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About Shaw

Decorated with 19th century Victorian rowhouses, Shaw is an urban residential neighborhood that boasts a storied history. One of Washington, D.C.'s most-beloved neighborhoods, this area has seen a great deal of reinvestment in recent years. Located in northwest D.C., Shaw includes most of the U Street Corridor and borders Eckington and Bloomingdale. Known for being the heart of the jazz scene in the 1920s and 30s, Shaw was even home to the famous Duke Ellington. With three Metro stations within walking distance of anywhere in the neighborhood, it's no surprise that this area is very popular for commuters.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $409,000 to $3,500,000

Closed Prices: $183,400 to $2,495,000

Median Sale Price: $700,000

Average $ per sq ft: $715

Association Fee Ranges: $0, $0, $0 to $250/mo

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

Age: 1870 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 334 to 4791 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 7 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 8 Bathrooms

Getting Around Shaw

Around Shaw

With a blend of renovated row houses, brownstones, and new luxury high-rises, Shaw's more recent development is in conjunction with the renewal efforts seen within the trendy U Street Corridor. It retains it's historic charm thanks to the Victorian row houses and their spacious porches that remain a visible part of the neighborhood's character and identity. Bounded by U Street and Florida Avenue to the North, it is important to keep in mind that Howard University is also located to the north of Shaw and weekends up here are bustling with a lively nightlife and student crowd.

Within the last few years, dozens of restaurants have opened in and around the Shaw area. From vegetarian dives to high-end eats, there seems to be an endless amount of options. Whether you're looking for an Ethiopian dish or a cozy southern meal, Shaw is stuffed full with new things to try and try again. If you ever feel like you've exhausted your choices within the neighborhood, don't forget that the 14th Street corridor, just east of Shaw, is also hopping with new foods and places to try.

Shaw has seen a lot of change and both new and old residents alike are passionate about their neighborhood. From families living in Shaw for generations to young professionals moving in and out of renovated historic homes, the area certainly appeals to many. Even though new restaurants are opening regularly and old buildings are getting flipped, Shaw manages to keep its historic charm while welcoming the changes. Whether you're there to check out the popular nightlife scene or indulge in the many restaurants cropping up all the time, Shaw is home to a variety of people that reflect the many changes and redevelopment seen by this area.

There is no doubt that Shaw and U Street area are known to be one of D.C.'s favorite nightlife hot spots. Whether you decide to check out the robust selection of happy hours, watch a game at one of the sport's bars, or enjoy a night outdoors trying different beers at the Beer Garden, there's something here for everybody. If you enjoy live music, it's important to note that DC9 and the 9:30 Club (two of D.C.'s most famous venues) are located just outside of Shaw. If looking to take a step back and enjoy some of Shaw's history, there are plenty more jazz clubs to see in the area as well.

Shaw is not only a fun place to be at night, but it's also a great place to explore during the day. Not only does Shaw come with many food options, the rich-history and appreciation for Shaw's storied past are also very much a part of the neighborhood. The Long View Gallery focuses mainly on local artists and has new exhibits frequently. It's also a good idea to check out the Howard Theatre schedule and see what shows and events are one the calendar. If you feel like exploring other parts of the city, that is no problem as the Shaw area is conveniently serviced by the Shaw-Howard and MT Vernon Square Metro stations.

Locals Love

  • Variety of homes
  • Easy access to public transportation
  • Active nightlife

Locals Don't Love

  • Street parking is limited
  • Loud nightlife
  • Limited shopping options

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