Greetings from Kara & Wayne Johnson,

I n this newsletter, we will take a historical look at Logan Circle, update you on our "Featured Property" from last month, take a summer escape to Orvieto, Italy and introduce you to one of our integral partners working behind the scenes to make your transactions flawless. We also want to recognize Kara on her recent Washingtonian magazine honor and our featured property this month is a gorgeous mid-century modern home we think you'll love. Let's get started!

Kara & Wayne
Congratulations on Washingtonian Magazine's 
2015 "Best of Washington" Issue
Kara Johnson - A Top Producing Individual Agent!

Kara Johnson, Realtor

Kara Johnson, Realtor with Keller Williams Capital Properties, was named one of the top producing individual real estate agents in the greater DC area by Washingtonian Magazine. Over 16,000 surveys were sent to people ranging from past clients, mortgage brokers, settlement attorneys and even fellow real estate peers, to determine the most talented Realtors in our area. The criteria for Top Producing agents were based on annual gross sales. We are proud that Kara's hard work and excellent customer service skills have been recognized.

Click here for full Washingtonian Article 


FEATURED LISTING: 1415 Chapin Street NW #101Chapin
SOLD in 1 Week for $46K Over List!

Kara Johnson set a record this month! Her featured property from last month's newsletter, a smart and stylishly renovated condominium on Chapin Street in the 14th  Street Corridor, went under contract in a week with 14 competing offers, setting the new highest sales price of $485,000 for The Hillside Condominium. This once again demonstrates  the strength of our market and one of the many important benefits of having an excellent Realtor safeguarding your interests.  Click to   read more bidding war stories on my blog.                  

LoganCircleNeighborhood Profile:  The Origins and Growth of Logan Circle

The Logan Circle neighborhood offers block after block of 19th century Victorian rowhouses  restored to their original grandeur amidst modern condominium and rental new construction.  However,  Logan Circle,  previously  named, Iowa Circle, has come a long way. Most of the three and four-story brick and stone houses surrounding the Circle were built between 1874 and 1887 in eclectic styles referred to today as Second Empire, High Victorian Gothic, Romanesque Revival, and New Orleans.

I n 1898, the first car sales shop was opened and  m any Victorian residential and commercial buildings were razed to make room for  more prominent garages and automobile showrooms.  14th Street evolved from an important 19th century streetcar line to what became knows as "Automobile Row".


The next renaissance in Logan Circle, underway since at least 1995, is finally nearing completion. When Whole Foods Market debuted on the 1400 block of P Street in 2011 it catalyzed a reinvigoration not seen in the neighborhood since the construction boom of the late 19th century. Today Logan Circle is a model of success for the rejuvenation of many of our city's neighborhoods.


Logan Circle has a strong sense of community and diverse populations contributing to the culture and cuisine interspersed with a variety of high-end retail shops, art galleries and family-owned businesses. The nightlife vibe is continually enhanced by new distinctive locales. Logan Circle honors its historical integrity and continues to be one of the most popular neighborhoods in DC. Read the full article

OrvietoSummer Escape: The Arts, Lifestyle & Architecture of Orvieto

Orvieto, Italy is one of the principal sights of the region of Umbria, Italy. Marvelously perched high above tufa cliffs showing traces of every phase of history for the past three thousand years, culminating in its magnificent cathedral. Tourists should on no account miss Orvieto if they are visiting Umbria or southern Tuscany.


Orvieto "La Citta Slow"

The Romans had a useful phrase: "festina lente" meaning make haste slowly. This "way of life" was mostly an admonition against the time-wasting dangers of impetuousness. In these modern days, when frantic activity can take over daily life to the extent that the joy goes out of it, the best solution is festina lente, take some time to take some time. Among these gifts from the past are the "slow towns" of Italy and the farm-to-table "slow food" available in Orvieto.


Shopping & Dining in Orvieto

Orvieto offers a great range of caf├ęs, gourmet restaurants and shops that have something for everyone: specialty food stores, high-end clothing, shoes, leather goods, artisanal products, hand painted plates, art galleries, and much more. Only 90 miles from Rome, Orvieto is literally built upon layers of historical architecture


For information on an authentic experience in Italy, visit: Americana in Orvieto.



Introducing Gregory Kingsbury, one of our preferred mortgage partners. Greg and his team are known for getting loans approved in record time to have a successful closing. Financing is the most important piece of the home buying process and a responsive, trusted, customer-centric loan consultant is invaluable. When you are ready to buy a home, Greg and the stellar staff at Caliber Home Loans are ready to help you make informed decisions that can make the home financing process smooth, simple, and stress free.

Greg Kingsbury
Senior Loan Consultant
Caliber Home Loans
NMLS ID 476367 State Lic. MLO476367
Direct: 202.540.9999

FEATURED LISTING: 7219 Stafford Rd., Alexandria, VAStafford

Welcome to this quintessential mid-century modern Charles Goodman-designed home in Hollin Hills. This home features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths on 2 levels, over 2,500 square feet of living space, solid red oak floors throughout, walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in every room overlooking a natural landscape on the half acre lot. Enjoy the brick wood-burning fireplace in the living room, renovated and open kitchen with 5-burner gas range, stainless steel appliances, white quartz countertop with waterfall edge, white high-gloss cabinets and European pulls, and zebrawood feature wall with mounted television and built-in pantry. The dining area overlooks one of the surrounding decks leading out to the bonus finished studio perfect as an office space, adjacent rare carport, and built-in outdoor gas grill. Beyond the expansive living, dining, and indoor-outdoor entertaining area is a hallway leading to 2 guest bedrooms and full bath. Also on the main level is an expansive, light-filled family room with a wall of built-in shelves. The open staircase leads up to an enormous master bedroom retreat with balcony, vaulted ceiling with dormer windows, sitting area, and walk-in closet with custom organizers. You will love the en-suite modern bathroom with dual vanities, glass-enclosed walk-in shower, and separate soaking tub as well as side-by-side Bosch washer and dryer. List Price: $789,000. Listed with our KW colleague, Lauren Donnelly.


Kara Johnson
Keller Williams Capital Properties 
1918 18th St NW
Washington,DC  20009 
202.243.7700 office
202.378.4240 cell
202.315.3889 efax
Keller Williams Capital Properties        
1918 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009  
202.243.7700 office
202.494.0714 cell
202.315.3889 efax 

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