Eastern Market: European Flair On Capitol Hill

Posted by Mark Washburn on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 7:08am.



The Capitol Hill enclave of Eastern Market is known for its century-old market, nice homes, local farm-fresh produce, independently owned stores and restaurants all within walking distance.  This is a place where on the weekends you can enjoy live music, fresh food, handmade arts and crafts, and jewelry sold by the local artisans.  Inside are a variety of small shops selling produce, cheese, meat and flowers.  On the weekends, artists can be found outside selling their paintings and crafts.  It’s widely viewed as a European lifestyle with many residents shopping at the market daily to buy fresh produce after work.  DC residents and locals pack Eastern Market on the weekends buying produce from vendors or enjoying Tunnicliff’s Restaurant or coffee shop located here.  Restaurants are busy on the weekends.  The neighborhood market is the community hub that connects neighbors, families and visitors.

Along the calm and leafy streets, Eastern Market is one of the city’s largest neighborhoods.  Eastern Market’s boundaries lie within the Capitol Hill Historic District bounded by 3rd Street to the west, East Capitol Street to the north, 11th Street to the east, and Pennsylvania Avenue to the south.  Amenities are well established and many residents have lived here for many years.  It’s a popular neighborhood for all ages---young adults with children and dogs, older families with teenagers, and young and old single professionals.  For families, Eastern Market is family-friendly with kids’ shops on 7th Street, a public library across from the Eastern Market Metro Station, and an arts workshop and sports.

Lovely brick homes with curved wrought iron, mostly row houses and condos, in the Victorian or Federal style are well maintained and covered by the Historic District’s strict regulations.  Most of the Eastern Market homes have cute gardens in their front yard, and some have big porches that can be found throughout the Northwest section of the city.  Home prices are high in this highly desirable neighborhood.

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