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Updated: 2017-12-15T14:49:48-05:00


Planned 111-unit residential building adjacent to Meridian Hill Park seeks zoning approval


The project would replace a surface parking lot In July 2017, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) approved the plans for a brand new residential building at 2300 16th Street NW, directly beside Meridian Hill Park. As first reported by UrbanTurf, the developer is now moving forward to attain zoning approvals for the project. UrbanTurf writes: “The project is by-right when considering the development envelope allowed by the RA-4-zoned portion of the site along 16th Street; however, the site is partially zoned RA-2 and will therefore need a special exception to allow the RA-4 massing to extend 35 feet west of that zone’s boundaries.” The new building will replace a surface parking lot with an 111-unit apartment building with 9,266 square feet of office and meeting space for the Meridian International Center (MIC). There will also be 72 vehicular spaces in a two-level, below-grade garage. Since it was proposed, there have been many alterations to the design. Originally, the proposal called for 140 units. At one point, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1C urged the HPRB to take off at least one floor from the project. In response to this request, HPRB member Brian Crane said, “It seems to me that removing a single story is kind of neither here nor there. I don’t think it makes that much of an impact.” The location is only a couple blocks from a Harris Teeter, Busboys & Poets, and U Street Corridor. The developer is Westbrook Partners, while the architect is Perkins Eastman. No date has been set yet for the Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing. For a look at older renderings of the project, check out this Curbed DC article. • 111-Unit Residential Project at Meridian International Center Seeks Zoning Approval [UrbanTurf] • Meridian International project secures long-sought preservation approval [Current Newspapers] • Proposed 110-unit condo building by Meridian Hill Park wins approval from historic preservation board [Curbed DC] • Residential project planned beside Meridian Hill Park releases revised renderings [Curbed DC] [...]

D.C. rent comparison: What $1,000/month rents you


See your options in neighborhoods like Friendship Heights and 16th Street Heights Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $1,000/month. With such a low price, be sure stay skeptical and smart; always tour the home first before making any decisions, and never do wire funds. For more tips on how to catch red flags for scams, head to this Zillow article. ↑ When it comes to this list, don’t expect any beauties. Judging on listing photos alone, this one is the best looking, located in Friendship Heights. It offers one bedroom and one bathroom in a semi-detached townhome with 1,152 square feet of space, making this by far the biggest unit on the list. According to the listing, the property offers new carpeting, freshly painted walls, all new appliances, and a washer and dryer. No pets are allowed. The price is $1,095 per month. ↑ For $1,053 per month, this Kingman Park one-bedroom is up for grabs. The listing doesn’t offer too many details on what to expect, except that there is no washer or dryer, but there is shared laundry. Reviews on the development, known as Pentacle Apartments, tend to be pretty low. According to one anonymous resident in June 2017, “The property management could do so much better.” ↑ Time for a studio. Located in 16th Street Heights, this 570-square-foot unit allows for cats and small dogs. The price totals $1,075 per month. ↑ Next up, in Washington Highlands, this 500-square-foot one-bedroom is available for $1,021 per month. The listing reports that the unit comes with a washer and dryer, fresh coats of paint, and a small balcony. ↑ Last on the list is this $1,000 per month one-bedroom in Greenway. No pets are allowed, but the highlights of this rental include that it has central air conditioning, stainless steel appliances, and a washer and dryer. It also includes a private entrance. Gas and water are included in the rent. [...]

In Downtown Bethesda, plans for a 171-unit, 12-story mixed-use project



A little under half a mile away from the Bethesda Metro station

A project, dubbed “Bethesda Gateway,” has been proposed for Downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Bisnow reports that the planned 120-foot-tall mixed-use project would replace a row of single-family homes located at 4300, 4302, and 4304 East-West Highway.

If approved, the 12-story project will house 171 residential units atop 10,000 square feet of retail. The location is less than half a mile away from the Bethesda Metro station.

The developer behind the project is The Bozzuto Group.

So far, public reactions to the project have been a little less than positive. Comments on this Bethesda Magazine article included, “Boy is that UGLY,” “Hideous,” and “Dense. Soulless.” What are your thoughts? Let Curbed DC know in the comments.

Bozzuto Pitches 12-Story Mixed-Use Project In Downtown Bethesda [Bisnow]

Early Designs for Bethesda Gateway Project Submitted to Advisory Panel [Bethesda Magazine]

Midcentury modern home in Silver Spring with two patios lists for $645K



Floor-to-ceiling windows, fireplace, and more included

Another midcentury modern single-family home lands on the D.C. area market, this time designed by architect Charles Goodman. Goodman previously served as head architect at the U.S. Treasury Department and the Air Transport Command and is known for creating the original terminal of Reagan National Airport and Fairfax County’s Hollin Hills community.

This single-family home that recently listed for $645,000 is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Built in 1959, it offers over 2,000 square feet of space with floor-to-ceiling windows, refinished hardwood floors, and a brick, wood-burning fireplace. In the fenced-in yard, there are also two patios.


The lower level foyer opens up to a family room with two closets, a bathroom, and two bedrooms. On the upper floor, that’s where homebuyers will find the kitchen, dining room, and living room as well as three additional bedrooms and two bathrooms.


The listing agent is Suzanne Parmet of Compass.


4009 Ingersol Drive [Estately]

Three D.C. neighborhoods worth watching in 2018


One Southeast neighborhood and two Northeast neighborhoods included Washington, D.C., is in a state of constant change with new projects announced every week. As new projects come, so too do neighborhood real estate prices fluctuate. This year, the Washington, D.C., neighborhood that has undergone the most change, according to Walnut Street Finance CEO Bobby Montagne, is Trinidad. This Northeast neighborhood’s proximity to NoMa and H Street Corridor has driven up homebuyers’ desires for the area. This should be of no surprise, though, as Steve Centrella, a Redfin agent, told Curbed DC in December 2016 that Trinidad was expected to be one of 2017’s most popular neighborhoods for flipping. As the new year approaches, it’s time to make some predictions about which D.C. neighborhoods could see a resurgence. Montagne has a few ideas as to which areas may see the most flipping, gut renovations, and increases in prices. What they all have in common, according to Montagne, is that they were once deemed “edgy” with higher crime rates, few grocery options, and “old and tired” retailers. Soon, they will be deemed up-and-coming, thanks to their affordable housing and great housing stock. With these predictions, Montagne said, “The early movers in [these] neighborhoods will be rewarded handsomely.” Deanwood Five years ago, visitors of this neighborhood would have been “reluctant” to move there because “generally, there’s nothing to do there,” said Montagne, adding, “It wouldn’t have felt safe to move there with young children and try to raise a family there.” Now, Montagne believes that Deanwood is one of the best D.C. neighborhoods for first-time home improvement projects. This year, Redfin ranked this neighborhood as one of the 10 “hottest” U.S. neighborhoods of 2017. With access to two Metro stations, this residential neighborhood offers a small town feel with 31.4 percent of homes sold above the listing price. There is also a lot of development on the way with a new town center planned and the historic Strand Theater expected to be renovated. Hillcrest This Southeast neighborhood has a lot going for it. It’s even been the home of former mayors Marion Barry and Vincent Gray. According to an article published by real estate blog UrbanTurf in 2011, "Hillcrest feels a little like an island" in how it's filled with tree-lined suburban streets. There are few to no commercial options or restaurants in the actual neighborhood, but Montagne says that the housing stock is diverse and ripe for redevelopment. Currently, the median sale price is $505,000, under the city’s median sale price of $555,000. Mayfair/Hillbrook Adjacent to Deanwood, this area is still very affordable, with a median listing price of $315,000. Earlier this year, Hillbrook was anticipated to be 2017’s fastest growing neighborhood of the year, according to Zillow. In the first half of the year, median home values jumped more than 20 percent. [...]

10 things in D.C. that are pretty bad, but not as horrible as the FCC ruling



Ugh, come on, guys

The year, 2017, has quite quite a doozy. Google summed it up well with their Year in Search 2017 video, but the news never sleeps, and that is especially true this Thursday. On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to undo net neutrality rules. Seriously. If there’s any time to panic, dear readers, it’s now.

Curbed sister site The Verge reports, “They [internet providers] can block, throttle, and prioritize content if they wish to. The only real rule is that they have to publicly state that they’re going to do it.”

In response to the 3-2 vote, FCC Member Jessica Rosenworcel described the decision as “rash” and that it puts the FCC “on the wrong side of history” and allows internet providers to “discriminate and manipulate your internet traffic.”

According to The Verge, this is the first time in more than a decade that the FCC has been opposed to net neutrality. In the next few weeks, the FCC will make final adjustments to the rules before later filing them with the Federal Register and having them appear there in a few months.

In light of this turn of events, Curbed DC would like to list some commonly held issues in the nation’s capital that don’t tend to be very popular, but, you know what, they look golden in comparison to the killing of net neutrality. Here are 10 things in D.C. that are pretty bad, but not as horrible as the FCC ruling:

  1. The smell of Metro brakes
  2. A Jumbo Slice at 2 in the morning
  3. When a Maryland or Virginia driver gets confused and cuts you off
  4. When your favorite brunch place has no extra tables, so you’re stuck going to your second favorite brunch place
  5. When the Washington football team loses
  6. When the line at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods Market is so, so, so long
  7. When someone stands on the left on the escalator
  8. People who ride Segways without helmets (yes, it happens)
  9. Red Line delays
  10. Taxation without representation (okay, that’s actually pretty annoying ...)

The FCC just killed net neutrality [The Verge]

Metro now offers free Wi-Fi at 30 stations



Most of the stations are closer to the center of the city

In April 2017, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) first started offering Wi-Fi in the Metro, starting with the following stations: Metro Center, Gallery Place, L'Enfant Plaza, Judiciary Square, Union Station, and Archives. This Thursday, that number has since grown with 24 additional stations offering Wi-Fi.

The additional stations include:

  • Farragut North
  • Farragut West
  • Dupont Circle
  • Foggy Bottom-GWU
  • Cleveland Park
  • Rosslyn
  • Van Ness-UDC
  • Crystal City
  • Tenleytown-AU
  • Smithsonian
  • Friendship Heights
  • Mt. Vernon Square
  • Bethesda
  • Columbia Heights
  • Medical Center
  • Waterfront
  • Forest Glen
  • Navy Yard-Ballpark
  • Wheaton
  • Anacostia
  • Glenmont
  • Courthouse
  • McPherson Square
  • Clarendon

In map form, see the image below. The stations with red dots are the ones that currently offer Wi-Fi.

Click here for a closer look.

In response to this news, one Twitter user was a little less than stellar.

According to a press release, WMATA hopes to have every single station offer WI-Fi by mid-2018.

What are your thoughts? Excited? Disappointed? Let Curbed DC know in the comments.

Free customer Wi-Fi now available at 30 Metro stations [WMATA]

AIA’s Architecture Month seeks poster designs



The deadline for this contest is January 5, 2018

Designers have the chance to get a poster idea featured for a third annual, month-long event hosted by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC). Architecture Month 2018 will feature tours, lectures, and exclusive parties for those who love anything and everything to do with development and construction. As part of this series of events, the AIA|DC is searching for poster designs, which will be displayed in the AIA|DC newsletter, AIA|DC’s social media channels, and Newsflash.

With a deadline by January 5, 2018 at 6 p.m. EST, the 11-inch-by-17-inch original design should have a 1/4-inch margin around the edge that does not have text or graphics. The District Architecture Logo must be included as well as the text, “April is Architecture Month” and "," and space to add sponsor information.

To learn more about the contest, head to the AIA|DC website here.

Architecture Month 2018: Poster Competition DeadlineArchitecture Month 2018: Poster Competition Deadline [AIA|DC]

5.5-acre Brookland mixed-use project planned with hotel, residential space



The project will take over a site that currently houses a parking lot

There are plans to rezone a 5.5-acre site at the corner of Michigan Avenue NE and Irving Street NE in the Brookland neighborhood in order to make way for a mixed-use project with residential, hotel, and commercial uses, as reported by Bisnow.

With hopes to break ground within 12 to 14 months, the first phase will entail a 260-room hotel (dual-brand with Residence Inn and Courtyard Marriott) with up to 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant. The next phase would bring an approximately 600,000-square-foot project with ground-floor retail topped by residential. Bisnow further reported that the final two phases could feature residential and either hotel or office space.

Past plans for the site have included a conference center for Catholic University of America, but it ended up getting canceled. There were also plans for a 314-room hotel with convention and meeting space in 2009.

The developers behind this new project are Buchanan Partners and Pinkard Group, through the entity MIRV Holdings LLC, with Perkins Eastman as the architect.

With New Zoning Application, Buchanan And Pinkard Hope To Revive Long-Stalled Brookland Project [Bisnow]

20 Washington, D.C.-themed gifts actually worth buying



Just in time for the holidays!

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been updated with the most recent information.

Hey, Secret Santas. It's that time of the year again, so you better step up your gift-giving game. That's right. We're talking about gifts that will totally encompass not only your love for Washington, D.C., but the love that your Secret Santees have for the District as well.

From ornaments to cookie cutters to Mambo Sauce, Curbed DC has you covered with the gifts your friend/coworker/spouse/guy across the street will not only appreciate, but convince that you are the one. (Take that however you'd like).

If you're looking for anything related to fashion, technology, or nerd culture, be sure to check out Curbed's sister sites Racked, The Verge, and Polygon, respectively. also has a wonderful gift guide of their own.

Have any other suggestions for D.C.-focused gifts that are definitely worth checking out? Leave a comment below or email the Curbed DC tipline.