14th Street Named One of Sexiest Neighborhoods in America
The center of DC’s renaissance, 14th Street, has earned a new accolade: It has been named by Thrillist.com’s travel issue as one of the “10 Sexiest Neighborhoods in America.” It joins the company of South Beach in Miami, South Bay in Los Angeles and Back Bay in Boston; 14th Street is the only neighborhood in DC to make the list. 14th Street is near the established neighborhoods of Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, and Shaw enjoying the vibrancy of urban living.
The area’s central location and lively reputation contributes to the influx of young college-educated young adults moving here in the last 5 years, as well continued growth in jobs in the government sector and DC overall. Thanks largely to more than $3 billion in investment money poured into this stretch of 14 Street, young professionals are settling here and coming here on the weekends. Sparked by the resurgence of the 14th Street corridor, young professionals are living in its upscale row houses; dining at good restaurants and one-of-a-kind-bars; shopping at stylish boutiques, sleek furniture stores, and home design shops; and attending popular music venues. Pretty young people have solidified 14th Street’s status as “sexy” and the new “it” neighborhood in the nation’s capitol.
Mid-rises are replacing vacant lots and the commercial vitality is seen all over 14th Street. Nearly every block in a 1-mile stretch along 14th Street has been renovated with new buildings sprouting up: from modern residential condos and lofts to ground floor retail space. From grit to glamour, 14th Street has been transformed and young 20-and 30-somethings are flocking to it. The location is a walker’s paradise and a commuter’s dream: 14th Street from Rhode Island to Florida Avenue is just 2 miles north of the downtown National Mall, near a major Metro Station and in the center of dining, bars, shopping and entertainment. Upscale condos are going up with rooftop decks, pools and luxury amenities. It’s no wonder the stretch of 14th Street that bridges Logan Circle and U Street has become one of DC’s most fashionable neighborhoods. Once Whole Foods on P Street came into the neighborhood in 2000, other retailers followed: Starbucks, indie coffee shops, yoga studios, fitness centers, high-end home furnishings, art galleries and a stretch of condo buildings.