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The Fall Market: Q&A With Brokers

For this edition of The Georgetowner's Fall Real Estate Special, we asked real estate brokers a few quick questions to assess the current situation.

Architect David Adjaye: Beyond the Monumental

The latest version of Adjaye's design for the Levy Group's West Heating Plant project will be unveiled at a March 9 meeting at the Four Seasons.

Wanna Eat Sushi Off My Garage Floor?

Sleeping 15 feet above a continually cracking garage floor for over 20 years finally produced one too many radon nightmares for me to ignore...

Historic DC: Destiny and the Founding of a Capital

After the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers had to choose a capital city. The place we now know as Washington, D.C., was not everybody’s...

From HoJo to Boathouse

Once a hotel used to stake out the DNC, later a GW dorm, the Virginia Avenue building will become apartments.
Pierre L’Enfant, designer of Washington D.C.

Historic DC: Destiny and the Founding of a Capital

After the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers had to choose a capital city. The place we now know as Washington ...
A rendering of the renovated building.

From HoJo to Boathouse

Once a hotel used to stake out the DNC, later a GW dorm, the Virginia Avenue building will become apartments.
Foxhall Road home, the site of the ninth annual DC Design House. Courtesy of DC Design House.

DC Design House Opens Oct. 1 on Foxhall Road

A fundraiser for Children’s National Health System, the premier provider of pediatric services in the metro area, the DC ...
3150 South Street NW, #PH2A

Featured Property

This luxurious penthouse condominium, part of the Ritz-Carlton complex, has a 3,000-square-foot expanse of terraces and roof gardens with ...

Isabel Ernst: Developer

Longtime Georgetown resident Isabel Ernst got her start in real estatein 1998. She now lives with her husband, Ricardo, a professor of Business at Georgetown University, and her four children in Georgetown. How did you get your start in development? I got into real estate development when I bought our house in 1998, the historic Hillandale Mansion. It was completely abandoned and was falling apart. It had no electricity or water, and the windows and doors were either missing or destroyed. It had great bones, though. I took it upon myself to bring this beautiful house back to life. I spent two-and-a-half years renovating the mansion. I did all the design myself and learned a lot about space and materials, two very important components for a successful project. After I finished my home in 2000, I realized that development was my passion and started my business. What has been your most memorable project to date? The Clyde building on 10th between M and L St.: It was a leap of faith when I bought it, because it was still a very "transitional neighborhood." The building was condemned, but it also had great bones, so we completely gutted it and transformed it into 14 beautiful apartments. When you're not at work, what can you usually be found doing? I am usually taking care of my family, my husband and my four kids, spending time with my friends, taking care of my house, going to board meetings for the different organizations I am involved in, planning trips or going to art fairs with my parents. Not a lot of down time! What is the hottest neighborhood in Washington right now? D.C. has a lot of great emerging neighborhoods that are blending into each other. We are slowly building a wonderful city with a very international flavor, where people can walk or bike to work, to the theater or to a hot yoga class. As Mayor Gray described it, "D.C. is a world within a city," and I cannot imagine living in a better place anywhere in the world. What is your favorite thing about being a developer? My favorite thing about being a developer is the demolition face when you get down to the bones and then start to rebuild; the smell of fresh paint and a beautiful space surrounded by beautiful materials.