There are few things more satisfying than falling in love with your neighborhood. Familiar faces greet you on your daily commute, you know where to find the very best of anything, you can point out all the hidden gems that make your community unique and special, and your new neighborhood truly feels like home.
One of the joys of living in D.C. is its abundance of eclectic and intriguing neighborhoods. Each community has a unique identity, history, and culture, making it easy to find one that suits your personality and lifestyle. At the same time, when you are buying a D.C. home, whether you’re looking at Logan Circle or Capitol Hill real estate, it is still an investment, and often it is the biggest one that an individual or family can make. Besides the benefits of gaining tax credits, stability, a community, and a roof over your head, a well-planned long-term return on investment is often a reality in real estate. Read on for a discussion of some of the Washington, DC neighborhoods that have seen the highest appreciation to help get you started on your home-seeking journey.
Located two miles northeast of the White House, Bloomingdale is one of the most highly sought-after neighborhoods in the city. Bloomingdale's history and unique character make it a desirable community for homebuyers. There are plenty of quality shops and restaurants to meet residents' needs, from The Red Hen to DCity Smokehouse, Bacio Pizza to Showtime Bar. The neighborhood features ample real estate options and various housing styles, including single-family homes and townhomes, as well as an abundance of condos of all sizes and price points. Many buildings and residences in the area are historic, with a significant number built before World War II. The neighborhood is characterized by mostly brick Art Deco, Tudor, Victorian and Federal-style homes offering spacious and bright living spaces, with gorgeous stone and wrought iron front stoops and garden boxes.
Ledroit Park / Howard University
Just northwest of Bloomingdale, the Ledroit Park / Howard University neighborhood is found in the central part of Washington DC. It is home to the iconic Howard University, renowned historically black college, as well as Greene Stadium and the Benneker Recreation Center. The area is also known for its vibrant music, art, culture, and history. The community has seen an influx of new development projects, cafes, and restaurants in recent years, making it a great place to live, work, and explore.
Amidst the impressive D.C. landscape, Capitol Hill stands out. Capitol Hill real estate is known for its historic and vibrant character. It has grown significantly in recent years and is home to some of the city's most iconic institutions, such as the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court building.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood to the east of the Capitol building, however, feels like a world apart from these institutions. This spacious, historic, tight-knit community boasts a charming atmosphere with an active group of artists, musicians, and creatives. Residents enjoy access to various amenities, from the neighborhood's boutiques, cafes, live music venues, and shops to its open spaces and parks. The historic Eastern Market, founded in the late 1800’s and still thriving, is the hub of the community. It hosts local food, flowers, and grocery purveyors inside during the week, and a vibrant outdoor clothing, art, and farmers market on the weekends. Purposely laid out by Pierre L’Enfant and George Washington in the 1700’s with plenty of greenspace, Capitol Hill is home to the United States Botanic Garden, Sharon Armesto Memorial Park, Providence Park, Garfield Park, Lincoln Park, Stanton Park, and more! Foodies will also be delighted by the neighborhood’s diverse restaurants, offering everything from casual fare to gourmet delicacies along the main streets at the Eastern Market SE, Barracks Row SE, Pennsylvania Avenue SE, and H ST NE. The historic Hill Center, formerly a Civil War Naval Hospital, is the art nucleus of the Hill. The real estate landscape is replete with rowhouses and spacious condominiums with gorgeous garden boxes to ogle as you walk through the “liveable walkable community.”
With stunning mansions lining pristinely landscaped streets and sidewalks, Dupont Circle makes a statement of luxury at every turn. Gorgeous marble, stone and ironwork exhibit beautiful bygone architectural eras. The community is also home to an array of shopping spots and restaurants along Connecticut Avenue, including old standbys such as Kramers bookstore and cafe and La Tomate, as well as newcomers likeTatte Bakery and Cafe. Residents enjoy easy access to the Metro, and the community promises a tranquil vibe replete with great shopping, excellent dining spots, and a vibrant nightlife scene.
Shaw real estate is a popular choice for both homeowners and investors, with its gorgeous residential streets alongside thriving commercial areas. This neighborhood is known for its rich history and offers plenty of shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife options. Transportation is also simple and streamlined with the Green Line Metro rail. The community features access to recreational facilities, such as Bundy Field and the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center, where you’ll find a gymnasium and multi-purpose room.
Shaw is known for its beautiful newer homes with high-end amenities, from its charming row houses and modernized new lofts to grand single-family properties. The community has experienced an influx of new residents, investors, and buyers, in the past 20 years, as well as an uptick in outdoor bars, cafes, and restaurants, making it one of the trendiest communities in the D.C. area.
Columbia Heights is home to the Tivoli Theatre, the Powell Recreation Center, the Arts Deco Meridian Hill Park, and a lively commercial area downtown, with an array of unique shops and eateries lining 14th Street. There are also plenty of public transit options for commuting professionals, such as the G2 and Circulator bus lines. Both stop within a short walk of Columbia Heights, allowing residents to access many parts of town without using a car.
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