Georgetown Neighborhood

Georgetown NeighborhoodInformation about Georgetown neighborhood –

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  Georgetown retained its identity for quite a while– that is, until its town charter was revoked in 1871, and when it was finally ordered in 1880 to conform with DC’s street naming structure.Georgetown University Sketch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.


Dupont Circle Neighborhood

Dupont Circle DC Neighborhood

One of the more popular DC neighborhoods (among singles and otherwise) Dupont Circle is also known for being very accommodating for those looking for short commute times – served by a fleet of buses and the Washington Metro Red Line at the Dupont Circle Metro Station.

Socially, Dupont Circle has always been a strong hub for good eats, good drinks and good fun. From intense chess matches in circle center to debaucherous drag queen bingo, Dupont Circle has something for almost everyone who is open to new experiences and personalities.

Annual neighborhood events:
Capital Pride

Capital Pride is an annual LGBT pride festival held each June in Washington. As of 2007, the festival is the fourth-largest LGBT pride event in the United States, with over 200,000 people in attendance. The Capital Pride parade takes place annually on Saturday during the festival and travels through the streets of the neighborhood.

Geographically, Dupont Circle is a historic neighborhood district located in Northwest Washington, D.C. The famous traffic circle is located at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue,  New Hampshire Avenue, 19th Street and P St. The Dupont Circle neighborhood is bounded approximately by 15th Street to the east, 22nd Street to the west, M Street to the south, and Florida Avenue to the north.rowhouse neighborhood

Historically, the Strivers’ Section is a small residential area west of 16th Street, between Swann Street and Florida Avenue. The Strivers’ Section, named from a turn-of-the-century writer who described the district as “the Striver’s section, a community of Negro aristocracy”, was historically an enclave of upper-middle-class African Americans — often community leaders — in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area includes a row of houses on 17th Street owned by Frederick Douglass and occupied by his son.

The area, which was once considered an overlap of the Dupont Circle and Shaw neighborhoods, is today a historic district. Many of its buildings are the original Edwardian-era residences, along with several apartment and condominium buildings and a few small businesses.


Fraternally, the annual Dupont Circle High Heel Race, first held in 1985, takes place on the Tuesday before Halloween (October 31). For several hours before 9 p.m., more than 100 drag queens stroll up and down 17th Street, often referred to as “The Runway”. The race itself, which lasts about one minute, begins at 9:00 p.m. Spectators and participants begin the festivities hours earlier. The “racecourse” extends north from 17th and P Street NW up to Riggs Place, a distance of about two short blocks.

Architectually, the local rowhouses were primarily built prior to 1900 feature variations on the Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque revival styles. Rarer are the palatial mansions and large freestanding houses that line the broad, tree-lined diagonal avenues that intersect the circle. Many of these larger dwellings were built in the styles popular between 1895 and 1910.

Fun Fact: Dupont Circle used to have an underground market, housed in the underground tunnel used by the trolley cars of days gone by. There is talk of a revival of said commerce zone.


Columbia Heights Neighborhood

Columbia Heights DC Neighborhood

Columbia Heights.

Socially, the Columbia Heights neighborhood has a big mix of family and young professionals who want to live in DC but can’t necessarily afford the higher price tags that more prestigious neighborhoods are saddled with.

Geographically, Columbia Heights is centrally located in Ward 1 and borders Shaw, Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, and Petworth.

Historically, the Columbia Heights neighborhood was first developed from it’s previous use as farmland in the early 1900’s as a home for upper level government management, judges, and other significant civic figures.

Politically, the Columbia Heights neighborhood is represented by Jim Graham.

Fraternally, Columbia Heights has a eclectic mix of generic theme bars/restaurants and some more creative ones. The center of this neighborhood exists in the Target/Best Buy dominated mini-mall next to the Columbia Heights metro stop.

Fun Fact: Columbia Heights used to be known, as recently at 10 years ago, for its abundance of vacant homes.

Cleveland Park Neighborhood

Cleveland Park DC Neighborhood

Socially, Cleveland Park neighborhood is very family friendly and family oriented. For DC this is about as close to the suburbs as you’re going to get: organic food markets, easy dining, movie theaters, schools, greenery, library, toy stores, …. etc.

There are a fair number of bars as well, but they are all pretty concentrated on Connecticut Ave.

Geographically, Cleveland Park neighborhood is in central northwest DC.

Historically, Cleveland Park neighborhood has the most historic movie theater in all of DC, the colossal Uptown Theater.  Multigeneration Washingtonians know this theater as the place to see the blockbusters the way they were meant to be seen.

Politically, Ward:

Fraternally, Cleveland Park neighborhood keeps thing casual. Not a mecca for martinis but plenty of places to find a good pint.

Fun Fact: If Cleveland Park does indeed have a park, it is very hard to find.

DC Neighborhood Features

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.


Fraternally, this is a fantastic place to brunch.

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Anacostia Neighborhood

Anacostia Neighborhood DCAnacostia Neighborhood is worth taking a second look at.

Socially, Anacostia is getting better all the time. While it has and continues to be a dangerous neighborhood after dark, this DC neighborhood is becoming more mainstream.

Geographically, Anacostia is found adjacent to the Anacostia river.

Historically, has been a pretty dangerous place to live.



Fun Fact: Anacostia hosts the former St. Elizabeth’s mental institution.


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.

Adams Morgan map

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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DC Neighborhood Features

  • Popular (general)
  • Popular for Singles
  • Green Community
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