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Do you really know where you live? When I started selling real estate in D.C. in the 1990s there were a number of neighborhood monikers that had withstood the test of time.

Everyone knew Georgetown, for example, with its expensive properties and the restaurants and shops that lined M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Nearby Foggy Bottom was also well known; its name still produces the nervous giggles of a 10-year-old from transplants to our fair city.

Capitol Hill had always been a prominent section of the District although out-of-towners generally associated it with the government rather than the neighborhood of historic homes its residents know and love. And for other D.C. newbies, Dupont Circle was, and perhaps still is, a frustrating roundabout where one can drive in circles for an hour while working up the courage to veer off in the wrong direction, vowing never to return.

Areas like Cleveland Park and American University Park were often a mystery to newcomers who had never realized there was a suburban-like aspect to D.C. And why, they would ask, were there two different Chevy Chases and Takoma Parks?

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Authored By Valerie Blake – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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See Gentrification Happen Via Google Street View

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Google Street ViewThe year 2007, when Google first began driving those ridiculous camera-topped cars around U.S. cities, doesn’t feel so long ago. But seven years is a lifetime on the streets of a rapidly changing city like Washington.

So much in the District has changed so quickly that it’s almost hard to remember what once-empty or neglected corners of town looked like before they were redeveloped. Google, however, has just made it possible to travel back in history — very recent history, that is. For the first time, Google has uploaded all of the archival imagery captured over the years by its Street View cars into its map interface.

Travel now in Street View to the corner of First and M streets NE, and we can see the neighborhood as it appeared there every time a Google car passed by over the last seven years: first in November of 2007, then June of 2008, July of 2009, August and September 2011, and then May of 2012.

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Authored By Emily Badger – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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DC’s Housing Trends

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Spring is finally here but the biggest buzz isn’t about what’s outside but what’s going on inside. Real estate in the District is changing in a major way from size and design to renovations. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest trends a savvy buyer should know about when hunting for a new home in the District.

First, expansion has become a need than a want. Efficiencies were once the popular (and affordable) option when seeking out a new condo. However, more buyers are now springing for that two-bedroom unit. According to Valerie Blake of Prudential PenFed Realty, the market is more affordable than it’s been for a while. Residents are no longer forcing themselves to downsize and are choosing to spring for another bedroom. The extra space can be used for a guest room, office, nursery or combination of the three.

More space isn’t only desirable feature. Those looking for a new condo are no longer primarily interested in condo facilities such as how good the gym is or whether there’s a pool. Instead, Blake notices a trend of residents wanting their own private, larger outdoor space.

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Authored By Mariah Cooper – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Habitat for Humanity Plans Rainbow Build Event for DC

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Rainbow BuildThis May, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat) will hold its first ever Rainbow Build event. The goal of Rainbow Build is to raise awareness for the cause of affordable housing, particularly as it relates to LGBTQ and other social justice issues, and to team up with a diverse array of LGBTQ organizations, groups, and individuals to work towards the elimination of poverty housing in DC.

The Rainbow Build event will center around a series of team build days in May, during which members of LGBTQ groups and organizations in DC will build together on a Habitat home in Northeast DC. Throughout the month of May and June, DC Habitat will be promoting an online fundraising campaign at crowdrise.com/rainbowbuild. All proceeds from this campaign will go directly to Rainbow Build, and towards Habitat’s mission of alleviating poverty housing in the District.

Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone deserves a decent place to live, and that housing equality is an issue of social and economic justice for all people. Through Rainbow Build, DC Habitat aims to create a platform for discussion and a lasting partnership within the LGBTQ community for sustainable change and improvement in DC’s housing market. “Both of these issues are particularly relevant in the District,” says Susanne Slater, President and CEO of DC Habitat. “We’re excited to bring the Rainbow Build concept to our nation’s capital, and to collaborate with the local community to work to alleviate the issue of poverty housing in DC.”

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The Advocate’s Gayest City for 2014: Washington, DC

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Washington DC Real EstateIn many respects, D.C. is still part of the South. But this city has a whopping 17 gay elected officials, perhaps a result of its unique status as a federal district, free from the grip of a state government.

Gay-friendly neighborhoods include P Street and 17th Street in the Dupont Circle area, and Logan Circle to the east.

The capital’s nightlife includes the Duplex Diner and its hot bartenders (DuplexDiner.com), and show tunes, top 40, and retro pop at perennial fave JR’s Bar (1519 17th St. NW, 202-328-0090).

Though they’re ostensibly right-leaning, we think hunky young pols Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Aaron Schock are subtly demonstrating their LGBT friendliness by indulging in well-known gay customs: Ryan lifts weights and exaggerates his stats (how fast was that run, Paul?), and Schock likes his shirtless photo shoots and pink fashion accessories. And we cannot overlook House Speaker John Boehner; bring extra Kleenex if you invite him over for a Nora Ephron flick on movie night.

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Authored By Matthew Breen – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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DC’s Real Estate Market in Review

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DC graphIn this article, I’ll review some statistics for D.C. real estate for 2013, and will have something to say to both sellers and buyers in light of those statistics.

First, let’s consider the following graph of active listings vs. sold listings for the last 5 years.

The monthly inventory of available homes (active listings) has been declining rather sharply over the last five years (from 3,161 in January 2009 to 1,060 in December 2013), while monthly sales have risen steadily over the same time period (from 273 to 675). Percentagewise, that’s about a 66 percent decline in active listings vs. almost a 250 percent increase in sales.

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Authored By Ted Smith – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Washington DC Combines Old World Charm With Cutting Edge Architecture

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Washington DC Real EstateAs those of us who live and work here know, Washington, D.C. is an amalgam of old and new. If you don’t believe me, just watch the glass-studded, urban community known as CityCenterDC rise amid buildings such as the National Portrait Gallery, constructed between 1836 and 1868, and the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square, dating from 1903.

Old World Charm

According to the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS), there are 28 residential homes in D.C. built in the 18th century, with the earliest date being 1754. If you add to that all the homes built in the 1800s, then that number jumps above 3,000. Factor in the late Victorian era when new construction blossomed and you have thousands more that are considered antique.

As you might expect, 19 of the oldest homes are located in Georgetown, with four more in Capitol Hill and the remaining five in various parts of the northwest quadrant. With predominantly Federal architecture, tall windows, high ceilings, heart pine floors, turned bannisters, pocket doors and intricate plaster moldings, these handsome relics and their younger sisters from the early 20th century capture the hearts of preservationists, history buffs and lovers of all things ornate.

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Authored By Valerie Blake – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Washington, DC: The Gayest Place in America?

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Washington DC Real EstateMy earliest sense of what it meant to be gay in the nation’s capital came more than a decade ago when I was a summer intern. I was a few blocks from Union Station when a congressman walked by and gave the reporters I was standing with a big, floppy wave hello.

“You know what they say about him,” said one of them, the inflection of his voice rising to a squeak so there could be no mistaking what he meant.

I didn’t know, in fact. I wasn’t even sure what the congressman’s name was. But the message was as clear as it was unsettling for a 20-year-old struggling with his own sexual identity: There were plenty of gay people in Washington, even at the highest levels of government. But instead of being widely accepted, they were usually whispered about derisively, suspect characters to be mocked and maligned.

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Authored By Jeremy W. Peters – See the Full Story at The New York Times

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The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC 2013

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The Washington Blade Best of Gay DCThinking about moving to DC? The Washington Blade has you covered:

The Washington Blade’s annual Best of Gay DC Issue keeps growing. This year, there are 71 categories – the most ever – and nearly 20,000 of you voted to select the winners, a new record. Check out the winners below.

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Where is DC’s Newest Gayborhood?

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Washington DC Real EstateTed Smith vividly recalls building matchstick houses as a child – and decorating them.

After his parents finished supervising the building of their home in Pittsburgh, the family would visit real estate open houses on weekends. Smith loved walking through homes and looking at properties, an inexpensive form of entertainment in a simpler era. He found it addictive, and it would spur an avocational interest in architecture.

Smith never imagined that he would later find himself on the business end of this pastime of his youth. With the easy affability of a confident and youthful 61-year-old he is quick to explain, “I started everything late.”

While he dubs the 14th Street corridor D.C.’s “new gay main street,” he sees the community rapidly dispersing farther east as well as populating neighborhoods throughout the city. “There aren’t really ‘gay neighborhoods’ anymore,” Smith observes, but “neighborhoods with gay residents.”

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Authored By Mark Lee – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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