by Nate Ward
on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 at 7:21am.
Yes, the name Hill East is as simple as it sounds: It’s the DC neighborhood to the east of Capitol Hill. For many years it has been categorized as an extension or offshoot of Capitol Hill and lacked its own identity, but all of that will be changing soon. There are plans in the works for a large-scale mixed-use development known as Reservation 13.
At present, Hill East is distinguishable from Capitol Hill by its real estate trend of simple and honest brick rowhomes, many of which, depending on location, have front yards as well as back gardens. This housing stock is akin to that of Petworth, in its working-class roots and promotion of neighborliness. Because of the neighborhood's recent rise in prominence, Hill East property values have been increasing steadily, putting most asking prices for single family homes between $700,000 and $1,000,000. Though it’s not yet the norm, it’s no longer a surprise to see price tags over a million in this neighborhood.
What often defines a neighborhood, especially in The District, is a place where people can gather and socialize, pick up life’s essentials, and even just unwind outside the house. Reservation 13 promises just that for Hill East. In addition to hundreds of residential units, it also comes with over 20,000 square feet of retail space, creating shorter grocery runs and less reliance on the offerings of Eastern Market and Barracks Row.