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Real Estate June 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

Dog-friendly areas?


My husband and I will be moving to the DC metro area soon and have 2 dogs. We are unfamiliar with specific neighborhoods and could use some guidance on areas that are walkable and dog-friendly. We prefer safe(r), but not sterile; convenience is key for us. Thanks in advance for any recommendations! 

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I’m a little biased because I live here, but I cannot recommend the Capitol Hill area enough. It’s very dog friendly, especially around Lincoln Park where everyone takes their pups to socialize after work. It’s also one of the safest neighborhoods in DC, although that depends to some extent on where you are (Capitol Hill covers a large area and the crime gets worse the further east you go). It might not be convenient if you work, say, in upper NW or Bethesda, but it’s easy to get to most parts of the city from here. Again, this depends to some extent on where you are, but most of Capitol Hill is near the blue/orange lines which go downtown, and the 90-series buses that go to U Street and Adams Morgan. It’s also very easy to hop on a highway from here if you have a car.
Capitol Hill is generally a quiet neighborhood that doesn’t have a lot of nightlife, but it’s definitely not sterile. Barracks Row has a lot of shops and restaurants, with new ones opening every month, and Eastern Market is a popular destination on weekends. If you do want nightlife, H Street is just north of Capitol Hill and a short walk away. Also, the 90-series buses that I mentioned earlier can take you directly to the other fun neighborhoods. Capitol Hill is a gorgeous neighborhood full of Victorian houses that are for the most part well kept and beautifully landscaped. And of course you have the Capitol building right there! It’s a great place to walk around.
Do you plan on renting or buying? I think the biggest challenge you’re going to have, if you’re renting, is finding a place that accepts two dogs (especially if they’re big). Again, Capitol Hill might be a good place to look in that regard; most of the rentals are English basements and the owners might be more flexible with allowing dogs.


Thank you for your advice! I appreciate your well-informed response. 
We are hoping to purchase something, but know that we might not find something in our budget (under $500K). I have worked as an interior designer for several years, so my goal is to land a diamond in the rough; something with potential that needs a little love. My husband will be traveling regionally for work, often by car, so access to highways is an important factor, too.

I’ll share my bias also – Mt Pleasant is a great neighborhood next to Rock Creek Park. Well established residential neighborhood with lots of transportation options and within walking distance of Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and other more commercial areas.
And since this is the Prince of Petworth blog, you also might check out Petworth. Friends who live there would give lots of thumbs up to their neighborhood.

If you are looking for under 500k, Petworth is a terrific option. There are a lot of dogs in the neighborhood (my wife and I LOVE our two beagles!) and there are pocket parks (small areas at the intersection of diagonal and straight streets) as well as the big parks in the middle of Sherman and Grant circles where lots of people with dogs congregate. For $500k (or certainly less) you will be able to buy a full rowhouse, and get ~2000 sq feet and a small yard. 495 is only about 10-15 minutes away via New Hampshire Ave, and there is tons of new development coming into the area, and new restaurants are opening up with some regularity at this point. In addition, you will be between 20-30 minutes from downtown (depending on walking distance) and can get to Verizon Center and Nationals Park in that same amount of time.
You will definitely be able to find plenty of places that could use a little love. Good luck with your search!


Thanks, everyone!

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