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Capitol Hill | Neighborhood Guide

The area known as Capitol Hill includes DC's largest historic district. Once known as Jenkins Hill and the site of boarding houses for itinerant congressmen and housing for shipwrights and merchants, the area was beautifully developed and currently maintains the spirit of Pierre L'Enfant's 1791 design. Much of Capitol Hill's charm can be attributed to the characterful variations within the classic grid that defines our nation's capital.

The Neighbors The Real Estate Market
What to Expect The Lifestyle
What Not To Expect You'll Fall In Love With
Nearby Neighborhoods Featured Condos

The Neighbors

Congressmen, families, and anyone else who loves beautiful tree-lined streets

The neighborhood was originally developed to house elected officials and other employees of the United States' fledgling government and though the neighborhood has become a home for people of all professions in the last 200 years, the trend continues. With an abundance of interns and staffers enjoying the quick commute, it comes as no surprise that nearly a third of Capitol Hill residents fall within the mid-twenties to mid-thirties age bracket. All demographics are well represented, however, and the neighborhood's plethora of single-family homes make it a popular spot to raise a family.


The Real Estate Market

Beautiful, stately historic rowhouses and occasional apartment buildings and condos

Following the American Civil War, a surge of Victorian rowhouses sprouted in what is now the Capitol Hill Historic District. The vast variety among these would-be-uniform houses contributes to the neighborhood's unique flavor and village feel. Victorian styles include Romanesque, Eastlakian, and Queen Anne and many contain creative combinations of design elements that add to the quirk. Some multi-family dwellings exist in the area, but the neighborhood's historic designation requires a deeper vetting process, and many that are approved are conversions or pre-existing buildings such as schools and houses of worship.


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$4,995,000
 

316 A St Ne, WASHINGTON

7 Beds, 6½ Baths, 6,150 SqFt
Created by Brush Arbor Home Construction's masterful collaboration of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects, this total renovation of one of Frederick Douglass' former residences is a four-level Second Empire-style elevator townhouse of impeccable elegance and exceptional scale. Providing bespoke tranquility in a coveted location just a couple blocks from the Supreme Court, Capitol and Senate Buildings, no detail has been
$4,750,000
 

712 E Capitol St Ne, WASHINGTON

7 Beds, 4½ Baths, 5,286 SqFt
VIEW THE PROPERTY VIDEO HERE: (https://youtu.be/OH4KYJ9a76c) Truly a "once in a lifetime opportunity!" The iconic Deer House is considered by many to be the premier residence on Capitol Hill. Its commanding presence on East Capitol Street, just seven blocks east of the US Capitol, captivates all who pass by. Constructed for and by stone mason Antonio Malnati in 1903 by architect George S. Cooper, the majestic stone and brick facade
$3,895,000
 

318 A St Ne, WASHINGTON

6 Beds, 4½ Baths, 4,500 SqFt
Created by Brush Arbor Home Construction's masterful collaboration of architects, interior designers, and landscape architects, this total renovation of one of Frederick Douglass' former residences is a four-level Second Empire-style townhouse of impeccable elegance and exceptional scale. Providing bespoke tranquility in a coveted location just a couple blocks from the Supreme Court, Capitol and Senate Buildings, no detail has been overlooked in
$3,799,999
 

610 Maryland Ave Ne, WASHINGTON

6 Beds, 5½ Baths, 5,600 SqFt
No Reserve Auction to be held on-site, Monday, November 30, 2020, at 11:00 AM. Private appointments available, Call for details. Don't t miss your chance to bid on this extremely rare opportunity with covered parking on Capitol Hill! Enjoy embassy-style grandeur with remarkable panoramic rooftop views of the Capitol, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, National Monument and the Supreme Court -- These historic sites are only steps away from
$2,999,000
 

112 5th St Se, WASHINGTON

6 Beds, 4½ Baths, 4,908 SqFt
Positively one-of-a-kind Mediterranean-inspired palazzo in super-prime Hill location! Nearly 5000 square feet spread out over 4 extra-wide (38 feet, in fact) floors. Constructed in 1987. Excellent layout for gatherings large or small. Chef's kitchen with east-facing bay window and breakfast banquette. Seamless transition from living space to expansive rear deck and garden. Park your car in the garage and you're one flight of stairs to your
$2,695,000
 

216 8th St Ne #b, WASHINGTON

4 Beds, 4½ Baths, 4,100 SqFt
A timeless stone and red-brick facade shaded by mature landscaping captures the very essence of its charming setting, Historic Capitol Hill. Dating back to the late nineteenth century, Downing House was initially purposed as a church rectory for neighboring St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church. The old church rectory has been completely reimagined to host two spacious luxury residences with every modern treatment and amenity. Spanning 4,100
$2,695,000
 

216 8th St Ne #2, WASHINGTON

4 Beds, 4½ Baths, 4,100 SqFt
A timeless stone and red-brick facade shaded by mature landscaping captures the very essence of its charming setting, Historic Capitol Hill. Dating back to the late nineteenth century, Downing House was initially purposed as a church rectory for neighboring St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church. The old church rectory has been completely reimagined to host two spacious luxury residences with every modern treatment and amenity. Spanning 4,100
$2,695,000
 

426 C Street Ne, WASHINGTON

5 Beds, 6 Baths, 3,700 SqFt
Meticulous top to bottom restoration of 5 BR brownstone featuring rooftop terrace, separate lower level, and parking. This residence is zoned for both residential and commercial use making it incredibly unique and ultra flexible. Exquisite finishes and unmatched attention to detail. Currently rented at $12,500 monthly. All TOPA forms completed. Furnishings negotiable.
$2,600,000
 

115 12th St Se, WASHINGTON

13 Beds, 13 Baths, 8,029 SqFt
Prime location in booming Capitol Hill. Located off East Capitol Street next to Lincoln Park. Easy walking distance to Eastern market, Barracks Road and to Metro. Near to the Capitol complex, Union Station, shopping, and restaurants. Light filled, high ceilings, hardwood floors and charming original architectural details. This building is being sold exclusively in conjunction with 117 12th Street SE, MLS#DCDC480512. This is a wonderful
$2,595,000
 

216 8th St Ne #a, WASHINGTON

4 Beds, 4½ Baths, 3,900 SqFt
A timeless stone and red-brick facade shaded by mature landscaping captures the very essence of its charming setting, Historic Capitol Hill. Dating back to the late nineteenth century, Downing House was initially purposed as a church rectory for neighboring St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church. The old church rectory has been completely reimagined to host two spacious luxury residences with every modern treatment and amenity. Spanning 3,900
$2,595,000
 

216 8th St Ne #1, WASHINGTON

4 Beds, 4½ Baths, 3,900 SqFt
A timeless stone and red-brick facade shaded by mature landscaping captures the very essence of its charming setting, Historic Capitol Hill. Dating back to the late nineteenth century, Downing House was initially purposed as a church rectory for neighboring St. Monica and St. James Episcopal Church. The old church rectory has been completely reimagined to host two spacious luxury residences with every modern treatment and amenity. Spanning 3,900
$2,565,000
 

611 Maryland Ave Ne, WASHINGTON

5 Beds, 5½ Baths, 3,180 SqFt
Welcome to 611 Maryland Avenue, NE. This historically preserved Victorian-style rowhome exudes famed Washington, DC elegance, with only the modern house numbers hinting to the striking contemporary design within. Sited in an unparalleled location just steps to Stanton Park and Capitol Hill, four blocks from Union Station, 611 Maryland Avenue's recent architectural renovation by renowned developer Cooper Carry is perfect in every way.


What to Expect

A perfect escape for some R & R

Separated from the busier tourist-prone neighborhoods by the Capitol at the eastern extreme of the National Mall, Capitol Hill maintains a village or small-town vibe. Though Capitol Hill is commercially well served by Pennsylvania Ave SE and 8th St SE, the neighborhood is otherwise almost totally residential. Furthermore, the neighborhood is home to some 200 public squares & parks, making it perfect for recreation.


The Lifestyle

Enjoying time off in a gorgeous community

Capitol Hill is regularly described as unpretentious and the description is apt. Though the neighborhood is home to many members of Washington's high society, there's much less of a 'see and be seen' culture. Residents appreciate downtime when they have it and tend to blend together. They can enjoy their beautiful surroundings, friendly neighbors, and the historic Eastern Market which has operated continuously since 1873. Perhaps the deep connection to history and generations of previous residents keeps current ones grounded and 'unpretentious.'


What Not to Expect

Exciting nightlife or upscale shopping

Though there are a number of places for great eats and drinks along Pennsylvania Ave SE and Barracks Row, they are not abundant and they generally fit into Capitol Hill's slower pace. Similarly, though some local shops and boutiques call the Hill their home, options are limited in terms of retail. Leisurely walks through the stalls at Eastern Market reflect the relaxed attitude toward shopping.


You'll Fall In Love With

The neighborhoodiness.

Many neighborhoods in the District seem to be defined by the collection of homes and businesses that have sprouted up over time. Meanwhile in Capitol Hill, it seems that this collection is defined by the neighborhood in which it has sprouted. The combination of the rigid street layout and the natural curves of the trees creates a bit of magic and it is easy to feel tucked away and protected when looking down Maryland Ave, Pennsylvania Ave, or East Capitol St and seeing the Capitol dome standing guard. Within this sort of secret garden, the aesthetic cohesion of dwellings and the predominance of small local businesses will make you want to call Capitol Hill your home.


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Listing information last updated on November 26th, 2020 at 5:15am EST.