Welcome to Eckington, one of Washington, D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods. Less than three miles north of Capitol Hill, Eckington is bounded by the neighborhoods of LeDroit Park to the west, NoMa to the south, Brentwood to the east, and Edgewood to the north. First developed as a private estate for Joseph Gales Jr. in 1830, Eckington did not become an official neighborhood until 1887. This neighborhood was named Eckington after the historic market town in Derbyshire, England, where Gales was born. The two-story house Gales built was used as a hospital during the American Civil War. The 87 acres of land, commonly referred to as Gales Woods, changed hands in 1887 and was quickly plotted as a subdivision. Homes in Eckington were wired for electricity in 1889, two years before the White House. A neighborhood of firsts, Eckington was also home to Washington, D.C.’s first electric railway which began service in 1888. Proximity to the B&O railroad station along Eckington’s eastern border brought people from Maryland. A large freight depot was later built near the passenger station, spurring the development of warehouses and manufacturing facilities. The construction of Union Station in NoMa led to the expansion of these railroad tracks and a transformation of Eckington’s eastern border. While very few of this neighborhood’s original, 19th-century homes remain, a majority of the prewar rowhouses built during the early 20th century are still standing today.
Today, Eckington is a predominantly residential area that is home to an eclectic demographic of families and working professionals that prefer a quieter, small-town life but want to live close to all of the dining and entertainment options in the nearby neighborhoods of Cardozo and H Street Corridor. Eckington’s proximity to nearby universities and its offering of affordable housing attracts college students as well. The housing stock in Eckington mainly consists of single-family rowhouses, townhomes, and apartments. You can also find duplexes and large homes with up to as many as five bedrooms. Victorian-era architecture dominates the housing landscape with beautiful, well-preserved buildings and homes on nearly every street. Located approximately two miles northeast of Downtown, Eckington is an easily accessible neighborhood by car and rail. While this neighborhood is not directly served by Washington Metro stations, the Red Line stops at the Rhode Island Avenue - Brentwood station to the northeast, on the border of Eckington and Brentwood. The NoMa - Gallaudet station to the south is another nearby access point for the Red Line train into Downtown. While Eckington lacks an abundance of commercial activity, you can find cafes, supermarkets, and a handful of restaurants along North Capitol Street. The Harry Thomas Recreation Center offers an outdoor swimming pool and other amenities for adults and kids.