Columbia Heights

Embracing A Different Culture
Columbia Heights is a neighborhood which is a mesh of contemporary architecture and history which embraces different cultures extensively. The vibrant region has a flourishing nightlife at spots like the Meridian Pint or the Wonderland Ballroom where people can enjoy music and happy hours or simply some beer and barbecue at the Kangaroo Boxing Club. The walkable neighborhood provides healthy food in the Saturday Farmer's Market and exotic Lao food at Thip Khao.

Reviewers love it for the ample amenities nearby and pretty tree-lined streets. Prices here are a bit cheaper compared to other neighborhoods in DC, so if you're on a budget and want to enjoy DC's melting pot of cultures, Columbia Heights is for you.
What Columbia Heights Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.1
value
7.7
amenities
6.0
social
7.0
management
7.3
safety
6.5
Median rents in Columbia Heights
Studio
$
1,600
1 Bedroom
$
2,150
2 Bedroom
$
2,950

Living in
Columbia Heights

Great Restaurants And Bars
Proximity To Amenities
Cultural Oriented
Walkable
Good Neighborhood
Noisy At Times
Might Get Unsafe
Balanced
Columbia Heights — 8/10 Rating (based on 21 neighborhood reviews)
Great neighborhood for being close to Howard but slightly away at the same time (different vibe). Lots of restaurants and chill bars around plus (and more importantly), lots of grocery stores, gym, etc.

If you value quiet, try to go a block or two away from 14th street (which is a popular artery for fire engines / ambulances / police cars - i.e. lot of sirens). Con: Increasing amounts of gentrification in this neighborhood is increasing rent prices
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Adams Court Condominiums
It's not a great neighborhood intrinsically, nor is it particularly close to GW. But it's close to pretty much everything else while being far enough away/still being gentrified so that it's cheaper.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
N/a
we love it here especially for food and convenience to groceries. unfortunately georgetown people are spread out and not too many too close by but this is true of any neighborhood
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Kenyon Square
There is crime, but less than previous years. The area is very multicultural, so you can walk a block and pass by hispanic food, korean food, and a burger place.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Highland Park
I really like the Columbia Heights, because it feels much more like the authentic "DC" than the Foggy Bottom area. It's close to the 14th Street corridor and also Adams Morgan corridor where there are a lot of restaurants/bars/shops, but still has a neighborhood feel to it. It's a little bit farther from campus, but the 2 mile walk to/from school is my built-in exercise/decompressing time for the day. I really like having physical separation from school, and there are bus several bus lines within close proximity, as well as a metro stop nearby. Some of the most affordable housing in DC (that is compatible with having class in GW) is in the Columbia Heights area. There are many "group houses" that often pop up on Craigslist where you can pay a more reasonable amount for a bedroom in a house with other roommates.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1451 Girard St. NW, Unit 5
Columbia heights is a really nice commercial area of DC. It contains a Best Buy, a Target, Washington Sports fitness club, a 24-hour Giant and a Chipotle all withing 10 minutes walking distance of my house. Its also a really safe neighborhood. I've lived here for nearly 2 years and I haven't hear any reports of property damage of vandalization.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1226 fairmont st. NW
Pros: Plenty of restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, public transport options, etc.

Cons: While I never feel unsafe, there has been enough violent crime in the area that I am always extremely cautious, even in the daytime. Lots of street noise if you live on a road that runs north/south. Juvenilles shooting off fireworks, revving atvs, and arguing with each other also adds to that.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Uptown
Nowhere else in DC is there such a melting pot of culture, food and things to do. Everything is in walking distance and there is no need for a car. If your are a foodie your a few blocks from U street or Adams Morgan,
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6
/10
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1429 Girard Street
Still a lot of crime, but lots of stores, bars and restaurants nearby. Overall the area is increasingly getting better (and more expensive)! Not a lot of on-street parking.
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9
/10
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Newton Towers
A lot of families and young professionals with a wide selection of shops, restaurants, and gyms.
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9
/10
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1211 Euclid Street NW
I love my neighborhood!
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Isabella
There are so many things to do in the area and the majority of them are a 15-20 minute walk away. There are 2 metro stations (both on the Green line) which makes going to see the monuments and museums a 20 minute trip. The area is great for experiencing life in the city.
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9
/10
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Highview Apartments
Columbia Heights is clean and houses several stores within walking distance of housing. It can get a bit busy with cars, but that's D.C. There is also lighting at night, which makes me feel safe.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Highland Park at Columbia Heights
Chickfila and Target (and other Columbia Heights shopping/restaurants) are walking distance north, and u street is walking distance south for great bars and restaurants.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Capitol View on 14th
I love being able to walk to my favorite cafe, but beyond that, things like the Metro are a bit far.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1211 Otis Place NW
Chose this location because it is close to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where I will be working after graduation - 20 minutes on foot. Built on top of metro station, which is amazing. Restaurants of 14th, U St, Adams Morgan, Shaw all within walking distance. It is a very busy location - close to DC USA - but I never hear noise in my apartment. It is not the cheapest part of town but DC is not known for affordability.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Highland Park at Columbia House
I love living in Columbia Heights. I think it is the perfect balance of residential and urban with tree-lined streets but tons of amenities nearby. I am very close to several bars and restaurants on both 14th Street and 11th Street and love having a Target and Giant so close. There have been some crime issues recently, but I haven't personally experienced this issue and I don't think the crime is any higher than in other parts of the city. In general it's a great place to live and spend time in!
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Reserve
I love Columbia Heights! It's a real neighborhood where the neighbors are friendly, there's convenient shopping, transportation, michelin star restaurants, easy to get to other parts of the city, a Target, and it's mostly an El Salvadoran neighborhood, so there are wonderful pupusas!
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10
/10
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1319 Irving St Washington DC
The neighborhood is nice and within walking distance to other neighborhoods. However, the apartment is right next to a park so it can get loud at times. Being on top of a Domino's also leads to some rodent problems.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Columbia Uptown
It's a good neighborhood. There are lots of things to do, and plenty of mall-looking places. I enjoy the fact that there are so many options in terms of food.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Fitzgerald
Up and coming neighborhood; still unsafe at night as there are frequent assaults and robberies.
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5
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Alden


Getting to Know
Columbia Heights

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Sherman Ave NW to 16th St NW
North to South Boundaries: Spring Rd NW to Florida Ave NW
dining
Bad Saint
Florida Avenue Grill
Los Hermanos
Pho Viet
grocery
Best World Supermarket
Streets Market & Cafe
convenience
CVS Pharmacy
fitness
Champion Lifestyle Fitness
CrossFit Praxis
Skill and Will Fitness
parks
Columbia Heights Dog Park
Meridian Hill Park
coffee
Dunkin’ Donuts
Mi Casita Bakery and Deli
That Cheesecake Truck
Zombie Coffee & Donuts
bus
64 (bus)
H2/H3/H8 (bus)
S2/S4 (bus)
rail
Green/Yellow (metro)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Columbia Heights includes zip codes 20010, 20009, and 20001
Rent vs Own
60
%
of Columbia Heights residents are renters
Driving to Work
29
%
of Columbia Heights residents drive to work
New Construction
10
%
of housing units in Columbia Heights have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
49
%
<20 units
17
%
20-49 units
35
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
12
%
18 - 34
45
%
35 - 54
28
%
55+
15
%
Unit Mix
17
%
Studio
36
%
1 Bed
25
%
2 Bed
23
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
75
%
Undergrad Student
5
%
Grad Student
6
%
Unemployed
5
%
Retired
8
%

Best Apartments
in Columbia Heights


Studio $2,479
1 Bed $3,039
2 Beds $3,149

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Studio $1,395
1 Bed $1,725

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Studio $2,150

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Studio $1,494
1 Bed $1,971
2 Beds $2,544

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1 Bed $1,209

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