| Living in Washington | By Anslie Stokes

Capitol Hill is home not only to historic landmarks including the US Capitol, Library of Congress and the Supreme Court, it is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in DC, and is a wonderful place to live.

The area is part of both the Northeast and Southeast quadrants of the city and stretches from the Anacostia River, the H Street corridor, the Navy Yard and the National Mall.

History

The neighborhood known as Capitol Hill really became a distinct neighborhood in the late 1700 and early 1800’s when the federal government became a major employer. Members of Congress wanted to live within walking distance of the Capitol, and in those early days, the area was known for its boarding houses. The Washington Navy Yard was also a major employer and the many craftsmen who worked there lived nearby on Capitol Hill. The Capitol Hill Historic District is one of the largest on the National Register of Historic Places and the area has become a vibrant and diverse community of young professionals, families and empty nesters.

Architecture

Capitol Hill features beautiful homes, including Federal style row houses, classic Victorians with bay windows and turrets as well as mixed-use buildings, like the popular Jenkins Row; there is surely something for everyone.

Metro and Bike Access

Residents love the walkability of the area and easy access to public transportation, including several Metro stations; Capitol South station, Union Station and Eastern Market station. There are also several Zip car rentals and bike share options.

Parks & Rec

There are several park areas east of the U.S. Capitol; including Stanton Park, which is located at the intersection of Maryland and Massachusetts Avenue. Folger Park is nestled in a quiet residential area near 2nd and D Streets. Lincoln Park is the largest Capitol Hill Park; it is about four blocks northeast of Eastern Market and includes two enclosed play areas for young children as well as a grassy area popular with neighborhood dogs – and their owners. These parks are all run by the National Park Service and are primarily used by local neighborhood residents.

Dining and Entertainment

We love the many great restaurants, some of our favorites include: Belga Café, Pineapple and Pearls, Ambar, Bullfrog Bagels and of course Rose’s Luxury.

You will also find many locally owned small businesses as well as wonderful food and arts vendors at Eastern Market.

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