Foggy Bottom

Art and culture in the capital city
The naturally foggy surroundings of the area gives it its own unique name - Foggy Bottom. Unfortunately, its name does not highlight the excellent quality of music, dance and drama practiced in the neighborhood every single day. The John F Kennedy and Potomac River-side performing arts centers are popular landmarks to watch free shows during the night while kayaking and canoeing on the Potomac River and then grabbing a sample of extraordinary Indian food at the Rasika West End is an activity during the day.
What Foggy Bottom Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.0
value
7.0
amenities
6.0
social
6.3
management
7.0
safety
8.6
Median rents in Foggy Bottom
Studio
$
1,605
1 Bedroom
$
1,965
2 Bedroom
$
3,100

Living in
Foggy Bottom

Great Accessibility
Professional Sector
Proximity To Amenitities
Few Restaurants Or Bar
Quiet Neighborhood
Dull Nightlife
Foggy Bottom — 7.7/10 Rating (based on 45 neighborhood reviews)
Circle Arms is equidistant from Whole Foods and Trader Joes, with both being about a 5 minute walk away. The building is close to the GW University hospital and emergency medical center, so ambulance noise can be frequent. The surrounding area is safe, being only just outside of GW's campus area. The last building on GW's "campus" is a housing complex adjacent to the Circle Arms building.
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/10
Neighborhood Rating
Circle Arms Apartments
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
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Monroe House
I feel relatively safe because there's a good GW police presence and there's always students in the streets. But there are occasional incidents that make me question my safety at night. Foggy Bottom is relatively quiet, is walking distance from school, and also has fun places nearby--Georgetown, etc. Grocery stores are also conveniently located.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The 925 Apartments
Groceries can be a bit expensive
Lots of students and people around all the time
Safe area
Conveniently located with the metro stop and proximity to the national mall
Noise from traffic and the hospital
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Bon Wit Plaza
Close to campus, safe area, two nearby grocery stores (Whole foods and Trader Joe's), a lot of bars and restaurants, easy access to other parts of the city
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Claridge House Cooperative
Close to campus, generally safe, lots of shopping/restaurants, metro!
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The President Condominiums
I enjoy foggy bottom because I am close to my school but it otherwise not the most interesting neighborhood in DC. There aren't a lot of restaurants or bars to go to. Everything now seems to close at night. However it's a quick walk to DuPont or Georgetown.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The excelsior
Honestly the neighborhood is pretty boring. The advantage of living here is being close to school. While most of the essentials are pretty close (CVS, Starbucks, Liquor Store) getting groceries is a bit of a walk to either Whole Foods ($$) or even further to Trader Joe's. It can also be nice to be close to the monuments, only takes about 15-20 minutes walking to go say hi to Lincoln.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Statesman
Foggy Bottom is an extremely nice and safe neighborhood. It is walking distance to the National Mall. There are a few restaurants that are all excellent, but if you're looking for walking distance to big night life, this area is not good. However, the metro stop makes it very easy to get to areas with good night life.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
The neighborhood is safe, quiet and relatively residential despite its proximity downtown. Grocery stores and convenience stores are close by, as well as bars and restaurants. Georgetown is also walking distance, and there are lots more to do there.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Claridge House Cooperative
I only live here because it's close to school. Otherwise, there is not much to recommend the neighborhood. It's very touristy while also being full of college kids. Transportation is not bad in relation to general DC options.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Letterman House
The apartment is in the heart of foggy bottom and your neighbors are a reflection of this. The street can get loud and roudy at night because it is the halfway point between the fraternity houses and the freshman dorms.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Monroe House
Not that much food options but the neighborhood is changing. If you want to be close to campus and don't want to deal with public transportation, this is a great place.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
It's whatever. You're surrounded by government buildings and are practically in GW. I hate to sound old, but the frat houses across the street get old very quickly.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Letterman House
A lot of students and government employees (typical DC). Not as interesting or colorful as other areas of DC. I love the close proximity to the Mall.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
The location is close to school and super safe; there just isn't a lot to do without walking to at least Dupont of Georgetown.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Claridge House Cooperative
Generally safe and quiet. Not a ton of places to go out, but Dupont is close enough to walk to.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Monroe House
Great neighborhood. The neighbors are friendly, and it is generally not too loud (although many houses are occupied by GWU college students). One of the biggest issues is cleanliness of the neighborhood, because there are a lot of rats on the streets. Additionally, while the commute from this neighborhood to McLean is one of the quickest in the District, it can't beat Arlington.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
921 Hughes Mews
West End/Foggy Bottom is located near the George Washington University. There are lots of students in the area. Also people who work in government, world bank, and IMF. The neighborhood is conveniently located by blue and orange line Foggy Bottom metro station. There is a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods within a few blocks of each other. The neighborhood is fairly residential, campus, and business related. Does not have great nightlife or dining. But, it is a short walk to Georgetown and Dupont Circle.
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8
/10
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Excelsior Apartments
I like that it's close to the law school. I wish there was more nightlife or even more cafes.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Monroe House
Nothing in the immediate area, which I want. Good that it is close to the metro and GW
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4
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
Young, fun, safe, but pricey. You definitely pay for the location.
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Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
Pretty close to class, not great for much else
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Jefferson House
Great for school but lacks restaurants and bars.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Claridge House Cooperative
FB is great for access to the rest of the city - plenty of bus routes and easy access to the metro. It is more of a professional sector than the rest of the city so many coffee shops/restaurants/etc have hours more suited to the 9-5 work lifestyle than a student (ex. coffee shops close at 6-7pm, some eateries closed on the weekend). Bar and restaurant scene is present but limited compared to the rest of the city.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Claridge House Cooperative
Pros:
Very close to campus (HUGE +!)
Close to Whole Foods, Trader Joes & Liquor Store
Can walk to Georgetown or Dupont for drinks
Metro Access
Safe - the GW & DC cops are always around even at 3am and everything is well-lit.

Cons:
Close to the hospital so there are sirens at all hours
No good pizza delivery. (seriously. its sad)
Nothing to do after 10pm
You also get sick of the few restaurant options since you are now AWAYS living/studying in Foggy Bottom
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Bon Wit Plaza
There are very few restaurants and bars in the area to go to for happy hour/dinner. There are some near the Foggy Bottom Metro stop, but it's extremely limited compared to other areas. The best grocery stores in the area are Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
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8
/10
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Columbia Plaza
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
Neighborhood Rating
Letterman House
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
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Letterman House
Lots of places to eat here and near by in Gtown/Dupont. Close to school and many employers. On the orange/blue line and close to red as well as many bus lines. Rents are actually very competitive with other trendy neighborhoods.

Only con is (1) there are many immature undergraduates that live in the area (2) school area itself is dead at night, and (3) there are a lot of homeless people who live in the area if that makes you uncomfortable.
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5
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Colonial Arms
I have always felt safe in Foggy Bottom. I live close to the metro, super close to school. Georgetown is a quick walk and overall I like living here. However, some places- certain CVS pharmacies, restaurants, and stores are closed or have limited hours on the weekend. It is a bit far removed from more fun, lively areas.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
I really love Foggy Bottom. The area I live in is very close to GW, so it's filled with students. The food and social scene in Foggy Bottom isn't too exciting, but I love how close I am to other areas. It's a 10 minute walk to Washington Harbor (my favorite area in DC), another 5 minute walk from there to M Street, one of the main food/shopping/bar areas in Georgetown. It's a 15 minute walk to Lincoln Memorial (and the rest of the Mall) and the White House. The Harbor and the Mall are great places to run if you like running outside. It's a 15-20 minute walk to Dupont area. Other than that, it's a 10 minute walk to the metro, which can get you pretty much anywhere else you want to go pretty efficiently. The exception is Adam's Morgan area. You'd either have to take a circular route on the metro to get there (which takes almost as long as walking), go for a 30-45 minute walk, or get an uber.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
The best thing about the apartment is that it is two blocks from GW. It is within a mile or so of Georgetown, Dupont, the Metro, etc, which is nice. The York building is located in a residential quiet zone, but that doesn't make much difference.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The York
Foggy bottom is great, though it could use a few more restaurants and bars. It is hard to believe there are so many undergrads living here. Living near school is great, but any plans you make are likely to be somewhere else.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
I live in Foggy Bottom solely for the convenience of school. I would likely live otherwise if I did not attend law school at GW. Other areas are less expensive and have more things to do.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Claridge House Cooperative
I would say the neighborhood is good, but the Elise is close to a church that run's a homeless shelter which unfortunately has attracted a few people who are dangerous
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4
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Elise Apartments
Easy to get around and great for GW students but there's very little character compared to the rest of DC and restaurants/grocery stores are expensive.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Circle Arms Apartments
Lot of GW grad students (med, business, law), and a quick walk to the law school, the foggy bottom metro station, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
Love being close to school, but the neighborhood lacks social hangouts, and can be very quiet on weekends and weeknights.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Empire Apartments
there's a whole foods nearby as well as a trader joe's. very close to the monuments and the metro.
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6
/10
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Letterman House
Best location, a few minutes walk to the campus (4 minutes to the Law School). The GW police is patrolling in the area.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Letterman House
Great neighborhood, everything closes early though besides hive bar, Fobo Gro and &pizza.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
- Student area for GWU
- Close to metro
- Expensive area, but what part of DC isn't?
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Plaza
Foggy Bottom can be a little boring for nights and weekends.
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8
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The President Condominiums
Safe and everything is in walking distance
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10
/10
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Empire Apartments
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Getting to Know
Foggy Bottom

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundary: Rock Creek and Potomac Pkwy NW to 17th St NW
North to South Boundary: K St NW to Constitution Ave NW
dining
Burger Tap & Shake Foggy Bottom
Lindys Red Lion
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
grocery
Trader Joe's
Whole Foods
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey
• Foggy Bottom 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 Foggy Bottom _____ own a car.

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

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

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

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