Washington’s neighborhoods are as varied and diverse as the people who live in them. We look at some of the most popular areas below, but you can also check out the Washington Post Neighborhood Index, About.com DC Neighborhoods, and Washing.Org “By the Neighborhood,” for comprehensive overviews.
Adams Morgan: Known for being culturally varied, exciting, and “hip,” Adams Morgan is a great place for young professionals looking for temporary digs in DC. It is loaded with great restaurants, clubs, bars, boutiques, ethnic eateries and more. Located in Northwest Washington, and no more than a mile away from a metro station, Adams Morgan is a great spot for renters, and in high demand.
Capitol Hill/Eastern Market: Located next to the U.S. Capitol building, this neighborhood attracts young interns and staffers working on the Hill not only for its proximity to the “office,” but also for its safety and convenience. It is surrounded by several metro stops and federal agencies, making it easily accessible and protected. This area also houses the Eastern Market–a weekly flea market with a variety of wares including fresh produce and arts and crafts. It is a historical location as well as a great place to eat and shop.
Dupont Circle: Historic Dupont circle came to prominence during the hippy era of the 60s and 70s as a center for counterculture and later LGBT communities. Since then, thoroughgoing gentrification has remade the neighborhood into a somewhat more mainstream kind of habitation. Dupont Circle has plenty of opportunities to offer in the way of nightlife and fun. Additionally, it offers the convenience of its own metro station. Dupont Circle is in a centralized location in DC, with a high concentration of young people, making it easier to find a roommate in that part of town. Watch out, though—prices tend to be a little inflated in this area—the average is around $2000/month.
Georgetown: While Georgetown is a relatively expensive area ($1800-2200/month), there are plenty of college-aged students nearby because of the neighborhood’s proximity to Georgetown University. There is a wealth of apartments, townhouses, and rooms to rent in family homes in this area, as well as plenty of great shopping!
Logan Circle: Similar to Dupont Circle but more residential, Logan Circle boasts dozens of historic townhouses and is also popular with the LGBT crowd. Average rents here are also around $2000/month.