Capitol hill homes for sale
Home to the iconic congressional building.
Capitol Hill, in addition to being a metonym for the United States Congress, is the largest historic residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C., stretching easterly in front of the United States Capitol along wide avenues. It is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., and with roughly 35,000 people in just under 2 square miles (5 km2), it is also one of the most densely populated.
As a geographic feature, Capitol Hill rises near the center of the District of Columbia and extends eastward. Pierre L’Enfant, as he began to develop his plan for the new Federal City in 1791, chose to locate the “Congress House” on the crest of the hill, facing the city, a site that L’Enfant characterized as a “pedestal waiting for a monument”.
The neighborhood today straddles two quadrants of the city, Southeast and Northeast, and a large portion of it is now designated as the Capitol Hill Historic District. The name Capitol Hill is often used to refer to both the historic district and to the larger neighborhood around it. To the east of Capitol Hill lies the Anacostia River, to the north is the H Street corridor, to the south are the Southeast/Southwest Freeway and the Washington Navy Yard, and to the west are theNational Mall and the city’s central business district.
The Historic District was expanded in 2015 to the north to include the blocks bordered by 2nd Street, F Street, 4th Street, and just south of H Street, NE, collectively known as the Swampoodle Addition.
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Capitol Hill is the largest neighborhood in the nation’s capital. Block after block of Capitol Hill homes exhibit excellent representations of turn-of-the-century row houses. the communities apartments are found in subdivisions of larger row homes or in multi-unit apartment buildings. Variety is the moniker for the neighborhood real estate.
Parks, Rec and Shopping in Capitol Hill
One of the biggest benefits to living in Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., is easy access to the famous Eastern Market. Home to a butcher, fishmonger, florist, grocer and baker, it is a great place to take care of the weekly grocery trip. In addition to the permanent sellers, Eastern Market also houses an extensive farmer’s market, a huge flea market and booths from local artists. This diverse neighborhood attracts people of all ages from around the world, and a thriving Capitol Hill community atmosphere driven in part by the plethora of green spaces. Capitol Hill, D.C., has more than 50 small parks, giving residents plenty of places to relax as they grab a coffee or bite to eat.
Why Live on the Hill?
While many move to this area for work, others might enjoy the upbeat energy and easy access to all D.C. has to offer. There is plenty of transportation in Capitol Hill, and Union Station, Amtrak’s headquarters, is just a few blocks away. This busy station transports more than 5 million passengers each year, and millions more come solely for the shopping. The mall attached to Union Station has around 100 stores and restaurants serving up brand name goods and delicious plates.
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