The Flavor of DC

Home to 600-thousand people, the Nation’s Capital is an incredible, vibrant, exciting to place to live. Divided up into four quadrants (Northwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest), the Capitol Building’s rotunda is at DC’s center. The dividing streets are North Capitol, East Capitol, South Capitol and the National Mall. Therefore, the Mall is basically split down the middle. Within each of these quadrants neighbors with personalities all their own that continue to grown and flourish. From Georgetown, Penn Quarter and Palisades in Northwest to Capitol Hill’s historic district in Southeast and its H Street Corridor in Northeast, D.C. is packed with urban and suburban neighborhoods ripe with amenities for singles and families alike. While it’s impossible to explain the nuances of each of these wonderful communities, we have given you an overview of each of these areas as well as a list of the incredible neighborhoods that are proud to call DC their home.

Northwest (NW)

Northwest is the largest of DC’s quadrants. 42.6% of the total, NW encompasses 29.21 square miles. Home to key landmarks such as the White House, K Street and Embassy Row, NW is comprised of a corporate downtown as well as developed residential neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle and Georgetown. Filled with a never-ending list of amenities, Northwest not only brags some of DC’s best stores and award-winning restaurants it’s also home to the nation’s greatest museums, from the public Smithsonian's to the privately owned museums such as the Spy Museum and the Phillips Collection. From its scenic riverfront acreage to its parks, its historic homes and high-tech modern buildings, Northwest is one of the most sought after of Washington, D.C.’s residential areas. Neighborhoods in Northwest include:


The second largest of the quadrants claiming 15.52 square miles Northeast neighborhoods includes much of Capitol Hill (divided by East Capitol Street, part of Capitol Hill is in Southeast). Capitol Hill is the largest residential historic district in Washington, DC. The area is a colorful display of 19th and 20th century row houses, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. The political center of the Nation’s Capital, Capitol Hill is the most prestigious address in the Nation’s Capital. The Northeast also houses The National Arboretum, Union Market and Gallaudet University (a well-known school for the deaf chartered by President Abraham Lincoln). Neighborhoods in Northeast include:

  • Brentwood
  • Bloomingdale
  • Brookland
  • Ivy City
  • Marshall Heights
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Stanton Park
  • Trinidad
  • Michigan Park
  • NoMa
  • Riggs Park
  • Fort Totten
  • Fort Lincoln
  • Edgewood
  • Deanwood
  • Kenilworth


At only 12.73 square miles, Southeast is bisected by the Anacostia River. West of the river (also known as “Near Southeast”) the Southeast quadrant holds within its borders a lot of history, including the Library of Congress, the well known Eastern Market, Union Station, a portion of historic Capitol Hill, the Navy Yard, the remains of several Civil War-era forts, historic St. Elizabeths Hospital, RFK Stadium, Nationals Park, and the Congressional Cemetery. Southeast has been undergoing a revitalization since 2001. and which has been undergoing a re. Bisected by the Anacostia River, with the portion that is west of the river sometimes referred to as "Near Southeast.” East of the River is Anacostia. Rich with history, both Marvin Gaye and Marion Barry call Anacostia home. Buena Vista has a landscape all its own, with narrow, winding roads and incredible views due to its hilly elevation. Southeast neighborhoods include:

  • Capitol Hill
  • Navy Yard
  • Anacostia
  • Buena Vista


With only 11.02 square miles to its name, Southwest is often called, “The Little Quadrant.” A sliver of the DC, most people don’t realize that half the Mall is actually in the Southwest quadrant. Southwest is dominated by the waterfront which is undergoing a residential revival. The development in this quadrant will restore the most successful elements of Southwest DC and bring the District to the water’s edge filling the community with commerce, culture and recreation. Bolling Air Force Base and Anacostia Naval Station also both call Southwest home.

  • Fairlawn
  • Hill East
  • Barney Circle
  • Federal Triangle
  • Barry Farm

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