Best Neighborhoods to Buy in DC 2018
Posted by Nate Ward on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 6:15am.
Capitol Riverfront | Situated on the Anacostia River and 1 mile from Eastern Market, Capitol Riverfront (aka Navy Yard) has been making quite a name for itself over the past few years. 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. A mix of residential, commercial, dining, shopping and loads of outdoor activities is the reason why Capitol Riverfront is experiencing the largest development boom in its history. Anchored by Nationals Park, Capitol Riverfront is home to a myriad of eateries such as Cornercopia, Sweetgreen, Bluejacket Brewery, and Takorean. Yards Park is a premier waterfront destination, providing green space and water features for all to enjoy the outdoors along the Anacostia River.
Shaw | The recent renaissance of Shaw has only continued to grow with a combination of historic and modern homes alongside revitalized retail, trendy restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. You'll find a diverse mix of longtime residents, urban professionals, and the creative class. Streets like 9th and 7th are quickly developing into the city's foodie destination for dining and drinking. Duck down an alley and you'll find tucked-away coffee roasters, hidden sandwich shops, and private dining clubs. 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 Circle, U 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. Newer condominiums such as The Helicopter Factory, voted Best Condo Project for 2016 by Washingtonian, and The Warder which maintained an aesthetic compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood. At the southern edge of Park View, developers have planned a huge mixed-use building at 965 Florida Ave NW which will be anchored by Whole Foods Market and 448 residential units. 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. The first phase delivered in October 2017 reestablishes Washington, DC as a waterfront city and destination. Enjoy some of DC's best restaurants, boutique stores, concert venues and green space. Several high-rise condominiums are nearly sold-out, including The VIO and 525 Water. Phase II will feature an additional 1.15 million square feet for mixed-use development, including office, residential, marina, retail, parks, and public space, with an expected completion date in 2022. With two metro stations, walkability, 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. Primely positioned, a 5-minute walk to the restaurants and bars along H Street Corridor, a 10-minute stroll to Union Market, and less than a 20-minute walk to NoMa. A steady flow of new local businesses makes 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, and The Corey will continue to transform the area. You'll find a diverse community of longtime residents, young families, couples of varying backgrounds, and students from Gallaudet University, which sits along Trinidad's western edge. If you're 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 $550k. A large appeal to Riggs Park is green space, there are hundreds of acres of federally protected parkland. The 16.5 acre mixed-use development of Art Place at Fort Totten plans for over 900 new residential units, a children's museum, and retail, have already created quite a buzz in the area. Plans for more than 100,000 square feet of new retail development coming to the neighborhood, including 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.
Eckington | One of the last remaining core DC neighborhoods close to downtown that has not seen major redevelopment. Eckington’s time has come. Eckington is surrounded by the better-known areas of Bloomingdale and NoMA. Purchasing now in Eckington makes perfect sense as the massive JBG project “Bryant Street” is set to be delivered in 2019. That development to the north of Eckington close to the Rhode Island Ave metro station will include the districts first Alama Drafthouse Cinema, nearly 1500 residential units, and 300,000 square feet of retail. Get in now.
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