Real Estate for Downtown D.C.
Downtown Real Estate
Guide to Downtown
Are you attracted to attractions? Located close to the heart of the nation’s capital, Downtown DC is filled with countless museums, delicious restaurants, thriving businesses and numerous galleries. Just steps from the White House, Downtown is primarily a commercial district, though people looking to live here will be able to find a few housing options.
Central Business District
Downtown DC is a central business district in the northwest quadrant of the city, extending approximately five to six blocks west, northwest, north and northeast of the White House. As listed on our website, the Downtown neighborhood is bordered by M Street to the north, 9th Street to the east, Pennsylvania Avenue and New York Avenue to the south and New Hampshire Avenue to the west.
There is a limited selection when it comes to housing in the Downtown area, because it is mostly made up of commercial buildings and landmarks. Those who do call the neighborhood home live within a few different condominiums. Due to scarcity these can be a bit more expensive, but the price tag is often worth it for the panoramic views that are offered of the nations monuments and capital.
Preserving a Low Skyline
Unlike other major cities in the United States, DC has a low skyline due to height restrictions on buildings. Amended in 1910, the Height of Buildings Act says buildings in DC cannot stand over 130 feet tall. With the advent of the skyscraper in city architecture and the construction of the Cairo Hotel, DC’s tallest residential building, residents feared the city would lose its European feel. Because of this, Congress passed the original act limiting building height in 1899.
Getting around in Downtown is easy! Downtown Washington embodies something its residents love—pedestrian friendly streets. With a walk score of 96, there isn’t much you can’t enjoy about the great downtown neighborhood without a car. However, while there are many things within walking distance, the neighborhood also has three metro stops—the Farragut North station, Farragut West and McPherson Square. Many bus lines also run through the area to take you all over the city.
Well-Known Favorites and Hidden Gems
There are tons of things to do Downtown, especially when it comes to eating! A longtime local fixture and tourist favorite is Old Ebbitt Grill, located right around the corner from the White House. A popular stop for many presidents such as Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt, you will definitely get a presidential experience dining at the mahogany and velvet booths and bars set in brass and beveled brass.
A lesser-known destination—literally hidden underground—is the Havana Café, located between N 19th Street and N 18th Street. Serving authentic Cuban food such as rotisserie chicken, masitas (fried pork) and spicy chicken, people who actually know about this hidden gem cannot stop raving about it. For a restaurant in Downtown, it is reasonably priced, with meals available for under 10 dollars.
Other great places in the Downtown neighborhood include Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse, Brasserie Beck, offering pricey but delicious brunch and the Oceanaire Seafood Room, featuring an oyster bar.
A popular tourist destination, there are many hotels Downtown for travelers to choose from, including the Mayflower Renaissance on Connecticut Ave, Capital Hilton on 16th Street and Crowne Plaza the Hamilton on 14th Street.
Lots to Explore
A few blocks from the White House, the National Geographic Museum is just one of the many attractions in the Downtown area. With exhibits such as the Women of Vision, Monster Fish and the Indiana Jones exhibit, tickets are discounted 20 percent for people who already subscribe to the magazine.
Nearby on New York Avenue is the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum dedicated solely to women’s achievements in visual, performing and literary arts. Featuring over 4,500 artifacts, the museum also shows films, concerts, staged readings and other events.
Also within walking distance is the National Portrait Gallery, located on 8th and F Streets. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, admission is completely free. Permanent exhibitions include American Origins—showcasing American history from 1600-1900—and Jo Davidson: Biographer in Bronze—14 portraits done in bronze and terra cotta including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lincoln Steffens.
Stop by for a Visit
Downtown DC is highly commercial and has a lot of exciting attractions and unique restaurants to check out. With some condos available, it is expensive compared to other DC neighborhoods. All in all, Downtown is the perfect spot to spend the weekend exploring the nation’s capital.