Downtown

Downtown DC offers tourists and locals plenty to do between the various restaurants, historical attractions, and boutique shopping. This walkable neighborhood welcomes its visitors to walk between the Smithsonian Museums for daytime activities and Penn's Quarter at night to meet up with friends.
What Downtown Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.7
value
7.3
amenities
7.0
social
7.0
management
7.6
safety
7.5
Median rents in Downtown
Studio
$
1840
1 Bedroom
$
2200
2 Bedroom
$
3230

Living in
Downtown

Quiet Neighborhood
Historic Vibe
Walkable
Prime Location
Safe
Noisy At Times
Great Bars And Restaurants
Easy Commute
Lively
Great Location
Downtown — None/10 Rating (based on 44 neighborhood reviews)
Penn Quarter is a great neighborhood because you are really at the center of the city. It is walking distance to the Capitol, White House, and monuments. You are in the heart of the museum district with access to several of DC's famous museums. The restaurants and bars are great and have a ton of variety.
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The Apartments at City Center
The Aston is the furthest GW housing from the campus, so we had to walk more than any other student to get to class. We are also the furthest away from any Metro station, but still not considerably far when you look at the big picture. There are grocery stores, bars, and restaurants nearby which is a perk, but it is pretty noisy around here. But I guess that's anywhere in Downtown DC. There are always cars honking, ambulance sirens, etc. But the area seems pretty safe.
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The Aston
Winston House is far away enough from campus that you can walk around without seeing students everywhere you go, but still allows you to get to class on time. Stoney's, which is right across the street, is a cool place to hang out and grab some food/ a beer, and Bruger's is close by for mornings. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are both easily walkable, and CVS is right down the block. Ideal area for students, although if you're looking for nightlife you will have to walk to dupont/ catch a cab to U street.
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9
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Winston House
Penn quarter is close to most places. Out of three roommates, two of us work in NoMa and one works near Farragut. All three of us walk when it is nice weather. The area doesn't have a lot of really cool, cultural bars but for every day places they are totally fine. There are lots of nearby groceries - safeway and walmart are walking distance from me. Its a safe area that can be a little pricey for rent.
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9
/10
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Meridian at Gallery Place
The Mount Vernon area has great walkable access to most things you need, making it a very convenient place to live. Safeway, good fast-food options like sweetgreen chipotle and taylor gourmet, hardware store, coffee shops, public transportation, bike share, restaurants in shaw, city center, chinatown.
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Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle
Traffic and sirens can make it a noisy place, especially if your unit faces a major street. Walkability to campus, public transit, the mall, social areas, and businesses make it a prime location though. Mixture of GW students, Gtown students, and working professionals make up the primary population in the area if I had to estimate. I feel very safe here.
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8
/10
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The Bond
Mount Vernon is close to tons of options for food, bars, entertainment, etc. Grocery and CVS are nearby also. Very close to the metro, also. The are is fairly safe. I feel comfortable walking at night, but also know that I have to be careful. The area is patrolled by police pretty often.
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8
/10
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Mount Vernon Plaza
Walking distance to several metro lines and going-out areas.
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8
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1301 Thomas Circle
not a lot open on the weekends right around the place but very close to 14th street, shaw, mt vernon where there is plenty open on the weekends. next to firehouse which is so disruptive but you get used to it.
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6
/10
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Massachusetts House Apartments
Tons going on. Limited food options though. Everything you generally want (dry cleaners, grocery stores, etc.) is a on top of campus. But generally feel super safe walking around because it is campus.
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7
/10
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Letterman House
The neighborhood is great. I am close to work; close to the law school I attended; close to Safeway (and I would highlight close to Walmart, but they have been dropping off lately, i.e. not selling extension cords and other common things you would expect and continually shrinking their product selection); and you are also close to several different metro lines and all sorts of entertainment in the area. This neighborhood is an outstanding one to live in.
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8
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Mass Court Apartments
Right across the street from a Safeway, bank, takeout food options, hardware store, cafes, etc. It is always well-lit and feels very safe. You hear sirens, but no more than any other place in DC.
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8
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Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle
Dupont has pretty much everything you could need, although you might pay a larger price for it. It can be a little bit of a walk to the closest grocery stores, but there is a wide variety of options for stores, restaurants, and shops. The community is great and very friendly.
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7
/10
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The Bond
Restaurants, bars, grocery store, the BEST Ace hardware store ever, chipotle... all within a block! Metro access is great and you're walking distance to the national mall.
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10
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Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle
Close to downtown DC and main offices (walking distance to work), little or no noise in neighborhood, Safeway, CVS and restaurants nearby, 2 metro stations nearby.
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8
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Lyric 440k
Still an neighborhood in transition, but in my immediate area there's a Safeway, Chipotle, Taylor Gourmet, Capital One, Sweetgreen, Ace Hardware, and more.
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8
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Yale West
It's a great place to live to go to school and get around DC (Foggy Bottom metro is very close), but the undergrads can get really loud on the weekends.
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8
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Letterman House
Pretty safe area. Very close to Metro Center, McPherson Square, and Mount Vernon Square metros. There is both a Giant and Safeway in the near vicinity. Pretty quiet area as well as it is a little bit out from the city center.
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8
/10
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Mount Vernon Plaza
Great location to live in - close to GW, Georgetown, Dupont, the National Mall and other landmarks. Whole Foods and Trader Joes as well as many restaurants close by. A very "walkable" and friendly community.
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7
/10
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The Savoy
Generally improving, though still unsafe and prone to typical urban crime particularly late night/early morning. Rapid plans to develop property in this area is rapidly changing the community, though.
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6
/10
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425 Mass
Close to campus, generally safe, lots of shopping/restaurants, metro!
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8
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The President Condominiums
It's wonderful to be living in the central part of DC with the White House just a block away. Easy access to both metro and buses. There's CVS nearby.
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Camden Grand Parc
It's a nice neighborhood, relatively safe. There are restaurants a plenty in Chinatown. The Winston House is within biking distance of Georgetown, and within walking distance of the subway.
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6
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2140 L St NW
The neighborhood itself is very quiet, but it's really close to U Street and downtown. I walked to campus everyday and it was a lovely 25-minute walk past the White House. There's an awesome Mexican-Asian grocery store about 2 blocks away and a Giant about 20 minutes. There's a 24 hour CVS around the corner as well as a liquor store so basically everything you could want is in short walking distance.
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Belvedere
Great location. It is so close to the law school - its about an 8 minute walk away from class. Whole Foods is close and so is Trader Joe's. A downside is that there are no "typical" grocery stores close to hear. Also, it is not too far from Dupont Circle which is great to go to for some more dinner options.
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Winston House
Since my apartment building is close to CVS which is open 24 hours, it has been a blessing for me to source snacks when I pulled all - nighters! The library and other university buildings too are close by, so even walking back home at 3 a.m. did not give me any jitters.

The lanes are relatively well-lit and can be used at any time of the day or night. Since the GW police vehicles are seen patrolling late at nights,I believe the streets within the foggy bottom campus area are safe and secure for any one to walk, with no reported issues so far.
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9
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Monroe House
Great neighbourhood if you like city life. Busy, loud, fairly safe area. Extremely accessible to the metro. Fairly central area. Near the Verizon center. Lots of restaurants and bars. Near the national mall. Can walk to work if I wanted to. Grocery stores close. No complaints for living in Chinatown!
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9
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Meridian at Gallery Place
One of the best things about living in Camden Grand Parc is that it's located only a block away from the White House. Walking pass the White House every morning allows me to extra feel the DC-vibe. The neighborhood is relatively safe, at least for me so far. There are nice restaurants and bars nearby. In fact, you can find pretty much anything within walking distance: cafes, CVS, banks, etc. So, it's really convenient day by day.
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8
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Camden Grand Parc
Chinatown is great because there is always something to do and lots of good bars and food nearby (and it's just a short walk to the Safeway). The area feels safe because there are always people around. That said, all the excitement means it can be loud and Verizon Center events can clog up public transportation. Biggest downside is the distance from campus.
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6
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Avalon at Gallery Place
Its a safe area but a little noisy sometimes on Massachusetts Ave. There are grocery stores in walking distance but not close enough that I would want to walk back carrying a lot. Campus is definitely within walking distance and all metro lines are within a 12 minute walk.
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1210 Mass
Pros:
Near by Gallery Place, Judiciary, and Convention Center metro stops
Many close by local coffee shops
Safeway across the street

Cons:
The neighborhood is safe, but not as safe as other areas of the city.
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9
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Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle
Lots of high rises, with lots of amenities available, including great bars and restaurants, gyms, public spaces, etc. Easy commute to downtown. Sometimes lacking in character, but otherwise a great option
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9
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Gables City Vista
The area is safe and easily accessible by bus and metro. You can access the Red, Blue/Orange and Yellow/Green within a few blocks of walking. The area is close to Chinatown but far enough away if you want a break from all the people and. There are great restaurants and bars that are great for both residents and those new to DC.
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10
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The Apartments at CityCenter
Good neighborhood very close to the White House. Many restaurants are closed on weekends and there is no convenient grocery store nearby, but otherwise this neighborhood has everything you might want.
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9
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Camden Grand Parc
Logan Circle has been a great place to live. Very walk-able to public transportation and grocery stores. Lots of pets around and friendly people. Near good food and bars as well.
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9
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1301 Thomas Circle
West End is busy during the 8-6 business hours but becomes a ghost town at night. You can easily walk to the bars/restaurants in Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, DuPont, 14th Street.
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9
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The Bond
Safe area close to Chinatown to the east (union station past that) and then 14th street corridor to the west (dupont past that). You can walk almost anywhere in NW DC.
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8
/10
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The Cambridge
I enjoy having tons of restaurants and bars around---from neighborhood pubs, to fast casual restaurants, to sit down joints, to cafes. There's a lots to like.
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8
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425 Mass
#1 way to describe living downtown/mt vernon square is convenience. There's a 24 hour Safeway, I can walk nearly everywhere, and always feel safe walking.
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Yale West
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7
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The Aston
Located on the border of Downtown and Logan Circle, the neighborhood can feel cold sometimes. It is extremely easy to get to the Metro, but it's a bit of a walk to get to a place with a "neighborhood feeling"
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Massachusetts House Apartments
Pros: Safe area, quiet at night, 3 close grocery stores, close to bars and restaurants (U St, DuPont, 14th St, Shaw)

Cons: Commute is about an hour out to Tyson's Corner and about 45 minutes to McLean
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1301 Thomas Circle
I am not a fan of this area. I do not feel comfortable leaving the apartment after 10 pm because it feels really unsafe. However, there are many shopping sites near here and Chinatown is so close by.
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3
/10
Neighborhood Rating
77H
The area is growing so quickly! New restaurants and buildings are popping up all the time. It's also very easy to get any part of the city from the neighborhood.
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10
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Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle
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Getting to Know
Downtown

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: 23rd St NW to North Capitol St NW
North to South Boundary: M St NW to Constitution Ave NW
entertainment
International Spy Museum
Landmark's E Street Cinema
The Hamilton
VelocityDC
dining
City Tap House
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Graffiato
Matchbox Chinatown
grocery
CVS Pharmacy
Safeway
Walgreens
Whole Foods
transit
80/X2 (bus)
Blue/Orange/Silver (metro)
D4 (bus)
Red (metro)
gyms / rec
Franklin Square Park
The Bar Method
VIDA Fitness
VIDA Fitness
shopping
Alden Shoe Company
Busboys and Poets
Tima Bespoke
Urban Outfitters
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• Downtown contains the 5 digit ZIP code(s) of _____. ___% of residents are renters, and the rental vacancy rate is typically ____%, which is _____________ than the national average.

• ___% of units are in 20+ unit buildings, with ___% having being built in the past 10 years. 2BR+ properties make up roughly ___% of the market, with the balance in 1BR and studios.

• Most people in Downtown _____ own a car.

The median gross rent in Downtown is $_______. ____% of Downtown residents are 24-35, ___% are below 24, ___% are 36-50, and ___% are older than 50.

• Roughly ___% of Downtown residents are students (___% grad, ___% undergrad), and ___% are unemployed or retired. The median income in Downtown is $_______.

• Most units are heated by ______________, and ___% of ACS survey respondents said that they pay extra for one or more utilities.

Best Apartments
in Downtown


Studio $1,695
1 Bed $2,900
2 Beds $3,400

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1 Bed $2,100
2 Beds $2,640

1 Bed $3,250
2 Beds $5,175

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Studio $1,952
1 Bed $2,972
2 Beds $3,848

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Studio $1,957
1 Bed $3,408
2 Beds $4,881

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Studio $2,015
1 Bed $2,200
2 Beds $3,450

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