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Under $500,000 edition. By Michelle Thomas

14th Street

Where: 1415 Chapin St NW #101

How much: $439,000

When: Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 PM

Why: That gorgeous exposed brick! Plus this two-bedroom condo features a slew of other modern-cool design details, including 10.5-foot ceilings, solid oak floors, a sleek kitchen with white Silestone counters and custom walnut cabinets, a curving bay of windows, and a built-in media console.

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Posted at 12:32 PM/ET, 06/12/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A median one-bedroom will cost you $2,100 per month. By Benjamin Freed
Map courtesy Zumper.

The median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Washington reached $2,100 this spring, according to real-estate listing site Zumper, making the DC region the nation's fifth-most expensive metropolitan area for renters. The current figure, the site says, represents a 5 percent jump from the preceding quarter.

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Posted at 02:39 PM/ET, 06/11/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Kube Architecture transforms a dank rowhouse basement into an urban loft-style apartment. By Michelle Thomas
Photos courtesy of Kube Architecture.

When it comes to makeovers, this one offers a pretty dramatic reveal: Once an unfinished lower level of a family-owned rowhouse saddled with little light, low ceilings, and plenty of detritus, DC-based Kube Architecure transformed the space into a loft-inspired bachelor pad for the family’s son. The resulting one-bedroom apartment is barely recognizable as its former basement self.

Kube's team dug out the space to create more spacious nine-foot ceilings and added windows, then created a modern layout that spotlights a large, sleek kitchen—a top priority for the resident, an avid cook who often hosts dinner parties—and split the apartment longwise into an open, lounge-style living space and defined entry, dining, and den areas that are partioned by storage cubes. A primarily black-and-white palette with accents of green and red combine with LED lighting strips, exposed brick and steel, and heated concrete floors to lend an urban vibe.

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Posted at 11:45 AM/ET, 06/11/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The best hand-crafted creations from your favorite online marketplace. By Michelle Thomas

No question, Etsy’s great. Where else can you spend hours trawling through a seemingly endless selection of unique, handmade goods? But there’s one looming downside: For every beautiful find, there’s a slightly wacky creation to counter it—which means sorting the terrific from the terrible can sometimes be a task. Allow us: Here are 12 awesome Etsy scores, from geometric bar carts to glam marble trays.

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Posted at 12:07 PM/ET, 06/10/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
This home includes four fireplaces, a library, and a two-car garage.
This restored rowhouse sold after 167 days on the market.

Sold: $2,875,000.

Listed: $2,895,000.

Days on market: 28.

Where: Kalorama.

Style: Federal.

Bragging Points: Five bedrooms, five baths, elevator, pool.

Who: Sold by a trustee of Gay McDougall, for-mer executive director of the human-rights organization Global Rights and the UN’s first appointed expert on minority issues.

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 06/09/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Frankly Realtors’ Frank LLosa shares his secrets. By Michelle Thomas
Illustration via Shutterstock.

So you’ve fallen head over heels with a particular neighborhood—but none of its homes are on the market. What to do? Don’t give up. Just because there are no homes currently listed doesn’t mean that no homes are for sale. You just need to be strategic with your search. Realtor Frank LLosa of Frankly Realtors shares a few pro tips on how to find—and get inside—those unlisted properties.

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Posted at 12:14 PM/ET, 06/08/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A six-bedroom Colonial in Chevy Chase, a charming condo in eastern Georgetown, a contemporary loft in Clarendon, and more. By Michelle Thomas

Chevy Chase

Where: 3805 Ingomar St. NW

How much: $1.495 million

When: Sunday, 2 to 4 PM

Why: This six-bedroom Colonial features four levels of pretty historic details, including heart-pine floors, decorative trims, coffered ceilings, antique radiators, and molded fireplace mantels. Huge windows let in tons of light, the master bath has a vintage-inspired soaking tub and double pedestal sinks, and there’s a quaint front porch.


Where: 1700 Clarendon Blvd. #111

How much: $1.325 million

When: Sunday, 1 to 4 PM

Why: Designed by Akseizer Design Group with more than $100,000 in upgrades, this end-unit two-bedroom loft in Clarendon’s Gaslight Square development combines an industrial style with luxe details such as veined white marble counters and high-end Wolf and SubZero appliances in the kitchen, 19-foot ceilings in the living area, custom storage and desk in the loft, and 450 square feet of outdoor space on two terraces. And don’t miss the amazing geometric wallpaper in the powder room.

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Posted at 01:43 PM/ET, 06/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Architect Carmel Greer built her dream home on what was once an empty, unwanted lot. By Marisa M. Kashino
Greer spent dozens of hours finding lighting that wasn’t “the price of a car” but that still added style. This chandelier is from Fig House Vintage. Exposing the ceiling required a plan for rerouting ductwork before construction began. Photograph by John Cole.

Buying places no one else wants has proven a successful strategy for architect Carmel Greer.

That’s how she landed the U Street corridor headquarters of her five-year-old firm, District Design. “It was supposed to be a grocery store, but it wasn’t the right size or layout,” she says. The owner couldn’t lease it, so he sold it to Greer, who took down walls and traded its yellow/orange/red color scheme for bright white and gray.

It’s also how she became owner of the 5,500-square-foot modern home at the end of Hawthorne Place in Northwest DC’s Palisades. Until Greer stumbled upon the empty land 2½ years ago, nobody would touch it—in fact, it was nearly impossible to because the lot was separated from the road by a steep ravine.

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 06/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
See this room’s transformation. By Michelle Thomas

This kitchen was saddled with a majorly dated look and limited storage and workspace, thanks in most part to its 20-year-old cabinetry and an inefficient layout. The owners were ready for an update—and they had already settled on using cherry cabinets and black countertops in the redesign. They teamed up with Paul Bentham from Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, who was tasked with creating a contemporary look and adding more functionality in the space. First step? He got rid of a superfluous pair of columns separating the kitchen from the adjacent living room, then filled in the space with a duo of larger islands that include an under-counter speed oven, dual freezer drawers, and a casual dining setup.

To give the desired materials a modern, unexpected spin, Bentham found cherry veneer with an unusual grain, then carefully laid out the wood veneer to form a herringbone-style pattern, enhanced with an antique stain and sheen that lends a subtle shimmer effect. Next, he split the wall cabinets, leaving a three-quarter inch negative detail painted glossy black. A concealed refrigerator and pantry are recessed into the far wall to maximize storage while keeping the look visually clean. Final touches: Absolute Black granite—which runs down the side of the island to send the focus to the cabinets—and an iridescent tile backsplash.

Take a look at the transformation below.

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Posted at 11:43 AM/ET, 06/04/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
The president of Metropolitan Moving & Storage shares his secrets for an easy relocation.
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Planning a summer move? Make it as painless as possible—Jonathan Neal, the president of Maryland-based moving company Metropolitan Moving & Storage, shares his top five tips for a smooth move:

Create a floor plan for your new home. To save time and money, map out where your furniture will go so the movers know exactly where to unload each item. And don't forget to label your boxes so your movers know where to place your personal items, too.

Go room-by-room. Staying as organized as possible while packing will help minimize confusion when unpacking. The best method: Pack up one room, label the boxes clearly, and keep them all in that room until moving day. Keep the contents of each room in separate boxes and don't mix items.

Pack by priority. Pack the least essential items first and the most essential items last. Fill one box with moving day essentials such as paper goods, snacks, toiletries, and moving documents.

Check the weather. Thunderstorms and humidity can be intense during the summer. Call your moving company in advance to get the details on their inclement weather policy.

Secure your parking—and your elevator. If either home lacks a driveway or designated parking, make sure to reserve the appropriate "no parking" signs, which you can get from the local police precinct at least 72 hours before moving day. If you are moving into or out of an apartment, you may need to reserve use of the elevator (and some buildings may have "blackout days" during which moves are not permitted). Check with your building management.

Posted at 12:28 PM/ET, 06/03/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()