You might say that I’m biased because “there’s no place like home” and I have called Washington DC home since I immigrated here at age 5 . If you would have asked me then what Washington DC was like in the 1950s and 60s, I would have told you that it was a small city with very little diversity- focused on government related business, small mom and pop shops, and embassies with a predominately local population. Georgetown and The Northwest Washington DC Downtown were the two main areas for walking, shopping and entertainment. Until the early 70s it was both walkable and livable. Then, sadly it lost its way during the decades of political, social and racial turmoil leading upto the 90s, which led to an exodus to the Virginia and Maryland Suburbs. Today, thanks to the Redevelopment of the last two decades, the Exodus has reversed. People desire to live here and are moving back into Washington DC not just for work -but for living, raising families, playing and thriving!
The economic re-development and revival which has made Washington one of the most livable, vibrant cities in the nation, is still on going. With a fairly short winter and lovely scenery, folks from all corners of the globe and all stages of life, From Retired Military to college graduates in search of opportunity to active empty nesters who enjoy all the offerings.
It is a city filled with limitless employment opportunities; diverse cultures, historic sites, museums, shopping, entertainment, dining, vibrant nightlife, sophisticated theatre & arts. Additionally, its short winter and geographical location on the Potomac River surrounded by Natural Parklands make Washington DC a nature lovers paradise. Washington DC is repleat with forests, rivers, creeks, parks, and walking trails such as Rock Creek Park, Scenic National Zoo and nearby Great Falls National Park.
More and more housing options are available as re-development continues. The photo below shows the latest development- the picturesque SW waterfront – a high end condo-rich area filled with shops and restaurants , as well as the century old Fish Market. You can find a fabulous new Condo overlooking the Potomac complete with boat slip, or if you prefer , find a wonderfully restored centuries old Rowhouse or Brownstone within walking distance to call home.
Washington DC was smartly planned by Charles L’enfant in 1791 on a quadrant and grid system. This map DC Metro Transportation Map provides you a good birdseye view of how all four quadrant are connected and simple to navigate. There are always year around events and festivals attracting national, international tourist and locals throughout all four quadrants, Northwest, SouthWest, Northeast or Southeast. In addition to the fun aspects, The city is home to many Global Businesses, NGOs, and 1000s of Associations, as well as several major universities, including Georgetown, George Washington, Catholic, and American. There are Bike lanes, walkable sidewalks, small blocks and trails make which also connect you to wherever your destination. Or you can drive,(though take caution Washington DC streets are narrow and conjestion is usually the rule rather than the exception and they do love to ticket ).
In terms of Purchasing a home in Washington DC, keep in mind, the same qualities that makes Washington DC attractive, also presents a challenge for most, ie. cost of housing. Yet, smaller condos are still available in the $200K range and up, while smaller rowhouses can still be found in the low 500s and up depending on the property itself as well as the ease of metro accessibility and walkability.
For families with school age children, Washington DC has both private and public school options. As in every city, you will find that the school rating (www.greatschools.org ) and reviews as well as metro access and walkability will often dictate price. To search for a home in a school district you prefer click here Find My DC Home or contact us and we will put our local expertise and knowledge to work to find the right house at the right price.
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