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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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$3,850,000
 

712 E Capitol St Ne, WASHINGTON

7 Beds, 4½ Baths, 5,286 SqFt
Open Sunday May 2nd 1-3PM. DRASTIC PRICE REDUCTION on this 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
$3,599,000
 

506 E Capitol St Ne, WASHINGTON

5 Beds, 4½ Baths, 5,091 SqFt
Own a piece of history! Grand Dame on Capitol Hill's most prestigious street. The Doolittle-Tullock House is a stunning Richardsonian Victorian designed by architect Robert Stead (1887) with stained glass windows, 11 ft ceilings ,a second story corbeled bay, and a third story balcony with a view of the Capitol! It also features a fourth floor garret/artist studio, as it was once owned by the family of Lincoln Memorial sculptor Daniel Chester
$2,999,000
 

438 New Jersey Ave Se, WASHINGTON

6 Beds, 4½ Baths, 3,718 SqFt
Rare opportunity to own an incredible iconic Hill home just steps from Congress. Simply cross the street to arrive at the House and Senate office buildings, Library of Congress, or Supreme Court. Charming original elements have been preserved and married perfectly with the modern addition and renovation. The entry will greet you and your guests with the grand charm of soaring ceilings, sliding pocket doors, original stained glass and stunning
$2,950,000
 

610 Maryland Ave Ne, WASHINGTON

6 Beds, 5½ Baths, 6,316 SqFt
The arrival of a new season also welcomes the re-introduction of this classic meets contemporary brilliantly blended Stanton Park luxury row home to the DC real estate market. 610 Maryland, the deceptively ample four-story residence boasts 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half baths within 5500 square feet. The main level welcomes guests with 14-foot ceilings, custom floor-to-ceiling millwork, formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room for
$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
$2,499,000
 

112 5th St Se, WASHINGTON

6 Beds, 4½ Baths, 4,908 SqFt
DRASTIC PRICE REDUCTION! MOTIVATED SELLER. WIDE & TALL in super-prime Capitol Hill location! Nearly 5000 square feet spread out over 4 extra-wide (38 feet, in fact) levels. 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 living
$2,495,000
 

25 D St Se #b, WASHINGTON

2 Beds, 2½ Baths, 1,312 SqFt
Location, location, location! With one of the best roof decks (approx 500 sq ft)in all of Capitol Hill, this penthouse condo has phenomenal views of the Capitol Dome & the Washington Monument, and is sited directly across from the House Office Buildings of Rayburn, Longworth and Cannon. The fabulous roof deck offers grand entertaining space and 360 degree views of DC. Newly built in 2013, the unit features nearly 1500 square feet of
$2,445,000
 

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
$2,445,000
 

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
$2,444,000
 

515 7th St Se, WASHINGTON

8 Beds, 4½ Baths, 4,096 SqFt
Between Barracks Row and Eastern Market, you'll find this 1851 Victorian with clapboard siding and ornate front porch. The garden gate calls to you like a dream from New Orleans or old San Francisco. Inside awaits an incredibly unique property that must be experienced in person to understand all that it delivers! Looking for a single family compound? This palatial residence offers 3 floors and 3000 SF in the main home PLUS 3-level CARRIAGE
$2,375,000
 

511 Seward Sq Se, WASHINGTON

4 Beds, 3½ Baths, 3,375 SqFt
This classic and elegant Queen Anne-style, bayfront brick house was built in 1890, with many original features and details still exquisitely preserved today with a modern touch. Original details abound from its carved, cherry and oak staircase, pocket doors, the high tin covered ceilings to the richly covered English William Morris walls of the salon, living room and formal dining room with fireplaces and dry bar. All embraced by three
$2,350,000
 

330 Maryland Ave Ne, WASHINGTON

6 Beds, 4½ Baths, 3,988 SqFt
Impressive Senate-side town-home within eyesight of the Dome! Just steps down elegant Maryland Avenue to the US Capitol complex, Senate office buildings and SCOTUS. This soaring three story brick town-home includes a two bedroom rental unit on the English basement level with excellent income potential. The main house features incomparable living and entertaining space! The wide open living & dining space includes wood floors, a wood
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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 May 11th, 2021 at 7:17am EDT.