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Camden NoMa Rooftop in Washington, D.C.

Continuing our series of discovering the best places to live within the vibrant cities across the U.S., we have explored Washington, D.C., and compiled a guide of things to do, eat and visit within the trendiest neighborhoods in and around our nation’s capital.

We spent more than 45 hours conducting extensive research on D.C. apartments and looked at over 300 apartment complexes in the metro area, categorizing them by location and comparing size, layouts, pet policies, amenities and price. In addition to providing basic information about the buildings, such as year constructed, number of units available and average rent prices, we detailed the highlights of several neighborhoods including transportation options, future outlook and the best things to do. We also offered average rental prices in each neighborhood to make comparing easier.

While often thought of as transient, true locals know that D.C. has an underappreciated culture frequently overshadowed by blaring politics, and yet is finally coming into its own as a haven for young professionals. The numerous luxury buildings sprouting up around town confirm that this city is where people want to be, whether they work in Congress or coffee shops.

From water-view properties in Capitol Riverfront to luxury condos dotting the mural-filled streets of Adams Morgan, our team explored 17 of the D.C. area’s most popular neighborhoods. Whether you are a soon-to-be local or you just want a peek into the multidimensional communities of the nation’s capital, browse the Freshome renters guide to Washington D.C. apartments for the city’s best residential buildings in the most popular neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods Covered in this Guide to Washington D.C. Apartments:

Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan is made up of young professionals, new immigrants and artists, who create a very lively and refreshing energy. It is also one of the few neighborhoods in D.C. without a majority ethnic or racial group, making it a fantastic blend of cultures and traditions.

The neighborhood was once D.C.’s trendiest, but growth in this area has significantly slowed as new neighborhoods develop. Many residents have chosen housing a few blocks away from 18th Street due to the volume of activity and noise, especially late at night. The most popular places to live are located at Belmont, Kalorama and California streets between 18th and 19th.

What To Do

Adams Morgan’s diversity is especially evident in the variety of cuisine it offers, including Korean, Ethiopian and Latin American. Known for rooftop restaurants with spanning views (such as sushi favorite Perry’s), vibrant entertainment, colorful street art and quirky boutiques, Adams Morgan boasts the eccentricity that many locals crave.

While it’s notorious for its rowdy, late-night scene (and Jumbo Slice pizza), the neighborhood is walking distance from Rock Creek Park, which offers daytime adventurers various trails and woods to explore. Grab a specialty coffee at Tryst and walk 15 minutes to the National Zoo. Adams Morgan lives by its motto, reflected in the “Shop, Eat, Play” signs dotting the 18th Street corridor.

Transportation

Adams Morgan can feel isolated because it’s a 15-minute walk from the two closest metro stops: the Red Line (Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan) or Green Line (U Street/Cardozo). Parking can be tricky and limited. Taxis are convenient to hail, and there are multiple bus routes.

Adams Morgan Apartments

1-Bedroom Rental Price: Starting at $1,800

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1841 Columbia

1841 Columbia

1841 Columbia

  • Year Built: 1923
  • Number of Units: 116
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent:  $1,875-$2,529
  • Highlights: Located in the heart of the Kalorama district, 1841 Columbia’s ’20s-style interiors give residents stunning original hardwood flooring, crown molding and high ceilings, among community amenities such as a rooftop deck, a concierge and a central location to shops, restaurants and bars.  
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Dorchester West

Dorchester West

Dorchester West

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 117
  • Number of Layouts: 23
  • Rent: $1,799-$3,153
  • Highlights: These spacious, contemporary apartments are outfitted with features including floor-to-ceiling windows, stainless steel appliances, large closets and granite countertops. After shopping and socializing nearby, residents at Dorchester West enjoy time in the manicured courtyard or on the rooftop terrace.
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Dorchester House

Dorchester House

Dorchester House

  • Year Built: 1941
  • Number of Units: 397
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $1,540-$2,800
  • Highlights: Want to share an address with JFK? Once calling the Dorchester House home, this Art Deco Adams Morgan complex has been lavishly renovated to bridge history and luxury. Overlooking Meridian Hill Park, Dorchester House offers plenty of bright, open space both in-unit and on the community rooftop.

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Alexandria

Technically not a neighborhood, but an independent bustling city across the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, Alexandria is a popular place to live for young families and young professionals who work in the District but desire a quieter, more suburban life.

Still much higher than the national average, Alexandria offers more affordable rent than D.C., with similar perks of city living. Rents are, however, becoming comparable to the District, and the average is expected to go up as high-end buildings continue to be constructed. The city varies drastically in socio-economic level.

What To Do

While in Alexandria, the quintessential charm of Old Town can’t be missed; boutiques, top-notch restaurants, art galleries and small museums line the infamous King Street. Alexandria also offers abundant waterfront activities. Here, you can take a water taxi across the Potomac River for a visit to the National Harbor, where the Ferris wheel boasts incredible views of the District.

History buffs can take a day trip down the scenic George Washington Parkway to the Mount Vernon home of George Washington and take an audio tour of the preserved grounds. Alexandria offers activities for people of all ages and interests just outside the nation’s capital.

Transportation

Due to its suburban location, Alexandria is a drivable city with cheap, plentiful metered street parking. Once in Old Town, endearing cobblestone streets make the area very walkable. The closest metro stops are King Street-Old Town (which also serves as an Amtrak station) and Braddock Rd, both on the Yellow/Blue Line. Ronald Reagan National Airport is on the same line, or a short four-mile drive away.  

Alexandria Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,796

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Bell Del Ray

Bell Del Ray

Bell Del Ray

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 276
  • Rent: $1,927-$3,632
  • Highlights: With flexible lease terms and plenty of unit styles to choose from, Bell Del Ray makes it easy for residents to kick back and enjoy fabulous amenities, including three pools, a giant wellness center and an outdoor kitchen.
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Modera Tempo

Modera Tempo

Modera Tempo

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 492
  • Number of Layouts: 42
  • Rent: $1,595-$2,960
  • Highlights: Modera Tempo’s spacious and contemporary design makes it a popular place to call home, marked by tall ceilings and fine detailing. Community perks here include a pet spa, two pools, wine lockers and a large fitness studio.
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Post Carlyle Square

Post Carlyle Square

Post Carlyle Square

  • Year Built: 2007
  • Number of Units: 549
  • Rent: $1,605-$5,290
  • Highlights: Overlooking scenic Alexandria, Post Carlyle Square has plenty of modern amenities for residents, including two of each of these: pools, fitness centers, community rooms and courtyards. The units feature 9- to 11-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring and granite countertops throughout.

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Arlington

Arlington is another humming city of its own, located directly across the Key Bridge from D.C., in Northern Virginia. Clarendon, Ballston and Pentagon City/Crystal City are popular locations for those wanting the city feel of D.C. but more affordable rent.

While Arlington offers plenty of great restaurants, fitness centers and retail, the neighborhood is notorious for its heavy traffic and throngs of recent grads filling bars. The city has been a budget-friendly option for young professionals, but it is becoming comparable to certain neighborhoods in D.C. proper.

What To Do

Arlington has many options for food and drink, and the young professional looking to grab a good happy hour deal is never disappointed. Whitlows Rooftop offers drink and brunch options, and Bayou Bakery is a good place for a one-of-a-kind pastry. For Asian fusion with unique Burmese dishes, try Water and Wall. Aside from eating and drinking, be sure to take a day trip to explore the moving and scenic grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

Transportation

Arlington covers a large area and offers many Metro options from Rosslyn to Ballston-MU, all on the Orange Line and the newly constructed Silver Line. The Clarendon station (on the same lines) drops riders in the heart of the shopping, dining and social district. Pentagon City, on the Yellow and Blue Lines, accesses the southern side of Arlington for shoppers or Pentagon employees.

Arlington Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,782

Tellus

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 254
  • Number of Layouts: 22
  • Rent: $2,010-$4,020
  • Highlights: Built to bridge sustainability and luxury, Tellus offers environmentally friendly homes with details such as large walk-in closets and quartz countertops. The building embraces nature through elements like a large fireplace, on-site park and rooftop swimming pool, all available to community members.
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The View at Liberty Center

The View at Liberty Center

The View at Liberty Center

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 256
  • Number of Layouts: 24
  • Rent: $2,220-$3,920
  • Highlights: From the walls of windows in the apartments, you’ll quickly see why this 17-story high rise is called The View. Soak it in from the comfort of your own unit, or from the rooftop pool and lounge area, where movies are frequently played.
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The Millennium at Metropolitan Park

The Millennium at Metropolitan Park

The Millennium at Metropolitan Park

  • Year Built: 2009
  • Number of Units: 300
  • Number of Layouts: 100+
  • Rent: $1,765-$5,915
  • Highlights: Situated on the edge of massive Metropolitan Park, The Millennium is an excellent choice, from its contemporary interior design to the rooftop pool and spa. There are plenty of amenities here, including a guest suite, library and proximity to two major Metro stations.

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Bethesda

Bethesda is a town in Maryland just northwest of D.C. that is a hub for business, restaurants, boutiques and cafes. Its quick access to D.C., yet relatively lower rent, makes it an ideal destination for families working in the District yet wanting to take advantage of the highly rated Montgomery County public school system.

There are also many young professionals living and working here to escape the chaos of the city, but find the quick Metro ride into D.C. appealing. Several nonprofit, private-sector and government agencies are located in Bethesda, and it is close to the National Institutes of Health, so many employees make the surrounding single-family homes their residences.

Considered D.C.’s top suburb, Bethesda has very high real estate prices and upscale family-friendly neighborhoods. The apartment rentals increase in price close to Bethesda Row, and new luxury condos are being built in this area. Rent isn’t as expensive as in downtown D.C., but some newer buildings are comparable.

Things To Do

Bethesda Row is in the heart of downtown Bethesda and is walking distance to the Metro and all the amenities any small city can offer. Enjoy an independent film at Bethesda Row Cinema or a meal and wine flight at Grapeseed bistro and wine bar. A neighborhood known for the independent art galleries, Bethesda Art Walk features paintings, sculptures, photography and more on the free, self-guided gallery walk held the second Friday of every month.

Transportation

Bethesda has one Metro stop, Bethesda on the Red Line. Metered parking is available, but often difficult to find at peak hours. Check out the Mobile Now app for a hassle-free way to park.

Bethesda Apartments

1-Bedroom Rental Price Range: $1,650-$2,220

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Gallery Bethesda

Gallery Bethesda

Gallery Bethesda

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 234
  • Number of Layouts: 24
  • Rent: $1,797-$4,391
  • Highlights: With 9-foot ceilings and hardwood flooring, the Gallery provides its residents some of the best Bethesda offers. The rooftop view from the tallest apartment in town isn’t bad, either.

The Whitney

  • Year Built: 2003
  • Number of Units: 253
  • Rent: $2,044-$6,040
  • Highlights: This large complex offers a variety of housing options — villas, townhouses and apartments — all of which come with high-end finishes and well-thought-out details. Located centrally in historic Bethesda, it’s the perfect place for going out and staying in.
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Flats at Bethesda Avenue

Flats at Bethesda Avenue

Flats at Bethesda Avenue

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 162
  • Rent: $2,505-$5,915
  • Highlights: Every last detail has been thought out, and it shows in the design of these apartments. Impressive features such as built-in closet organization, under-cabinet lighting and hardwood flooring make these units special. A rooftop gourmet kitchen with demonstrations by local chefs is a fun perk.

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Capitol Riverfront

The Capitol Riverfront is D.C.’s newest neighborhood on the river, located five blocks from the U.S. Capitol and five from Barracks Row restaurant and retail district. Today, the Capitol Riverfront is leading the way in sustainable development from the environmentally conscious businesses, walkability and public parks being built. Mostly young professionals and young families are moving here for the affluent condos and apartments with rooftop river views.

This neighborhood is booming; as of August 2015, 3,000 residential units, including apartments and condos, existed or were under construction. There are plans for a 20-mile pedestrian/bicycle trail, providing views of the river and the city’s skyline. Additionally, The District plans to build four public parks and piers for boat docking, river access and recreation.

Things To Do

The Nationals Baseball Stadium is by far the most popular destination at the Riverfront. Renovated warehouses have created the Riverfront’s new district for restaurants, cafes and retail. For dinner and local beers, try Bluejacket Brewery or an after-dinner cone at Ice Cream Jubilee.

For those feeling adventurous, take a Flying Trapeze class near Yard Park. This area also offers live music on weekends, the monthly food-truck festival Truckeroo, outdoor movies and a splash park for kids.

Transportation

With a little bit of area knowledge, parking can be found, though it is not likely on Nats game days. The Green Line’s Navy Yard-Ballpark is the closest Metro stop, and there are plenty of cabs, car share services, and Capital Bikeshare stations available. Water taxi service runs between Georgetown, the Southwest Waterfront, the National Harbor and Alexandria to the ballpark on game days.

Capitol Riverfront Apartments

1-Bedroom Rental Price: Starting at $2,347

Onyx on First

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 266
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,728-$2,356
  • Highlights: The hip vibe of Onyx makes it a perfect home for those who like high-end design with a little bit of flair. Bright colors accent clean finishes and furnishings, such as granite countertops and sleek glass-tile kitchen backsplashes. There is plenty of outdoor space, including a rooftop pool, as well as 24-hour fitness and central location to Metro transit.  
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100 Capitol Yards

100 Capitol Yards

100 Capitol Yards

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 243
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent: $2,094-$3,112
  • Highlights: A luxurious apartment to call home in a spectacular location, 100 Capitol Yards gives residents designer finishes and impressive features such as large soaking tubs and French balconies. There are community spaces dedicated to business and pleasure alike, as well as fitness facilities and a rooftop pool and sundeck.
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Parc Riverside

Parc Riverside

Parc Riverside

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 287
  • Number of Layouts: 42
  • Rent: $1,790-$3,610
  • Highlights: This new complex boasts community features such as a lounge and coffee bar, a large fitness center with a yoga studio, and a rooftop pool/entertainment deck. The apartment interiors do not disappoint; recessed lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows make the modern design shine.   

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Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights has experienced a resurgence over the past few years through the development of big chain retailers, yet it still maintains its nonconformist edge. Expect to see half a dozen bikes shackled to the nearest pole or rack along its café- and mural-filled streets.

Use caution when walking alone at night, as this neighborhood is still processing its newfound popularity. Columbia Heights is rapidly changing as it continues to gentrify and expand the retail market, leading to the construction of luxury condos and increased foot traffic.

Things To Do

Urban and suburban companionably merge at the epicenter of the neighborhood. Multilevel stores steps from the Metro, such as Best Buy and Target, are paired with laid-back dive bars including The Wonderland Ballroom and Red Derby.

Off the main road, you’ll find historic row homes filled with groups of young people taking advantage of the cheaper rent and the abrasive, hip scene. This area is also a short walk to Meridian Hill Park, which is its own entity within the larger Rock Creek Parkfeaturing the largest cascading fountain in the country.

Transportation

The best Metro stop is the Columbia Heights station on the Green and Yellow lines. The main strip is well lit and walkable, and multiple bus routes are available, including the DC Circulator. Biking is also a very popular choice, and residents are able to access Capital Bikeshare stations every few blocks.

Columbia Heights Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,174

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Capitol View on 14th

Capitol View on 14th

Capitol View on 14th

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 255
  • Number of Layouts: 32
  • Rent: $2,104-$5,943
  • Highlights: At Capitol View on 14th, contemporary open kitchens may make you forget you’re in an apartment at all — not to mention the hardwood flooring and private balconies. Residents get their choice of community areas: there’s a rooftop pool, outdoor kitchen and lounge, and a 24-hour fitness center.

View 14

  • Year Built: 2010
  • Number of Units: 185
  • Number of Layouts: 35
  • Rent: $2,536
  • Highlights: Clean, European-style design resonates through the apartment, which boast hardwood flooring and stainless steel appliances. Amenities include two rooftop terraces, a huge fitness center and ground-floor retail. And with a 97 Walk Score, residents are never far from other dynamic neighborhoods, including Adams Morgan and Logan Circle.
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Park Triangle

Park Triangle

Park Triangle

  • Year Built: 2005
  • Number of Units: 117
  • Number of Layouts: 19
  • Rent: $1,967-$3,450
  • Highlights: Only half a block from the Columbia Heights Metro and across the street from major retail shopping, Park Triangle is just as convenient as it is comfortable. Apartments include granite countertops and stained concrete flooring, with some loft units available. The building hosts plenty of socials, mainly on the rooftop terrace.

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Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown

This densely packed neighborhood includes D.C.’s most iconic landmarks: The White House, National Mall, monuments and Smithsonian museums. It is the business center of the city, filled with tourists, Capitol Hill staffers, nonprofits, private sector companies and government agencies.

The height restriction of buildings and the breathtaking 18th-century architecture makes strolling the downtown area enjoyable. Chinatown and Penn Quarter host some of the best restaurants in the city, with the Verizon Center being the main attraction for big-name concerts, Capitals hockey and Wizards basketball.

Penn Quarter and Chinatown offer luxury apartment buildings in the heart of the city, which is often desirable for those who work downtown. While this area is touristy, it has a vibrancy that is ever-appealing to the high-energy local. Residents here can expect a lot of construction over the next few years as this area is increasingly expanding.

Things To Do

Though Downtown is mostly businesses, a visitor to this neighborhood is steps away from the National Mall, which offers the most famous (and free!) museums in the world. The monuments are even more incredible at night, and no one is a true Washingtonian until they’ve seen the sunset at the Lincoln Memorial.

It isn’t uncommon to encounter a political protest while wandering Constitution Avenue, and for those working 9 to 5, a lunch break well spent is visiting one of the many food trucks that line the parks of Golden Triangle and Franklin Square.

Social sports teams are very popular; recruits can play kickball, softball, sand volleyball, flag football and even bocce ball under the Capitol dome.  

Penn Quarter is occupied by award-winning restaurants including Rasika, which serves modern Indian cuisine (make reservations!), and one of Jose Andres’s latest creations, Oyamel.

Chinatown, although not much of a home for Chinese immigrants anymore, still has the best Asian fare in the city. Ramen shop Daikaya is a staple for those living in the neighborhood, and Pho D.C. might be the best hangover cure in town, though it’s great any other time, too. Chinatown not only claims ethnic food, but also American bistros and sidewalk cafes. Shopping in this neighborhood is ideal for the trusty chain or department store finds as well.

Transportation

There are many metro options, depending what part of the neighborhood you need access to. For the touristy/business district, use Farragut North on the Red Line; Farragut West on the Orange/Silver/Blue Lines; McPherson Square on the Orange Line; Metro Center on the Red/Orange/Silver/Blue Lines; or Federal Triangle on the Orange/Silver/Blue Lines.

For Chinatown, use Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro on the Green/Yellow/Red Lines or Judiciary Square on the Red Line. For Penn Quarter, use Archives- Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro on the Green/Yellow Lines or Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro on the Green/Yellow/Red Lines. For the National Mall, use Smithsonian Metro on the Orange/Silver/Blue Lines or Archives- Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro on the Green/Yellow Lines.

There are abundant bus routes, bike lanes and Capital Bikeshare docks here. This area is very fast-paced, but a beautiful walk. Driving is an audacious endeavor with D.C’s notoriously aggressive drivers, crowded streets and very limited metered parking options.

Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price$2,700

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Apartments at City Center

Apartments at City Center

Apartments at City Center

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 448
  • Number of Layouts: 35
  • Rent: $2,141-$7,222
  • Highlights: The white interiors at City Center make it timelessly modern and stylish, and floor-to-ceiling windows make the space even brighter. The amenities here are second to none; they include a two-story fitness center, an outdoor pool and a rooftop sundeck with a kitchen and plenty of space for dogs.
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The Woodward

The Woodward

The Woodward

  • Year Built: 1911 (renovated 2007)
  • Number of Units: 189
  • Number of Layouts: 28
  • Rent: $2,200-$5,300
  • Highlights: Though the beautiful brick-laid Beaux-Arts Building is more than 100 years old, these premier apartments have been tastefully updated to reflect the modern resident. A rooftop lounge offers some incredible views of the monuments. There are plenty of other services to keep residents busy, including a penthouse clubroom, fitness studio and interior courtyard.

Newseum Residences

  • Year Built: 2007
  • Number of Units: 135
  • Rent: $2,029-$8,055
  • Highlights: This ultramodern glass building stands tall in Penn Quarter, close to the Capitol, White House and Smithsonian museums. And even if sightseeing isn’t on the agenda, the view from the rooftop deck is not to be missed. Residents will love the spa-like baths and professional kitchens. This building also is home to The Source, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant.  

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Dupont Circle

The center of D.C.’s vivacious young professional scene, Dupont Circle is a hot spot for weekend brunches, happy hour deals, trendsetting boutiques and niche galleries. This neighborhood boasts more long-term residents than government transplants, making it unique in the often-transient city.

While Dupont still has the buzzing energy that once made it legendary among young people, the activity has shifted toward rapidly developing neighborhoods like U Street, Columbia Heights and the Capitol Riverfront. However, Dupont Circle’s central location and exciting restaurant scene will keep the neighborhood alive for a long time.

Things To Do

While navigating the traffic circle at the center of the neighborhood is advisable for only the most daring drivers, its park is perfect for an afternoon of reading in the sun or an impromptu game of chess. Weekends in Dupont are for bottomless brunch and drag shows at Level One, while every other day is designated for the post-work, best happy hour in the city at Front Page.

If weather permits, drop by for Yoga in the Park. For rainy-day entertainment, relish in the games of your childhood (think Hungry Hungry Hippo and Operation) while enjoying drink specials at the Board Room. And, though it isn’t free like most museums in D.C., The Phillips is a favorite gallery among locals, hosting events such as Phillips After 5.

Transportation

The most convenient Metro stop is Dupont Circle on the Red Line. Biking is a popular option, and there are multiple bus routes, but parking is very limited.

Dupont Circle Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,247

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Westpark Apartments

Westpark Apartments

The Westpark Apartments

  • Year Built: 1975
  • Number of Units: 250
  • Number of Layouts: 16
  • Rent: $1,625-$4,200
  • Highlights: The perfect combination of modern and comfortable design, residents at the Westpark enjoy sleek and spacious layouts; most units have balconies. There is plenty of space on the rooftop deck (which also has a pool), and the Dupont Circle Metro is less than three blocks away.
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Bristol House

Bristol House

The Bristol House

  • Year Built: 1963 (renovated 1988)
  • Number of Units: 163
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: $1,699-$3,499
  • Highlights: In the heart of Dupont Circle, the Bristol House gives residents the keys to rich-looking kitchens and baths and sunny interior spaces. The floors are hardwood and the ceilings are high, giving these units plenty of original character and comfort. There is also a rooftop, dry-cleaning services and a ZipCar close to the property.

The Bond

  • Year Built: 1929 (renovated 2013)
  • Number of Units: 83
  • Rent: $1,975-$3,500
  • Highlights: The white European kitchens take center stage in these luxury apartments, but there is plenty else that is not to be missed. Beautiful white oak flooring, smartphone-enabled Nest thermostats and video intercoms take The Bond to the next level, as well as community features including fitness and concierge services.  

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Foggy Bottom

This neighborhood is home to George Washington University, where dorms, academic buildings and hidden courtyards are scattered among the blocks. Its proximity to the National Mall and the affluent Georgetown neighborhood makes it an ideal location for families and professionals. Along with Downtown, Foggy Bottom is a favorite of the white-collar working community.

With George Washington University financially flourishing (ranking 40th in the most expensive universities in the country) along with the D.C. job market, Foggy Bottom remains a relevant neighborhood for working professionals. For a more diverse and contemporary scene, locals mainly look to neighborhoods east of Foggy Bottom to call home.

Things To Do

Though this neighborhood caters mostly to the students and businesses it serves, a handful of restaurants and bars are popular among residents, such as the farm-to-table Founding Farmers and Teddy and the Bully Bar for craft cocktails.

Another option is to hop the circulator to the Georgetown Waterfront (as there is no Metro in Georgetown) for riverfront dining or wintertime ice skating. For a culture-infused evening, see a show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Transportation

Traffic in this neighborhood is particularly bad, especially during rush hour, so using the Circulator bus system or the Metro are the best options. The closest metro is the Foggy Bottom-GWU stop on the Orange/Silver/Blue Line.

Foggy Bottom Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,432

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Residences on the Avenue

Residences on the Avenue

Residences on the Avenue

  • Year Built: 2011
  • Number of Units: 335
  • Rent: $2,836-$9,850
  • Highlights: From the high-end culinary kitchens to the luxurious bathrooms, the interiors at The Avenue give residents a comfortable and elegant space to call home. The amenities are many, but a spectacular rooftop pool tops the list. Aside from proximity to the best of Foggy Bottom, ground-floor retail including Whole Foods and several restaurants gives residents quick access to whatever they need.
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West End Residences

West End Residences

West End Residences

  • Year Built: 2002
  • Number of Units: 84
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $2,505-$4,120
  • Highlights: Residents have plenty of room to spread out in these apartment homes, complete with hardwood flooring, balconies and fireplaces. There is also a courtyard and grill, fitness center and business center. Pets are welcome here.
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2401 Penn Ave

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue Residences

  • Year Built: 1991
  • Number of Units: 40
  • Number of Layouts: 10
  • Rent: $3,206-$5,453
  • Highlights: Residents here may feel more like they are living in a luxury hotel, given the ornate dark-wood cabinets, French-door balconies, wood-burning fireplaces and chef’s kitchens. If that isn’t enough, there’s also a rooftop terrace and a Starbucks in the building. And since the building has only 40 units, you might feel like you have the place all to yourself.

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H Street Corridor

While some D.C. residents find H Street to be an isolated neighborhood, its closeness to Union Station and Capitol Hill paired with a vast array of new apartment buildings, industry and unique venues make it an ideal location for new residents.

This neighborhood is rapidly changing with construction of housing, transit, and retail. Caution is recommended at night, as some of the surrounding blocks have a higher rate of petty theft and robbery on the dimmer side streets. This is drastically changing, thanks to the new buildings and a coalition of young families and longtime residents working to make safety a priority.

Things To Do

H Street never lacks activities for those who call it home. Ever have the desire to play mini-golf among past presidents? H Street Country Club offers indoor D.C.-themed Putt-Putt on the second floor, accompanied by a diverse Mexican menu and fully stocked bar. For more genuine ethnic fare, check out the always packed Ethiopic.

To hear a live local band, drink beer on the roof or participate in an adults-only spelling bee, Rock and Roll Hotel is a one-stop shop. For a mental workout, swing by Argonaut for its black bean soup and science themed trivia night, or Biergarten Haus for traditional trivia and prizes. The annual H Street Festival includes vendors, food stalls, artisans and music, bringing together the entire community.

Transportation

The H Street Corridor is footsteps from Union Station, which offers the closest Metro stop. Amtrak, a Marc train, bus routes and Capital Bikeshare are also here, along with an eatery and three floors of shops. The city has also recently invested in a trolley system that will take passengers along H Street Corridor.

H Street Corridor Apartments

1-Bedroom Rental Price Range: $2,200-$2,800

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Station House

Station House

Station House

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 377
  • Number of Layouts: 25
  • Rent: $1,920-$6,055
  • Highlights: New on the block, the Station House is quite the accommodation. Finishes on apartment interiors include spa-inspired bathrooms, hickory flooring and chalkboard accent walls. The resort-style pool can be found on the rooftop, while a massive fitness center is within. There’s also a top-of-the-line chef’s demonstration kitchen.
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Senate Square

Senate Square

Senate Square

  • Year Built: 2007
  • Number of Units: 432
  • Number of Layouts: 54
  • Rent: $1,893-$3,969
  • Highlights: Several years after construction, Senate Square rivals the beauty of the newest D.C. architecture. The oversized windows give the spaces a classic style and lots of light, while granite countertops and Grohe fixtures add elements of luxury. On the roof there’s a pool and dog park, while below you’ll find a movie theater, business center and workout facilities.
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360H Street

360 H Street

360 H Street

  • Year Built/Renovated: 2012
  • Number of Units: 215
  • Number of Layouts: 31
  • Rent: $1,940-$3,336
  • Highlights: Residents here can enjoy access to all the neighborhood has to offer, as well as building amenities such as a landscaped courtyard, rooftop lounge, large fitness center and full-service grocery store. Interiors include gourmet kitchens and hardwood flooring in a wide variety of layouts and finishes.

Logan Circle/14th Street

Logan Circle and 14th Street make up the busiest dining scene in The District. It’s impossible to walk along this street without being drawn into creative window displays or eye-catching brasseries. Full of dynamism and attitude, the Logan Circle neighborhood impresses at all times of the day and night.

This area is becoming increasingly desirable due to the stunning row houses, newly built apartments and proximity to D.C.’s most thriving restaurant nucleus; 14th Street is the perpetual goal for the young professional. The recent addition of Trader Joe’s brings yoga-pants-clad regulars from the other side of town, creating lines out the door.

Things To Do

Fourteenth Street is a haven for young people looking for the newest exclusive restaurant, a vintage boutique or a trendy consignment furniture storeChurch Key is here, the most well-known beer establishment in the city. Barcelona’s half-price-wine night can be enjoyed year-round, as the patio provides heat lamps and a wood-burning fireplace. 

The Black Cat features intimate music performances from big-name artists (recently, the Foo Fighters) to local indie bands looking to make their big break. This street offers every kind of cuisine, from Costa Rican (Tico) to Vietnamese fusion (Doi Moi) to fresh seafood (Pearl Dive Oyster Bar). The density of establishments along the short city blocks overstimulates the senses in the most satisfying way.  

Transportation

Paid street parking is slightly more available here than in other neighborhoods, and there are numerous cabs, car shares and Capital Bikeshare options. There are several Metro stops nearby, but none in the neighborhood itself, which doesn’t stop committed patrons from a night on the town.

Logan Circle/14th Street Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,274

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Post Mass Ave

Post Mass Ave

Post Massachussets Ave

  • Year Built: 2002
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: $1,890-$7,750
  • Highlights: Apartments ranging from studios to three bedrooms come finished with hardwood flooring and granite countertops, with balconies in select units. All residents can get a breath of fresh air from the rooftop pool and grilling area, or catch their breath in the 24-hour fitness center.

Latrobe Apartments

  • Year Built: 1980
  • Number of Units: 175
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: $2,008-$3,449
  • Highlights: Situated between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle, this building has been immaculately maintained, featuring charming hardwood floors and crown molding. In addition to a rooftop pool and outdoor lounge, residents here have access to a fitness center, valet dry cleaning and full concierge services.
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1301 Thomas Circle

1301 Thomas Circle

1301 Thomas Circle

  • Year Built: 2006
  • Number of Units: 292
  • Number of Layouts: 27
  • Rent: $2,338-$3,761
  • Highlights: These units have large kitchens with plenty of workspace, as well as cozy fireplaces and open layouts. Residents here can swim laps on the rooftop or relax by the courtyard fountain. And when it’s time to get out and explore, the National Mall is just four blocks away.  

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Mount Vernon Square

Mount Vernon Square features the newly renovated Walter E. Washington Convention Center, hosting national events all year. The newly finished Marriott Marquis hotel adds to the magnitude of the area. Directly adjacent from Mount Vernon Square, the recently developed CityCenterDC aims to be the innovative heart of the nation’s capital in the next few years. With designer shopping, modern apartments and elite dining, CityCenterDC isn’t far from reaching that goal.  

Because of its proximity to connecting streets such as New York and Massachusetts avenue, this neighborhood is a logical location to create industry. Expect a lot of construction and traffic surrounding the area as new infrastructure is developed. Also, CityCenterDC’s entire development plan has received LEED Gold certification for Neighborhood Development, contributing to D.C.’s movement for a more sustainable city.

Things To Do

If you’re not in the neighborhood for a convention or business meeting, there are a handful of often-overlooked places to explore. One is the Carnegie Library, which offers magnificent architecture and a 200-year history.

CityCenterDC encompasses three pedestrian blocks including a park and plaza. Designer retailers such as Hermes occupy every other storefront, and multicourse restaurant including Del Campo are not difficult to find. For the more frugal consumer, Cuba Libre offers affordable happy hour and late-night salsa dancing.

Transportation

The two most convenient metro stops are Mount Vernon Square-7th Street-Convention Center on the Green and Yellow lines and Metro Center on the Red, Orange, Silver and Blue lines. Walking this neighborhood is a breeze, and there is a surprising amount of metered street parking.

Mount Vernon Square Apartments

1-Bedroom Rental Price: Starting at $2,849

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The Cambridge Apartments

The Cambridge Apartments

The Cambridge Apartments

  • Year Built: 1964
  • Number of Units: 231
  • Number of Layouts: 7
  • Rent: $1,725-$2,250
  • Highlights: Beautiful wood flooring and oversized windows keep these Thomas Circle apartments looking fresh and modern. The bathrooms and kitchens were recently updated, and community members can access 24-hour fitness facilities and a rooftop pool with skyline views.  
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M Street Towers

M Street Towers

M Street Towers

  • Year Built: 1965 (renovated 2000)
  • Number of Units: 124
  • Number of Layouts: 11
  • Rent: Starting at $1,775
  • Highlights: Renovated to bring a contemporary look to these apartments, M Street Towers units are bright and in fabulous condition. Maple cabinetry, granite countertops and hardwood flooring make these homes stand out, and the location is steps from bustling Logan Circle.

Belvedere

  • Year Built: 1927
  • Number of Units: 112
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,464-$3,230
  • Highlights: Along historic Massachusetts Avenue, the Belvedere offers residents beautiful hardwood flooring and spacious layouts in the vicinity of some of the District’s best shops, restaurants,and sightseeing. Many units also have excellent views of the city.

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Mount Vernon Triangle

Mount Vernon Triangle is a renewed neighborhood, transforming a former industrial area into a strong urban community and fostering a healthy work-life balance among diverse millennials. This neighborhood allows residents to live downtown relatively affordably while enjoying trendy retail development and the convenience of bountiful public transit.

As Mount Vernon Triangle grows to meet the demand of residents, don’t let the eye sore of continuous construction discourage, as MVT creates beauty out of construction through engaging the community in group mural painting and public art.

Things To Do

Mount Vernon Triangle is quickly becoming one of the District’s most desirable neighborhoods for young professionals. It is close to Downtown, but also a bus stop away from growing areas including H Street and the Capitol Riverfront. Many apartments are built above shops and restaurants, enabling residents to frequent spots such as the new L’hommage café or Sixth Engine

Busboys and Poets is a staple for a tasty brunch accompanied by a poetry slam or perusing the in-house bookstore. The chef of a neighborhood favorite, Silo, proved his skills by beating Bobby Flay on the Food Network, giving locals more reason to visit the locally sourced restaurant.

If dining, arts and shopping aren’t appealing, residents have the option to sun themselves on the rooftop pools of the many luxury apartment buildings. Another unique feature of the MVT neighborhood is its push to encourage residents to volunteer within the community; it offers several options for getting involved.

Transportation

The closest metro stops are Judiciary SquareGallery Place-Chinatown, Union Station and Mount Vernon Square-7th Street-Convention Center. The Circulator is a convenient option, and Capital Bikeshare has three docks in a three-block radius.

Mount Vernon Triangle Apartments

1-Bedroom Rental Price Range: $2,300-$2,500

Lyric 440K Apartments

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 233
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent: $2,053-$3,790
  • Highlights: Residents at Lyric 440K live lavishly, with full walls of windows and high-end finishes throughout the gourmet kitchens and Porcelanosa tile bathroom. Here you will find services like pet walking and ZipCars. And while rooftop pools are not uncommon in this city and price range, Lyric’s two-tier infinity pool is one that stands out.

Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 783
  • Number of Layouts: 66
  • Rent: $1,863
  • Highlights: Blending contemporary design and comfort, Meridian provides residents with finishes such as hardwood flooring and granite countertops. Some units have ceilings up to 10 feet and glass-enclosed sunrooms, and all have access to amenities such as a rooftop pool, club rooms and a large fitness center.

425 Mass Apartments

  • Year Built: 2009
  • Number of Units: 559
  • Number of Layouts: 60
  • Rent (average): $3,065
  • Highlights:  One stunning feature at 425 Mass is the expansive window walls and the views they offer, but residents also love the kitchen islands, built-in bookshelves and hardwood flooring. The community boasts two swimming pools on the rooftop, which is the largest resident rooftop in the District.

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NoMa

NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) is one of the fastest-growing areas of the District, offering convenient luxury living a few blocks from the Capitol and Union Station. NoMa is home to more than 3,900 new apartments, and more than 40,000 people work in the neighborhood each day.

A few blocks are home to young families whose parents work on the Hill, but NoMa’s main residents are young professionals and students. The area is home to Gallaudet University, which specializes in education for the deaf, and NoMa is where the majority of students spend time.

Over the past few years, developers have invested more than $5 billion into NoMa. There are plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of additional residential, hotel, office, retail, parks and public spaces.

Things To Do

NoMa has a little bit of everything, including restaurants, DC’s largest Harris Teeter grocery store and more than 50 free community events a year, including outdoor movies and food trucks in the summer. Many private-sector organizations and several media outlets, including NPR, CNN and SiriusXM Radio, have offices in NoMa.

Capturing the flavor of the neighborhood, the new Wunder Garten outdoor brewery offers free bike-repair training and overnight camping-trip planning. NoMa is less than a 10-minute walk from Union Market, a daily marketplace featuring artisans, restaurants, a small independent movie theater and events.  

Transportation

One of the most bike-friendly neighborhoods in the city, abundant bike lanes make using the Capital Bikeshare ideal. NoMa’s closest Metro station is on the Red Line, NoMa-Gallaudet U. MARC and Amtrak trains are a few blocks away at Union Station, and there are 13 bus lines.

NoMa Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,892

Elevation at Washington Gateway

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 398
  • Number of Layouts: 16
  • Rent: $1,901-$3,230
  • Highlights: With some of the best views in Washington, Elevation gives residents plenty of chances to soak in the scenery, whether from the 9-foot floor-to-ceiling windows or the rooftop pool deck. The modern units were designed to complement the coolness of the views they frame.

Flats 130 at Constitution Square

  • Year Built: 2010
  • Number of Units: 643
  • Rent: $1,866-$3,441
  • Highlights: With plenty of green space and bright lighting, the Flats at 130 Constitution Square make no compromise on design for sustainability. There are plenty of entertainment features here, from club rooms to extensive outdoor space to swim and lounge. Both ZipCar and Bikeshare are on site, and the NoMa Metro station is nearby.

2M Street

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 314
  • Number of Layouts: 19
  • Rent: $1,550-$2,815
  • Highlights: These new apartments near the NoMa Metro station boast not only a pool, rooftop, gym and dog park, but also a private theater and indoor basketball court. If that isn’t enough, the units’ airy interiors are good reason to make this your NoMa home.

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Silver Spring

Silver Spring is technically in Maryland, but this D.C. suburb has a funkier edge than the others. It offers families and young professionals more affordable access to the perks of a big city. Located in Montgomery County, the neighborhood comprises mostly single-family homes and residential housing, leading to sustainably conscious luxury condos in the downtown area.

As of August 2015, 49 buildings were designated as condos, rental units and townhomes, most of them in downtown Silver Spring. Rent prices remain cheaper than any other neighborhood in D.C. or the surrounding suburbs, making it an ideal location for those working in The District but unable to afford its ever-rising rent prices.

The cost of living varies widely in Silver Spring, which has single-family homes, apartments and townhomes covering miles of neighborhood. Downtown Silver Spring is where most District-dwelling people prefer to live; the cost of living in apartments in that area is significantly cheaper, but it’s difficult to find an average since the buildings vary so drastically.

Things To Do

For a less suburban scene, downtown Silver Spring is the place to be. Spend a sunny afternoon at Denizens Brewing Company, or a music-filled evening at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Rife with cultural gems, this neighborhood is home to restaurants such as Negril Jamaican Eatery, which brings foodies together for its renowned jerk chicken.

Transportation

The best option for the Metro is the end of the Red Line at Silver Spring. Parking, biking and walking are all easy options.

Silver Spring Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,545

Solaire Silver Spring

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 295
  • Rent: $1,610-$3,705
  • Highlights: The bathrooms are luxurious, the closets are large and the kitchen is professional grade. Pair that with community amenities including a fitness center, concierge services and a rooftop fit for swimming, grilling and relaxing, and you have the ultimate Silver Springs home.

Eleven55 Ripley

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 379
  • Rent: $1,490-$3,025
  • Highlights: Whether you’re spending time with other residents in the 3,000-square-foot club room, at the rooftop pool or watching a movie in the theater, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy at Eleven55. These apartments come with granite countertops and solid wood cabinets, with panoramic views of D.C.

The Blairs

  • Year Built: 1968
  • Number of Units: 1,397
  • Rent: $1,355-$3,425
  • Highlights: Leading the city in eco-conscious design, The Blairs offers some of the greenest living in D.C. without compromising high-end design and modern amenities. Its complimentary Lifestyles Program offers yoga, running groups and plenty of social hours.

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Shaw

Nestled between the prominent neighborhoods of U Street and Logan Circle, Shaw is starting to develop a distinct identity of its own. Sometimes referred to as U Street, Shaw has recently redefined its individuality as new apartment buildings, shops, hotels and restaurants open. Historically African American, there has been an influx of Ethiopian immigrants who offer truly authentic restaurants.

Slightly controversial gentrification over the past five to 10 years has transformed the neighborhood into an upscale retail hub. Shaw’s proximity to the Washington Convention Center and Florida Avenue makes the neighborhood centralized. Several historic buildings are being simultaneously preserved and renovated by leaving the façade of the building intact and modernizing the remains.

Things To Do

Shaw has burst into a merchant/dining epicenter equipped with pet specialty stores, swanky restaurants and emerging art galleries. There is a new Giant Foods next to refined condos, renovated row homes and frozen yogurt shops.

A trip down Blagden Alley to experience the 24-course meal at Rogue 24 shouldn’t be missed, and for elegance without the expense, Thally is a great option. Shaw has a wide spectrum of selections for thirsty clientele, including places such as Dacha Beer Garden, which is perfect on a warm summer evening.

Transportation

Shaw is relatively small and paid parking is easy to find, so driving, walking, biking and Metro are all good options to get in and out of (and around) the neighborhood. The two closest Metro stations are both on the Green and Yellow Lines: Shaw-Howard U and Mount Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center.

Shaw Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,538

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City Market at O

City Market at O Street

City Market at O Street

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 400
  • Number of Layouts: 17
  • Rent: $2,042-$5,093
  • Highlights: Stylized kitchens feature white-lacquer upper cabinets and either white or dark distressed wood lower cabinets and granite countertops. Amenities include a gym and spa, a rooftop terrace, lounge areas and a wide variety of services to keep your dog just as happy.
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Jefferson Marketplace

Jefferson Marketplace

Jefferson Marketplace

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 281
  • Number of Layouts: 21
  • Rent:  $1,960-$3,955
  • Highlights: Rich interiors with white granite countertops and dark-finished cabinetry put these spacious apartments at the top of our list. The outdoor spaces are impressive, including a rooftop pool, private courtyards with a bar and pub, and a large outdoor mezzanine on the seventh floor that has everything residents need to entertain themselves and friends.

7th Flats

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 205
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: $1,770-$3,405
  • Highlights: Window walls and kitchen islands with granite countertops are a couple of examples of excellent design. There is a wide variety of community resident perks, and with the U Street Metro station next door residents here don’t have to go far to get anywhere — which is good, because they may not want to leave.

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U Street

Once the creative home of The District (and Duke Ellington), U Street has a rich history that has flourished with avant-garde life. The neighborhood hosts predominantly young professionals, Howard University students, bohemian residents and families who have lived in their historic homes for generations.

As with most D.C. neighborhoods, rent is always increasing. Around U Street multiple buildings are going up for housing, offices and retail, so continuous construction is to be expected. The most popular housing options are in the micro-neighborhoods. Here you’ll find mostly row homes, where rent is often more affordable; however, this is changing with buildings being constructed closer to the main street.

Things To Do

U Street is the premier “going out” district. In one night on U Street, a visitor could have dinner at local brewery Right Proper, catch a show at the historic Howard Theater, dance to a DJ at underground U Street Music Hall and finish the night at the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Other options: Sip a boozy milkshake with co-workers at Satellite Room; listen to live music at the famous 9:30 Club; hang on the roof of popular LGBT sports bar Nellie’s; or dine at one of the many Caribbean-infused soul food restaurants. All are within a one-block radius.

 

Transportation

U Street has high walkability, and the closest Metro stop is the Green/Yellow Line U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo. There is little parking, but buses are accessible. A common alternative is the Capital Bikeshare, with multiple docks dispersed throughout the neighborhood.

U Street Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,139

The Louis

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 268
  • Number of Layouts: 67
  • Rent: $1,862-$5,623
  • Highlights: An impressive addition to the U Street Corridor, The Louis is the epitome of modern luxury design. High-end finishes such as natural wood floors, stainless appliances and designer finishes pair with community features including an expansive rooftop, pool, fitness center and guest room. A Trader Joe’s is part of the retail space on the first floor.

District

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 125
  • Number of Layouts: 45
  • Rent: $2,218-$3,884
  • Highlights: Located amid the shops, restaurants and bars of Logan Circle and U Street, District’s sleek design makes it an excellent choice for those seeking both location and amenities. Floor-to-ceiling windows brighten European-style interior design and custom cabinetry, as well as views of the lush surrounding neighborhood. Or enjoy panoramic views of D.C. from the rooftop terrace.

14W

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 231
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: $2,305-$4,745
  • Highlights: The contemporary finishes such as European wide-plank flooring and espresso cabinets at 14W offer a warm and classy atmosphere. Community offerings include membership to an adjoining YMCA, free fitness classes, retail restaurants and an on-site ZipCar. A 98 Walk Score means there is plenty to see right outside the front door.

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