Neighborhood best known for holding the Kennedy Center and the State Department.

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The kennedy center

Foggy Bottom is one of the oldest late 18th and 19th-century neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Foggy Bottom is west of downtown Washington, in the Northwest quadrant, bounded roughly by 17th Street to the east, Rock Creek Parkway to the west, Constitution Avenue to the south, and Pennsylvania Avenue to the north. Much of Foggy Bottom is occupied by the main campus of George Washington University (GWU). Foggy Bottom is thought to have received its name due to its riverside location, which made it susceptible to concentrations of fog and industrial smoke, an atmospheric quirk
Driving through the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods can feel a bit like passing through a vast canyon: high, anonymous buildings line the streets with nary a restaurant, café, or even convenience store for blocks. However, long-time residents—and some newcomers, too—swear that the neighborhoods located just south of Dupont Circle and east of the Potomac River are two of the city’s most underrated spots, with neighbors who know each other and some of the cheapest studio and one-bedroom units in the city.

Transportation

Foggy Bottom is served by the Foggy Bottom – GWU Washington Metro station, on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines. Metro bus routes 31, 32, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 80, H1, L1, N3, S1, and X1 all serve the neighborhood.

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Housing Highs and Lows

The price range for homes in the West End is fairly wide.

Luxury West End units are predictably expensive: one-bedroom condos can sell for $800,000 and up and two-bedrooms go for more than $1 million. Row houses and historic homes as small as 700 square feet cost at least $500,000, and well-renovated and maintained houses go for over $1 million, according to Realtors in the area.

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row houses in foggy bottom

Condos and co-ops are the neighborhood’s prevalent property types, but many of these units are unavailable to the average buyer. Because the neighborhood is so transient, many condo and co-op owners rent out their units not long after buying them as their professional lives take them to another city, state or country. FHA guidelines require a larger down payment for a unit in a building that is more than 50 percent investor owned, so buyers in the neighborhood often have to put down 20 to 30 percent rather than the usual 5 to 15 percent. This makes many of the unit prices—as low as $180,000 for a studio or $300,000 for a low-end one-bedroom—seem like far less attractive options when you consider the money you have to plunk down.

The Bottom Line

Foggy Bottom and West End aren’t for everyone. They don’t have most of the urban amenities and services that usually draw in young home buyers nor do they provide the extras that older family-oriented buyers like about the suburbs. But many who live there love the area’s rather unique charm, and persistent home hunters might find that they can get a better deal in Foggy Bottom or West End than in neighboring areas.

 

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