OCTOBER NEWSLETTER 2015
     
Greetings from Kara & Wayne Johnson,

You may not have known this, but our agents are multilingual. If you have friends, family, or colleagues relocating to the area from another country, we may be able to assist them in their native language! I n this newsletter, you will also discover an oasis escape in Marrakech, Morocco, visit one of our favorite (and most colorful) blocks in DC, and meet our preferred title partners. Also check out our latest featured listing, a price reduction, and one under contract from last month. 

Sincerely,
Kara & Wayne
multilingualagentsNeed a French- or Spanish-Speaking Real Estate Agent?

Kara Johnson  has been speaking French since the age of five when her father, Wayne, enrolled her in a French immersion and bilingual program at Washington International School in Georgetown. Kara went on to earn a BA with honors in French and a Master's degree in French Language and Civilization in Par is where she lived for several years.  Kara speaks Fre nch with native-level fluency and is your go-to person if you need a French-speaking agent.

Kara Johnson parle français depuis l'âge de 5 ans quand son père, W ayn e, l'a mise dans un programme bilingue à l'Ècole Internationale de Washington à Georgetown. Kara a aussi étudié le français à l'université et elle a fait sa maîtrise en Français Langue et Civilisation à Paris où elle a vécu pendant quelques années. Kara parle français couramment sans accent et elle sera ravie de servir vos besoins en français.

Ignacio Sagarminaga grew up in Georgetown speaking English and Spanish fluently in a bilingual home.  His parents were both from Spain, and he spent summers there throughout his childhood.  His mother and two of his sisters now live in Madrid and own an olive ranch and estate in Seville where Ignac io loves to spend his vacations.  Ignacio is your go-to person if you need a
Spanish-speaking agent.

Ignacio Sagarminaga creció en Washington. La casa familiar estaba en Georgetown y desde pequeño en su casa se hablaba igualmente en inglés y en español. Sus padres, ambos españoles, inculcaron en sus cuatro hijos la importancia de ser bilingüe. Pasaban los veranos en España donde se adaptaban muy fácilmente a su cultura y costumbres.  Su madre y dos hermanas viven ahora en Madrid. Poseen una hacienda de olivar en Sevilla, lugar que a Ignacio le encanta ir siempre que puede y de donde tiene grandes recuerdos de su niñez.  Ignacio es un  profesional con 10 años de experiencia en el mercado inmobiliario y  la persona a la que debes acudir si necesitas un agente que hable indistintamente ingles y español.

W ayne Johnson grew up in Massachusetts where both his parents were bilingual in English and Swedish.  His father was born in Gothenburg, Sweden's 2nd largest city located on the West coast across from Denmark.  Wayne first studied  Swedish at New York University and later spent three summers at Gothenburg University however Wayne says he never met a Swede who didn't speak perfect English.

Wayne Johnson  växte upp i Massachusetts och båda hans föräldrar talade
engelska såväl som svenska.  Hans far föddes i Göteborg, Sveriges näst största stad, belägen på västkusten nära Danmark.  Wa yne studerade först svenska på New York Universitetet och senare tillbringade han tre somrar på Universitetet i Göteborg , men som Wayne säger har han aldrig mött någon svensk som inte talar perfekt engelska.
colorfulblockDC's Most Colorful Street: 12th Place NW
Charleston, SC, may have its famed Rainbow Row along East Bay but DC has 12th Place NW.  This tiny one-block-long street between W Street and Florida Avenue NW in the U Street neighborhood is one of our favorite blocks in the city. Lined on both sides of the narrow street with a total of 60 colorful 2-story row houses, these homes are a mere 1000 square feet or less and only 11 ft. wide. Most were built in 1890 and have just a living room and a kitchen on the first level opening to a charming but small patio and one or two bedrooms on the second level.  A few homes have roof decks with stunning city views.
 
Located just steps from the U Street nightlife and Metro station, the homes of 12th Place are painted in vivid colors and worth exploring in person. In the past year three homes have sold in the $682,000 - $729,000 range with two currently under contract. 2234 12th Pl which was listed at $735,000 was totally gutted within the past year or two and has been beautifully renovated with contemporary finishes but with exposed brick intact. Click here for a virtual tour. To receive property updates for this unique block or for a tour of 12th Place, contact Wayne or Kara.
 

MarrakechMarrakech, Morocco: A Desert Oasis
 
While Kara was living in Paris and even after she returned to Washington, DC, she visited Morocco on 4 occasions (for business and pleasure). She discovered the Beldi Country Club when an architect friend living in Marrakech introduced her to it during her last visit. Room rates range from 160€ - 205 € per night and there are two restaurants on site . For more information visit beldicountryclub.com. While in Marrakech, Kara also recommends you dine "en plein air" at Bo & Zin (bo-zin.com) where she once spotted the famous DJ, David Guetta. 
Breakfast with roses
 Kara at the entrance to the resort
Lush grounds with distant views of the Atlas mountains
featuredpropertyFEATURED LISTING: 2332 Fairview Terrace, Alexandria, VA
Just Listed

Welcome to this semi-detached duplex Colonial townhouse conveniently located in Alexandria minutes to the Metro. This 3-level home features 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths including a finished lower level with separate laundry and storage room.  You'll love the solid oak floors throughout and recently renovated open kitchen with gas range, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops. The house has a welcoming front yard with paved walkway leading to the front door and the 2-car driveway makes for easy off-street parking. The large deck in the rear of the house just off the kitchen overlooks the lush private backyard ideal for grilling and entertaining. The 6-foot privacy fence is great for pets. Easy access to 495, Route 1 & Old Town. List Price: $349,900. Contact our colleague, Lauren Donnelly, ldonnelly@kw.com, for more information. 
 

$26K PRICE DROP: 1820 Clydesdale Place NW #200clydesdalepricedrop

Welcome to this  fabulous two-bedroom apartment in one of Washington's best locations between Adams Morgan and Woodley Park.  Built in 1927 and located on charming Clydesdale Place, this home has gorgeous hardwood floors throughout. The beautifully renovated kitchen has a center island open to the living room and dining area.  Front-facing windows bring in light all day long.  You will love the updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gas cooking, Silestone counter tops, wood cabinetry, and new marble flooring. The bathroom features a tub with shower, vanity and ceramic tile.  The master bedroom is spacious and has a walk-in closet with light.  The second bedroom is also large and has double windows and Elfa closet organizers.   You'll love all the closets and extra storage space and having your own in-unit washer-dryer.  This prime Adams Morgan location is within a few-minute walk of the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station on the Red Line.  Coop fee includes real estate taxes, water, gas, and heat.  There is no underlying mortgage. List Price: $449,000 . Coop fee: $535 monthly. Contact Wayne for more information. 
 
UNDER CONTRACT: 1415 Chapin Street NW #408Chapin408
Under Contract in 1 week

Spacious 2-bedroom (1BR + large den), 2-bath condo in the heart of 14th Street Corridor. This unit features nearly 1,000 square feet of living space, 9 1/2' ceilings, solid oak hardwood floors throughout, and recessed lighting. Unit #408 was combined with unit #409 to create a unique and desirable floor plan with a kitchen open to the living area, separate dining area, which accommodates a large dining table, and a nook off the kitchen ideal as an office or breakfast area. The sunny master bedroom has an en-suite bath with marble countertop and plenty of closet space. The large den with windows and a closet can accommodate a queen bed and is easily converted to a true 2nd bedroom. In-unit washer/dryer. Conveniently located half a mile between U Street and Columbia Heights Metro stations. Meridian Hill Park, restaurants, Trader Joe's, Yes! Organic Market, CVS, and shops just around the corner along 14th Street Corridor. Pet-friendly. List price: $479,000. Contact  Kara  for more info.

Meet Our Exceptional Title PartnersKVS
KVS Title  has redefined what it means to provide extraordinary customer service in real estate settlements. Work with them and you'll see why their clients rave about their being the most knowledgeable, responsive, and hardworking attorneys and staff in the title industry. With an average of 14 years of settlement experience, their attorneys make sure that even your most complex deal gets closed accurately and in a timely fashion. KVS has been our most frequently used title company for the past 6 years now, and we are proud to call them our partners.
 
Founding members David Kanstoroom, Claudia Vitale, and Marty Stanton (they're the K, the V, and the S in KVS), along with eight associate attorneys, are among the best and brightest title attorneys we know. David has performed more than 15,000 settlements. He earned his BA from UVA and his JD from American University.  He is a native of Montgomery County and is a great sports fan.  Claudia did her BS at American and her JD at Catholic University.  She lives in Columbia Heights with her husband and two children and recently co-founded a charitable foundation called DC WISE. Claudia is delightful and if your closing was at their 1407 T Street office, you probably met her. Marty is our main go-to person for all our contract and legal questions.  He graduated with a BA from Fordham University and a JD from American and lives with his family in Silver Spring. We are so glad to have them as our partners and colleagues in helping you close on time and with the comfort of knowing you are in the best hands.

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
karajohnson@kw.com  
Keller Williams Capital Properties        
1918 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009  
202.243.7700 office
202.494.0714 cell
202.315.3889 efax 
waynej@kw.com   

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