A rental’s littlest tenants

Aaralyn Liese prefers city life in a bustling high-rise to a quiet house in the suburbs. And she’s raising her daughter Athena Mills, 5, to feel the same way. While many families go the traditional house-with-a-white-picket-fence route, others are opting for apartments in a concrete jungle.

When Selling Is a Pet Project

When Tom Page and Sherry Roberts sold their last home, it was an experiment in chaos. Each time an agent called to schedule a showing, mayhem ensued. “We’d do a magical cleanup, grab the cat, throw him in the car, take the litter box, hide it someplace, spray Lysol and get out,” Page, 40, says. […]

It’s Not Hard to Bargain on Fees

Imagine a world where real estate agents give house hunters money to purchase new homes. It may seem like the stuff of unicorns and elves, but it actually happens every day. Kate Debelack, 40, and her husband, Ed Poe, 42, purchased a Petworth rowhouse in July. They used an agent from Redfin, a website that […]

Your Own Private Hideaway

Tucked away inside a LeDroit Park city block stands a two-story building, circa 1890, that originally housed firemen up top and their horses and carriages below. The building is the lone structure in the interior of the block, surrounded by rowhouses on all four sides. The only way to get to it is through a […]

A Stroke of Pluck

Sick of swimming pools? Try a much bigger body of water: the Potomac River. The Concept “It’s a different element to not have anything around you, to be completely engulfed in nature,” says Denis Crean, who has been racing in oceans, rivers and lakes for the past 15 years. He was frustrated that there were […]

Steal this job: Chocolatier

Robert Ludlow, 28, can make the sun rise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two. He can because he’s a candy man, well, more specifically, a chocolate man.

Meet the Forever Renters

Personal trainer Bernard Moore is out the door of his northeast D.C. apartment by 5:30 each morning and doesn’t get home until 8 or 9 each night. He works at a gym in Alexandria, so he isn’t around to let the exterminator or the air-conditioner repairman into his home when issues arise. Not a problem: […]

Can’t Picture It? They Will.

Julie Friedman, 40, and her fiance, Jonathan Spector, 48, were on a mission last fall to find a home that would comfortably fit the two of them plus their combined five kids. They were well aware that any house might need some tweaking to fit the bunch, so they brought along Howard Kandel, who is […]