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Old 05-14-2017, 08:03 AM
 
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What are the hippest and most happening neighborhoods in DC and surrounding suburbs? For example, top areas for transplants from NY or LA or top areas for people in their 20's making > $100k?
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Old 05-14-2017, 08:44 AM
 
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the key is to be close to the popular areas, but a bit a few blocks removed so you're not in all the congestion. DC NW is mostly pedestrian friendly, lots of retail restaurant space.

14th Street NW Corridor (my favorite - 14/Rhode Island upwards to 14/U St. or 14/W)
Dupont
Logan Circle
City Center
Arlington, VA (Clarendon or Ballston)
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Old 05-14-2017, 11:49 AM
 
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If you'd asked about funky neighborhoods, I would've mentioned my hood Anacostia. In my mind, hip=rich, white and gentrified, whereas funky=poor, black and gentrifying
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Old 05-14-2017, 02:22 PM
 
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the key is to be close to the popular areas, but a bit a few blocks removed so you're not in all the congestion. DC NW is mostly pedestrian friendly, lots of retail restaurant space.

14th Street NW Corridor (my favorite - 14/Rhode Island upwards to 14/U St. or 14/W)
Dupont
Logan Circle
City Center
Arlington, VA (Clarendon or Ballston)
Arlington is not hip. High end, sure, but not hip.
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Old 05-14-2017, 02:37 PM
 
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Thanks for the info! Can you please provide 1 or 2 restaurant bars you recommend in each of those hoods? Also any quick bite spots that capture the vibe of those hoods?

Also, is Georgetown located in one of the hoods you listed? I haven't been to DC for over 20 years but people always seem to say that they like Georgetown. What's special about Georgetown?
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Old 05-14-2017, 02:53 PM
 
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There are lots of upscale townhouses in Georgetown, along with shopping and dining options. If that qualifies as "hip", then Georgetown is in.
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Old 05-14-2017, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Arlington is not hip. High end, sure, but not hip.
This is true, but most neighborhoods on that list, in particular CityCenter are 'high end but not hip'- especially for someone coming from NY or LA. I would focus on the the 14th & U area or along H St. The Shaw area is also very popular.
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:22 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA from Arlington, VA
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This is true, but most neighborhoods on that list, in particular CityCenter are 'high end but not hip'- especially for someone coming from NY or LA. I would focus on the the 14th & U area or along H St. The Shaw area is also very popular.
Its a personal vendetta. Of course, City Center and Gtown are hip but Arlington isnt. Ok, got it! *eyeroll*

You gotta go with the flow on this board.

If I had to choose a hood in DC at a gunpoint, it would be Shaw. Super bike friendly and I love the scene.
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:42 AM
 
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Its a personal vendetta. Of course, City Center and Gtown are hip but Arlington isnt. Ok, got it! *eyeroll*

You gotta go with the flow on this board.

If I had to choose a hood in DC at a gunpoint, it would be Shaw. Super bike friendly and I love the scene.
Actually I would not consider either Georgetown or City Center as hip. They are again, upper-class and kind of boring. Same with DuPont and 14th st these days.

Again Arlington is just not hip. It may have been in the past but at the end of the day it is just very fratty and upper-income.
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Old 05-16-2017, 05:36 AM
 
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Actually I would not consider either Georgetown or City Center as hip. They are again, upper-class and kind of boring. Same with DuPont and 14th st these days.

Again Arlington is just not hip. It may have been in the past but at the end of the day it is just very fratty and upper-income.
Most of the gentrified areas in DC are about to be like this within 10 years anyway.......thats usually the last stop in the gentrification train.
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