Same sex couples find refuge in DC

         Back in March, the District of Columbia began allowing same sex couples the opportunity to marry.  The usual suspects attempted to reverse this decision, but in July the courts upheld the original law.  DC already had a reputation for being “gay friendly” ( I personally think that the term should be “somewhat tolerant if you stay in limited areas and keep your fondness for one another private”).  Friendly is not the word that immediately comes to mind when considering the vitriol and animosity shared by the narrow minded neanderthalic and religious conservatives. To my way of thinking, the human race has bigger fish to fry than expending so much energy on trying to prevent basic human rights and considerations being afforded to EVERYONE.

          I do not live in a vacuum and I am perfectly content to accept that there is room on this mortal coil for people of all persuasions.  As long as one’s chosen lifestyle does not infringe on the right’s of another, they should have the opportunity to seek “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. ( If that sounds vaguely familiar, it is taken directly from the Declaration of Independence. A little document our founders put together without reference to marital relationships. It was directed to everyone, well almost everyone, it took the Civil Rights Act to increase the African American from 3/5th’s to a whole.)

          The DC law has ” leveled the playing field” for same sex couples. Concerns about the right to do something as basic as visiting a partner in the hospital or whom to list as an emergency contact are no longer an issue in the District of Columbia.  The law does not mean that those opposed will be silenced, it does mean that if you are in love and want to be married, DC will grant you that opportunity. It’s about time that the removal of stigmas associated with caring for a same sex partner were legislatively removed.  It’s about time we allowed couples to legally marry.

          I am sure that there will be those that decide to not do business with me because I support this basic human right.  Truth be told, I won’t miss them. I would prefer not to do business with people that have a warped sense of supremacy.  Business transactions are much smoother when you deal with people that are comfortable in their own skin.

         Had the law been passed sooner, I could have attended family members weddings (I was not able to travel to a past wedding that had to take place hundreds of miles away because two people in love happened to be of the same sex.)  I won’t drop that old ” I have lots of (gay,black,jewish, insert any group) friends” line.  Truth be told, everyone has friends from every walk of life and lifestyle (some of you just don’t know it!).

         You see, I don’t care what consenting adults do in their bedroom. Professionally, I want to be sure that they find the bedroom they want.  I don’t care who is relegated to cooking. Professionally, I want to be sure that the kitchen they find is suitable for their culinary skills.  I don’t care about the ethnic, racial, religious or sexual persuasion of the friends enjoying a backyard barbecue.  Professionally, I want to be sure that the backyard is the size they desire. My job is to help people find a place they can call home.  I like what I do.

          I am a Realtor. I am licensed in the District of Columbia.  I don’t believe that your personal comfort zone eliminates me from representing you.  I happen to believe that people want experienced assistance.  The experience may include people from all walks of life, but the common denominator is the ability to find a home, negotiate a transaction while protecting the client’s interests.  The practice of solid real estate is the basis of my business.  I love the challenge of finding the right home at the right price for my clients.  I think everyone deserves that sort of representation.

          I was born in Washington DC and I have seen it go through growing pains and metamorphis into the city it is today. I have watched it move from a sleepy southern town to vibrant metropolis.  I miss Griffith Stadium but love the new ballpark.  I still sneak a bowl of Chili at Bens now and then.  I know the traffic patterns.  I am happy that the P Street beach remains and still find spending an afternoon at Dupont Circle relaxing. I am glad the DC government seems to be functioning more smoothly and I share the angst of many with the foibles that are ongoing in the Mayor’s Office and City Council.  The city continues to improve despite their short comings.

         DC is a Capital City.  DC has taken a large step towards equality for all it’s residents.  DC is a great place to live. If you are interested in moving to the District of Columbia, I would welcome the opportunity to assist you.  I can be reached at 301-509-5111.  Isn’t it nice that same sex couples find refuge in DC?

Downtown Washington DC… A Capital City

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Downtown Washington DC

Imagine, Something different to 365 days of the year.

Walking to the office.

Gazing at the monuments, from your office or high rise condo windows

Welcome to Washington DC A Capital City

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Our National Monuments

Take a walk around the Tidal Basin after work

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Be sure to enjoy the  Cherry Blossom Festival

The most beautiful city in the world, season after season.

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Our Nation’s Capital

The downtown Washington DC area has gone through a vibrant revitalization which still continues. Areas once thought lost to urban decay have been renewed. The Verizon Center, located a few blocks from Chinatown is a lively night spot. The U Street corridor has gone through a metamorphic change with the opening of a new metro stop. Every quadrant of the downtown are features new condos and refurbished row homes. Just a few miles to the west, Georgetown continues to be a mecca for those seeking little shops and fine dining. The nearby Waterfront offers the opportunity to find a bargin on the catch of the day or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants overlooking the Potomac River. Just a bit north of the main downtown area, you can explore the international delights of Adams Morgan.This truly is a Capital City and it is spectacular.

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The Verizon Center

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Chinatown

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Georgetown

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The famous Ben’s Chili Bowl anchors U street

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The fish market at the DC Waterfront

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Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor

DC’s newest attraction is a few minutes down the Potomac

Downtown Washington DC is continuing to grow. While the rest of the country faces up and down cycles, Washington DC is somewhat insulated. The presence of the Federal Government creates a steady job market which in turn supports the housing market. A purchase of a home in the District of Columbia is a sound investment in real estate.

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There are actually 3 major airports in close proximity to Downtown Washington DC. Reagon National Airport is minutes from downtown and can be reached using auto or Metro. Dulles International Airport has transport services from many points in downtown. Baltimore Washington International Airport is only 30 minutes up the road and is a hub for many popular airlines. All three of the airports feature many hot spots so travelers can check that last minute email before boarding a flight. There are over 115 wi-fi hot spots in downtown DC and the number is growing every day.
The development of the downtown area is a priority for the local government. They have committed time and resources to support existing businesses and have representatives ready to discuss opportunities with business owners that are considering relocating to Downtown Washington, DC. A brochure has been created for this very purpose.
Downtown Washington DC is home to several hotels. Trade shows and conventions are held at the DC Convention Center. Many of the hotels have the capacity to house small conventions and meetings on site. Speaking of meetings, visitors are welcome in #mce_temp_url#the Capital to watch the House and Senate in session.
Washington DC has a neighborhood to suit any taste in housing and lifestyle.
The upper Northwest is comprised of older neighborhoods and a range of homes from original sears package homes to custom built mansions. The Northwest quadrant is the largest area of the city and is the area where the majority of private homes are found. Neighborhoods include Chevy Chase, Tenleytown, Friendship Heights, Foxhall, Woodley Park, Tacoma Park, Shephard Park, Adams Morgan and Georgetown. The Northeast quadrant is also known for its neighborhoods such as Brookland, Michigan Park, Mount Ranier, Petworth and Trinidad. The Southwestern quadrant houses many office buildings but also has private residences overlooking the waterfront. The Southeastern quadrant remains in transition. Neighborhoods like Anacostia have homes with the most spectacular views in the city.
If you are looking for a new home in the Washington DC area, it is best to have a little help. The link above (Finding homes in Washington DC) will give you the opportunity to search for a home based on your needs. If you wish to see the homes, you will need a real estate agent’s assistance. You can track down each listing agent ( in Washington DC, the listing agent is bound by contract to represent the seller’s interest) or you can choose an agent to assist you that will be bound to protect your interests.
My partner and I would welcome the opportunity to share our knowledge and love of the area. In Washington DC, it is better to have someone that knows the highways and bi-ways moving around town. A GPS make give you a route, but they have yet to invent a GPS that truly understands the nuances of city traffic. We can be reached at 301-509-5111.
Looking for something to do in Downtown Washington DC
Washington DC has almost 70 different museums. They range from the Smithsonian to The Holocaust Museum. The are museums for history, aviation, art and so much more. Visiting the museums each weekend would take a visitor over one year to complete.
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The National Museum of Art
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When you visit this gallery, be sure to see Vermeer’s painting “Lady in a red hat”. The portrait has a luminescent quality that is beautiful. Look closely. There are no brush strokes visible. It is amazing. You see Vermeer used a technique of pouring the varnish over his finished work. This painting is just one of hundreds that are truly national treasures.
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The Holocaust Museum
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The journey from the front door until you end your visit may be the most emotionally draining trip of the day. The horror of the holocaust is shared with one exhibit after another. You will find yourself staring at a pile of shoes. It will seem out of place. Then you will realize, they represent a tiny portion of those that died during the holocaust. Take a minute, try to picture the people that wore those shoes. Picture their thoughts or feelings as the walked into death chambers, wearing those shoes. The enormity of the suffering can become overwhelming.
Festivals?
The Cherry Blossom Festival held in the spring is not the only party in this town. Washington, DC has various festivals throughout the year. Each summer there is the Folk life festival on the mall. DC has it’s own film fest, barbeque festival, a jazz fest to name a few and we end the year with the Pagent of Peace on the Mall which features the lighting of our Nations Holiday Tree.
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National Chistmas Tree
Did I mention Professional Sports?
If you love sports, Washington DC has a pro team in every sport. Washington is home to the Capitals in hockey, the Redskins in football, the Wizards in basketball, the Mystics in the WNBA, DC United in pro soccer and Washington is home to the Tiger Woods golf tournament. The area has green space, ball fields, soccer pitches, football fields and golf courses. College fans have the opportunity to see Georgetown, George Washington, Maryland and Navy compete. The area high schools have organized leagues for all sports.
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The National’s Ball Park
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Home of the Washington Redskins
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Capitals on the ice at Verizon Center
There is so much more that can be shared about Washington DC. There are boat rides on the Potomac and kite flying on the National Mall. Movies are filmed here and artist young and old create wonderful art here. This is a town to meet, greet and fall in love.
My partner and I love it here and would gladly share our vision of how you might call Washington DC home. We can be reached at 301-509-5111. When you are ready to buy, let us help you plan your visit and schedule your viewings.