When we introduced Marc a few months ago, his home was just a dirt lot. Now, he has walls! We caught up with him following a meeting with the EYA contractor. He was happy to report that his home “is ahead of schedule. Originally, it was going to be ready by the middle or end of March. Now they are talking about the end of January.” As you can see from the pictures below, the insulation is up, and Marc tells us that the facade will be going up shortly as well. He has already selected all of his interior design elements such as the carpet, cabinets, wood floor finishes and countertops. I asked about the selection process and he said “there was a wide selection and everything was an option – which was amazing – even things like where to put the recessed lighting had to be decided.” Marc shared that he was selective about where to splurge, on cabinets and floors for example; and that he passed over some of the more luxurious options such as heated bathroom flooring.
Marc will be living in Brookland with a friend while he waits to take possession of his new home, which will allow him to get to know the neighborhood better. He is already making friends in the CR community, even meeting up with future neighbors recently at the H Street Festival. He tells us that there is a CR listserv “which is very active. There are some folks talking about forming a poker group. There is also a book club, running group, and play group for families with children.” Overall, Marc said he is very excited about his new home. Having the walls go up and being able to physically enter the space has helped him to visualize how it will all come together. He added, “and the market price of my unit has already gone up and it’s not even completed yet!” I would be excited about that too. Stay tuned for future updates as we follow the progress of Marc’s home.
I simply adore the balconies on this Victorian stunner. I don’t know what the ornamental details underneath the balconies are called, but they are such a great touch. Great detail on the front porch as well, plus points for the rain barrel. Simply beautiful.
The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will be holding its monthly meeting next Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Howard University School of Divinity, 1400 Shepherd Street, NE. The meeting time is 7:00 PM.
The main topic will be a discussion with Brother John Sebastian about recent Franciscan Monastery plans and activities, as well as other neighborhood news and information. For more information, contact the BNCA at BrooklandCivic@yahoo.com or go to www.BrooklandCivic.org.
People keep telling me that when we post “before and after” photos of the Catholic University / Monroe Street Market development, it helps them to visualize what is to come. For previous posts along these lines, check here and here. Today, we will take a look at how a portion of Monroe St. NE will be transformed. The first photo is how Monroe St. NE looks today when looking west on the corner of 7th St. NE. The second is a rendering of how that same stretch will look when completed. Notice what is missing? Power lines! We were told at a meeting in August that the power lines along the Monroe Street NE portion of the development would be buried, and that my friends, is good news.
This is an ongoing photo series about the sheds of Brookland. I am not sure if this one is a shed or an old carriage house or something. It is set very far back on a huge Brookland lot. I just love the way it is ensconced in overgrowth – giving it an air of mystery.
The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE are teaming up for a cleanup effort. They will focus on the area between 12th Street and the Red Line tracks on RIA. I am excited because they plan on doing some cleanup and gardening around the Brookland sign at the corner of 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NE. Come on out and make a difference in the community and meet some neighbors.
WHEN: October 13, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the NE corner of 12th and RIA
WHAT: General trash pick-up and some light gardening
They will have a limited amount of tools and bags so bring work gloves, and wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes. If you have any questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org More info at www.friendsofria.org
We may have jumped the gun with our fall photos; as it seems the warm weather has extended the life of many of Brookland’s flower gardens. None though, are as impressive to me as the wonderful hibiscuses I spotted on Saturday afternoon. These beauties were found on 12th, Otis, and Jackson Streets.
The “heart” of Brookland – the intersection of 12th and Monroe Streets, NE – was abuzz with activities this Saturday morning. First off, the Woodridge Warriors football team kicked off their homecoming parade in front of St. Anthony of Padua church. Founded in 1963, The Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization has a long history and tradition in the community. After cheering the football players and cheerleaders on, attention was turned to finding a great bargain just steps away at the St. Anthony thrift sale. There were lots of great finds from snacks like gluten-free popcorn, cakes, and candied apples to clothing and home decor. I picked up a super-nice pair of sandals for $10 that were hand-made in Senegal. Seeing traditions handed down from one generation to the next, families of all types building memories together and community pride is what Brookland is about, and it makes me proud to call it home.
This home at 1514 Kearney NE is for the Bungalow lover in you. I can’t help it, I am a sucker for the original pine floors and wood trim – especially around the windows. The 15oo block of Kearney is one of my favorite Brookland streets because of its gorgeous mature trees.
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