CarrieB

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

"West End, Westin, Wowza"

In this neighborhood, even the buildings seem to know how to see and be seen. Splendid architecture, busy streets, and with the Westin hotel front and center, something is always happening here. Tourists tend to trump actual residents here. The close proximity to George Washington University and Foggy Bottom make this place run rampant with parents/families of college students. Combined with the already crowded streets of Georgetown, this place can be teeming with people if you don't time it right. And as a result, the housing is almost astronomical.

If you're willing to put forth the expenses, this is a great area to visit, and a greater place to stay if you want to be close to the city for a lavish weekend trip to the District. But if you're looking for something more modest, you might want to delve a little further into the northwest region of the city.
Pros
  • plenty to do
Cons
  • crowded with tourists
  • fairly pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Top of the heap"

Dreamy sigh. This is another in a series of beautiful Disney movie neighborhoods. If you just happen to stumble upon it while wandering about one day, thank your walking shoes and consider yourself privileged. You have walked into a quiet real estate paradise. And if you can afford it here, well, you probably were being chauffeured in a limousine and not lowering yourself to walking around in sneakers.

Wesley Heights is the ultimate housing dream. These houses should be put in museums, and the streets are so safe you could walk around barefoot at 2:00 in the morning (not that you should do that, but still). This is definitely among the best DC has to offer, and if you are among the elite who live here, well.... can we be friends? I can make a pretty good cucumber sandwiches for your snooty parties!
Pros
  • a feast for the real estate senses
Cons
  • high cost of living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Always getting better"

On the up and up. This is a phrase that is tossed around so frequently (in this town in particular), that sometimes an area's bristling hard work can get lost in the shuffle of so many before it that go farther than it, or fail. University Heights is a neighborhood that has made some incredible strides, thanks in part to its neighboring Brookland, but whose hiccups are still rather surprising, also not unlike Brookland. Traffic is to be expected anywhere in the city, but the sporadic waves of crime, while also not uncommon to the city, are still a cause for concern in a neighborhood with a lot of promise such as this one.

Here you will find an even combination of affordable housing, and also local business. And with Catholic University so close, the neighborhood is aptly named, and a great spot for students seeking a reasonable (and close) place to stay. But it is always best to leave your place in a state of caution and minimize time spent alone outside at night. You simply can never be too careful.
Pros
  • educational opportunities
  • Mix of residential and commercial
Cons
  • crime
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Pretty AND Affordable? A must"

Upper Chevy Chase is one of the lovelier areas of the District, even though it may mislead some into thinking it is actually in Maryland. That it is also affordable makes it a practical must for a variety of different demographics. The houses here are beautiful, perfect for families, and also for people with enough money to retire and settle in to a gorgeous part of town. However, it is worth noting that the neighborhood is entirely residential, with little in the way of amenities except for a CVS, and the occasional diner or local shop (and the occasional eccentricity... not far from here is an actual fishmonger. Yes. A fishmonger. Where else can you say that?)

There is a lot to love in Upper Chevy Chase. And little to even be annoyed by- when traffic and distance to the rest of the city are your neighborhood's only complaints, it must be doing something right.
Pros
  • prettiest housing
Cons
  • far away from any of the typical city sights
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Not the best"

There is little in the way of positive elements here in Trinidad. While its sense of art and culture is at least kept alive by its close proximity to the Atlas Theater District, the whole area seems stuck in an overwhelming state of exhaustion. Like several other neighborhoods in the area, there is not much in the way of anything. The school system is not the best in the city by any means. While there are not many offerings in the way of chain stores or large scale retailers, the basics are at least covered by CVS and more independently owned stores. There is also something of a selection of nightlife- several bars and clubs dot the neighborhood. All in all, things could of course always be worse in Trinidad, but the neighborhood is just another in a slew of areas with so much farther to go. All it needs for hope though, is to look back on what it was.
Pros
  • artistic atmosphere
Cons
  • Crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
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
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"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
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Gorgeous, and unassuming"

Stanton Park is beautiful and stately enough to stand alone as its own very small town, reminiscent of a quiet shire in England, that is instead tucked away in an unbothered corner of Washington. Several of the structures here are awe-inspiring in their loveliness, but still modest. For all its amenities, it is also a very affordable part of the city. Best of all, it is walking distance from Capitol Hill, and Union Station.

Revitalization efforts have paid off in spades: the neighborhood has come leaps and bounds from where it was a couple of decades ago (what neighborhood in DC can't boast that?). The only con, besides perhaps being slightly too high for some price ranges, is that it is only convenient for those who work on the Hill. If you are looking to go farther out into the city, you will be met with slightly more difficulty.
Pros
  • Beautiful architecture
Cons
  • expensive
  • far from the center of things
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Trouble in Paradise?"

Spring Valley is a neighborhood rich in stories, not all of them happy ones, but many of them fascinating. The neighborhood is beautiful, wealthy, and easily accessible to the rest of the rest of the city. But there is darkness lurking beneath the loveliness. Past excavations revealed unexploded ordnance buried underneath potential land for new building, and arsenic has infamously been discovered in the soil. As a result, the area has been under the intense scrutiny of the US Army to continue testing.

Sensational stories aside, Spring Valley has housed several huge names in politics, most notably Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. In many ways, this is one of the most two-sided neighborhoods in the entire city. But these crazy stories and high-profile residents have certainly given the residents something to talk about, and the result has been a strong sense of community bonding.
Pros
  • famous former residents
  • community
Cons
  • continued, intense military scrutiny
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"The Skyland is definitely the limit."

With the grand, sweeping imagery that a name like "Skyland!" evokes, this neighborhood fails to measure up, by a very, very long shot. Just because there is barely anything here. If the idea behind this area was to have vast, empty expanses (like the sky), then it has gone well and beyond the call of duty there.

Most depressing is how long it has taken the city to get the neighborhood to even this point. Skyland was supposed to have a sweeping, decadent shopping center with any amenity you could ask for, directed specifically at the higher class living of Fairfax Village and Hillcrest. But somehow it has fallen far, far short, and is now the blank stretch of concrete that time and the city forgot. Yes there is still hope, and hope can help move mountains, but hope is nothing without hands to do the pushing.
Pros
  • government wants it revitalized
Cons
  • not much has happened yet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Even the street names are pretty"

Because of its founder's passion for flowers and plants, every street here is named after a flower. It's fitting: this area is gorgeous, and it also has one of the stronger senses of community spirit in the city. A tightly knit group of wealthy families with shrewd eyes for any goings-on that look out of the ordinary in any way, which is furthered in local associations for activism. Suffice it to say, if you live here, you are going to feel safe.

Like anywhere else though, Shepherd Park is not without its cons. A large one being its distance from anywhere within the rest of the city. If you work in Silver Spring, you're in luck, as it is probably minutes away from your house. But if you work on Capitol Hill, for example, you're going to have a less convenient daily commute.

All in all, if you can afford this neighborhood, you will not regret living here. Beautiful housing, greenery, and assurance that your neighbors are looking out for you. What else do you need?
Pros
  • greenery
  • strong civic organizations
Cons
  • commute
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Green (at least)"

River Terrace leaves a lot to be desired. Don't let the parks, water, and open green space trick you (although it is pretty refreshing that Washington, DC has places like this available). Besides this, the area is rather in a state of squalor. The architecture for many of its buildings is very old, and being near the water has not exactly helped strengthen its infrastructure. Neither has the smog coming off of the Anacostia Freeway. Yes, housing is ridiculously affordable, but the reasons are painfully obvious, and rumor has it that (like everything else in the city) the rents will soon be rising. Singles, steer clear, especially if you're looking for a metro, or anything to do besides sitting in your house. Besides the park, the only other landmark here is the Denny's.
Pros
  • community spirit
  • Park
Cons
  • uncertain future
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Not much in the way of anything"

This place is so far out of the way that not even many DC natives are all that familiar with it. Retailers seem to have picked up on this and located their shops elsewhere, but that being said, the area is not by any means the worst in the district. It just isn't the best, either, and won't have any hope of being so until at least one good restaurant, shop, or attraction roots itself here.

Those with families on a budget may be drawn to its affordable housing (complete with backyards, a rarity in the city!), but may be turned off by its less-than-impressive school systems. For singles, a car is basically mandatory here. And you're also going to have to swallow your pride and learn to be okay with the fact that no one is going to know where you live, or how to get there. But on the bright side, you're closer to St Elizabeth's Hospital, which can't be said for many other DC neighborhoods.
Pros
  • reasonably priced housing
Cons
  • Really, really far away. From everything.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Not too shabby"

Queens Chapel is certainly one of those neighborhoods which is on the up and up, and in a big way. The compact, brick-covered architecture, though uniform, is pleasant to look at and (most importantly) sturdy to live in. Those who do not want to incorporate a car into the mix are in luck. Three different metro lines run through the Fort Totten station, which can take you almost anywhere you need to go in the city without having to switch lines.

The neighborhood has also garnered its own sense of quiet pride through its community activism. The Lamond-Riggs library is a high point for culture and education in the area, and the recreation center furthers a strong current of togetherness throughout the area. This place is perfect for just about everyone- families, students without cars, and anyone who likes quiet, affordable housing and a sense of community spirit.
Pros
  • recreation center
  • Public transportation
  • Stable neighborhood
Cons
  • not much business
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Pleasants the Word"

This lovely little neighborhood is Howard University's answer to Mount Pleasant. It's got everything you need for comfortable city living: local amenities, a nice sense of community spirit, and the next neighborhood over has great restaurants and metro accessibility. It goes by several different names, so depending on how you feel that day, you could be living in Pleasant Plains or Howard Town.

One of the better noted elements of Pleasant Plains is its remarkable school system; its high school is one of the best in the country. It is also a popular place for Howard student housing, so a wide range of young people frequent here. Community outreach and recreation is also strongly available (great for the amount of students around). And if the neighborhood ever feels stifling, you are a stone's throw away from Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, or the always excellent downtown region.
Pros
  • excellent high school
Cons
  • student influenced noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Not just a forest, but not much of a neighborhood"

The Arboretum is a massive contradiction in a lot of ways. It contains elements of the most beautiful and ugly of human life. People take painstaking efforts to make the actual Arboretum thrive, but a similar effort is put into the amount of crime in the neighborhood. And somehow, a neighborhood overrun with criminal activity is also run with tourism. There may even be more tourists flowing into the neighborhood than actual people living in it.

Geographically, you could do worse. The neighborhood is at least closer to the rest of the city than, say, Anacostia. And a constant stream of tourism has allowed for several local vendors to set up shop selling food and clothes. The standard housing prices are very affordable too, but most likely not for a very good reason. All in all, this is a lovely place to visit, but you don't want to live here.
Pros
  • located in a beautiful natural environment
  • low cost of living
Cons
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"On the upswing"

A stigma of poverty has dogged this neighborhood for quite a while, but it appears that it is very much on the up and up, even though it has been counted as the poorest area in the city. There have been several recent high-priced building development projects all throughout the neighborhood, and Congress Heights has plenty of greenery within reach. Residents have their pick of Oxon Run National Parkway, or Shepherd Parkway for a taste of nature even in a city. But many may find a deal breaker in the less than stellar reputation of the area's school system.

Congress Heights also has the pitfall of not having any discernible shopping, restaurants, or nightlife nearby. If you are looking for a Friday out, you will have to hop on the metro, which, as they'll probably tell you on the loudspeaker, could tack an additional 40 minutes to your travel time. It looks like in this case, you can't take your park with a dance hall.
Pros
  • progress
  • economic diversity
Cons
  • violent crime
  • schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"No High mark about these Lands"

There is so much evidence that the Highlands are trying to improve. More middle class housing has been established, a new center for recreation was recently started, and there are plans for the DC Public Library to open a branch in the area. But for this neighborhood in particular, these changes may be too little too late. Washington Highlands still ranks as one of the most dangerous areas in the entire city, and even new positive developments do little to overpower the sweeping emptiness that has unfortunately become the neighborhood's trademark. While it is noble that the area has taken such strides to gain a stronger sense of community, a potential homeowner could probably find a better place to live in any other part of the city.
Pros
  • rumors of future improvements
Cons
  • crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
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"Surprisingly Affordable and Fun"

Waterfront is an understated neighborhood that has more to it than first meets the eye. With NASA and several high profile employers nearby, residents can work and live in the same area if they so choose, and one that is relatively central to the rest of town. One of my dear friends used to live out there, and the rent was cheap, the National Mall was steps away, and when they opened a new Safeway, he nearly died of happiness.

There are several restaurants that are far enough from the middle of town not to attract too many tourists, and the neighborhood also has its own series of local events, like fireworks on the 4th of July. Now that Arena Stage has been relocated to within minutes of the Waterfront Metro, art and culture is gaining a much steadier presence. This neighborhood is going nowhere but up, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Pros
  • Arena Stage
  • improved housing
  • strong community bonds
  • Metro
Cons
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"You will not feel like youre in a city here"

This neighborhood is so perfect even the trash cans are classy. I lived a couple neighborhoods over for a little while, and my roommate and I would wander over here when we felt like staring at the most gorgeous houses in the city. Or when we felt like making ourselves feel like peasants.

Like so many other wealthy neighborhoods in the city, Normanstone Terrace is very closely contained within itself, and if you aren't a resident, you might not feel entirely welcome, unless your salary rivals somebody who lives here. It's green, lush, and almost impossibly quiet, until the occasional car drives by. Furthering the closed-off feeling is the fact that gates abound here. Lovely, stone gates, that are meant to inspire awe and keep people at arms length, all at once.

While yes, this neighborhood is beautiful, expensive, and centrally located, it doesn't have the best feeling of community spirit. After all, why would rich people ever need to leave their houses?
Pros
  • the most beautiful houses in the city
  • quiet, tree lined streets
  • Safe, safe, safe
Cons
  • standoffish
  • high cost of living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Tourist Heaven!"

You can't live in Washington, DC and not love the National Mall. Sure, you can hate some of the tourists (goodness knows I do.. the annoying ones anyway with loud kids anyway), but there is always something fun to do here, and if it doesn't suit your liking, you can bring your own fun (picnics or frisbee golf anyone?) If you time it right, you can get a spot here on a gorgeous summer day, eat and play the day away, and then watch a classic movie with a bunch of tourists as part of the area's Screen on the Green program.

When you have your fill of outside fun, there is plenty to do indoors. Learn something at a museum or go have a drink and a bite to eat somewhere. And believe it or not, there is quite a bit of very affordable housing in neighboring areas. A friend of mine lived over in Waterfront a couple years ago, for almost dirt cheap, and we were able to walk to the Mall for 4th of July fireworks in 5 minutes. We got a spot right in front as a result.

In short, this area is marvelous, and well deserving of its fame. You are guaranteed to love it, especially if you have a touristy streak.
Pros
  • so much to do!
Cons
  • tourists
  • noise
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Lots of fun, popular local places"

An ex of mine lives over here, which gives me some sour feelings about it, but don't let that stop you from enjoying it. Petworth is a pretty great location, with lots of cute townhouses and a surprising number of local and chain restaurants and stores. Local favorites are Domku, with a unique European menu and the best almond cake I've ever had (also probably the only almond cake I've ever had..), and Wonderland, a great big popular dive bar.

It's metro accessible, well equipped with schools, parks, and community recreation buildings. This is a great neighborhood for young people, and especially young families. But there are of course a couple streets you don't want to turn down, or catch yourself alone on in the middle of the night. In the daylight, though, this place is a great place to live, and even charming in some parts. Definitely worth a second look, this place is on the up and up.
Pros
  • pretty townhouses
  • lots of amenities for young families
Cons
  • some crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"You can see Tourist Heaven from here"

Nothing about this area might jump out at you if you're driving through, and it's not known for being a residential one. Mainly people only pass through here to get somewhere else, and the commerce that has sprung up around here seems to be an attempt to snag some spare tourist dollars before they spend them at the National Gallery gift shop.

That said, there are some great spots to eat or shop around here, as a result. The area is also relatively close to a number of metro stops, so if you happen to find yourself here on foot (as I have, once or twice.... I'm a bit of a walker), there is hope for you to get somewhere else quickly. Compared to the neighborhood over, with the Warner Theater, scores of museums, and the National Archives and Gallery, this one is a sparse one.
Pros
  • close to Archives, Gallery and museums
  • central location
  • Close to the Capitol
  • Close to Union Station
Cons
  • sparse
  • not residential
  • noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Adorable Retro Small Town Feel"

Where else are you going to hear someone say "you've *got* to see the CVS, it's so fancy"? The one in the Palisades has been worked out of an old movie theater, the MacArthur, and the marquee is still up. This gives you a bit of an insight into what the rest of the area is going to be like. That is, out of this world.

While not without its price (the housing is some of the more expensive you may find in the city), the neighborhood is still a fun one to visit, and if it is within your means, I highly recommend trying to find a place over there. It is a very self contained area, and has enough greenery and community buildings to keep country lovers and families happy for a long time to come. The small town feel reaches further with several community events, and if you make it to the 4th of July parade, you'll think you took a wrong turn and landed in Virginia. While this can be of great appeal to families or retirees, restless youngsters trying to prove themselves may want to take a look at another neighborhood before making their final decision (if they can even afford this one).
Pros
  • great community spirit
  • local events
Cons
  • isolated from the rest of town
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A metro and a playground, but very little else"

This neighborhood is barely a blip on the real estate radar, for all the wrong reasons. While some areas of town go unnoticed just because they are tucked a little farther north or south than many city dwellers would think to look, Northeast Boundary receives little attention because it has almost nothing to its name. That said, it barely even has a name. The streets seem empty and desolate, because they are- the area is currently having a problem keeping long term owners for many of its properties. It does boast a metro, which is more than many of its adjacent neighborhoods can say, and it is close to a playground and a park, which gives a slight boost to its green credibility. But a playground is not enough for many to overlook a history of crime and emptiness. It's probably best to look elsewhere.
Pros
  • Playground and park
  • Metro accessible
Cons
  • high crime rate
  • Lack of owner occupied homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"At the tip of the city"

This part of town is so far north it might as well be Maryland. You can probably look from your backyard into the next state over (and it's not Russia). Since it has gone so far overlooked, the housing is affordable but also high-quality (lovely without any pretension), and residents can take advantage of the perks of Silver Spring (AFI cinema and a ton of fun bars and restaurants, including one themed for Pirates... yarr), while still maintaining a DC residence. However, those without a car may be up the creek without a paddle- the closest metro in the area is in Maryland. The area is probably not a reasonably priced neighborhood for students or struggling twenty-somethings, but this neighborhood is great for families, or for someone looking for a quiet place to enjoy their life.
Pros
  • lovely homes
  • Not typical city living
Cons
  • not a lot of public transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Quiet, safe, ideal"

Tucked away in the northeast corner of the city, North Michigan Park is one of several hidden gems scattered throughout Washington, DC. If you look for it, you will discover a safe, quiet, unassuming neighborhood that is perfect for rearing up a new family or settling down after a career. Some Catholic University students may find the area convenient as well (affordable and a close drive to campus), although there does not appear to be a multitude of apartment buildings in the area. But if you've got a lot of friends who need housing, consider a group house, if you can find one. The area does not have many qualities that draw notice to itself, and its only con seems to be the standard for any neighborhood in the city: too much rush hour traffic. Think of it this way: if it's not getting a lot of attention, it's not getting any of the wrong kind of it either.
Pros
  • safe community
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • 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
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"Go to school, work, and live all in the same place"

It seems like an impossibility in much of the rest of the city, but North Cleveland Park seems to contain everything. Some of the most high profile employers are here, as of course is the University of the District of Columbia. On top of that, the housing is lovely without being unattainable in price. It's also not far from American University, or retail and restaurant mecca Friendship Heights.

It seems like just about anybody can live here, from young adults to young families to those looking for a reasonable place to retire. Everything is right at your feet here, and if you ever get tired you can easily move about the rest of the city.
Pros
  • everything within grasp
  • elegant atmosphere
Cons
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"More people going through than people actually live here"

A strictly residential area, this neighborhood is lacking in several different types of amenities. If you want a grocery store, you're probably going to have to go to the next neighborhood over. Not much is here besides semi-centrally located houses and lots, and I mean lots, of traffic. If you have a car and don't mind spending most of your evening looking for parking, North Capitol Street could work for you. And let's be honest, where in DC is anyone going to tell you that parking is fantastic and traffic is a breeze all the time?

That said, it is a particular problem here, with so few people actually living here and so many driving through en route home or to the office. Besides the bustle of cars, it is a fairly quiet neighborhood. But to some, nothing ruins a nice peaceful evening than a sudden car horn out of nowhere.
Pros
  • close to jobs
Cons
  • traffic!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"H Street!"

There is a lot of fun to be had in this neighborhood, but anyone looking for a place to live may want to consider another place. It is chock full of fun bars and restaurants like Palace of Wonders, H Street Country Club, Church and State, and Sticky Rice, and artsy creative types abound, but so does the occasional frat boy escaping his Northern Virginia townhouse for the night.

There are many things to keep in mind if you're thinking about moving here: parking is dreadful, and the nearest metro is a mile away. There's also the occasional bout of crime. And if you are looking for peace and quiet, you've found the wrong place- there is a constant stream of people any time before 11 pm on week nights, and any time before sunrise on the weekends. Think of it as Adams Morgan, but trendier.

I know a couple people in their twenties who have found housing here, but they are usually complaining about struggling to leave and go anywhere else in the city. However, it is in the nature of the hipster to never be happy about anything, so one never knows.
Pros
  • famous for fun nightlife
  • artistic resurgence
Cons
  • no parking. ever.
  • noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A quiet treasure"

There's a lot to say in favor of Naylor Gardens. They read like boxes on the checklist of a potential homeowner. It's green (could you tell by the Gardens in its name?), and the trees compliment the bricks that make up many of the housing options. It's as safe as you can expect in a city environment, and quiet, and has several options for community outreach within its recreation center. It's also close to a metro, which means basically anywhere in the city is just a hop away (or a 20 minute wait and a hop, if you're riding the metro on the weekends). The negatives are nothing unbearable, and the fact that it's a little known neighborhood keeps the rent from skyrocketing. For many, this place could be just the gem they're looking for.
Pros
  • recreation center
  • strong community bonds
Cons
  • some crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Go Nats!"

If you are willing to put up with rabid baseball fans (do we really have those?), this neighborhood might be a good one for you. But if you rely on the metro to get home from work, you might want to rethink. Even the yellow line is a mess on nights the Nats are playing. Not a total deal breaker for many, but something good to keep in mind.

If you are one of these rabid baseball fans, then the neighborhood might be perfect. You can fraternize with a giant Teddy Roosevelt (for those not in the know, we have FOUR mascots, and they're all former presidents. They all race each other at the seventh inning of every game, and Teddy always loses. This is why DC is awesome). Even if you're not a baseball fan, the affordability of this neighborhood is still pretty great.
Pros
  • Nationals Park
Cons
  • noise from stadium
  • metro gets impossibly crowded on game nights
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A lot of fun to be had"

This neighborhood is similar to Shaw in that it has dual sides. On the one hand you can find great housing for cheap, but on the other you can find... um.... not so great housing (crime, poverty, etc). For just as cheap. So be wary, homeowners to be.

I'd prefer to look at the positive aspects of the neighborhood. Mount Vernon Square has some fantastic bars and restaurants. Passenger is the most well known, but just down the road, in the summer, theater people flock to Fort Fringe, a sort of after party for the Capital Fringe Festival, that has just gotten the green light to become a bar in its own right. This might be a questionable venture, if you know how much money theater people usually have.

Of course there is also the Convention Center, which constantly has a stream of people coming and going. For all of Mount Vernon Square's supposed questionability, it also has a lot that is positive.
Pros
  • Fun bars and restaurants
  • Convention center
Cons
  • some crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"All kinds of wonderful"

I personally love this area. The houses are beautiful (but way too expensive for one person to live in, you're better off gathering a bunch of friends and splitting the rent... if you're not married or with children that is). This place is completely rich in local independent retailers and restaurants. Common DC knowledge is that Adams Morgan (the next neighborhood over) is one of the more ethnically diverse places in the city, but Mount Pleasant is also full of amazing different types of cuisine and culture. Fantastic pizza, Mexican food, and great boutiques for custom and vintage clothes. Think of it as Adams Morgan's adorable sister. And it's only going to get better.
Pros
  • local retailers
  • constantly improving
  • diversity
Cons
  • parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"All kinds of wonderful"

I personally love this area. The houses are beautiful (but way too expensive for one person to live in, you're better off gathering a bunch of friends and splitting the rent... if you're not married or with children that is). This place is completely rich in local independent retailers and restaurants. Common DC knowledge is that Adams Morgan (the next neighborhood over) is one of the more ethnically diverse places in the city, but Mount Pleasant is also full of amazing different types of cuisine and culture. Fantastic pizza, Mexican food, and great boutiques for custom and vintage clothes. Think of it as Adams Morgan's adorable sister. And it's only going to get better.
Pros
  • local retailers
  • constantly improving
  • diversity
Cons
  • parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Stable, if not spectacular"

Not much noteworthy about Michigan Park, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Countless other neighborhoods around the area would be glad to see an element of stability instead of countless crime reports. And like many other neighborhoods around the District, community spirit is at the heart of these streets. In this case its rewards seem to have paid off in the form of a safe neighborhood with affordable housing, and minimal complaints. When the worst aspect about where you live is that there is only one playground or the occasional bout of noise, it's safe to say you are in a good neighborhood. Steady appears to have won the race at Michigan Park.
Pros
  • community spirit
  • reasonable priced housing
Cons
  • boring boxy houses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • 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 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"People actually live here!"

Yes they do. And boy do they have money. There are probably reams and reams of pages worth of stories from this place, locked deep behind the gorgeous brick houses and austere wrought iron sculptures and playgrounds scattered throughout the area. Effectively, if you are looking for anything besides block after block of gorgeous stand-offish houses (like nightlife, shopping, or schools), look somewhere else. The elite residents of this area come here to escape from the bourgeoisie, and they like it that way. They go into the city for whatever other needs they may have, for fear it might litter the lovely utopia John McLean has created.

On a side note, no matter how many ways you write bourgeoisie, it always looks wrong.
Pros
  • Gorgeous houses
  • history
Cons
  • Not much else besides gorgeous houses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"May not be very fair"

This neighborhood follows in a long slew of places making up Anacostia. It also follows the neighborhood's visual appeal- bare bones, sort of sketchy, not entirely safe, and dirt cheap housing. One distinguishing feature of Mayfair is that it holds the childhood home of musical legend and homegrown DC icon, Marvin Gaye (oh so *that's* who that restaurant on 14th Street is named after!) Unfortunately, Gaye was not known for having the best home life growing up, which makes this another less-than-ringing endorsement for Mayfair.
On a lighter note, Langston Golf Course is nearby, for enthusiasts or professionals on their lunch break, or trying to take a day out of the office. If this is the high point of an area, potential residents should probably continue their housing search.
Pros
  • low cost of living
Cons
  • housing
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Beautiful, and not cheap"

Oh my heavens, this is a pretty part of town. Beautiful houses peeking from tree-lined streets, wondering if you'll spot them and be struck dead by how fabulous they are. Not far from Foxhall Road (which, really, how could it not be pretty with a name like that), this area houses the National Cathedral, as well as several embassies. If you are in town for the Passport DC series (a tourist dream of going to each embassy and tasting the local delights), you will definitely want to go through here, and stop at the Belgian Embassy for free waffles, chocolate, and beer. What better way to spend a Saturday?

On a slightly more logical note, those interested in reasonable housing, and anything resembling a school system, should probably look somewhere else.
Pros
  • cathedral
  • Park space
Cons
  • hard to find housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Land of the Box Houses"

Like the title of this review suggests, this place leaves a lot to be desired in terms of original housing design. Some places look like a giant brick was dropped onto an open field. Others are too perfect and candy colored, smashed together into a row of uniformity. One wonders whether it would have been more visually appealing to just leave the field as it was.

It's also not especially centrally located. This comes in handy for families looking to escape DC's hectic streets after the 9-5 day. Not so much for college students, or up-and-comings in their early twenties. But there plenty of other neighborhoods for them farther north.
Pros
  • community spirit
Cons
  • far away from any of the typical city sights
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A sweet little neighborhood"

This is what many neighborhoods aspire to be like. Affordable, adorable housing that is rich in quaint rowhouse architecture. Also one of the best places in the city to procure a "backyard" area. This neighborhood caters both to families on a dime and college kids (and probably several of their roommates) who are looking to live someplace they can afford close(-ish) to the heart of the city. All the amenities are there, and it is relatively metro accessible. And if the bustle of the city is too much to handle, Maryland is in your backyard, and Manor Park has its own neighborhood park where residents retire to in order to find their zen spot.

For how green and residential it is, it is perhaps fitting that this place has "manor" and "park" in its title. Those looking for their own private apartment, on the other hand, had best look elsewhere. Complexes are nowhere here.
Pros
  • Lovely architecture
  • metro accessible
  • quiet
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 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"You either live here, or love it"

I have a particular soft spot for this area. My theater was housed over here for the past four years, and I grew well acquainted with much of the area. We were right across the street from the Studio Theater, which is a force of nature in itself. One thing I found myself loving about this area was how so many amazing bars, shops, and restaurants were housed so tightly on just one street. Here you have Black Cat, El Centro, Miss Pixie's Furnishings (a classic mainstay of DC independent retail culture), and Churchkey, to name only a few. Housing-wise, you can find several fantastic, affordable options, and you can also find some less than savory real estate pickings. You just have to know where to look. But frankly, this is where true DC-ites either live, or love.
Pros
  • new life
Cons
  • a couple streets less savory than others
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Not great for much"

Yet another example of a neighborhood that is trying despite adversity. Lincoln Heights is very close to the infamous area surrounding Benning Road, but attempts to break from the stigma of that area with a Recreation Center and other opportunities for community outreach. The effort, thus far, has only made somewhat of an impact, but the area is leaps and bounds above where it could be. Even if the inexpensive housing verges on the depressing, it is hard to go anywhere but up from here, and it must be remembered that things can always be worse.
Pros
  • rec center and park
Cons
  • crime
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Pretty nice"

I have a friend who used to live around here until they went off to Culinary School in New York. They lived in a little townhouse with a waterbed (you mean people actually sleep in those anymore?) that exploded unceremoniously one afternoon. The townhouse itself, however, was quite nice, and the neighborhood was very quaint. While it's close to some of the more questionable streets in the Shaw area, it's also extremely metro accessible, and sort of a historic staple to the DC landscape.

Also, side note, the horror theater I work for has dreams of using the Frazier Funeral Home to stage our shows. It's a pipe dream, yes, but you've got to love those blue shutters.
Pros
  • cute townhouses
  • part of history
Cons
  • close to some sketchy streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"I used to live here!"

As the title says, this was my place of residency for a year, and I loved it. Absolutely loved it. My old roommate was so fond of it that when our lease ran out, he snagged a condo down the road from our old building. It's right in the middle of Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights, and even though it's super close to where thousands of frat boys are getting drunk on the weekend, it's still very quiet, and has a wonderful small town feel.

The real estate leans toward the pricey, but I actually know several 20-somethings in the area who have managed to make it work and live in a great apartment, even if their income isn't quite what they're hoping for just yet. Starbucks, Safeway, and dozens of independently run businesses. Some streets can be a little iffy at night, but I have never felt anything but safe here. Also, it's a stone's throw away from the Woodley Park Zoo. I may be biased, but I find this neighborhood perfect, and I still miss it.
Pros
  • Green
  • Great bars and restaurants
  • The zoo!
Cons
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A fun time if you get past the iffy neighborhood"

If you wander a little too far past the bars and rock and roll of H Street, you could find yourself in unfamiliar territory. Langston is not known being a particularly spectacular part of town, and the neighborhood itself is not a great prelude to the golf course it boasts. If golf is what you're after, it's worth it to go through the area. But if you're a hipster who was looking for a good time on a Friday night, you might as well go back to H Street and try and find the mini golf course at their country club.
Pros
  • close to H Street
  • golf course
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Dont stray too far out of the park"

This neighborhood is a questionable one. While this is nearby a lot of lovely greenery, it is also adjacent to several less than splendid areas. Housing appears to be reasonably priced, but those choosing to live here are taking a large risk, given the crime stats are rather high here. Equally reasonable and somewhat safer territory lies just slightly west in the city, in the neighborhood surrounding Catholic University for example, or even Petworth. At least there, the metro is more easily accessible and more retail opportunities are more frequent.
Pros
  • it's green at least
Cons
  • poor quality housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Perfect for families"

Understated but strong, this neighborhood is safe and has been for years. It is affordable, full of opportunities for community outreach, and great for a family on a dime. Good for families, but not for anyone looking for the hustle and bustle of the city. Although if you have automotive transportation, you'll be able to get anywhere you need to be (provided it's not rush hour) in an hour or less.
The only strike against Lamond Riggs could be that it is so close to Maryland that some may mistake it for actually being in the state. So if you are looking for definitive DC residency, you may want to look elsewhere. But all things considered, that is a small price to pay for domestic contentment.
Pros
  • community spirit
  • very safe
Cons
  • you're basically in Maryland
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Eh"

Primarily a residential area, with not much in terms of a local scene- not many independently run stores or chains. It has a history rich in community activism, including one case that included the community suing the EPA to keep neighboring communities from dumping sewage water into the Anacostia River. Like most of the rest of the area, Kingman Park is constantly striving to be on the up and up. While not quite as bad as some of its sister neighborhoods, the area still has a very long way to go. But at this point, it is only a couple chain stores away from being so.
Pros
  • history of community activism
Cons
  • lack of public transportation
  • nowhere to shop
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"The zen of Anacostia"

You could do a lot better in DC than this neighborhood. But in terms of areas around Anacostia, you could also do a lot worse. Kenilworth is home to the first government-funded public housing project in the city, which gives it a bit of a sense of historic pride. It is a fairly green area, with the Anacostia Park nearby, and the Aquatic Gardens. The neighborhood also has its fair share of tourism in the early summer, because of the lovely water lilies and lotus flowers that bloom. The zen-like flowers give the neighborhood a sense of quiet tranquility, and with a metro nearby, even those without a car can enjoy the sights of Kenilworth.
Pros
  • beautiful surroundings
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
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"The prettiest place I ever did see"

Real estate heaven in DC. When I lived in Adams Morgan I would find a way to walk through this neighborhood on my way home from work. You will not find prettier housing in the entire District of Columbia, in my humble opinion. Sure, diplomats hide out in Disney fairyland houses tucked away in quiet enclaves around here, but if you want a beautiful place to live while still feeling like you are in the heart of the city, you need to live in Kalorama. In my opinion, even the real estate in Georgetown doesn't quite measure up, because of how disconnected from the rest of the city the neighborhood has tried to make itself. Kalorama Heights is quiet, with hints of the Euro-chic, while you never forget that you are in the city. In two words, it is urban paradise.
Pros
  • very desirable location
  • part of history
  • very safe
Cons
  • high cost of living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Could use more ivy"

I've written a couple reviews here that mentioned how with some of these neighborhoods, you can tell it's going to be a nice neighborhood just by its name. Sadly, that does NOT apply here. In fact, if anything this neighborhood could stand to have a little more ivy to cover its outright sketchiness.

Ivy City has one thing to its credit unlike neighborhoods that resemble it- the neighborhoods in Anacostia for example- which is that it is much closer to the rest of the city than to Maryland. Which, if that is the best aspect an area has going for it, is probably good enough grounds from staying away from that place.
Cons
  • still much left to do
  • Crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A real college town"

Howard University falls in a very odd, almost two-faced part of town. Here you will find both elegant and modern (and affordable) apartment buildings, but if you go too far in one direction, you will end up in a considerably less pleasant part of town. The good news is that both of these "faces" tend to keep to themselves- the nice part stays to itself, as does the bad part.

This neighborhood is perfect for college students. This of course seems obvious, but there are several neighborhoods in town that, while a college is smack in the heart of them, do not offer reasonable housing options to students, or an easy jaunt to the rest of the city. Here, you can both afford an apartment, and be right where the action is.
Pros
  • Right where the action
  • intellectual stimulation
Cons
  • steps away from less-than-great neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Water, Tourism, and a Big Chair!"

Tourists to the area might think it strange that we are so fascinated with the idea of having a comically large chair in the middle of a neighborhood. I can think of two or three spots including this one that have one, and to be honest I forget which one is THE big chair. If you are over 6 feet tall, like me, you might think everything else is just "the really small chair."

Historic Anacostia is the neighborhood that DC promoters want you to associate with Anacostia. It is clean, friendly, with lots to do (although with higher real estate than the rest of the area). The area has much in common with Old Town Alexandria, in that it is charming and a tourist trap, and nothing like the rest of the surrounding area.
Pros
  • some commerce
  • Close to highway
Cons
  • close to the highway
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Away from the noise of the city"

With everything available for neighborhood amenities, Hillsdale is certainly a nice place to call home. Charming, affordable townhouses abound here, which make this area tailor-made for families and singles on a budget. Besides the standard grocery stores and schools, Hillsdale also offers a close distance to Barry Farm, Fort Stanton Park, and the St. Elizabeth Medical Hospital. Perfect location for those working in the Navy Yard, and who are looking for a sweet home away from the noise of the big city. If you don't have a car, of course, you should probably look elsewhere.
Pros
  • charming townhouses
  • forward thinking
Cons
  • close to interstate
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 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Residential Paradise, Tucked Away in the Southeast"

Hillcrest is yet another of those neighborhoods that just sounds like a nice place to live based on the title alone. It is a trek to get to, and nowhere near any of the action in the downtown area, but it is heaven for those looking for affordable housing who aren't afraid to drive to get where they need to go. Various community elements are up for debate- the school system appears not to be the best in the area, but that seems to be the only hiccup in what appears to be an upper middle-class dream come true.
Pros
  • community spirit
  • beautiful and green
  • Safe
Cons
  • distance from downtown
  • public schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Exception to the Anacostia Stigma"

This neighborhood really does seem to have everything. Lovely, affordable houses, churches and schools, lots of opportunity for community outreach, and even a stadium for soccer fans. The success and community spirit of this neighborhood is certainly a shining example of what areas around it could be, but it can take a large amount of time and effort for any place to get on its feet this way. Hill East is the perfect area for families and singles on a budget. What more could anyone want?
Pros
  • affordable paradise!
  • strong community bonds
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • 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 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Pretty, and pretty hefty price tag"

This little neighborhood is a breath of fresh air, if you can find it. Perfect for families looking to feel like they live in a sitcom, and the real estate prices seem targeted for exactly that demographic. Nothing wrong with paying a pretty penny to feel safe, there are worse things to invest one's money on. But if you happen to be a typical single working a typical 9 to 5 job, and looking for a place that's affordable but close to the action/ where your job probably is, Hawthorne may not be the place for you now, but just wait a few years when you marry that rich politician. Or win the lottery. Or become a rich politician yourself.
Pros
  • peaceful small town feel
Cons
  • far from downtown
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Homogenous and crime-stricken"

As you can guess from the rest of these reviews, this neighborhood is yet another in a slew of bland and dangerous areas in and around the Anacostia region. This area's only differentiating aspect is that it is (slightly) farther into the city and farther away from Maryland than the other neighborhoods. But it is equally riddled with crime, despite efforts at rebuilding (the phrase "miles to go before I sleep" was created for a reason). It doesn't even have quaint architecture to its name- the houses are bland, box-shaped, and brick covered. Equally affordable (and more attractive) options are available in Waterfront and Maryland.
Pros
  • inexpenisive
Cons
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Snooty college kids abound"

The most typical type of person in this area is the college kid abusing Daddy's wallet. Restaurateurs and retail chains have seized this opportunity and planted some brilliant shops and food stops along the way. Founding Farmers (if you can ever get a seat) is phenomenal, has fantastic old-fashioned cocktails and (randomly) several different types of popcorn. The college itself also has a myriad of fun events going on at any given time, from foreign films to street fairs, etc. But if you're looking to save money (or, like the rest of us, are not living off your parents), this is a nice place to visit but you could probably live somewhere else
Pros
  • student influence energy
Cons
  • student influenced noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"If you made it this far, just go to the next state over"

It seems like in this sense, Gateway means "gateway to anywhere but here". Dilapidated housing has made the area around the northeastern-most part of New York Avenue into a place of infamy in the city (does it set off a red flag when every picture on here is of a house with a "For Sale" sign in the front yard?). In this case, if you made it this far east, I emphatically endorse just moving to Maryland. It's great to be all for optimism and faith in a neighborhood's progress, but not to the point where you become delusional.
Pros
  • Detached single family homes
Cons
  • crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Lukewarm water"

If neighborhoods were temperatures, Garfield Heights would be completely lukewarm. Room temperature even. The architecture is bland but not dreadful, there are just enough trees to line the streets but not enough to be a forest, even the price of housing is right smack in the middle, not too high or low. Given that it's on the tail end of Southeast DC, one could do a lot worse in terms of neighborhoods in this area. But again, I have to ask, is it better to live in a neighborhood like this, or to take the hop skip and jump over to Maryland, where you may be able to find better housing at the same price.
Pros
  • affordable housing
Cons
  • surrounding neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Friendly with lots of shopping"

This neighborhood is aptly named, and is like a miniature Columbia Heights in terms of the shopping opportunities. Several possibilities for a fun time here- lots of great restaurants (from locally owned to Chipotle chains), and a movie theater if you're looking for a fun and easy Friday night date. A perfect place for a young couple looking to start a family, as it is extremely child friendly, but also has no limit of fun places to go when the babysitter is staying with your kids.
Pros
  • Fun for a mellow Friday night
Cons
  • 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 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Foxhall Villages more affordable sibling"

Just as fashion designers create both haute couture fashion shows and lines for the rest of us to buy, so has Foxhall Village sprung off of Foxhall Crescent. The architecture is still gorgeous, and still reminiscent of the decadence the next neighborhood over, but at a price that seems much more reasonable for the average DC-ite. Green, safe, and family friendly, this part of town seems like it would fit just as well in an episode of Leave It to Beaver as it would in real life. And really, let's be honest, would you rather hang out with someone in an elitist mansion, or be friends with someone more approachable?
Pros
  • Green
  • Safe
Cons
  • some crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"One of many hidden-away real estate treasure troves"

I mean, really. There are lovely neighborhoods, and then there are neighborhoods where all you need to hear is the name to realize it's a nice place. Do you really expect a place called Foxhall Crescent to be wallowing in crime and poverty? This place is green, forest-ridden fairy land, like so many other hidden-away neighborhoods in DC. More people come here to ogle over the houses than people actually live in the houses. And with good reason- the architecture is so beautiful that it has caught the eye of the current mayor of DC, and inspired George Washington University and the German Embassy to purchase land within the neighborhood.
Pros
  • quiet seclusion
  • good schools
Cons
  • Super expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Affordable and Pleasant"

If it's been a late night and you are one of those with a tendency to fall asleep on the metro (as some of my friends are), chances are, if you live on the Yellow Line, you may have accidentally woken up at this metro stop. But if you were new to the neighborhood and brave enough to venture out of the metro and explore, chances are you could find some fun in this part of town. It is safe, affordable, and family friendly. My only real issue with it is that I don't personally consider this to be in DC, and I can list a few people who would agree with me. But that hang-up aside, it is certainly a nice place to cal home.
Pros
  • metro/public transit options
  • recreational oppertunities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Known for its fort (if the title doesnt give it away)"

Here is an area in a less familiar quadrant of DC that is definitely on the up and up. What was once largely known as just being a Civil War landmark, since the Smithsonian has placed a museum in the neighborhood, Fort Stanton has progressed greatly. It is a great area for families that want their children to get involved in the community at large, or for individuals who just want to feel like productive members of where they live.
Pros
  • Historic Fort! (couldn't have guessed from the title)
  • Opportunities for community activism
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Close to water, no crime... but no civilians either"

A closed off area of town because of the military, Fort McNair is rich in history due to its status as a post for the United States Army. While some argue that this makes them feel safer living in Washington, DC, I doubt there is a line beating down the door to come live here. At best this neighborhood is quiet, at worst it is sterile and cold. At the time I'm writing this, Fort McNair is the only site listed on this website that does not have neighborhood photos. Take that as a sign of its extreme exclusivity, and maybe look just slightly northern in the Waterfront area.
Cons
  • only for army personel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"One of the prettier areas in Northeast DC"

Sprawling houses! Backyards! A friendly neighborhood community spirit! Are you in Northern Virginia? Nope, believe it or not you are right next to New York Avenue.

Fort Lincoln definitely resembles some of the palatial resting places that are common in Maryland, but unlike them it has the title of actually being in DC (if not the best part of it). But this neighborhood seems to have broken out of the stigma clinging to many of the surrounding northeastern neighborhoods, which should perhaps be looked at as a source of inspiration for those areas. While turning a crime-stricken neighborhood into a nice one is difficult, it is not impossible.
Pros
  • nice, inexpensive housing
  • home to police chief
Cons
  • nearby sketchier neighborhoods
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Dont let the green fool you"

Just because there is a park, does not mean you should want your kids to stay there. While the park certainly ups the green factor in this neighborhood, one need only look at the crime statistics to decide against living here. That it is almost adjacent to Benning Ridge, another less reputable neighborhood, should be a good sign that you should probably look some place else. Just look at the photos here. It should also be a good sign that there are basically only photos of fields, not buildings.
Pros
  • cheap housing
Cons
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Extension of Fairfax Village"

Basically the twin sister of Fairfax Village, this neighborhood has even less to make it remarkable, because unlike Fairfax Village, Marion Barry never lived there. Fort Davis is spitting distance from Maryland, and is a comfortable option for anyone looking for affordable housing. But just like its sister, you would basically have better luck in the next state over.
Pros
  • Affordable housing
Cons
  • unremarkable, might as well try Maryland
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Close to a college town, but not for student housing"

Forest Hills is the perfect name for a neighborhood like this. You half expect cartoon bluebirds to land on you when you walk past it. Perfect for families looking to have Bambi visit their backyard, but with American University so close, students may find themselves wishing this neighborhood had some more affordable options. Besides this, the neighborhood is beautiful, and practically drool-inducing.
Pros
  • trees!
Cons
  • not good for student housing
  • high cost of living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Save your pennies for some place else"

It says something when the series of Street Advisor photos, which supposedly show the better parts of the neighborhood, only show gray fields and empty houses that look like boxes. Fairlawn is arguably an outskirt of Anacostia, a part of town that has made strong progressive strides recently. This neighborhood, however seems proof that the area still has a long way to go. While nothing is impossible, and while yes it could be worse, there appears to be no reason to move to a place like this if you can help it.
Pros
  • long-time residents
Cons
  • high crime rate
  • politicians don't give a darn
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"A crime riddled version of Maryland"

This neighborhood boasts nothing remarkable, except for extraordinarily low priced housing, and a bit of greenery here and there. All the amenities of a small town are included (grocery store, schools... liquor stores), but crime is definitely a major downfall in this area. It's also so far southeast that it might as well be in Maryland, a state where you can find all the cheap housing and none of the crime.
Pros
  • Known for its gardens
  • Low cost of home ownership
Cons
  • crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Absolutely beautiful, with a wait list miles long"

Who wouldn't want to live here? This is Disneyland for real estate. It's also like a Disney movie in that it's probably a fantasy that most of us will ever even be inside one of these houses. But we can dream! Whenever I'm in this area (my friends and I like to salivate over houses we couldn't possibly afford) I liken it to a museum- you wouldn't ever be able to buy that giant Matisse on the wall, but it never hurts to look at it. And the same applies for this neighborhood. Sure famous people could probably live here, but there's no crime in fantasizing about being famous yourself.
Pros
  • fun to dream about
  • Beautiful
Cons
  • almost impossible to move to
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Great for business, not so much for living"

Independently run local businesses thrive in Edgewood, in the vein of restaurants and convenience stores, but the living spaces leave something to be desired. The neighborhood is extremely close to Petworth, and its houses share the same run-down, tired aesthetic. Those looking for a quiet place to raise a family should certainly look elsewhere, in fact so should a single person with a job. If you can afford middle class housing, you can find it in any number of neighborhoods beside this one. Even Petworth has a notch above this neighborhood- it's more metro accessible.
Pros
  • Public transportation
Cons
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A little world a mile from the Capitol"

Middle class heaven, one would never think that this neighborhood was only a mile away from the stress and ambition of the Capitol and its surrounding streets. This is where the government employees return after the work day (when there isn't a good happy hour). With charming townhouses of various shapes and sizes, and a rich (and random) history that includes anecdotes about receiving electricity long before the White House, Eckington has acquired a quirky, endearing personality that, rather than falling by the wayside as some of its surrounding neighborhoods have down, continues to evolve with the city, growing and changing and yet still maintaining a quaint, small town feel.
Pros
  • Quirk and charm
  • community spirit
Cons
  • lack of public transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Hugely Residential"

Lines of box-shaped houses are scattered throughout Eastland Gardens. The area is ideal for families on a budget, as it feels like a small town that has snuck into the northern corner of the city. Like its neighbor Deanwood, grass and trees abound, as does a great feeling of community brought on by organizations like the Eastland Gardens Civic Association and the Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center (pictured). But this small town also has some urban traits, such as the sound of a rattling train; the CSX transportation lines could prove to be a distraction to those looking for quiet domestic bliss. But unless you are living directly next to them, you should be able to manage well enough.
Pros
  • Interest in community improvement
  • proximity to parks
  • community spirit
Cons
  • housing availability
  • housing options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Polar Opposite of the Circle"

The neighborhood images on this page are extremely misleading photos of Dupont Circle, which is actually in an entirely different quadrant of the city from Dupont Park. In all honesty, this is a neighborhood I didn't know existed until I came upon Street Advisor. When one lives on the north side of the metro, they tend to stick to their region.

Dupont Park is very green, and bordered by several different parks, with housing options on the upper side of affordable. Definitely a good location if you have a car, a family, or don't mind a long train commute into the city proper (or if you love ice skating; a rink is open year round), but again, don't let the title fool you. If you're looking for nightlife here, you will be disappointed.
Pros
  • Green green green!
  • beautiful park
  • large homes
Cons
  • Far out in the boonies
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"The Little Neighborhood that Could"

You have to give credit where credit is due, Douglass, along with many other areas of the city, has skyrocketed in terms of community progress, with chain restaurants and banks putting down roots on its streets. Though it still has miles to go before it shakes its crime-ridden reputation, several remarkable schools are within its radius, including the School of the Washington Ballet and the Levine School of Music, where once were public housing complexes. Douglass adheres to what seems to be turning into one of DC's unofficial slogans: with enough time and effort, a neighborhood can break past its past shadows.
Pros
  • great opportunities for the arts
  • growing and rebuilding
Cons
  • crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Vintage Small Town Feel, Way Out East"

While there are several neighborhoods in the District that bear a sort of pastel box style housing from the mid-to-late 20th century, most of them have sadly let the quaintness of these designs fall by the wayside. Such is not the case in Deanwood. It is charming in its simplicity, with considerably less of the crime and grit than other neighborhoods from its era.

While housing is affordable and the area is perfect for families on a budget, this neighborhood is so far out east that it is basically Maryland. While this is not quite as delusional as when Northern Virginians, for instance, think they live in DC, but for those looking to be where the action is, affordable housing options can be found nearer to the center of the city.
Pros
  • charming late 20th century houses
  • great for families on a budget
Cons
  • farther east than any of the political action
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Storybook Pretty"

This neighborhood is lovely and quiet, and seems to be built for families. And with the fairytale houses and green trees everywhere (thanks to Rock Creek Park), you'll think you stumbled onto the set of a sitcom from the 90's. Schools and grocery stores are extremely close, and the neighborhood is an easy walk to several metro stations, the shopping of Columbia Heights, and the noise and partying of U Street and Adams Morgan.

The area draws tourists particularly because of its proximity to the William Fitzgerald Tennis Center, which houses the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. Ultimately it is perfect for those looking to settle down with a family, but may be a bit too expensive for young upstarts looking to start their lives in the big city.
Pros
  • Beautiful and green
  • family atmosphere
Cons
  • Expensive for singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Church and state, and the district"

With a rich history, thriving churches, and reasonable housing whether you're a professional or a student, Catholic is certainly one of the more appealing residential areas of the district. The area around Catholic University provides a lot of nightlife opportunities, but like American's neighborhood, never gets overly rowdy with college students. But if you're hungry for craziness on a Saturday, you're still not far from Adams Morgan.

The neighborhood boasts much of what would-be locals are looking for in the city: rent is less than arm and a leg, the neighborhood is diverse and safe, acclaimed restaurants and bars and easily accessible grocery stores if you'd rather stay in. While a little east of the heart of it all, it is still a fun place to live in its own right.
Pros
  • close to everything
  • rent is reasonable, even for students
Cons
  • subject to student housing issues
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Unassuming abode to DC celebrities"

In this town, unless you live in an embassy, there is really not a lot of difference between a glamorous town home in Dupont Circle, or a standard 2 bedroom in a less affluent part of town. On the surface at least. Neither is exactly what you'd call sprawling, even though one's price tag is significantly higher than the other. There are very few palaces in this town, but everything is still varying degrees of "expensive." Colonial Village is a prime example of this. Modest, well-kept but seemingly unremarkable, but with one of the heftier price tags in the city, and probably some of the more higher profile residents. Undoubtedly fun to wander these streets and people watch, but if you're looking to move to DC on a budget (and who isn't?), there are a thousand other cheaper places than this one.
Pros
  • safe community
  • great people watching
  • well maintianed
Cons
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Miles to go, but making the effort"

Like Carver, Central NE is a safer neighborhood surrounded by criminal activity. But where Carver shows no signs of improving beyond being safe but static, Central has a loud community voice shouting for change. It is this community spirit that could push the area to becoming the best in its area, but the obstacles it still needs to overcome are mountain-sized, one being its closeness to the Benning area.

While much work still needs to be done, the strides the neighborhood has taken are nonetheless impressive. Friendship Collegiate Academy is one of several schools the area offers, and Fort Mahan Park is a solid effort at keeping the community green and family friendly. But this area is not by any means ideal, or entirely safe.
Pros
  • inspiring community spirit
Cons
  • next to unsafe neighborhoods
  • high crime rate
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Lovely and quiet, but impossible by metro"

The area shares the forest-in-the-city greenness of Adams Morgan, and is the perfect spot for families or singles who don't mind shelling out an extra penny to live in quiet small town bliss. As evidenced by its name, the cathedral is the central point of the neighborhood, and much of the local weekend events (farmers markets, street fairs, etc) are held under its precipices. The area's peacefulness may also be attributed to its lack of a metro station, which while convenient to its residents, does not make this neighborhood easy to visit on foot. Having a car is a must, not a maybe, unlike the rest of the city. But for those looking for an oasis away from the district's bustle, this area is ideal.
Pros
  • peaceful small town feel
  • community spirit
  • stability
Cons
  • inconvenient without a car
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Quiet eye of the urban storm"

Carver has somehow managed to elude the crime-stricken reputation of its neighbors, and its quiet stability has endured for quite some time now. It boasts the Langston Golf Course as landmark, a site on the National Register of Historic Places, and the revenue of its tourist/office golf outing activity may also have a hand in keeping the area from falling too far by the wayside.

Good for those looking for affordable housing, but despite the safety of the neighborhood itself, one should certainly take the area's adjacent neighborhoods into consideration. They may be the most pivotal element in keeping a good neighborhood from becoming a great one.
Pros
  • affordable housing
  • stable
Cons
  • static, unlikely to grow
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Unremarkable and unsafe"

Steer clear, period. There is no reason to even pass through this neighborhood, unless you got lost on the way to Stadium Armory (and even then, very lost). Largely residential, with very inexpensive housing, but also largely dilapidated, with one of the higher crime rates in the area. It has a school, and a library, but that can also be said of the Waterfront area, which has all (if not more) of the amenities, is not too much higher in terms of price, and is *much* safer, not that that would take much. If you're looking for cheap housing in the city, you'll find it here, but you should just keep looking.
Pros
  • cheap housing available
Cons
  • practically nothing to do
  • poor quality housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Steps away from... whats that smell?"

A variety of inexpensive housing is available here, and in the southwest corner of DC you have a higher likelihood of finding a nice balcony, or a backyard that's larger than your standard bathroom. The space comes at a different type of price, though- that nice balcony will probably be overlooking a busy highway. And speaking of your standard bathroom, the neighborhood is close to the Blue Plains waste facility, which gives the air a very unique perfume, to say the least. There is no quicker way to wake up while driving to work at 7 am than to breathe in and smell... that. If it gets too bad you can just hold your breath and look across the street, where the sun is rising over a very pretty pond with trees. But you'd probably just better keep your eyes on the road.
Pros
  • close to Bolling Airforce Base
  • inexpenisive
Cons
  • too close to a sewage treatment plant
  • too much highways, not enough green
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"College town without the rowdiness"

Great residential area with a modest price, at least compared to the pricier parts of town. Even with American University at its center, this neighborhood doesn't have the rowdy feel of a college town, although it does have some good haunts like Dancing Crab and Guapo's super close. The neighborhood is perfect for families, with all the amenities of a small town (gym, school, grocery stores), and if you're looking for a dose of green, the amphitheater on American's campus is like the Central Park of the neighborhood. Ideal for those who are looking to settle down but still want to be within spitting distance of the louder parts of DC.
Pros
  • Perfect spot to settle down
  • College town without a college feel
Cons
  • Quiet.. maybe a little too quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Come for the pandas, stay for the pretty apartments"

This area is fabulously green thanks to its proximity to the zoo, and feels like a trip out of the city to visitors and DC-ists alike. Within walking distance from the metro are gorgeous old apartment buildings, and affluent visitors can stake a space at the Omni Shoreham or the sprawling Marriott. Restaurant-wise, locals tend to pack into Open City and New Heights (I walked past a line going all the way down the street once), both of which are fantastic, if you can snag a seat.

If you're like me, and get vicarious pleasure out of walking past very pretty (and moderately expensive) apartment buildings, or if you can afford these, this neighborhood is perfect for you. Except keep an eye out for the ENORMOUS crowds of tourists en route to the zoo, especially in spring and summer.

And if you happen to visit the zoo, push through the tourists and say hello to the panda. You'll be glad you did.
Pros
  • Pandas! Who doesn't love a panda?
  • Pretty (and pretty expensive) apartments and townhouses
Cons
  • Massive throngs of tourists
  • Cost of home ownership
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • 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
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"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 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Quintessential city life"

There are a few places of note here, particularly if your interests are food and shopping. Zaytinya is a fantastic Greek restaurant, and was the original stomping grounds for Mike Isabella, of Top Chef DC (we are quickly gaining popularity in terms of high-end restaurants, look out New York City!). There's also plenty of shopping opportunities, but only if you're female or a really trendy straight boy.

Besides that, along with being steps from the White House, and having your typical astronomically expensive real estate, there is little above mediocrity here. There are about four Starbucks within ten feet of each other, and at the center of it all is Macy's. But there is no real distinguishing feature in this neighborhood, good or bad, it just is. And, in a way, is a perfect example of the city at large. And in all honesty, where else should it be like this, so quintessentially normal DC, than an area called "downtown"?
Pros
  • shopping
  • dining
Cons
  • no real distinguishing factor from the rest of DC, besides being close to monuments
  • heavier traffic, since it's at the city's center
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
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"Lots to do, but nothing remarkable"

Ah, the Farraguts. Sleek people, chic restaurants, expensive housing. Typical of the district, yes, but also a great time if you're restless on a Friday night. With Park and Old Ebbitt Grill nearby, there's little not to love if you're a partygoing DCist. If you've got a car, or a family, on the other hand, you might be subject to more inconvenience (ie. parking or loud noises on a school night). But if central city housing is high on your priority list, this neighborhood is definitely worth checking out.

Restaurant-wise, there is nothing better in the area than Georgia Browns. Southern comfort food at its finest (think Marvin for the Farraguts), it specializes in to-die-for fried green tomatoes, and reinvents simple classics in a way that warrants a $20 entree.
Pros
  • sleek apartments
  • chic bars and restaurants
Cons
  • no parking
  • expensive (but what isn't in this city?)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Fairytale houses hiding in the district"

I used to live one metro stop away from Cleveland Park, and it felt like it was a different universe. The houses look like palaces, and there's even a certain swank about many of the apartment buildings I've walked by. For a while I thought it was in Maryland, partly because of how distant it feels from the rest of the city.

If you are wealthy or looking for a quiet, beautiful place for your family, this is a perfect area, and everything you need is in your neighborhood. Grocery, CVS, etc. Even a liquor store... not that I was looking or anything.

My friends and I wandered around here once and wondered what people who lived here actually did for a living. We guessed the majority were either in the mafia or politicians. So take that for what you will.
Pros
  • family friendly
  • self-sufficient
  • gorgeous houses
Cons
  • quiet
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
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"Stay away from the metro during a concert"

Chinatown is a cool area to hang out, with an almost Adams-Morgan-level of bars and restaurants on one street. But it's like 3 am on a Saturday in Ad Mo, all the time. I have never been there when the streets were teeming with people (granted, stylish and quirky/cool people, but a ton of them nonetheless). Great shopping for that kind of style, a huge Urban Outfitters, and walking distance from Zara and H&M.

Little on the housing front, seems like more of a commercial office area. Which is probably for the best- I for one would never want to live there, just for how crowded and loud it is. That may be the biggest disadvantage of having an awesome venue like the Verizon Center so nearby. Keep away from the metro during an event though- I got on after a Lady Gaga concert and there were about 50,000 little monsters crammed next to each other, with their parents. I don't know how I survived.

Best restaurant I went to over there was Matchbox, but it was so crowded that my friends and I had to wait over 45 minutes for a table, and I'm pretty sure we had made reservations. It's situations like this that make me tend to avoid this area.
Pros
  • Quirky style
  • Adams Morgan-amount of bars
Cons
  • Lack of any space
  • Verizon Center crowds
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • 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
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"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 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
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"Eye candy capital of the district"

My favorite neighborhood. When I first moved to DC, my best friend and I would wander around, stare at the townhouses, and fantasize about living there. Even now I often wander to the Dupont fountain to people watch. It seems like every single person who lives there is pretty and achingly stylish. Best eye candy in the city.

It's got the best gay bar too. Cobalt is sleek and classy on the first floor, and an enormous dance floor on the second, with smoke machines, neon lights and all. Friday night from 11 to midnight is Free Vodka Hour (I honestly don't know how this isn't hugely popular), and the weekend is Disco Brunch, which, all camp aside, is absolutely amazing.

For those who aren't as interested in being covered in glitter, there are several other bars and restaurants. The Big Hunt is a classic, but my personal favorite is Kramerbooks. Yes, a bookstore is also a restaurant. An *amazing* restaurant. You can die happy after you've had their pecan pie, and they're opened 24/7 on the weekends.

As far as shopping goes, you've got your pick of everything from the Gap to consignment stores. Secondi is a favorite among local vintage hunters.

Dupont is a positively dreamy place to visit. And I imagine it's not so bad living their either. If your wallet is big enough.
Pros
  • Pretty people run rampant here
  • Great restaurants and bars
Cons
  • high cost of living
  • Everything is crowded, all the time.
  • Bad, bad traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • 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
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"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
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"The New Yorkiest Stretch of DC"

Marvin. Ben's. Black Cat. A thousand other awesome places. Seriously, you can think of any possible activity and it is in this neighborhood. Want to to sit in a cave and get blasted by jazz? Look no further than Bohemian Caverns. Feeling like going to a gay bar that is still understated? Nellie's all the way. Is it 4 am and you'd saw off your arm for a Big Mac? Why there is a McDonald's right on the corner!

There is no stretch of street in the city more packed with theater, fashion, art, or high-end bars. Or personality.

Case in point: the Hilton brothers (of Marvin and Gibson fame) recently opened a new seafood restaurant, Blackbyrd Warehouse, right on the corner of 14th and U. Unlike their previous ventures, Blackbyrd did not have a press release, or even an opening night release party. The Hiltons wanted the restaurant to soak in the local flavor of the U Street neighborhood and define itself from that. No other area of DC can boast that.
Pros
  • Every single type of bar/restaurant on one street
Cons
  • Can be loud and hectic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Where Frat Boys Come to Play (But Only on the Weekends)"

Considering the rowdy reputation Adams Morgan has received over the years, it is surprisingly quiet and uncrowded. On weeknights, that is. Come Friday night, the Woodley Park metro spills out popped-collar-clad boys in droves, who wander around 18th Street until 2 am and then stumble back in a mass that resembles a zombie movie.

But that's just one street.

The rest of the neighborhood is eclectic and friendly, with a bevy of amazing restaurants and shops. And with the zoo practically in its backyard, this neighborhood is one of the greenest in DC. Walk five minutes away from 18th Street and you feel like you've left the city.

While not ideal for those on a budget, the neighborhood of Adams Morgan are safe, stylish, and diverse. Perfect for anyone looking to expand their cultural horizons.
Pros
  • Greenest part of the city
  • Great independent coffee shops/vintage stores
Cons
  • Full of frat boys on the weekends
  • Expensive housing
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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