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U Street Corridor Community Guide Real Estate If you love being in the thick of things, this is the neighborhood for you!

Updated 5/3/2923

History and Flavor

The birthplace of DC hero and jazz musician Duke Ellington, the commercial and residential U Street neighborhood was once the center of African-American culture in America.  The area attracted locals and tourists alike for the famous music and nightlife. 

Today, U Street is as vibrant as ever! Anchored by the lively 14th Street corridor to the west and the Shaw neighborhood to the east, the area is popular for its exciting and eclectic soul and ethnic restaurants. Make sure and visit Ben’s Chili Bowl and The Fainting Goat! Finish your night off with homemade ice cream from Ice Cream Jubilee. 

On Saturday, head to the farmers’ market at U & 14th streets and visit the many coffee shops nearby. Sit outside on a rooftop bar and enjoy the historic and colorful vibe of the many bars, restaurants, and funky boutiques. 

Many younger professionals live here in vintage row homes. If you want to be in the thick of things, this is the neighborhood for you. 


Music & Parks

  • JoJo Restaurant and Bar– Elegant venue offering an American menu & live jazz, blues, funk, soul & R&B nightly.
  • 9:30 Club– The 9:30 Club is a nightclub and concert venue in Washington, D.C. In 2018 the 9:30 Club was named one of the 10 best live music venues in America by Rolling Stone, and in 2019 the club was named “Venue of the Decade” by VenuesNow.
  • DC9 Nightclub– Tri-level hipster hangout with snug basement bar, music stage with dance parties & rooftop deck.
  • Crispus Attucks Park– Known for its secluded feel, this popular urban park includes lots of green space, benches & trails.
  • French Street ParkCommunity park with a patio, mature trees, areas for community garden plots, new level paths and lawn, new permeable pavers used throughout the park for improved drainage.
  • The Park at LeDroit– Quaint green space offering a playground, benches & walking paths, plus a fenced-in area for dogs.
  • Temperance Alley Garden– Here you’ll find an outdoor classroom, time machine, and a construction site, squeezed in behind 1931 13th Street NW.


Popular Shopping and Eats

  • Deeply Donna Boutique– High-quality ladies fashions sourced from far and wide, stock the shelves of this boutique. 
  • Joint Custody– Secondhand shop offering a variety of clothing, records and electronics such as turntables.
  • Crushed Skate Shop– Not only a fantastic retail experience but a cultural hub for skateboarding as well.
  • Lou Lou Boutiques– Lou Lou stocks fashionable apparel and home goods, while being an accessories boutique at heart. They are passionate about boutique retailing, offering locally sourced products. 
  • Sudhouse DC– This 3-floor mom & pop bar boasts colorful murals of U.S. presidents, local brews & simple chow.
  • The Fainting Goat– Evocative gastropub doling out creative New American eats, booze & more in a brick-walled space.
  • El Rey– ​​Tacos & tequila in a space fashioned out of shipping containers, plus a patio with retractable roof.
  • Ben’s Next Door– Stylish, family-owned bar/eatery with Southern comfort food classics & weekend brunch.


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Public Transportation


U St NW & 9th St NW – Bus stop

Vermont Ave & U St – Bus stop

U St NW & Vermont Ave NW – Bus stop

U St NW & 11th St NW – Bus stop

U St NW & 13th St NW – Bus stop

U St NW & 14th St NW – Bus stop

U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo – Train Station

Shaw-Howard U – Train Station

Median Home Value

$775,000 as of 2023

Renters: 64%

Owners: 36%


Population  5,385

Median household income –  $123, 000

Median age: 33

Families with children – 7%

High school diploma or equivalent – 31%

College Degree: 63%

61% White

20% African American

11% Hispanic

5% Asian

3% Other