5 Can't Miss Historic Neighborhoods In DC

David Hatef


Steeped in well-known history, Washington, D.C. is no stranger to truly stunning historic neighborhoods. Whether you’re in the market for a historic home or simply want to explore these stunning neighborhoods on foot to take in all their splendor, here are a few of the can’t-miss historic neighborhoods of D.C. 


Beyond its trendy restaurants, high-end shopping, and active nightlife, Georgetown is a beautiful community offering historic row houses and old-world architecture. Perhaps the best-known of the district neighborhoods, Georgetown has beginnings as a tobacco port on the banks of the Potomac and dates back 1751. Today, it is home to Georgetown University (the oldest Catholic university in the United States) and several historic house museums including Dumbarton House, Tudor Place, and the Old Stone House. 


Positioned in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., Foggy Bottom is a historic neighborhood that gets it unique name from its riverfront location and the fog and smoke that were prevalent during the community’s 19th-century industrial period. As one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, you’ll find quiet enclaves of historic homes, as well as several new luxury condo developments that breathe a new energy into the community. 


Located in the Southeast and Northeast quadrants of Washington, D.C., Capitol Hill has its beginnings as home to boarding houses where members of Congress would stay rather than establish a permanent residence in Washington. Today, Capitol Hill is one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the area, where its historic row houses are once again home to many members of Congress. You’ll find a variety of real estate styles here including Queen Anne, Beaux Arts, and Richardsonian. 


When you think of exceptional and stately 19th Century homes, Logan Circle should come to mind. Brimming with stunning Victorian brownstones, Logan Circle is D.C.’s last remaining purely residential traffic circle. Many of the homes here have been meticulously restored to their original grandeur, while several new upscale condominium developments are recent additions to the community. Originally called Iowa Circle, Logan Circle sits at the intersection of 13th Street, P Street, Rhode Island Avenue, and Vermont Avenue. 


Named for President Grover Cleveland who owned a summer estate in the area, the neighborhood of Cleveland Park is located in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. Dating back to the early 1890s, the neighborhood was first developed following the construction of a streetcar line that ran through the area. Today, Cleveland Park is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and for its eclectic mix of both Craftsman-style and bungalow homes. 

​​​​​​​If you’re thinking about purchasing a home in one of Washington, D.C.’s historic districts, please do not hesitate to reach out. It would be my pleasure to introduce you to these and other historic areas in and around the city. 


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