The last profile of a Petworthian really got me thinking about the different neighborhoods in DC. It seems that people who move to Petworth often consider moving to Shaw, Bloomingdale, Brookland, Eckington, H Street, NE and Columbia Heights. I feel a strong solidarity with these neighborhoods and you’ll notice that we all link to each other’s blogs. When I was looking to buy a house I really only looked in Petworth and Columbia Heights, I’m embarrassed to say I hadn’t even heard of Shaw then. Now I happen to have a bunch of friends who live in these other neighborhoods and we often joke with each other about who lives in the best neighborhood (of course I always win). At any rate what I’d like to know is how do people chose one neighborhood over the other? It obviously isn’t the school districts and the quality of life seems to be quite similar. I know that I am grateful that I “stumbled” upon Petworth. But now that the word is out about all these great neighborhoods how does one chose? Is it just based on the physical house/condo/apt. alone? Tell me, how did you decide to buy/rent in Petworth or one of the other neighborhoods listed?