New Listing, Open Sunday, 3/29 2-4pm! Completely Renovated 4 BR 4.5 BA Stunner with Roof Deck in Shaw!

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1720 5th Street, NW (Click for Google Map)

Open Sunday, March 29th from 2-4pm

Don’t miss this fabulous, completely-renovated stunner in Shaw with soaring lofted ceilings, exquisite designer baths, multiple walk-in closets, and an expansive roof top deck complete with Capitol & Monument views. Experience perfection just blocks from all of the exciting dining and nightlife options of Shaw & U Street. Two blocks to Shaw Metro. Walkscore=95. Private off street parking. Offered at $1,100,000.

FEATURES & AMENITIES:

  • Beautiful exposed brick wall in living room
  • Bright open layout in living/dining/kitchen
  • Den/ breakfast area off kitchen with French doors to backyard patio for al fresco dining
  • Bright Kitchen with tons of storage & SS appliances
  • Off street secure parking with garage door
  • All 4 bedrooms with ensuite designer baths & huge closets
  • Expansive roof top deck complete with Capitol & Monument views
  • Perfect location just 2 blocks to Shaw Metro (Green/Yellow Lines)
  • Walk score of 95!
  • Just steps to all the dining & nightlife in Shaw & U St

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

What You Should Do in DC This Weekend: Vol. 15

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

Friday, March 27th:

For Film Buffs: Running through Sunday, March 29th, check out the DC Environmental Film Festival featuring more than 160 documentary, animated, feature, experimental and children films at various DC venues. Most screenings are free to the public.

Saturday, March 28th:

For Outdoor Lovers: From 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. go to the grounds of the National Monument for the Blossom Kite Festival! This event includes demonstrations, kite displays, activity tents, a family field and a public field. Come out for a day of fun!

For Environment Enthusiasts: Make the trip to Montgomery County for a fun day focused on the environment at the Montgomery County GreenFest. Events run all day beginning at 11 a.m., including an electric car show, short films, children’s activities, lunch in the park and more.

For Athletes: Come watch the Marine Corps 17.75K running race! Held just outside the Marine Corps Base Quantico, this is a very unique course.

Sunday, March 29th:

For Investigators: Pay a visit to the new permanent exhibit at the International Spy Museum! This exhibit enters the lives of secret agents and puts you right in the action. This is an ongoing exhibition.

For Music Connoisseurs: Enjoy some live music at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Situated in the heart of Bethesda, this is the perfect spot to unwind on a Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

Confessions of a First Time Homebuyer: Marshall


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Check out what this recent homebuyer, Marshall, had to say about his experience with DC Home Buzz. Thanks for speaking at our first time home buyer workshop and congratulations on your new home!

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

I always knew that I wanted to buy in DC as soon as I could – and before I was priced out! I grew up in Bethesda, and my family is still here, so I wanted to be in DC. After college and grad school, I worked internationally for a few years where I was able to save up the money for a down payment. Once I moved home, I jumped right into my housing search, ready to buy.

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

I initially wanted to buy in an established neighborhood – Columbia Heights, Dupont, Shaw – where amenities and shopping and restaurants were already open and I could be in “the center of the action.” I toured a place in Eckington early on, and while I could tell the neighborhood would eventually improve and gain those amenities, I remember telling Des, my agent, that “I don’t want to have to wait 3-5 years to like the neighborhood I live in.”

However, once I revisited Eckington with the experience of weeks of showings, I came around. My money went so much further – I got an extra bedroom in a full house, compared to the 2 bedrooms (maximum) I found in the condos I saw closer in. I work on the Red Line, so while Metro proximity was a must, the RI Avenue station was more convenient than, say, Columbia Heights. And finally, the value proposition was unmistakable – with two roommates, my mortgage payment is easy, and I can already see the property values increasing. I love my neighborhood, and while we don’t have the dining or bar scene of Shaw, I’ve met great neighbors and I’m sure the amenities will be here before long!

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

I was under contract for a condo in Truxton Circle for a few weeks, which fell through. We dealt with a difficult seller/agent, who refused to negotiate on price, and who even kept showing the unit to other buyers once my offer was accepted. I pushed forward anyway, because it seemed like a great deal in a great location. When the inspection came back with a few small but essential fixes, we requested they be repaired or I be given a credit. The seller refused, and I made the hard decision to walk away from the contract.

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

Desmond was fantastic. Not only did he deal with my constant stream of stressed, worried emails and texts, but he kept me calm and level-headed during the up-and-down process. He provided excellent perspective on whether the seller’s actions were normal or unusual, and helped me map out various possibilities as I faced the decisions of whether to make a second initial offer, to insist on repairs, and eventually to walk away. His advice and moral support helped me to know I was making the right decision – and watching the condo sit on the market for months, and eventually sell for tens of thousands less than my offer, gave us both the last laugh.

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

I had planned to purchase a fixer-upper. Not only would it have been cheaper, but I didn’t mind (and would even enjoy) a bit of design and renovation work. I also didn’t want to pay for a place designed to meet someone else’s tastes. However, I eventually bought a brand-newly renovated house, fresh from the developer – it matched my tastes perfectly, and was within my budget, so there was no need to do any work at all.

I’m now on the hunt for a 2nd/income property, and am looking at homes that might require a bit of work.

Anything you wish you knew before you started the process?

To be honest, I felt very well informed. Desmond kept me up to speed on new listings, house-hunting strategy, the processes for making an offer, inspection, closing, etc. I learned an immense amount during the search, but at no point did I feel blindsided, lost, or otherwise surprised by something I didn’t know. In retrospect, there’s no one thing that, had I known it initially, would have drastically changed my approach.

As I said, I’m now searching again for a second property – and I’ll put all the lessons learned the first time around to work in this search.

Any tips or tricks for homebuyers looking to buy soon?

Ask questions when something is unclear. I felt at times like I as annoying the hell out of my agent with incessant questions, but no one benefits if you’re unsure of what’s going on, or of the implications of a decision you’re about to make.

Consider the whole value proposition, especially cash flow of the home purchase – the money doesn’t stop at list price and down payment. Rental income from two roommates is a huge factor in my personal budget, and spending more money upfront on a place with a 3rd bedroom made an enormous impact on my day-to-day cash flow. Appreciation, value of improvements, and other aspects can also really change the value proposition in ways you might not expect.

Your first place is not likely to be your dream place. Find something affordable and manageable – you can put in that new kitchen later. Consider a roommate, even if you’ve always wanted the privacy of living alone. Look at transitional, further-out neighborhoods – today’s hot neighborhoods were dangerous and devoid of new investments just a few years ago. We all want to find the perfect house, but keeping realistic expectations  in your search will make sure you end up with a workable situation.

Don’t be afraid to walk away from a suspicious situation. I walked away from that condo in Truxton Circle, after putting down an earnest money deposit and the non-refundable cost of an inspection, because I no longer felt I was being dealt with in good faith. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was tough at the time but I’ve ended up in such a better situation.

New Listing! Open Sun, 3/22-Renovated Two level Row House in Trinidad w/Huge Yard & Parking

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Open Sunday, March 22nd from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Address: 1821 L St. NW

Price: $409,000

FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

Brand new renovation! Kitchen cabinets with designer brass hardware & stainless steel appliances. Main level has half bath with sliding barn door, hardwood floors, & great natural light with southern exposure. Gorgeous flagstone patio & HUGE yard with 6-foot privacy fence. Secure off street parking for 2 cars. Five blocks from the restaurants and night life of H Street & the new DC Trolley.

Main Level

  • Welcoming front porch
  • Spacious living room open to eat-in kitchen
  • Hardwood floors on the main level
  • Designer light fixtures throughout
  • Beautifully renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and unique finishes: quartz counters, custom tile backsplash & designer brass hardware
  • Walks out from kitchen to huge backyard with flagstone patio & six-foot privacy fence
  • Custom-built sliding barn door on main level half bath
  • Secure off-street parking behind fenced patio & backyard
  • “Smart” Nest Thermostat with central HVAC

Upper Level

  • Completely renovated sky-lit full bath offers glass wall tile shower enclosure
  • Two sun-lit bedrooms with Berber carpeting
  • Designer light fixtures throughout

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

 

Just Listed! Open Sun, 3/22! HUGE 2 level 4 BR-3.5 BA Condo in Columbia Heights!

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757 Park Rd. NW Unit #2 (Click for map)

Open Sunday, March 22 from 2-4pm

Features & Amenities:

FABULOUS Columbia Heights, Two-Story Condo featuring FOUR roomy bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Occupies the upper two levels and lives like a house. Super low condo fee! Walker’s Paradise: only 4 blocks from Petworth Metro, 5 blocks from Columbia Heights Metro, 2 blocks to dining & night life on 11th Street. In-unit washer/dryer, off-street parking, whirlpool bathtub.

Main Level 

  • Spacious Kitchen with recessed lighting and loads of storage
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout
  • Light-filled windows in Living & Dining Room, dining area just off the Kitchen
  • Bright and airy bedroom with tons of closet space and adjoining full bath
  • In Unit washer & dryer

Upper Level 

  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout
  • Three spacious bedrooms with generous closet space
  • Master bedroom suite with dual sink vanity
  • Full bath with walk in shower

Location 

  • Amazing location in Columbia Heights!
  • Only 4 blocks from Petworth Metro
  • 5 blocks from Columbia Heights Metro
  • Just 2 blocks to dining & night life on 11th Street

Price: $749,900

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

New Listing! Open Sunday, 3/22! Gorgeous 2 level Condo with Roof Deck Steps from U Street!

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2124 11th St NW #3

Open Sunday, March 22nd from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Address: 2124 11th Street NW #3 (Click address for Google Map)

Price: $995,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3.5

FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

Stunning 3 bedroom 3.5 bath, 2 level condo in 3 unit building just steps from all of the action on U Street. Main level features an open gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances & breakfast bar, living/dining area with soaring ceilings, huge light-filled windows & an HD video projector with retractable screen. The WiFi thermostat provides remote access for easy temperature control. Two bedrooms on the main level both feature ensuite baths, one with balcony and access to parking via a private staircase. Upper level offers a wet bar and Master Suite. The luxe master bath features a claw foot tub and separate walk-in shower. Access to the gorgeous private roof deck with west-facing views is just off the master suite and is perfect for entertaining. Off street parking is included directly behind the building.

Main Level

  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout
  • Open kitchen with granite counters, recessed lighting raised breakfast bar with pendant lighting & stainless steel appliances
  • Living & Dining with soaring ceilings, recessed lighting & floor to ceiling windows
  • HD video projector with retractable screen
  • Two Bedrooms with ensuite baths, one with balcony and access to parking via a private staircase

Upper Level

  • Wet bar with granite counter top, cabinetry and mini fridge
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout
  • Master suite bath with claw foot tub and separate walk-in shower
  • Access to the spacious private roof deck with west-facing views is just off the master suite

Additional Features

  • Off street parking is included directly behind the building
  • Multi-zone surround sound unit is equipped for WiFi-controlled and streaming surround sound with speakers located in all bedrooms and the main room
  • WiFi-controlled thermostat

Location

  • A Walker’s Paradise! Daily errands are a breeze on foot, bike or public transport
  • Just a 4 minute walk from the the U Street Metro Station (Green/Yellow Lines)
  • Walk to all of the restaurants, shopping & nightlife on U Street

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

Brand New Listing! Walk to Columbia Heights Metro & everything from this chic 2 BR, 1 BA condo!

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Walk 1 block to Columbia Heights Metro and all the great shopping and restaurants from this chic, approx. 800 sq. ft., 2 BR-1BA, 2nd floor condo.  Features gleaming hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with butcher block counters and island breakfast bar open to living area with light-filled windows. Spacious bedrooms with ceiling fans,  beautifully updated bath. Stacked in-unit washer & dryer & HVAC just 2 years old. Walkscore of 99!

Open Sunday, March 8th from 2-4 pm!

Address: 1421 Columbia Rd NW #203 (Click address for Google Map)

Price: $399,000

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

  • Gleaming hardwood floors
  • Updated Kitchen
  • Updated Bathroom
  • Washer & Dryer in Unit
  • Walkscore of 99!

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

 

Awesome New Listing near H Street Open this Sunday 2/22!

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Please join us for the Open House this Sunday, February 22nd from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Light refreshments will be served. 

Stunning 3 bedroom home with den and 1 and a half baths. This lovely home offers an unfinished basement with 7’6″ ceilings and tons of potential to add living space. Kitchen updated in 2010 and all appliances new in 2013-2014. Spacious back yard with deck and separately deeded 4 car parking directly behind home available for an additional $10K. Just 2 blocks from all the great dining, shopping and nightlife of H Street & the new H Street Trolley Line.

Address: 1218 Florida Ave NE (Click address for Google Map)

Price: $499,000

Bedrooms: 3 + Den

Bathrooms: 1.5

FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

• Three bedrooms plus den

• One and a half bathrooms

• Hardwood floors

• Unfinished basement with 7’6” ceilings and tons of potential to add living space

• Spacious Kitchen renovated in 2010, adjacent laundry area with W/D

• All appliances new in 2013-2014

• Rear entrance to Back Yard with Deck

• Separately deeded four-car parking area directly behind house available for an additional $10,000

• Great location! Just 2 blocks from all the great dining, shopping and night life of H Street & the new H Street Trolley Line

• One block from Wheatley Recreation Center

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

What You Should Do in DC This Weekend: Vol. 14

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

Friday, February 6th:

For Fashionistas: Starting on Thursday, February 5th and running through Saturday February 7th, the Crystal Couture Show & Sale is making a reappearance in Crystal City! Enjoy an evening of DC’s hottest fashion show as well as some shopping for high-end bargains.

For Reptile Fanatics: For this weekend only, Discover the Dinosaurs will be at the Washington Convention Center. An event the whole family can enjoy, this exhibition consists of 40 moving and replica museum dinosaurs!

Saturday, February 7th:

For Chocoholics: Worth the trip out to Fairfax, this two-day Chocolate Lovers Festival is obviously about all things chocolate. Enjoy events such as the Chocolate Challenge, chocolate chip pancake breakfast and the Taste of Chocolate.

For Celebration: Celebrate Black History Month at the Smithsonian’s Family Day Celebration. Held from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., this event is filled with music performances, arts and crafts and more.

Sunday, February 8th:

For Sports Fans: Spend the afternoon at a Washington Capitals Game! See the Capitals take on the Flyers at the Verizon Center.

Have a great weekend!

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Email us your photo for a chance to win a $50 giftcard to the Hamilton! While you’re at it, vote for us for Best of DC, Best Real Estate Group!

**Contest is open until Monday, 2/16/15. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, 2/18/15.**

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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