Green is managing partner of Keller Williams Capital Properties and president of Brandon Green Cos., a D.C. realestate firm.

A view from above of Columbia Heights. (Brandon Green /PHOTO BY BRANDON GREEN )

Real estate in Columbia Heights has really changed in the past 10 years, as evident by a woman who came to my real estate office this week saying she’s heard “so many wonderful things about Columbia Heights.”

In that moment my memory flashed back to 2002, when I walked outside my home at 13th NW and Fairmont most Saturday mornings picking up significant amounts of trash accumulating from “street activity” the night before. I don’t think the woman would have been impressed back then. Don’t get me wrong — some mornings still show signs of a wild night, but generally the entire vibe of the neighborhood has shifted to be much more inviting.

Moving into 2012, my top favorites of Columbia Heights are:

1. Meridian Pint’s French toast. Seriously, the best French toast anywhere — your life will never be the same. They also serve a vegan option that is almost as good, and if you go Saturday rather than Sunday, you’re guaranteed quick seating. I’m there at least three times a month.

2. Kenyon Square’s roof deck. Few buildings in Columbia Heights have such views, and if you’re a lucky resident in the building, the space is all yours for a party!

3. Saturday’s farmer’s market at Kenyon and 14th. Though the market creates a traffic mess on Kenyon, it is worth it for a few hours on Saturday. Closed until May 7th, it should be on your to-do list come spring.

So, yes, there are many wonderful things about Columbia Heights. Welcome!

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