// SHAW’S HIDDEN GEMS
REAL ESTATE EXPERT ANDREW SMITH SHOWS US AROUND ONE OF DC’S HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOODS.
Real estate expert Andrew Smith shows us around one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods.
“I start my day at La Colombe (924 Blagden Alley NW, 202-289-4850; lacolombe.com),” says Andrew Smith of TTR Sotheby’s. “I go to work on my own because of the nice, tranquil environment, and it’s off the beaten path. I set up my laptop, have a cup of coffee, and do emails before heading out for the day.
“I often take a spin through the Darryl Carter showroom (1320 9th St. NW, 202-234-5926; darrylcarter.com) to get inspiration for home design. Anyone can go in; you just knock on the door. You’ll find pieces from housewares to unique antiques Darryl has collected throughout the country that fit his clean and modern traditional aesthetic.
“For lunch, I like to go to Sundevich (1314 9th St. NW, 202-319-1086), which is hidden in an alleyway—seems to be a recurring theme in Shaw. I’ve tried most of the sandwiches, and they’re all fantastic. It’s gourmet deliciousness.
“I love Read Wall (1921 8th St. NW, 202-733-1913; readwall.com) for custom suiting. They measure you in-store, and you can pick the fabric and lining, and get initials embroidered inside. Super chic.
“I take classes at Solidcore Shaw (1821 7th St. NW, 202-643-7765; solidcore.co). I don’t go as much as I should, but I love it. You’ll burn afterward, but the next day you will be so glad you did it. The arms-and-abs class is my favorite. I’m a fan of all the instructors.
“My favorite restaurant is The Dabney (122 Blagden Alley NW, 202-450-1015; thedabney.com). I’ve been lucky enough to dine there on multiple occasions. It absolutely deserves the Michelin star it was awarded. I’ve gone there for dates with my partner, with friends, and for work dinners. It’s a special place that wows, and it’s great for celebrations.”
TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, 1206 30th St. NW, 202-333-1212; ttrsir.com
Shaw and tellW Some of Andrew Smith’s (ƢƧƬƞƭ) favorite spots around Shaw include (ƜƥƨƜƤưƢƬƞ ƟƫƨƦ ƭƨƩ Darryl Carter, Solidcore, The Dabney, and La Colombe.