Historic Capitol Hill DC Neighborhood: Stanton Park

Historic Northeast Capitol Hill neighborhood Stanton Park stands out on the Washington, D.C., real estate map. Stanton Park is an attractive enclave of brick row houses and cottages that add a charming village atmosphere to the city. When considering Capitol Hill homes, homebuyers are often allured by its relatively quaint, quiet atmosphere that makes the neighborhood feel like a historic suburb in the middle of the big city, with easy access to many attractions and amenities.

1. History of the Park

Stanton Park is one of the oldest parks in Washington, D.C., located blocks from historic Union Station and The Supreme Court of the United States. A public park since the 1870s, it was named after Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War. In 1878, a statue of Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War general and friend to George Washington, was erected in the middle of the park, which now serves as a popular historical attraction. The park has been substantially built up as a neighborhood amenity since then, including a playground, grassy areas, and walkways for neighbors to gather and enjoy.

2. Living in Stanton Park

This small pocket in the heart of Capitol Hill is home to a lively community that feels like a suburb within the nation’s capital. As its name implies, the Capitol Hill neighborhood is a few short blocks from the nation’s Capitol Building and Library of Congress, as well as other important national treasures.

Because of this, life in Stanton Park can sometimes feel more formal than in other neighborhoods in DC, however, after the completion of the business day, residents of the area embrace a liveable, walkable, and bikeable lifestyle, enjoying the great outdoors by making their way to, and through, the many strategically laid-out parks in the area to enjoy downtime, play, picnics, and exercise.

Capitol Hill homes in the residential Stanton Park area offer a tranquil, close-knit community atmosphere, while remaining within a short distance of everything Capitol Hill has to offer. Single family homes here are typically 2 or 3 level townhomes with a small garden box, porch, or stoop out front which is great for socializing with neighbors, and often a private patio or small yard in the rear. Residents of Capitol Hill enjoy easy access to an array of shops and services within a few blocks in several directions.

3. Convenient location

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New owners of Capitol Hill real estate in Stanton Park who want to get out and explore the neighborhood will soon find that the area has easy access to an array of coffee shops, casual and fine-dining restaurants and bars, bookstores, churches/houses of worship, gyms, museums, and other shops close-by. Plus, public transportation is convenient with Metro rail, Metro buses, Circulator buses, and commuter trains all within walking distance of, or located right at, Stanton Park. Would you rather get around on a bike like the locals do, but don’t have a bike? No worries! The Capital Bikeshare and Lime Bike/Scooter kiosks are abundant, and Capitol Hill has several bike lanes on busy streets and very few hills you will have to conquer (except of course, Capitol Hill itself with the Capitol Building perched atop!)

4. Dining

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The Stanton Park area of Capitol Hill is home to several casual and fine-dining restaurants you will want to experience, and many more within a short distance of your new home.

Located at 316 Massachusetts Ave NE, Bistro Cacao is the perfect restaurant for modern French cuisine. They offer a wide selection of French entrees for dine-in, take-out, or delivery. Known as the most romantic restaurant in Washington, D.C., Bistro Cacao is the perfect place to make reservations for date night.

When you’re looking for a local place to pop in for a coffee, try Ebenezers Coffeehouse at 201 F St. NE. Ebenezers is a chill space where you can get a variety of espresso drinks, non-espresso drinks, and tea. They offer a wide selection of breakfast and lunch options from local D.C. favorites Souk and Wellfound Foods. Enjoy your time near the windows that overlook bustling city life, or use their complimentary WiFi to accomplish some work while you enjoy your latte.

Union Kitchen at 538 3rd ST NE is a great place to pick up coffee, pastries, and delicious sandwiches as well as high-end convenience sustenance, gluten-free options and wine. The staff is super-nice as well!

Your new (but old) favorite steak and seafood restaurant is located at 107 D St. NE. Founded in 1960, The Monocle serves as a favorite establishment for members of Congress, D.C. staff members, and visitors to the area. Located just steps away from the Capitol Building, The Monocle offers an authentic steak and seafood menu made from high-quality ingredients. Because of the popularity of this local hot spot, their website encourages reservations.

This is just a small selection of the popular Capitol Hill restaurants you will have access to when you move into the Stanton Park neighborhood. You will want to experience all of the cuisines and flavors in micro-neighborhoods the blocks surrounding your new neighborhood, like Eastern Market, H Street Corridor, Barracks Row, and Navy Yard as well.

Are you looking to move to a neighborhood that has the feeling of a suburb within the bustling life of D.C.? Stanton Park is a perfect choice. With a close-knit feel, a variety of dining options, and a storied history in Capitol Hill, Stanton Park is a popular place to settle down for many young professionals.

When you are ready to view Capitol Hill homes on the market, enlist the help of Washington, D.C., real estate professionals who are highly familiar with the area. Founding members of the Capitol Hill Compass office, Jeanne, Phil, Meg, and the whole Jeanne Phil Meg Team are committed to helping you meet your real estate goals in the D.C. area. The team is knowledgeable, trustworthy, and motivated—these Capitol Hill real estate professionals are long-time Washington D.C. residents that have been active in the community for decades, and supporters of over 40 local philanthropic organizations and schools, contributing to their success as real estate agents. When you are ready to begin the search for your perfect home in Stanton Park, reach out to the Jeanne Phil Meg Team directly!

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