The 5A Metrobus [PDF] direct to and from Dulles International Airport (IAD) is one of Penn Quarter’s best kept secrets and it will stay in service having been pulled back from the brink by WMATA. We’ve walked to/from this bus from Penn Quarter to conveniently access long distance flights out of Washington DC all for the very reasonable sum of $7 ($3.50 for seniors and those with disabilities). The 5A stop on D St SW between 6th and 7th Streets is a 1 mile walk from 7th and H St NW (or take a Green/Yellow train or 70/74 bus).
This is easily one of the best transportation deals in Washington DC as taking a cab or Uber to Dulles is at least a $60 fare. If you take the Silver Line it means a long train ride and switching to a connector bus. The 5A takes you and your luggage from L’Enfant Plaza direct to the front door of Dulles Airport in 50 minutes. The end-to-end schedule for the service is from 4:45 am to 12:19 am on weekdays, 5:30 am to 12:24 am on Saturdays, and 5:30 am to 12:27 am on Sundays.
Until the Silver Line goes all the way to Dulles Airport, now scheduled for completion as late as 2020 (!), we would like to see this bus stay in service.
We do love penthouses…after all we’ve lived in them in Penn Quarter and the view is fantastic! Today we’re looking one neighborhood to the north, the Mount Vernon Triangle, at the top story of The Sonata (301 Massachusetts Ave NW) which is one of the pre-recession condo buildings built in the neighborhood before real estate financing dried up.
Unit 1203 at 301 Massachusetts Ave NW is a single story penthouse with a private roof deck. This unit on the northeast corner of the building comes with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 2 parking lots. You do get a view southeast towards the Capitol building from the roof deck. The asking price is $1.05 million. At 1360 square feet and after backing out $80,000 for the parking spots, that’s $713 per square foot on sales price. The condo fee is $929 per month and that amounts to 68 cents per square foot per month which is definitely an efficient building run rate compared to some of the other condos in the area. This unit is listed by Urban Brokers and is also listed for rent for $4,800 per month.
We profiled this unit before when it sold in 2009!
It’s almost Halloween, have you got your pumpkin yet? Be sure to stop by the farmers market tomorrow from 3pm-7pm (8th and D Sts., NW) to stock up. And, don’t forget, they’re not just decoration, you can eat them too! Here’s a recipe in honor of Momofuku‘s recent opening that we look forward to trying:
Momofuku opened over the weekend at 1090 I St NW (corner of 11th and I St NW). Momofuku’s food menu sports all sorts of tasty noodle and bun dishes while the beverage menu sports a limited but capable selection of beer, wine, cider, and cocktails. Washingtonian profiled David Chang, Momofuku’s propriertor, in August of 2014. Milk Bar, the dessert adjunct to Momofuku, opened on Friday and as of Sunday night still sported a line around the block.
Staff at the host’s stand indicated that limited reservations to Momofuku could be made online at OpenTable or using the restaurant’s reservation system (
we don’t see the link yet) and the majority of slots are available as walk-ins. The restaurant is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5 pm to 11 pm and Friday through Saturday, 5 pm to Midnight. The restaurant’s entrance is on 11th St NW and as shown in the photo above there is no signage quite yet. Like the Eighteenth Street Lounge, you just have to know where it is.
1090 I St NW
One of the largest and most impressive buildings in our neighborhood, The National Building Museum (401 F St., NW) has a long history of grandeur in our city.
Thanks to the history provided on the museum’s web site, here is insight into the building’s past:
The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment.
Built between 1882 and 1887, the project began following a Senate Appropriations Committee approval of $250,000 to purchase a suitable site and construct a fireproof building for the U.S. Pension Bureau’s headquarters. U.S. Army Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs was appointed as both the architect and engineer for the building. The building was Meigs’ last and most important architectural work and the one of which he was most proud.
The building was designed for two distinct functions: to house the Pension Bureau and to provide a suitably grand space for Washington’s social and political functions. The design was inspired by two Roman palaces. The exterior is modeled closely on the brick, monumentally-scaled Palazzo Farnese, completed to Michelangelo’s specifications in 1589. The building’s interior, with its open, arcaded galleries surrounding a central hall, is reminiscent of the early-sixteenth-century Palazzo della Cancelleria. For the colossal Corinthian columns that divide the Great Hall, Meigs took his inspiration from the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome built by Michelangelo in the mid-sixteenth century.
The Pension Building continued to serve as office space for a variety of government tenants through the 1960s. In 1969, the Pension Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Congress passed a resolution in 1978 calling for the preservation of the building as a national treasure, and a 1980 Act of Congress mandated the creation of the National Building Museum as a private, nonprofit educational institution.
We received an update from the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association that MPD Chief of Police, Cathy Lanier, will speak and answer questions at the Association’s October meeting. This is your chance to ask her questions about public safety. On our mind is what is going with the homeless encampment at 11th and E St in front of the former ESPN Zone entrance as the encampment has been there for a few months now.
The exact text follows:
We [the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association] are delighted that Chief of Police Cathy Lanier became available to speak at the Penn Quarter breakfast meeting. We asked her to address a number of enforcement issues that have been of concern to Penn Quarter residents and businesses: homeless encampments, excessive noise, and an up-tick in what appear to be drug sales. Chief Lanier will respond to questions following her talk.
By e-mail we were notified of the October Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association breakfast meeting. It will be on Tuesday, October 27 at DBGB Kitchen + Bar in CityCenter (931 H St NW). Yummy!!!
There is no cost to attend. Please indicate if you heard of this meeting from Penn Quarter Living:
Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, October 27, 8:30 am
DBGB Kitchen + Bar
931 H Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G St NW (Galleries exit)
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 – 8:55am
Brief Announcements: 9:00am
Speaker begins after Announcements
Speakers + Topic
Diane Groomes, MPD Assistant Chief of Police
(We have invited MPD Chief of Police Cathy Lanier to the meeting and anticipate hearing back soon if she can attend and speak)
We asked Assistant Chief of Police and former District One Commander Diane Groomes to address a number of issues that have been of concern to Penn Quarter residents and businesses: homeless encampments, excessive noise, and an uptick in what appear to be drug sales. She and her colleagues will entertain questions following her talk.
Please respond if you plan on attending this meeting as it will help our host prepare.
RSVP via email by noon Friday, October 23 to Jo-Ann[at]PennQuarter.org
Include the first and last names of all those attending and their affiliations.