20001 Is DC’s Most Gentrified Zip Code [Curbed DC] I can confirm this is true. I lived there for a decade, in a falling-down rowhome with holes in the walls and ceiling, and saw the changes firsthand. I don’t think it really sunk in, though, until one day when my new neighbors had a housewarming party and blasted Shania Twain (!!!).
Looking Back at the Last Housing Crisis … From the Precipice of the Next One? [Longreads] If I ever had a house whose value went suddenly underwater, I like to think I’d be one of those responsible owners who tightens their belt and figures out how to make things work, but in my heart I know I’d shrug, leave the keys in the mailbox, and hit the road to become a railroad hobo or something.
Is Today’s Condo Architecture Too Boring? [The Baffler] The conclusion this article comes to – that appealing aesthetics inevitably lead to high prices – was totally unexpected but also probably true. I’ll gladly live in an ugly, bland house if my rent stays low.
10 Fictional Homes We Want to Live In [Literary Hub] Someone should use one of those architectural modeling programs to mock up Gatsby’s house based on descriptions in the book. I bet it would look exactly like my high school girlfriend’s car-dealership-owning parents’ house.
Many Bloomingdale Residents Are Against a Historic District [Greater Greater Washington] Owning a house in a historic district is sort of like having a job as a news anchor, where you have to get written permission just to change your hairstyle. I don’t feel bad for historic home owners, though, since their home value gets probably a 20% (?) premium for having that little plaque.
This Kalorama Home Just Sold for $9 Million [Urban Turf DC] Theory: dig up the identity of the buyer and you’ll know who Gary Cohn’s replacement is going to be.