7.1 out of 10

Columbia Heights

Ranked 36th best neighborhood in Washington
38.9282024355672 -77.0303704813914
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

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

"The seeds have been planted."

Columbia Heights is another neighborhood that I think has a great future. Located in the northwest section of the city this neighborhood of approximately 31,344 residents, is a mix of commercial and residential uses. Homes are a mixture of attached "row house" style homes as well as detached single family homes. In addition, you will also find a number of apartments and condominiums as well. In 2010 the average price for a home sold in this neighborhood was $479,297, with 18% being owner occupied.

Residents have a number of schools here including Cardoza High School, Benjamin Bannecker High School as well as the Capital City PCS - Lower School. Target and Giant are two of the major stores here in Columbia Heights, but residents enjoy a number of smaller stores as well. Public transportation is excellent with the Columbia Heights Metro station along 14th Street N.W. and numerous Metro Bus stops in the neighborhood. Residents will find at least 15 places of worship here. Restaurants can be found along 14th Street N.W, primarily north of Columbia Road N.W.. One of the nice things about Columbia Heights is the Powell Recreation Center as well as the Girard Street Park and Garfield Park.

Despite what recent crime statistics say, I am still bullish on this neighborhood. Crimes against people and property occur daily here. As always check the most recent crime statistics and make an informed decision as to the crime risk in any neighborhood. This neighborhood has lots to offer.
Pros
  • Affordable apartments
  • growing and rebuilding
  • easy commute
  • plenty of shopping close by
  • Walking distance to DC's only Target!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"diverse and trendy"

Columbia Heights is very diverse, with a broad mixture of income and race. You can find anything from rather expensive houses to housing projects, and they all seem to get along just fine. In addition, there is a very nice commercial center with everything you might need readily available. This keeps property values higher. After all, who doesn't want convenience and safety? The drawback of course is increased noise, but for most residents, it is a worthwhile price to pay.
Columbia Heights has its own Metro station, and is very walkable. Evenings will find the younger set sitting in coffee shops and restaurants after work, or buying groceries on their way home. In a city where racial tensions still dominate the scene, here there is very little of that. On the other hand, the schools aren't very good, and many residents of Columbia Heights cannot afford private school. No matter what you choose for school though, your children will have the opportunity to enjoy a nice place to hang out with friends. Because of the recent revitalization efforts, many of the shops, restaurants and other establishments are rather trendy. It is therefore easy to see why younger adults love this neighborhood so much.
Pros
  • Affordable apartments
  • growing and rebuilding
  • plenty of shopping close by
  • easy commute
Cons
  • a little dull compared to its neighbors
  • still up and coming
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"If you are young and dont live in Arlington, you live here"

A lot of affordable housing options, and a lot of great shopping choices. I lived within walking distance of the area, and the Target near the metro was so close, I didn't know how well I had it. Only when I moved farther south that I realized it was the only Target in the city, along with Bed Bath and Beyond and Best Buy.

As others have stated, the area is rebuilding, if slowly. If you are young, work in the city, and don't live in Northern Virginia or Maryland, chances are you live in Columbia Heights. And with good reason- while the apartments here aren't necessarily cheap, many are by far more reasonable than options in the rest of the city.

You're also walking distance (or a short metro or car ride) from almost any other neighborhood. Plus the area is not without its own perks. The arts are alive and well with the Gala Hispanic Theatre and Area 121 is perfect for a post-show cocktail. For a delicious and slightly off-kilter brunch (pizza!) with bottomless mimosas, Redrocks Pizza is ideal. While lacking a little of the pizzazz of its nearby neighborhoods, Columbia Heights is still a safe, affordable place to live in the DC landscape.
Pros
  • Walking distance to DC's only Target!
  • Affordable apartments
Cons
  • a little dull compared to its neighbors
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The Earth May Stand Still, But Columbia Heights is Not"

Serious science fiction fans may have a sense of déjà vu when travelling down on of Columbia Heights’ busy streets. That’s because the brave Bensons, heros of the 1951 version of The Day the Earth Stood Still, called this neighborhood home. Or at least the movie’s photographer did.
Back then, Columbia Heights was a model of all that a neighborhood in the nation’s captitol should be. Formerly segregated, it has made tremendous strides in leading the nation toward Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a peaceful integration of the races. Sadly, this was not to last.
In 1968, riots broke out across the country with the death of Dr. King. These riots destroyed some of the finest African American neighborhoods in the country, incluing Columbia Heights. For decades, damaged homes and businesses stood empty.
All that is changing now, though. Residents used the opening of the Columbia Heights Metro station in 1999 to inspire investors and builders to give the neighborhood a much deserved face lift. Now, a decade later, new and thriving businesses and single family homes are changing the face of this area from burned out destruction to suburban charm. So, if you’d like ot be part of something fresh and growing, Columbia Heights may be the place for you.
Pros
  • growing and rebuilding
Cons
  • still has a ways to go
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"GROWING!!!"

Located in the Northwest section of Washington, DC, Columbia Heights has much that will accomodate young professionals, families and those who just want to come and experience the nightlife!


It's main thoroughfare, 14th Street, is where you will find two enterances to the Columbia Heights metro station and several buses that pick you up and drop you off. You'll also find many establishments that will satisfy your need for retail therapy and dining experience!

Among the housing options, you'll find both home sales and rentals available...
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Columbia Heights

"15th Street NW Goes Past D.C. Sights"
38.9226437838486 -77.0352751082702
"quiet place to go"
38.9215531315677 -77.0336030052203
"Good food, nightlife focused"
38.9275204260671 -77.0328351614648
"Exquisite Residential Life"
38.9267100592425 -77.0321865465561
"Idlyllic gingko-lined street"
38.9356016777035 -77.0328425307368
"Close enough to greatness"
38.923457860256 -77.025453509427

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