Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. Washington (the city) is coterminous with the District of Columbia (abbreviated as "D.C."). The city and the district are located on the banks of the Potomac River and bordered by Virginia to the southwest and Maryland to the northwest, northeast, and southeast. The city was planned and developed in the late 18th century to serve as the permanent national capital; the federal district was formed to keep the national capital distinct from the states.

The city was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States. The district's name, "Columbia," is an early poetic name for the United States and a reference to Christopher Columbus, an early explorer of the Americas. The city is commonly referred to as Washington, The District, or simply D.C. In the 19th century, it was called the Federal City or Washington City. The official 2007 estimated population of Washington, D.C., was 588,292. During the workweek, however, the number of commuters from the suburbs into the city swells the District's population an estimated 71.8% to a daytime population over one million people. The Washington Metropolitan Area, which includes the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia, is the eighth-largest in the United States with more than five million residents. When combined with Baltimore and its suburbs, the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area has a population exceeding eight million residents, the fourth-largest in the country.

The centers of all three branches of the U.S. government are located in the District. Also situated in the city are the headquarters for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other national and international institutions, including trade unions and professional associations. Washington is a frequent location for political demonstrations and protests, large and small, particularly on the National Mall. A center of American history and culture, Washington is a popular destination for tourists, the site of numerous national landmarks and monuments, the world's largest museum complex (the Smithsonian Institution), galleries, universities, cathedrals, performing arts centers and institutions, and music scenes. The District also includes substantial areas of wild natural habitat, particularly along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, as well as in Rock Creek Park and Theodore Roosevelt Island located in the Potomac River.

The District of Columbia and the city of Washington are governed by a single municipal government and for most practical purposes, are considered to be the same entity. This has not always been the case: prior to 1871, when Georgetown ceased to be a separate city, there were multiple jurisdictions within the District. Although there is a municipal government and a mayor, Congress has the supreme authority over the city and district, which results in citizens having less self-governance than residents of the states. The District has a non-voting at-large Congressional delegate, but no senators. In the financial year 2004, federal tax collections were $16.9 billion while federal spending in the District was $37.6 billion.

THE CLIMATE OF WASHINGTON, D.C.
Washington has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfa). Its climate is typical of Mid-Atlantic U.S. areas removed from bodies of water, with four distinct seasons.

Summer tends to be hot and humid with daily high temperatures in July and August averaging in the high 80s to low 90s (in °F; about 30° to 33 °C). The combination of heat and humidity in the summer brings very frequent thunderstorms, some of which occasionally produce tornadoes in the area.

Spring and fall are mild with high temperatures in April and October averaging in the high 60s to low 70s (about 20 °C).

Winter brings sustained cool temperatures and occasional snowfall. Average highs tend to be in the low 40s (6 to 8 °C) and lows in the mid 20s (-5 to -2 °C) from mid-December to mid-February. Additionally, Arctic air can lower nighttime lows into the teens, even in the city.

While tropical cyclones (or their remnants) occasionally track through the area in late summer and early fall, they have often weakened by the time they reach Washington partly because of the city's inland location. Flooding of the Potomac River, however — caused by a combination of high tide, storm surge, and storm runoff — has been known to cause extensive property damage in Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Spring is generally the most favorable time of year, with low humidity, mild temperatures, and many kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants in bloom. This period generally lasts from late March until mid-May. Because the heat island effect is not as pronounced, temperatures of the Dulles Airport area and suburbs to the west and north are on average 6 to 7 °F (3 °C) cooler than Washington year-round, so a weather forecast for the city may not be accurate for outlying suburbs.

The average annual rainfall is 39.3 inches (998 mm) and average annual snowfall is 16.6 inches (422 mm). Some outlying suburbs to the north and west receive upwards of six more inches of snowfall each year. The average high temperature in January is 41 °F (5 °C); the average low for January is 27 °F (-3 °C). The average annual temperature is 57.5 °F (14.1 °C). The highest recorded temperature was 106 °F (41 °C) on July 20, 1930 and August 6, 1918 and the lowest recorded temperature was -15 °F (-26 °C) on February 11, 1899, during the Great Blizzard of 1899. he city averages 36.7 days hotter than 90 °F (32 °C), and only 64.4 nights below freezing.

CULTURE AND ACTIVITIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Tourism
Washington is home to numerous national landmarks and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. The National Mall is a large, open park area in the center of the city featuring many monuments to American leaders; it also serves to connect the White House and the United States Capitol buildings. Located prominently in the center of the Mall is the Washington Monument. Other notable points of interest on or near the Mall include the Jefferson Memorial (see right), Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia War Memorial, Albert Einstein Memorial, and United States Navy Memorial.

The world famous Smithsonian Institution is located in the District. The Smithsonian today is a collection of free museums that includes the Anacostia Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, National Postal Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, and National Zoo.

There are many art museums in D.C., in addition to those that are part of the Smithsonian, including the free National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection.

The Library of Congress and the National Archives house thousands of documents covering every period in American history. Some of the more notable documents in the National Archives include the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

The District of Columbia operates its own public library system with 27 branches throughout the city. The main branch — which occupies a multi-story glass and steel-framed building at the intersection of 9th and G Streets, N.W., designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe — is known as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.[35] It has a large mural in its main hall depicting the civil rights leader.

Other points of interest in the District include Arena Stage, Chinatown, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family (across the street from the Basilica Shrine), Blair House, Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Folger Shakespeare Library, Ford's Theatre, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, International Spy Museum, National Building Museum, National Geographic Society, Old Post Office Building, Old Stone House, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Franciscan Monastery, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Victims of Communism Memorial, and the Washington National Cathedral.

Performing Arts

Washington is a major national center for the arts, with many venues for the performing arts in the city. Arena Stage, one of the first non-profit regional theaters in the nation, is rich with history and produces an eight-show season ranging from classics to world premieres, dedicated to the American canon of theater. The Shakespeare Theatre Company is regarded as one of the world's great Shakespeare troupes. Numerous other professional theaters, such as The Studio Theatre and Woolly Mammoth, and venues such as the National Theatre, make the city a major theater center. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, the Washington Ballet, and a variety of other musical and stage performances.

The Lincoln Theatre hosted the likes of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald on U Street (known as "Washington's Black Broadway") prior to the 1968 riots.[36] Notable local music clubs include Madam's Organ Blues Bar in Adams Morgan; Blues Alley in Georgetown; the ESL Music in the Dupont Circle district; and the Black Cat, the 9:30 Club, the Bohemian Caverns jazz club, and the Twins jazz clubs, all in the U Street NW area. The U Street area actually contains more than two dozen bars, clubs, and restaurants that feature jazz either nightly or several times a week.

Notable Washingtonians in the entertainment industry include singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye, musician Ian MacKaye, film actress Merle Oberon, comedian Dave Chappelle, musician Duke Ellington, filmmaker Ted Salins and two members of the rock group Jefferson Airplane: guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Cassidy.

Music

D.C. has its own native music genre, called go-go, a post-funk, percussion-driven flavor of R&B that blends live sets with relentless dance rhythms, so-called because they "go and go and go". The most accomplished practitioner of go-go was D.C. band leader Chuck Brown, who brought go-go to the brink of national recognition with his 1979 LP Bustin' Loose. Go-Go band and Washington natives Experience Unlimited (E.U.) hit the American pop charts in 1988 with their memorable dance tune "Da Butt." Other notable go-go bands include Rare Essence, Trouble Funk, Junkyard Band, Backyard Band, and the Northeast Groovers.

Washington was an important center in the genesis of punk rock in the United States, and the label Dischord Records, formed by Ian MacKaye, was one of the most crucial independent labels of the 1980s hardcore scene and eventually 90's indie rock. Punk/indie bands of note from D.C. include Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Fugazi, Government Issue, Scream, Tru Fax and the Insaniacs, the Slickee Boys, the Dismemberment Plan, Penguin's Exploding Octopus, and The Psychotics. Washingtonians continue to support punk bands, long after the punk movement's popularity peaked. The region also has a significant indie rock history and was home to TeenBeat, Dischord Records and Simple Machines, among other indie record labels.

 

TRANSPORTATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Roads & Highways

Pierre L'Enfant's original plan for the city provided for a grid of streets and a diagonal array of avenues, all centered on the Capitol building. The north-south streets are primarily named with numbers and the east-west streets with letters. From the Capitol as the center, one set of numbered streets sweeps eastward (1st Street, 2nd Street, etc.) and another set sweeps westward (1st Street, 2nd Street, etc.) Similarly, sets of lettered streets sweep northward from the Capitol (A Street, C Street, etc.) and southward. The diagonal avenues in L'Enfant's plan are chiefly named after states (e.g., Pennsylvania Avenue). Street addresses are identified by their location in one of the four quadrants of the city, centered on the Capitol building: Northeast (NE), Northwest (NW), Southeast (SE) and Southwest (SW). Addresses end with a quadrant suffix to indicate whether the location is, for example, on 4th Street NE, 4th Street NW, 4th Street SE or 4th Street SW. Outside the original city boundaries, street layout and naming practices are less regular. However, the alphabetic order of east-west streets, ending with W Street, is in some areas succeeded by an alphabetic progression of two-syllable names (e.g. Adams, Bryant, Channing), followed by a three-syllable progression (e.g. Allison, Buchanan, Crittenden), and then a progression of botanical names (e.g. Aspen, Butternut, Cedar).

Major interstates running through the area include the Capital Beltway (I-495), I-66, I-95, I-395 (also called the Southwest-Southeast Freeway), I-295 (also called the Anacostia Freeway or Kenilworth Avenue), and I-270 (which does not reach D.C., terminating at I-495). Other major highways include the Whitehurst Freeway, Anacostia Freeway, and the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway in D.C.; the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia; the Suitland Parkway, US Route 50, and the Clara Barton Parkway in D.C. and Maryland; the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Maryland, and the Dulles Toll Road in Virginia. I-95 was originally planned to cross through the city, but due to the freeway revolts of the 1960s, this plan was aborted, and I-95 was re-directed onto the eastern portion of the Capital Beltway.

Rail & Bus

The Washington area is served by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which operates the region's subway system, Metrorail (the nation's second-busiest after New York's subway), as well as Metrobus. The bus and rail systems serve both Washington and the immediate closest counties. A public-private partnership operates several DC Circulator bus routes downtown. Many of the jurisdictions around the region run public buses that interconnect with the Metrobus/Metrorail system; the state of Maryland as well as private bus lines provide rush-hour commuter busses from more distant counties. Union Station is the second busiest train station in the United States after New York's Penn Station. It is the southern terminus of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service, and is served by MARC and Virginia Railway Express commuter trains.

Intercity bus service is available from the Greyhound Lines Terminal in Northeast D.C., located near the New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U Metro station, and from dragon buses leaving from Chinatown.

The American Automobile Association for several years has ranked the Washington metro area has having the nation's second worst traffic congestion, surpassed only by Los Angeles. Among other factors, no new Potomac vehicular bridge spans have been added since 1965.

 

Aviation

Washington, D.C. is served by three major airports, one in Maryland and two in Virginia. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is the closest — located in Arlington County, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Hains Point, and accessible via Washington Metro. The airport is conveniently located near the downtown area; however it only serves flights to and from airports within the United States and has additional restrictions because of noise and security concerns. Most major international flights arrive and depart from Washington Dulles International Airport, located 26.3 miles (42.3 km) west of the city in Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Dulles is the second busiest international gateway on the East Coast. Dulles is a hub for United Airlines and offers service from several low-cost carriers, including JetBlue Airways and Southwest, although the low-cost selection decreased greatly when Independence Air (which was headquartered at Dulles) folded in January 2006. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, is located 31.7 miles (51.0 km) northeast of the city in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, near Baltimore. BWI has had the highest passenger volume of the three major airports in the Baltimore-Washington Metroplex for several months.

General aviation is additionally available at several smaller airfields, including Montgomery County Airpark (Gaithersburg, Maryland), College Park Airport (College Park, Maryland), Potomac Airfield (Friendly CDP of Prince George's County, Maryland) and Manassas Regional Airport (Manassas, Virginia). Since 2003, the general aviation airports closest to Washington, D.C. have had their access limited by an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

EDUCATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

The public school system in the city is operated by District of Columbia Public Schools and consists of 167 schools and learning centers, which consist of 101 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, nine junior high schools, 20 senior high schools, six education centers, and 20 special schools. In 2005-2006, 54,800 students were enrolled in the public school system, with enrollment decreasing. Enrollment in independently run and publicly funded charter schools has increased 13 percent each year since 2001. The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board monitors 37 charter schools in Washington, D.C. In 2005-2006, 19,300 students were enrolled in charter schools.

The city is also home to some of the nation's most renowned private high schools. Many children of political dignitaries have attended St. Albans School and Sidwell Friends School. Other private institutions include Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, St. Anselm's Abbey School, Washington International School, St. John's College High School, Georgetown Day School, Gonzaga College High School, Holton-Arms School, National Cathedral School, and Maret School.

The city is home to several universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher education, both public and private. The University of the District of Columbia is the city's public university; it is the nation's only urban land-grant university and is counted among the historically black colleges and universities. The Department of Agriculture's Graduate School offers continuing education and graduate-level classes in many disciplines.

Among private institutions, Georgetown University is older than the District itself, having been founded in 1789 by John Carroll. It is the nation's oldest Roman Catholic affiliated body of higher education. The nation's first African American university president was at Georgetown. The university is especially well-known for the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University Law Center. It also is home to a School of Medicine and the McDonough School of Business.

The George Washington University, founded by an act of Congress in 1821, is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital with its main campus in Foggy Bottom and its Mount Vernon campus in the Foxhall neighborhood of Northwest Washington. GW, as it is called locally, is known for the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, Elliott School of International Affairs, as well as the George Washington University Law School, George Washington Medical Center and the School of Business. GWU has the distinction of having established the first School of Medicine (1825) as well as the first Law School (1865) in Washington, D.C. The University is the second-largest landholder and employer in the District, second only to the Federal government.

American University, a private institution chartered by an act of Congress in 1893, is situated on an 84 acre (34 ha) campus in upper Northwest Washington and is well known for the Washington College of Law, the Kogod School of Business, the School of International Service, the School of Public Affairs, and the School of Communication.

The Catholic University of America (CUA), in the Northeast quadrant of the District is unique as the national university of the Roman Catholic Church and as the only higher education institution founded by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops. Established in 1887 following approval by Pope Leo XIII as a graduate and research center, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. In April of 2004, CUA purchased 49 acres (20 ha) of land from the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The parcel is the largest plot of open space in the District and makes CUA the largest university in D.C. by land area.

The Trinity Washington University, located near CUA, was founded in 1897 by the Sisters of Notre Dame as a Catholic liberal arts college for women. Trinity educates women in its College of Arts and Sciences, and both women and men in the School of Education and School of Professional Studies.

Other notable private colleges in the District include Gallaudet University, the first and only liberal arts college for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, Howard University, a historically black university dating to the nineteenth century which among other achievements trained many early black physicians, and Southeastern University, a smaller institution with a concentration in business studies.

Furthermore, The Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), dedicated to the graduate study of international relations and international economics, is located near Dupont Circle, on Massachusetts Avenue's Embassy Row.

The Department of Defense maintains the National Defense University at Fort McNair. The National Defense Intelligence College is also located in D.C. The Corcoran College of Art and Design has an arts program attached to the Corcoran Museum of Art, adjacent to the White House Complex. The Reformed Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, and the Washington Theological Union have graduate programs in theology. Strayer University, a for-profit career school, has a campus in Washington, D.C.

THE WASHINGTON, D.C. ECONOMY

Washington, D.C., has a growing economy that is also diversifying with a decreasing percentage of federal government jobs over the current and next decade and an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs over the same period. With five Fortune 1000 companies (two of which are also Fortune 500 companies), nd a large support infrastructure of professional services, including law, public relations, and architecture, Washington, D.C., is one of the Gamma World Cities. Washington, D.C., is also a leading city for global real estate investment, behind London, New York City, and Paris.

As of 2002, the federal government accounts for 27% of the jobs in Washington, D.C. The presence of many major government agencies, including the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration, has led to business development both in the District itself as well as in the National Capital Region of Maryland and especially northern Virginia. These businesses include federal contractors (defense and civilian), numerous nonprofit organizations, law firms and lobbying firms, national associations of labor and professional groups, catering and administrative services companies, and several other industries that are sustained by the economic presence of the federal government. This arrangement makes the Washington economy less vulnerable to economic downturns relative to the rest of the country, because the federal government will still operate no matter the state of the general economy, and it often grows during recessions.

The gross state product of the District in 2006 was $87.664 billion, ranking it #35 when compared with the fifty states. In 2006, Expansion Magazine ranked D.C. among the top 10 metropolitan areas in the nation for climates favorable to business expansion. In terms of commercial office space, Washington, D.C., has the 3rd largest downtown in America, only behind New York City and Chicago respectively.

Of non-government employers, the major universities and hospitals in Washington, D.C., are among the top employers, with The George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Washington Hospital Center as the top three. Howard University and Fannie Mae round out the top five employers in Washington, D.C.

Washington is also a global media center. Most major news outlets have bureaus in the city, and Washington is home to Black Entertainment Television, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post Company and XM Satellite Radio. Washington's unique scenery makes it a popular location for film and television production.

The financial regulatory environment in Washington, D.C., is adapting and becoming more competitive as a jurisdiction for captive insurance companies and financial institutions to locate and do business. This increasingly popular form of alternative insurance allows large corporations and industry associations to create independent insurance companies to insure their own risks. Since 2001, the District's Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking has licensed over 70 companies, including captive insurance companies owned by the American Society of Association Executives, General Motors, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. As of 2006, Washington, D.C., is the world's fifteenth-largest and the United States' sixth-largest domicile for captive insurance companies, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

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Adams Morgan, DC

Geographic Location

Located on the Eastern side of Rock Creek, an offshoot of the Potomac River. Adams Morgan is nestled inside the beltway in the Northwest quarter of DC.
 

Overall Personality

This densely urban, culturally vibrant section of DC is the city experience at its best. With a more bottoms up then buttoned up, indulgent and indie vibe, AdMo boasts a youthful, hipster feel.
 

Defining Characteristics

This is the part of town you come to when you want to see the city at its most dynamic. Everyone is here Friday through Sunday shopping, eating, touring the National Zoo and enjoying the mix of independent and big businesses available on 18th Street.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

Pasta Mia is THE place for down home Italian cooking. Before it even opens, a line is forming down the sidewalk to try their amazing pasta dishes. I love that you can run into your neighbor after last call at Jumbo Slice, where everyone visits with each other while waiting for their New York style pizza before heading home.
 
For nature lovers, Rock Creek Park borders the North West side of AdMo. It features extensive trails and the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. If you ask me, this is the best the capitol has to offer when it comes to the outdoors.
 

Types of Homes in the Area

Much of the neighborhood is composed of updated and colorful 19th and 20th century row homes and apartments. Washington DC’s real estate market continues to boom. If you’re looking to buy and investment property- Adams Morgan is the place to do it!
 

Annual Events

Each September there is Adams Morgan Day with live music, international foods and lots of family friendly activities. Many people like AdMo for the art galleries and the public murals. May through December there is a charming Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning. The National Zoo also has various events throughout the year. 

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. 

Cathedral Heights, DC

Georgetown, DC

Geographic Location

Georgetown is located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River.
 

Overall personality

The primary commercial corridors of Georgetown are the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street, which contain high-end shops, bars, restaurants, and the Georgetown Park enclosed shopping mall, as well as the Washington Harbor waterfront restaurants at K Street, between 30th and 31st Streets.
 

Defining Characteristics

Georgetown is home to the main campus of Georgetown University and numerous other landmarks, such as the Volta Bureau and the Old Stone House, the oldest unchanged building in Washington. The embassies of Cameroon, France, Kosovo, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela are located in Georgetown.
 

Noteworthy attractions

The attractions in Georgetown are too many to name – whether you want to take a boat cruise, visit 19th century original homes, have a drink at the local bars, do a little bowling at Pinstripes or eat at one of the most famous restaurants in DC, its all doable in Georgetown.
 

Types of homes in the Area

Taking a drive through Georgetown you will see Federal Mansions, along with Italian style homes that are known most for there elaborate doorways, flat roofs and overhanging eaves. You will see a series of colonial row homes with Georgian style molding and design out front.
 

Annual Events

Georgetown University hosts a number of events through the year that are open to the community; there are also farmers markets and various touring events that happen all year long.

Logan Circle, DC

Geographic Location

The Logan Circle neighborhood, situated between the DuPont Circle and Shaw neighborhoods, is bordered by S Street to the north, 10th Street to the east, 16th Street to the west, and M Street to the south
 

Overall personality

Though it’s named for a 19th-century traffic circle with a statue of a Civil War general, Logan Circle’s main drag is actually 14th Street NW. Here, and on surrounding blocks like P Street, you’ll find restaurants in red brick storefronts, performance venues and a slew of stylish boutiques, all in a supremely walkable, charming setting.
 

Defining Characteristics

Anyone who has ever driven in DC knows about its infamous traffic circles, but Logan Circle, with its grand Victorian mansions flanking the curves of the street, is the city’s last remaining residential one. Stroll around it, admiring turrets, towers and architectural flourishes, or take a picnic to the circle itself to take it all in.
 

Noteworthy attractions

Le Diplomate features an authentic French dining experience which has become Washington’s Top Restaurants since opening in 2013, reservations can be booked up to two months in advance.  You can catch a show at the Studio Theatre after dinner, which has been around for over 35 years.  For the hipsters in the area, Black Cat is one of the best places to catch live independent music and dance the night away – they have had performers like Foo fighters and the White stripes perform here.
 
For the outdoorsy types, Logan Circle Park is one of the most historical sites, during the Civil War, Logan Circle Park was the site of a refugee camp for freed slaves of Virginia and Maryland now it sits with a 25 foot monument and plenty of benches to read, eat and lounge on.
 

Types of homes in the Area

Logan Circle community is home to many of the most beautiful Victorian Brownstones in the district. There are also several new upscale condo developments in the neighborhoods now that perfectly compliment the Victorian architecture.
 

Annual Events

Every January there is a “winter restaurant week” where you can savor delicious deals as a part of the districts restaurant week.  This neighborhood and surrounding area offers activities all year round, from an outdoor ice skating rink to celebrating the Chinese New Year in an upscale way and rocking out to political events. 

Petworth, DC

Geographic location

Northwest DC.
 

Overall Personality

Urban hotspot, with some beautiful homes and an even better commute.
 

Defining Characteristics

Being in the heart of DC, you are a 15-minute metro ride to any and all attractions in the city. Washington DC has numerous museums, both public and privately operated. There are also some of the best restaurants in the country, just blocks away. DC holds several different sporting events, and marathons every year, and being the seat of the US Government always has political rallies and parties to attend.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

The diversity of Petworth’s residents is reflected in its restaurants and retail offerings. The number of hip hangout spots such as Qualia Coffee, the French bistro Chez Billy and Domku Bar and Café, which serves Scandinavian food, is slowly rising, but they’re still relatively scarce. More common are the restaurants and corner stores lining Georgia Avenue, a central artery, that focus on ethnic cuisines such Caribbean, Ethiopian, Salvadoran and soul food. Of course, Georgia Avenue itself is changing: A Safeway under construction will emerge as a swanky grocery store with several floors of residential units above it, and storefronts along the avenue are gradually being developed.
 

Nearby highways

Georgia Ave., surrounded by 495
 

Public Transportation

Metro and DC Bus system
 

Types of Homes

Apartments and Townhouses

Shaw, DC

Trinidad, DC

Geographic Location

Trinidad is a trapezoidal shaped neighborhood located in Ward 5, in northeast D.C. Its roughly bounded by West Virginia Avenue NE to the west, Mt. Olivet Road to the north, Bladensburg Road NE to the east and Florida Avenue NE to the south.
 

Overall Personality

Trinidad’s popular location and solid housing options are drawing people to one of D.C.’s most vibrant, up-and-coming neighborhoods. In recent years Trinidad has transformed from its former reputation and is in the process of being revitalized. Its now considered a prime, quirky, walk-friendly location to live in for a variety of reasons.
 

Defining Characteristics

New developments are on the rise here, while maintaining affordable housing options and keeping its character intact. Wheatley Education campus, the local elementary school is also turning around. Run by Turnaround for Children, Inc, the campus has been completely renovated and was given a community rating of 4 out of 5 stars on Greatschools.org.   Residents have access to tons of retail shops on Bladensburg Road. The NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station is just a 15-minute walk away.
 

Noteworthy Attractions

Just south of the neighborhood you’ll find the trendy H Street Corridor, one of D.C.’s original commercial districts. From folk concerts to cocktail lounges, the H Street Corridor offers a phenomenal array of nightlife options. “Brimming with eclectic crowds and colorful commercial buildings H St provides the pulse of the Near Northeast” (AirBnb).  The Washington Post proclaimed, “there is no shortage of nightlife for residents of Trinidad.” Popular spots include Taylor Gourmet, an Italian deli, and its Taylor Charles Steak & Ice offshoot; Toki Underground, for ramen and dumplings; Granville Moore’s, which serves Belgian cuisine; and H &Pizza.
The Atlas Performing Arts Center and Industry Gallery are popular attractions for people interested in the arts.
The closest supermarkets, easily walkable from the southeastern corner of Trinidad, are the Aldi on 17th Street and the Safeway just south of it on Maryland Avenue. Two new stores, the Harris Teeter at Constitution Square in NoMa and the Giant Food at Third and H, are a short drive away.”
 
Union Market is another great destination for residents. Across from Gallaudet University you’ll find a warehouse full of specialty food vendors. On summer weekends, the market doubles as a drive-in movie theater.
 

Types of Homes in the Area

Here you’ll mostly find Victorian row houses and flat porch-fronted styles. While there are still some bargains for those in the market to buy a home in D.C., both home prices and rental rates have really skyrocketed here in the last couple of years. Some Trinidad homes have greatly increased in value by the 100s in just a few years and now you can even find homes on the market nearing $1 million, a previously unimagineable price point for the area not long ago.   
 

Annual Events

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association and local churches plan numerous events throughout the year to foster a stronger sense of community and have taken steps to revive the area with vibrant murals, a new dog park, a recreation center, and increased security 

Columbia Heights, DC

U Street, DC

Geographic Location

It extends from 9th Street on the east to 18th Street and Florida Avenue on the west. Most of the area is part of the larger Shaw neighborhood, with the western end entering the DuPont Circle neighborhood.
 

Overall personality

The American Planning Association designated U Street as “A great street among great places in America” in 2011. The street is infamous for its Arts, Food and small businesses.  It is known as a part of the city that never sleeps, from the eclectic food options to the late night dancing you will always have something to do here.
 

Defining Characteristics

This is a part of town you come to on the weekends when you want experience authentic Ethiopian dining, at one time U Street was known as “little Ethiopia” for the restaurants the dotted down the street.  The street murals and the vintage shopping attract a number of people on the weekends and of course the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am-1pm is one of the best in DC.
 

Noteworthy attractions

U street is a music fans paradise, with the underground U street music hall to the huge 9:30 Club – there is never shortage of live music. If you are in the mood to catch some jazz or gospel you can go the Howard Theatre or to the local bars for EDM sets to get down and funky! Meridian Hill Park which is situated a couple blocks north of U Street is the largest in town. It features a 13 basin cascading fountain, where every Sunday afternoon a community led drum circle forms. Whether you want to have a picnic, play soccer or soak in the sun – this park should be on your list.
 
 

Types of homes in the Area

Larger condo buildings dominate the area, and majority of the row homes have been converted to multi-family dwellings.
 

Annual Events

The Funk Parade which usually brings arounfd 70,000 people on U Street happens annually in May and is one of a kind day fair, parade and music festival celebrating Washington DCs vibrant music and arts and the spirit of funk that brings everyone together.

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