Rachel Cooper

Capitol Hill is the largest residential neighborhood in Washington D.C.  While  most of the properties within the immediate area are historic single family homes, these four nearby neighborhoods have a wide selection of luxury apartments offering stylish and comfortable amenities. They also offer easy access to the Capitol, the National Mall, the Smithsonian museums, the National Memorials, upscale restaurants, retail shops, urban plazas and parks and a wide range of entertainment venues.

Mt Vernon Square near the Capitol
Mt. Vernon is one of four near-Capitol neighborhoods where you'll find luxury apartments   (Photo by Rachel Cooper)

Mount Vernon Square

Located near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Mount Vernon Square is a historic district just north of Chinatown, Gallery Place and the Verizon Center. In the center of the square is the historic Carnegie Library, home to the Historical Society of Washington. CityCenterDC, a mixed-use development, stretches across four blocks with dozens of retail shops, restaurants and cafes as well condominiums, apartments, office buildings, and a public park.

The neighborhood has many restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues with easy access to the Gallery Place/Chinatown, Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center, Judiciary Square and Union Station Metrorail stations. Rental options include a unique mix of historic and brand new luxury apartments featuring rooftop pools with views of the monuments, fitness centers, and other amenities. Commute time: 20 minutes

near-Capitol neighborhood of Navy Yard
The Navy Yard neighborhood is gaining in popularity and is extremely close to the Capitol.   (Photo by Rachel Cooper)


Navy Yard – Capitol Riverfront

The area surrounding the Navy Yard is among the fastest growing neighborhoods of Washington D.C..  Located five blocks from the U.S. Capitol along the northern side of the Anacostia River, riverside green spaces bring the community together to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. Prominent landmarks in the area include Nationals Park, Yards Park, the U.S. Navy Yard campus, and the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

This area is very walkable and is home to a wide range of restaurants, bars and retailers. Many new luxury apartment buildings have been completed, while many more are under construction. Amenities at some properties include a penthouse level residents club, a resort-style rooftop pool, a health club-caliber fitness center and more. Commute time: 15 minutes

SW Waterfront

The Wharf, along the SW Waterfront, is the largest construction project in the capital region and is set to open in October 2017. A one-mile stretch of the Washington Channel will be a mixed-use neighborhood with panoramic views and a walkable promenade to restaurants, shops, hotels, entertainment venues, a waterfront park, and more. With its location just south of the National Mall, this area is set to become the most desirable place to live in the nation’s capital.

Arena Stage is located just down the street, offering some of the best theatrical performances in the nation’s capital. While some luxury apartment buildings are already open, many more are under construction and planned for future development. With sophisticated, modern apartments located at the epicenter of entertainment, shopping, and dining, this neighborhood offers the best in urban living. Commute Time: 20 minutes

Foggy Bottom near the Capitol
The Kennedy Center, right on the Potomac River , is an icon of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.   (Photo by Rachel Cooper)

Foggy Bottom

Prefer a quiet and sophisticated urban neighborhood? Foggy Bottom is conveniently located to the north of the National Mall, west of Downtown Washington, D.C., southeast of Georgetown along the shore of the Potomac River. It’s home to many federal offices, George Washington University, the Watergate Complex and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

You can enjoy free shows nightly at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The area is easily accessible by Metro and has many high-rise apartment buildings with modern amenities, concierge services and panoramic views. Commute time: 25 minutes



About The Author

Rachel Cooper is a freelance writer and author with more than a decade of online journalism and content creation experience. She has written for About.com, Washingtonian, Federal City Council, Montgomery Parks, Destination Maryland, Conde Nast Traveler, Payscale, Valpak, Grandparents.com, Washington Parent and more. Her books include Quiet Water: Mid-Atlantic, AMC’s Canoe and Kayak Guide to the Best Ponds, Lakes and Easy Rivers; 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C. and Images of Rail: Union Station in Washington, D.C.