Both newcomers and long-time residents agree that the neighborhoods in D.C.'s West End are very underrated.The West End is a Northwest Washington neighborhood south of Dupont Circle and east of the Potomac River. In the early 1970s, the area was industrial, made mostly of parking lots and mechanic shops. Today, however, it's so much different. It's a neighborhood that's close to everything -- stores, hotels, restaurants, and residences. There's even ample green space! West End has actually become one of the more attractive places in the city to live in recent years, becoming home to corporate lawyers, doctors, and wealthy retirees who can afford the area’s high-end residential offerings and enjoy the proximity to Georgetown and I-66.
At the southwest corner of the neighborhood sits The Kennedy Center, with George Washington University situated smack in the center. The southeast corner of the neighborhood features the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and U.S. State Department. West End is also home to some of D.C.’s highest-end condo buildings: 22 West, the Ritz-Carlton, and The Columbia. Hotels include the Washington Marriott Georgetown, the Westin, the Fairmont, the Embassy Suites, and the District by Hilton Club.