Best Neighborhoods in Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, formerly the District of Columbia, was founded July, 1790. With a population of approximately 5.4 million, Washington is the 8th largest city in the country, and our nations' capital. Washington has a growing, diversified economy with an increasing percentage of professional and business service jobs. Washington is host to 174 foreign embassies and all three branches of our federal government. Georgetown University, George Washington University, Washington Hospital Center, Children's National Medical Center and Howard University are the top five non-government-related employers in the city as of 2009. Washington ranked second on the Forbes list of the best long-term housing markets in the country. Washington is a national center for the arts as well as indie culture in arts and music.

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Top Neighborhoods

Georgetown, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC, served as a major port and commercial center during colonial times because of its prime location on the Potomac River. Today, Georgetown is a vibrant community with restaurants, upscale shops, bars along its cobblestone streets. Georgetown offers a wide range of cuisine from Latin American to Mediterranean. Many of the homes along the tree-lined streets are 200 year-old restored row houses with beautiful gardens. Georgetown housing is expensive, so most Georgetown University students live on campus or rent apartments uptown or nearby in Virginia. Georgetown is located in Washington, DC north of the Potomac River just across the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The main thoroughfares are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The historic neighborhood has a variety of bars and is known as one of Washington DC's best destinations for dining and nightlife. You'll find everything from lively collegiate gatherings to singles hotspots to romantic wine bars. Georgetown has a great school system and easy access to public transportation.

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Alexandria, Virginia is an independent city located along the Potomac River, six miles south of downtown Washington, DC. The historic center of Alexandria, known as Old Town, is the third oldest historic district in the United States. The charming neighborhood contains more than 4,200 historic buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, including restaurants, museums, shops, small businesses churches and homes. There is a free trolley it is the best way to get from the King Street Metro Station to the Old Town Alexandria waterfront area. Alexandria is home to the George Washington Masonic Memorial; built in the 1920's as a memorial and a museum highlighting the contributions of Freemasons to the United States. This magnificent structure in Alexandria, Virginia, also serves as a research center, a library, community center, performing arts center and concert hall, a banquet hall and meeting site for local and visiting Masonic lodges. Alexandria has an excellent school system and green space for your enjoyment.

Adams Morgan is the center of Washington DC's liveliest nightlife and is popular with young professionals. The neighborhood has a wide variety of bookstores, art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, nightclubs, bars and unique speciality shops. Each September, the community holds a street festival, called Adams Morgan Day and celebrates with live music, international foods, and lots of family friendly activities. he District of Columbia Arts Center is a nonprofit organization located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. DCAC supports emerging artists who are trying to get a foothold in the public arena. Adams Morgan offers an eclectic mix of culture and the arts. Adams Morgan represents the best of urban life in the Washington DC area.

Silver Spring is a suburban city located in Montgomery County, Maryland just north of Washington, DC. The Downtown Silver Spring area has recently undergone a major transformation with the addition of great restaurants, entertainment, and a variety of shopping venues. During the warmer months visitors and residents enjoy outdoor concerts and patio dining. Silver Spring is a large geographic area, extending from the borders of Washington, DC to the south, Prince George's County, Maryland to the east and Howard County, Maryland to the north. The Downtown area is located along Georgia Avenue about 2 miles south of the Capital Beltway (I-495). Silver Spring is known for the arts and cultural events as well. The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is a state-of-the-art moving image exhibition, education and cultural center. Independent features, foreign films, documentaries and classic cinema features are presented through state-of-the-art technology in three theaters. Silver Spring is a great location for singles as well as families.

Fairfax, Virginia located just 15 miles west of Washington D. C., is an independent city near Washington, DC. It is the county seat and a separate entity from Fairfax County. The historic section of town is referred to as Historic or Old Town Fairfax and was founded in 1799. During the Colonial and Revolutionary periods, the City of Fairfax was frequented by George Washington, George Mason, and William Fairfax. Today, the historic community is thriving and is known for its festivals, cultural arts performances , shopping, and fine dining. One of the most popular events in Fairfax is The Chocolate Lovers Festival; an annual two day event held each year in Old Town Fairfax. This is a community favorite and features The Chocolate Challenge, an arts contest featuring breathtaking art made completely of chocolate. The festival is a great Valentine's Day event with chocolate vendors offering samples and selling their products at the Taste of Chocolate.

Reston, Virginia is a suburb of Washington, DC, located in the heart of the rapidly growing Dulles Technology Corridor. It was a planned community built in the 1960s with a variety of housing styles, centered around Reston Town Center, a retail village with commercial buildings, restaurants, a movie theater, an ice skating rink, hotel, and shops. Residents are members of the Reston Association which gives them access to lots of amenities including four lakes, 55 miles of paved trails, 26 ball fields, two community centers and several playgrounds and picnic areas. The Asian Festival in Reston, Virginia presents unique music, cultural performances, food, beauty pageants, fashion, handicrafts, gifts, and other products and entertainment of Asia. The annual event is sponsored by the Thai Tennis Organization in America (TTOA), the Reston Association and Singha Beer to promote greater understanding of Asian countries and cultures among the general public, and among Asian Americans as well. Reston is located in close proximity to the airport and public transportation.

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