from the Anacostia metro! Ready for your creative vision or occupy as-is. Be a part of exciting neighborhood developments including the first Busboys and Poets east of the river, the 11th Street Bridge Park (first elevated DC park), and the MLK Gateway Project. Plan your visit ASAP, offers are due July 2nd at noon. Full listing details available here.

Open House this Saturday (June 30th) from 1-3pm.




Displacement in D.C.

Take a moment to check out this great Op-Ed by Scott Kratz, vice president of Building Bridges Across the River. #Anacostia

“By working intentionally, early and with the community, we resolutely believe residents have a right to be heard, a right to stay and a right to thrive in this city that we call home.”

Getting a Building Permit

When applying for a building permit with DCRA, as the homeowner in years past I have used the Homeowner’s Center (excellent resource!) or used the Postcard Permit online system. Not so for this next rehabilitation, my biggest to date. Review Cycle Three (3) begins. Fingers crossed this next round leads to a building permit so that work can finally begin! In the interim, the mowing season is upon us and the weeds and grass sure do grow … way too fast.

Value and Style | 420 16th Street SE Unit 203

Check out this UrbanLand Company #ULC blog post which takes a closer look at 1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom listings in and around Capitol Hill. 420 16th Street Unit 203 has original wood floors, a modern kitchen, W/D, private storage, and even provides the option to purchase one of the building’s only five parking spaces. Haven’t checked out Unit 203 yet?! Fight the cold and do so this week!

Open House | 420 16th Street SE Unit 203

Just blocks to Eastern Market, come home to a beautifully upgraded condo featuring original wood floors, a modern kitchen w/ granite+stainless steel appliances, ample closet space, a W/ D in-unit, and ONLY ONE OF FIVE parking spaces for the entire 30-unit building! Four Twenty Condos offers outdoor space with grills and bike racks. Also, pet-friendly and includes extra storage space.

Upcoming Open Houses | Call 202-827-6855

Saturday, Jan 13 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday, Jan 14 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Funded Justice Campaign for Anacostia

As many of you know, I’m a resident of Anacostia, a neighborhood that many in Washington, DC continue to associate with crime, poverty, and disrepair. I write this post in the hope that you will support a community effort to hire legal counsel to defend the Historic Preservation of Derelict District Properties Act of 2016 and the promised Class A retail making up an integral part of the Big K Special Merit Project. You can find details here, but I also find it important to share my perspective on why your support is invaluable.

When I first moved to Anacostia, I began a blog to document my home’s renovation. As I wrote in March 2011, “[my home’s] run-down state illustrates exhaustion and neglect, and for too long the ability to find resonance in an area of the District many continue to associate with these same characteristics.”

In the years that have passed, many homes that once stood abandoned are now filled with (human) life. Small businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists have also taken root, fostering a community that is diverse and vibrant. There is an energy within Anacostia that grows with each passing day – an energy rooted in community, creativity, and respect.

New EoTR homeowners

In the years that have passed, I have also witnessed the dark side of local D.C. politics, namely the failed promise of new, quality investments and a better quality of life for those that call my East of the River neighborhood home.

Whereas residents have come together time and time again to plead our case for (1) why we support an affordable housing plan for the District that does not concentrate poverty in any one neighborhood; (2) why we believe it is wrong for historic homes to be held vacant and blighted by the District’s Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD); and, (3) why we seek to really be a part of the processes and parameters used by the District of Columbia government to decide how best to revitalize our commercial corridor, our voices are ignored.

The lack of transparency in the actions taken (or lack thereof) and the disregard by the District of Columbia’s leadership for Anacostia must stop. This is why, friends, I humbly ask for your support in this effort to raise monies so that we can seek legal counsel to hold our elected officials accountable. Enough is enough.

Anacostia – alongside other East of the River neighborhoods – should not remain a place to be avoided rather than one to proudly call home. The District of Columbia government should play a key role in this effort.

Demolition by Neglect | Holding DC Government Accountable

East of the river, the Anacostia Historic District has experienced years of disinvestment. The neighborhood contains numerous irreplaceable historic buildings that are vacant and suffering from demolition by neglect. Most disturbing are the historic homes held vacant & blighted for years (even decades) by the District’s Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD).” Read more here:


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