Exploring The Penn Quarter
For a New York City-type vibe, homebuyers should invest their time looking at the Penn Quarter, an urban area infused with sophisticated restaurants, a lot of pedestrians, bustling retail, and topped by condominium buildings above retail space. Penn Quarter, a neighborhood in the east end of downtown DC north of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, is a popular area for buyers since it is awash in amenities and a vibrant 24/7 residential and commercial community. Public transit options are plentiful, with many Metro stations in its vicinity and bus routes, city bikes and a high Walk Score.
Penn Quarter’s general boundaries are along F Street, NW, from 5th to 10th Streets, and H Street on the north where Penn Quarter overlaps with Chinatown. Penn Quarter was rejuvenated by the Verizon Center, an entertainment destination at 7th and F Streets, which opened in 1997, formerly known as the MCI Center and a hub for concerts, Capitals Hockey, Washington Wizards basketball and home of Georgetown University’s basketball team. Penn Quarter is at the center of a cultural arts revival in DC with entertainment, such as museums, theaters, bars, restaurants, contemporary art galleries, food and wine festivals, a popular farmers market, fitness studios, day spas, Lucky Strike upscale bowling alley, gelato shops, coffee shops, Regal movie theaters, the Shakespeare Theatre, American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The National Mall is a few blocks south with DC’s best-known Smithsonian museums, memorials and monuments. Penn Quarter is one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods for dining and entertainment with more than 50 restaurants, from fine dining to family-friendly with an extensive choice of cuisine from all over the world.
The Newseum, located in Penn Quarter at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, is an interactive museum of news and journalism, and includes the largest display of a section of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany, a gallery of 9/11 attacks and much more. Inside the Newseum is Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, The Source. The Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro Station, Metro Center, Judiciary Square, and Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Stations all serve Penn Quarter. The world-renowned Ford’s Theater, located at 511 10th Street, NW, is a historic theater used for stage performances; the former site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln owned by the National Park Service. The National Portrait Gallery is a historic art museum on the corner of 8th and F Streets, NW, and part of the Smithsonian Institution. Its collection focuses on American art, opened in 1968.