Real Estate Watch – Recent Brookland Home Sales

1348 Lawrence Street NE
1348 Lawrence Street NE

Its been a while since we have done a check in with the Brookland real estate market. Here are some recent home sales:

  • This large colonial 4 bedroom, 4 bath home at 4111 12th Street NE sold for $900,000
  • This 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home at 1348 Lawrence Street NE is updated, bright, open, light filled and breezy. It sold for $879,900
  • This 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home at 1249 Irving Street NE sold for $800,000. We live pretty close to this home, and love the property and how high it sits off the street, it’s a true oasis in the city.
  • This super cute and cozy 3 bedroom, 3 bath home at 1238 Kearny Street NE sold for $739,555. We really love the light filled master bath and huge backyard.

Welcome to Brookland new neighbors!

(Up)Rising Arts Festival 2015 Comes To Rhode Island Ave This Weekend

Back in April we wrote about (Up)Rising Festival 2015, a cool new arts festival coming to Woodridge, right around the corner from Brookland on Rhode Island Ave, NE. The festival is primarily brough to you by ReCreative Spaces, a non-profit that transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. The FREE festival will run from Sunday, May 24, Monday, May 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM, and will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE. Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. You can check our more details at the event page here and be sure to check out this cool video about the festival.

Brookland’s New Bakery, The Bakers’ Lounge Opens Saturday!

Back in March we posted about a new bakery coming to 12th Street NE in Brookland called the Bakers’ Lounge, and interviewed Catherine Cotay, the baker’s owner/director. Then, in April, we got a sneak peek of the tasty treats to come. We are now happy to announce that the bakery is finally opening Saturday. Here is the tweet that tipped us off:


We caught up with Catherine again to ask about the opening. Here’s what she had to say:

 I will be open on Saturday for people to buy baked goods and put in orders for events etc. The space is still transforming and we are expecting our funiture in a few weeks. This Saturday we will open from 12:00 – 8:00 pm.

Going forward we plan on opening from 11:00 am till 8 pm Tuesday to Thursday and till 11 pm on Fridays and Saturday. On Sundays we will be open from 11:00 till 7:00 pm . These might change depending on the demand for late night desserts. This weekend we will have a mixture of baked goods. This Monday being a holiday we will be open from 11 am for people to buy baked goods.

Let’s support this new local business and be sure to let Catherine know what you would like, she is open to responding to neighbors request.  The Bakers’ Lounge is located at 2701 12th Street NE (12th and Evarts). Keep in touch with the Bakers’ Lounge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Check Out DC Current – Semi-Pro Ultimate Frisbee At CUA Cardinal Stadium

UltiPhotos: Highlights - DC Current at New York Rumble 5/10/15 &emdash; New York Rumble vs DC Current 5-10-2015
Photo courtesy of Jason Honyotski for Ultiphotos

We recently found out about the DC Current, a semi-professional Ultimate Frisbee team under the Major League Ultimate. The team are in the midst of their second season at nearby Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium, where they play their home games on Saturday nights from April to June. We hear they are pretty good – the team is currently the defending MLU champion and hope to bring home another title this year. The next game is Saturday May 23rd against the Philadelphia Spinners. Tickets start at $14 – check out the remaining season schedule here. Sounds like a unique and fun night out in the neighborhood!

Third Thursday At The Arts Walk: Beer Garden To Benefit Veterans

This Thursday  is Third Thursday at Monroe Street Market’s Arts Walk, which means open arts studios, live performances, and beer!  This time around, a portion of proceeds will go to a great cause. Check out more from the Tweet below.

Development Update: Brooks Row Condos By Lock 7 Development

Rendering Courtesy of Lock 7 Development.
Rendering Courtesy of Lock 7 Development.

It’s been a while since our last update on the condominium development project by Lock 7 Development, at 12th and Franklin Streets, NE. We recently learned that the project now has a name – Brooks Row. The 22 condos will be made up of 11 rowhouses with 2 units each. Some will have 2 bedrooms and some will have 3. You can see the floor plans here as well as additional information about the units. The project is scheduled to completed by winter 2016. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Development Update: Gallery Towns, Monroe Street Market Townhomes

Image courtesy of Abdo Development

Back in October we posted an update on the next phase of the Monroe Street Market development, which includes 45 townhomes, known as Gallery Towns.  The homes,  which should be completed by the end of the year, will be located along Lawrence, Kearny, and 7th Streets, NE.  On the diagram to the right, they are represented as “Block A2″. We recently learned more about the development via this article from the Washington Post. According to the  story, the homes will start at $700,000 and

The units have brick fronts and rooftop terraces with optional two-sided fireplaces. Inside, they have hardwood flooring in the main living area, LED recessed lighting, contemporary style trim around the windows and doors and Energy Star certification. Each kitchen has 42-inch maple cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Sounds fancy. We will  post updates as we learn anything new.

Brookland Based Potomac Pastry Continues To Grow – Your Chance To Support

Photo courtesy of Potomac Pastry's Facebook Page.
Photo courtesy of Potomac Pastry’s Facebook Page.

Readers may remember our interview last summer with Jamila Minniks, Brooklander, and owner of Potomac Pastry. We recently caught up with her again and she tells us:

we have grown so much that we are outgrowing even Union Kitchen!  We are in the initial stages of finding space, and will be moving to a more individualized kitchen space in the new Union Kitchen space to accommodate our growth!
That’s not surprising. Anyone who has purchased her baked goods, sold through a number of wholesalers, at Zeke’s on Rhode Island or at the Brookland Tuesday farmers market, knows that her high quality pastries are delicious!
Now Jamila is reaching out to the community and supporters though her  Kiva Zip website.  (Kiva Zip is a non profit organization that enables 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs.) With the loan she will be able to buy the equipment she needs to grow, including a 60-qt stand mixer and a double stack convection oven.  Her goal is to earn enough money to open a brick and mortar store and she says:
it would help us bring our little pastry shop to Brookland a little faster!
If you are interested in helping this neighborhood entrepreneur grow, consider lending  to her goal here, loan amounts start as low as $5.
You can place orders for her pastries and desserts via phone, email or through her website.  Keep up with Potomac Pastry though Facebook, Twitter, and their website.
Phone: 202.864.9627
Email: jamila(at)potomacpastry(dot)com

Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists For Off Rhode Studio Show In July

Art Enables Iterior
Art Enables Iterior

Are you a Ward 5 artist or do you know one? If so, check out Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists. The submission deadline is Friday May 29th for those who want to display their artwork at an Off Rhode Studio show in July. Those of us who follow the Ward 5 arts scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its “Off Rhode Studio” shows.

Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at  2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events. Go Ward 5!

Metro Seeks Developers For Two Brookland Land Parcels

Photo courtesy of City Paper
Photo courtesy of City Paper

Yesterday we learned from this City Paper article that Metro is soliciting bids for two small parcels of land it owns on 9th Street NE, along the Metro tracks.

One parcel, just over 21,000 square feet, is north of the INLE Development at 9th and Lawrence which is a commercial office building that is nearly complete (we wrote about it here.). The other parcel, which is over 16,000 square feet, is south of the townhome development at 9th and Kearny NE, that we wrote about here in March. Both parcels are currently grassy areas. Development proposals are due to Metro by June 19. We will let you know when we hear anything new.