What You Should Do in DC This Weekend: Vol. 13

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Check out these events and activities in the Washington, DC area this weekend!

Friday, January 23rd:

For Auto Enthusiasts: Attend the largest public event in the DC area for some of the latest and most sustainable auto innovations. A haven for all things auto, The Washington Auto Show will encompass over 700 new makes and models from 42 manufacturers. Due to its popularity, the event’s time frame has doubled from previous years and will run through February 1st.

For Home Improvement Buffs: Whether you’ve bought a home or are still in the market, the Home + Remodeling Show is a place of inspiration for all. Browse exhibits that include every product and service from windows to furniture or interior designers to cookware that will fuel your next home improvement project. Starting on Friday, January 23rd, the show runs all weekend until Sunday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center.

For Magic Fans: Two professional magicians, Brian Curry and Mark Phillips, battle it out on stage to become ‘Washington DC’s Favorite Magician’ in their show Catch Me. Audience members run the show by requesting styles of magic and determining the overall winner. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Saturday, January 24th:

For Culture Lovers: Spend the day celebrating everything Scottish at the Hylton in the Highlands festival at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. All ages can experience Scotland’s culture and history through interactive activities, performances, exhibits and more. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For the Drink Connoisseurs: Step out of your comfort zone and try amaro, the bitter yet increasingly popular Italian herbal liqueur, at That’s Amaro! at Urbana Restaurant from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The class will run through all the must-know brands and styles of amaro, in addition to learning the best ways to serve the drink.

Sunday, January 25th:

For Food Lovers: Take your love for food to a new level at the National Geographic Museum’s Food: Our Global Kitchen. This exhibit allows visitors to see the journey of food from farm to fork, make virtual meals and enjoy tastings (soups and stews this week) from the test kitchen. Open everyday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through February 22nd, this is a great way to expand your food knowledge!

For Music Lovers: Venture to The Hamilton for a live performance from The Steel Wheels. Known for their raw energy, this group of musicians group tightly around one microphone to create their own version of acoustic Americana roots. Hitting it big in 2010 with their breakout album Red Wing, The Steel Wheels are a group you don’t want to miss.

Have a great weekend!

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 12

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Here’s some fun stuff to get into this weekend!

Friday, January 9th:

For the Foodies: The winter’s biggest restaurant opening was this week! José Andrés debuts China Chilcano, his first Peruvian eatery. The Penn Quarter restaurant specializes in Peru’s many culinary influences—Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. Looks like they might be totally booked this weekend, but you can start making plans to visit by booking your reservation online or calling (202)783-0941.

For Literary Buffs:  Naked Girls Reading, which is just what it sounds like, is back for its first show of 2015. This one is called “Come Into My Parlor,” and it’s all about staying warm in this freezing weather. Things may get slightly scandalous, but overall, the night is more about art, literature, and celebrating the human form. Tickets $20, available online 10 PM

For Music Lovers: Been to a show at The Hamilton Live yet? New Orleans Suspects and Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat are performing this Friday, January 9th and Saturday, January 10th. The band’s third CD Ouroboros was released on Louisiana Red Hot Records on October 14, 2014, to rave reviews! Doors open at 7:00 P.M. Showtime is 8:30 P.M. Tickets are $27.00-$35.00. For More Info click here or call 202-787-1000. 

For the Film Buff: This week is the 19th Annual Iranian Film Festival and on Friday they are presenting Manuscripts Don’t Burn: Made in defiance of a 20-year ban on filmmaking, this incendiary thriller was inspired by the Iranian government’s 1995 attempt to murder several prominent writers and intellectuals. Cost: FREE Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Freer Gallery of Art(202) 633-4880 

Saturday, January 10th: 

For Elvis Fans: The King would be 80 this year, so go celebrate at Elvis’s Birthday Fight Club, hosted at Gala Theatre. There’ll be crazy announcing, entertaining fighting, burlesque, and comedy in between. Tickets $18 are available online. 8 PM

For Vodka and/or Whiskey Drinkers: The newest member of the District’s growing local drinking scene makes its debut on Saturday. One Eight Distiling, DC’s second production distillery since Prohibition, opens its doors in Ivy City just off New York Avenue, Northeast. Tours are free, and food truck eats are available. The distillery will be open for tours and tastings (21+ only) on Saturday from 1 to 4, starting this week. Admission is first come, first served, and groups will be kept fairly small to allow for questions. Once production is up and running, the team plans to collaborate with local restaurants, bars, and liquor stores—but for now you can buy bottles of the vodka ($36) and white whiskey ($34) on premises. A lineup of food trucks has been scheduled to provide food, starting with Red Hook Lobster Pound this Saturday.

For Beer Lovers: Want to get to know DC Craft Breweries? Then check out The Ultimate Craft Brew Tour by DC Brew Tours! This ‘Original Brew Tour’ event provides beer enthusiast with an insider’s look into how three different DC’s breweries craft their celebrated brews. Perfect for beginners, connoisseurs, home brewers, and everything in between! Ticket price includes lunch, lots of beer, bottles of water, transportation, and VIP access into DC’s brewing scene! Cost: $85

For Art Lovers: Intersections-Bernardí Roig, No/Escape Extended through April 5, 2015 at The Phillips Collection, Mallorcan artist Bernardí Roig installs 6 sculptural works in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, challenging visitors to rethink the definition of the museum. Roig draws parallels between the poignant social commentary offered in his and Honoré Daumier’s works, addressing the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination,absence and presence. Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday Noon‒7 pm & Thursday extended hours 5‒8:30 pm

For the Wanna-be Yogis: Want to try Yoga? Then visit Yoga Noma’s Workshop: Yoga ABCs & they will teach you the yoga basics. They’ll help demystify all those funny names, teach you the most basic poses, and help you get a little more comfortable with being challenged in a safe way. 1:45-3:45pm $20

For Ska Music Fans:  Always a fun time, The Pietasters are back at 9:30 Club Doors 8:00 PM, Tickets $15

Sunday, January 11th: 

For Antique Collectors: Katzen Arts Center hosts the Washington Winter Show. If you have some old stuff that you want to get rid of—or at least learn the value of—bring it with you. There’ll be appraisers, lectures, exhibitors, cocktails, and more. Tickets $20 are available online. 11 AM to 8 PM (also Friday and Saturday)

For a Free Laugh: Free Comedy at Wonderland Ballroom – Sundays – 7 PM Every Sunday night this show will feature DC’s best stand-up comics along with a few newer comics performing at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights. Many of these comics regularly perform with national touring headliners at the DC Improv and Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.  No cover. You must be 21 to enter.

For Some Unique Entertainment:  One of Brian Feldman’s signature projects, “txt” (pronounced ‘text’) makes its D.C. premiere in 2015 at American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought (located within the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market in Brookland); with 48 performances taking place at 7:00 PM every Sunday (except Feb. 1, Feb. 22, May 10 and Sep. 13), beginning on January 4, 2015.“txt” is an interactive performance featuring a mysterious character named txt, played by Brian, who recites increasingly absurdist dialogue written anonymously by the audience in real time via Twitter. All audience members are instructed to bring a smartphone, ideally fully-charged, and actively use it during the show’s 45 minute duration. It is not necessary to have a Twitter account in order to participate, as everyone in attendance is randomly assigned a protected and anonymous account for their use. Doors 6:45 PM, Show 7:00 PM Tickets $20

Have a great weekend!

SOLD in 9 DAYS! Adorable 3 level home in Friendship Heights!

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Cute as pie! Super adorable 3 level, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 2 half bath, 2100 sq ft home offers Central HVAC, original hardwood floors, partial finished basement with half bath, off street parking. Great location, just 3 blocks to Friendship Heights metro. Schools: Janney Elementary, Deal & Wilson

5331 42nd Place, NW (Click for Google Map)

Price: $775,000

Sale Price: $752,000

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 1.55

Does this listing look like a property that you have and are looking to sell? If so, DC Home Buzz could be the perfect agency to list with. We now offer a $9900 flat fee listing rate, which includes a committed team of relators, customized marketing, staging and more. If you have questions, or just want more details, send us an email at info@dchomebuzz.com.

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

SOLD $10K Above List Price in 5 Days!

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Great Mount Vernon Square location! Just 4 blocks to metro, Safeway, and all the great dining & nightlife of the Mt. Vernon/Chinatown area. Walkscore=92. This condo has it all: stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, in-unit washer/dryer, low condo fees, & a PRIVATE balcony/deck. Pet friendly building.

310 M Street NW #4 (Click for Google Map)

Price: $285,000

Sale Price: $295,000

Bedrooms: 1

Baths: 1

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

Does this listing look like a property that you have and are looking to sell? If so, DC Home Buzz could be the perfect agency to list with. We now offer a $9900 flat fee listing rate, which includes a committed team of relators, customized marketing, staging and more. If you have questions, or just want more details, send us an email at info@dchomebuzz.com.

DC Home Buzz One of DC’s 50 On Fire Finalists

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We were honored to be a finalist in the Real Estate & Architecture Category of InTheCapital’s 50 on Fire! Congratulations to all of the winners! Especially Ati’s favorite, Homesnap!

Medy & Des attended the awards event at Howard Theatre on December 4th 2014. (Pictured at left, a selfie from the event.)

The photo shoot was so much fun! In The Capital just sent us our photos and they are so cute we just had to share! Sadly, we were missing 2 from our team that day to work the camera with us–Des & Collin, you were missed! Check out the photos from that day at their space in Rosslyn. It was very cool, we were surrounded by 360 views of DC & Arlington! The guys from Grvty were super fun & did a great job as well. We hope to be a part of it again next year!

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Happy Holidays! A Recap of Our 2nd Annual Client Appreciation Holiday Party

DCHB-Holiday20142014 was an amazing & successful year for DC Home Buzz, thanks to our incredible clients and friends!

In honor of everyone that has helped us along the way, we hosted our Second Annual Client Appreciation Party on Friday, December 5th at 7pm. We invited over 100 of our friends, past and present clients to our beautiful & festively decorated Columbia Heights loft office space, where they enjoyed delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, a dessert buffet, great music provided by local DJs Keenan & Smudge, and a open bar- complete with a signature DC Home Buzz cocktail, a Pear & White Cranberry Bellini. Catch some highlights by clicking the photo collage below to see the entire Facebook album with photos taken by the talented photographer Bryan Dozier.

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Special thanks to our most excellent sponsors, Alex Jaffe of First Home Mortgage & Federal Title, who helped make the event a success!

           

SOLD! 756 Hobart Pl, NW

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DC Home Buzz is excited to feature 756 Hobart Place NW on our “Just Sold!” blog. With our expert realtors, complimentary staging, and tailored marketing efforts, including a virtual tour, special brokers email, professional property photography, social media blasts and exposure on over a dozen websites, DC Home Buzz was able to close on another beautiful listing.

Here are some details about the property:

Address: 756 Hobart Pl, NW

Fabulously renovated end-unit town home in the heart of it all. Features 3 bedrooms and 1 Full bath. Charming  curb appeal with a welcoming front porch. Stunning hardwood floors throughout main and upper levels. Open living & dining room, sparkling new kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counter tops & beautiful cabinets. French doors off kitchen open to rear facing private deck. Fully finished lower level great for family room or 4th bedroom.  Perfect location,  steps to all the great restaurants and shops on the 11th Street corridor and Columbia Heights.

List Price: $529,000

Sale Price: $515,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Does this listing look like a property that you have and are looking to sell? If so, DC Home Buzz could be the perfect agency to list with. We now offer a $9900 flat fee listing rate, which includes a committed team of realtors, customized marketing, staging and more. If you have questions, or just want more details, send us an email at info@dchomebuzz.com.

Three Great Properties Open Sat 12/6 & Sunday, 12/7!

 

Nicely Updated Town Home with Garage in Woodside!

9 Grace Church Ct. Silver Spring, MD (Click address for Google Map)

Great opportunity to own a nicely updated town-home with a garage in Woodside. Grace Church HOA $35/monthly. Modern updated kitchen and bathrooms. Wood burning fire places in the spacious rec room and living room. Beautiful laminate floors installed throughout. Low maintenance fenced backyard for entertaining. Located conveniently to Downtown Silver Spring, 495, Silver Spring Metro, and NW DC

Click the photo for the virtual tour. 

Open House Saturday, December 6th, 1-3 PM.

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For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Balaram Owens, Arbour Realty

(301) 366-3669 (cell)

875 N. Randolph St., Ste C,
Arlington VA 22203
E-mail: bowens@dmvhomesells.com

Awesome 4 BR 3.5 BA Town Home in Eastern Market!

136 Kentucky Avenue SE (Click address for Google Map)

Open Sunday, Dec 7th from  2-4 PM.

Opportunity Knocks in Capitol Hill! Don’t miss this fabulous home just half a block from Lincoln Park. Period details offer tons of potential for a classic restoration: soaring 12′ ceilings, Victorian built-ins, grand pocket doors, wainscoting galore, & original hardwood floors. Half a mile from Eastern Market metro. Perfect for live-in renovation or full rehab.

Offered at $799,00

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Adorable Detached 3 Level Home in Friendship Heights!

5331 42nd Place NW (Click address for Google Map)

Cute as pie! Super adorable 3 level, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 2 half bath, 2100 sq ft home offers Central HVAC, original hardwood floors, partial finished basement with half bath, off street parking. Great location, just 3 blocks to Friendship Heights metro. Schools: Janney Elementary, Deal & Wilson

Click the photo for the virtual tour.

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For more information on both properties, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

Two New Listings Open this Sunday!

 

Adorable 1 BR 1BA Coop in U St Corridor!

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1440 W St. NW #403 (Click for Google Map)

Open House Sunday, November 23rd, 2-4 PM. Please call Meche to be let inside: 202-779-1173

Come and view this great 1 bedroom 1 bathroom unit conveniently located just blocks from the U Street Corridor and the U Street Metro Station. The Location cannot be beat. With a walk score of 97 it truly is a walker’s paradise – essentially all of your errands can be run on foot. Prefer to bike or take public transportation? This location has excellent transit options and is very bikeable with lots of bike lanes. This coop does have an income restriction. The maximum income one person can earn and still qualify for this unit is $47,950 (annually). Coop fees include underlying mortgage, taxes and some utilities. Way cheaper than paying rent. This unit has updated appliances, a great layout and is in good condition.

What is a coop?  It’s similar to a condo. There is a monthly fee, a mortgage, you live in the unit, share common areas, buy and sell it all the same as a condo. One difference is that you do not actually take the title of the property, the unit is owned by a corporation and you buy a share of the corporation resulting in a proprietary lease to live in the unit as long as you own the share.

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Meche Martinez

(202) 779-1173 (cell)

meche@dchomebuzz.com

Nicely Updated Town Home with Garage in Woodside!

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9 Grace Church Ct. (Click for Google Map)

Open House Sunday, November 23rd, 1-3 PM.

Great opportunity to own a nicely updated town-home with a garage in Woodside. Grace Church HOA $35/monthly. Modern updated kitchen and bathrooms. Wood burning fire places in the spacious rec room and living room. Beautiful laminate floors installed throughout. Low maintenance fenced backyard for entertaining. Located conveniently to Downtown Silver Spring, 495, Silver Spring Metro, and NW DC

Presented by DC Home Buzz. For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Balaram Owens, Arbour Realty

(301) 366-3669 (cell)

875 N. Randolph St., Ste C,
Arlington VA 22203
E-mail: bowens@dmvhomesells.com

Confessions of Home Buyers & Sellers: Michael & Victoria

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Check out what our most recent home buyers & sellers, Michael & Victoria, had to say about their experience with DC Home Buzz. Thanks for your contribution and congratulations on your new home!

What was the moment you decided to find a new place?

We have loved living in our Petworth house since 2009 (purchased through Ati and the DC Home Buzz team), but after our son was born, we wanted to move to a more quiet neighborhood and ideally find a house with a larger backyard and more privacy.

Why did you choose the neighborhood you chose?

We loved walking in Crestwood and enjoyed its proximity to downtown, but more serene and quiet feel than our previous place near Georgia Ave. We quickly transitioned from enjoying walking in the neighborhood to envisioning ourselves moving there for the right opportunity.

 

What were some of the complications you encountered during your home search? 

We had a complicated series of ups-and-downs, mostly associated with juggling the timing, financing, and logistics associated with both selling one house and purchasing another with the proceeds. The house we settled on had some additional complications due to a few points of contention associated with financing and inspection contingencies. Then the day of closing, we had some additional last minute hurdles. All in all, the stresses associated with the move itself almost didn’t seem bad by comparison.

How did the DC Home Buzz team help you to overcome those complications?  

Rob and the entire DC Home Buzz team were responsive, level-headed, and knowledgeable throughout the process. They helped us navigate the ups-and-downs and always came through with great counsel, whether about negotiations, finance, or the right fit for our family’s needs.

Did you purchase a fixer upper? Do you plan to do any renovations?

The home we purchased had recently been renovated, but we envision trying to make some progress on landscaping and some exterior upgrades.

Anything you wish you knew before you started the process? 

Despite wanting to approach the process mostly analytically, it’s impossible to not have your emotions about specific properties bleed into your thinking and occasionally seem overwhelming. That’s where the value of a trusted agent comes in handy.

Anything else you’d like to add? 

Our family is grateful to be in our new house and to the DC Home Buzz team for all the hard work on our behalf.

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