Archive for February 19, 2009

Then and Now

Posted in Downtown, Then and Now on February 19, 2009 by Kent

st-mathews-churchThen: From 1838 to 1910, Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church was on the northeast corner of H and 15th Streets.

Southern BuildingNow: The Southern Building has been on the site since 1910.


902 South Carolina Ave, SE

Posted in Capitol Hill, Real Estate on February 19, 2009 by Kent

902-south-carolinaOn Tuesday, I posted my thoughts about the available property at 507 9th Street, SE. That house is currently listed for $549,900 and needs some TLC.

Here, at 902 South Carolina Ave, SE, is a home listed $799,950. To compare the two, it is clear that for about $250,000 more you can have a house on Capitol Hill that is move in ready. After seeing the house on 9th street, this house shined. That said, I think you could put the $250,000 into the 9th street house and have a home that is just as nice on the inside as this one.

So, lets look at what 902 has to offer. It had all new floors, a new kitchen, and was nothing but spit and polish. It showed very well and will clearly attract attention. One thing that it has that not many homes have was a converted free standing structure in the back that was essentially a bedroom and bathroom, which had a separate rear entrance that lead away from the property. Many homes in the area tend to be landlocked where all gardening supplies have to be brought through the house.

One thing I didn’t like was the box fireplace in the front room. It looked to be a new addition, and as Capitol Hill homes can be on the small side, I think it detracted more than it added. Another qwirk with this house is that — being on South Carolina, a diagonal street — the rooms weren’t square, but rather, trapezoidal in shape. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but is an added challenge when it comes time to place furniture.

See listing here >>

Mercury Cougar XR7

Posted in Vintage Vehicles with tags , on February 19, 2009 by Kent

This is another vintage car I spotted in my neighborhood. Judging from the grill, I’m thinking its a 1971-73 model year. Its nice that its a convertable, and the top was in good shape. mercury-cougar-xr7

Real Estate Seems to be Moving

Posted in Real Estate on February 19, 2009 by Kent

under-contractI’ve noticed a number of Under Contract signs lately, and am taking that as a sign that real estate might be picking up. The house across the street from me just had a contract accepted on it, and its been on the market for nearly a year. I’m definitly going to be watching the market to see if my hunch is correct.

Am I the Last Person to Find Out About Freecycle?

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Renovation and Restoration on February 19, 2009 by Kent

Pine built in cupboardDoes everyone know about Freecycle but me? Over the weekend, a neighbor of mine needed assistance picking up a cupboard that she got off Freecycle, so we hopped in my truck and brought it home. I had never heard of this resource. As you can see, the cupboard isn’t bad. So I decided to join and see what its about.

The welcoming email provided the following:

Freecycle matches people who have things they need to get rid of with people who can use them. The goal is to keep usable items out of the landfill. By using what we already have on this earth, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth. Freecycle encourages us to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process. Free your inner pack rat!

This Freecycle group is part of an international movement with thousands of groups all over the world. Please help this group grow by spreading the word to your friends, family, and neighbors! For more information on Freecycle and a list of other Freecycle groups, visit There’s a link on the main page.


Posted in Downtown, Lost Washington, Streetlamps on February 19, 2009 by Kent

street-lamp-15th-and-h This streetlamp was originally on the northeast corner of 15th and H Streets, NW. This is from a photo that was taken sometime in the mid- to late 19th century.

Update on Park Place (Condos) at Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro

Posted in 16th Street Heights, Condos/Apartments, Park View, Petworth, Plants & Gardening on February 19, 2009 by Kent

I thought this was really cool. Yesterday, as I was going to work, I noticed that they are putting decorative trees and shrubs on top of the Park Place apartments. Check out the photo below.

Park Place Condos