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West End Community Guide Real Estate Trendy neighborhood for young professionals and families!

Updated 5/3/2023

History and Flavor

The West End is the westernmost part of the original L’Enfant Plan for Washington, DC (before the annexation of Georgetown). The area is home to Qatar and Spain’s embassies and the European Union’s Delegation. The George Washington University and George Washington University Hospital are famous landmarks in the neighborhood.

Historically, West End was primarily an African American community. Brick Victorian row houses and warehouses dotted the landscape. The famous pianist and jazz composer Duke Ellington was born here in 1899.

Like many of Washington DC’s neighborhoods, the area has evolved. The site is trendy with modern upscale condos, fabulous restaurants, and luxury hotels that sit among the art deco apartments and Victorian row houses. 

The neighborhood sits next to Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, and downtown. This is an excellent neighborhood for young professionals and families alike. 


Music & Parks

  • Quadrant Bar & Lounge Chic Ritz-Carlton bar/lounge with a fireplace serving American menu, cocktails, cider on tap & more.
  • Black Cat– Multilevel spot serves as a bar & cafe with vegan options & an indie/rock/alternative live-music venue.
  • Union Stage Small, intimate venue for varied live-music performances & a bar with draft beer & pizza.
  • 9:30 Club– A nightclub and concert venue in Washington, D.C. In 2018 the 9:30 Club was named one of the ten best live music venues in America by Rolling Stone, and in 2019 the club was named “Venue of the Decade” by VenuesNow.
  • Rose Park– A pet-friendly green space managed by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. Recreational activities in the park include boy scout troop meetings and summer camps in the Community House. 
  • Duke Ellington Park– The 4,575 square foot park features walking paths, rain gardens, and tree boxes. This park has environmentally sustainable elements to keep things green with little expense from the taxpayer.
  • Francis Field– Athletic fields and green space located at 2500 N St. Pet friendly and the drum circle on Sunday afternoons is a must-see.
  • Adapt Freedom Park– ADAPT Freedom Park offers a place to relax and have fun. A great place to gather with friends or spend time alone sunbathing or reading a book.


Popular Shopping and Eats

  • Georgetown Park– 315,028 square foot, mixed-use, local icon between Georgetown’s two “Main Streets” and the historic C & O Canal.
  • Cady’s AlleyOutdoor shopping destination with high-end retailers offering home furnishings, clothing & jewelry in the heart of Georgetown.
  • The Washington HarbourTake a stroll along the boardwalk and take in the nation’s iconic scenery—watch the boats, see the views of the Kennedy Center, Watergate, Key Bridge, and across the water to Virginia. Find restaurants, offices, and luxury condominiums. Come for the live entertainment and outdoor fun all year round.
  • Western MarketSmall shopping center with a facade of historic row houses & a mix of stores & casual restaurants.
  • Chef Geoff’s West EndAmerican-style comfort meals for pick-up and special meals delivered to your door for holidays and other occasions.
  • RisHigh-end bistro serving seasonal upscale New American fare in a modern, sophisticated space.
  • Upper West Side Cafe’– Contemporary, light café with a curved central bar & a European-style menu at a squash center.
  • Jardenea– A high-end locavore American menu served in sleek surrounds at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel.


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Public Transportation


New Hampshire Avenue and M Street NW – Bus stop

L ST & 25TH ST NW– Bus stop

P St NW & 22nd St NW– Bus stop

New Hampshire Ave NW & N St NW– Bus stop

Q St NW & #2501– Bus stop

Wisconsin Ave NW & Q St NW– Bus stop

L St & 24th St NW– Bus stop

Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood– Subway station

Farragut West– Subway station

Foggy Bottom-GWU– Subway station

Median Home Value

$799,000 as of 2023

Renters: 52%

Owners: 48%


Population 5,546

Median household income –  $94,816

Median age: 26

Families with children – 6%

High school diploma or equivalent – 1%

College Degree: 98%

75% White

11% Hispanic

10% Asian

2% African American