(Updated at 11:55 a.m.) A slice of the bustling intersection of 14th and U streets NW is available for lease after the closure of a cell phone store.
Workers yesterday put up “space available” signs on the windows of the former Cricket shop on the southeast corner of 14th and U streets. It wasn’t immediately clear when the store shut down.
Commercial real estate company CBRE is advertising online almost 4,000 square feet of street-level space for lease, as well as about 7,500 square feet available on other floors.
The space for rent appears to include Edges barber shop, Why Not Boutique and other businesses. But the fate of those stores wasn’t immediately clear.
A distinctive-looking property near Adams Morgan and Meridian Hill Park is now for sale.
The 952-square-foot home at 1732 V Street NW, known for its small doors and squat appearance, can be yours for $749,000, according to real estate website Estately.
The home sits along a row of properties known to some locals as the “hobbit houses.”
Some of the property’s history was previously chronicled on Ghosts of DC.
The home is being sold by realty company Thos. D. Walsh. Read the full listing summary below:
Wow! Location, location, location! This home is in the Sweet Spot. Steps to Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle and U St. Metro, restaurants, shopping. Walking distance to 2 metros. Federal style w/great bones. Being sold “AS IS.”
Image via Estately
From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.
The Washington Post reports they are considering a move from their downtown headquarters at 15th and L Streets NW. The Post has chosen two firms, Studley and JM Zell Partners, to advise them as they decide whether to sell the property and relocate to a “more modern, bright, open and efficient building.”
The Post Co.’s offices have been located at 1150 15th Street since 1950. For decades, The Washington Post was printed inside the downtown headquarters but, as the paper’s readership shifted to the suburbs, the Post Co. opened presses in Maryland and Virginia, and stopped printing papers downtown.
The newsroom at the Post reached iconic status when filmmakers recreated the fifth floor of the building for the 1976 film about the Watergate scandal, “All the President’s Men.” In recent years, the newsroom’s staff size has been significantly reduced as circulation and advertising revenue has declined.
The Post owns several properties on the block, including 1515 L Street, 1523 L Street, and 1150 15th Street, as well as the land at an 1100 15th Street building that is currently for sale. It’s possible that all the properties could be sold to one developer for a large-scale project.
This is from DCmud, which bills itself as the “Urban Real Estate Digest of Washington, DC.” This post, “A Scaled Back Utopia on U Street,” is from Monday, November 10. The project would level a huge portion of the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW. This area is actually part of Dupont Circle ANC/2B in District 09. From DCmud:
Robert Moore of Georgetown Strategic Capital LLC (GSC) and Eric Colbert & Associates have gotten the go-ahead from two of the District’s governing bodies – the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) – to move forward with their mixed-use Utopia development at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW.
Utopia has been in the approval queue for more than a year, but only now able to move through the approval process after obliging several variance requests. As such, the building will no longer feature a rooftop pool, and will top out at 90 feet, instead of the proposed 100. The building’s design was also tweaked to allow for varying levels of density throughout the parcel, which occupies two adjoining historic sites at 1912-1944 14th Street NW and 1400-1418 U Street NW.
Saturday’s Washington Post ran an article, “Condo Sellers Banking on Extravagance; Open Houses in D.C. Lay on the Luxuries.” The newly opened Metropole — right here in Borderstan — at the northeast corner of 15th and P NW is featured in the story, including Thursday’s opening party. The gist of the article is what developers/sellers are doing to move high-end condos during the current financial unpleasantries.
The businesses on the first floor, and the VIDA Fitness gym in the lower levels, are opening, too. Borderstan.com will bring you some reviews and photos later this week.
From the opening of the WaPo story on Metropole:
Outside Washington’s hot new address, four swirling floodlights illuminated the heavens. Bow-tied waiters in top hats served pink champagne to guests, who entered the lobby between two oversize reproductions of golden Oscar statuettes.