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Real Estate Watch: Brookland Market Outlook From Abbott-Klar

For Sale Sign on IrvingAs most people probably suspect, Brookland continues on an upward trend of increased property values. We learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the median home price in Brookland has gone up 21%  since last year. In addition to renovations selling in the $800 – 900 thousand range, like this one, that recently sold for$910,000; there seems to be new construction everywhere you look. For example,  these townhomes as part of the Monroe Street Market development were just granted building permits  to begin construction and are already on the market for $812,890.

We caught up with Shemaya Klar, an agent from Brookland-based real state firm Abbott Klar and asked him for his take on the Brookland real estate market in 2015 and looking ahead. Here’s what he had to say:
With easy access to downtown via Metro or bike path, great variety in housing stock, large yards, the friendliest neighbors and ever increasing dining venues, Brookland continues to be one of the greatest places to live in DC.  It also remains a bargain compared to many other neighborhoods in DC.  Also, the large number of great DC charter schools in Ward 5 are significantly contributing to the desirability of Brookland.
Do you think home prices will plateau soon, or  will the neighborhood finally see a $1 million dollar home sale?
We observe prices trending upward, with the best presented  properties generating multiple offers and this will continue.  While the 1 million dollar mark remains elusive,  we are seeing more large houses sell in the 800’s and 900’s than ever before. But most importantly, Brookland remains a neighborhood where there are still many great options not just on the high end but also for the first time home buyers.
Thanks Shemaya! We will keep our eye on the market and pass along anything we find interesting.

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!

Real Estate Watch – Recent Brookland Home Sales

1410 Irving St, Backyard
1410 Irving St, Backyard

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

  • This renovated house at 1523 Monroe St. NE, with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths had neighbors buzzing, as it may be the most expensive residential home sale in Brookland, coming in at $998,000.
  • 1410 Irving Street NE sold for $935,00 and featured a whopping 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. This house is pictured above, and we loved the  Brazilian red wood deck.
  • One block away, at 1301 Irving Street NE, this house sold for $795,000. This home sits high up on  Irving,  providing a lot of privacy, and hello-hot tub!!
  • This 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath  home at 1535 Newton Street NE sold for $790,00. Fully renovated, it has a huge backyard.
  • Just up the street at 1530 Newton St NE, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house sold for $750,000. This Four Square home has great curb appeal, with a wide front porch.

Real Estate Watch – Recent Brookland Sales Topping Out At $921,000

1223 Irving Street before flip
1223 Irving Street before flip

The residential real estate market in our neighborhood continues on a hot streak. Recently Brookland was ranked third in the country for profitability of  home flips. The average profit on Brookland “flipped” homes (resold within one year of being purchased) was $271,900 with sellers having an average of 8.3 offers on their houses.

Speaking of flips, we have been watching the house at 1223 Irving undergo a huge transformation in less than a year. The top picture is how it looked when it sold for $550,000 in October. The 5 bed, 4.5 bath house was then renovated and sold recently for $921,000.  Below is how it looks now.  Here are some more recent home sales in our area:

  • 914 Irving Street NE sold for $737,000.  This flip was a complete gut job, also completed in less than a year.We went to the open house and loved the open, airy feeling provide by the skylights and big windows leading to the back deck. The home has 4 beds, 3.5 baths, a garage, and high end finishes.
  • 1223 Irving Street after flip
    1223 Irving Street after flip

    1314 Kearny Street NE sold for $840,000. We knew the longtime owners of this home, and have been in it several times. It featured amazing original wood details, beautiful  landscaping, a great covered & screened outdoor room and a Koi pond. This house has 4 beds, 2 baths

  • 1336 Newton Street NE sold for $800,000.  Good friends of ours bought this house. It has a whopping 6 bedrooms and 2.5 baths and 4 finished levels. Like many homes in Brookland, it has great bones and is the type of  home to raise a family in, with original hardwood floors, a claw foot tub and huge backyard.
  • 1018 Kearny Street NE sold for $710,000. With a great location near the Metro, this house was not a flip, but was well maintained, updated, and beyond move-in ready. The 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house has a big yard yard and on a super-nice block with great neighbors.
  • 4317 12th Street NE sold for $682,5000. This flip offered all the updates and high end features expected from a total renovation. This 4 bed, 3.5 bath home has a lot of sought after features like a master bedroom suite and a garage.

Welcome new neighbors!

Brookland Realtor Takes Property Listings [Literally] To New Level

Brookland’s own Abbott and Klar Real Estate Group   has introduced a new way of advertising property listings. They shot a video of the property and it’s surrounding neighborhood. This is a great way for interested buyers to get an idea of the character of the neighborhood, as well as a unique perspective of their potential new home.

At the same time it offers local residents the opportunity to view their community from a bird’s view angle. Here is an example of the new video strategy based on one of their recent listings:


Brookland is so beautiful. Don’t you agree?


Real Estate Watch – Brookland Spring/Summer Outlook From Abbott-Klar

For Sale Sign on IrvingIt has been a long time since we have posted anything about real estate. As most people probably suspect, Brookland continues on an upward trend of increased property values. We learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that expected tax revenue increases based on escalating home values across DC were third highest in Brookland, at a rate increase of 16.69%.  We also recently learned from Urban Turf that the Chancellor’s Row development, just over the tracks, is over 90% sold, with only 20 units left. We caught up with Shemaya Klar, an agent from Brookland-based real state firm Abbott Klar and asked him for his take on the Brookland real estate market in 2013 and looking ahead. Here’s what he had to say:

The Brookland real estate market remains extremely strong and desirable. Our ‘little town’ in the city has been discovered! 2013 was a record year for Brookland with housing prices increasing by over 13% to an average sales price of $480,473 – a five year high!

In 2013, 93 houses sold in Brookland (up from 84 in 2012). A few exceptional homes, all listed by Abbott Klar Real Estate Group, including 3714 13th Street for $957,983, 1335 Lawrence Street for $790,000, and of course the Round House at 1001 Irving Street for $760,000 helped pull that number higher

2014 will be a great year for the Brookland real estate market and will be the year we see the first million dollar sale in Brookland. The spring market will bring much needed inventory and a slightly slower pace of growth in prices.

Even with such growth, Brookland still remains affordable relative to other desirable neighborhoods in DC.

Thanks Shemaya! Lastly, we thought readers would like to see  some examples of these higher-end recent sales:

  • This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath  home at 1217 Upshur NE sold for $672,500
  • Another 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, this one a rowhouse at 3404 15th Street NE sold for $650, 750
  • 1333 Lawrence Street NE, a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home  sold for $575,000
  • 3008 12th Street NE, a row house with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths sold for $573,000

Welcome new neighbors!

Real Estate Watch: City Paper Names Brookland 2013’s “Most Transformed Neighborhood”

Brookland Sign Monroe Street MarketLike it or not, no one can claim that our neighborhood isn’t changing rapidly. We learned this morning that Brookland won the City Paper’s Plexie Award for Most Transformed Neighborhood. The Monroe Street Market development, pictured above, is a big reason why. Here is the explanation behind the award:

It’s a hidden gem no longer. Brookland, with its quiet streets and gorgeous detached houses, was largely off of most Washingtonians’ radar, to the delight of residents who enjoyed its low housing prices and rents. Then came Monroe Street Market. The $200 million project, partly complete now, will include three buildings with more than 550 apartments, artist studios, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a Busboys and Poets, and a restaurant from the owners of Meridian Pint—all on a formerly desolate patch of land right by the Brookland Metro station (technically on the Edgewood side of the tracks, but who’s nitpicking?). No wonder home prices in the neighborhood have already jumped, by various estimates, between 13 and 39 percent.

9th & Kearney Street Development Meeting Thursday Evening

Joe “Jose” Barrios informed us about a public meeting covering the development that is planned on the west side of 9th Street NE between Kearney and Lawrence. The meeting is going to be hosted by Elliott Totah, the President of developer the Oxbridge Group.

What is interesting to me looking at their website and list of projects, is that this particular parcel of land along 9th Street is by far the smallest of the current developments the Oxbridge Group is involved in. And this parcel in Brookland is just a portion of the vacant peace of land along the metro tracks. Is this just the first phase of a larger development plan? This and other questions can be raised at the meeting tomorrow.

For those who are interested, join the discussion Thursday evening at the Brooks Mansion. Here is the official flyer with detailed information:

Oxbridge Group Meeting

Real Estate Watch – Recent Brookland Home Sales From $655,000 – $790,000

It has been a while since we did a round-up of the neighborhood’s real estate scene. Here are some recent home sales – pretty nice! Welcome to Brookland, new neighbors!

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This home at 1229 Girard Street NE is a renovated farmhouse originally built in 1905. It has 4 bedrooms and 3 and a 1/2 baths, and recently sold for $655,000. Astrid and I toured this home when it first hit the market, and it is lovely. We loved home overall, and there were a lot unexpected bonuses like the huge garage, the veggie garden, finished basement apartment and huge loft-like finished attic.

1335 Lawrence St NE

We featured this home at 1335 Lawrence Street NE when it first hit the market. We recently found out that it  sold for $790,000. The beauty of this home is the balance of the modern upgrades while maintaining a lot of its original charm. A two-story addition on the back of the home added the modern amenities –  a large open kitchen and master suite that  many people want, while blending it with the original part of the house, resulting in a seamless flow of gorgeous wood detail and craftsmanship.

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Here is another renovated farmhouse, at 3503 10th Street NE that sold recently for $705,000. I am really digging the hardwood floors and all the windows. What is bonkers about this house is how close it is to the Brookland/CUA Metro station. We watched this house as it was being renovated, and it looks like they did a great job.

This home at 2018 Lawrence Street NE straddles the Brookland/Woodridge border and recently sold for $756,000. How about those awesome octagonal windows? This large home boasts 5 bedrooms and 4 and 1/2 baths. According to the listing this home was once owner by jazz and blues great Shirley Horne. Pretty darn cool!

Real Estate Watch: Most Expensive Brookland Home Sale Closes At $957,983

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3714 13th Street NE, a set on Flickr.

The Brookland real estate market hit a major milestone when the most expensive residential sale on record closed recently. We were fortunate to get a sneak peek of the new construction home at 3714 13th Street NE while the finishing touches were being put on, and the simple beauty of the home was stunning. The 5 bedroom, 4 and a half bath home eventually closed at $957,983. What struck us the most was how light filled and airy the home was, with tons of windows and 9 foot ceilings. The details were high end from the white oak stairs and floors to the gourmet appliances in the kitchen. Shemaya Klar, the seller’s broker, and an agent from local Real Estate group Abbott Klar agreed, stating “we are excited that quality urban home builders, like Ditto Residential, have set their sights on Brookland.” If the name Ditto sounds familiar, it may be because they are the masterminds behind last year’s renovation of Brookland’s historic round house.

One of the biggest perks of living on this block of 13th Street NE is being across the street from Fort Bunker Hill Park, which guarantees lovely views year-round from the front porch and front bedroom. But the most gorgeous views are actually in the back of the house, with loads of mature trees and greenery, and great views of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family. To take advantage of these views, there are huge windows in both the master bedroom and a great room space that brings all the natural beauty in.

The first floor has a living room with a fireplace, formal dining room, and a fabulous open kitchen and a huge great room and deck. Because the buyers were identified while the home was still under construction, they were able to put some personal touches on the home before it was complete, for example, a butcher block segment of the kitchen counter top. The first floor also has a half bath and side entrance off the long driveway along the side of the house.

The basement level doesn’t really feel like a basement because of the large windows. This area is versatile because with a full bath and kitchen, it could be an in law suite or a great family room and party space. This level also features the huge two car garage, which has a large window, because why not?

The highlight of the second floor is definitely the huge master suite. The suite features his and her walk in closets, amazing views, and a beautiful full bath complete with marble floors and other elegant details. We also swooned over the laundry room complete with a granite folding area and tons of linen storage space.

Shemaya, who lives in Brookland, rounded out the tour by saying  “we love living here and are invested in making sure development is respectful of the unique character of Brookland and visionary toward what Brookland can become.  From the deeply rooted sense of community, diversity of housing stock and ease of access to transportation, Beautiful Brookland is a treasure.  Live here!”