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There’s no doubt that Washington, DC contains some of the most iconic and beloved structures in America: the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol. But there’s more to this impressive historic district than, well, history.
For example, did you know that spring erupts into a riot of lacy blooms, and petals from the Japanese cherry trees adorn the walkways beneath a canopy of cotton-candy pink? Or the fact that DC is one of the top destinations for foodies, with five-star restaurants owned by celebrity chefs? Were you aware that DC is one of the nation’s healthiest cities? How about the fact that DC is one of only 13 US cities with teams in all four major professional men’s sports? Did you know that when the sun sets on the Potomac, DC’s legendary nightlife powers up?
There’s much more to DC than the historic buildings and amazing locations – here’s the insider’s scoop on the lifestyle, the activities, and the scenery you can expect when you find a Washington DC apartment to rent.
Things to Do in Washington DC:
As soon as you move to your new DC apartment, go ahead and play tourist – there are so many must-see locations in DC, and most are free! So go ahead – you know you want to! See the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the National WWII Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Roosevelt Memorial, and Ford’s Theater. Stroll the National Mall, visit the National Museum of History, spend a day (or a week!) exploring the Smithsonian, and marvel at the National Air and Space Museum. Spend some time at the United States Botanic Garden, see a show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, be inspired by the Washington National Cathedral, see the impressive Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, and visit the one of the oldest zoos in the US – the National Zoo.
Whew! Now that you’ve done all of that, it’s time to go where the locals do! Start with DC’s Wine Country (yes, they have one!) – Loudoun County. There are more than 40 wineries and wine-tasting rooms just outside of DC, including Stone Tower Winery, Lost Creek Vineyards and Winery, and the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards.
If you enjoy shopping at hip, indie boutiques, head to Georgetown, Dupont, and 14th Street. These three districts are filled with noteworthy boutiques and intriguing fashion. You’ll have a great time exploring these locally-owned boutiques, and you might just see a famous face or two.
“Dining” and “DC” go together! There are so many terrific restaurants in DC you may have trouble deciding where to go. But it’s a terrific problem to have, especially with so many five-star and award-winning choices! This is home to the “best mid-Atlantic chef” (chef Vikram Sunderam of the restaurant Rasika), the “Best New Restaurant in America” (Rose’s Luxury by Bon Appetite Magazine), and many other amazing culinary hot spots. In addition to fine dining, DC is home to amazing bakeries, cafes, diners, and food trucks. And here’s something you may not know about living in DC – the city has some of the country’s best tacos! From Adams Morgan to Columbia Heights to Penn Quarter, the restaurants are as varied as the neighborhoods, ranging from cutting-edge to classic.
Rent a DC apartment in any neighborhood and you’ll be surrounded by art and culture. This is home to the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center, after all! Be sure to explore the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, one of the nation’s top modern art museums. With over 12,000 works of art, you’ll see works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, and many others.
Do you enjoy the quirky and unusual? In DC, there’s a museum for that! Visit the National Portrait Gallery, the National Building Museum, the Newseum, the National Postal Museum, the International Spy Museum, and Madame Tussauds DC.
One of your first day trips after settling into your new DC apartment should be to Mount Vernon, which is located about 16 miles south of downtown. Mount Vernon was George Washington’s home and his tomb is located here. The estate covers nearly 50 acres and includes outbuildings such as a smokehouse, a blacksmith’s shop, a kitchen, and stables. Be sure to explore the living history farm, stroll the walking trail, and enjoy the four gardens. About three miles from the mansion is Mount Vernon’s Distillery – which still uses the whiskey recipe developed by Washington and his Gristmill.
Sports fans will love living in DC! Get ready to cheer for the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center, MLB’s Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, the DC United (Major League Soccer) at RFK Stadium, and the NFL’s Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in nearby Landover, Maryland.
What to Consider When Moving to Washington DC:
The capital district was established in 1790 by the Residence Act. As the capital of the United States, Washington DC isn’t part of any state. The city was designed by Pierre Charles L’Enfant, an architect chosen by President Washington. L’Enfant based the city’s design after European cities such as Milan, Paris, and Amsterdam.
Washington DC has a strong, diverse economy with one of the country’s lowest unemployment rates. In addition to all three branches of government, DC is also home to lobbying firms, non-profits, law firms, international banks, and foreign embassies. Education is also a major factor in DC – the city is home to the prestigious Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Howard University. The city has three medical schools associated with the universities and is home to the Washington Hospital Center and the Children’s National Medical Center. Nearby Bethesda, Maryland is home to the National Institutes of Health.
The oldest unaltered building and the last pre-Revolutionary Colonial home on its original foundation in DC is the Old Stone House. The Old Stone House was built in 1765 and is located in Georgetown. It is a US National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is 85 percent original and is a beautiful example of 18th-century construction. The Old Stone House is now a house museum with tours offered by park rangers. The gardens are a great picnic area, and the house also contains a gift shop.
When looking for DC apartments for rent, keep in mind that the city is divided into eight distinct wards. Each ward is home to some amazing and diverse neighborhoods. Ward 1 contains several popular neighborhoods such as Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and Mount Pleasant. In Ward 2, you’ll find some of DC’s most-loved neighborhoods, including Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, Penn Quarter, West End, Chinatown, and Downtown.
Ward 3 is home to the large Chevy Chase neighborhood as well as Colony Hill, Foxhall, Berkley, the Palisades,and Kent. Ward 4 contains Riggs Park, Sixteenth Street Heights, Takoma, Crestwood, and Colonial Village. In Ward 5, you’ll find Fort Lincoln, Brentwood, Michigan Park, Langdon, and Truxton Circle.
The very popular Ward 6 is home to Capitol Hill, Navy Yard, Mount Vernon Triangle, Near Northeast, NoMa, and Barney Circle. Ward 7 contains Capitol View, Benning, Dupont Park, Fort Dupont, Good Hope, Mayfair, and Twining. The final ward, Ward 8, features Anacostia, Bellevue, Congress heights, Douglass, Knox Hill, Shipley Terrace, and Woodland.
Why Washington DC Apartments Are Hot:
Six buildings on America’s top 10 “favorite architecture” list are in DC: the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Cathedral, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Add in the gorgeous cherry blossoms in spring and the spectacular National Mall, and this city is stunning. But that’s not the only reason DC apartments are hot – the strong economy, low unemployment, amazing culture, fantastic nightlife, and terrific shops and restaurants are also a major draw. Toss in great sports events, walkability, impressive universities, and living in the center of national government – it’s no wonder “apartment in DC” is topping many wish-lists! If it’s on yours, find your apartment in DC now.
- Living among the most powerful people in the world
- Spend weekends sailing the Potomac
- Hopping nightlife including vibrant music scene
- Exciting growth in emerging waterfront area
- Strong theater presence, including Kennedy Center
- New restaurant scene with celebrity chefs
- Chevy Chase
- Takoma Park
- Capitol Heights
- Oxon Hill
- Silver Spring
- Corcoran College of Art & Design
- George Washington University
- Strayer University
- Institute of World Politics
- Southeastern University