Near Northeast is an urban neighborhood located just southwest of Gallaudet University. H Street, so long the center of the neighborhood's life, is being structured as an arts district. In 2002, H Street Main Street, in partnership with the city and community members, started breathing new life in the neighborhood. Theaters, jazz clubs, performance spaces and exotic restaurants appeared in the neighborhood. In 2005 and 2006, more venues and bars opened in the H Street corridor, including the Argonaut, Sidamo, Showbar Presents the Palace of Wonders, the Red and the Black, Rock & Roll Hotel, and Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar, among others. Business owners in that area are calling the area the Atlas District, after the movie theater (now a dance and performance studio) that has been its most prominent landmark for half a century.
Nearly three-fourths of the people in Near Northeast choose to rent over buying a home. The median rent here is $2,176, which is more than double the national average. In fact, 70 percent of the rental properties in this neighborhood cost more than $2,000 per month. But what you’re really paying for is the convenience and quality of life this wonderful community and the surrounding area has to offer. The Victorian-style row house is the most popular home style in this neighborhood.
The median home value in Near Northeast is $667,501, although 35 percent of the inventory is valued over $750,00. This is a very condo-heavy community and most homes are of the row home variety with some single-family detached homes here and there. If you want to live somewhere close to the Capitol while at the same time avoiding being engulfed by politics, then the Near Northeast neighborhood offers the best of both worlds.
Living in Near Northeast places you in the perfect location for enjoying some of Washington D.C.’s best sites and attractions. You’re close to the National Arboretum, the best place to enjoy cherry blossom season in the city. Gallaudet University and its National Historic Landmark District is a wonder for lovers of architecture, while the Atlas Performing Arts Center puts on performances all throughout the year in addition to housing a magnificent public art gallery.
Near Northeast is foodie heaven, especially along the H Street Corridor. Farmbird is one of the local favorites. It serves chicken in so many different ways, you’ll never get bored of it and everything is made fresh daily from wholesome and sustainable ingredients.
You’ll find the best Asian fusion ramen at Toki Underground, although the restaurant isn’t underground at all. It’s actually up a thin, narrow flight of stairs. This place is really small and very popular, so any time you plan on visiting, reservations are highly recommended. Meanwhile, at Indigo you’ll find affordable, but high-quality Indian food, excellent vegan dishes at Fancy Radish, and Ethiopian fare at Ethiopic.
Near Northeast’s walkability and popularity with bicyclists make it a great neighborhood for owning a dog. While the neighborhood itself is short on parks, there are several parks not too far away where your dog can get the exercise she needs. In fact, all of Washington D.C. is dog-friendly, with many of the area’s restaurants and apartment complexes welcoming four-footed family members.