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.
Many who live in West End love the neighborhood's unique charm, and home hunters might find that they can actually get a better deal in Foggy Bottom or West End than in surrounding areas.
Over the past year, there were no homicides -- only one assault with a gun -- and property crimes dropped 21 percent, according to the D.C. Police Department.
Other neighborhood amenities and selling points include dry cleaners, a flower shop, banks, a pharmacy, medical offices, and fitness venues while there are also ample grocery shopping options — Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods Market.
West End has everything you could ever need, right at your fingertips! So, whether you're a potential renter, a tourist, or a basic shopper, you should stop by and check it out. This may just be the neighborhood for you!