Washington DC may be a small, only 68 square miles but in that 68 miles, there are many different areas with unique characteristics. While Washington might be one of the most expensive cities to live, it offers a wide range of neighborhoods that offer a lot to its residents. We picked out the 10 best places to live in Washington DC and we’re letting you know why you should live there.
1. If you’re looking for neighborhood feel: Foxhall - Palisades
The Foxhall Palisades is a quiet community on the northwest side of DC. Popular with families, the Palisades area has a small main street area, tree-lined lawns and historic homes. It’s a small town vibe in a big city.
2. If you’re looking for central location: Logan Circle
Logan Circle is central to almost every metro line a few blocks from McPherson Square, Dupont Circle and Shaw/Howard area. Logan Circle has a mix of row houses, condos, apartment buildings, retail stores and restaurants. It’s an extremely walkable area.
3. If you want to party: Adams Morgan
If you ask anyone under the age of 29 where they like to drink, they will tell you Adams Morgan. Popular with college students and new grads, Adams Morgan also offers a has a mix of ethnicities and families.
4. If you like a historic feel: Georgetown
It’s hard to have any lists of neighborhoods in DC without listing Georgetown. With a reputation for being distinguished and pricey, Georgetown offers expensive row houses, mixed in with larger historic manors, lush green lawns and strips of bars and restaurants.
5. If you want up and coming: Columbia Heights
Columbia Heights has exploded in popularity over the last few years and continues to grow. It’s a social hub and well-rounded area. It has bars and restaurants for younger residents, and playgrounds and schools for families.
6. If you work in politics: NoMa/ H Street
NoMa, otherwise known as H street has become a hot spot for young lobbyists, aspiring politicians and millennials who flock to DC for a career in the nation’s capital. Not far from Capitol Hill and with a bustling nightlife scene, NoMa offers a lot to residents but it ranks on the higher end of the pricing spectrum.
7. if you’re looking for picturesque: Kalorama
Kalorama has become well-known recently because the Obamas choose it as their future home post-presidency. But DC locals have known it as Kalorama for years because of its gorgeous homes and upscale lifestyle.
8. If you have a family: Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the district. Recently newer apartments and luxury condos have popped up alongside historic century old row houses. With a great neighborhood feel, Capitol Hill is very popular with families, but it is spreading in popularity with singles and a younger population.
9. If you’re looking for a central area: Foggy Bottom
Something is always going on in Foggy Bottom. There’s not as much greenery, but a blend of homes and apartments centrally located to a popular Metro stop, George Washington Hospital and University, this is a popular charming neighborhood. Close to Georgetown, Dupont, Rock Creek Park and downtown, Foggy Bottom is a popular place to be.
10. If you want trendy: West End
Luxury condos, fine dining and high end hotels, West End has a buzzy, trendy feel. The West End continues to be a hotbed of development, with more condos, restaurants and retail stores opening every day.