Anacostia, DC

Geographic Location

This historic neighborhood is Located Southeast of the Anacostia River. People often mistake every neighborhood East of the river as Anacostia. However, the true neighborhood can be found once you’ve crossed the Frederick Douglass Bridge from the Nationals Ballpark.
 

Overall Personality

This neighborhood looks nothing like the rest of the capital. Colorful rows of homes and a nod to the extreme poverty felt by residents for most of the last 50 years add a distinct nostalgic charm. Rich in Native American and African American history and once baring the name Uniontown, you can be sure there is a lot to learn about the diverse evolution of this neighborhood. The city was named America’s First Majority Black City in 1957. Famous former residents include Frederick Douglass, Marvin Gaye and Marion Barry.
 

Defining Characteristics

Largely an African American population, this community takes great pride in the history and character of their city. For the past decade, the real estate market has boomed. Developers and long time residents alike are purchasing properties, fixing them up and putting a new face on the neighborhood with a strong inclination to maintain the neighborhood’s distinguished, historic charm.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

  • The Big Chair: You will see it. It is noteworthy as the world’s largest chair. No need to say more.
  • Home of Frederick Douglass: Learn about this former vice-presidential candidate and tour his real former home on Cedar Hill.
  • Smithsonian Anacostia Museum: This superb museum is too often underrated due to its distance from the Mall. It finely exhibits the history of DC and African American history.
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: All that remains of the marshlands, these ponds of waterlilies attract bird watchers and flora lovers.
  • Anacostia Waterfront Park, popular location for kayak rentals, fishing, and rowing clubs. There is also a beautiful and scenic hiking trail that runs alongside the river.
 

Transportation Options

Anacostia is a 10 minute walk from the metro stop of its own name off of the Green Line. Several excellent buses run from the metro stop to downtown. I-295 borders the city, making driving in and out of the city very accessible. On-street parking is very easy anywhere in the neighborhood.
 

Types of Homes in the Area

Mainly rowhouses and turn of the century Victorian homes, in 2014 the city experienced one of the greatest increases in median home prices throughout DC. 

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