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Eckington's pastel-colored rowhouses stand out in this DC neighborhood.

Eckington's pastel-colored rowhouses stand out in this DC neighborhood.

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Eckington: DC’s ‘Quiet Little Secret’

(This post is sponsored by the Keri Shull Team, one of the top real estate teams in the DC Metro area.)

After a prolonged period of being perceived as a dangerous and crime-ridden city up though the ‘90s, Washington, DC since 2000 has made enormous strides to clean up the city and open itself up as a fun, welcoming and safe space for families, young professionals and even retirees. All throughout you’ll see tasteful street art honoring the city’s rich cultural history, and in between you’ll find pockets of new developments and regeneration giving areas a much needed refreshing.

With the influx of interest back into the District, there’s no shortage of exciting, up-and-coming neighborhoods within the nation’s capital. DC’s evolution into the crisp, cool city that it is becoming today can largely be divided into three main facets: as the luxurious but private residences of a neighborhood like Kalorama, as the rejuvenated cultural center of Petworth, and as the timelessness and quality of Eckington. Each aspect captures a different element of the District, but together they encapsulate the changing and modernizing character of the city.

Today, you’ll learn about Eckington.

Eckington | 20002 | A Timeless Community

Metro: Red Line—Rhode Island Avenue Station and NoMa-Gallaudet University/New York Avenue Station

Bus: Metrobus—80, P6, G8, 90 and X3

If you’re looking for something more traditional, you can’t go wrong with the colorful Victorian and Greek Revival rowhouses of Eckington. Living in these gorgeous, well-built residences has made the long-tenured residents here highly picky when it comes to change: it is almost impossible to develop new properties in Eckington. This resistance has tempered the real estate market, making the area one of the nicest yet most affordable neighborhoods to live within DC.

With its residents traditionally electing to preserve rather than overhaul, Eckington’s old, well-built rowhomes are painted in an inviting array of pastels which carry with them a character distinct in the District. A safeguard from gentrification, it is commonly said that the neighborhood changes its inhabitants, rather than the increasingly more frequent inverse.

As part of the larger NoMa quarters, Eckington has flown under the radar compared with surrounding spots. Overshadowed to the south by the transportation hub of Union Station and lesser known than its sister Bloomingdale to the west, locals call Eckington DC’s “quiet little secret.”

Free Attractions

  • The Heart Murals at Union Market (Mr Brainwash, 2015) - One of the most instagram worthy artworks of modern DC, the Heart Murals at Union Market were designed for International Women’s Day in 2015 and have since become among the most iconic works of street art in the city.
  • Crispus Attucks Park - A hidden DC gem, the Crispus Attucks Park is exactly the type of park you’d expect in Eckington: a community run and supported park that is tidy but not stuffy, with a rich history memorializing the past and a clear care the environment and harmonious natural living.

Culture

  • NoMa Business Improvement District - the business development arm of the greater NoMa’s neighborhood, NoMA BID are active promoters and supporters of community events and even host outdoor summer movie screenings, a street art festival, and its trademark 4th of July neighborhood party and cookout.
  • FreshFarm Farmer’s Market - Located at 1150 1st Street N on Sundays from 9am - 1pm, this farmer’s market is the perfect Sunday morning community meeting ground.

Schools

  • Gallaudet University - Top rated federally chartered private university for the deaf and blind.
  • McKinley Technical High School - a STEM-focused high school, McKinley is donned in characteristically “Eckington” architecture with an impressive brick and collonaded facade.

Dining

  • Union Market - Sample from dozens of local vendors selling small batch food items, handmade arts & crafts, and delicious prepared meals at one of the top food halls in the country. Protip: after grabbing a bite that the market, catch a film at the Angelika Pop-Up cinema just down the road!
  • The Pub & The People - Categorically DC, the Pub & the People is a classic American bar-and-grill with an infusion of DC locality. Voted “best neighborhood bar in DC” in 2017.

Be on the lookout for our other profiles of up-and-coming DC neighborhoods, courtesy of the Keri Shull Team.

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