Penn Quarter

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About Penn Quarter

Penn Quarter the neighborhood located in the lower northwest quadrant of D.C. in the east end of the city's downtown area. Its southern boundary is the famous Pennsylvania Avenue and the neighborhood slightly overlaps with its northern cousin Chinatown at 7th and F Street. It is a vibrant neighborhood that has experienced a development renaissance in recent years, with new restaurants and entertainment hotspots popping up particularly on 7th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and F Street. The neighborhood features a healthy mix of nightlife, sports, and historic landmarks, and the Metro provides easy access to the rest of the city.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $337,500 to $3,000,000

Closed Prices: $285,000 to $2,750,000

Median Sale Price: $516,000

Average $ per sq ft: $763

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $0, $0 to $1130/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1990 to 2013

Sq. Ft.: 496 to 4400 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 5 Bathrooms

Getting Around Penn Quarter

Around Penn Quarter

Housing availability in Penn Quarter is limited. The neighborhood offers mainly condos and rental apartments located in and around the main 7th Street corridor, with higher end apartments found off Pennsylvania Avenue at the Newseum complex.

As part of the neighborhood's renaissance, Penn Quarter has restaurants in a wide range of cuisines, budgets, and atmospheres. Eateries here include many trendy and acclaimed fine-dining restaurants; restaurants with upscale, inventive international cuisine; bars with food; and several casual pizza places.

Since it's in the middle of everything, this is a bustling neighborhood with tourists heading to the city's museums and landmarks and locals having fun with friends after work. Because of its proximity to Chinatown, you'll see a lot of night owls heading to that area's bars.

A Friday night in Penn Quarter can take different shapes depending on your tastes and style. You can check out any of the neighborhood's restaurants or meet friends for drinks at a casual tavern or craft cocktail lounge. From there you can keep the party going, or cheer on the Washington Capitals or Wizards at the Verizon Center.

Penn Quarter is a gateway to some of the most famous landmarks and museums in the country. Grab some coffee and head to the National Archive to go to absorb American history through its documents; you can view the original Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution here. The Newseum is another place to experience history through the lens of the media. The observatory suite atop the Newseum provides a picturesque view of the U.S. Capitol Building to the southeast and Washington Monument to the northwest.

Locals Love

  • Variety of dining options
  • Proximity to the National Mall and Smithsonian
  • Easy access to the Metro

Locals Don't Love

  • Rush hour traffic
  • Lack of residential feel
  • Housing is limited

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