Shaw

Trendy, Up-and-coming Neighborhood with Strong Roots
One of the city's oldest neighborhoods, Shaw is a cocktail of history, entertainment culture and of course, food. This neighborhood brings performing arts from the Howard Theatre and Ethiopian food in Little Ethiopia. It also nurtures a sense of gratefulness in the African-American Civil War Memorial.

It's recognized as one of the city's most up-and-coming neighborhoods with a spectacular dining/bar scene and plenty of shops. It's gotten a lot of recent buzz and for good reason since this trendy neighborhood is one of DC's best.
What Shaw Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.0
value
8.0
amenities
7.3
social
7.8
management
7.4
safety
7.5
Median rents in Shaw
Studio
$
2,050
1 Bedroom
$
2,550
2 Bedroom
$
3,400

Living in
Shaw

Trendiest
Little Ethiopia
Convenient Commute
Well Located
Good Dining and Eating
Great Nightlife
Walkable
Grocery Stores Nearby
Shaw — 8.2/10 Rating (based on 15 neighborhood reviews)
The only thing we're missing are fast-casual restaurants less than 5 minutes walking distance away, but coming from New York, I know that's a high expectation.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Bailey Park Apartments
Great restaurants and bars. In the middle of nightlife and right by the school
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
7th Flats
The immediate surrounding neighborhood is brand new and lively. The Shaw/ U Street Neighborhood in general can still be a bit gritty, like many parts of the city, but it’s undergoing lots of new construction, with new restaurants and retail stores popping up. Overall, I’ve felt very safe living here in the city and in my complex.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Shay
I don't exactly feel safe in this area and I avoid walking around at night because it can be dangerous. U street gets crowded and can be enjoyable/convenient for nightlife. In the mornings walking to class is fine. There are a lot of homeless on the street.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
7th Flats
It’s undergoing gentrification so there are ups and downs. It’s close to everything- downtown dc, the U street party life and the Chinatown area, as well as a lot of federal jobs. Shaw itself has a lot of new bars and restaurants so it is pretty great.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Washington Apartments
Shaw is the trendiest neighborhood in DC right now. All the latest bars and restaurants are popping up along 7th and 9th streets. That said, it's still a neighborhood in transition.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
City Market At O Street
I enjoyed living in Shaw. Pretty close to everything and it's a lively neighborhood.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
7th Flats
Hip & trendy neighborhood
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
7th Flats
Neighborhood is generally safe during the day although I would not walk alone at night in certain areas. Very busy during weekends because of U street.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
7th Flats
The neighborhood is rapidly becoming gentrified, for good and bad. When we moved in, the Giant grocery store was brand new; previously, the area had been a "food desert." There was a shooting on our street the day we moved in, and there continues to be a lot of targeted gang violence. People living in subsidized housing nearby, and have lived there for decades, are slowly being moved out of the city, and new expensive condo buildings are springing up in their wake. Expensive restaurants have filled the neighborhood at a rapid pace in the past 2-3 years, and the juxtaposition between the rich and poor is increasingly apparent.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
875 N St
great place to live. so many bars and new restuarants popping up. also close to sooo many ethiopian restaurants which is awesome. great coffee, right next to the metro which is super convenient. close to everything really! takes less than 10 minutes to get the 14th st. only a few blocks to U street, and 15 min walk to columbia heights/dupont!
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3
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Heritage at shaw station
Great mix of community and young people
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Washington Apartments
great so far. great location -- right by shaw metro station, giant grocery store, great restaurants & stores & nightlife. 5 minute walk to u street, and logan circle which is great.
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4
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Heritage at Shaw Station
Near 14th and U streets, which have lots of awesome bars, shops, and restaurants and a mile from the White House.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
812 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Just be safe.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
7th Flats


Getting to Know
Shaw

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: New Jersey Ave NW to 10th St NW
North to South Boundaries: Florida Ave NW to M St NW
dining
Abunai
Beau Thai
Habesha Market and Carry-out
SUNdeVICH
grocery
Capitol Supermarket
Giant Food
convenience
7-Eleven
CVS Pharmacy
fitness
Reformation Fitness
Sidebarredc
Solidcore
The Yoga Shala
parks
Bundy Dog Park
Shaw Dog Park
Westminster Playground
coffee
Dolci Gelati Cafe
First Cup Cafe
Kafe Bohem
Sankofa Bookstore and Cafe
bus
90/92 (bus)
96 (bus)
G2 (bus)
G8 (bus)
rail
Green/Yellow (metro)
parking
Towne Park Marriott Marquis
U Street Parking Progression Place
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Shaw includes zip code 20001
Rent vs Own
53
%
of Shaw residents are renters
Driving to Work
31
%
of Shaw residents drive to work
New Construction
29
%
of housing units in Shaw have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
60
%
<20 units
5
%
20-49 units
35
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
11
%
18 - 34
49
%
35 - 54
24
%
55+
16
%
Unit Mix
7
%
Studio
36
%
1 Bed
31
%
2 Bed
26
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
64
%
Undergrad Student
16
%
Grad Student
8
%
Unemployed
7
%
Retired
4
%

Best Apartments
in Shaw



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Studio $2,110
1 Bed $2,280
2 Beds $3,155

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Studio $1,676
1 Bed $2,214
2 Beds $3,913

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1 Bed $1,765
2 Beds $3,185

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2 Beds $3,000

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