Maybe a week ago, on our way to get some pho from Thang Long on Kensington Avenue, we spied some new construction on the 1900 block of E. Cumberland Street, about a block away. For quite some time, 1908 and 1910 E. Cumberland St. have been vacant. But developers from Callahan Ward purchased the lots earlier this year and now they're building a pair of homes here.

Homes have been framed out

We reached out to the developers and learned that they're building two homes here, by right. Each home will have about 2,200 sqft of living space, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and large rear yards. Look for list prices in the low to mid $300K range. Because the project was done by-right, they didn't have their architects put together any fancy renderings, but you can already get a decent idea of what these homes will look like when they're done.

Next to the new homes, we wondered whether more development might be forthcoming.

Lots next door

Only one of the four lots next door have changed hands more recently than 1982, and that one was purchased by developers in 2008. So unless some other developers get creative and sleuth out the current owners, look for these lots to remain as they are for the time being.

Looking toward Kensington Ave.

But don't be surprised if developer interest ticks up in this area in the coming years. Sure, it's a block off of Kensington Avenue and the El. But development in East Kensington has relentlessly pushed through the neighborhood, going from Amber to Coral to Emerald Street. Who's to say that Jasper Street won't also see major changes in the future? And seriously, that restaurant we mentioned earlier, Thang Long, almost makes living in this neck of the woods worth it on its own.