THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN DC IS SMALLER THAN THE GARAGE OF THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD

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I was at an open house recently for some sprawling Palisades mansion with six or seven or eight bedrooms, and a family room, a living room, a sitting room, and a great room, and as I walked down yet another endless hallway, I thought, “this must be the biggest house in DC.  Also, they should give us Segways for these house tours.”  Turns out, it wasn’t even close to being the biggest house in DC. THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN DC IS SMALLER THAN THE GARAGE OF THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD

“And finally, the backyard seems as big as a baseball field – the lot’s a jaw-dropping 34,000 square feet – and there’s custom-made playground equipment back here.  If you don’t have children, you can rent it out to the neighborhood kids by the hour.  Knowing how kids like to push things, though, you’ll probably have to pay a full-time bouncer to watch the clock and then physically expel the kids when their time is up.  Don’t worry, it’ll be a good introduction to capitalism for them.”

“And finally, the backyard seems as big as a baseball field – the lot’s a jaw-dropping 34,000 square feet – and there’s custom-made playground equipment back here.  If you don’t have children, you can rent it out to the neighborhood kids by the hour.  Knowing how kids like to push things, though, you’ll probably have to pay a full-time bouncer to watch the clock and then physically expel the kids when their time is up.  Don’t worry, it’ll be a good introduction to capitalism for them.”

ARCHITECTURE TREND ON THE (HIGH) RISE: TIMBER TOWERS

Say this three times fast:

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was collecting wood for a skyscraper?

Then go ahead and say this:

What?!

When thinking of a typical skyscraper, most think of steel beams, concrete, and reflective metals soaring closer to the sun and holding the dreams of many as they hustle through their 9-5. One architect, however, is challenging the status-quo (as artists do), and urging the business world to think outside of their well-known, ironclad box. ARCHITECTURE TREND ON THE (HIGH) RISE: TIMBER TOWERS

HOMES AWAY FROM HOME: THE BEST HOUSE EXCHANGE NETWORKS

“There’s no place like home” – Dorothy said it best, while she was lost on the Yellow Brick Road in Oz. But if you watched the movie close enough, you probably notice that she managed to have some fun while she was finding her way back home, too. She met friends (if they only had a brain), danced a little, sang a lot, and uncovered a world of color. Of course, eventually she clicked her ruby red slippers back together and was able to get back to good ole’ Kansas, but the point is: time away from home can be vital to remember why home is so homey in the first place. Opportunities to do that, however, can seem few and far between, when a vacation can mean lots of money spent on travel to your destination, a place to stay, eating out…the list of expenses can seem expansive. But if you’re up for sharing, there’s another way… HOMES AWAY FROM HOME: THE BEST HOUSE EXCHANGE NETWORKS

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PERLA

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If you hear church bells ringing, it might be no more than an echo. Okay, that might be a tad dramatic –– there are plenty of places of worship untouched by DC’s growing pains. Still though, it’s only right to acknowledge that as development creeps up in unsuspecting corners, some of DC’s establishments get pushed out. That is the case as The Perla, one of DC’s developments in the works, comes to fruition in the heart of Shaw. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): THE PERLA

DC FOOD TRUCKS WORTH TRACKING DOWN

While it is hard believe after we all watched on in horror as flurries of white fell gracefully from the sky this past week, the calendar doesn’t lie: spring is here. Soon, Old Man Winter will give up on terrorizing us with blustery winds and cold fronts, and warm weather will swoop in to save our souls. Or at least, that’s the kind of hope I’ve been clinging to as I cocoon under every blanket I own night after night. Spring brings more than sunshine, blooms, open-toed shoes, and wheezing, though. It also brings one of the cities best food options out of hibernation. Yes, that’s right, with warmer weather, the cities’ wheels start turning, delicious smells start wafting through 70-degree air, and food trucks are back in season. DC FOOD TRUCKS WORTH TRACKING DOWN