Washington, DC Luxury Neighborhoods

You will be hard pressed to find any major city in the United States with more neighborhoods than Washington, DC. Our nation’s capital is home to eight wards and some 131 communities, and that’s just DC itself, not to mention Washington’s metropolitan area which includes parts of Maryland and Virginia. A further distinction in the District of Columbia is those neighborhoods that best embody the luxury lifestyle experience.

While it is true that individual upscale properties can be found far and wide within the region, there are certain locales that crop up time and again as favorite places to live in Washington. Some are exciting urban centers where penthouses, shopping, dining, and sightseeing fit together like hand in glove. Alternatively, many home shoppers prefer residing a bit further from the madding crowd, in leafy enclaves with gracious detached single-family homes and manicured lawns. There is no right or wrong, there are simply different choices

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The United States Capitol, the White House and the grand National Mall with its many landmarks and museums form a cornerstone of the district with neighborhoods fanning out beyond. Many enjoy the downtown excitement and proximity to government offices, in communities like Capitol Hill, Penn Quarter, Mount Vernon Triangle, and the West End. Heading northwest along the Potomac River is Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and the Palisades, while heading south leads to highly entertaining waterfront neighborhoods like The Wharf and Navy Yard. Perennially popular upscale enclaves like Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Adams Morgan, and Kalorama lie just a short distance north.

Spreading out further, and often to the north, are residential neighborhoods with a quieter and more suburban feel, even if these places are still commuter friendly and relatively close to all the DC action. Many of these communities with their village-like ambience also have their own shops, restaurants, parks, and other attractions. A sampling of those desirable communities would include American University Park, Berkley, Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, and Forest Hills. As for the question of luxury, you can rest assured that these communities include some of the most impressive properties in the region.

The above mentioned places represent just a sliver of the pie. After all, there some 131 neighborhoods in Washington, DC. By exploring our individual community pages, as well as those that dive deeply into the various forms and styles of luxury real estate, you can gain a more complete picture of the unique Washington, DC experience.

To learn more about luxury neighborhoods in Washington, DC call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-929-3600.


District of Columbia Luxury Neighborhood FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many neighborhoods are there in Washington, DC?

A: Washington, DC is divided into eight wards, with 131 named neighborhoods within those wards. Additionally, you will find other sections within some neighborhoods, including subdivisions, that aren’t included in the 131.

Q: How many of these can really be considered luxury neighborhoods?

A: Luxury can be a very subjective thing, and upscale properties can be found in communities that are currently transitioning in value. However, the DC Luxury Collection focuses on roughly 20 percent of the total number of neighborhoods.

Q: Geographically speaking, how close and how far are some of the luxury neighborhoods to the Capitol itself?

A: Some neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill itself, are in the same vicinity as federal government offices. Communities such as Mount Vernon Triangle and Penn Quarter are just blocks from the White House. Residents in Dupont Circle can stroll less than a mile to downtown DC, while the northernmost neighborhoods like American University Park are around an eight-mile trip.

Q: What part of DC is apt to have the most luxurious, full-service condominium buildings?

A: Most neighborhoods in Washington have some degree of condos, cooperatives, and/or upscale townhouses. But you are more likely to find a greater concentration of full-service buildings in more densely populated communities near the epicenter of DC. That said, there are many grand old apartment buildings, especially along avenues and corridors, that have converted into luxury condo buildings.

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