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Updated: 2018-03-22T14:59:31-04:00


Arlington church lands on the market for $2.1M



Stained glass windows not included

For $2,135,600, Arlington, Virginia’s Bethel United Church of Christ (UCC) can be yours. The three-level, stony church recently listed for sale. Unfortunately, the listing indicates that the stained glass windows will be removed and replaced with new glass. An altar carving is also not included.

According to ARLnow, the Bethel UCC congregation is moving to the nearby Arlington Church of the Brethren in the Boulevard Manor neighborhood. The congregation has been located at this site for seven decades.

For an inside look at the church, check out the gallery below.


4347 Arlington Boulevard W [Redfin]

Buckingham Church Listed For Sale [ARLnow]

National Building Museum’s interactive summer installation will open July 4



Snarkitecture is returning for the Summer Block Party exhibition

Snarkitecture is back at it again with the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., with big plans for a brand new, large-scale, interactive exhibition. According to the National Building Museum website, this will be Snarkitecture’s first comprehensive museum exhibition, which will run from July 4 through September 3.

The exhibition, called Fun House, is part of the annual Summer Block Party event that the museum has organized for several years now. Past events have included Studio Gang’s Hive, James Corner Field Operations’s ICEBERGS, and Bjarke Ingels Group’s (BIG) BIG Maze. Snarkitecture has also created an interactive, summer exhibition for the museum before, known as THE BEACH, which welcomed over 180,000 visitors.

The upcoming exhibition from Snarkitecture will involve building a freestanding house in the museum’s Great Hall that “recalls and re-imagines the idea of the traditional home” with interactive rooms, featuring environments and objects related to the 10-year-old Snarkitecture. There will also be a front and backyard with “outdoor” activities. Curating the exhibition will be Maria Cristina Didero.

There are currently no renderings or illustrations publicly available yet of what Fun House will look like.

Fun House [National Building Museum]

Contemporary Kent home chops price to $4.2M



Elevator, two-car garage, and more included

This recently constructed, contemporary-style home in Kent just got a little bit cheaper. It originally landed on the market in October 2017 for $4.45 million, and it recently experienced a price chop, lowering to $4.2 million. According to Redfin, it is currently the sixth most expensive listing in the neighborhood.

With five bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms, this property offers highlights like a driveway, two-car garage, and nearly 7,000 square feet of space. The kitchen might be one space that helps sell the home, thanks to its spaciousness, its island, and its backsplash. In the bathrooms, there are free-standing tubs and accent walls. The lower level comes with a fireplace and a full service bar. Across all four floors, there is an elevator. There are also multiple fireplaces throughout.


The listing agent is Marc Fleisher of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

2905 University Terrace NW [TTR Sotheby’s International Realty]

This $4.45M Kent single-family home is perfect for lovers of everything contemporary [Curbed DC]

Former Airbnb party house in Dupont Circle drops price, asks $3.49M



Koi pond, British telephone booth, and more included

In February 2018, this former Airbnb party house was listed for sale for $3.9 million. It has now dropped in price to $3,499,999. When the Dupont Circle single-family home first landed on the market in August 2016, its price totaled $4.5 million before being split into two separate units, one asking $2.5 million and the other asking $2 million, only a few months later.

In May 2015, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine had to shut this Airbnb party pad down and fine its owner $8,000. Known as the “Celebrity House Hunter Mansion,” this Dupont Circle residence was once a popular destination, booked for $1,200 per night with six bedrooms and five bathrooms. What ended up causing this rental to cost the owner so much in fines was that the host operated the rental without a proper business license. That’s not all. Police had been called to this Airbnb party house more than 100 times in a matter of one year.

Inside, there is an 18-foot-tall waterfall in the entry, a koi pond, and an elevator that looks like a British telephone booth. Other luxurious features include a heated saltwater pool on the rooftop and a climate-controlled, two-car garage. There are a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms inside.


Quirky Dupont Circle home, once known as an Airbnb party house, relists for $3.9M [Curbed DC]

2220 Q Street NW [Redfin]

Luxury Waterfront Living Begins Now at VIO



​​Superbly located at The Wharf on the waterfront in Southwest D.C., VIO offers a one-of-a-kind living environment with​ ​world class dining, shopping and entertainment at your doorstep. Explore ​condominium ​residence 1109, ​featuring ​floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and ​2​ balconies.

D.C.’s March for Our Lives 2018: What to know before you go


From what to expect from the Metro to street closures to the march route In an effort to advocate for gun control, thousands are planning on taking to the streets in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 24 for the March For Our Lives. According to the March For Our Lives website, the purpose of the event is to “demand that their [children’s and family’s] lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” Spearheading the March For Our Lives are the survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Curbed sister site Vox anticipates there being as many as 500,000 people with plans for 800 “sibling marches” worldwide, from Hong Kong to Maui. There will also be another march on April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting in Colorado. For updates from the city on safety, weather, traffic, and transit, be sure to sign up for free alerts by texting “MARCH24” to 888-777. There is a March For Our Lives app available on both the Apple and Google Play stores. As part of the event, there is also a petition to Congress to ban the sale of assault weapons, prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines, and require a background check for gun sales. What is the parade route? Image via March For Our Lives The march will begin at 12 p.m., spanning from Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 12th Street NW through Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 3rd Street NW. How are people getting there? Street closures Image via the Metropolitan Police Department Driving in Downtown Washington, D.C., will be tough for motorists as there will be several street and road closures starting Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. For a full list of street closures and the respective time frames that the closures will occur, be sure to head to the Metropolitan Police Department website. Metrorail and Metrobus Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. with trains departing end-of-line stations every eight minutes. For the duration of the event, the Federal Triangle Metro station will be closed, and the 441 entrance to Judiciary Square Metro Station will also be closed. Recommended alternative Metro stations to take include the Judiciary Square, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Smithsonian, and Archives-Navy Memorial Metro stations. For extra room, bicycles, large coolers, and “oversized items” will not be permitted on Metrorail on the day of the event. On the Metrobus, WMATA reports that Metro will run rush-hour service levels throughout the day. Are there any good deals at nearby eateries during the event? Through an initiative, known as #FoodForOurLives, free or discounted meals will be provided on Saturday to any students under the age of 18 with a valid ID. Through 5 p.m., participating restaurants will include Think Food Lab (701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW), The Pig (1320 14th Street NW), The Bird (1337 11th Street NW), Beefsteak (multiple locations), Sugar Shack Donuts (multiple locations), Shake Shack (multiple locations), Sweetgreen (multiple locations), Cava (multiple locations), Rasa (1247 1st Street SE), and Taco Bamba (777 I Street NW). The initiative is supported by ThinkFoodGroup, &pizza, Eat Well DC, Sugar Shack Donuts, Shake Shack, and Sweetgreen. [...]

Bethesda theatre will close for renovations in January 2019



Expect new walls, seating, and a curved stage

The Round House Theatre in Downtown Bethesda, Maryland, is planning to transform the building’s lobby into a “community hub” with approximately six months worth of renovations that will also allow for improved acoustics, new seating, and increased technical capabilities. Bethesda Magazine reports that the theatre will close in January 2019 with the final two shows of the season moved to Washington, D.C.’s Lansburgh Theatre.

The full interior renovation will also include new walls, construction of a curved stage, a redesigned box office, expanded bar, and a multi-purpose room for events and community use. Funding for the renovations will come from the theatre’s Full Circle capital campaign, which will also fund ongoing projects like free tickets to teens and college students. The Washington Post further reports that the initiative to upgrade the stage, commission new works by women and writers of color, and bring artists on staff for paid residencies will cost a total of $14 million.

The theatre will reopen in the fall of 2019.

Round House Theatre To Close for Renovations Next Year [Bethesda Magazine]

Round House announces a $14 million plan that includes major renovation [The Washington Post]

National Geographic Co-founder’s D.C. home sells for $1.72M



Garage, in-law suite, and more included

In U Street Corridor, National Geographic Society Co-founder Marcus Baker once owned this six-bedroom townhome, which recently sold for $1.72 million. Baker is known for becoming one of the first editors of the National Geographic Magazine as well exploring Alaska. This home, which proudly calls itself the Marcus Baker House in the listing, was built in 1889 and features six bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms.

It spans roughly 3,000 square feet and offers bay window projections, wood-burning fireplaces, and a hand-carved staircase. There is also a butler’s pantry, stainless steel appliances, and an in-law suite. The listing also indicates that the property features a garage that was previously used as a horse carriage.

The last time this property sold was in July 2011 for $1,437,500. It relisted in September 2017 for $1,899,000 and got a price chop in December 2017, lowering it to $1.75 million. The location is only a few blocks away from a Trader Joe’s, the Lincoln Theatre, and the nearest Metro station.


1905 16th Street NW [Redfin]

National Geographic Co-founder’s D.C. home gets a price chop, drops to $1.75M [Curbed DC]

D.C.’s affordable housing fund has been mismanaged, according to audit


Millions of dollars has likely been wasted, according to the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor Washington, D.C., is in dire need of affordable housing. According to a newly published audit by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor, more than 38 percent of all D.C. households spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs and approximately 7,500 D.C. residents are homeless. Thankfully, the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF) was created to address the critical need for affordable housing, authorized in 1988. Unfortunately, the D.C. auditor has reported in the audit that the HPTF has been mismanaged by the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) and has experienced a lack of rigorous oversight. As first reported by Washington City Paper, this is the first ever comprehensive audit of the city’s HPTF, which provides loans and grants to build or preserve affordable housing in Washington, D.C. The approximately 50-page report argues that the DHCD has likely wasted millions of dollars, concluding that the auditor “cannot rule out the possibility that fraud could have occurred during the scope of the audit.” One of the many issues cited in the audit is that the HPTF paid for a significant and growing portion of salaries and benefits for DHCD employees, who continue to fail to publish timely HPTF annual and quarterly reports. Other egregious errors include that “the vast majority of future trust fund payments [are] potentially uncollectible.” This is a result of 75 percent of all funds being deferred and the “weaknesses in DHCD’s assessment of borrowers’ ability to pay back loans, and a lack of rigorous monitoring regarding loan compliance and collection,” according to the audit. In a statement, D.C. Auditor Kathy Patterson said, “We have made huge investments of taxpayer dollars in affordable housing through the Housing Production Trust Fund, but we haven’t gotten our money’s worth.” In response to the audit and Patterson’s statement, DHCD Director Polly Donaldson told Washington City Paper that Patterson’s “intentions are not really about residents and affordable housing,” while Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) spokesman David Umansky said, “Many of the findings and conclusions of the audit and the press release are not supported by the facts and the analysis contained within the audit itself.” The analysis by the audit further confirmed that D.C. law requires that 40 percent of the funds assist households making less than 30 percent of the area median income (AMI), 40 percent be for households making between 31 and 50 percent AMI, and 20 percent be for those making 51 to 80 percent AMI. Despite this, 29.4 percent of funds went to those making less than 30 percent AMI, 37.4 percent went to those making 31 to 50 percent AMI, and 33.2 percent went to those making 51 to 80 percent AMI. Other prominent issues found include the agencies’ tendency to misplace or discard loan and grant agreements as well as the DHCD exceeding the mandated cap to use the funds for administrative costs by more than $10 million, which could have been invested in affordable housing projects. Washington City Paper reports, “With that money, the auditor’s office calculated that DHCD could have produced or preserved an additional 167 units, removed lead from 133 households, repaired the roofs of 667 homes, or improved accessibility in 333 units with seniors or disabled people.” To read the full audit, find it below. Stronger Management of the Housing Production Trust Fund Could Build More Affordable Housing by Anonymous sIxp2JcBp on Scribd class="scribd_iframe_embed" title="Stronger Management of the Housing Production Trust Fund Could Build More Affordable Housing"[...]

Swanky Georgetown condo sells for $8M


Wraparound terrace, garage parking, and more included For $8 million, this Georgetown penthouse has left the market, making it Washington, D.C’s most expensive condo sold in 2018 so far. The condo first made headlines in June 2015 due to it having the possibility of breaking the city’s record for most expensive condo ever sold. This listing first landed on the market for $13.95 million. In April 2017, it experienced a price chop, dropping to $9.95 million. Washington Business Journal reported that the record for priciest condo sale in the D.C. area is a Parc Somerset unit in Chevy Chase that sold in July 2014 for $8.65 million, or about $1,283 per square foot. The most expensive condo sold in D.C. proper is in Woodley Park’s historic Wardman Tower, which sold in May 2017 for $8.4 million. With this, Christopher Ritzert of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty reports that recently sold Georgetown penthouse ranks as the second priciest condo ever sold in the city. At the time that it was sold, it was listed privately. When the condo was first listed, the owners, Digital System Resources founder Richard Carroll and his wife Suzanne, told the Wall Street Journal that they planned on selling their property because they were retiring. The new owner is still anonymous. The unit comes with four bedrooms and six bathrooms across over 6,000 square feet of space. It also includes an approximately 3,000-square-feet of outdoor space, a wraparound terrace, roof garden, gym, and four parking spaces. • 3150 South Street NW Ph 2A [Redfin] • Take a Look Inside Washington, D.C.’s Most Expensive Condo [Curbed DC] • D.C.’s most expensive condo just got a price chop [Curbed DC] • D.C.’s 10 most expensive homes sold in 2017 [Curbed DC] · A $13.95 Million Condo Could Set a Washington, D.C., Record [Wall Street Journal] • At $8.4M, Wardman Tower condo nearly sets record for most expensive ever sold in D.C. [Washington Business Journal] • This really is the most expensive condo in the D.C. metro area [Washington Business Journal] [...]