Author Archive for Ruth Samuelson

Krystal From the Real World DC Discusses Her “Once in a Lifetime Experience”

Krystal and RWDC's Andrew
The Real World hot tub hook-up is time-tested reality TV tradition.
If you've seen more than one season, you know the drill: Cast arrives. Cast members start crushing on each other. Cast members, already self-obsessed, become increasingly fixated on their images and nervous about the rejections of fellow cast members. Cast members bring [...]

Vida Fitness Owner to Become Reality Television Star?

Fox 5 DC's story on "Complicated Order"
I've written more times than I care to share about entrepreneur David von Storch's plans to completely revamp his U Street building, currently home to Results Gym, by installing a new location of his business Vida Fitness, adding a large-scale restaurant, and generally re-imagining the entire space.
But what I [...]

Where New Foreclosures Are Still Constant…

This map shows the percentage of foreclosures in the 50 states and District of Columbia that were started during the (federal) Third Quarter 2009. It was created by IHS Global Insight, which points out that the "sand states ( Nevada 3.8%, Florida 2.8%, Arizona 2.6%, California 2.1%) continue to lead."

What Ever Happened to the Skinny House?

The skinniest home in New York City—just nine and a half feet wide—has sold for a reported $2.175 million, according to Zillow. The house, located in the West Village, was first listed for $2.75 million and later was cut down to $2.499. That's a pretty steep drop, but hey, it made if off the market.
Did [...]

The Cul de Sac Will Be Your Real Estate Downfall

Cul de Sacs: Not good for walkability, but not bad for football.
Here's the latest study feeding the Smart Growth Will Rule the World mentality. It reports that homes in walkable communities sell for more than their secluded counterparts.
The data was pulled from (this particular link should lead you to a page showing that Washington [...]

Amtrak Steps Into the 21st Century (Ten Years Late)

Back in October, I relayed a spectacularly shocking discovery I made about one of our federally-funded major transportation systems: Amtrak still lacks WiFi service.
Yes, you can pick up an internet signal on a $25 bus ride to NYC. But shell out $70 bucks or more for the train and you're shit out of luck, unless [...]

St. Martin’s Apartments, An Update

Yesterday, on my way back from Big Chair Coffee 'n Grill, I stopped by Eckington to check out construction on the St. Martin's Apartments, which I reported on last year (two years ago! This 2010 thing hasn't sunk in yet.)
Certain neighbors tried to block the project—an affordable housing complex with 178 units at my last [...]

Big Chair Coffee—Anacostia’s First Stand-Alone Coffee Shop That Anyone Can Remember—Opened Today

People craving a cup of joe in Anacostia can finally look further than their own kitchens and office coffee machines. Big Chair Coffee 'N Grill—located on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave—opened this morning for business.
The shop has been a long time coming—forever, really: no one can remember a stand-alone, sit-down coffee place in Ward 7 [...]

New Owner for U Street Area Building “The Floridian”

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And speaking of condos, the Washington Business Journal is also reporting that one particularly high profile building—The Floridian, located near the intersection of Florida Ave. and U St.—has a new owner, the Goldstar Group, and a new sales strategy. Sales began at The Floridian in 2005, and the building was completed in 2008. [...]

D.C. Area Condo Sales Up 34 Percent!

A design rendering for "The Axiom," a long-stalled project now underway again.
According to Delta Associates' latest condo report, sales were up 34 percent in the Washington D.C. area in 2009. After years of buyers imagining the region as an abyss of empty condo buildings, this news could change people's mentality. The well isn't entirely dry, [...]