Hot Hoods: Adams Morgan

Your guide to the neighborhoods fueling the most active real-estate markets in the District and beyond

This Northwest neighborhood can be synonymous with the frattier side of D.C. nightlife. But wander beyond the bar-crawl haven of 18th and Columbia, and you’ll find charming, leafy areas dotted with rowhouses. Increasingly, families are finding that walkable streets and relatively affordable prices make Adams Morgan a great place to buy.

Need to Know

ZIP Code: 20009

Average Home Sold Price: $581,421

Median Home Price: $491,000

Owner-Occupied Homes: 31 percent

Renter-Occupied Homes: 63 percent

Median Years in Residence: 3

Annual Residential Turnover: 19 percent

Median Age of Homes: 65 years

Households With children: 8 percent

Median Age: 33

Married: 23 percent

Single: 62 percent

D.C. Council member: Jim Graham, Ward 1, ANC 1C

Social Scene

There’s no shortage of restaurants and bars along the neighborhood’s twin commercial arteries, 18th Street NW and Columbia Road NW. The intersection of those two is the heart of Adams Morgan’s bar scene.

The liberal dispersal of liquor licenses, especially along 18th Street, means the area can get clogged with youthful partygoers at night, along with a surfeit of taxis and traffic. But it also means the inclusion of classic D.C. dives such as Madame’s Organ (2461 18th St. NW, 202-667-5370) and gloriously grungy Dan’s Cafe (2315 18th St. NW, 202-265-0299).

Restaurants run the gamut. Late-night revelers opt for the delicious cheesiness of a jumbo slice, but the more adventurous check out the flavorful but still affordable choices at Amsterdam Falafelshop (2425 18th Street NW, 202-234-1969). Fine dining is here, too, including longtime neighborhood favorite Cashion’s Eat Place (1819 Columbia Road NW, 202-797-1819) and newcomer Mintwood Place (1813 Columbia Road NW, 202-234-6732).

Home Cooking

For grocery stores, residents frequently take advantage of the nearby Harris Teeter (1631 Kalorama Road NW) or Safeway (1747 Columbia Road NW). For those who prefer a little dirt on their veggies, a farmers market pops up at 18th and Columbia every Saturday morning from June through December (8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, June 1-Dec. 21, Columbia Road and 18th Street NW).

Parks and Rec

Outdoorsy types should check out the northwestern part of the neighborhood, which borders Rock Creek Park and has easy access to its running and biking trails. Plus, the Marie Reed Recreation Center (2200 Champlain St. NW, 202-673-7771) has an adjoining aquatic center.

Parking

We won’t lie: Parking in AdMo is a challenge. In most of the area, parking is limited to two hours at a time between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., but residents can pick up a Ward 1 parking permit from the DMV to park for as long as they want. Visitors can take their chances on the street or check out one of the many parking decks throughout the neighborhood.

Transportation

Depending where in the neighborhood you live, you could be close to the Red Line at Woodley Park or Dupont Circle stations, or the Green and Yellow lines at Columbia Heights or U Street.

With reporting by Amanda Tindall for Express 

Beth Marlowe is a senior editor at Washington Post Express. She has written for The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Bloomberg Television and other publications.
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