Northwest is DC’s largest and most “postcard worthy” area. Extending north of the National Mall and west from North Capitol Street (the street that extends from the Capitol Building), Northwest is home to many of the District’s wealthier neighborhoods.
Each neighborhood has its own unique personality and, if you are willing to make the financial sacrifice, there are limitless opportunities for an incredible “city-life” experience. Northwest is very walkable so ditch one (or both) cars and embrace the public transit system. The restaurants are world-class, the shopping rivals any other metropolitan city, the history is inspiring, and there’s a story on every corner.
The variety of people you’ll find in Northwest DC is almost impossible to describe. Some neighborhoods are swanky, affluent, and home to the nation’s most powerful and influential people. Other neighborhoods are populated with students and young professionals trying to work their way up the DC ladder. Singles and young couples love Adam’s Morgan, Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter for the social scene. Most military families we’ve spoken to have focused on other areas in search of something a bit more affordable and over concerns about the schools in DC, but that’s not to say there aren’t great schools to be found.
Close to the heart of the District, you’ll find highrise apartments, condo buildings, and row homes. Space is at a premium and you’ll be spending a pretty penny for housing. To find something large enough for a family, you’ll need to set your sights on neighborhoods a bit farther out. Traveling away from Downtown, the square footage increases and the sporadic trees thicken to become wooded spaces. Upper Northwest is less densely populated, yet still very walkable and offers all the shopping and amenities you can imagine.