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Georgetown

 

 

The Georgetown neighborhood has an indefinable, old-meets-new charm in an area just as famous for its historic cobblestone streets as it is for its upscale shopping. Originally settled during the reign of King George on what had been an Indian village, Georgetown was a final destination for oceangoing ships on the Potomac River and a onetime tobacco trading post. A thriving colonial community soon rose up with extensive gardens and stately mansions overlooking the warehouses and busy port below. Thanks to careful city planning, the area still retains its historic charm and grandeur. Many of the stately mansions and their gardens, some of which belonged to families of the nation’s founding fathers, are open to the public. Blocks of cozy homes built for the working class are now charming treasure boxes where neighbors vie for top honors in the spring garden plot competition. In addition to being the best neighborhood in the city for walking tours, the Georgetown neighborhood also offers walking trails in historic Oak Hill Cemetery, Montrose Park, and Dumbarton Oaks Gardens.


Georgetown has two commercial streets, M Street and Wisconsin Avenue that feature a mix of shopping and services catering to both its upscale residents and to the students from nearby Georgetown University. Boutiques, antique stores, fine furnishings, upscale restaurants, cafes, and bakeries share the commercial strips with hip clothing stores and pubs. Wisconsin Avenue divides Georgetown into the East and West Village while M Street, which is considered the nexus of the Georgetown out-and-about experience runs parallel an a few blocks above the Potomac River. Georgetown is a must-stop destination for any traveler to the nation’s capital. Our Georgetown Properties: Georgetown Jewell Georgetown Gem Georgetown Historic

 

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Capitol Hill

Globally recognized as the seat of world democracy, the Capitol Hill neighborhood radiates a sense of geo-political significance unmatched anywhere else in the world. Perhaps sensing the magnitude of what he was undertaking, noted architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant chose to build the “Congress House” on the crest of a long slope overlooking the city, and he declared that the site was a "pedestal waiting for a monument.” As the nation grew, so did the neighborhood in both importance and size. The Capitol Hill area boasts over 50 small parks that give the area a unique “green” feel as the urban landscape consistently provides one natural oasis after another.

Travelers enjoy the experience of being up close to buildings and monuments that most have only seen on TV or in history books. It is all here: the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Congressional Cemetery, Eastern Market (the oldest market in Washington, DC with over 100 vendors from five continents), and of course the U.S. Capitol building itself. The U.S. Capitol anchors the eastern end of the National Mall so residents have the pleasure of being able to walk to the National Mall with its 11 Smithsonian Museums and countless memorials, lovely gardens and special events.

Dining out and elbow-rubbing goes hand in hand on Capitol Hill, and you will find an impressive selection of restaurants, cafes, and eateries scattered throughout the neighborhood. The Capitol Hill area is at once full of grandeur and importance, but area residents have managed to instill a sense of “neighborhood.” Intertwined amongst noteworthy buildings and international institutions, you will find quiet neighborhoods with rows of dignified and historic townhomes, schools, and markets. Nearby Union Station is a transportation hub for not only the greater Washington area, but also for the mid-Atlantic region, so Amtrak, and Marc trains, Metro and regional buses and DC’s Metro Rail system all converge here making it convenient to get to any point in Washington and beyond.

Capitol Hill blends into the open-area National Mall that is host to a sea of prestigious museums and monuments populating Independence Avenue that can take weeks to explore: the National Air and Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, United States Botanical Garden, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and much, much more.

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DuPont Circle

 

The DuPont Circle neighborhood has long been a destination point for tourists and locals who flock to enjoy its urban, upbeat culture in a neighborhood that has managed to retain its grand character, which was carefully planned by famed architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant. Its destination as a social hub means the neighborhood center has an around-the-clock energy not common in most DC neighborhoods. Loaded with premium real estate, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, chic stores and upscale night-life, this is the spot to see and be seen.

Residing in the center of DuPont Circle is a park and fountain where you can play a game of afternoon chess, participate in group yoga, or listen to the musings of local poets and musicians who make "the Circle" a meeting point. Beyond the rattle and hum of its various gathering points, you will, however, find quiet shady streets lined with historic brownstones, small parks, converted mansions, and a variety of embassies and institutions. With Metro Red Line service at the center of it all, you can reach just about any area in the city (including the National Mall), which makes this neighborhood convenient, hip, and historic.

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Adams Morgan

 

Adams Morgan is a culturally diverse neighborhood in Northwest Washington, DC, centered at the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road, just northeast of DuPont Circle. Much of the neighborhood is composed of 19th- and early 20th-century row houses and apartment buildings that now sport large and vibrant murals and independently owned businesses. While Adams Morgan is considered the center of Washington's Hispanic immigrant community, locals love the neighborhood for its late-night scene, live music, lounges, quirky boutiques and global cuisine.

You can while away an afternoon perusing a used book store, browsing through vintage clothing or picking out the latest clothing trends. After a satisfying meal in one of many restaurants representing different world cuisines, take in the Adams Morgan nightlife at one of the 30-plus music venues catering to every vibe and age group. Adams Morgan spills over with hipsters, salsa fans and revelers in this come-as-you-are nightlife hot spot. The main thoroughfare, 18th Street, features a mix of cool-cat bars, raucous music venues and Latin-infused lounges.


Adams Morgan is approximately a 15-minute walking distance from both the DuPont Circle and Woodley Park Metro Stations on the Red Line, providing residents with quick access to downtown and the National Mall. It is also serviced by several bus routes for commuters.

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The Palisades

 

Tucked away in Northwest DC, the Palisades is a picturesque neighborhood on the Potomac River known for its tree-lined streets and small-town character. The neighborhood was originally developed around a street-car line that ran along the Potomac River and connected Georgetown with Glen Echo, Maryland. As the residential benefits of the area grew, the neighborhood became a permanent stop for urban commuters. Homes, schools, and estates soon began to populate the landscape. Post-war residents crafted a neighborhood that had suburban appeal and retained its natural riverside beauty. The echo of this community planning can still be felt.

Today, the neighborhood allows residents and travelers alike easy access to nature and the outdoors along the historic C&O Canal and Fletcher’s Cove Boathouse (kayak, rowboat, canoe and bike rentals), the Capital Crescent Bike Trail and miles of verdant woods with a creek and hiking trails in Battery Kemble Park.

The cherry tree lined MacArthur Boulevard runs directly through the Palisades and is dotted with a variety of businesses. You’ll find yoga studios, coffee houses, a farmers market, upscale consignment and other shops nestled next to sushi, Middle Eastern, American and Belgian restaurants. Conventional necessities such as supermarkets, pharmacies, the US Post Office, and banks are all on the boulevard, too and give the neighborhood a self-sufficient feel. The city’s Metro Buses service the Palisades with direct routes to downtown DC and the National Mall (11 Smithsonian Museums) along with the closest Metro Rail stations and upscale shopping centers. The blend of natural beauty, cozy appeal, and close proximity to downtown DC makes the Palisades neighborhood one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

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