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The Brookland neighborhood in Northeast Washington near Catholic University and the Brookland Metro station is bustling with new residential and retail development these days.

The Bozzuto Group’s Monroe Street Market, one of the most unusual projects in the area, includes three styles of rental housing, shops, restaurants and a focus on the arts. The neighborhood, already home to Dance Place and Artspace and to Catholic University’s well-regarded Hartke Theatre, will now include the Brookland Works Art Walk and Plaza with 27 individual artist studios and outdoor space for performances and weekend events. The Edgewood Arts Building offers 3,000 square feet for artists’ workspace, events and performances.

Above the artist studios are the Brookland Works loft-style apartments available now for $1,499 to $3,650 per month. The Portland Flats and Cornerstone apartments are scheduled to be ready for residents later in 2013 and in January 2014. Apartments in all three sections include oversized windows, granite counters and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, high-tech wiring and tile floors and granite counters in the bathrooms.

Options include stained concrete floors, built-in desks and movable kitchen islands. The pet-friendly community includes a 24-hour fitness center, flexible spaces for community events and private parties, a lounge, a billiards room, an e-café with WiFi, an outdoor swimming pool and outdoor lounges with bars and grills.

Several restaurants and shops such as &Pizza, Barnes & Noble and Potbelly have committed to open at Monroe Street Market, officials say, and the owners of Meridian Pint and Smoke & Barrel restaurants are creating a new neighborhood restaurant to anchor one end of the arts walk. For more information visit www.monroestreetmarket.com.


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Restored D.C. estate lists for $7.5 million 

An 81-year-old 7,500-square-foot estate in Northwest Washington renovated five years ago was one of the highest priced listings in October, according to Rockville-based multiple-listing service MRIS.

The property at 2400 Foxhall Rd., listed for $7.5 million, is owned by a couple who are empty nesters and looking to downsize.  “We counted the other day and there are about nine or 10 empty rooms,” says owner Jim Mauro.

According to Mauro, the home was built by Randolph Kidder, part of the Kidder Peabody investment firm family. Kidder married Dorothy Robinson, who was part of the family that started American Express. It was later owned by various diplomats, including the current Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, Adel A. Al-Jubeir, who lived there when he was a Georgetown University grad student.

“We love this house because it sits back from Foxhall Road on 1.5 acres that are really quiet and private,” says Mauro. “We see phenomenal sunsets over the Virginia countryside.”

Mauro says the home has been restored several times. The wiring, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems were updated in 2008.

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The Georgian-style home features extensive moldings and built-in cabinetry and has six bedrooms, two sitting rooms that can be converted to bedrooms, six full bathrooms, two half bathrooms and six fireplaces. The grounds include a swimming pool, terraces, a covered porch and a balcony off the master suite.

For more information visit www.wfp.com or contact listing agents Matthew McCormick and Nancy Taylor Bubes of Washington Fine Properties at (202) 243-1651.

Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, has chosen Rockville for its first American location, including

an 8,500-square-foot showroom and an adjoining 20,000 square foot warehouse.

 Italian imports arrive in Rockville

Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, has chosen Rockville for its first American location, including an 8,500-square-foot showroom and an adjoining 20,000 square foot warehouse.

Italo Ceramica has been in business 17 years and has partnered with Imola Ceramica, an Italian tile supplier for 186 years to provide a range of tile styles. Buyers will be able to see their tile choices displayed on 500 sliding panel displays in the store with specially made LED lights to make it easier to see the special characteristics of each tile. The staff can use software to create 3D designs to help customers choose their tiles. The Rockville showroom includes a collection of glass wall mosaics that can be used to create personalized pictorials using glass mosaic tiles.

The grand opening of the store, which is open to the public, will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 725 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Artist Alexander Stefan, whose photography is on exhibit in the store, will be there. Guests will have the chance to win one of his photographs. RSVP with Caitlin Kelly at caitlin.kelly@italoceramica.com. For additional information, call (301) 637-0026 or go to www.ItaloCeramica.com.

D.C. renters prefer Chinese food delivery

If you’re contemplating what to have for dinner tonight and thinking about Kung Pao chicken, you’re not alone.

The most popular cuisines ordered by Washington residents are Chinese, followed by Italian, deli/diner, Thai and Japanese.

Rent.com, a national database for rental property, and Delivery.com, a national Web site for restaurant delivery services, teamed up to survey renters about what they like to order for delivery and when. The most popular dishes ordered by D.C. residents include Pad Thai, burgers and chicken Tikka Masala.

On a national level, Delivery.com found that more people order delivery when the weather gets cold. In February, Delivery.com received 20 percent more orders than in July. Sundays are the most popular day of the week for delivery and nationally, deli/diner food is ordered most often.

Rent.com surveyed 1,000 renters and found out that almost one-fifth (19 percent) of renters order in once a week and 17 percent get food delivered between two and five times per week.

Lerner is a freelance writer. To pass on a tip or news item, contact us at realestate@washpost.com and put “Town Square” in the subject line.