Northeast D.C.


Northeast is a much overlooked quadrant of DC that has many up-and-coming neighborhoods with affordable homes, condos, and plenty of fixer-uppers in transitioning neighborhoods. Hipster destinations like NoMa (North of Massachusetts Ave.) and the H Street Corridor are trendy locales with nightlife, more affordable housing, and easy Metro access. The northern part of Capitol Hill lies within the Northeast boundary as well. The rail hub, Union Station, makes trips up and down the Eastern Seaboard convenient. Northeast is also home to the National Arboretum and Gallaudet University (a renowned school for the deaf), and the Motown icon, Marvin Gaye, grew up in Deanwood.

The area is rich in African-American history and there are some areas east of the Anacostia River that have morphed from plantations into some of the city’s first majority African American communities. The diversity that exists here has unfortunately led to some unfair categorizations but there are many gems to be discovered in Northeast!  



DC residents are usually typified as active and outdoorsy, and Northeast residents are no different. The neighborhoods are walkable and most people rely on buses and the Metro for getting around town. Northeast tends to be less transient than other DC areas, with generations of families occupying the same house or calling one neighborhood home. Newcomers are mixing it up though, and younger professionals and students are migrating from Northwest to Northeast for the more affordable housing options and the vibrant personality of the neighborhoods.


Neighborhood Feel

As with the other quadrants, you’ll find more densely populated neighborhoods closer to the Capitol. Home prices drop and square footage increases as you travel away from the heart of DC. Northeast does have some lower income areas and has a reputation for higher crime rates, so do your research before buying or renting. East of The River, you’ll see more green spaces, but that comes with a vacuum of retail and restaurant options.


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Northeast D.C. - Pentagon & Fort McNair - Washington D.C. -

Points of Interest

U.S. Capitol Building

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Atlas Performing Arts Center

The Supreme Court

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Catholic University of America

Anacostia Park

National Arboretum

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens


Big Plus

You can find an affordable home here, especially if you’re interested in a rehab property. Single family, detached homes are also fairly common, but can be in need of some serious TLC.

Artsy, energetic, and quirky vibes exist in several Northeast neighborhoods — particularly near the H Street Corridor and the Atlas District. Young singles love the area for the nightlife and chill personality.

The new DC Streetcar adds another way of getting around, in addition to the Metro rail and bus systems, bike shares, and of course Ubers-a-plenty.

Things to Consider

As with most urban communities, there are pockets of crime. It is recommended that you research crime statistics before renting or buying.

Retail, restaurants, and amenities are thin, but improving.

Neighborhoods nearest the Metro stations are getting the most attention in revitalization efforts, so be sure you’re aware of how far your public transit options are from any home you’re considering. If you’re in some of the outer neighborhoods that border Maryland, you may need a car to get around — primarily due to the lack of retail.

DC schools are not always recommended by the military spouses we’ve spoken with, but we encourage you to do your research. Most military families opt to live in Virginia for the preferable school districts, but that’s not to say you can’t find a great school in DC. There’s also a lottery for DC schools if your neighborhood school doesn’t excite you and DC offers free public preschool!

How’s the Market?

The median home value is $511,700 according to the Zillow Home Value Index.

Home Values are forecasted to increase by 3.6% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single-family homes in Washington D.C. is $2,645.

School Scoop

Schools in Northeast Washington D.C. Are a part of the District of Columbia Public Schools system, which has an overall rating of 5, according to

You have the option of enrolling your children in any school that they aren’t already zoned to in the District of Columbia Public School system through the DCPS one-stop shop lottery system. Lotteries are available for preschool programs (3 and 4 year olds), out-of-boundary schools K-12 (those outside your zone), selective high schools, and charter schools. Spots fill up so make sure you enroll as soon as the lottery opens in their online system. Confused? Not to worry. Here’s a great overview video of how the DC Lottery works.

Military families may apply for the DCPS Lottery before you have orders by working with your School Liaison Officer (SLO). If you have a middle or high schooler, it is highly recommended that you consult with your SLO to discuss options for school choice in the DC area. That recommendation is emphasized even more if you have a child that is gifted, has an IEP, or any other specific needs.

DC Preschools are publically funded (FREE) and fill quickly. It is recommended that you enroll early to a preschool, or Child Development Center (CDC), near the base because bus transportation is not available at this age.

Beginning in 2016-2017, some DCPS schools will be operating on an Extended Year calendar that allows for a longer school year with more frequent breaks.

Highlighted Areas

Logan Circle – Centrally located with hot restaurants, trendy bars, and quirky shopping.

Woodridge / Brookland – On the edge of the DC border with Maryland. Larger, newer homes at more affordable prices can be found in these neighborhoods.

H Street Corridor / Atlas District – Diverse communities with a popular farmer’s market, funky restaurants, and hipster bars. Affordable condos and apartments can be found in this transitional neighborhood.

Petworth / Park View – This area is rapidly becoming an area of interest ? particularly nearest the Metro corridor ? because of the transit access, affordable residences and amenities. It’s vibrantly diverse in every aspect – home types, rents, income, restaurants, and shopping.

NoMaThis rapidly developing area takes its name from its location north of Massachusetts Avenue NE. It is best known as a transportation hub and the home of Union Market.