Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill, DC Real Estate

Capitol Hill, aside from being a metonym for the United States Congress, is the largest historic residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C., stretching to the east in front of the United States Capitol building along wide avenues. It is also one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.

The neighborhood that is now called Capitol Hill started to develop when the government began work at two locations – at the Capitol and the Washington Navy Yard. Capitol Hill has remained a fairly stable middle-class neighborhood throughout its existence, though more recently the area has undergone intense gentrification.

Capitol Hill’s landmarks include not only the United States Capitol, but also the Supreme Court building, the Senate and House office buildings, the Marine Barracks, the Library of Congress, the Washington Navy Yard, and Congressional Cemetery. It is, however, largely a residential neighborhood composed predominantly of townhouses of varying styles and periods. Side by side exist early 19th century manor houses, Federal townhouses, small frame dwellings, ornate Italianate bracketed houses, and the late 19th century press brick rowhouses with their often whimsical decorative elements combining Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, and Eastlakian motifs. The main commercial corridor of Capitol Hill is Pennsylvania Avenue, a lively street with shops, restaurants and bars. It is also the site of an outdoor flea market every weekend.


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