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
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).
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.
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.
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