8.2 out of 10

Foggy Bottom

Ranked 14th best neighborhood in Washington
38.8989669249265 -77.0532287808669
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"One of my favorite neighborhoods"

Foggy Bottom is my favorite neighborhood in the city. This neighborhood is located in northwest section of the city and is home to approximately 10,662 residents. The median age is residents here is 27.7 years. In 2010, the average price for homes sold here was $276,476, with only 26% of the homes being owner occupied. The price appears low as many of the homes sold were condominiums. The neighborhood has mainly apartments and condominiums and very few single family homes. The famous Watergate building is located here as well. Over the years as The George Washington University has expanded it has crept into Foggy Bottom and you will find many buildings or dormitories either owned of occupied by G.W.

Here you will find a wide range of residential and commercial buildings, as well some really good restaurants, including those found at the Washington Harbor. Places of worship are nearby as are several museums. Shopping is spread out, but many will enjoy the Washington Harbor. Public transportation is excellent, with the Foggy Bottom Metro located nearby as well as numerous Metro Bus stops. In addition the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Embassy of Sweden and the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina are located here as well. Green space can be found along the Potomac and at Rock Creek Park. George Washington University Hospital is located nearby and is one of the best hospitals in the area. Traffic and parking can be difficult. There are no schools within the neighborhood.

Crime appears to be focused mainly on crimes against property, particularly theft from vehicles. This is mainly due to the heavy Police presence in the area related to the Embassies as well as the nearby George Washington University. As always check recent crime data and make an informed decision before moving into ay neighborhood.
Pros
  • culture
  • always something going on
Cons
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 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
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"No foggy brains..."

Foggy Bottom is a very interesting part of town, with a mixture of swank single-family homes and apartment/condo buildings. It is also home to the State Department and George Washington University. Although one might think that this would make it a great place for students to live, it isn’t because of the cost of real estate: a large condo costs millions. Unlike Georgetown or Chevy Chase however residents of Foggy Bottom do not have as many trees or as much grass. And especially different from Georgetown, the traffic is atrocious. Those streets have to absorb traffic from Dupont Circle, commuters going to office buildings, and many other sources.
These drawbacks however are balanced by the shopping, the dining, and the night life. Foggy Bottom is an area where something is always going on, and if this is someone’s style, then it is a great place to be. However, if you want something quieter and can afford this area, I would choose AU Park, Columbia Heights or even Adams Morgan. Keep in mind also that many famous people live in the area, including foreign dignitaries. Combine that with the many federal office buildings, and there is a considerable amount of security. Crime rate is very low.
Pros
  • always something going on
  • culture
Cons
  • very expensive
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Prologue to Georgetown"

This area tends to get overshadowed by the awesomeness of its next door neighbor, but is very noteworthy in its own right. Tourists beware, that gas station you see as soon as you get off 66 is actually the most expensive one in the entire DC metropolitan area. And see that almost run-down, retro hotel? That's actually the Watergate. Yeah, that one. Welcome to Washington, where landmarks are just part of the neighborhood.

Foggy Bottom's housing can be quite charming, although much of it is tucked away in back alleys like Virginia Avenue. It is also wallking distance away from Rock Creek Park, with plenty of trails for walking and biking (during daylight hours). Living here may be a bit pricey, but it's the most metro-accessible area close to Georgetown, a neighborhood that forbode any metro stations for fear of letting the "rabble" of public transport disrupt the quiet neighborliness of the area (although doing that just made the streets more clogged, but that's another story).

In short, Foggy Bottom is perfect for those who want to live in Georgetown but don't want to sacrifice all of their paycheck.
Pros
  • culture
Cons
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"If These Walls Could Talk..."

Foggy Bottom gets its name from the damp fog that used to rise from the nearby Potomac on muggy evenings. It is ironic, then, that it is also the site of the US Observatory. It is also the center of power, education and culture in a very powerful, intellectual and culturally diverse city.

For a feeling of power, and its loss, you need look no further than the now infamous Watergate Hotel. However, there are plenty of other buildings to be seen, from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Both the president and the vice-president house much of their support staff in this area, too.

George Washington University is DC’s most famous institution of higher learning. It campus is located in part of this neighborhood but sprawls into other parts of town, too.

Finally, you can visit the Kennedy Center to here the National Symphony or take in a play. Or, if non-performance art is more your speed, a trip to the Corcoran Gallery is sure to please.

The one thing that is difficult to do is live here. While there are a few high rise and high priced condominiums in the area, it really is more designed for visiting and working than cooking and sleeping.
Pros
  • culture
Cons
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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