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Yale Steam Laundry Board Elected

February 19, 2010

Last night (February 18), Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums and lofts elected their first complete HOA Board. The initial board is a 3 member board. Per the condo by-laws the board can put a vote before the Association to make this a 5 member board.

51% of the owners were represented at the building. Granted 22% of that number is represented by units still owned by the developer, it is a pretty good turn out. 4 residents ran for the 3 vacant spots.

The three positions consist of one board member serving a 3 year term, one serving a 2 year term, and one serving a 1 year term. This will help keep some continuity on the board. Future board members will be elected for 2 year terms.

YSL-BOD is for Yale Steam Laundry-Board of Directors

February 12, 2010

The residents at Yale Steam Laundry Condominiums are holding their first annual meeting on Thursday, February 18th. At the time of this post there are 4 nominations for the three vacant positions on the board.

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Transfer of Power Imminent (Yale Steam Laundry)

November 13, 2009

The Yale Steam Laundry is about 75% sold. In fact after 3 more contracts complete closing, that milestone will be reached. This will mean that the residents of the building will get 2 more board members. It will be time to start sorting out the budget, security, and maintenance of the buidling.

Take Down Those Signs – City Vista and Yale

July 9, 2009

The word is that DCRA is going to be asking City Vista and Yale to take down the sale banners on their buildings. DCRA says they should have an update for us within the week.

Yale Condos – For Sale by Owner

July 8, 2009

img_2993Corner Unit on the 11th floor. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, balcony,  storage unit, and 2 garage parking spaces. For sale by owner – 625,000.00  You can see the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the National Cathedral from the Master bedroom. Balcony faces the Capitol and Washington Monument.

The Yale Condominiums are located at 437 New York Ave. NW. in Zip code 20001. A new 50,000 square foot Safeway grocery store is across the street, and restaurants are located nearby.  The building is about 4 blocks from the Mt. Vernon Sq. Metro station.

The building includes a full gym with treadmills, stationary bikes, cross trainers and weights, a community area with pool tables, and a rooftop pool.

A few pictures will be coming shortly. If interested email districtchatter@me.com for more info.

Yale Condos Happy Hour on the Pool Deck

May 19, 2009

The Yale Sales Team is hosting a Happy Hour sales event on the pool deck of the Historic Building tomorrow. That is Wednesday, 5/20 from 6-8 PM..

Come on bye. Current residents are going to be there. Here are some great questions to ask.

What is the concierge/security service that the residents have been paying for like?

What are the new condo fees?

Have fun!

“Hello! Hello! Gucci! Rolex! One Dollar!”

April 13, 2009

I just got back from an exciting jaunt in China with my mother.  It’s something she’s wanted to do for a very long time and I was lucky enough to be invited to join.  We traveled throughout the country for nearly two weeks and I’m still decompressing from my trip.  During my time there, I became incredibly accustomed to the wonderful bartering lifestyle China offers.

If you don’t like the price of a given item of food/jewelry/knick-knackery… you simply stick your nose up and indicate that the offering price is not one you’re willing to pay.  Then the bartering begins.  Everyone seems to enjoy themselves during the process- it’s the ultimate test of wits and common sense.  How much do you perceive the item to be worth?  How convincing can you be in your assessment that the “jade” being offered to you is actually glass?

I’m certain that as an awkward foreigner, I got hosed 95% of the time on the cost of the goods I purchased in China, but frankly, bartering provided me a feeling of control that I lacked in other aspects of the trip.

China was an exceptionally disorienting experience for me.  Six foot tall redheads don’t come around rural China very often.  I was stared at incessantly, which was fine for the first couple of days; however the staring, combined with a general lack of personal space, made me antsy and hyper-aware of every single movement I made.

Bartering provided a outlet where I could be comfortable.  Most of the negotiating was done via calculator.  The seller would type in their price, then you would erase it and type in yours.  The calculator would be passed back and forth until the final price was reached.  Seeing as my Chinese is piss-poor, the experience provided me an opportunity to interact with local people without my language barrier getting in the way.

So, I came back to the U.S. and had a serious case of Alzheimer’s in regard to how “buying things” works here.  I picked up some gummy bears the day after my flight landed and attempted to barter with the clerk at the corner store.  I said, “Three dollars is a bit much, can I give you two?”  The poor man looked at me like I was nuts and simply said, “No.”  It was incredibly disappointing that my new bartering skills didn’t translate here.

My fiance and I bought a condo last week.   The deal was official as of Friday afternoon.  We put in our offer on Monday morning.  The seller then sat on our offer for three days while they waited for another offer to roll in.  This was a situation where bartering lost all comfort.  Bartering actually made me a bit of a reclusive, hyperactive bitch (What was going on?  Why weren’t they getting back to us?  Those fuckers are waiting for a better offer, aren’t they?!  Well, fuck them!  I don’t want to live there anyway).  When the seller counter-offered and the negotiating began and it made me feel worse than the days of waiting.  It’s not a pleasant feeling knowing that the individual you’re dealing with isn’t obligated to accept anything you offer or operate on your time frame.   Especially when you’re not talking about a package of delicious Chinese dried fruits; it’s the future of your living situation for an assumed three-to-five-years.

So, I learned an important lesson:  bartering is for silly goods that are trivial in nature.  Bartering makes you feel like you’re in control of the outcome of your situation, because at the end of the day, what’s a garish 500 Yuan Lucky Cat Bank to the rest of your life (other than a convenient place to store lose change)?  When you’re actually dealing with life choices, it’s called, “negotiating”.  I fucking hate negotiating.