H Street

A Peek At My Latest Sale

Every now and then, I like to give my readers a glimpse of what my business looks like on the ground. Here are some photo highlights of the home my buyers closed on yesterday. This property is in the booming H Street/Atlas District neighborhood, and could not be more perfect for this fun-loving, cosmopolitan couple! Take a peek, and give me a shout when you’re ready for me to help you find your fabulous new home!

 

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The spacious, open floor plan is perfect for entertaining!

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The unit is bordered on one side by a wide alley, meaning that the large, gorgeous windows flood the main with light from three sides.

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Now that’s a closet that any urban dweller would envy. And this master suite’s got two of ’em!

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One of my favorite features of this unit is the gorgeous faux-wood ceramic floor on the lower level. That’s right, that beautiful rustic wood floor you’re looking at is actually ceramic!

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Putting together the closing gift is always one of my favorite parts of the process. 😉

A big congratulations to my happy homeowners!

A big congratulations to my happy homeowners!

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So Long, H Street Storage

Thanks to Twitter user @JoeHeim for sharing the news (and the photo!) – the H Street Self Storage building on the 600 block of H St. NE was demolished today. And why is this exciting news? Because, my friends, you are looking at the future site of Whole Foods!! That’s right, DC’s favorite overpriced yuppie haven is that much closer to gracing our neighborhood (and raising our property values!). I’m a sucker for their two-bite cupcakes and pecan-crusted trout, so color me yuppie: I’m thrilled!

Photo Tour: H Street’s Latest – Impala Cantina y Taqueria

H Street and Capitol Hill dwellers have been drooling in anticipation of the Impala Taqueria opening ever since co-owner Troy Hickman and his buddy Erik Bruner-Yang (you know, the guy that owns that little noodle shop down the street?) doled out tacos from the Philly Water Ice window in 2010. At long last, the Impala Cantina & Taqueria opening is upon us! Almost. The owners still won’t commit to an opening day, but assure me that it will be either Wednesday or Thursday. For details on the full menu, check out the piece I wrote for Eater DC. And for the photo tour, just keep on scrollin’! IMG_3588 Here’s the limited menu they’ve been serving out of their window for the past couple of months now. The full menu will have a LOT more options, including one of my all-time fave Mexican dishes: elote! (Grilled corn rolled in delicious things like chipotle aioli and cotija cheese.) Again, more details on the menu can be found here. IMG_3589 The restaurant is full of custom-made furniture crafted by the artisans of Tonalá, a Mexican town known for its cavalcade of artisan craftsmen (and women!). Owners George Grau, Troy Hickman, and Ian Holt visited Tonalá and its neighboring towns personally in search of beautiful pieces and inspiration for the custom designs that they commissioned from the artisans of Tonalá. The results are pretty breath-taking. The display cabinets on the walls, the wooden banquettes, and both bars were all custom-made for Impala, and no detail was spared. IMG_3600IMG_3597IMG_3594 The hand-carved bar on the upper level of the Cantina is one of the most impressive pieces – again, courtesy of the artisans of Tonalá. IMG_3596 Check out that exposed brick wall to the left of the bar. It’s was originally the exterior wall for the next-door building, and you can still see part of the old advertisement/mural that presumably took up the entire wall before the Impala space was built. IMG_3595 There’s only one room at Impala that even vaguely resembles your typical cheesy Mexican restaurant. (You know, the kind that look like a pinata threw up all over the place?) Owner Troy told me that this was their one nod to that particular “tradition” – hence the colorful blanket and the cactus. But even this room is chock-full of gorgeous and rare design details. For instance, look closely at the shelf holding up those pictures – it’s actually a yoke for burros! IMG_3598 The restaurant is also full of beautifully painted ceramic tiles, all straight from Mexico. IMG_3599 The stamped-concrete floor of the downstairs bar is one of my favorite details. It matches the exterior courtyard perfectly, and so when the doors to the patio are opened, it feels like it’s all one giant courtyard. And when the doors are shut, you still get to enjoy that courtyard-esque feel. IMG_3601 The courtyard itself is pretty fabulous too. I LOVE the metal chandeliers up top, and again, am really digging the old-school mural/advertisement that remains from the building’s former life. IMG_3605IMG_3602 IMG_3603   The entire space is filled with beautiful, unique, and ornate touches like this absolutely gorgeous lantern. Some of these touches were imported from Mexico, some were custom-built for Impala, and some are remnants of the building’s past. All of these elements combine into a pretty fantastic – and fascinating – space. IMG_3606

H Street Update: Big Things Coming!

Douglas Development released some updates on their big plans for H Street, and Urban Turf has the info:

 

H Street Project Could Break Ground in a Year, Offer Large Apartments

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Rendering of 501 H Street NE.

Douglas Development is moving forward with plans for a mixed-use project at 501 H Street NE (map) and hopes to break ground in the first quarter of 2015.

“If I broke ground in 12 months, I’d be very happy,” said Douglas’ Paul Millstein on Wednesday prior to presenting the project to the ANC 6C planning and zoning committee meeting. Millstein added that the project would take roughly 12 months to build, putting its delivery in the first quarter of 2016.

Douglas is proceeding with a Planned Unit Development (PUD) request for the Zoning Commission, which generally gives developers more zoning flexibility in designing mixed-use projects.

The original plan for the development called for 32 units, but that number could be reduced to make room for a few bigger apartments in the building. In talking with some of the project’s neighbors at community meetings, Millstein said, “quite a few families up in the Capitol Hill area want to stay in the city, aren’t ready to buy a home, need two-bedrooms or three-bedrooms, and there’s not that much product.”

The finished product will also include three floors of retail: one below-grade, another at ground level and a third above-grade. Together, the space will comprise 28,000 square feet, which Millstein said will be structured in as flexible a way as possible — meaning several tenants may ultimately end up in the building. Douglas had previously floated something “like” a Crate & Barrel or a Forever 21 for the space, but Millstein clarified on Wednesday that the developers are really just seeking tenants comfortable with multi-level layouts.

DC’s 1st Urban Wal-Marts Opened Today. Take a Look!

I swung by and snapped a few photos of the brand-new “urban” Wal-Mart at 99 H St. NW this morning. (The Wal-Mart at 5929 Georgia Ave. opened yesterday too.) The exterior and entrance lobby are pretty fancy schmancy, but once inside, it looked like a pretty normal Wal-Mart to me – cheap prices, cheap brands, BIG space. It was pretty packed so I didn’t venture too far in, but these shots should give you a good idea of what to expect:

Click here to see listings near the new H Street Walmart
Click here to see listings near the new Georgia Ave. Walmart

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This is the 5941st Wal-mart in the world. For those of you with cars/Zipcars/Car2Go, parking will be free for 2 hours for Wally-world customers.

Click here to see listings near the new H Street Walmart

Another Whole Foods on the East Side?

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Could it be true? Are the Yuppie Grocery Gods finally smiling upon the east side of DC? It sure looks like it – according to the Hill Rag, Whole Foods has signed a lease at 600 H St. NE. Which means we also finally have an answer to the question that’s been plaguing Atlas District residents for a while now – what is going to replace Murry’s, the most gloriously ghetto-fab grocery store around? (If you haven’t been, I highly recommend a visit before it closes. But save time for a trip down the street to the new Giant to actually get your groceries afterwards.) The bad news, though, is that the store’s not slated to open til 2016. So Navy Yard in 2017, and H Street in 2016. Jeebus folks, does it really take that long to open a frigging grocery store?! Anyhoo, here are the rest of the details from the Hill Rag:

H Street Whole Foods to Open in Late 2016

New Food Options for The H Street Corridor
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ANDREW LIGHTMAN

Photo Courtesy of Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market has signed a lease with Insight Property Group LLC and The Lionstone Group for a new location at 600 H St. NE. The company plans 38,000 square foot presence that will open in late 2016. This follows Whole Food’s recent decision to locate in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood at 800 New Jersey Ave. SE. h

“The H Street corridor is a thriving hub of diversity and cultural richness – a perfect match for Whole Foods Market’s goal to support each and every community we’re in,” said Scott Allshouse, Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic regional president. “Whether you’re a long-time resident or new to this neighborhood, we are proud to have the opportunity to join you and help write the next page of history. Being among the flourishing food scene, culture offerings of the arts district and the exciting mix of residents will make Whole Foods Market a great partner to those in the community.”

“Whole Foods Market has been great partners with the neighborhoods it serves, and they have provided high quality jobs to our City. The thriving H Street corridor embodies many of the characteristics that Whole Foods Market values: innovation, diversity, history and culture. I hope that Whole Foods Market continues to identify other neighborhoods, particularly those with under-served food and grocery needs, where they can continue to add value, energy, wholesome food choices and economic growth to the people of the District of Columbia,” stated DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

Whole Foods H Street store will be part of Insight Property Group’s larger development on the 600 block of H St. NE that will include approximately 430 multifamily units, 75,000 square feet of retail and two levels of below-grade parking. The project, aiming secure a minimum of LEED Silver certification, will include green roofs, rooftop garden plots and landscaped area, energy efficient systems and promote numerous transportation options.

“This new Whole Foods Market at 6th and H will be more than a store. It will create a gathering place and a retail anchor at the heart of the community for years to come,” according to Richard Hausler, principal of Insight Property Group. “That’s what ‘five minute living’ means – walking distance to everything. Whole Foods Market brings this idea to life on H Street with this new store. We are very grateful to all of the city leaders and our neighbors on H Street for making it happen.”

Actual Retail coming to H Street!

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Look, clearly I’m a big fan of new restaurants, big or small. But if a newly gentrified area like H Street is truly going to thrive, it needs more than just bars and restaurants. Daytime foot traffic is every bit as crucial as nightlife, and that’s where office and actual retail come into play. By “actual retail” I mean shops the offer goods and services, as opposed to restaurants and grocery stores, which also fall under the broad umbrella of “retail real estate.”

So I was delighted to learn that Douglas Development announced at last week’s ANC 6C Planning and Zoning Committee meeting that their early vision for their new development at 501 H Street NE is a 32-unit residential building with a 3-story, 30K sf retail space in hopes of attracting a retailer like Crate & Barrel or Forever 21 as a tenant. Now that would seriously change the H Street vibe.

 

UrbanTurf has more:

32 Units and a Crate & Barrel For H Street?

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501 H Street NE is on the right. Courtesy of Google Maps.

Is there a name-brand furniture store in the H Street Corridor’s future?

UrbanTurf recently learned that Douglas Development has plans to build a 32-unit residential building and three-story, 30,000 square-foot retail space, possibly with a furniture store like Crate & Barrel as the tenant, at 501 H Street NE (map)…

Read the rest here.