by Nate Ward
on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 7:00am.
Trinidad | Populated by long-time residents, college students, and young families and couples, Trinidad has been on the rise these past several years. Much of this surge is thanks to the renaissance of the H Street Corridor (aka Atlas District). Though the small neighborhood of Trinidad is almost totally residential, a short leisurely walk will get residents to heaps of great spots including the many offerings of H Street and NoMa, as well as the magnetic Union Market. In addition to Trinidad’s two recreation centers, residents looking to get away from commerce and the other trappings of city life benefit from being flanked to the east by the National Arboretum. Though brick rowhomes are the dominant architecture of Trinidad, the somewhat sudden spike in popularity has demanded the development of numerous new housing options.
Park View | Park View has been turning heads within the property market over the past few years. It’s an incredibly exciting and colorful community, as one would expect of the neighborhood sandwiched between Columbia Heights, Petworth, and Shaw: three of the District’s most vibrant. In addition to color-spectrum-spanning rowhomes and brilliant condo conversions like The Helicopter Factory, the stretch of Georgia Avenue NW falling within Park View’s boundaries is rife with great eats and hip night spots. To name a few: Union Drinkery, Colony Club, DC Reynolds, Midlands Beer Garden, and Looking Glass Lounge.
Anacostia | Have you been occasionally intrigued by real estate prices on the eastern bank of the Anacostia River, but were concerned about being a little cut off from the rest of DC? Another patch of land comes to mind which has been thriving despite being on the other side of the river from the major metropolitan part of a city: Brooklyn. Ever heard of it? Many DC neighborhoods across the river have been becoming more desirable over the past several years, but chief among them is Anacostia. Not only is it connected directly to ‘the mainland’ by I-695 and the 11th Street Bridge, but its offerings are bountiful. The housing stock is fantastic and yet still very affordable--whether you want something ready to move into or want to invest in a house that needs some love. Great local eateries can be found in the neighborhood including Uniontown Bar & Grill, Cheers @ The Big Chair, and Mama’s Pizza Kitchen.
Southwest Waterfront | Yes, the District has a southwest quadrant! It may not look like much on a map, but years of being overlooked have made way for Southwest DC’s time to shine--and that time is now. Phase I of The Wharf--the biggest developmental undertaking the Federal City has seen in years--is complete and Phase II is underway. Visitors and DC residents alike have been flocking to this experiential destination. The Wharf--in case you’ve been living under a rock--is the District of Columbia’s one-stop hub for dining, retail, recreation, and entertainment. Though Southwest Waterfront is best known for its mid-twentieth-century high-rise condos, the development of The Wharf has of course included multiple luxury condominiums of the highest and slickest finishes. The real question is: Will you visit The Wharf and miss it when you’re not there, or will you bask in its many offerings as soon as you walk out of your front door?
National Landing | Have you never heard of this neighborhood? Join the club? Are you going to be hearing about it constantly now? Join the other club. Born out of Arlington & Alexandria’s collective bid to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Northern Virginia, National Landing is a newly defined neighborhood composed of Crystal City and parts of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard. Imagine that Amazon, the world’s e-commerce goliath will set up shop here and create tens of thousands of jobs, bringing in a slew of new residents. Now imagine that countless infrastructural improvements will be made to accommodate this huge influx. Now imagine that as those people prosper in those jobs they will buy homes nearby and property values will climb even higher. Finally, imagine that you didn’t get in on this. OK then.
Del Ray | Del Ray is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing community in Alexandria--perhaps trumping Old Town, as it is not beholden to yesteryear. The Del Ray neighborhood association’s slogan is “Where Main Street Still Exists” and it’s not for no reason. The major draw of this northern Alexandria neighborhood is its collective of thriving local businesses. Seemingly endless options for great eats can be found up and down Mount Vernon Avenue as well as a community farmers’ market and Del Ray’s many wellness-oriented businesses that have led to the nickname ‘Well Ray.’ These include The Vital Body (& Mind), Del Ray Wellness, and The Healing Tree. Oh, and remember all that stuff about Amazon coming to Arlington? Del Ray is just a stone’s throw away.
Hyattsville | If you feel that art plays a strong role in shaping and bringing together a community, Hyattsville should be at the top of your list. In the early 2000s, coinciding with the launch of the Gateway Arts District, Hyattsville began to see real change. A mere decade later, the city is thriving with new businesses aplenty and support for established and incoming artists. Training opportunities in all disciplines for budding artists and those who are simply curious can be taken at Art Works Now, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and Tanglewood Works. Hyattsville also as an exciting housing stock which is still bafflingly affordable, but that won’t last long. As with any other well-kept secret, the cat always finds a way out of the bag.