8.7 out of 10

Capitol Hill

Ranked 6th best neighborhood in Washington
38.882725507859 -76.9986235264204
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Medical Facilities
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Very popular and for a good reason"

Capitol Hill is a very popular neighborhood of approximately 24,542 residents. In general the neighborhood boundaries are defined by the Southeast Freeway, 11th Street S.E, Independence Avenue S.W, and D Street S.E. In 2010 the average price for a home sold in the neighborhood was $671,581 with 45% of the homes being owner occupied.

Here you will find 11 public and private schools including Tyler Elementary School, Capitol Hill Day and Hine Junior High School. There are over 15 restaurants located throughout the neighborhood. Shopping is everywhere including the famous Eastern Market. Residents will find over 15 places to worship as well as 8 museums. Specialty Hospital is nearby offering easy access to health care. There are Metro bus stops throughout the neighborhood as well as two Metro Stations. Parking can be challenging at time, especially around Eastern Market on the weekends.Most of the streets are tree lined and the homes are generally very well maintained. Green space is available in numerous parks within the neighborhood including Market and Marion Parks.

Crime data indicates that most crime is theft from vehicle, although crimes against persons occurs as well. As always check recent crime statistics and make an informed decision before moving into any area.
Pros
  • lovely, tree lined streets
  • Beautiful people and houses
  • Metro accessible
Cons
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Ambitious 20-something in a suit: The Mascot of Capitol Hill"

At some point during your time in DC, you'll see a big building shaped like a wedding cake on the horizon. That's the Capitol building, kiddies. Maybe you've heard of it? It's where this group called Congress helps make laws and stuff. Like in that Schoolhouse Rock episode. And if you squint real hard, you can see a woman standing on top of it. She's not about to jump, she's actually the Statue of Freedom, and she's been standing up there for about 148 years (if you don't the time in 1993 she was brought down to get restored).

Bright young people in impeccable suits are particularly present here, fighting for an opportunity to climb the political ladder. They walk by in chattering, texting droves and you can feel their ambition in the air as if it's wafting off of them. The neighborhood itself is one of the most beautiful (and most expensive) places to live in the city. Also one of the most family-friendly, since, for once thing, all the crazy partying tends to go on around Georgetown or Adams Morgan.

For a night out, there are some fantastic pizza spots, particularly Seventh Hill and We, the Pizza (constitutional puns abound in DC). For Mexican, Tortilla Coast is a-mazing, and offers a cheap pitcher of patriotic, red-white-and-blue-swirl margarita, plus it's right next to the metro. The chicken fajitas at place are so good that I had to cheat on being a vegetarian and try them. (It was so worth it. Don't tell PETA.)

There's also a mall around there. But don't go there for the shopping or you'll be disappointed.
Pros
  • Beautiful people and houses
  • Great pizza and mexican food
  • Metro accessible
Cons
  • Super expensive
  • crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"beneath the halls of power"

capitol Hill lies in the shadow of, and even includes some of, the major government buildings which shape our nation. Specifically, the US Capitol building, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, with their accompanying offices, frame its borders. Live here, and the Mall is your backyard. Every morning as you wake up, there will be trees, and grass, and in season, flowers. the dome of the Capitol building will tower over your home, and everything you need is close by. If you are so fortunate as to work for the lawmakers, a quick walk will get you to work and there will be no need to fight the infamous DC traffic by car. work a bit farther away, and the superior public transportation system will suit your every need. After all, why would the city government risk annoying the very people who have the authority to change DC law?

One drawback: besides the high cost of living, during the summer this area is overrun with tourists. If you like to be left alone by the masses, this might not be the best choice for you. Then again, having the Secret Service and Capitol Police everywhere just might make the inconvenience worth it.
Pros
  • lovely, tree lined streets
Cons
  • tourists overrun the place in summer
  • crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A Capitol Place to Live"

Just driving through the Capitol Hill neighborhood gives one a sense of pride in being an American. This is especially true in the spring, when the blooming cherry trees tract people from around the world to enjoy what you get ot live in every day.
Here, in the shadow of the US Capitol, is one of the most densely populated areas of the United States. However, you’d never know it unless you happen to be traveling through during rush hour. In the early evening and on weekends many of the residents, who spend their work days making important, historical decisions, take time to throw a Frisbee or walk their dogs along the neighborhood's charming green spaces. It is delightful to see little children playing at the feet of elderly residents feeding pigeons.
In spite of it obviously urban location, the area still has a strong community spirit, fostered in part by the local cafes and small eateries scattered around the tree lined streets. After all, there’s nothing like meeting up over a hot cup of coffee or cocoa to encourage you to get to know your neighbor better. Also, because of the many mom and pop markets available, you can not only get home a little sooner from your Congressional office, you can also stop by a local market for a little fresh produce or just a gallon of milk.
Pros
  • lovely, tree lined streets
Cons
  • crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

Unranked Streets in Capitol Hill

"Not a very nice place."
38.881976734902 -76.9926475791649
"Close to many attractions in this area. "
38.8840653384973 -77.0035148582758
"Smalle street close to many attractions"
38.883774213648 -77.0020421525185
"Great street for seeing the residential night life."
38.8833815430823 -76.9949724715968
"Beat the rush hour traffic"
38.8812694117342 -76.9964339623868

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