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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Downtown Neighborhood

Downtown DC NeighborhoodSocially, the Downtown DC neighborhood has an interesting mix of mostly homogenized government/financial/lawyer professionals with a smattering of tourists/convention goers who are out for a good time. While the coffee shops and smaller food venues become ghosted after 7pm, happy hour joints thrive until 10pm on a daily basis.old post office building dc

Geographically, downtown Washington is broadly considered to be anything north of Constitution Avenue NW, east of Rock Creek Park, south of M Street NW, and west of the U.S. Capitol. The area east of the Capitol and north of Massachusetts Avenue is sometimes called “Downtown East”. However, that geographical area includes as many as nine separate neighborhoods, including Foggy Bottom, West End, Penn Quarter, Mount Vernon Square, Chinatown, Sursum Corda, Judiciary Square, Swampoodle, and NoMa.Smithsonian Museum

Historically, downtown DC has always been more business district than neighborhood.

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Fraternally, the downtown area does serve as a fertile post-intermural-game-on-the-lawn party zone. Due to its proximity to the wide open green spaces that host many coed after-work sports leagues, bars like The Exchange accommodate a healthy environment for young professionals to make some bad decisions.

Fun Fact: Downtown DC has never been occupied by a foreign power.

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Chinatown Neighborhood

Chinatown Washington DC neighborhoodChinatown neighborhood has a very big value add for those who can afford to live there.

Socially, Chinatown has an ever present shot in the arm bestowed by its plentiful abundance of amped up bars, restaurants, movie theater and Verizon center. There are also a fair number of museum attractions (mostly pay) that are worth checking out.Chinatown neighborhood

Geographically, Chinatown neighborhood is downtown, a redline stop away from Judiciary Square.

Historically, Chinatown neighborhood was intended to be a cultural center for DC area Chinese.

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Fraternally, the DC Chinatown neighborhood provides the perfect ambient, white-noised background to forget about your existential worries.

Fun Fact: Chinatown is lovingly known by practically no one as DC’s Epcott center.

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Chevy Chase (DC) Neighborhood

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Socially, Chevy Chase neighborhood has a wide variety of entertainment and outdoor activities.

Geographically, Chevy Chase neighborhood extends along Wisconsin avenue from DC to Maryland and vice versa.

Historically, Chevy Chase neighborhood has had a lot of stories to tell.

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Fun Fact: Chevy Chase neighborhood was so-named as a veiled insult from a powerful DC family to Canadian borne actor Dan Aykroyd who had (at that time) vowed to erase said SNL cast members name from the history books. The two comedians have since made up and have been seen cordially eating together at the local Cheesecake Factory.

Catholic University Neighborhood

Catholic University

Socially, Catholic University neighborhood is safer than it used to be and therefore has encouraged more local social activities.

Geographically, Catholic University neighborhood is located by Catholic U.

Historically, Catholic University students lived in fear of stray bullets.

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Fraternally, Catholic University does have some fraternities.

Fun Fact: Catholic University has a law school.

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.

Fun Fact: No fun fact at this time. If you have a fun fact about Capitol Hill please submit to person@moxierentals.com

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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.

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

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American University Park Neighborhood

AU Park DC NeighborhoodAmerican University Park is a rather vanilla neighborhood profile and is definitely on the low-key relaxing side.  It features beautiful, well-manicured lawns and relatively friendly neighbors.

Landmarks include American University’s Washington College of Law, and the chancery of the diplomatic mission of Japan (neighborhood has traditionally been popular among diplomatic communities).

Schools: Janney Elementary School; Deal Middle School; Wilson High School; Georgetown Day School

Socially, Turtle Park, (officially known as Friendship Park) is the focus point of the family oriented community/ community oriented activities.  It includes a wonderful playground for children, a nice field and tennis courts.

 

Geographically, Tenleytown and Friendship Heights lie to the east, Embassy Park to the southeast, and Spring Valley—home to the university—to the southwest.

Architectually, This neighborhood is almost exclusively single-family homes with a variety of architectural styles are present.  Although one of Washington’s first tracts developed with the automobile in mind, the approximately 2800 homes are well-spaced, accommodating porches and/or stoops, but often lacking driveways, characteristic said to boosters and contributes to the community spirit.

Historically, American University Park neighborhood has been a meh place the Ford Taurus of DC.

Politically, AU Park neighborhood is part of Ward 3 and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E.

Fraternally, this neighborhood does not have a lot of social options with only a sparse smattering of restaurants and no bars unless you count happy hour at Chef Geoffs.

Fun Fact: AU actually has a pretty decent-sized venue for concerts. They actually had Nirvana play there, back in the day.

 

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