January 2014

Found 14 blog entries for January 2014.

A tongue-in-cheek survey of what makes America’s metros great by Moveto ranks DC as the 5th best city for 2013.  Categories looked at over the course of a year by Movoto real estate blog covered areas such as cities with the nerdiest, smartest, hardest working, most exciting, and family-friendly residents.  Their self-proclaimed “Saturday Night Science” data showed DC #1 for Smartest city in America for 2013, as well as high rankings for Most Exciting city, Best Dressed, Food Lovers, Hardest Working, Funniest and Healthiest.

Topping the list is Portland, Oregon, followed by Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco and DC. of the 50 cities looked at in this study. The DC area is home to more new residents between the ages of 25-34 than any other city in the U.S. 

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While gated communities are found throughout the DC suburbs, they are very rare in the District.  An alternative to gated communities that can be found in several neighborhoods in DC are  mews-style developments.  “Mews” is a small development of townhouse-style units clustered together and often gated.  It is a British term describing a row of carriage homes below and living quarters above, built around a paved yard or court, or along a street, usually behind large city homes.  DC's mews-style developments have proven to be quite popular with listings often selling within days of hitting the market.  Mews developments in the District include:

Decatur Mews
Decatur Mews is a 3-story development featuring 11 units located at 1725 20th Street NW between

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City Vista showcases lavish condos, top-notch amenities and a convenient location living in the center of DC.  Amenities include a fitness center, community center, business center, a fully staffed grand lobby, the Vista Green, and a roof-top pool.  The bustling neighborhood of Gables City Vista is unmatched with equally sophisticated home interiors reflecting the best of urban living chic.
City Vista lays out a wide variety of dining options for busy Washingtonians---dine-in, takeout and delivery.  City Vista restaurants are known around the city for contemporary cuisine among the hip and in-the-know crowd: almost all of the restaurants turn up on Best of DC lists.  Busboys & Poets showcases a visually interesting open layout and global fare to suit

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There’s good news and bad news.  First, the bad news: Travel and Leisure Magazine calls DC the least attractive city in the country because they say the locals are seen as unfriendly and not stylish.  San Francisco was ranked the most attractive city.  DC moved down 4 places to take the very bottom slot this year.  But the good news: Travel and Leisure put DC in 1st place for its museums, art galleries, history and classical music.

It’s said that DC is more the class President/Valedictorian type rather than the stereotypical good-looking “cheerleader” type.  DC attracts educated and attractive people, as a cosmopolitan city.  After DC, the number 2 spot for least attractive is Salt Lake City.  Rounding out the Travel and Leisure Magazine Top 10 is Las

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