8.3 out of 10

Lincoln Park

Ranked 11th best neighborhood in Washington
38.8898934373731 -76.9897478333621
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Best part of Capitol Hill"

This part of DC is amazing and definitely deserves more love then it's getting here. It is a quiet, beautiful, friendly and accessible part of Capitol Hill - it is extremely walkable with bus stops everywhere, the blue-orange line less than a mile away, and the red line at Union Station about a mile away. Buses go right to it. Parking is never an issue here, except on Halloween when everyone comes to our gorgeous neighborhood to trick or treat. We have two cars and park both on the street.

The houses are breathtaking . Everything is stunning in every season. So many trees and beautiful yards. Can you tell I'm in love?

It costs a LOT to live here, so I'm not sure if the other reviews are current enough - we have been here four years and the cost has skyrocketed. While that's a con, the neighborhood is so beautiful with so many things like Eastern Market, Barracks Row, H Street, everything you love near the Capitol like Folger Shakespeare and the Library of Congress within a mile, not to mention a nice walk to everything on the Mall... And the newly open Union Market... AND the ballpark! I mean, it's perfect. It is quiet, but if you like to party out you're actually an inexpensive cab ride to most of the best nightlife in the city. I can't recommend it highly enough. I don't why this neighborhood has been segregated and rated lower than the rest of the Hill, but based on where this site puts Penn Quarter I'm not going to take it too personally.... I would just hate to know that someone didn't give this area a chance based on the lukewarm reviews here. PS I hate dogs. That's the only real downside for me. Everyone on the Hill owns a dog or five.
Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Accessible to cultural things
  • Great restaurants
  • a place for dogs
Cons
  • Needs more retail that isn't food
  • The freaking dogs!
  • High cost of living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Love the park"

Lincoln Park is a residential neighborhood that s found in both the northeast and southeast sections of the city on Capitol Hill and is a great place to live. The neighborhood falls within the boundaries of Independence Avenue S.E., Constitution Avenue N.E., 15th Street (N.E. and S.E.) and 7th Street (N.E. and S.E.). Homes here tend to be the typical attached "row house" style home that is found in many Washington D.C. neighborhoods. Most homes are well maintained and have a number of tress on their lots. There are a number of small businesses located here as well.

One of the main features here is the park itself, which is in the focal point of the neighborhood. Nice days will find the park crowded with residents and visitors alike enjoying the day. Although there are a few businesses here as well as a number of churches, it is primarily a residential neighborhood and some residents may not like the lack of stores, restaurants, recreational facilities and schools. There is access to public transportation with numerous Metro Bus stops located throughout the neighborhood. One of the nice things here is that the neighborhood is relatively safe with a heavy Police presence. As always check the most recent crime statistics to make an informed decision as to the crime risk with any neighborhood. One of the great things about living here is that you are close to everything, yet far enough away from everything to enjoy your family and home.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"dog lovers paradise"

For dog lovers the Lincoln Park neighborhood might as well be paradise. Before work and in the evening the whole park area is full of dogs, who are freely allowed to run and play. Neighborliness reigns supreme with joggers taking the perimeter of the park and enjoying their leisurely exercise. Long considered to be the border between the nice areas of Washington and the ghetto, Lincoln Park is fast losing that distinction in the wave of redevelopment. Condos are going up, and single family homes are also being revitalized. One thing about a nice park though is that it serves as a community gathering place, helps strengthen those ties and if well used, there isn’t much opportunity for it to be used as a place for crime.
On the down side, there is a public housing project on the far side of the park; this will discourage too much more gentrification. Then again, from what we are seeing, perhaps the low and middle income communities will be able to coexist here for the sake of walking the dogs and taking a jog in peace. Because it is close to the Metro, Lincoln Park is a great place to commute from if you don’t mind the diversity of the neighborhood.
Pros
  • a place for dogs
  • inexpenisive
Cons
  • few stores
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Square Deal in a Rectangular Neighborhood"

Lincoln Park is an almost perfectly rectangular neighborhood immediately surrounding the city park by the same name. The park itself dates back to the earliest days of our nation, when it was envisioned to be the very center of the United States and a point from which all other distances in the country would be measured. Suffice it to say that that is not the way things worked out.
After being used first as a dump, and then as a quickly constructed Civil War hospital, Lincoln Park fell into disuse.
During the 20ths century a lower middle class neighborhood developed around the area that catered primarily to African Americans working in the city. Today it is a popular neighborhood for young families looking for inexpensive housing.
While there are no chain stores or restaurants in the neighborhood, there are a number of privately owned mom and pop establishments. These vary in flavor from liquor stores to small fast food joints to tiny convenience stores catering to residents needing to pick up something quick on the way home from work.
There is only a small federal presence in the neighborhood, although there are a couple of USDA offices. There are also several small local churches that cater to the spiritual needs of the community.
Pros
  • inexpenisive
Cons
  • few stores
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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