Redfin calls Eckington a “neighborhood to watch” for the 2nd half of 2014


From an email:

“At the beginning of 2014, Redfin predicted neighborhoods that would be hot in 2014, based on consumer activity on We decided to take a look back at our January predictions to see if these neighborhoods are Hot or Not. Upper Chevy Chase came in at #4 on our original Hottest Neighborhood List and it’s still on top. In fact, so far this year, 40 percent of homes in Upper Chevy Chase sold above asking price – homes are staying on the market for an average of just 5 days.

Redfin is also predicting a hot hood to watch out for in the second half of 2014 – Eckington. Redfin agent Leslie White says the main drivers of interest in this neighborhood are affordability and location. “Prices tend to be lower than neighboring Bloomingdale and NoMa, which have seen significant developer activity in recent years. ‘Fixer-uppers’ can still be found at fair prices in Eckington,” White says.”

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  • brookland_rez

    Eckington’s ship sailed 5 years ago.

    • brookland_rez

      To clarify, Eckington has evolved into a wonderful neighborhood and I’m sure it will continue to get nicer (and appreciate). I’m just saying the real time to get in was 5 years ago when rowhouses were under $200k.

      • I bought in Eckington 6 years ago & I can assure you no rowhouses were under $200k. Even gut jobs were still $350k+.

      • Rowhouses were nowhere near $200k 5 years ago, let alone under $200k. I bought in 2003 and even then my house was not under $200k and I got a steal (a foreclosure). Under $300k, possibly, under $400k, routinely, but no way were rowhouses under $200k in 2009.

    • all relative, no?

      • brookland_rez

        Sure. People in the 90’s paid under $100k for liveable houses and even less for fixer uppers.

  • Everyone knows Petworth is really the best place to live.

    • unless you like green spaces and free-standing homes with yards.

      • or other things, even.

      • Petworth checking in. Got a semi-detached with a tenth of an acre yard in 2012. Corner lot. Whoop whoop.

        Plenty of green space uptown. More than neighborhoods closer to downtown for sure. 2 cemeteries, soldier’s home, 2 traffic circles, a number of large school campuses.

        If you like freestanding homes, you’re gonna need to live in Brookland or toward the northern edges of DC.

        • Don’t forget the awesome neighbors, new grocery store, proximity to Metro, NW address, access to RCP, farmers market. Jazz project, library, and that Dan Silverman lives in Petworth!

  • If I had cash to invest right now, I’d take a hard look at Eckington (helps that I live across N Cap).

  • I’ve lived in Eckington for the past 4 years – really love the neighborhood … but I guess I’m slowly becoming one of those people who doesn’t like the change. Four pop-ups have sprung up on my block in past 2 years, plus the people moving into these houses, which are cut in half to squeeze even more money out of them, are exactly the type of people you’d expect to plop $800,000 into a three-bedroom-half-house: young, rude, and lacking personality. I’ve been hosting neighborhood parties in my house for four years and the one on Saturday had the police called by one of these new neighbors. Welcome to the neighborhood? Nothing more than a bunch of people chatting and enjoying company — but instead of joining us, the new neighbor decided to call the police to come shut it down. I’m getting annoyed by it.

    • brookland_rez

      Wow that really sucks. I’ve been lucky so far in my corner of Brookland. On one hand it’s nice to see your house gain so much equity, but on the other hand it sucks if your neighbors are that uncool.
      I guess you can bail at some point and take your proceeds and move to a new up and coming neighborhood.

    • >> Four pop-ups have sprung up on my block in past 2 years, plus the people moving into these houses, which are cut in half to squeeze even more money out of them, are exactly the type of people you’d expect to plop $800,000 into a three-bedroom-half-house: young, rude, and lacking personality.

      Even with 20% down, the mortgage/escrow for an $800K property would be $3700/mo. It baffles me that young people can afford that. That certainly doesn’t sound like starter home prices to me…

    • How do you know that it was one of those new neighbors that called the cops? I’ve called to report noise complaints before (not in the Eckington neighborhood) and DC police never ask for my information. It must have been a pretty large and loud party for someone to call the cops on you guys.

  • nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    -person still clinging to the bare hope that she could afford to buy in eckington

    • brookland_rez

      There is that apartment building on like 3rd and T by McKinley that got renovated and converted into condos. I went in there this past spring, it was very nice. One bedrooms around $200k.

      • The ones I saw in that development had income requirements. You couldn’t make more than ~$50k year to qualify.

        • brookland_rez

          True, but even the market rate units are priced at $230k. Very doable for a typical DC first time home buyer if you’re making in the $60k-$80k range, and especially if you don’t need to own a car.

  • I’m honestly surprised eckington has stayed relatively unnoticed for as long as it has. mainly because it’s so central to some great spots – close to metro, Bloomingdale, noma, union market, h st/northeast, ri ave, brookland. Plus I think it has even more upside with all the pending development on north cap, Fla ave, and ny ave. All that and still a neighborhood feel with the community center, schools etc.

    • I think it’s also pretty unique in that it has commercial &industrial zoned land along the metro branch/train tracks. not much to look at now, but i know McDuffie has been putting attention into how to creatively re-use this area. Will be interesting to see how it develops.

  • I think it’s partly because the name “Eckington” isn’t that sexy. Don’t get me wrong. I live a few blocks from Eckington and love the neighborhood. When you think about it. it’s better than Bloomingdale in that its closer to the Metro–but the name doesn’t have, well, curb appeal. And it’s NE, not NW, which still matters to a few folks.

    • It’s a sexier name than Foggy Bottom, which seems to be doing well.

    • How unfortunate. If NE is anathema to folks, then SE doesn’t stand a chance. I put that largely on developers’ refusal to even LOOK east of the Anacostia, which gives unwarranted credibility to the typical newcomer conception that anything SE is straight from one of Dante’s circles of Hell.

      I can’t wait to see what kind of reaction SE gets when the Skyland Town Center is completed. Will it create new interest in SE from those who would otherwise have not considered it, or will folks dismiss it as charity for “those people?”

      • because eastern market is so inexpensive…..

      • have you not noticed the changes that anacostia and most of river east have gone through in the past decade?

      • Developers are all over Anacostia. What are you talking about?

        • Anonymous 10:41 – That’s just it. People think of that dreadful SE as anything east of the Anacostia, which is what I’m referring to here (which I thought I made clear in my post), and think of Capitol Hill as, well, Capitol Hill, not “SE.”
          Anonymous 10:47 – In the past decade, “most of river east” has been ignored. Skyland just broke ground a couple months ago, looong after DC’s housing boom ramped up, while area residents have been trying to get something going for decadeS. Whatever changes you speak of, and I’d like to see you name some specifics, haven’t had the desired effects; that is, to lure people of some means into those areas. People simply refuse to even consider anything east of the river. Sure, those with more common sense than ego have found some great SF houses (comparable to upper NW housing, really) for relatively low cost in Hillcrest, but that area has nowhere up to go, as it’s pretty established already.
          Anonymous 11:20 – Any revival of Anacostia is being led by the Feds with the DHS campus, which is now in doubt, NOT developers (they’re just following the Feds’ lead, and will do an about-face should the DHS plans end up falling apart). Until recently, Anacostia has had a few condos built and fresh coats of paint applied across the neighborhood, and that’s it. Ward 8 is still under-served after all these years. It’s only now that folks are looking to EOTR in earnest.

          • I hate accidentally not signing my posts. DK above ^^

          • Vivid Gallery, Big Chair Coffee, Anacostia Arts Center, the HUGE developement near Minnesota Avenue Metro, The Eagle, all the renovated houses, the fixing up of the Anacostia sign, anacostia playhouse, the arch, Honfleur Gallery, pimento grill, new deanwood rec center, new health center.
            but whatever. feel sorry for yourself. that’ll change things.

          • Most of that is small business taking a chance, and government deciding to not neglect the population any longer, not developers. But, like I said, it’s only recently that EOTR is looking appealing.

          • And the Busboys that’s coming to Historic Anacostia should be a game changer.

          • “Sure, those with more common sense than ego” … Well, that and a willingness for car-dependency. Hillcrest is great but only if you’re ok with a suburban lifestyle. Same with most EOTR neighborhoods. And that’s not really what consumers are demanding these days.

          • brookland_rez

            With regards to Hillcrest, I think as the rest of SE around Hillcrest solidifies, Hillcrest will go up. Especially as more stores and restaurants move in. I think Hillcrest has a lot of upward potential, it’s just limited by the lack of amenities. Hillcrest is like Brookland was 20 years ago. I give Hillcrest 10 years (or maybe sooner) and it will be popping.

          • brookland_rez

            Also, yes Hillcrest is suburban, but there’s opportunity to add density around the metro stops in SE. Hillcrest is a good neighborhood where you can go car lite. Some people like that.

          • brookland_rez, what do you mean by Hillcrest “going up?” I agree that it could use a few more amenities, but, much of the population that lives there now is in the same socioeconomic demographic as all those “$800K half-house” buyers (i.e., working professionals with or without families). Only, they just chose more house for better value over a high walk-score. Any “going up” would not change the amount of money floating in the neighborhood, or skew the set of common values, it would just get lighter, and houses would start to cost more. Is that the definition of “going up?”

            And with regard to car-dependency, I believe going “car-lite” is an appropriate way to put it. It’s too easy to catch one of the 30 buses into the heart of DC or out to Naylor Road metro station. I did it all the time when I lived there. But, when you needed to run errands, you jetted maybe 4 or 5 miles into Maryland in your car for the Target run. No different a living situation than many many more people in other parts of the city. The hipster-dense party areas of DC where no one drives and everyone is 2 steps from a subway stop are hardly representative of the city as a whole.

          • brookland_rez

            Yes Hillcrest is full of middle/upper middle class residents. But it’s surrounded by neighborhoods of a lower socioeconomic class. So it’s kind of isolated. When the general vicinity around it improves, this will also allow Hillcrest to appreciate further.

      • Accountering

        That’s a tough one to blame on developers. Are you saying that if you were a developer, putting up your own money, you would build EOTR today? I am sure there are projects EOTR that make sense (Skyland etc) but for the most part, the numbers on a building WOTR just make more sense financially.

        • There was a Popville post not long ago, asking what development represented the beginning of DC’s resurgence, or something along those lines. Some people looked at the Verizon Center as having started it all, which makes sense to me, as it was a while ago (1997!), as it jump-started a lot of the development DC has seen. Developers saw what happened and started to take chances in other neighborhoods, not without various tax credits and incentives, mind you, at least early on.

          Skyland was in the works for, literally, decades, and a similar effort there, would have spawned more development in the same vein as with VC. So, yes, I would take the chance to start something EOTR and capitalize on it as it grew into more and better.

      • for me, i don’t see the advantage of living east of the river over living in Silver Spring or PG County, let along the main part of DC not separated by water. it feels separated to me, in the same way virginia does. and despite it’s politics, virginia is more appealing as it has more development. to be separated by water from my activities doesn’t attract me, since i walk or bike most places. i think development will happen, but it doesn’t surprise me that it hasn’t happened yet. if you’ve watched development in dc for the past few decades, you’ll see nodes of development, that then grow towards each other. there hasn’t been that node in River East till that last 2 or 3 years.

    • bloomingdale started to take off housing price-wise before the metro was built. there were bloomingdale advocates such as Scott Roberts, and a few different bloggers that helped put bloomingdale on the map. neighborhood champions that eckington didn’t have. there were also more amenities in bloomingdale. there used to be a few thrift stores, a soap store, chinese dragon, a few bodegas, even before it really started to gentrify. neighbors in bloomingdale organized meetings with developers to entice them to the neighborhood and were diligent about getting word to the press about happenings in the area. that gave it an early boost that eckington did not have. also, when Howard University started to finally sell off a lot of its dilapidated property, the northern part of bloomingdale benefitted by spill over. the waves of revitalization were just farther away for eckington. ( and even farther for edgewood which will blossom very soon. the bloomingdale civic association may have been stronger than the edgewood civic association too ( another problem is that edgewood CA had domain over eckington.)

      there were also pockets of very bad crime in eckington that were stronger than the pockets in bloomingdale. the todd street crew were involved in a number of murders in the early 2000’s. the north eastern edge of eckington is still a bit rough. before the homeless shelter required guest to have jobs, it was a messier place. also, when windows cafe and big bear cafe opened up, lots of focus was on bloomingdale. eckington still has no sit down service type of place. also, except for the section south of mckinley, the housing stock on bloomingdale is much nicer and more desirable, and a bit older.

      so no, it’s not just the name, but lots of hard to see forces that were strongly at work.

      • Interesting info, thanks! Regarding housing stock, Quincy Pl is quite beautiful, but I agree that many houses north of McKinley aren’t as desirable (though unit blocks have really nice homes).

        • yeah, definitely. quincy and r have gorgeous homes. that end of the neighborhood got a real knock by the developers of the old ice house space not adding in retail/ restaurant space. hopefully that could still change. taking away commercial space is not good for a neighborhood already lacking in it.

        • also, lots of neighborhoods look to 14th street of columbia heights with envy, but folks in those neighborhoods worked really hard for a long time to get the whole foods and the target/ dc usa. neighborhood activism can have a reward maybe, but no one will pay attention to areas that don’t work for something. its seems quick but dc didnt revitalize overnight.

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