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Same Size, Different Massing: A Fresh Approach for the Superfresh Redevelopment

Three years ago, Valor Development gave the Spring Valley and American University Park neighborhoods a glimpse of a proposed development which would replace the shopping center that previously hosted a Superfresh grocery store at 4330 48th Street NW (map). After encountering consistent opposition from a dedicated cohort of neighbors, the development team is returning with a slightly less imposing project. Previous rendering of the development seen from the Spring Valley Shopping Center. Last night, Valor presented a new iteration of the project at a meeting of ANC 3E. In the new design, the primary building is almost a floor shorter, shifting the massing away from the streetfront and shifting the configuration of the residences; the smaller building is gone; and the grocery store is nearly 2,000 square…

The 15 Hottest Restaurants in D.C., October 2018

Including Chevy Chase newcomer, Little Beast (topping the list!), this delicious list is your guide on where to eat right now around the DMV. More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: “Where should I eat right now?” Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a new project, where to sip the cocktail of the moment. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering trusted standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change often to continually highlight where discerning diners are flocking to right now. There’s been an avalanche of D.C. restaurant openings this year,…

The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019

Here are the broad trends and innovations expected to shape the real estate industry next year. The Urban Land Institute’s annual look at the year ahead focuses on technology and transformation at an uncertain moment. It’s complicated. In the course of compiling its annual Emerging Trends report, the Urban Land Institute found that the only certainty in its outlook for 2019 was uncertainty. Expert analysis points to a more complex, multi-layered series of overlapping trends, with unpredictable results, as opposed to a few strong narratives. Will technology offer more opportunity and enhance competition and efficiency, or help consolidate the industry and drive out smaller players? How will shifts in demographics and shopping patterns challenge current investment practices? Will the U.S. ever get a grip on its…

Which Local Schools Have the Most Graduates Go on to the Ivy League?

Surprise: The top three schools are public, not private Some Washington parents spend as much as $43,000 a year to send their child to a private high school. A good education is the top goal, of course, but there’s often another: getting their son or daughter into an Ivy League college. Private schools can sometimes be secretive about sharing data such as how many of their students get into elite colleges. But now, thanks to research by PolarisList, first reported locally by the Washington Business Journal, we have a peek at which high schools in this region, both public and private, had the most alumni graduate from Harvard, Princeton, and MIT—three schools that top the Ivy rankings—between 2015 and 2017. Number one on the list is not a surprise: Thomas…

One of the Country’s Best Destination Spas Is Actually Close to DC

Everything at this retreat in Pennsylvania is calm. Escape the city and treat yourself to a day away where classes, cooking demos and massages are available in addition to spa treatments. A spa weekend can be a reset, maybe even a transformative experience. For that to happen, quiet is not required—but it helps. Pennsylvania’s modern-rustic Lodge at Woodloch was built—and recently refreshed—for tranquility. Glass, wood, and water reflect its dedication to being a true destination spa. Sure, it’s beautiful and has creative, healthful cuisine and interesting guest speakers, but the reason to drive five hours is the peace you find there. When you emerge from a massage or return from a walk in the woods, you won’t encounter screaming children or earnest tennis players rushing through the…

Chevy Chase’s New Italian Restaurant Is a Nostalgic Blast From the Past

Cozy eatery I’m Eddie Cano opens for dinner service on Tuesday, October 9 on Connecticut Avenue. The restaurant will feature a two-fold menu with Americanized Italian dishes on one side and authentic Italian staples on the other. 25 varieties of Wine, cocktails, prosecco and beer will also be served.  Chevy Chase newcomer I’m Eddie Cano brings the neighborhood a retro respite to sample Italy’s greatest pasta hits and knock back Vespers — the martini made famous by James Bond — all while Italian film stars like Sophia Loren watch over diners below. “We pulled from that romantic era of 1970s Italy of Vespas and espressos — a peak time of Italian culture that really boomed in America at that time,” says executive chef James Gee, a former…

Air Force One replica to open for tours at National Harbor

Now here is a rare opportunity to experience a behind the scenes of the most private plane in the world. A replica of Air Force One will open to the public on October 19. A full-size replica of Air Force One is expected to arrive at National Harbor in Prince George’s County on Oct. 1 and and be open for public tours from Oct. 19 through the end of 2018. The 747 model of the presidential plane is scheduled to arrive at 701 National Harbor Boulevard, next to Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, by barge from Rhode Island on Monday, October 1, between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Billed as the Air Force One Experience, the 90-minute tours starting 18 days later—which are part of an initiative…

D.C. approves regulations on short-term rentals like those available through Airbnb

Although a Second vote is still needed, new rules are poised to go into effect in the coming months. The Bill introduces new licensing requirements for renting out housing units listed on digital platforms. In addition, the legislation includes civil penalties for operating illegal short-term rentals.  The District took a major step toward reigning in short-term rental activity on Tuesday, when the D.C. Council unanimously approved new licensing requirements for renting out housing units commonly listed on digital platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Lawmakers also approved a prohibition on property owners renting out secondary homes on a short-term basis, and an annual 90-day ceiling on rentals of primary residences when the homeowner is not present. Although another vote is required in the coming weeks before the bill is sent…

José Andrés and Team Have Fed More Than 80,000 Hurricane Florence Victims

Well known for DC Central Kitchen, which combats hunger and creates opportunities with culinary training, José Andrés has been involved here locally for the past 20 years. Since 2010 World Central Kitchen has been helping on a grand scale internationally. Following the devastation of Hurricane Florence, humanitarian chef José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen are on the ground providing meals and water to residents of North and South Carolina. Per recent tweets from Andrés, it seems the hunger relief group currently has two kitchens set up in Wilmington and Raleigh, and is working with FEMA, the Red Cross, state emergency management agencies, and the military to transport meals to shelters in numerous other cities. WCK is also making meal deliveries to EMTs and first…

Sweetgreen’s First Market Opens This Week With Frozen Yogurt and Local Produce

The Tavern takes over the salad chain's original storefront in Georgetown. In addition to partnering with local groups to create one-of-a-kind offerings, the frozen yogurt Sweetflow is back! While you won't be able to customize your Sweetgreen salad in-store, you can order one online and pick it up at the Tavern. Sweetgreen is returning to its very first location in Georgetown on Tuesday as it celebrates the opening of the Tavern, a grocery with an emphasis on all things local and healthy. The iconic 500-square-foot cottage-like spot was home to a hamburger joint called Little Tavern before 2007, when three Georgetown University students turned it into a salad shop. The owners hope their new market will deliver a similar resource Georgetown sorely needs—fresh, high-quality groceries and goods from local…

Loudoun County to host nation’s largest indoor ropes course

Summit Ropes in Loudoun County could be an oasis of indoor fun for kids during the cold months. The Nearly 17,000-square-foot is due to open by February. Business partners Amy Stuart and Daniel Kasabian are building what they describe as the largest indoor ropes course in the United States in about half of the interior of an old industrial building in Sterling in Loudoun County. The 16,550-square-foot course, called Summit Ropes, is due to open by February 2019 at 44810 Old Ox Road. The claim to fame—that of the largest such indoor course in the U.S.—is based not on the square-footage, but on the number of rope elements, Kasabian told the Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer: There will be 120 rope obstacles—or elements—between poles. Bulgaria-based…

Compass Is Said to Raise Funds at $4.4 Billion Valuation

Compass, a real-estate marketplace startup, raised $400 million in an investment round that will bring the company closer to an eventual initial public offering. After the investment, the New York-based company will have a $4.4 billion valuation, a person familiar with the matter said. The financing will help Compass expand its real-estate technology into more cities, including outside the U.S., the firm said in a statement. The Softbank Vision Fund and Qatar Investment Authority are leading the round, Compass said. The company expects growth in 2018 to double to almost $1 billion in revenue, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is confidential. Compass makes its money by taking a small cut of each transaction coordinated by its real-estate…

Two Offers or More: A Look at DC’s Multiple Bid Neighborhoods

UrbanTurf analyzed legal and advertised subdivisions in DC that have at least twenty home sales in 2018. Neighborhoods all east of the Anacostia River where the contract ratio has been above 200 percent in the second quarter. Marshall Heights, Congress Heights and Randle Heights are leading the way so far this year. The fierce competition in the DC housing market continues to be concentrated on the east side of the city. An updated look at the neighborhoods in DC where homes for sale are garnering multiple bids reveals that, aside from a handful, these neighborhoods are concentrated in the eastern section of the city. Leading the way are Marshall Heights, Congress Heights and Randle Heights, all neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River where the contract…

Your Guide to Georgetown Right Now

From What's New to What's Best and What's Classic and much more. This extensive list is sure to provide everyone with something new to try. From the Washingtonian here is Where to eat, shop, and explore right now. The best of What you should know about Georgetown—right now. What’s New Wawa on Wisconsin The Pennsylvania convenience-store chain with a cult following opened its first DC location in December, and in less than a year its kiosks and lines for hoagies have been packed every day at lunchtime. Now Wawa has announced it’s coming to Georgetown, causing some well-manicured hands to reach pearlward. The store will replace high-end furnishings favorite Restoration Hardware at 1222 Wisconsin Avenue. But Wawa says it can fit in with its Wisconsin Avenue neighbors,…

D.C.’s 2019 Michelin Stars, Mapped

There are 20 stars across the DMV, from the Inn at Little Washington to Tail Up Goat. See the complete list below and know where to go for the finest of dining in and round D.C. 1. The Inn at Little Washington 309 Middle St Washington, VA 22747 (540) 675-3800 Visit Website Self-taught chef Patrick O’Connell, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the world renowned Washington, Va. dining destination, now operates the first and only D.C. area restaurant with three stars. Pan-seared veal tenderloin with taleggio cheese and cracked pepper ravioli in tomato cream at Inn at Little Washington. Inn at Little Washington/Facebook 2. Minibar 855 E St NW Washington, DC 20004 (202) 393-0812 Visit Website Restaurateur José Andrés’ imaginative food lab holds steady at two stars.…

How to Prepare Your Home to Weather a Storm Like Hurricane Florence

While checking to see if flooding is covered in your home or renters' insurance policy can be one of the easiest and most important things to do prior to a large storm, there are other items to check off your list in order to be prepared. Clearing out gutters and ensuring exterior drains are functioning can make a huge difference in avoiding damage. Below are some more tips. After record levels of rain this year and with the impending landfall of Hurricane Florence, the DC region continues to be tested when it comes to storm preparedness. Below are some tips as to how best prepare your home prior to a storm arriving. Make sure your home is secure. Clear out gutters and ensure exterior drains…

6 Great Weekend Adventures This Fall

Exercise is better when it's paired with gorgeous scenery and good food. Does your perfect day trip combine something active with a relaxing lunch or a drink? No sweat, then—these six outings are for you. A Catered Canoe Trip “If you don’t want to get wet and muddy, golf is your thing—not kayaking,” says Mike Dudash, a guide with River & Trail Outfitters, by way of introduction. We are 15 not-yet-drenched-or-dirty kayakers gathered on the expansive lawn of the Newcomer House at the eastern edge of Antietam National Battlefield. We’ll put into Antietam Creek for a leisurely three-hour paddle, punctuated by some adrenaline-inducing rapids, wildlife sightings, and history lessons. But first, we eat. A caterer from nearby Sharpsburg, Maryland, has laid out a midmorning spread that would make even a…

The 5 DC Neighborhoods With a One-Month Housing Supply

Since prices reaching record highs over the summer and evidence that buyer demand is softening, signs are pointing toward inventories increasing and thus buyers having more options. This fall, there will be a number of questions about the DC housing market that will determine its trajectory. Will rising rates and prices dampen buyer demand? Will the market swing back in favor of buyers, as a result? And will the long-running inventory shortage finally end? Today, we address (a part) of the last question by looking at the five neighborhoods in DC where the inventory of homes for sale is hovering around a month or less. For the second quarter of the year, the markets in Brightwood, Randle Heights and Takoma have all essentially had a month’s…

Here is How Many More Apartments The DC Area Will Need if the Region Lands Amazon

An analysis assumes that Amazon's future 2nd headquarters will bring 50,000 jobs. The DC area already has a robust apartment development pipeline, with 37,340 units expected to deliver in the next three years. As the twenty locales on Amazon's shortlist for a second headquarters wait with bated breath for news of a selection, many have speculated how the arrival of the economic behemoth would affect the housing market. Now, a new HotPads analysis has quantified what the selected city would need to do to keep its rental market stable. If Amazon selects any of the three local jurisdictions that are on the finalist list, the DC area would need to deliver an additional 2,600 apartments to the market each year to meet demand and keep rents growing at their…

Photos: The 10 Most Expensive Homes Sold in Washington in August

A historic mansion with nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and three half-baths on prime Georgetown real estate, is the most expensive house sold in August. Some of the most luxurious homes in DC closed last month. Take a look below! #10 Where: 2408 California St., NW How much: $3,055,000 This five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath spot in Kalorama has been renovated top-to-bottom, with a gourmet kitchen, a basement in-law suite, a sunroom, and backyard gardens. #9 Where: 4100 37th St. N, Arlington How much: $3,125,000 With six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and two half-baths, this home sitting on almost an acre has plenty of room—not to mention the backyard with a basketball court, batting cage, hot tub, and fire pit. #8 Where: 3122 Newark St. NW How much: $3,200,000 The historic five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home…

What Do Top Chefs in the DC Area Pack Their Kids for Lunch?

Look inside these creative lunchboxes (and you'll wish you were a kid again). Chefs and restaurateurs are just like any parents—they want fill their children’s lunchboxes with healthful, delicious food (that their kids will actually eat). That being said, they often get a little more creative with their cooking, sourcing, and presentation. We asked nine restaurant industry families to let us look inside their lunchboxes. The parents: Javier Candon, owner of Ser and Joselito, and communications strategist Christiana Campos. The kids: Lucas Candon, 12, and Luna Candon, 8. “Luna will try anything once,” Campos says. “Lucas is less adventurous. So it’s challenging.” Another rub: Neither likes sandwiches. Lucas gets a thermos of spaghetti cacio e pepe, plus romaine-lettuce spears and apple slices with lemon. Luna, who likes “cute foods,” eats turkey “lollipops”…

D.C. will break ground on part of the RFK Stadium campus redevelopment this week

New recreational fields are coming to the site next spring. City leaders plan to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for new multipurpose recreational fields at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium campus on Wednesday as the inaugural piece of the sports complex’s $489 million redevelopment. Twenty-seven acres of asphalt parking lots will be transformed into community amenities, according to Events DC, the District’s sports and entertainment authority. Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed next spring. The redevelopment plans call for 217,000 square feet of recreational fields that will be used for soccer, baseball, and lacrosse. The fields will lie next to a new picnic and playground area and connect to the existing Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and pedestrian/bike paths. They are estimated to cost $32 million.…

AU Park Remains One of DC’s Fastest Moving Housing Markets

The housing market in American University Park continues to be one of the most competitive and fastest moving markets in DC. Here are the three statistical metrics that illustrate the climate of the market in AU Park: The average sales price to list price ratio so far in 2018 sits at 101.5 percent, the second highest level in the city and an indication that homes are regularly selling for above list price in the neighborhood. 65 percent of homes sold in AU Park this year did so within the first ten days of hitting the market. At just 6 days, the median days on market for homes in the neighborhood is the lowest for any legal subdivision in DC. The inventory of homes for sale…

We’re Growing!

  We are thrilled to announce the recent growth of our team. It has always been our goal to provide an exceptional experience for our clients and to bring the greatest level of sophistication to each transaction. We've recently joined forces with several seasoned agents who share this desire and vision. To learn more about our agents, click HERE.

Homes Perfect For Outdoor Entertaining This Spring

While the spring weather may be a little delayed this year, we're thinking ahead to sunnier days. We've curated a collection of the homes on the market with the best outdoor spaces for spring entertaining. We'd gladly host or attend a spring time celebration at any of these beautiful homes. Below are a few of the spaces - to see more, visit our full Collection HERE.  

Best of Dupont Circle, DC

Image Source: Washington.org Named after Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont, Dupont Circle, DC is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. The area is known for its stunning rowhouses as well as the iconic traffic circle. Dupont Circle, DC is also home to the Embassies of Uzbekistan, Grenada and many others. Within the neighborhood, there’s a residential area called Striver’s Section. Frederick Douglass owned a few of the homes in this particular area. The Dupont Circle Fountain is a landmark in the neighborhood and stands as a great place for a fun photo op or a picnic. On a day when the weather is nice, grab a book and sit beside the fountain and enjoy the neighborhood ambiance. When visiting this neighborhood, don’t…

Best of Capitol Hill

As the largest historic neighborhood in the District of Columbia, Capitol Hill stands out as one of the most famous neighborhoods in the entire world. It is famously known as the beloved home of the United States Congress. Capitol Hill covers parts of both Northeast and Southeast DC. The Navy Yard, the Anacostia River, and the National Mall surround Capitol Hill. With so much history and culture in this one neighborhood alone, it’s understandably challenging to figure out where to start to enjoy and soak in all Capitol Hill has to offer. Here’s a list to help you experience the best that Capitol Hill has to offer. Congress –There is a protocol, so plan this trip in advance. Plus, when you plan in advance, you’ll…

House and Home Exhibit at the National Building Museum

One of the most beautiful parts of living in a city like D.C. involves living amongst so much rich culture and history. One of the more popular museums is the National Building Museum. This place isn’t only a dream museum for architects and real estate enthusiasts. The National Building Museum features a lot of fun and frequently changing exhibits each year. Many people have enjoyed past exhibits like The Beach Ball Pit in 2015 and the Hive Installation that’s currently standing until September 4th. Currently, the House and Home Exhibit is at the National Building Museum and is proving to be an attractive outing for families all across the region. This exhibit uses different types of media to display how things have shaped how we…

Pullman Place DC

Located at 911 2nd Street, NE Washington, DC, Pullman Place DC is the home to 42 luxury condominiums. This stunning complex is located in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Pullman Place DC has been coined as the “new class of address” and offers a lifestyle that’s equivalent to royalty. If you’re a fan of the Union Market, living here will allow you to be really close to the fabulous market. Pullman Place is also only two blocks away from Union Station and it’s very close to the NoMa Metro stop. This development is currently at 75 percent occupancy for good reason. The building itself is a stunning experience with a custom-designed lobby, a fitness center and a rooftop lounge with a grilling area. Outdoor ambiance…

The Elysium Residences in Logan Circle, DC

If you’d like to experience a quiet ambiance in the midst of the busy district, Elysium Logan is the ideal residential spot. The condo development is strategically located in the residential neighborhood of Logan Circle, DC yet is still close to the entertainment hotspots of 14th Street. When most people think of a D.C. neighborhood with quiet, residential streets and loads of retail charm, they think of Georgetown. Logan Circle is quickly rising as a formidable threat to that position. Many young people are realizing the beauty of Logan Circle, DC and with well-appointed condos like Elysium, it’s hard to see a better option. Elysium Logan’s condos range from $450,000 to $3.2 million. The condos are one and two bedroom units. The bathrooms in each…

Outdoor Pools in DC

When the weather's warm, it's great to soak in a pool and cool down. If you live in the city and don't have access to a pool in your neighborhood, learn where to find great pools in DC.

Logan Circle in Washington, DC

Not only is Logan Circle an actual traffic circle in Washington, D.C., it also stands as a historic and residential neighborhood. This D.C. neighborhood is located in between the Shaw and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. Mt. Vernon Square, Penn Quarter and the U Street Corridor also border it. Upon driving to the area, you'll see a large bronze statute proudly standing in the center of Logan Circle. At a closer glance, you'll realize it's an equestrian. The equestrian is also the man that this area is named after. General John A. Logan was a famed army commander during the Civil War. He also served as a U.S. representative and an Illinois state senator. When he lived in Logan Circle, it was originally named Iowa Circle. Congress…

Enjoy Outdoor Movies In DC This Summer

There’s nothing quite like summertime in the District. The weather is warm and there are so many fun activities enjoy. Even if you just drive down a few blocks within any pocket of the city, you’ll easily see some folks enjoying soccer on one of the fields and others enjoying fine dining on rooftop terraces. A common pastime involves the classic outdoor movies in DC. It’s a great way to spend an evening after a long day at work. It’s perfect for a date night or a night out with the whole family. Just grab a blanket or a lawn chair. Pack a few delicious snacks and enjoy the ambiance of a great movie under the open sky. If you’ve never tried this type of…

Wegmans in DC: The Announcement of Its First Store

At the International Council of Shopping Center’s annual Recon meeting in Las Vegas last month, Wegmans announced exciting new plans to expand their base and build a location right here in the Nation’s Capital. The 80,000 square-foot store will be housed in the Fannie Mae headquarters on Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. Fannie Mae plans to move out of the complex next year. Once the development process…

Westlight: Innovative Design, Privileged Perks, and an Unbeatable Location For Real Estate in Washington, DC

It is not unusual these days to see crowds gathering around Washington, D.C.  However, what is unusual is to see people lined up for a condominium presale.  Yes, that is right – people lined up to purchase real estate in Washington, DC!  That is exactly what happened on a cold day last November when buyers camped out overnight to be the first on a presale list…

Living in Georgetown

When you visit Georgetown, it feels like you are stepping back in time. Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Graham Bell, and John F. Kennedy have all called Georgetown home. It is, in fact, the oldest neighborhood in Washington, D.C.  Because the homes are often interspersed between various boutiques and major retail stores, Georgetown residents get to be in the heart of all the action. Georgetown University also proudly…

Own a Piece of History in the Heart of Capitol Hill DC

Take an old school building, an ideal location, and a bit of creativity and what do you get?  A new development located in the heart of Capitol Hill DC.  The residences at Buchanan Park offer a unique blend of history, convenience, and luxury. Located at the intersection of 13th & D Streets Southeast, Buchanan Park is within walking distance of the Eastern Market Metro station and…

Things To Do in DC Right Now

We've rounded up the best events around DC in the coming days!

Wardman Tower Has Arrived

In case you missed our first blog post…

Where to Watch March Madness

Restaurants and bars all around DC are hosting events and offering food and drink specials for March Madness. Check out a few great options below with great specials and even better televisions. Jack Rose Dining Saloon DRINKS: $5 draft beers, $7 specialty punch and $9 whiskey drinks FOOD: Half-priced snacks including fried oysters, whiskey wings, fried mac & cheese and crispy chicken skins. 2007 18th Street NW, www.jackrosediningsaloon.com The Partisan FOOD: $3 select charcuterie 709 D Street NW; www.thepartisandc.com Rustico Happy hour all day from March 16 to March 19, and March 23 to March 26, including $2 off all drafts. 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA; www.rusticorestaurant.com Mason Social DRINKS: Beer specials FOOD: $7 bacon jalapeno poppers and chili cheese nachos 728 North Henry Street, Alexandria,…

Things to Do in DC Right Now

Things to do in DC this week. From world renowned art exhibits to head-shaving fundraisers, we’ve rounded up things to do in DC this week.

Just Listed: New Elevator Townhomes in Bethesda

Just Listed in Bethesda 11 New Elevator Townhomes Phase 1 of Sales Has Begun Brookes Ridge is a privately set community of 11 elevator townhomes and one…

Coming Soon to Kalorama: 1848 Biltmore

We find properties for our clients before they even go on the market. 1848 Biltmore is a new development featuring five residences. Previously a traditional Victorian Home, the interiors are elegantly traditional while incorporating modern amenities. Several of the units feature private outdoor space and all are filled with natural light. Heres a unit breakdown: Unit 1: 2 Bed, 2 Bath and approximately 800 sf Unit 2: 1 Bed, 1 Bath and approximately 700 sf Unit 3: 3 Bed, 3 bath and approximately 1500 sf…

Featured New Development: Buchanan Park

Ideally nestled in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Buchanan Park will feature thoughtfully designed town homes and condos. Buchanan Park spans one block on the hill and in many ways will be a community in itself.

Valentines Day Festivities in DC

Whether you are celebrating with a significant other or friends (hello, Galentines...), we've rounded up the best Valentines Day festivities in DC this year. Compass Rose Where: 1346 T Street NW When: Three seatings on February 14th at 5PM, 7PM and 9PM What: Compass Rose will transform their entire restaurant into a "magical, lantern-lit North African market." Each ticket for dinner will includes a glass of bubbly, two items from their North African-inspired menu. Additional items can be ordered a la carte. Compass Rose is offering two types of tables - intimate tables for two and larger tables for groups. Cost: $50/person *Tickets Required* - To reserve your ticket, visit THIS website. Hank's Cocktail Bar Where: 819 Upshur Street NW When: February 14th, 4PM-10PM What: Unlimited select cocktails…

Incredible Opportunity in Wesley Heights

At the Reishman Group, we spend countless hours searching for and seeking off market opportunities for our clients. We want our clients to know about the best properties before any one else. When we came across this incredible opportunity in Wesley Heights, we had to share with you all. So, are you looking for your dream house? We've found a property in Wesley Heights with the opportunity to customize your dream home. This home will be priced at around $3M and featured 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The property includes incredible outdoor space privately positioned next to Glover Park. Interested in learning more? Contact us!

Brookland New Development: Otis Place Flats

Just steps from the Brookland Metro stop and the Monroe Market, the much anticipated Otis Place Flats have arrived. Our architect and developer friends at SGA Companies, along with Harbor Builders, have created 16 bi-level town home style homes that are absolutely stunning. Each home features two bedrooms and two and a half baths, along with a spacious living/dining area framed by large windows and a gorgeous, modern kitchen. Otis Place Flats offers an incredible opportunity to join the vibrant Brookland community.

Our Favorite New Listings

Incredible new properties have hit the market this week. We've rounded up a few of our favorites.

New Development Spotlight: The Hall House at Alexander Hall

In November we announced the opening of SGA Companies’ development Alexander Hall and its Church Residences. You can read our review of their three stunning condos, but this week we are proud to announce that The Hall House is now on the market.

Design Trends We Love: Beautiful Windows

Buyers often have an abundance of “must haves” on their home wish lists, and big, beautiful windows consistently top the list. The good news is developers realize this and go above and beyond to incorporate stunning windows into their designs. Below are some of our favorite properties with remarkable windows and wonderful natural light.

The Importance Of A Home Inspection

Buying a home is one of life's most expensive investments, so you need to make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign on the dotted line. That is why a home inspection is one of the most crucial steps in the home buying process. To begin the inspection process, work with your agent to find a certified home inspector. It is a certified home inspector's job to “look under the hood” and make sure everything meets or exceeds current regulatory and safety standards. The American Home Inspector Training Institute (AHITI) indicates a thorough home inspection can take anywhere from 1-5 hours, depending on the size and condition of the property. A basic home inspection consists of checking the structure, exterior, roof, electrical, plumbing,…

Ways To Give Back To Your Community

Whether you relocated for a job, followed a partner, came for school, or followed a dream – DC has become your home. Over the years, DC has given us so much, and we want to start the new year off right by establishing a trend of thankfulness for our city, its communities, its people, and of course, its real estate. In order to promote thankfulness, we wanted to highlight ways that we can give back. Below are four DC-based charities that are doing spectacular things for members of our community experiencing homelessness or hunger.

Escaping The Inauguration Crowds

The inauguration is about to bring an estimated 800,000 visitors to DC and with it, many road closures. Despite the historic nature of any inaugural activities, the influx of visitors into our quaint city can add a bit of a headache. The amount expected this weekend is enough visitors to more than double the city's current population, causing many to forego political events and escape the city completely. The good news is that the regions surrounding DC have a lot to offer those seeking an escape. If enjoying green spaces with a nice glass of wine is your thing, check out a local winery. The Olney Winery in Maryland and the Winery at Bull Run in Virginia both make for wonderful day trips and are less than an hour from…

What 1.5m Buys You In DC

With the Obamas, Ivanka Trump, and Jeff Bezos all purchasing multi-million dollar homes throughout the District, we wondered what was available just above the million dollar mark. If you are looking in the 1.2-1.5 million dollar price range, here are some homes that could be perfect for you. 1837 Wyoming Avenue Northwest, Unit C $1,499,000 | 2 Beds | 2.5 Baths 5119 Newport Avenue $1,395,000 | 4 Beds | 3 Baths     1177 22nd Street Northwest, Unit 1E $1,349,900 | 2 Beds | 2.5 Baths All photos courtesy of MRIS

Uber Announces: “Movement”

Recently, Uber announced their intentions to release their global ride sharing data to the world, free of charge. DC, along with Manila and Sydney, will be the first three cities to have their data released.

Mega Mansion Spotlight

On Tuesday, January 10th, UrbanTurf released an article announcing that the 29,000 square foot Textile Museum in Dupont was being converted into one of DC’s largest single family homes.

Road Closures For Inauguration Weekend

As the inauguration draws near, the Secret Service has prepared a complete list of road closures and no parking zones for Thursday, January 19th through Saturday, January 21st.

Open Houses This Weekend

Looking to get out of the house this weekend? Compass agents throughout the DMV are showcasing some amazing properties Saturday and Sunday. Get out of the house and explore the market. 5912 9th Street Northwest, Unit 2 Washington, DC $369,900 | 2 Beds | 2 Baths Saturday, January 7th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm Sunday, January 8th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 2665 Prosperity Avenue, Unit 343 Fairfax, VA $320,000 | 1 Bed | 1 Bath Sunday, January 8th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm 6301 Stevenson Avenue, Unit 1308 Alexandria, VA $219,900 | 2 Beds | 2 Baths Sunday, January 8th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm 4516 Chestnut Street Bethesda, MD $1,489,000 | 6 Beds | 5.5 Baths Saturday, January 7th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm Sunday, January 8th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 4000…

New Year, New Home

If beginning the home buying process is one of your goals this year, before your search with an agent, you need to get pre-approved for a loan. Getting pre-approval has a number of benefits including, streamlining your search, better informing your agent, creating a stronger offer, and reducing stress. First, sit down with a financial advisor to review your finances and establish a reasonable budget. The market is full of homes that could be perfect for you, but out of your budget. Narrowing the field with a reasonable budget allows you to search efficiently, and find hidden gems that could have been overlooked with a generalized search. Working with an agent is the next step in the home buying process, and is made much easier…

What $750K Buys You In DC

The DMV’s real estate market has a wide variety of homes ranging from 22 million dollar mansions to beautiful and historic 300 thousand dollars studios, but many of our buyers fall in the $750,000 to $1.2 million range. For those looking more towards $750k, here are a sampling of the homes that fall within that price range: 2703 11th Street Northwest, Unit 2 Washington, DC Columbia Heights  $750,000 | 2 Beds | 2 Baths 3222 Cherry Hill Lane Northwest, Unit A2 Washington, DC Georgetown $699,000 | 2 Beds | 2 Baths 8920 Courts Way Silver Spring, MD $745,00 | 4 Beds | 4 Baths 1316 Main Line Boulevard Alexandria, VA $725,000 | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths All Photos Courtesy of MRIS  

Places to Ring In The New Year

The Riggsby New Years Eve Casino Royal What: To celebrate the arrival of 2017, The Riggsby will be hosting a grand casino affair offering an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and live music! Party like Gatsby and dress to impress. With the purchase of a ticket their guests will be issued chips to play a variety of table games and can cash in winnings to enter various raffle prizes. In addition to a variety of table games, admission also comes with: Open bar from 9pm-1am, a midnight champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres from 9pm-Midnight, live music (performer to be announced), and raffle prizes When: December 31, at 9:00 pm Where: 1731 New Hampshire Ave N.W. The Carlyle Hotel Taylor Room Washington, DC Cost: $125 Maketto’s New Years Eve What:…

Tips For Getting Around In The Snow

As 2016 comes to a close, the DMV region has yet to see lasting snowfall. While this has been wonderful so far, we know that snow is coming, bringing questions of how we get around. Below we cover WMATA and the City's plan for keeping us moving during, and after, a snowstorm.  WMATA: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or WMATA, has the enormous task of transporting approximately 710,000 rail and 424,000 bus passengers safely every weekday. WMATA, having learned the dangers of cold conditions, has outlined what you can expect during winter storms, summarized below.  Metrorail trains can operate safely with four to six accumulated inches of snow, however, if overly snowy conditions, ice, or extreme cold are present service may be delayed or…

Our Favorite Listings: Georgetown Edition

Beyond the White House, Capitol, and monuments, it’s Georgetown that captures the public’s imagination when they think about the glamor of old Washington. From Federal townhouses and Georgian mansions on gas-lit streets to the gothic spires of the university and the industrial chic of the waterfront, today’s Georgetown residents effortlessly combine tradition and trendiness. Check out three of our favorite on the market listings in Georgetown, each surrounded by history and a gem in the Georgetown landscape.   3245 N Street NW $9,995,000 | 6 Beds | 4 Baths | 5,680sq feet 3425 Prospect Street Northwest $7,750,000 | 9 Beds | 8 Baths | 6,433sq feet 3401 N Street Northwest $4,250,000 | 7 beds | 4.5 baths | 5,260sq feet

New Development Spotlight: The Helicopter Factory

Nestled between Shaw and Columbia Heights, the Helicopter Factory is a wonderful fusion of old and new. Developed by Brook Rose, the Helicopter Factory’s name is an homage to the property’s previous owner, Emile Berliner.

Our Favorite Listings: Kalorama Edition

Kalorama is a neighborhood in Northwest DC known for its stunning architecture, ornate embassies and grand private residences reserved for the elite. Kalorama once housed the beginnings of Joseph Hirschorn’s art collection and will soon be the post-White House home to the Obama’s. Take a look below at three of our favorite Kalorama listings currently on the market. Each residence is unique from the other, but stunning nonetheless. 2449 Tracy Place NW 6 Bed | 6.5 Bath | $5,600,000 (Photos courtesy of Homevisit via Gordon Beall) 2241 Bancroft Road NW 8 Beds | 4 Full & 3 Half Baths | $6,250,000 (Photos courtesy of MRIS) 1840 Wyoming Avenue NW 5 Beds | 3.5 Baths | For Rent: $10,500/month (Photo courtesy of MRIS) Want to learn more about…

Things To Do With Visiting Family

DC might be small but our city never lacks something to do. Check out our the following ideas for things to do with visiting family.

Federal Reserve Raises Key Interest Rate

For only the second time since 2008, the Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday the decision to raise their benchmark interest rate. When the benchmark rate rises, so does the cost of borrowing for banks. In turn, banks pass that additional cost on to the consumer in the form of increased interest rates for home mortgages. The Fed's raising of interest rates can be interpreted as a positive sign, as the decision reflects confidence in our economy.  In a press conference, Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, explained, “Our decision to raise rates should certainly be understood as a reflection of the confidence we have in the progress the economy has made.” While we are all for an improving economy, we realize that rising rates do impact…

Introducing: The Capitol Artist Collective

  There is a new show in town, and we are proud to share the news! The Capitol Artist Collective, is an online art gallery representing local, emerging artists, which launched this month. The Capitol Artist Collective showcases themed monthly sales where a portion of the sales is donated to a non-profit supporting our community. Lindsay's wife, Katharine Reishman, is the director of the Capitol Artist Collective, so we are even more thrilled to share these fabulous original paintings with you. Shop Local, Buy Local and feel great doing so. Visit http://capitol.artistcollectives.org/ to see for yourself! (Showcased here are two pieces by local artist, Lauren Adams. Available for purchase here and here)            

Our Favorite Holiday Drinks

As the holiday party season is upon us, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite cocktail recipes that are sure to make the party merry and bright.

Tips For Winterizing Your Home

Whether you find the season magical or miserable, winter is right around the corner. With snowfall predicted for Saturday, here are some helpful tips to keep your house cozy and cost effective throughout the season: Be sure to inspect your roof and clear your gutters. We know that getting the ladder out can be a hassle, but making sure your roof is leak proof and your gutters are clear can make a big difference through the season. Inspecting the roof now will also save you money in the summer when you are trying to keep the cold in and the heat out. Buy a shovel and purchase snowmelt. The city government requires the sidewalk in front of your home to be shoveled and clear during…

Family Friendly Things To Do This Weekend

Visit With Santa!!! What: Celebrate the season at the Newseum with a reading of the heart-warming editorial, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Afterward, the One-and-Only Macy’s Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance to read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and pose for photos with good boys and girls with music by the Figgy Puddings Holiday Carolers from the Washington National Opera. When: December 10, From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Where: The Newseum Costs: Kids 18 and younger will receive FREE ADMISSION to the Newseum that day if they bring a letter to put in Macy’s Believe Mailbox. (There will also be a table outside the Newseum where youth can fill out a letter on the spot). Macy’s will donate $1…

New Development Spotlight: Alexander Hall

We were given one of the best gifts this holiday season, an inside scoop on SGA Company’s Georgetown development, Alexander Hall. Located in Georgetown’s idyllic east village, just far enough from the hustle and bustle, but still close to the action. This new development features three stunning three-bedroom condos and one gigantic 5000 square foot house. The development is nestled by foliage which created a sense of privacy and exclusivity. Perhaps our favorite feature at Alexander Hall is access to the Four Seasons amenities including reserved parking in the 24-hour valet garage and fitness, spa, and pool membership privileges. The interior of the condos are just as beautiful as the exterior. Each of the condos features wide plank wooden floors and spacious high ceilings. Natural…

Things To Do In DC: Holiday Markets

Whether you are passionate about the holiday season, or feeling a little grinch-y this year, the DMV has a variety of ways to get you feeling festive. One of our favorite activities is visiting one of the many pop-up holiday markets. They are the perfect place to find festive gifts, enjoy holiday fare, or take that special someone (or the kids) out for a date. The first markets of the year open this weekend, most offering free admission. If you are looking for an opportunity to give back, many of the markets feature DC based artists and charities whose work directly supports members of our DC community. CREATE+DISCOVER When: December 1-4,Thursday, December 1 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 12:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday: 12:00-6:00 p.m.…

New Development Spotlight: The Sanctuary

Our friends at The Rubin Group were recently kind enough to give us a tour of the nearly complete, and nearly sold out, new condo development, The Sanctuary. Our favorite part of touring new construction projects with the developer is the insight and background that we gain. When presented with the opportunity, the Rubin Group acquired and converted the Way of the Cross Church of Christ into 30 magnificent residences on historic Capitol Hill. Andrew, the firm’s founder, walked us through the project sharing his initial vision for the Sanctuary and pointed out stunning details. Our first and most obvious impression of the conversion was the developer’s respect for the site’s history. While fully updated, modern amenities never appeared garish or out of place. Starting…

Trees For Charity

To us, the end of the year holidays seem to be in perfect order. Halloween reminds us of the things we are afraid of, Thanksgiving quells those fears by encouraging us to ruminate on the things that we are thankful for, and the winter holidays encourage us to give back out of the abundance of thanks in our hearts. But come wintertime, we tend to struggle with discerning how to do the most good. This year however, we think we’ve found it. Our friends at Ditto Residential have opened a tree farm that is staffed by, and supports, Changing Perceptions, a DC based charity and support network that works with returning citizens to “create a life and career pathway for returning citizens willing to work…

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Chances are, the holiday snuck up on you faster than you'd imagined. Never fear, we've compiled our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from around the web. Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner or attending a family or friendsgiving event, these recipes are easy and sure to impress. Appetizers: Roasted Beet & Walnut Dip Chipotle & Rosemary Spiced Nuts Lemony Crème Fraîche Dip Sides: THIS Mac & Cheese Recipe Kale & Brussel Sprout Salad Autumn Root Vegetable Gratin with Herbs & Cheese Cocktails: Mulled Wine Cranberry Cider Punch Pear & Ginger-Sage Champagne Cocktail Our favorite is the Cranberry Cider Punch from the blog How Sweet It Is. It takes a little effort to prep, but is a great cocktail recipe for a crowd because it…

DC Thanksgiving Week Events

Thanksgiving week is here. We've rounded up the best events of the week happening in DC. Trot For Hunger  This annual Turkey Trot event is hosted by So Others Might Eat (SOME). The event benefits the hungry and homeless in DC. Day: Thanksgiving Day, November 24th Time: 8:30am Little Turkey Fun Run, 9:00am 5k timed race, 9:15am 5k untimed race Place: Freedom Plaza (corner of 13th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW) Read more HERE. Thanksgiving Buffet at The Hay-Adams Don't want to cook? Enjoy a sophisticated Thanksgiving spread at the beautiful Hay-Adams. Day: Thanksgiving Day, November 24th Time: 11am - 4pm Place: The Hay-Adams hotel at 800 16th Street NW Check out the menu HERE. ZooLights A free event, ZooLights is an annual tradition for thousands…

DC Development News: Superfresh AU Park

As you may have heard, Valor Development intends to redevelop the former Superfresh site in AU Park. The firm recently submitted a voluntary design review application to the city. The application details Valor's intentions for the Ladybird, a 230-unit residential development. The Ladybird would include 200 apartments and 30 condos across two buildings. Based on the quality of the developments we've seen come from Valor in the past, we're excited to follow along as the project progresses! You can read the plans for yourself HERE.

Things To Do In DC This Weekend

Foto Week Foto Week is here again in DC. Don't miss the amazing exhibitions running this week. We are most looking forward to the exhibitions at the Phillips Collection and National Geographic. See the whole list of events here. *Photo above from National Geographic's most liked instagram photos* Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2016 This Thursday, November 17th, is Beaujolais Nouveau Day - an annual French day of celebrating the release of the wine just weeks after the Beaujolais grapes were harvested. It always falls on the third Thursday of November. In the US, Beaujolais wine is considered a Thanksgiving wine as the holiday always falls one week after Beaujolais Nouveau Day. We've heard Le Diplomate and ENO Wine Bar will be serving fine Beaujolais to celebrate. Cocktail…

Before It Hits The Market: New Construction Condos

We find properties before they hit the market. We have inside knowledge and that gives our clients an advantage in the buying process. Here’s just a sample of new construction condos coming to the market: Farragut North: 15 condo units just north of the White House Columbia Heights: 20 condo units ranging from one to two bedrooms Edgewood: 4 two bedroom condos made out of repurposed shipping containers Dupont Circle: 9 units with a planned green roof deck Interested in any of these developments? Contact us to learn more.

Design Tips From The Pros: Dining Room

Choosing a dining room table and coordinating chairs can be a daunting task. Maybe you're torn between design styles or colors or materials. Sure, you could take the easy route and go with a matching set. A design decision which, don't get us wrong, can be done very well. Or... if you're interested in taking a more adventurous approach, here are some of our favorite combinations: Mixing Materials: Acrylic + Wood Lacquer + Metal Mixing Design Styles Industrial Table + Coastal Chairs Traditional Table + Modern Chairs

Featured New Development: Brookes Ridge

Brookes Ridge is a new hillside development located in Bethesda. Developed by SGA Companies,the community includes eleven new elevator town homes & 1 restored Manor House that combine traditional and modern features. Here are the details: Eleven, 4,000 square foot, four story town homes ranging from four to five bedrooms Each home features a roughly 400 square foot private roof deck Wolf, Subzero and Asko appliances Our favorite features: floor-to-ceiling windows, gas fireplace and elevator Contact us to see this lovely development for yourself.

Before It Hits The Market: Condo Edition

We find properties before they hit the market. We have inside knowledge and that gives our clients an advantage in the buying process. Here’s just a sample of condos coming to the market within the next two weeks: Adams Morgan: 5 bed/4.5 bath rowhome with lovely character, rear garage & spacious back patio, mid $1m Cathedral Heights: large 1 bed/ 1.5 bath in building with indoor pool, low $300s Chevy Chase: 2 bed/2 bath in building with 24 hour front desk and great amenities, upper $500s Dupont Circle: 5 bed/3.5 bath gorgeous Victorian, upper $1m - lower $2m Interested in any of these homes? Contact us to learn more.

Design Tips From The Pros: Kitchen Edition

Styling a kitchen can be tricking. There is a fine line between too little and too much. Here are our top tips for achieving a beautifully decorated kitchen. Clean it up. If you can put it away, do so. Your kitchen will (of course) look cleaner and more organized with less clutter. Keep it simple. Use mostly white and muted wooden pieces. We're talking white ceramic jars, wooden bowls, white plates on display. Add a plant. Even better, add fresh flowers. Display beautiful cookbooks. They're functional and they add a fun element.    

Before It Hits The Market: New Development Edition

We find properties before they hit the market. We have inside knowledge and that gives our clients an advantage in the buying process. Here’s just a sample of new developments coming soon: Columbia Heights: 10 units – mix of 1 and 2 beds, modern features, bright natural light, large windows Dupont Circle: 4 units in traditional Victorian ranging from high $900s to mid $2m Adams Morgan: 4 units in beautiful Victorian ranging from mid $500s to low $1m Truxton Circle: 4 units in modern new building ranging from high $900s to low $1m Interested in any of these homes? Contact us to learn more.

The Power of Beautiful Staging & Photography

We’re confident in our ability to sell homes for the highest dollar.  We know the market and we know DC buyers.  One of the most powerful tools we have cultivated is our ability to stage a property well and showcase it through photography.  For us, it’s an art.  We envision the perfect buyer for your home and then we create a space they will fall in love with. Our recent four-unit development project at 1617 Riggs Place NW is a great example.  Before we staged the home, we took traditional property photos without staging, similar to those you might regularly see when browsing properties.  Above you’ll see the difference once we strategically staged and photographed the home.  All four units sold within 10 days between…

Inside Look: SW Waterfront Condos

Earlier this week we got an inside look at two of the new condominium buildings calling the Southwest Waterfront home - 525 Water and VIO. Here's what we learned: 525 Water: 107 unit condo located on the western end of the Wharf development and move-in ready. The project is 60% sold. 1 bedrooms start at $389,900, 2 bedrooms at $599,900 and 2 bedrooms+den at $969,900. Our favorite amenities: resident lounge with kitchen and media services, fitness center, Miele espresso machine in lobby, daily staffed front desk and beautiful courtyard. The very best part: future Waterfront Park. 3.5 acres of lush waterfront park adjacent to 525 Water. Construction of the park is set to be completed Spring 2017. VIO 12 story, 112 unit condo located in the…

Before It Hits The Market: Condo Edition

We find properties before they hit the market. We have inside knowledge and that gives our clients an advantage in the buying process. Here's just a sample of condos coming soon: Logan Circle: Studio/1 bath with large walk-in closet – Mid $300s U Street: 2 bed+den/2 bath with tall ceilings – Mid 800s Wesley Heights: 3 bed/3.5 baths with private balcony – High 900s Logan Circle: Bright 1 bed/1 bath with wall of windows – High $400s Southwest Waterfront: 1 bed/1 bath - High 300s Interested in any of these homes? Give us a call to learn more, 202.818.8722

Monday’s News Round Up

Inside Jackie Kennedy’s $9 Million Georgetown Mansion (DCist) DC’s Response to Michelin’s First DC List (Washingtonian) Airbnb Launches Calculator to Help Pay the Rent (Urban Turf) Over-the-Top Amenities Trends in Real Estate (Washington Post) Busboys & Poets Breaks Ground in Anacostia (Curbed DC)

JBG’s Wardman Tower: A Design Dream

Wardman Tower, JBG’s residential project of 32 high-end units ranging from three to nine million, is set to deliver later this year. The condos are classically designed, filled with natural light and boast panorama views of the nation's capital. Our favorite design feature? The herringbone patterned floors in the living and gallery areas. These two, three- and four-bedroom and absolutely immaculate residences, truly unlike any other condominium in DC, are also now available for pre-sales. Contact us if you’re interested in seeing the units in person.

Monday’s News Round Up

We've got news for you: 50 photos inside this year’s DC Design House (Curbed DC) Tom Sietsema’s countdown to the 2016 Fall Dining Guide has begun (Washington Post) Ever wondered what the ANCs actually do? Here’s a good summary (Greater Greater Washington) The Great Debate: Airbnb – Arlington is taking a stance (WTOP) A private compound on the Eastern Shore (Urban Turf)

Shake Shack Coming to Logan

Shakeshack is coming to 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW. There go all of our good intentions. "I'm just going to grab a salad for lunch." Ten minutes later: Return stealthily to office with a bag wafting french fry smell. The popular burger joint has four D.C. locations, including one at Nationals Park. Shakeshack is opening in the Abdo mixed-use building at the northwest corner of 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW in Logan Circle, Prince of Petworth reports. The site used to be home to a Caribou Coffee.

More Shipping Container Housing for DC

Brookland will get its second shipping container residential project if the plans  from Hinds Development and Travis Price Architects come to fruition. The partners plan to convert a building that was a Safeway grocery store in a former life into condos composed of shipping containers, UrbanTurf reports. The latest project is planned for 1201 Franklin St., NE and marks the third such shipping container project planned or existing in the city. We love smart design and modern materials, so these certainly caught our eye. Interested in these or other modern homes on the market? Contact us today.

Latest Design for Wizards, Mystics Arena

Last week we got a sneak peek at the future practice facility for the Washington Wizards, the home court for the Washington Mystics and a future concert venue proposed for the St. Elizabeths Campus in Congress Heights. The $65 million project features designs by Rossetti Architects and Marshall Moya Design. Mayor Muriel Bowser hopes that this new facility can do for Congress Heights what the Verizon Center did for Chinatown--create a destination. The Washington Post has details on how the facility would operate.

Newest Smithsonian Now Open

The newest Smithsonian is officially open. The National Museum of African American History and Culture celebrates its Grand Opening with a weekend-long celebration. Initially you can only attend with a timed pass, to learn more go here.

Apple to Carnegie?

Apple might plant its flag downtown. The Carnegie Library in the center of Mount Vernon Square could be a flagship location for the retailer, The Washington Post reports. Previous plans to move the Spy Museum to the building fell through. (Image from Chris Hsia on Flickr.)

Brace Yourself for Beach Drive Closures

Real estate with proximity and access to Rock Creek Parkway comes with a higher price tag, but for the next three years it might also come with a traffic headache. The National Park Service will be closing sections of Beach Drive for repairs starting as soon as Sept. 22. That's this week! The first segment will be Beach Drive from Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Tilden St NW, starting this week through Spring 2017. Each segment of Beach Drive will be closed for in both directions 24/7 during work. Work on four segments will last three years. The good news is pedestrians and cyclists will continue to have access to paths during daylight hours. The National Park Service has more information on closures and…

Eye for Design: Pools

The lingering summer heat reminds us of Architectural Digest's collection of stunning pools featured earlier this summer. See their slideshow and transport your mind to quiet summer moments, poolside.

REI Readies in NoMa

The District's first REI outdoor retailer will open on Oct. 21 in the former Uline Arena building in NoMa. The one-time concert venue for the Beatles has been transformed by Douglas Development into a mixed-use building. See behind the scenes photos of this work in progress on the Washington Business Journal and CurbedDC. (Image by Michelle Goldchain, CurbedDC.)

Friendly Spotlight: 9 Boutique Dupont Condos

Our friends at CAS Riegler are working on 9 brand new condo units on the 1700 block of P Street–that's a prime Dupont location. While it is still in the planning stages, the proposal calls for one and two-bedroom units, 7 of which will have private outdoor space, Urban Turf reports. It could be some time before the project is built as it is just now going before the Historic Preservation Review Board for review. You can bet we will be keeping tabs on this and other project from our friends and partners in the development world. Want to know more? Contact us today and we'll fill you in on this excellent project and others like it.

Our Secret Weapon: Bikeshare

Bikeshare can be a real estate agent's back pocket secret weapon. When traffic grinds to a halt (ahem, motorcade, ahem) and you've GOT to be somewhere on time, these red bikes dotting street corners across the region can make the difference between making your train, or missing out on a business trip. and now bikeshare is expanding to Fairfax! How does bikeshare work? There are bikes docked at stations across the city and the region. You can go to the kiosk and buy an hourly, daily, 3-Day or monthly pass or you can sign up online for annual membership. Once you've paid you pick a bike, adjust the seat height and remove the bike from the dock (with either a fob or a code). Bike…

Industry Insight: Why We Stage

So you are ready to sell your home--the place you spent years adding personnel touches to and making fit your personality. One of our first pieces of advice is this: remove those personal items, make it look like anyone could live there. Better yet, let us stage the property for you. Developers know that a carefully staged home will sell for more and faster. A home needs to be aspirational. A potential buyer wants to be able to envision his or her life in this space. Your taste-specific decorations OR a totally empty palette get in the way…

Our Newest Listing: Woodley Park at Its Best

With a prime location across from the Smithsonian National Zoo and just blocks from the metro, our sunny one-bedroom condo is the perfect investment for efficient city living. Truly, 3100 Connecticut Ave. NW #304 is Woodley Park at its best. Enjoy meals in your separate dining room off of the recently-renovated kitchen or dine out at one of the many nearby eateries. 

Streetcar: Six Months, Sunday Service

The DC Streetcar (have you heard the jingle?) is celebrating six months of operation along H Street and Benning Road this week. And the District Department of Transportation just announced the free transit option will begin Sunday service in September. While there are questions about whether the $200 million 2.2 mile streetcar line was a worthwhile investment, we have seen first-hand the economic development that has arrived on H Street. New apartments are leasing now at The Apollo, which will be anchored by a Whole Foods set to open in 2017. New condos and apartments are coming online north of the line as well, including projects by our friends at Lock 7 and Ditto Residential. H Street has changed dramatically in recent years, whether the…

An End of Summer General Reading List, By Us

As summer winds down, we thought we'd share a few items that we either bookmarked to read later or that we read with great interest. Some are about real estate, some are just about DC, each gave us pause and made us grateful for the luxury of time that seems more abundant in summer. The Tale of the Mall: This feature on The Washington Post online is both compelling for its story and the way the Post tells it. Learn about the history of the National Mall and consider the technology that made this brand of storytelling possible. [Insert Project Here] is the New High Line: While New York's High Line redevelopment has become a bit of a trope as city's across the country look to old infrastructure…

A DC Penthouse Unlike Any Other: 2030 8th St. NW

What has two bedrooms, two baths, more than 1,800 square feet and windows for days? Our incredible penthouse listing at Atlantic Plumbing. 2030 8th St. NW PH-01 is unrivaled in the city. Our video below gives you a taste of what it would be like to call this Morris Adjmi-designed condo home. Contact us to see it in person.

Wistful for Wegmans? Tough Luck.

Wegmans is not coming to Walter Reed, dashing the hopes of many a wistful shopper. The Walter Reed Campus had been rumored as a possible opportunity for the beloved grocery chain to enter the DC market, but alas, it was not meant to be, the Washington Business Journal reports. The site in upper northwest DC would have been sufficiently large for a Wegmans store, which typically requires between 110,000 to 140,000 square feet, according to WBJ. "Wegmans was originally aligned with a team led by Roadside Development that was bidding to redevelop the Walter Reed site, but when Roadside lost out to a team led by Hines Interests LP, Wegmans began working with the winner. The company was in active discussions with Hines and its partners in 2015, but those talks…

Muckraking and More DC Events: Aug. 22

We find ourselves looking for something to do that stimulates that mind and challenges the senses after a restoring summer of relaxing poolside and slowing down. Here are a few highlights of the interesting exhibits and shows you can find on any given day around DC. Unexpected Indie Sofar concerts are hosted at secret locations across the city as part of an international movement to reconnect music with audiences, according to The Washington Post. Sign up for a date and a neighborhood, purchase a ticket or pay-what-you like. Then show up where you're told to go the day of the concert. How the Other Half Lives The Library of Congress has an incredible collection of images of New York's squalid tenements by photojournalist Jacob Riis. The…

Friendly Spotlight: 625 5th St NE

Our friends at Ditto Residential have a sleek two-unit condo in Northeast Capital Hill, south of H Street and east of Union Station. Ditto is known for its boutique condos from small project like this to bigger ones like the Edmonds School also on Capital Hill. The project at 625 5th St NE features spacious floor plans, floor-to-ceiling windows, and tall ceilings. We love the large roof deck for its city view and the storage space--so much storage! Want to know more? Contact us today and we'll fill you in on this excellent project by one of our friends in the DC development community.

Dog Days of Summer: Pool Closures Begin

DC residents have access to some truly great parks, libraries and, yes, swimming pools. We love showing off these local resources to clients when they are trying to get a feeling for a new neighborhood. Though it is hard to believe summer's end is near, the DC government just gave us a reality check when it announced pool closures. Before Labor Day! To add insult to injury they even referenced doing the closures in "waves" with no apparent intended irony. Anyway, make sure you look at this list before you pack up your towel and sunscreen. Outdoor Pools will close in waves beginning on Sunday, August 14, 2016.  Pools will close for the season at 6 pm on their respective Sundays; with the exception of…

DC (Food) News Round Up, Aug. 15

We are always keeping an eye out for comings and goings in the culinary scene because a great new restaurant or a long-time corner bar can change the way potential buyers think about a neighborhood or block. Enjoy your monthly helping of the latest news about the DC restaurant scene. We're #1! Did you see that Bon Appetit said Washington was the Restaurant City of the Year? Seriously. Not just one of our restaurants (thanks Rose's!) but the whole city. Eat your heart out NYC. Losing a Legend. Michel Richard, 68, died Saturday. He was a legend among DC chefs--known for his restaurants Citronelle and Central Michel Richard--and should be credited with elevating the Washington dining scene to its current heights. Restaurant Week is Here. Today through Aug. 21  enjoy…

Secure Your Home While You Vacation

Summer vacation--an escape from the DC humidity, the hustle--should be a stress-free experience. We've got some tips on how to make sure your home is safe and secure while you are away. Stop the Mail Thieves are often on the look out for unoccupied homes: an overflowing mailbox is a total giveaway that you're out of town. The USPS has a service to put a hold on your mail for 3 to 30 days. You can fill out a stop-mail form online or at your local post office. Don't forget to put a hold on your newspaper as well! Unplug Appliances Your toaster, TV and coffee maker won't get used while you're away. Unplugging your appliances before you unplug from life saves you on your power bill…

Shipping Containers to Shaw

Shaw is getting a shipping container condo project of its own, following the success of the apartments near Catholic University. Urban Turf reports the project will have four units. The new development at 1512 6th Street NW will use 12 containers to create the four, two-bedroom units. Developers Sean Joiner and Matthew Grace, and architect Travis Price first brought shipping containers to the DC residential market in 2014 with their SEA UA development near Catholic University. The Shaw project is a collaboration between developer Rob Carter and Price. Units could deliver in 2017. Image of SEA UA under construction by David on Flickr.

DC Design Update, Aug. 9

Have we mentioned how much we love good design? From modern exteriors to space-efficient interiors, we love getting to explore homes each and every day. Here's some of the design-related news and updates that caught our eye lately. DC Design House? Mais, Oui! The 2016 DC design house is 2509 Foxhall Rd. former residence of the French Ambassador. Twenty designers will transform the 9th Annual DC Design House. The public tours starting in October will be $35 which benefits Children’s National Health System. The Secret is Out. Architecture Digest runs through a list of design shops in DC, many of which are our go-to for high-design elements for homes, from fixtures to furniture. Want more suggestions? Oh, we've got them, just ask. Built to Scale. Geek for architecture and…

Exclusive Listing: Atlantic Plumbing Penthouse

Our brand new and pristine, bi-level penthouse unit at Atlantic Plumbing features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and expansive outdoor space. The careful design and rich detail by renowned architect, Morris Adjmi, exudes luxury and grace. This penthouse is like no other on the market. From the dedicated dining space to the expansive roof top terrace, this unit offers the perfect space for entertaining guests. The size of this private terrace and views truly combine to offer a rare gem in Washington, D.C. The main level features a gourmet, chef’s kitchen with Bosch stainless steel appliances, a sleek stainless steel island and expansive storage space. The kitchen flows into the dedicated dining space as well as the spacious living space, which offers a unique entertaining experience. From…

We’ve Got Matches for You

Realtors are matchmakers. We get to know you: your likes, dislikes, your ideals and pet peeves. And then we go looking. Sometimes we find the perfect fit on the market. Sometimes we have to search a little harder. We work our knowledge of upcoming properties to snag you the right fit before anyone even knows it is available. Take a glimpse into a few items from our matchmaking book, maybe we have a fit for you. SAMPLING OF UPCOMING LISTINGS: Dupont Circle - 2br/2ba with gorgeous views- Low $600s Woodley Park - Spacious 1br/1ba - High $300s Adam's Morgan - 2br/2ba with private roof deck  - High $600s Chevy Chase - 4Br/3BA with large level yard - Low $900s WHAT A FEW OF OUR BUYERS ARE SEEKING:…

Rodeo Drive Out, Cafes, Farmers Market In

In Chevy Chase, the effort to create the DC region's Rodeo Drive has come to an end. As retailers flee to downtown's City Center, the Collection at Chevy Chase is rethinking its image and hoping to make it more lively with sidewalk cafes, farmers markets and a new park, the Washington Business Journal reports. Our brokerage, Compass, has its Maryland home base in the very building at the center of this makeover. It's possible in the years to come that we could have more restaurant options, though perhaps fewer window shopping opportunities, when we have meetings with clients at our Maryland location.

DC (Development) News Round Up: August 1

Summer might mean recess for Congress, camp for kid and weekends at the beach, but in DC, development and construction push on, summer or not. Here's the latest on several new projects and updates on hotly anticipated developments. H Street Whole Foods: Progress marches on at the Apollo on H Street. The apartment portion of the development is set to begin leasing this month with the first tenants expected in November. Whole Foods may open as early as November, but for now the team is playing it safe with a 2017 estimated opening. Metro's Building May be the Only Part of It Reliably Moving: Metro is moving forward with plans to sell its downtown office building and move to another, undetermined location, the Washington Business…

Well, Hello There!

We have a whip-smart team that loves real estate, city living and a cool beverage on a hot day (like today...). As a group we have been in DC real estate for 20 years because we are passionate about guiding people through a big moment in their lives: finding or parting with a home. Our Team Lindsay Reishman (of course): Lindsay (Senior Vice President at Compass) started in real estate in 2004 and by 2010 formed his own brokerage. He proved so successful that in 2014 Compass, a New York based company which shared a focus on innovation, acquired his brokerage. Lindsay subsequently helped grow Compass to the third largest brokerage in Washington, DC, but found that his management role pulled him too far from client-centered work. In 2016, Lindsay launched the Reishman Group to return his focus…

Yankees, Green Bay and Now? DC United

DC United, Washington's Major League Soccer Team (MLS), is closer to bringing its vision for a brand new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point to reality. The team recently selected NY-based Turner Construction, the company behind Yankee Stadium and Green Bay's Lambeau Field's redevelopment, The Washington Business Journal reports. The plan is for the new $300 million DC United Soccer Stadium to be ready for the 2018 season. A spokesperson for the soccer team told WBJ that with demolition on site well underway since April and the new contractor on-board, vertical construction could begin by the end of 2016.

DC (Cultural) News Roundup July 25

Anyone who has lived in this city for more than a heartbeat knows there's more to DC than committee hearings, floor votes, political jockying and the like. We have museums! art! music! Even the most politically-inclined denizens take in a Kennedy Center show or check out the latest exhibit at the Renwick. Here's a few highlights of the interesting exhibits and shows you can find on any given day around DC. NASA, We've Got a Makeover: The Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall officially opened at the National Air and Space Museum July 1. The much-needed renovation is a nice reminder that the space age is not just a thing of the past. Wynton at Wolftrap: Jazz enthusiasts will want to catch Grammy-winning jazz trumpet player Wynton Marsalis and…

Work Begins on Two-block-long H Street Development

Two blocks of H Street, between 8th and 10th Streets will be unrecognizable in three years. H Street Connection will span two blocks, the 800 and 900 blocks of H Street NE, and deliver more than 400 new residential units by 2019. Demolition of the existing shopping center, which until recently included a Rainbow, Game Stop and 7-11, among other retailers, began this week. The development by Rappaport Cos. and WC Smith with designs by Torti Gallas will bring 419 apartments with 435 parking spaces and 44,300 square feet of retail. Construction of the new, eight-story building should begin this fall after the site is cleared and the project is set to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to The Washington Business Journal.  

Eye for Design: Tadao Ando’s 152 Elizabeth

As realtors we gain access to architectural gems before they become someone's home and, sometimes, the stuff of legend. Last week our team member, Lindsay, took a business trip to New York for one such experience: a behind the scenes tour of 152 Elizabeth, the first New York condominium building by acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando and developed by Sumaida + Khurana.  We got insider access thanks to our Compass colleagues, Debra LaChance and Leonard Steinberg, who are listing condos in the building. Ando is a Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal winning, self-trained architect. His work allows the natural world to spill into his simple buildings, which are often constructed of concrete. His designs appear throughout Japan, but also Europe and the United States. 152 Elizabeth Street is one of…

DC (Food) News Roundup: July 18

A great new restaurant or a long-time corner bar can change the way potential buyers think about a neighborhood or block, so we are always keeping an eye out for comings and goings in the culinary scene. This week we thought we'd serve up the latest news about the DC restaurant scene. Two-wheeled Food Delivery, Uber Fast. Uber has added bicycles to its coterie of transportation options for its UberEats delivery services, according to Washingtonian. Right now there are only a dozen or so bicyclists offering Uber delivery, but the service could expand. All for One and One for Al. The Alexandria restaurant community is rallying around the owners of the recently reopened Al's Steakhouse.  Nearby businesses hosted a fundraiser to support the neighborhood staple that…

Beyond the Beltway: A Midtown Manhattan Exclusive

If you're like us, occasionally a property catches your eye and makes you rethink everything: your home, your job, your city. You think: I could live there. I could live that lifestyle. That's how we feel about 100 East 53rd Street, a Midtown Manhattan stunner with an exclusive sales agreement with our Compass colleagues in New York, including Leonard Steinberg. Leonard, in case you haven't heard of him, is a real estate legend, a genius marketer and a snappy dresser. The Sir Norman Foster-designed condominium building will be a showstopper, the centerpiece of an entire block in Midtown Manhattan that is also home to the Four Seasons Restaurant and the Seagrams Building on Park Avenue. It will boast a Joseph Dirand-designed food market and a fine dining restaurant helmed by…

DC Murals: From Walls to Pages

A new book will detail the history of DC's better and lesser-known street murals. The work comes from Perry Frank, the force behind the DC Murals arts organization, The Washington Post reports. “The murals have to reflect where they are,” Frank tells The Post. What's your favorite local mural and what does it say about the neighborhood?  

DC News Roundup: July 11

Washington is a town of people and politics, neighborhoods and nerds. Each week we'll bring you stories that highlight the interesting and noteworthy from the last week--consider it conversation fodder for the office break room, networking events or the dog park. Here's what caught our attention recently: Preservation at a Loss: Nonprofit, The L’Enfant Trust, bought several homes in historic Anacostia, renovated and restored them, and then sold the homes at a loss. The effort is a demonstration project to encourage people to purchase dilapidated, historic homes and bring them back to life. Hit Send: Mike Allen signed off on his last Politico Playbook this weekend. The must-read publication continues, but Allen is moving on. (Washingtonian) Fill 'Er Up: A new beer garden opened directly next to…

Georgetown Day School Reconsiders Tenleytown Plans

Georgetown Day School is hitting the pause button to seriously consider its proposal to consolidate its schools onto one site. As proposed the cohesive campus would sit alongside a new residential development in Tenleytown at 4200 Davenport St., NW, the former site of the Tenleytown Safeway. GDS previously shrunk its proposal for several hundred units of residential and a new grocery store in six- and seven-story buildings in March, but now the private school is taking a second look at the entire proposal, according to UrbanTurf. A board member at the NW DC school cited a recent DC Court of Appeals decision to reject a planned unit development located just blocks from the Brookland Metro. The court determined that the DC Zoning Commission did not justify the density of…

Icebergs Spotted in Downtown DC

Sometimes, we take a break from all things real estate and the summer heat to enjoy experiences and opportunities unique to DC. This week we are all about the Icebergs that have been spotted downtown: the National Building Museum has a new, innovative exhibit ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. The immersive experience brings ice-inspired structures to the football-length gallery of the National Building Museum. The structures are built of re-usable construction materials that we are all-too-familiar with: scaffolding and paneling, among other items. Visitors can climb the highest iceberg to a viewing or wander beneath the "ocean" on an undersea bridge. Check out some of the local coverage (WAMU, WaPo) about the exhibit, which runs through September 5. Museum Members & Blue Star Eligible Active Duty Military $10: Member; Blue Star…

Not to Miss July Fourth Celebrations in DC and Nearby

You can enjoy the trappings of the Fourth of July anywhere--the neighborhood parades, the cookouts, the parties--but when you’re celebrating the nation’s birthday, the Nation’s Capital really is the place to be. The hard part is deciding the best spot to view the fireworks: up close with the crowds, from a rooftop downtown, or from a hillside across the bridge. Here’s a roundup of some of the best options, tips, and alternatives for a fantastic Fourth:  National Mall:  Every year, crowds fill the viewing grounds around the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool on the National Mall to watch the big show up close. The televised Capitol Fourth concert, held on the west lawn of the Capitol, draws celebrity performers and goes for about 90 minutes until…

Sneak Peek: 1617 Riggs Pl. in Dupont

One of the perks of being realtors is getting to go behind the scenes to explore new homes before they hit the market. A great example is the most recent project by District Quarters, which we are excited to be selling. It's a beautiful Victorian in the heart of Dupont that has been converted into four sunny, truly stunning, two-bedroom condos. Contact us today for a sneak peek before they hit the market.  

Today we officially launch The Reishman Group

Today we officially launch The Reishman Group and our accompanying blog, each the culmination of a combined 20 years in DC real estate and the incredible wealth of knowledge that comes with such experience. Our goal for the blog & our social media is to provide meaningful information for those interested in DC real estate . The Reishman Group is comprised of veteran Lindsay Reishman, real estate team members Katherine Wellborn and Taylor Carney and go-to staff member, Amber Bush-Joseph. We are supported by DC’s third largest brokerage, technology-based real estate company Compass. We hope our real estate and development experience will quickly make The Reishman Group a market leader and a source of trustworthy information for buyers, sellers and developers. Our team is made…