Homes are more important now than ever! I LOVE MY NEIGHBORHOOD ANNAPOLIS!
LIFE ON THE WATER – We love our neighborhood! We are just off of a small creek that flows into the Severn River. Arguably the best boating around, the Severn River shares with us views of stunning homes, relaxing coves, and unbeatable sunsets. Pair that with our quiet cul-de-sac of unique homes and it’s paradise off of the Chesapeake Bay!
DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS is full of local restaurants, ice cream shops, and cute boutiques – all with views of the big boats that troll Ego Alley. Ego Alley is small narrow waterway that leads downtown and boats coming down this way are usually only doing so to be seen 😉
GO NAVY, BEAT ARMY – We live near the Navy Stadium where you can hear the cannons sounding and the jets roaring over during games. Everyone dons navy blue and gold and roots for the Midshipmen!
COMMISSIONING WEEK is a special time in Annapolis. It honors the First Class Midshipmen once they have completed their 4 years at the Naval Academy. There are a number of events leading up to graduation – one of the most popular being the US Navy Blue Angels! Locals and visitors take to Downtown and to the waters to catch a view of the rehearsals leading up to the big show!
THE CHARMING TOWNS OF THE EASTERN SHORE are just a short drive away! Explore St Michaels, Easton, Cambridge, Rock Hall, Chesapeake Beach, and more!
CRAB CAKES – Everyone claims they have the best crab cake in town. That’s what everyone that visits Annapolis wants, right? In that case – here’s a shameless plug for Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport. Just a short walk across the Spa Creek bridge (or a water taxi ride) from Downtown and you’re set up to enjoy the best “all killer, no filler” crab cake in town.
Nina and Nils
WE LOVE ALEXANDRIA!
Homes 🏠 are more important now than ever and we are inspired hearing what our clients/friends (they are one in the same) love about where they live.
We love Old Town because of the community! We love burger night at Chadwicks on Mondays, Walking our dogs to get coffees in the mornings, live music and Fish Market on Wednesdays, and the lively farmers market on Saturdays.
There is so much to do and we love calling Old Town our home.
Lighting of Xmas tree at city hall is one of our all time faves of year.
We love all the parades down King Street.
The new Tall Ship just came to OT and kids and adults alike love it.
Ghost tours are so much fun.
Lots of great clothing boutiques and home stores.
I love T-Salt and the Hive.
There is a kid friendly park at the end of King Street along with 2 others in old town.
Hard to pick fave restaurant as we love them all but our top spots are… Best restaurant for history lovers-Gatsby Tavern
Best coffee- Dolce. Gelato
Best sushi- Momo
Best seafood-Fish Market
Restaurant with Best view-Chart House
Best wine bar is a tie between Sonoma cellar and Brut. Sonoma wins in my book bc they allow dogs on back patio and have dog menu
Best Italian is tie between Mia’s and Landini. Mia also wins this with me bc they allow dogs on their patio and also have a dog menu.
Favorite French-la Fontaine
Best Mexican- los Quartos
Best ice cream/deserts- Kilwins… there are lots of other great ones as well. .
The bike path goes right thru OT so we are on it constantly going to Mt Vernon and DC
I walk to my church that is 3 blocks away, St Pauls ❤️ Martha, Stephen, 7 kids + 3 dogs
WE LOVE PALISADES!
Our family moved to the Palisades from Georgetown in 2012. We love the Palisades for many reasons: The character bungalows, diverse neighbors, the spectacular sunsets and the beautiful views of wildlife soaring over the Potomac river. The extensive trail system is amazing for outdoor dog lovers like us. We love walking to the quaint farmer’s market on Sundays and enjoying some of the region’s best restaurants, such as, Black Salt, Et Voila, Bistro Aracosia and others. Mac market is family owned and has great sandwiches and grocery items. .
We have easy access to Georgetown, Bethesda and both airports. Best of all, the Palisades is full of wonderful families and people (some real characters too:) and if you are dog person, you will get to know so many people and the dogs will enhance your life!
Rory and Cynthia
WHY WE LOVE OBSERVATORY CIRCLE!
“For years before moving to Observatory Circle, we knew that was the neighborhood we wanted to call home. We were lucky enough to have Kimberly and Daryl find our dream home in that very place four years ago. .
We love Observatory Circle because of its suburban feel in the middle of a bustling city. With 3 small children, walkability is very important to us. We love taking our family for walks to Cathedral Commons to grab a bite, strolling through the gardens on the grounds of the National Cathedral, and exploring the tree-lined paths by the Naval Observatory. Our proximity to the retail center of Glover Park is paramount. The convenience of running a quick errand to Ace Hardware, CVS and Trader Joe’s cannot be underestimated. .
Our neighborhood is filled with eclectic houses, gorgeous gardens, and friendly neighbors. We feel truly blessed to have found such an oasis in Northwest and we certainly love our forever home!”
Elizabeth and Graham
WHY WE LOVE FOXHALL VILLAGE!
“We live in Foxhall Village, which was built in the late 1920’s by a builder named Boss & Phelps. The houses here were designed in the English Tudor style and the borders of our neighborhood are Foxhall Road, Glover-Archbold Park and Reservoir Road. Boss and Phelps designed these houses so that they would all appear slightly different. Our neighborhood is now a “historical neighborhood,” so we cannot make changes to the front of our houses. This is a great thing because it means that we will never have “pop-up” houses or houses that are not in conformity with our beautiful neighborhood. The back of our house looks out onto Glover-Archbold Park, which makes us feel as if we are in the suburbs, yet we only have to walk through the park to get to Georgetown. The D6 bus takes us to downtown and runs on a frequent schedule during rush hour. For lunch, we often walk to our neighborhood shopping center inside Foxhall Village, where we eat at Jetties. The Foxhall Community Citizens Association keeps our neighborhood together by hosting various holiday events in the three large grassy circles that Boss & Phelps designed to prevent traffic from speeding through our neighborhood. During the Cherry Blossom season, Surrey Lane, which is in Foxhall Village, is perhaps the most beautiful street in D.C. – it has cherry blossoms on both sides of the street, which brings many people to take pictures. My wife grew up in the Palisades, which is across Foxhall Road from Foxhall Village. My parents live in Foxhall Village. I graduated from Georgetown University and my wife volunteers at the Maker Hub at Georgetown University’s Library, where she teaches letterpress printing. So, we haven’t gone very far in life and we are proud of that!”
J.P. and Lauren
WHY WE LOVE ADAMS MORGAN!
“We moved to the very southern tip of Adams Morgan almost 20 years ago, in December 2000.
We loved the central location, with access to U Street, Dupont and being a 20 minute walk from my office on M Street. The neighborhood and the city were very different places from what we experience today. Both the city and our neighborhood have been re-born in the past 20 years, and now boast amenities we could not have imagined in 2000. We love where we live because we are in the center of everything, with all the great things our city has to offer within a walk or short Uber ride away.
The bodega on the corner of 18th and Florida is now The Imperial, (imperialdc.com) a chic raw bar with a whisky bar in the basement, owned by the same people who brought us another favorite, Jack Rose Dining Saloon, an American restaurant with the largest collection of rare whiskeys and bourbons in the world. Besides these, we are four blocks from the bustling dining scene on 14th Street and a 10 minute walk from our go-to favorite diner, Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, and a block away from neighborhood Tex-Mex institution, Lauriol Plaza, and our favorite Thai, Regent.
To burn off all the dining out calories, we count on the awesome coaches at CrossFit MPH, a 10 minute bike-ride away, on Church Street and 15th St. in Logan Circle. We love living a 15 minute walk from the National Zoo and being able to access the beautiful trails of Rock Creek Park, just off of Calvert Street. We also love living a 20 minute walk from Georgetown, and I usually walk or bike to get my haircut at David Rios Salon on Wisconsin Ave. and P Street. We also love living within walking or biking distance of some of our best friends, who are in Logan Circle, Georgetown and Dupont Circle. We travel often for work and pleasure and having National Airport a 15 minute Uber ride away in the early mornings is a dream come true.”
Ross & Shane
I LOVE BETHESDA LIFE
This is my second time living the “BETHESDA LIFE”. It is quaint suburban living with the ‘big city vibe’ with its pedestrian friendly pathways to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, ice cream shops, pizza places, yoga studios, a variety of clothing stores and so much more. On the weekend you will find the lively ritual Quartermain coffee and Bethesda bagel hang-out crowds. Bethesda is known for causal & friendly neighbors where you experience and enjoy the diversity of people walking the doggies, jogging, biking or skating on the crescent trail. I should also mention the wonderful public-school system which my son was fortunate to attend. Finally, many Bethesdan know of the warm hearted and friendly Officer John S. who is a welcome site in the neighborhood. Bethesda is home my home and I enjoy the “Bethesda Life”.
WE LOVE CAPITAL HILL
In 2015, our son was turning four and we had that inevitable conversation about where we should live as he started moving through school. We were looking for a place that brought the best of both city and suburban living together: great restaurants, bars, shopping, and events, plus, big parks, friendly neighbors, community traditions and excellent schools. Brent Elementary, Capitol Hill Day and St. Peters are among some of the most sought-after elementary schools in the city and ultimately a huge reason we made our decision to come here.We have been so lucky to have all opportunities for everyone in the family right out our doorstep. The sprawling greenery that line our streets and parks provide shade in the summer and the beauty of all four seasons. Our miles of bike lanes and trails can take you as far as you want to go whether it be up toward Kenilworth Aquatic Garden, over to the wild reserves of Kingman Island, or in and out of the C&O Canal.
If you like to stay close to home, we have dozens of independent shops and restaurants at Navy Yard, The Wharf, Barracks Row, and Eastern Market. Some of the highest end, even Michelin-starred, restaurants like Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls are right here as well as neighborhood gems like Mangialardos, Schneider’s Liquor and the Tune Inn. Monuments, Memorials, Museums, the Hill, the Mall, music venues and theaters and all that occupy the halls of the Smithsonian is also just a stone’s throw away.
Our block hosts the longest standing block party in all of DC – the Duddington Block party – going strong for 50 straight years as well as annual newsworthy Halloween parties and celebrations that take place every fall. If you are a sports fan you can root on our favorite sports teams like the Washington Nationals or DC United but the best part of this part of the Hill most recently has been our new Whole Foods just two blocks away!
Capitol Hill is a community that many people from all over the world call home. A place that people come to stay, to build friends, community and relationships that stand the test of time. One of the many reasons that make this one of the best and most unique communities in the country. We love this community; we love this block and we love our neighbors. We are excited to share the history of this block and this home with the next family and hope you love living here as much as we have.
Steve, Tara and Luca
I LOVE NAVY YARD
Navy Yard is a vibrant community with a great vibe. Every weekend there are a number of people with picnics in Yards Park. Located right off the Anacostia River the views are spectacular and the restaurants are plentiful.
My favorite shop in Navy Yard is Pacers Running. They’ve got an extensive array of shoes and running gear. There are plentiful other stores we enjoy around the neighborhood for shopping.
Speaking of running, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is amazing and there are so many spots to run or walk or bike. My favorite routes are heading over to Anacostia Park or running up to the Mall. Also, it is fun running to Historic Congressional Cemetery to check out all the history. You can also buy memberships for dog walking there.
I’m a huge soccer fan so I’m excited for soccer to come back at Audi Field, about a 10-minute walk from my condo at The Bower. The women’s professional team, Washington Spirit, will be playing a third of their games at Audi, and there is baseball too, of course!
There are so many new restaurants in Navy Yard and many are offering take out. Enjoy Agua 301 for Mexican fare and of course Bluejacket beers are delicious. My favorites include heading to Dacha for a pretzel and a shoe-mug full of beer or grabbing a pie from All Purpose pizza. Don’t miss Chloe’s legendary cauliflower either!
WE LOVE DUPONT
The Dupont neighborhood is so wonderfully convenient to everything that we can’t imagine living anywhere else in DC. There are probably 50 restaurants within a ½ mile walk, at all price points and degrees or formality. We have the basic shops starting with groceries (Whole Foods, Safeway), hardware stores, dry cleaners, pharmacies, and great gyms (LOVE Vida Fitness). We have easy access to the metro, and frequently walk downtown and to the Kennedy Center. There is green space nearby, access to bike trails, and the great Sunday Dupont circle farmers market. The Dupont Circle Citizen’s Association (DCCA) is active and meaningful, and organizes events focused on neighborhood and DC wide issues, as well as social activities.
We moved to Dupont in 2012, and are very glad we did.
Debbie & Robert
We absolutely LOVE living in FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS!
As our family of two grew to include a dog and a child, our apartment in Logan Circle felt too crowded for the four of us. We were initially hesitant to leave the excitement and the convenience of 14th Street, but all the benefits of Friendship Heights made it a better fit for our growing family.
Proximity to DC – We live a minute drive from the Maryland/DC border, and so we’re the closest thing to being in DC without actually being in DC. The Friendship Heights metro (red line) is a leisurely walk from our place, and commuting to DC is easy and traffic-free.
Space, space, space – One of the best parts of living here is the additional space we have for dinner parties and BBQs, for vegetable gardens and sandboxes and for playrooms and man-caves.
Family friendly – I can’t say enough about how great this area is for our family. There are a few parks/playgrounds walking distance from us, and we visit Willard Avenue Park almost daily. Of course, Montgomery County is known for its public schools, and we are lucky to live in an exceptionally good zone. Beyond the parks and the schools, the people in this neighborhood form a tight-knit community. There is an active neighborhood listserv with events and parades and holiday gatherings throughout the year.
Great shopping – Bloomingdale’s, Saks and Neiman Marcus are walking distance. Need I say more?
Restaurants – We were pleasantly surprised by the restaurant scene. Downtown Bethesda which is a 5-minute drive from us has a ton of great places, but Friendship Heights does as well. We frequent Lia’s, a neighborhood pasta and pizza place and Sushiko, which is our 3.5-year old’s favorite restaurant on earth. She knows everyone who works there, and they greet her by name and hug.
WE LOVE OLD TOWN!
Why do we love Old Town? Where do we even start? The list of attributes seems endless…
Old Town provides the charm of small town living with Big City access. Let’s talk options: metro, car, and water taxi are the big 3. We can get anywhere from here and take advantage of sporting events (Go Nats! Go Caps!), concert venues, museums, fabulous dining, shopping, The Kennedy Center, the sights of DC; you name it, and we are there! Having Reagan Airport right around the corner is a huge bonus.
The walkability is downright amazing. We travel on foot to restaurants, shopping, grocery stores: anything you might need is within reach. Waterfront walks and heading down the Mt Vernon trail are some of our favorite things. Did we mention access??? It seems to be a theme living here.
Can you say Dog Crazy? Yes, Old Town loves the four-legged friends and in this regard, we fit right in.
Did you know:
Old Town has the oldest continuously run Farmers’ Market in the U.S.
Old Town is a Shop Small destination with 100+ independently owned businesses.
Old Town is considered one of the countries’ Most Romantic cities with its cobblestone streets and picturesque row houses.
The King Street Mile is included in the list of the “Great Streets” of America.
As a former military family, this is the longest we have ever lived in one location. We honestly thought the urge to pick up and move would hit, but 5 years later, our love affair with Old Town continues.
A huge shout out to Daryl, and WFP, for getting us into our forever home.
Come give Old Town a try, it does not disappoint.
WE LOVE LOGAN CIRCLE!
Even during Covid 19, the historic Logan Circle area makes a big impression. It’s a wonderful mix of grand houses, quaint apartments, and people of all stripes. Trees and flower-filled gardens line the many streets. Outdoor dining takes some of the loneliness out of working from home. The busy Whole Foods and VIDA gym make for great people watching.
Logan, as it’s known, has many conveniences so you rarely have to leave, but at its heart it’s an arts district. Hopefully, we’ll see the wonderful theaters like Studio and Keegan and quirky shops like Miss Pixie’s open their doors again soon.
When going out with friends, our favorites include: Pearl Dive’s outdoor bar, Le Dip’s steak frites, Colada’s Cuban coffee and Jeni’s Ice Cream.
Like so many DC neighborhoods, Logan has a rich African-American history. Check out the many markers and colorful murals and learn all about the many famous people and humble heroes that have made it so memorable.