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Northwest Washington

When it comes luxury real estate in the nation’s capital, there is one major geographical area that stands heads and shoulders about the rest. This region is known officially as Northwest, or as it is often described, NW Washington, DC. Before delving into the specific area, some context is in order. The federal district is split into four quadrants, but not all parts are of equal size. The city’s early planners placed a medallion in the Crypt under the Capitol’s Rotunda. This would be the epicenter of the District and its quadrants, as well as the grid of streets. It sounds a bit mysterious, as if part of a treasure hunter’s quest in a blockbuster movie.

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NW Washington Luxury Stats

Average Price $2.5M
Lowest Price $1M
Highest Price $30M
Total Listings 612
Avg. Price/SQFT $742

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The original District was much smaller during its creation and formed a more perfect square. But as Washington expanded, the four quadrants changed accordingly. The end result was that Northwest became the largest of the four slices of the pie, followed by Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest. Each quadrant plays an important role in the history as well as current events in Washington.

But the Northwest quadrant comprises a whopping 58 neighborhoods, including a major percentage of the priciest residential real estate properties in Washington. This large chunk of territory is also home to the White House, the U.S. Capitol building, the downtown area, numerous landmarks, national museums, the Smithsonian National Zoo, and the Washington Cathedral.

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From vibrant downtown shopping areas to numerous historic neighborhoods, both urban and suburban, NW Washington presents a fascinatingly diverse landscape in which to live, work, and play. It would be exhaustive to list each of the NW quadrant’s neighborhoods. There is no slight intended if you don’t see your favorite community mentioned here.

But a very partial list of neighborhoods known for upper echelon real estate properties, whether detached single-family houses, townhomes, or condominiums, would include Adams Morgan, American University Park, Berkley, Burleith, a portion of Capitol Hill, Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Dupont Circle, Foxhall, Foggy Bottom, Forest Hills, Georgetown, Glover Park, Kalorama, Kent, Logan Circle, Mount Vernon Triangle, Observatory Circle, the Palisades, Penn Quarter, Spring Valley, Wesley Heights, West End, and Woodley Park. By our count, that is less than half the communities in the Northwest sector.

Luxury real estate for sale in the N.E. quadrant may or may not follow certain patterns. For instance, there has been a lot more development in recent years in parts of downtown DC and for that reason, you’ll find a wealth of newer condo communities in that area. Neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle, Georgetown, and Logan Circle that are home to historic districts will, by nature, include numerous rowhouses in a variety of traditional architectural styles such as Victorian and Federal.

Kalorama is known for impressive estates as well as grand old former apartment buildings that have since converted to condos or cooperative ownership. Neighborhoods generally become more residential and suburban as you move north through the District, with communities such as American University Park, Berkley, Chevy Chase, and Spring Valley that are especially well known for their large and gracious single-family homes, typically on larger lots than those in urbanized areas.

There’s certainly something for everybody when it comes to choosing a place to live in the District of Columbia. But it’s safe to say that there is simply more to choose from in DC’s Northwest. To learn more about luxury real estate in this particular area, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.



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NW Washington, District of Columbia FAQs

Q: Are all four quadrants in Washington, DC the same size?

A: No, each is a different size both in terms of land mass and population.

Q: What percentage of land size belongs to NW Washington, DC?

A: Northwest comprises approximately 42 percent of Washington, DC.

Q: Is there an average price for luxury real estate in NW Washington, DC?

A: Given than that are approximately 58 neighborhoods in the Northwest quadrant, each with different characteristics, it is difficult to pinpoint an accurate average cost. However, many of the District’s most expensive homes are in this area, with prices climbing as high as eight-figures.

Q: Are there any major bodies of water near NW Washington, DC?

A: Yes, the Potomac River runs along the western border of Northwest, Washington, DC.


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