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Relocating to Washington DC? 6 Surprising Things You Need To Know

Are you considering a move to Washington, DC? The nation’s capital is a vibrant and dynamic city, offering a unique blend of history, culture, and opportunities. However, amidst the excitement of relocating to such an iconic city, newcomers might encounter a few surprising aspects.

From navigating the infamous traffic snarls to discovering the diverse culinary scene and exploring the city’s commitment to sustainability, Washington, D.C. has a lot in store for those making it their new home. In this blog post, we’ll delve into six surprising things you might encounter when relocating to Washington, D.C., shedding light on both the challenges and delights that come with living in this bustling metropolis.

So, buckle up and get ready for an insider’s look at what awaits you in the heart of the nation’s capital.

 Traffic Isn’t THAT bad

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JK. Actually, the traffic is bad, and for some commuters, it’s downright terrible. If you’ve ever told anyone you are relocating to Washington, DC, this is probably the first thing they tell you!

But depending on your work schedule, you may be able to miss some of the worst traffic. Living closer is a big part of dodging traffic woes since the beltway and the highways into the area are a major source of congestion.

Of course, the Metro is helpful, but the most essential way to deal with DC traffic is to opt-out! DC is one of the most walkable urban centers in the country, and if you choose one of the amazing in-town DC neighborhoods, you may be able to forego the car altogether.

Going Green is really easy here.

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DC has one of the most extensive park systems in the country, with both metro DC and national parks easily accessible. Rock Creek Park has everything you could ever want if you love the outdoors, and the generally mild DC weather means you can enjoy outdoor activities for most of the year.

In addition, gorgeous areas like the US Botanical Garden, Meridian Hill, and the US Arboretum mean year-round natural beauty is just a Metro stop away.

The food scene is kind of ridiculous.

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We mean that in a really good way!

Some of the country’s greatest and most innovative chefs are working in DC right now, and it seems that every neighborhood has a Michelin-nominated chef in the making.

Jose Andres, Fabio, Maria Trabocchi, Wolfgang Puck, and Robert Wiedmaier–DC are a who’s who of incredible innovators in the food world. You’re sure to find a favorite restaurant no matter which awesome neighborhood you call home, and your only problem will be becoming an insufferable food snob to the folks back home.

Love to do your own cooking? We’ve got that covered, too.

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With community gardens throughout the city and a massive farmer’s market on (seemingly) every other corner, if you love seasonal produce and artisanal prepared foods, you’ll love life in DC. Many luxury buildings include community gardens as an amenity, and classes and workshops are all over the area for those who want to create every element of your meal.

Many restaurants have their own kitchen gardens and source most of their ingredients locally, yet another reason they are so excellent.

While homes are pricey, there is a tremendous variety at every price point imaginable.

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DC is known for luxury homes, and there are definitely real-deal multi-million dollar mansions aplenty. However, there are also great condos everywhere you want to be at affordable starter-home prices.

And when your neighborhood is walkable, with a million free concerts, museums, and film festivals all within walking distance, your DC home becomes even more affordable.

Eng Garcia makes your home search easy when relocating to Washington, DC.

When you relocate to Washington, DC, you have many options. However, working with an Eng Garcia real estate agent can help you find the right home to fit your life and budget.

Because we know DC–every neighborhood, block, and building–we can help you find a home. Whether your search is focused on a short commute, proximity to a particular university, or just within walking distance from your favorite local haunt, you have many options.

Unlike some cities where you must work with a real estate agent for rentals, in DC, you can work with an agent or go it alone. For your purchase, a DC agent is essential for the property search and to help you learn about loan and grant options specific to DC residents.

We love DC, and we love welcoming new neighbors! Sign in at our website and let us create a custom search for your new DC home. You’ll be glad you’ve made a new friend at Eng Garcia.


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