HGTV Makes East of River Debut on Sunday

by Mark Wellborn

1214 U Street SE

The DC season of HGTV’s My First Sale will debut this Sunday at 1pm, and rather than featuring a home in one of DC’s more popular neighborhoods, the show will chronicle the process of selling a renovated home in Historic Anacostia.

My First Sale follows a first-time home seller and their real estate agent through the selling process. From July through October 2010, film crews followed David Garber and Anacostia River Realty’s Darrin Davis as they attempted to sell the home that Garber (the brains behind blog And Now, Anacostia) had spent eight months rehabbing and renovating at 1214 U Street SE (map). The production company for the show approached Garber about featuring his home after reading his blog and learning about the renovations that he had completed.


The program should be interesting as it will not only highlight Historic Anacostia, but it will also chronicle the ups and downs of selling a home in a neighborhood that is coming back after being written off by much of the DC population years ago.

When we first wrote about Garber’s home being featured back in July, we learned that part of the filming covered Davis and Garber discussing how the home should be priced. Davis pointed out the positives and negatives and the two settled on a price of $289,800. After a number of months on the market and a few price reductions it ultimately sold for $231,000, which while below the original asking price, was more than double what Garber paid for the home back in 2009.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/hgtv_makes_east_of_river_debut_on_sunday/2804


  1. JohnDC said at 5:47 pm on Tuesday January 4, 2011:
  1. H Street Landlord said at 6:17 pm on Tuesday January 4, 2011:

    Dang 231k? Hope he still made money on that.

  1. anon said at 10:03 pm on Tuesday January 4, 2011:

    hegot it for around 80k ...hopefully he held the house for longer then 2yrs to bypass the short term tax.

    otherwise i dont think he made much.

  1. LaszloB said at 11:23 am on Wednesday January 5, 2011:

    Congrats to him.  I did see the place and it looked great, and did not appear to be “cheaply” done as another comment suggests.  A smaller house to be sure, but nice.

  1. Tom A. said at 2:51 pm on Wednesday January 5, 2011:

    wow beautiful—and quite the bargain.  I’m not sure how an old Google street view pic says anything about how they renovated, but it’s definitely a huge improvement!

  1. Darrin D. Davis said at 7:52 pm on Wednesday January 5, 2011:

    As Anacostia’s neighborhood Realtor, this coverage of Anacostia is absolutely great for the Anacostia community! We are introducing the world to this great community and hopefully dispelling some misperceptions. I am ecstatic that Anacostia River Realty was the company that helped play a role in HGTV’s first visit east of the Anacostia River.

  1. Charmaine H. said at 1:35 am on Thursday January 6, 2011:

    Thank you Mr. Davis for doing your part in dispelling the misperceptions of this community. Apparently there is a great multitude of people who either are not aware of the true beauty of this community due to what is perceived from the media. Thank you and continue to do the work putting Anacostia in the positive “limelight”.

  1. Darrin D. Davis said at 12:01 am on Saturday January 8, 2011:

    Ms. Charmaine,

    Thank you for your kind words. I’m just trying to do my part in making the community a better place to live.

    Darrin D. Davis, Owner
    Anacostia River Realty

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