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adams morgan dc

A vibrant community that’s now filled with an array of available nightlife, the Adams Morgan of today gains much of its current character from the history that first shaped the community. These days the walk-able, urban neighborhood is home to a number of young families, but it’s the diversity of the community that many find so appealing.

Filled with a number of 19th and early 20th century buildings and row houses, you’ll also find a diverse collection of dining establishments, with everything from Indian and Chinese to Ethiopian and Italian cuisine represented. You’ll also commonly find live music at any one of the dozens of nightclubs and bars that dot the area.

Other celebrated events and attractions include multicultural celebrations such as

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starbucks logo

One of DC’s first suburbs is about to gain a decidedly modern new storefront. Anacostia is set to soon be home to DC’s very first stand-alone Starbucks east of the Anacostia River.

It’s part of a development going in to a vacant lot along Martin Luther King Junior Avenue SE. That complex, named Maple View Flats, will also consists of more than 100 affordable rental housing units plus more than 14,000 square feet of retail space and underground parking.

While a majority of the residential units are one-bedrooms, there will also be some two- and three-bedroom units for families within Maple View Flats. Currently under construction, the development is slated for a lot that’s stood vacant for more than three decades. The mixed-use development joins

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16th street heights washington dc

Offering up a sense of suburbia in the city, 16th Street Heights continues to lure in new residents, enamored by the sense of a true neighborhood atmosphere. Filled with mostly a mix of single-family homes and row homes, the mostly quiet neighborhood is a true delight.

Generally bounded by 16th Street NW on the western edge, Georgia Avenue on the eastern side, Missouri Avenue NW on the north side and Arkansas Avenue NW on the south side, the low-density neighborhood traces its roots back to the 19th century. The neighborhood grew and flourished thanks in part to the nearby streetcar lines, and many residents have lived in their homes for years.

In fact, it’s not that often that the homes of 16th Street Heights actually come on the market. When

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rock creek park

With a history spanning back more than a century, Rock Creek Park continues to maintain its role as a peaceful retreat, a place of solitude in the capitol. Not only is the park a place for outdoor recreation but also a place full of DC history.

Dating back to the late 1800s, Rock Creek Park spans more than 1,700 acres of wooded terrain, hiking trails, wildlife and heritage. Earmarked in 1890 by the federal government as the third national park, the location to this day remains a popular place for locals and visitors alike.

It’s also the National Park System’s oldest natural urban park and the Rock Creek Historic District now sits on the National Register of Historic Places. To reflect this history, efforts are currently underway to give the park

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welcome to arlington

There’s no doubt that Arlington County is a great place to live, and now it’s received top honors for something that’s not always so easy to see at first glance. The county just took home a major award for its environmentally friendly practices.

Given out by the U.S. Green Building Council, the award honors Arlington County as the very first Platinum level community. The certification is linked to the USGBC’s newly launched LEED for Communities program.

In basic terms, the certification is a reflection of the county’s efforts and success in economic prosperity, focusing on things like health and safety, affordable housing and education. In addition, the award also honors Arlington County for its success in managing storm water and its reduction

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constellation on h - 1402 h st ne dc

One of the newest and most exciting additions to the H Street Corridor, Constellation on H presents a vibrant new option for living in one of the most desirable locations in all of DC. Surrounded by restaurants and nightlife, the hip new condos add yet another level of sophistication to the area.

Offering up views of the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument, the luxury condos take up an entre city block, with a number of uniquely designed floor plans constructed to appeal to a variety of buyers. In all, the six-story building includes the option of around two-dozen different residences, mostly one- and two-bedrooms.

While some of the smaller units command around 700 square feet of living space, some of the larger units provide upwards of

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swampoodle park noma

Rendering: NoMa Parks Foundation

A new park is coming to NoMa, and its name takes a nod to the past. The first park from the NoMa Business Improvement District is unofficially named “Swampoodle Park”.

That’s the name that garnered the most votes in a recent online survey. According to those behind the survey, the name came out on tops with about two-thirds of the 1,500 or so survey responses.

Other possibilities included calling it the 3rd and L Park or Old City Corner. The newly minted name of Swampoodle Park becomes official pending the fate of a future bill that still has to go before the DC Council and the mayor.

Swampoodle comes from a play on words dating back to the 19th century. Settled by Irish immigrants, the name is a

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ballston - arlington va

Within a short stroll of area restaurants, grocery stores, entertainment options and more, Ballston presents a true walkable neighborhood in Arlington County. This desirable community allows for residents to experience the best of both worlds; situated only a few miles from DC, yet retaining somewhat of a small-town feel.

Full of everything from single-family homes and condos to apartments and high-rises, the community also offers easy access to local theaters, a comedy club, and dozens upon dozens of dining options, all within just a few blocks of each other. You’ll also find unique options in retail stores, plus the Ballston Common Mall and the Ballston Farmers Market, a weekly attraction during the warmer months of the year.

While served by

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eleven 15th - 11 15th st ne dc 20002

A new conversion project is coming to Kingman Park, where developers are just finishing up construction of Eleven15th. Only a handful of residences remain in the new condo building, situated in one of DC’s most desirable, up-and-coming areas.

With a total of 10 condos to choose from, a majority of the units of Eleven15th are one-bedrooms, starting at 550 square feet in size. In addition, the building also offers several two-bedroom condos, with homes of up to 750 square feet of living space.

The upscale condos feature such upgrades as hardwood floors, oversized windows and high ceilings, plus stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Other desirable features of the residences include floating vanities in the baths and the option of

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the wharf

It’s only been about two months since its grand opening, but already visitors and residents are finding there’s plenty of action at The Wharf. This vibrant new development is home to numerous retailers, restaurants and entertainment options, and it seems there’s no slowing down.

Already, business leaders say they’re thrilled with the results, as the sidewalks are filled with pedestrians, eager to experience all that the development has to offer. Thousands of people are said to have boarded the free shuttle to The Wharf since it opened, while hundreds of bike riders are said to utilize the Maine Avenue bike lane on a daily basis.

Backers also say they’ve seen a big uptick in the amount of traffic coming in after dark, as more and more people come

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