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20001 zip code map

As developers take aim at improving more and more DC communities, it should come as no surprise that the metro area is quickly becoming one of the most gentrified in the nation. In fact, according to newly released research from RENTCafé, an online rental listing service, Washington DC is near the top of the list when it comes to “The Nation’s Fastest Gentrifying Zip Codes”.

When looking at Zip Codes across the nation, analysts found that the 20001 Zip Code takes second on the list of the top 10 fastest-gentrifying Zip Codes in the US. Researchers looks at a total of 11,000 different Zip Codes in the years between 2000 and 2016, taking into account US Census Bureau data from 2000 and American Community Survey findings from 2016.

They were

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m street geirgetown

It’s a case of east versus west in Georgetown, with two villages vying for their own identities. For years known as East Village and West Village, or rather the area to the east of Wisconsin Avenue NW and the area to the west, the two villages combine to make up one of the hottest locations in the DC area.

Georgetown is known for its more affluent residents and gracious properties, with a reputation, reliable or not, that East Village is slightly more pronounced in that area. The village is home to several impressive estates, including Tudor Place, the elegant Evermay and the now regal museum and research library of Dumbarton Oaks.

In reality, though, you’ll find exquisite homes on both sides of the roadway and some big name residents, including

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dc millennials

It’s no secret that DC is a hot place to live, work and play, but it seems that the feeling easily transcends generations. At least when it comes to Gen-Xers and Millennials, anyways, the two generations share great taste in the place they call home.

While millennials are often lured by culture, decent pay and the tech centers of the nation, those who make up Gen-X are often in search of affordability and lots of square footage. With that in mind, analyzed a lot of information, including US Census Bureau migration data, change in homeownership data and even information about where different generations are searching for homes online, and then came up with some predictions.

The DC area appears extremely attractive to Generation X, as

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peninsula 88 - 88 v street sw dc

With the option of one- and two-bedroom condos plus penthouse units, Peninsula 88 brings a new option in waterfront living to the DC area.  This eight-story high-rise provides room for more than 100 condominium homes in an ideal setting in Buzzard Point.

Surrounded on three sides by water, Peninsula 88 offers condos ranging from around 700 square feet to some of around 1,400 square feet in size, priced starting in the $500,000s. Designed by Eric Colbert & Associates, the building backs up to Buzzard Point Marina and Buzzard Point Park, just a short walk from major redevelopment in the area.

It joins a range of exciting other projects in Buzzard Point, from the new D.C. United Stadium to additional housing and retail space at the site of the

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From trendy new destinations to traditional row homes, shops and plentiful green space, Georgetown is truly one of DC’s most livable neighborhoods. The highly sought after neighborhood is both charming and authentic, providing a large number of things to do and places to go.

While Georgetown is no doubt at the top of the list for many tourists, it’s also a fantastic place to call home. You’ll find many of the area’s best boutique shops in Georgetown, along with unique dining spots and retailers. In addition, the neighborhood is full of biking and running trails plus numerous parks that make it easy to enjoy abundant outdoor recreation.

The area is also known for housing an impressive collection of original row houses as well as meticulously

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pennsylvania avenue dcPhoto: Enicok

Dubbed “America’s Main Street”, Pennsylvania Avenue is one of the most prestigious locations for real estate in the world. Not only is it home to the White House but also to the U.S. Capitol and Market Square.

You’ll also find the Trump International Hotel here, at home in the Old Post Office, and a number of lobbyists and prominent law firms are situated in the many office towers that line the famous street. Noted as one of the nation’s most expensive streets for office space, it’s also one of the most visible.

You’ll find that numerous processions, parades and even protests are staged along Pennsylvania Avenue, with perhaps the most important stretch of it running just over a mile from the White House to the Capitol. The avenue

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the fedora - 1651 belmont st nw dc

With a stylish name and contemporary architecture, it’s easy for those who simply pass by The Fedora to forget that the site has a remarkable history all its own. Though delivered only about a decade ago, the condos sit on a piece of land significant for much more than just modern real estate.

First opened as a mid-century bordering house, the Pitts Motor Hotel once served as a stopping off point for such big names as Martin Luther King Jr, Harry Belafonte and Aretha Franklin. Attracting the likes of civil rights leaders and black entertainers, it’s said Franklin once performed in the hotel’s basement lounge and neighbors used to spot comedian Dick Gregory, a frequent guest, walking up and down the neighborhood streets.

But history wasn’t always

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ballston - arlington va

Within an easy walk of virtually everything you need, the Ballston community presents an urban environment that’s full of fun and enjoyment at every turn. This walkable, Arlington County neighborhood is close enough to the city to enjoy all the comforts that the area provides, yet removed enough to enjoy more of a small-town atmosphere.

Served by the Metro, it’s just as easy to get around Ballston by foot or bike as it is any other way, exploring all that the community has to offer its residents and visitors. The triangular-shaped area includes a variety of condos, apartment buildings and office buildings, plus some single-family homes and some retail.

It’s also home to a movie theater, comedy club, an ice hockey training center and even an

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the tombs - georgetownPhoto: Serge Melki

One of the most iconic destinations for students and movie fans alike, for decades now The Tombs has been serving up late night drinks and grub to locals and visitors. This Georgetown staple is definitely a favorite of Georgetown University students, and the convenient location is only part of its charm.

Found on the edge of campus, The Tombs is often packed with hungry patrons during the day, and plenty of revelry at night. From a great place to catch a game on TV to a lively destination for Sunday brunch, The Tombs certainly appeals to the crowds.

Tucked away within a mid 1800s-era townhouse, The Tombs shares its location with a fine dining restaurant and an art deco restaurant, commonly used for private parties. The Tombs,

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 elysium logan - 1427 rhode island ave nw

Now with the convenience and ease of move-in ready condos, Elysium Logan presents a new option for luxury living in Logan Circle. This new development of nearly three-dozen condos enjoys the ease of living within steps of a grocery store, area parks, plus some of the most desirable dining and entertainment options in the DC area.

Also close to shopping and more, the surrounding Logan Circle neighborhood certainly supplies new residents with an array of exciting and desirable options. Of course, this is in addition to the impressive new offerings of the new property, itself.

The upscale residences of Elysium Logan range from one- to even three-bedroom floor plans, all with an array of desirable options, from more cozy units to more spacious

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