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Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill instantly conjures up images of the seat of federal government, including the fabled dome itself. But it’s also a popular place to live, with luxury real estate running the gamut from Federal-style mansions to 19th century rowhouses to newer condominiums. It’s the oldest residential neighborhood in Washington and it’s also synonymous with DC power players. Add to that, a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, and some extraordinary landmarks, and you’ve got a memorable community indeed.

Capitol Hill Real Estate Stats

Average Price $1.4M
Lowest Price $260K
Highest Price $5.5M
Total Listings 160
Avg. Price/SQFT $652

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The original builders of the neighborhood incorporated many design styles of the day, sometimes in collaborations with noted architects and sometimes simply borrowing from pattern books. You’ll find influences as varied as Federal, Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque, Second Empire, Queen Anne, and others.

The community boasts the largest historic district in Washington, which means that exteriors will often remain true to their origins. But step inside and you’ll find fascinating combinations of old and new, with historic DNA, opened walls, exposed brick, and showstopper gourmet kitchens. These are but a few of the many elements that you might find in a Capitol Hill residence.

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Walking about the Hill neighborhood on an average day will demonstrate a true snapshot of the federal district, with government staffers, tourists, and residents all doing their own things. Some linger and gaze in shop windows and others are on a busy time crunch, hurrying to their next meeting and perhaps grabbing a coffee to help propel the mission at hand.

The sounds of the city are everywhere and so are some of the nation’s most significant landmarks. The grand Capitol building itself is here, home to the United States congress. The Supreme Court is also in the neighborhood, along with the Folger Shakespeare Library, several parks and public squares, and the eastern portion of the National Mall. South of Capitol Hill is the vibrant Navy Yard community.

Food is also an integral part of the neighborhood, from standalone bars and restaurants to Barracks Row Main Street with its closely clustered pubs, pizzerias, and global cuisines. When it comes time to gather groceries for your high-end kitchen, there’s a local Trader Joe’s, the Capitol Hill Supermarket, and the world-famous red brick Eastern Market, a historic gathering place for local vendors, farm fresh foods, and community events.

And then there’s the homes in so many shapes and sizes, and often with intriguing backstories. Whether you’re searching for a grand old luxury home or something repurposed with an industrial chic twist such as the Bryan School Lofts or the Landmark Lofts, the real estate selection on Capitol Hill is both varied and special.

To learn more about luxury real estate on Capitol Hill, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-929-3600.

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Capitol Hill, District of Columbia FAQ’s

Q: How did Capitol Hill get its name?

A: The United States Capitol building was built in a neighborhood previously known as Jenkins’ Hill. Washington’s chief planner and architect, Pierre L’Enfant, had described the hill as a “pedestal waiting for a monument.” That monument would ultimately be the U.S. Capitol.

Q: What is a typical price range for luxury real estate on Capitol Hill?

A: You’ll find most upscale residences listing in a range between $1.5 million and $5 million. There are exceptions of course, including smaller condos.

Q: Is Capitol Hill a walkable neighborhood, and how far is it from the Hill to the White House?

A: Capitol Hill is a very walkable neighborhood. To get to the White House you will have to cross or skirt the National Mall. The distance is approximately 2.5 miles.

Q: Are there a lot of restaurants in the Capitol Hill area?

A: Yes, there are many bars, bakeries, restaurants, and coffee shops. A small sampling of restaurants would include Ted’s Bulletin, Ambar Capitol Hill, matchbox, Bullfeathers on the Hill, Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, Joselito Casa de Comidas, Jimmy T’s Place, and many more.

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