Most Desirable D.C Neighborhoods To Buy Your Next Home

As the old administration turns over and the new one comes in, the real estate market is affected.

By Archana Aithal Rose October 20, 2016
Photo courtesy of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

If you’re looking to move to a Washington, D.C neighborhood that checks off all the points on your wish list, you may have to look beyond Arlington, Capitol Hill, Besthada, Alexandria, Virginia, Georgetown and Maryland. Based on a data collected from top real estate agents in the District of Columbia, U.S News recently suggested a number of overlooked hoods offering reasonably priced homes right around the corner from D.C’s most flourishing areas. Here are some promising D.C neighborhoods that’ll match the hefts of your favorites.

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Alternatives to Capitol Hill

Kingman Park/Lily Ponds: On the far northeast corner of Capitol Hill, these areas have reasonably priced homes- $400,000 for a row house and $600,000 range for a renovated home. Lily Ponds, near the Anacostia River has seen a 50 percent rise on home prices in the last five years. The nearby Robert. F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium that’s up for redesign is expected to further boost local real estate prices.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb
Photo courtesy of Airbnb

Hillcrest: Offering the best views of the monuments and Capitol Hill, Hillcrest is often called D.C’s best-kept neighborhood secret. Located on the city’s eastern flank, with its flurry of Cape Cod, Tudor-style and brick colonial houses, a three-bedroom here sells for around half the price of its Capitol Hill counterparts.

Edgewood: Buyers see this Northeast District Of Columbia as an affordable alternative to Brookland, Eckington and Bloomingdale. Edgewood is close to all that these hoods offer: Brookland’s Red Line Metro, Monroe Street market, Bloomingdale’s restaurant scene and The Catholic University of America. Prices range from $330,000 for a three-bedroom, one bathroom row house to $808,000 for a four-bedroom, three-bathroom row house.

Close proximity to Downtown

Photo courtesy of True District
Photo courtesy of True District

Brightwood: Brightwood’s craftsman and bungalow-style homes compare to the ones in Takoma Park, Maryland, except much cheaper. There’s easy access to Takoma Park’s restaurants, Georgia Avenue’s booming retail scene and the Metro bus line.

Cheverly: This planned Maryland suburb has high diversity and an intimate community feel with access to the district through the Orange Line Metro. Cheverly features great parks, a community market, the Cheverly Swim & Racquet Club- something of a cultural institution. Houses in Cheverly are much like high-demand areas like Arlington, Virginia but at a smaller price tag- $500,000 for a basic brick colonial.

Great scores in Northern Virginia

Claremont: Neighboring Shirlington, Virginia’s busy commercial hub, Claremont has reasonably priced, older homes for under $500,000. According to neighborhoodscout, an astounding 4.8 % of the households here are same sex couples, which is an indicator that it’s a gay-friendly hood.

Pimmit Hills: A working-class neighborhood in Falls Church, VA, Pimmit Hills has affordable homes that sit on large lots, ideal for buyers who wish to flip properties. Residents are within easy reach of Tysons, grocery stores and a large shopping area, but surrounded by trees and with the feel of a small town.

Old Town Alexandria for less

Del Ray: If strong coffee’s your thing, then this charming neighborhood in Alexandria will impress you. Dominated by 1930s row houses, thrift stores and ample caffeine fixes, homes here cost $500,000, and condos for $600,000, except with a low cost of living. The Braddock Road Metro station that extends from Mt.Vernon Avenue- Del Ray’s main drag has become a hipster haunt.


Archana Aithal Rose

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Archana Aithal Rose

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Archana Aithal Rose

Archana Aithal Rose’s articles have appeared in The Times of India, CNNGo, Condé Nast Traveler and Vogue, covering such broad range of topics as fashion, art, travel, culture, celebrities, architecture and technology. In addition to writing, Archana's also known for her mad photography and cooking skills.

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