Harry Morgan struggled recently to recount all the times he’s visited a nearby Whole Foods in the six months that he has lived along the H Street corridor.
The math, he said, was becoming a little embarrassing.
“I run to the Whole Foods just about every day,” he said. “It’s so convenient.”
Located about a block from Morgan’s 1,800-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bathroom carriage house, the grocery chain was touted a number of residents of the corridor on a recent weekend day as a brick-and-mortar shrine symbolizing an upward real estate trajectory for an area once filled with burned-out storefronts and corner stores selling penny candy.
And they’re not far off, said Mandy Mills, an executive vice president with Compass.
Mills said the H Street corridor, a one-and-a-half mile stretch that runs roughly from Hechinger Mall to Union Station, is home to a popular performing arts center, trendy restaurants and bars and a number of luxury condominium developments — all attributes that have made the neighborhood popular among many new home buyers.
“The H Street corridor has . . . exploded in the past three years,” said Mills, who has sold real estate since 2003. “We’ve seen a very extreme upward spike in interest in the corridor and it’s really been fun to watch. The neighborhood has access to grocery stores and nice restaurants and everybody is trying to get in this market, from the trade-up buyer who owns a condo to the first-time buyer.”
“People have bought in the neighborhood for a long time with the anticipation of these services and amenities coming, so it’s fun to watch it actually come to fruition.”
‘In the heart of the city’: Dominic Ruggerie, who lives several miles away on U Street, was touring houses along H Street on a recent weekend contemplating a move.
“I’ve heard so many good things about this neighborhood and, honestly, I’m tired of renting and ready to buy. Prices have started to rise pretty rapidly and I’d rather not throw away $40,000 per year on rent,” said Ruggerie, who visited a 1,440-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom rowhouse.
Mayur Godbole says he was prepared to take a chance two years ago and move to the H Street corridor. The area, said Godbole, “was still up and coming and going through changes.”
But in the time he moved into his 1,400-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bathroom rowhouse, the number of shops and renovation projects to nearby houses has “really taken off.”
Carreen Behrens, who moved to the neighborhood eight years ago, said she loves “living in the heart of the city,” and has taken pride in the corridor’s development. The fact that she can “walk everywhere” is a huge plus, she said. And the area, in her words, is only getting better.
“The neighborhood is so full. There are people constantly out on the street, which only makes me feel safer,” said Behrens, who lives in a 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom rowhouse.
“We have no plans to leave the neighborhood despite the fact that we have a large family in a smallish space.”
Living there: The H Street corridor is bordered to the north by I Street NE, to the south by G Street NE, to the east by Florida Avenue and Maryland Avenue and to the west by 2nd Street NE.
In the past 12 months, 177 properties have sold in the H Street corridor, ranging from a 576-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium for $330,000 to a 3,565-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom traditional-style house for $1.9 million, said Mills, the executive vice president with Compass.
There are 17 homes for sale in the H Street corridor, ranging from a 662-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium for $469,900 to a 2,312-square-foot, six-bedroom, three-bathroom semidetached house for $1.3 million.
Schools: Miner Elementary, Eliot-Hine Middle and Eastern High.
Transit: The H Street corridor is serviced by a number of public transit options. The DC Streetcar runs along the spine of the neighborhood, and the corridor is serviced by the X2 and X9 bus routes, among others. The neighborhood is less than a mile from the Union Station on Metro’s Red Line and about a mile from the NoMa-Gallaudet U station also on Metro’s Red Line.
Crime: Since January, there have been 27 robberies, 26 stolen vehicles, 22 burglaries, six assaults and two homicides reported in the service area that covers the H Street corridor, according to D.C. police.