7.9 out of 10

Takoma

38.9764427048139 -77.0216274775708
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Perfect little neighborhood"

Great, modest place to live. A bit of confusion is stirred up because of its proximity (and closeness in name) to Takoma Park, Maryland, but this area is very much a part of DC. While perhaps not the most convenient place to live for people looking to work in the center of town, or just want to be where the action is in general, it is a perfect neighborhood for anyone with a family. Appealing, affordable housing, and the strong community vibe that is signature to the rest of the city. There are little in the way of disadvantages in Takoma, besides it being so far north it is basically in Maryland. There is even a metro station if you're looking to save gas. Definitely one of the brighter neighborhood spots in the city, keep on the top of your list.
Pros
  • Great long term outlook
  • Metro Station
Cons
  • Distance from rest of the city
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"nice hangout."

If you like a place where the neighbors are friendly and the politics active, you’ll love Takoma. This is the area that stopped the Beltway from being built closer in, cutting the community in half. It is also a great place to be if you are a vegetarian or a liberal, as there are plenty of appropriate hangouts for those of that persuasion. Notably, there is a farmer’s market which is there every week during the summer months, helping you to eat local and purchase healthy options for your dinner table.
Like Chevy Chase or Georgetown, Takoma has a bunch of really great restaurants. Unlike those neighborhoods however, they aren’t ridiculously expensive, just good hometown cooking. Most things you need will be in walking distance here. In addition, Takoma has its own Metro station, so if you work closer to downtown getting there won’t be a major problem.
Takoma has a really strong sense of community, and is very safe to walk, even at night. In fact, the night life is significant here, due to the bars and restaurants available—and the bars aren’t trashy, either, but a nice place to hang out if that’s your idea of a good time.
Pros
  • Great long term outlook
  • Metro Station
  • strong civic organizations
Cons
  • serious politics
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"What will the future look like?"

Takoma is a neighborhood of approximately 4,884 residents located in the northwest section of the city. In 2010 the average price for a home for sale her was $406,508 and approximately 54% were owner occupied. The neighborhood is generally defined as the area east of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and is bordered by Georgia Avenue N.W, the Maryland state line and Aspen Street N.W. Takoma Park, Maryland is adjacent to the neighborhood.

Residents of Takoma find that Takoma Education Campus and Stayer University are the only schools in the neighborhood. Residents will find 8 places to worship along with numerous restaurants and limited shopping available. The Takoma Metro Station is located in the neighborhood along with numerous bus stops. Recreational activities can be found at Takoma Elementary Recreation Center. This neighborhood also has the Takoma Park Library as well. With the exception of the Takoma Elementary Center, there are no other green spaces although many of the streets are tree lined.

The future here is unknown with the closing of the adjacent Walter Reed Army Hospital, although my bet is that things in the long run will be great once a new use is found for the property that housed Walter Reed Army Hospital. This property will be extremely valuable, especially due to its proximity to a Metro Station. I am sure private developers would love to get their hands on this property!

The crime statistics indicate that most crime is against property. As always, check recent crime statistics and make an informed decision prior to moving into any neighborhood.
Pros
  • Metro Station
  • Great long term outlook
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
5/5
2yrs+

"Just Left of Center"

The Takoma neighborhood in northern DC shares a common history with the adjacent city of Takoma Park, Maryland. Both areas are best known for their extremely left-leaning politics (the city of Takoma Park declared itself a nuclear free zone in the early 1980s). The politics of the community have shaped it's development in the last 50 years. In the 1960s area residents lobbied successfully against the construction of a freeway that would have bicected the DC neighborhood from it's Maryland sister. Instead, they advocated construction of a Metro Station on the site of the old B&O railroad station which had served as the center of the community. The station was built, but the area surrounding the station had become neglected and run-down—primarily because the freeway had not been built. The area on both sides of the DC-Maryland line is now a historic district. The neighborhood of Takoma, DC, consists of single family homes, many more than 100 years old; the area between Takoma, DC and Takoma Park is undergoing redevelopment, with the construction of several new apartment buildings, bars, and restaurants. The closing of nearby Walter Reed Army Hospital, however, may have a depressing affect on retail in the area. Both Takomas may have to adapt to a changed economic environment in the next several years.
Pros
  • strong civic organizations
Cons
  • serious politics
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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