Posts by Shilpi Paul

Following are all articles by UrbanTurf author Shilpi Paul, from most recent to least.

First-Timer Primer: What is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

First-Timer Primer: What is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Shilpi Paul | October 8th 2019 | 2 Comments

The preferred mortgage product among most home buyers is the fixed-rate mortgage. However, the adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) is another option for... read »

How to Obtain a Basic Business License For Your DC Rental

How to Obtain a Basic Business License For Your DC Rental

Shilpi Paul | August 28th 2019

UrbanTurf is re-publishing an article with updated links that is a step-by-step way to get a basic business license. ... read »

Obama, The Tenant: A Chat With The President’s DC Landlord

Obama, The Tenant: A Chat With The President’s DC Landlord

Shilpi Paul | January 17th 2017 | 8 Comments

When Johnsie Walsh rented a unit in her Stanton Park apartment building to a newly-elected senator named Barack Obama in 2005, she had no idea that... read »

What Is It Like To Live in The Roundhouse?

What Is It Like To Live in The Roundhouse?

Shilpi Paul | August 12th 2016 | 2 Comments

This week, UrbanTurf is re-running an article from a few years ago that looks at what it is like to live in one of DC's few octagonal houses. ... read »

Brokaw, Rose, Russert: DC’s Newsiest House

Brokaw, Rose, Russert: DC’s Newsiest House

Shilpi Paul | August 7th 2014

A stately five-bedroom Woodley Park house has been home to not one, not two, but three of the most recognizable broadcast journalists in recent... read »

Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront: After a Rain Delay, the Stadium’s Boomtown Starts to Deliver

Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront: After a Rain Delay, the Stadium’s Boomtown Starts to Deliver

Shilpi Paul | May 23rd 2014 | 3 Comments

After years resembling a ghost town, the southeast DC neighborhood is seeing long-planned projects come to fruition, and the streets are finally... read »

The Best Holiday Gift For The Techy Homeowner: Skybell

The Best Holiday Gift For The Techy Homeowner: Skybell

Shilpi Paul | December 20th 2013 | 1 Comment

A new doorbell, dubbed the SkyBell, allows you to see, hear and talk to anyone who comes to your stoop via your smartphone. ... read »

Unique Spaces: Making the Most of a Skinny House

Unique Spaces: Making the Most of a Skinny House

Shilpi Paul | December 9th 2013 | 4 Comments

This installment of Unique Spaces required architects to make good use of a particularly narrow footprint in Foggy Bottom. ... read »

The Splitting the Rent Formula

The Splitting the Rent Formula

Shilpi Paul | December 3rd 2013 | 9 Comments

When sharing an apartment or group house, it only seems fair that those in bigger rooms should pay a higher share of the rent. But, how do you factor... read »

Metro in 2050, With Stops in Georgetown?

Metro in 2050, With Stops in Georgetown?

Shilpi Paul | November 26th 2013 | 10 Comments

As Metro charts out the next few decades, they are considering two stops in Georgetown, a plan that Georgetown Metropolitan writes is supported by... read »

DC Real Estate Guides

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Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

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Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

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Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

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Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

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Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

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Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

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