Best Neighborhoods to Buy in DC 2017

Posted by Nate Ward on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 4:22pm.


Capitol Riverfront | A walk through the Capitol Riverfront (aka Navy Yard) is an experience straddling Washington DC's future and past simultaneously. As with so many urban ports that have long served as industrial and business centers, the Capitol Riverfront is in the midst of mindset-shifting revitalization. Anchored by Nationals Park, Capitol Riverfront is home to a myriad of eateries such as Cornercopia, SweetgreenBluejacket Brewery, and TakoreanYards Park is the culmination of the beautiful and thoughtful conversion of a huge stretch of the Anacostia Riverfront, which features elements similar to those found in New York's High Line and Hudson River Park.

Shaw | The recent renaissance of Shaw has only continued to grow along with its culinary offerings. Recent additions Mockingbird HillEat the Rich, and Southern Efficiency are among the most popular in the neighborhood. The three establishments make up a trinity of experiential bars/eateries developed by Derek Brown which serve (respectively) sherry and ham, oysters and pitcher-cocktails, and 'off-the-beaten-path' southern dishes paired with an astounding selection of whiskeys. Proximity to several different metro stations on the green and yellow lines make getting to and from Shaw a breeze. Living in Shaw also affords you a short stroll to Logan CircleU Street, and Chinatown where cultural and social offerings abound. 

Park View | The lively colorful rowhouses of Park View exemplify the vibrant nature of this quickly evolving Northwest DC neighborhood. After decades of being an area where outsiders simply drove through, many developers and home buyers are now giving Park View a closer look. New condominiums such as The Helicopter Factory look to breathe life into existing structures while others will be ground up projects like The Warder which seek to maintain an aesthetic compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood. At the southern edge of Park View, developers have been planning a huge mixed-use building at 965 Florida Ave NW which will be anchored by Whole Foods Market. Clearly, there is a confidence in the air as Park View continues to experience a significant urban revitalization.

Southwest Waterfront | Leave behind that landlocked feeling and experience the gorgeous Southwest Waterfront! Washingtonians had very few reasons to visit this tiny corner of the District prior to the grand opening of The Wharf development project. The first phase is scheduled to open October 2017 and will feature District Square for shopping, District Pier for dining, and Jazz Alley for countless forms of entertainment. Several high-rise condominiums are nearing delivery or already accepting contracts including The VIO and 525 Water. With two metro stations and a beautiful new grocery store just outside your door, savvy buyers are giving some serious thought to the Southwest Waterfront.

Trinidad | The charm of Trinidad and its bounty of early twentieth-century architecture shaded by mature trees has steadily become more enticing as the neighboring H Street Corridor has continued to evolve. A steady flow of new local businesses are making Trinidad an increasingly attractive place to live. Developers are taking note and providing new housing in the neighborhood to the tune of roughly 1,500 units in buildings. New buildings such as Pullman Place, The Corey, and The Apollo will continue to transform the area. If they are looking to get away from the rush of the city, Trinidad residents are also a short walk from the gorgeous National Arboretum.

Riggs Park | Most people have never even heard of Riggs Park, let alone are they aware that it sits directly adjacent to the Fort Totten metro which services the green, yellow, and red metro lines. The neighborhood is one of the last places in DC where an updated rowhouse with a yard can be purchased for less than $500k. The 16.5 acre mixed-use development of Art Place at Fort Totten with plans for over 900 new residential units has already created quite a buzz in the area. Plans for many new bars, restaurants and a yet to be named grocery store will make Riggs Park a very walkable neighborhood in just a few years. In addition to Arts Place, plans are finally moving forward to revitalize the Kennedy Street Corridor and spur economic growth in nearby Petworth and Manor Park.

Brightwood | Simplicity is the word in this quiet lesser-known Northwest DC neighborhood. For buyers looking for a single family home, reasonable proximity to all that DC has to offer, a small patch of land, and maybe even a parking spot, Brightwood is one of their best options in 2017! Homeowners in Brightwood may spend a few extra minutes traveling to and from retail and dining offerings now, but their patience will be rewarded in the next few years. The Parks at Walter Reed redevelopment projects will bring a number of new shops, restaurants, recreation opportunities and housing options to the Brightwood area in the near future.

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