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Washington, DC’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

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Dupont Circle

There are so many great walkable neighborhoods to choose from in DC, but Dupont Circle has reigned supreme for some time now.  Dupont Circle earns its Walkscore of 98 thanks to over 850 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that call the neighborhood home.  Residents here also enjoy great transit and bike scores, benefitting from the Dupont Circle Metro Station, multiple bus lines, and a number of different car share services.  Some of our favorite spots to walk to include Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, perfect for perusing a unique book collection then grabbing an impressively tasty bite to eat, Boqueria for a tapas style bottomless brunch, Bar Dupont for killer happy hour specials, and Secondi for great consignment finds!  On the weekends, be sure to check out one of the best farmer’s markets in town.

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If you’re looking to call Dupont Circle home, you’re in luck.  There are a number of apartment buildings as well as converted row homes available for rent, but be forewarned: this is still one of the most desirable neighborhoods in DC, and the rental prices and availability reflect that.  If you’re willing to forego a building packed with luxury amenities, then Dupont Apartments is the place for you.  While you won’t find a rooftop pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, you will find above and beyond customer service, charming historic details, and an unbeatable location to call home.  SCHEDULE A TOUR 

 

 

If you’re looking for a truly luxurious living experience, we suggest you check out the uber-glamorous Hepburn.  The Hepburn boasts everything from top-of-the-line amenities to thoughtful, customized concierge service to a stunning design of floor to ceiling curved glass in each apartment.  The rooftop offers stunning city views and multiple water features, such as a wading pool and waterfall wall.  SCHEDULE A TOUR 

 

U Street Corridor

The second most walkable neighborhood in DC rivals Dupont Circle for being one of the most popular.  U Street, earning a Walkscore of 97, is known for its active nightlife, live music scene, diverse restaurants and great shopping.  Some of our favorite places to walk to include El Centro for bottomless brunch and their incredibly refreshing agua frescas, Vinoteca for wine-centric happy hours and a round of bocce, and Good Wood for discovering unique antiques and hand-crafted goods.

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Rental housing in the U Street area is a similar mix to that found in Dupont Circle.  While there are a few new luxury apartment communities cropping up, you’ll find the best deals when you focus your search on older apartment communities and row homes.  One of our favorite apartment buildings in the area sits just off of U Street on New Hampshire Ave NW.  Hampton Courts is a charming older building and the apartments feature details like high ceilings, unique molding, and oversized windows.  This location can’t be beat – you’re steps from U Street without having to deal with much of the noise and Meridian Hill Park is just around the corner for all of your picnicking and Instagramming needs.  SCHEDULE A TOUR 

 

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Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown

Coming in at a very close third with a Walkscore of 96 is, unsurprisingly, Downtown DC.  Between the Verizon Center, museums, great selection of shops, and high-profile restaurants, Downtown can easily be called the “place to be”.  When we’re in the area, we like to check out the National Portrait Gallery, grab a bite to eat and a Zaytinya Martini any time of day or night at Zaytinya, then head to CityCenterDC to do some (mostly) window shopping.  With a transit score of 100 and a truly central location in DC, there are plenty of ways to get around this neighborhood.

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The downtown region, though relatively expansive, is not the most residential of areas.  Though limited, there are a few great apartment communities to choose from.  One of our favorites is the Lexington at Market Square apartments.  Located right in the heart of the action on 8th St NW, this stunning building houses a host of amenity spaces and generously sized apartments.  SCHEDULE A TOUR 

 

About The Author

Madeline

As a renter herself with a keen interest in Psychology, Madeline understands the emotional journey of apartment hunting and the joys of apartment living. This combined with her experience in the multifamily industry has given her some unique insights into the mind of both the renter and the property manager and has helped shape the content she creates and shares here everyday. In her spare time, Madeline can be found re-arranging her apartment, cuddling with her kitties, singing and dancing in the kitchen or whipping up a plant-based meal.

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