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