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Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

 

Capitol Hill is one of Washington’s most popular neighborhoods, filled with quaint townhouses, a bustling market place, and vibrant nightlife. It is a historic residential neighborhood that stretches towards the East, in front of the US Capitol.

 

Located near the center of the Columbia District, Capitol Hill surrounds two quadrants of the city, i.e., the Southeast and Northeast. While developing his plan for the new federal capital city, Pierre Charles L’Enfant, a French-American military engineer, chose to build the ‘Congress House,’ also called the Capitol building, on this hill.

 

The Capitol building has since become the home of the US Congress, and the source of employment for many residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Politicians, tourists, and the public – all head to Capitol Hill for its government buildings, and the surrounding historical architecture.
 

Touring the U.S. Capitol

 

The impressive visitors center offers guided tours of small groups under the delicately painted, 180+ foot dome, and past the dimly lit hallways of the Old Supreme Court Chamber.

 

You can even visit the Congress or Senate in session, if a reservation is made beforehand.
 

Library Of Congress

 

The 1897 Thomas Jefferson building, with its Beaux Arts-style architecture and magnificent murals is certainly one of the most iconic buildings in the city.

 

In addition to the circular reading room with a 160-foot high ceiling, the building has a rich interior and exterior, which is the work of many American artists, painters, and sculptors.
 

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

The library has the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s timeless classics. It is also known all over the world for its numerous scholarship programs, and classical plays, concerts, and readings which are held throughout the year.
 

U.S. Botanic Garden

 

Washington D.C. and its surroundings have lots of national parks – but no other park is quite as beautiful as the United States Botanic Garden.

 

It is a massive living plants museum that welcomes more than a million visitors every year. One of the main aims of the Botanic Garden is to educate people about the importance of flora and fauna, and not just for humans, but for our entire ecosystem!

 

The Botanic Garden also hosts many gardening seminars, concerts, and cooking classes, throughout the year for both tourists and residents of the city!
 

Eastern Market

 

The marketplace is a brick structure that was built in 1873, and has since housed grocers, bakers, and even pasta makers.

 

It is a must visit for people who love fresh, locally sourced food, and beverages, as well as arts and crafts admirers. The market is set up every day of the week, excluding Mondays, and is followed by a lively weekend bazaar filled with fresh produce and food.

 

The smaller neighborhood of Barracks Row nearby, has various vintage storefronts including bars, restaurants, and even oyster houses.
 

Bartholdi Fountain

 

This is an iconic fountain, located on the grounds of the Capitol building, and designed by the famous Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi – the man who would go on to create the Statue of Liberty!
 

Originally made for the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition or the 100th birthday celebration of the US, the fountain is made of cast iron, and features statues of three women standing on a pedestal.

 

The general feel of Capitol Hill is urban, with most residents choosing to rent their homes. With plenty of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks, this area attracts a great number of young professionals.

 

It is the center of the U.S. government and a major hub for the locals and visitors both. Made up of mini-neighborhoods, like Eastern Market and Barracks Row, Capitol Hill’s unique blend of federal and local divisions is certainly a sight to behold!

 

Month to month rental options are rare in most of the country, but they aren’t rare for June Homes. If you need flexible renting options, we’re here for you. Just stop by to see our fully furnished apartments (or schedule a video tour) and chances are you’ll like it so much, you’ll want to just lay down on the couch and call it home then and there.

 

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