The neighborhood is home to the World Bank, the Kennedy Center, George Washington University and the famed Watergate complex, where residential units can go for more than $3 million. Still, the area offers buyers a mixture of glitz and modesty.

The six-building Watergate complex includes three residential cooperatives and is undergoing significant renovation. Indeed, the entire community is going through quite a bit of development as luxury condominiums are being built to accommodate growing demand.

There are also a good number of single-
family homes that were built in the 1800s.

Homes on the market include a one-bedroom, two-bath condo with cityscape views, for $272,000, and a three-bedroom, four-bath home with a rare rooftop deck for one, priced at $1.35 million.

Susan Trinter, who moved to Foggy Bottom in 1989, said she was initially motivated by the area’s urban feel and walkability.

Foggy Bottom/West End (The Washington Post)

Foggy Bottom “has all the cultural and historically rich elements, and access to nature that other neighborhoods could not match,” she said. “Foggy Bottom is home to so many of the significant pivotal events that shaped our national history or gained world notoriety.”

Culturally, she said, residents can enjoy a number of free music venues close by, from a free nightly concert at the Kennedy Center to weekly performances at the Arts Club. With access to the Potomac River, Rock Creek Park and the C&O Canal, it’s also easy to escape to more tranquil surroundings when needed.

Trinter said she enjoys the diversity of dining options in the community, including “delicious pizza and meatball sandwiches” at Fresca or the high-end dining at Dish in the River Inn. There’s also a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and an almost year-round weekly farmer’s market nearby.

Residents and GW students mingle at the annual Foggy Bottom and West End Neighborhood Block Party, one of several annual community events.

Other D.C.-area neighborhoods where it’s still possible to get a good deal

Cathedral Heights/American University Park

Silver Spring

Capitol Heights

Great Falls