For some, the neighborhood is synonymous with the late-night revelry on 18th Street, but for others it’s a charming and mellow place to call home. Tall townhouses on shady side streets speak to its past, while a large contingent of residents and a diverse community are the reason for its vibrant present.
Alexandria was born as a port for tobacco warehouses in the early 18th century, and its shoreline would soon become a thriving hub for that crop, along with flour, sugar, cotton, and wine. Today, those riverfront warehouses and factories have given way to art studios, galleries, shops, and restaurants.
American University Park
WELCOME TO AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PARK
American University Park sits right next-door to its eponymous university and has a self-contained campus feel of its own. It attracts Washington residents from a variety of disciplines who appreciate its shady tree-lined streets, tight neighborhood bonds, and easy access to the arts, culture, and commerce of the city.
WELCOME TO ARLINGTON
Arlington is a true American success story, teaching other older suburbs how to reimagine themselves as walkable and livable urban spaces. Today Arlington has a youthful vigor and an exciting mix of families and singles, traditional homes and loft spaces atop retail, and new restaurants and bars that even residents of the District will cross the river for.
WELCOME TO BETHESDA
While this DC suburb used to be well on the fringes of urban life and entertainment, today’s Bethesda is anything but boring. With a bustling, pedestrian-friendly downtown featuring high-end dining and shops, this self-confident community is on the move.
WELCOME TO CAPITOL HILL
Capitol Hill is not just the center of the country’s political life; it is also one of the oldest neighborhoods in DC, boasting its largest residential historic district. While iconic sights like the Capitol, Supreme Court and Library of Congress inspire awe, the Hill’s other streets are filled with beautiful rowhouses and parks large and small.
WELCOME TO CHEVY CHASE
This picturesque community leans more toward city life in the District, which lies just beyond the Chevy Chase Circle. This engaging neighborhood is loyal to its commercial center along “The Avenue,” and proud of its eclectic, early 20th Century architecture lining tidy and leafy streets.
WELCOME TO CLEVELAND PARK
With its charming Queen Anne homes, tree-lined streets, and quaint commercial center, Cleveland Park has the trappings of a small town with easy access to the big city. Its residents prize its quiet charm and close proximity to parks, shops, and eateries.
WELCOME TO COLUMBIA HEIGHTS
Columbia Heights is a true crossroads and cross-section of generations and cultures. With its concentration of schools, housing options, and mix of national retail and local eateries, residents of all ages have found a reason to put down roots.
WELCOME TO DUPONT CIRCLE
With its leafy streets, numerous green spaces, and stately row homes, Dupont Circle has earned its reputation as the city’s most beautiful neighborhood. Despite a high concentration of embassies and historic mansions, it bucks formality for a more artsy and intellectual sensibility.
WELCOME TO GEORGETOWN
Beyond the White House, Capitol, and monuments, it’s Georgetown that captures the public’s imagination when they think about the glamor of old Washington. From Federal townhouses and Georgian mansions on gas-lit streets to the gothic spires of the university and the industrial chic of the waterfront, today’s Georgetown residents effortlessly combine tradition and trendiness.
H Street Corridor
The H Street Corridor was built in 1849, providing a home for the workforce that was building much of the city infrastructure we know today, including Union Station. It soon became a thriving commercial district when streetcars were introduced in the 1870s. Thanks to a resurgence of investment in the early 2000s, the neighborhood’s evolution continues today as developers push new retail and condominiums further eastward.
Kalorama—Greek for “fine view”—gets its name from a large, classical estate built on one of the city’s highest elevations in 1807. Though the estate is gone, the eponymous neighborhood is now home to some of DC’s chicest addresses, from diplomatic homes and embassies to Mediterranean, Colonial and Georgian-revival mansions.
WELCOME TO LOGAN CIRCLE
Steeped in history but firmly rooted in the now, Logan Circle charms visitors and locals alike. Elegant row homes and the city’s hottest restaurants and bars appeal to the sophisticated tastes of discerning Washingtonians.
Established in 1910, McLean gets its name from John McLean, a one-time publisher of The Washington Post who established a rail line connecting the area to Washington, D.C. That line, which follows the present-day Old Dominion Drive, heralded the growth of many neighborhoods around it, stretching out to the north of the Potomac River and what are now Routes 267 and 66 to the south. Its close proximity to the city makes it an ideal home for diplomats, government officials, members of Congress, and business executives.
WELCOME TO SHAW
Shaw has long-standing residents that have spanned generations but is also attracting newer residents that appreciate the vitality of an urban lifestyle.
WELCOME TO SILVER SPRING
Silver Spring has had a few detours in its development as a thriving DC suburb, but today it has come into its own. With its large number of residents, dynamic mix of global cultures and ethnic eateries, and a sophisticated arts and entertainment district, this neighborhood has become a gold standard for affordable suburban living with urban amenities.
The riverfronts of Washington Channel and the Anacostia river that border Southwest are quickly becoming some of DC’s most exciting destinations with The Wharf, a new 24-acre development of high-end retail, restaurants, office space, and condos on the channel, and The Yards Park in Navy Yard on the Anacostia, a series of parks and water features that are ideal for recreation, special events, and festivals.
U Street Corridor
WELCOME TO U STREET CORRIDOR
U Street has historically brought Washingtonians together to the sound of its homegrown music, from jazz and blues to rock and go-go. Today its renovated clubs, new restaurants and shops are once again the center of DC’s humming nightlife. U Street is home for those who want to march to their own beat.
WELCOME TO WOODLEY PARK
Woodley Park is a refreshing residential hideaway with easy access to neighboring nightlife. With Rock Creek Park and the National Zoo running through its center, it attracts nature lovers who still want to live close to all that the city has to offer.