What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 10

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This weekend is packed with fun stuff to do!

Friday, September 19th:

For fans of Orange Is the New Black & BurlesqueBlack Cat hosts Burlesque is the New Black an Orange Is the New Black-themed burlesque show.  Break out your orange prison jumpsuit, there’s even an OITNB costume contest! Tickets ($12 in advance, $15 door) are available online. 9 PM.

For Pre-gaming: H St Festival is on Saturday and most participating bars like Sticky Rice, Red Rocks & more are hosting special pre-festival events. Free, 5pm to Close.

For Art Lovers: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hosts a preview of “Uncensored,” an art show celebrating the kickoff of Banned Books Week. There’ll be live music, cocktails inspired by the banned books, and loads of art. Tickets ($50) are available online. 7 PM.

Saturday, September 20th:

For the cuteness factor: Kick off Octoberfest at the Weiner 500 Dash at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza with canine contests open to all breeds, including best costume and best trick, plus music and a beer garden. The event is FREE to attend, but racers must register with a $20 donation. 

Festival:  The H Street Festival is this Saturday! 10 blocks of H Street will shut down, with music, vendors, new bars and restaurants will have previews, and you can check out the streetcars. Free. Noon to 7 PM.

For Bacon lovers: Capitol Bacon Festival at the Fairgrounds outside of Nats Park. Entry gets you 3 bacon samples. You can also listen to live music, hit the full-service bars, and souvenirs. Tickets ($20) are available online. 1 to 7 PM.

Sunday, September 21st:

For Beer & Dog Lovers: Crystal City’s Festival Grounds (near Long Bridge Park) hosts Pups and Pilsners, a dog friendly beer festival including Crystal City restaurants and local brewers. Tickets ($20) are available online. 2 to 6 PM.

For Weird Eats: Festicle is a cook-off to see who can cook the most delicious Rocky Mountain Oysters. We are NOT joking! Spike Mendelson, Erik Bruner-Yang, and Tim Ma will all be cooking as well as entertainment from circus performances and live music from 4 local bands. Tickets ($15 to $25) are available online. 1 PM.

Brand New Listing in Petworth! Open Sunday, 9/21!

We have a fabulous new listing in Petworth Open this Sunday, September 21st. Check out the details below!

950-Shepherd-St-NW

Open Sunday, 9/21 from 2 to 4 pm

Address950 Shepherd Street, NW (Click address for Google Map)

Charming 4 BR 3.5 BA home in Petworth! Features include hardwood flooring, renovated kitchen with granite and stainless steel appliances opens to huge backyard with deck & storage shed. Separate entry to 1 BR, 1 BA unit. Off-street parking for 2 cars! High walk score! Great location just 3 blocks to Petworth Metro Station (Green & Yellow lines) and just 1 block to grocery store.

Click the photo for the virtual tour!

Price: $699,900

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

Open Houses this Sunday 9/14: New Listings! 1390 V St NW & 756 Hobart Pl NW

We have TWO new listings with Open Houses this Sunday, September 14th. Check out the details below. 

1390VStNW-322

Open Sunday, 9/14 from 2 to 4 pm

Address: 1390 V Street, NW #322

Beautiful 1 bedroom 1 bath condo at Langston Lofts in amazing location! Loft construction features designer lighting, gleaming hardwood floors, 11 foot ceilings, light filled floor to ceiling windows & private balcony. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances and sparkling granite counter tops. Washer Dryer in unit, Central A/C. Walker’s Paradise walk score of 91! Steps to all the shopping, dining and entertainment of 14th & U Streets. Just 2 blocks to U Street – Cardozo Metro station!

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Price: $449,000

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms: 1

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

756HobartNWOpen Sunday, 9/14 from 2 to 4 pm

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.

Click the photo for the virtual tour!

Price: $529,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Desmond McKenna

(202) 276-2808 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

 

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 9

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This weekend is packed with some fun things to do. Here’s some we recommend:

Friday, September 5th:

For the weirdo in all of us: Black Cat hosts Circus-a-Go-Go, a variety show featuring the “human noodle,” a strongman, burlesque dancers, a Hula Hooping expert, and other oddities and circus acts for you gawk at. Tickets ($12) are available online. 9 PM.

Saturday, September 6th:

Who doesn’t like shopping? The Kennedy Center is having a sidewalk sale! Don’t ask us what they will be selling but we think it’s worth checking out! Also present will be the International Spy Museum, Friends of the National Zoo, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and more museums from around the city. Free. 10 AM to 5 PM.

For the food truck enthusiasts: Check out the Curbside Cookoff awards. Where there will be a live cookoff between all your favorite trucks and other awards! $5. 11 AM to 7 PM at First and M streets, Northeast.

If you love oysters: Union Market is hosting the DC Oyster Fest at its Dock 5 space. A ticket includes 6 oysters, a glass of beer or wine, and the chance to be a part of  an oyster-eating contest, a shucking contest, and oyster-themed arts and crafts. Live bluegrass music too! Tickets ($20 available online). Noon.

Saturday, September 6th & Sunday, Sunday September 7th:

For the art lover: Washington, DC’s Largest Public Art Project, 5×5, Opens this Weekend-September 6 & 7! Most of the tours are sold out but you can check it out on your own with a little help from this map from DCist!

For the seafood lover: Enjoy the end of summer at this weekend’s Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park will offer crabs, oysters, demonstrations, beer and oyster tastings, music, volleyball and lots more! Tickets are $15-$65.

Sunday, September 7th:

For the hip-hop heads: So awesome it sold out for Saturday night, Grits & Biscuits at the 9:30 Club, where DJ E.Z. Mo Breezy’s will be spinning southern hip-hop. You should get your tickets before it sells out, too!

Open Houses this Sunday 9/7: New Listings! 904 Webster St, NW & 1355 Montague St, NW

We have TWO new listings with Open Houses this Sunday, September 7th. Check out the details below. 

904-Webster-St-NW

Open Sunday, 9/7 from 2 to 4 pm

Address: 904 Webster Street, NW

Stunning renovation in Petworth with legal 1 BR basement rental unit! Features an open floor plan, gleaming oak floors and fireplace. The top floor master suite includes a spa bath and balcony overlooking backyard.  Chef’s kitchen offers cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances, granite countertops. Huge, fenced backyard! Plentiful On-Street Parking, just 1/2 mile to Petworth Metro (Green & Yellow Lines), 2 blocks to great dining.

Click the photo for the virtual tour!

Price: $729,000

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4.5

 

 

PicMonkey Collage

 

Open Sunday, 9/7 from 2 to 4 pm

Address: 1355 Montague Street, NW

FABULOUS opportunity! Spacious, detached home in sought-after 16th Street Heights. Features beautiful front porch, hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace & classic Victorian detail. HUGE backyard with 2-3 parking spaces. Dual-Zone, Central Air Condition. Unfinished basement has tons of potential for additional living space.

Click the photo for the virtual tour!

Price: $599,000

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4.5

 

 

 

 

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

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

 

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 8

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This weekend is packed with some fantastic events. Here’s some we recommend:

Friday, August 8th:

For the history buff: Gain some historical knowledge at the Decatur House. This Friday, the White House Historical Association is giving FREE tours of the nearly 200 year old historical abode at 11:00 am, 12:30, and 2:00 pm. Check out more info on their website.

For the wannabe spies: Get your Bond fix this Friday with a showing of Casino Royale at Union Market. The Union Market Drive-In will screen outdoors on the market’s 3-story wall. People will be able to watch the movies from their parked cars and listen through their car radios or from the picnic area in front of the market. A variety of Union Market vendors and Suburbia will also participate serving themed food, drinks and snacks. Cost is $10 per car and tickets are available online here. You can also sit in the picnic area for free on a first come first serve basis, so get there fast! Gates open at 6:00 pm and close at 8:15.

Saturday, August 9th:

For the child in us all: Throw on your swimwear and gather the crew for DC’s biggest Water Battle at Splash Yards this Saturday. This FREE event will be featuring live DJ music,  a tiki bar by Bluejacket, summery frozen drinks, lawn games, pools, water slides, surfboard water game, lounge stations, misting tent, complete with a giant Instagram photo booth. The Water Battle will take place at 4:00 pm. Buckets of water and water soakers and blasters will be provided. Check out more info here.

For the foodie: This Saturday, RUNINOut and Social Group DC will be launching Clarendon’s first-ever Food Crawl! Over 50 DC-area foodies will converge on Wilson Blvd to sample signature dishes from 4 restaurants in 4 hours. The event will start at 12:30pm at Ri Ra. Then at 1:30 pm, participants will split off into two different groups and visit Facia Luna and Mexicali Blues. Each group will have 45 minutes in both places and switch off. There will be drink specials in each location. Finally, at 4pm both groups will join up at Hunan One for more food and drinks. Click here for more details and click here for tickets.

Saturday, August 9th & Sunday, August 10th:

For the shopaholic: Get your shop on at Alexandria’s 5th Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale this Saturday-Sunday to grab some of the hottest summer deals. The two day event will take place throughout Old Town and Del Ray. Over 50 shops will host promotional events and clearance sales offering deeply-discounted summer merchandise and product demonstrations from some of Alexandria’s top boutiques and design stores.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 7

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While the forecast shows possible showers this weekend, thats no excuse not to get out and enjoy this cooler than normal weather! Here’s a few things you could DO in DC this weekend – rain or shine.

Friday, August 1st:

For the jazz lovers: Food, music, and art is a perfect combination. If you love these things, then you will enjoy the weekly Jazz in the Garden. Jazz in the Garden is a free concert series featuring an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles including salsa, blusion, xylophone, and Afrofunk, every Friday evening from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Guests may purchase food and beverages from the Pavilion Café and its carts located around the Garden or bring their own picnics. Cross your fingers for good weather!

For the serious jazz lovers: Take your love of jazz a bit further at Backbeat Underground, a live jazz show this Friday at Tropicalia. Backbeat Underground honors the talent and resiliency of jazz artists who adapted to a changing audience by adding elements of funk and soul to their sound, giving birth to an entirely new genre of music that’s vital and relevant today. From Grant Green to The New Mastersounds and Freddie Hubbard to Soulive, Backbeat Underground lays down a smoldering blend of soulful funk and jazz. Check out more info here.

For the dance-all-nighters: If you love to dance, then the Art on 8th is the event for you.  Join the DC Casineros’ company of community DJs and dancers for an evening of Son, Songo, Timba, Guaguanco, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Guaracha, and Rumba. The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is just steps from the Brookland/CUA Metro (Red Line) and is completely free! Get your dance on starting at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, August 2nd:

For the market perusers: Celebrate summer at the DC MEET Market this Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm in Logan Circle at the corner of 15th & P Street NW, DC. This week’s market will be featuring authentic Peruvian dishes from one of DC’s top-rated food trucks, Peruvian Brothers, a craft tent, and live music!  Last but not least, the market will showcase over 40 local vendors selling their goods from home décor, handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and prepared foods. For more information, click here.

For the jokesters: Check out Underground Comedy, featuring DC’s best stand-up comics, this Saturday night at the Capitol Lounge. The show is free. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7.

Sunday, August 3rd:

For the brunchers: Enjoy a relaxing brunch at the Petworth Citizen this Sunday morning. Featuring mimosas $5/gl or $15/liter carafe; this neighborhood brunch is sure to help you recover from your Friday and/or Saturday night! Old favorites like Chicken & Waffles and Corned Beef Hash grace the menu as do new favorites like a Chorizo & Crab Frittata.

For the party-all-weekenders: Dine, dance, and enjoy happy hour specials all night long to celebrate the Wonderland Ballroom‘s 10th anniversary. The festivities begin in the beer garden starting at 4:00 pm.

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 6


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DC has so many events to offer this weekend, it’s hard to choose! However, we’ve managed to narrow down the list to our top picks. Check out our personal recommendations of what you should DOinDC this weekend:

Friday, July 25th

For the movie goers: Ditch the traditional old movie theater and opt for a classic drive-in movie instead! This summer, Union Market will be hosting a drive-in movie series. This Friday’s film is ‘The Life Aquatic.’  The screen will be displayed on Union Market’s 3-story wall and there will also be a variety of vendors serving themed food and drinks. Get there on time, because the park gates close at 8:15. Tickets cost $10 for parking and you can buy them here.

For art appreciators: Gaze at the works of local artists with a cocktail in hand at Last Fridays DC Art Crawl. Last Fridays DC is a monthly art event that promotes local talent by showcasing artists in local venues. Attendees are able to browse different artists’ galleries by visiting the venues and enjoying the specials they have provided for the event. This weekend’s event runs from 6:00pm-10:00pm, starting at Lost Society. Click here for more info and tickets.

Saturday, July 26th

For the yogis: Start off your Saturday right with sunrise yoga on the dock. Key Bridge Boathouse will be hosting yoga class starting at 7:00 am. Click here to sign up and for a list of other classes.

For any Redskins fan who owns a dog: Olde Towne Pet Resort is having its own take on the 2014 football pre-season: Dog Agility Training Camp on Saturday. Coinciding with Redskins Training Camp, which kicks off on July 24th, Old Towne Pet Resort will host a play day where dogs will have the opportunity to participate in a training camp of their own.  This ones a little pricey ($50), but who doesn’t want to splurge on man’s best friend? Also, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Washington Humane Society. The camp will be hosted at the Springfield and Dulles locations. Three classes will be offered and will begin at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. Dogs of all ages and sizes are eligible to participate. Check out more info about the schedule here or email Katy Salo at ksalo@oldetownepetresort.com to sign up.

For the beer lovers: Want to expand your beer tasting knowledge? Look no further than Drink the District: Beer Edition, where you can take an unlimited tasting journey through more than 50 beers from around the world and dive into DC’s most delicious food trucks. This third annual event features lawn games and live music on the main stage at the New York Avenue city block between 5th and 6th Streets this Saturday. Tickets cost $40 and include 3 hours of unlimited tastings of 50+ Beer, unlimited full pours of Bud Light & Shock Top, and live music, lawn games, & food trucks.  Sign up here for the afternoon or evening session to celebrate beer and summer in the nation’s capital.

Sunday, July 27th

For the history buff: Still have some patriotic fever left over from the 4th? Join Dwane Starlin, a member of The Guild of Professional Guides of Washington, D.C., for a tour de force of Georgetown during the “Second Revolutionary War”! Starting at 10:00 am, visit & view that areas of Georgetown that were part of the conflict, which finally established the United States as a country and not a just a former British Colony. The tour ends at the Francis Scott Key Park. The ticket price ($15) includes a tour of the Dumbarton House. Get them here.

 For the crab gorgers: Old Town’s Jackson 20 is set to host its annual Bounty of the Bay crab fest series this Sunday from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm. The fest will include a full scale crab boil complete with Maryland blue crabs, peel and eat shrimp, oysters rockefeller, summer corn, and boiled red potatoes from Chef Brian McPherson. The summer series will be hosted in the restaurant’s spacious courtyard, dress casual and prepare to get messy! Tickets ($48) and include all food, tax and gratuity (excludes alcohol). For reservations, call (703) 842-2790.

Confessions of a First Time Homebuyer: Sarah

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Check out what one of our most recent first time homebuyers, Sarah, had to say about her experience with DC Home Buzz. Thanks for your contribution, Sarah, and congratulations on your new home!

 

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

I have lived in DC since 2012, and the thought of owning a home in the city never crossed my mind. After all, DC has numerous million-dollar homes that make homeownership for a single girl in her late 20s seem very unattainable! One of my coworkers, who is a friend  of Connie’s at DC Home Buzz, happened to mention the DC Opens Doors program. As she told me about it, it seemed almost unreal – you can purchase a home in the city for no money down; you just have to live in it for five years and meet certain other criteria. Once I explained the program to my parents and got their opinion (if they think it’s a good idea, it must be!), I looked up a program-approved lender, met with Connie, and got things going!

Why did you choose to live in the neighborhood you chose?

After renting a Georgetown basement for a year and spending another year in Mount Pleasant, I decided that the Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights area is more my speed. I lived in Ecuador for two years while in the Peace Corps, and the neighborhood feels very similar. In fact, Columbia Heights has the highest concentration of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in DC! It also doesn’t hurt that Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Giant and many other stores are all right there.

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

I think my story is unique in that there really weren’t many complications. I had a tight budget, and the first two places I saw dampened my spirits a little, but I was positive Connie was saving the best for last – the third (and final) place I saw ended up being the one! The main thing that was stressful for me was paying closing costs (I initially hadn’t planned on it, but that’s how it worked out).

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

Both Connie at DC Home Buzz and my lender worked with me to schedule my closing date to ensure that I felt comfortable with the timing and costs of closing.

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

I was really lucky  – my condo had just been renovated with new appliances, brand new hard wood floors, and a nice color of paint on the walls. I probably  won’t have to do anything to it unless I want to have the walls painted a different color!

Anything you wish you knew before you started the process?

I wish I knew how much information the lender was going to request from me – there is extra paperwork for the DC Opens Doors program. Make sure you have access to prior year tax returns and any other financial information.

Any tips or tricks for homebuyers looking to buy soon?

I’m sure your realtor will tell you this, but keep an open mind! Even if the pictures look undesirable or the square footage is lower than what you want, go see it. It can’t hurt, and you just might be pleasantly surprised!

Love Your Home & Your Planet: 10 Ways To Go Green

world map no. 6 Jessica IllustrationWe love all things eco-friendly here at DC Home Buzz. With the new go green movement, its easier than ever to find eco friendly products and ideas. Sure, you can turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and turn off lights when you leave a room (which is great if you’re already in a habit of doing these things), but there are other little things you could do as well. Here are a few of our favorite, hassle-free ways to make your home and your daily routine more green.

1. Switch up your household cleaners

We all tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to the household cleaners we buy. You might also think that more natural products won’t leave your counters as clean as the common strong-smelling household cleaner. Of course, many of these typical household cleaners have some pretty harmful chemicals, which is why the strong smell of ammonia lingers after you wipe down your windows or countertops. The truth is, the right brand of the more natural products can clean your counters just as well as any other cleaner. Sun and Earth was rated #1 green cleaner by Good Housekeeping, and you can buy it here. We also personally recommend Green Works by Clorox, which can easily be found at many major stores.

2. Recycle dead batteries

Realistically, you shouldn’t put anything in the garbage that you wouldn’t want in the food you eat, the water you drink, or the air you breathe. Heavy metals and corrosive acids found in batteries are definitely objects you wouldn’t want in any of those things. Instead of stashing dead batteries in the bottom of your garbage, you can drop them (and any other harmful products you aren’t sure how to dispose) off at Whole Foods.

3.  Skip the plastic and go fabric

Plastic store bags take years to decompose when they are disposed of properly. When they aren’t, they can pollute waterways, clog up sewers, and harm the habitats of poor little dolphins and other ocean creatures.  Many stores now even charge people for these, costing you more money. Not to mention, they are also notorious for breaking. Its never fun when a box of Froot Loops tears a hole at the bottom of your bag and your recently bought groceries scatter all over the street or tumble down your apartment stairs. So simply put, plastic bags are just all around bad for everyone. Fabric shopping bags are the way to go. Many major stores already sell these at a very low cost. ChicoBag offers a variety of reusable bags as well. If you are the person who always forgets the bags at home, you can buy compact bags like these ones to tuck away in your purse.

4. Turn on those energy efficient lightbulbs

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. So they last longer and cost you less money, and are better for the environment. Its a win-win situation.

5. Make your own oxygen

In science 101 we all learned (but probably forgot) that plants absorb toxic gases like Co2 and give off good, essential gasses like oxygen. So why not supply your space with some great smells and clean air?! Decorate your home with some real plants. You don’t need a green thumb to maintain a nice Fiddleleaf Fig and these other low-maintenance plants. And of course build your own garden. Big yard, small yard, or no yard, anyone can have their own personal garden. Click here for some small space gardening ideas.

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