The Scoop on DC Living
February 2017
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Finding Home:
DC Schools

Like so many DC parents doing our due diligence when it comes to enrolling our children in Pre-Kindergarten and beyond, our household has been busy learning about the famed DC Lottery process and the school options available. The result of our visits to open houses, reading and conversations with parents as well as school administrators has been truly educational and eye-opening. In short, I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of non-private and private school options, as well as the diversity of teaching methods at our fingertips.

Firstly, we'd investigated private education, as many DC families do, finding some exceptional learning institutions. But our pause resulted from annual tuition ranging from $13,000 to more than $35,000 per year. And remember, we are only entering Pre-K 3! So the costs analysis for our family budget dictated exploring DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools.

The pleasant surprise came as we invested time learning about DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools. T he vast array of education choices is incredible: Montessori; Bilingual; Combination of Montessori-Bilingual; International Baccalaureate; Traditional Academic; a nd so many more options ...all available to DC residents.

The MySchoolDC Lottery allows parents to list as many as 12 schools in priority order. Our application will include a combination of public and public charters, including our in-bound public school. And we will list the maximum allotment of 12 schools on our application due no later than March 1, 2017.

Then comes the proverbial crap shoot: the Lottery itself. Results of the random selection are released March 31, 2017. From what I've learned, everyone gets into one of the schools of choice listed in the application. And after the initial school placement, there's a wait list game that plays out for those whose children are not admitted to the top school of choice.

The Washington Post ran a terrific article in late 2014, which provides a really nice overview of the process and outcome.

In my April newsletter, I'll report more on our experience. In doing so, my hope is that more DC residents will take comfort to know living in our great city comes with womb-to-tomb opportunities that enable us to thrive.

In short, investing time in knowledge of our local education system makes me a better parent and proves once again that information is powerful.

If information is power, my mission is to help create the most powerful consumers of real e state on the market!

- Brett

Featured #UrbanCastles

Spacious and sunny condo featuring 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, open floor plan and deluxe finishes throughout. Enormous owner suite with walk-in closet. Minutes from everything we love about DC - Dupont Circle, historic U Street, Adams Morgan, Rock Creek Park, Downtown DC. Investor friendly. Pet friendly.

The stunning kitchen with stainless appliances and quartz countertops is the show stopper in this condo featuring 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. Chic, spacious rooftop perfect for entertaining large gatherings. Surrounded by Shaw, Logan Circle, Blagden Alley, Gallery Place, and mere minutes to every Metrorail line in DC. Pet friendly.

News & Trends

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#UrbanCastles on the Market

As of February 9, 2017, the Washington Metro Area boasts more than 18,805 housing units active on the market, 1,165 of which are located in DC, itself. This excludes FSBOs (For Sale By Owner) and pocket listings. Here's a look at inventory by price range throughout one of DC's hottest zip codes - 20011 which includes 16th Street Heights, Brightwood, Crestwood, Petworth and the northern reaches of Columbia Heights, where there are currently 102 active listings:


$0 to $450k

(33 total units available)


$450k to $700k

(51 units available)


$700k to $950k

(14 units available)



(8 units available)


Not finding exactly what you're looking for in the selection of inventory in DC? Feel free to check out plenty of inventory throughout the DC Metro Area, or drop me a line to schedule a time to talk with you about your goals.



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