Takoma Neighborhood

Takoma: a semi-rural lifestyle with easy access to the city. Truly, the only DC neighborhood sporting its own neighborhood rooster (his name is Roscoe). Takoma is a small town in a big city. Much like Capitol Hill, Takoma DC is the type of neighborhood where you know your neighbor and will run into them and your local friends on a regular basis as you fraternize local establishments or walk down the tree-lined streets.

Takoma DC, developed as a suburb by Benjamin F. Gilbert in 1883, was the first commuter suburb in the area – originally located on approximately 100 acres of land around the B & O Railroad tracks. Mr. Gilbert planned the suburb ignoring jurisdictional lines and, as such, the original town of Takoma Park sits on the line between the District and Maryland. The DC portion is known as a historic district.

Socially, Takoma neighborhood is amuch in hearty neighborhoody activities that are fun for the whole family. Home of the Takoma Recreation Center and Public Pool (one of an esteemed group of DC’s notable rec centers), Takoma DC provides fertile ground for the community-minded.

Geographically, Takoma DC sits at the northeastern tip of DC, next to the border of Takoma Park, MD, along Eastern Ave. Bounded by Georgia Ave to the west, b/w Tuckerman and Van Buren streets to the south, the current station for Walter Reed Army Med Center (on Georgia Ave) separates Takoma neighborhood from Rock Creek Park.

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Georgetown Neighborhood

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When Congress created the District of Columbia in 1791, Georgetown was included in the outline of the 10-mile square.  Georgetown continued to grow, with Georgetown University founded in 1789, and much of the area developed with commercial buildings near the water and residential buildings further north on higher ground.  Georgetown retained its identity for quite a while– that is, until its town charter was revoked in 1871, and when it was finally ordered in 1880 to conform with DC’s street naming structure.Georgetown University Sketch

Socially, Georgetown neighborhood is awash in a mix of tourists, shoppers, and college students. This is one of the best places for shopping in DC, and the worst for walking.

Geographically, Georgetown neighborhoods mecca is at the intersection of M St and Wisconsin avenue – this is also where you can find Georgetown mall, a great place to beat the heat – an official DC summer past-time.

Historically, Georgetown used to be the congested slave quarters for wealthy DC landowners back when the area was largely a swamp and not the price waterfront real estate it is now.

Politically, Georgetown is located in ward

Fraternally, besides the healthy collection of bars around the M/Wisconsin intersection, you’ll find the best place to go during the summer is on the waterfront. People watching is at a premium and you get the added benefit of boat people watching while drinking outside.

Fun Fact: The parking garage of the waterfront was recently flooded (an allegedly avoidable accident) that cause millions of dollars worth of damage and cause the waterfront bar scene to close for a period of time.

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Embassy Row Neighborhood

Embassy Row has more than 180 foreign embassies, residences, chanceries, and diplomatic missions and is the name for a DC neighborhood where embassies and other diplomatic installations abound.

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Geographically, the Embassy Row neighborhood is found along Massachusetts Avenue and betwixt various cross streets between Thomas, Ward and Scotts (by Wisconsin Ave) circles.

Historically, the Embassy Row neighborhood was widely touted as one of Washington’s most prestigious residential addresses in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Massachusetts Avenue housed the city’s social and political elites within its stately mansions, thusly earning the nickname “Millionaires’ Row” for the section between Scott Circle and Sheridan circle.rowhouse neighborhood

The first and arguably the most prominent embassy on the row was the British Embassy. Found adjacent to the US Naval Observatory, the British Embassy was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the purpose of combining the offices and the residence of the ambassador in a style resembling an Queen Anne style English country house.

The street lost stature in the 1920s, decaying as the Great Depression took its course and many were forced to sell their homes – a general state that persisted until the rise of the US after World War II when nations competed to build or maintain grand residences to represent an image of importance and significance in the US (now a superpower) capital. Lodges of social clubs also emerged at the same time.

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Capitol Hill Neighborhood

Capitol Hill DC NeighborhoodCapitol Hill, currentliy leading the re-gentrification pack, is the largest historic neighborhood in the District of Columbia.  In days gone by, Capitol Hill was the place where senators, congressmen and important government officials called their home.  After the crime wave in the 80’s this neighborhood went out of favor with most professionals who left for less dangerous neighborhoods.  Currently, this neighborhood has some of the highest rent prices in DC – a testiment to the demand this very trendy neighborhood commands.

Socially, the Capitol Hill neighborhood has a lions share of the best and most popular brunch spots in the city. Great bars and restaurants abound.

Geographically, is located near the Capital and the new Nationals stadium by the Navy Yard.

Historically, was once a very prestigous neighborhood before gun violence in the 80’s forced many of its long-standing neighbors out to the DC suburbs.

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Fraternally, this is a fantastic place to brunch.

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Adams Morgan Neighborhood

Adams Morgan DC Neighborhood

rowhouse Socially, Adams Morgan neighborhood is the reigning champion of DC popular going out neighborhoods. Back in the 90’s when Georgetown, Dupont, Midtown, and Adams Morgan were the only four places for yuppyish young’ns to have a good time, Adams Morgan was where you wanted to end a good night. Bordered by Connecticut Ave to the West, 16th St to the East, Rock Creek Park to the North, and Florida Ave to the South, this neighborhood has been packing in party people into bars and clubs, even when it meant risking proximity to a stabbing. Drinkers and smokers (hookah) no longer have to be brave to grace its streets, but the streets definitely take on a more vibrant air at night.

There are a variety of grocery store options here, including Harris Teeter (“the teet”), Yes! Organic Market, and the old DC standby, Safeway.

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Geographically, the Adams Morgan neighborhood is composed of three parts, Reed Cooke to the east, Kalorama to the west and Lanier Heights to the north.

Politically, the Adams Morgan neighborhood is located in Ward 1 and is currently represented on the Council by Jim Graham.

Fraternally, young, 20-something cool guys and girls can find good times and conversation at Dan’s Cafe — if the bartenders/owners feel like having it open that day. This place seems to open and close when it feels like it, which perhaps makes it cool. Regardless of its free spirit schedule, this place is especially fun because you can order a squirt bottle full of your favorite shooter and dispense as you see fit.

Beer connoisseurs who find themselves in Adams Morgan neighborhood can check out the Black Squirrel and Smoke and Barrel.  The latter has good whiskey as well a legendary Taco Tuesday which is ridiculously good eats for 5 bucks (recommend the cheese grits w/).

If you want a brunch J. Gatsby would write home about, you must check out La Boum brunch at L’Enfant Cafe — which is also decent for beer, btw.  We’re hesitant to share that one bc it’s hard enough to get a reservation there as it is, but they deserve the props.  They have a cabaret dancer, sparklers and a giant tub of nutella — need we say more?

Architecturally, much of the neighborhood is composed of 19th- and early 20th-century row houses and apartment buildings.

Fun? Fact: Adams Morgan neighborhood was so named for the two elementary schools located there before Brown v. the Board of Education: an all-white John Quincy Adams and an all-black Edward P. Morgan — Adams Morgan.

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