Moving to DC soon from NYC, what are general thoughts on the neighborhoods Capitol Hill, H street, union market, NoMa or any others that are pretty close to the train station? Appreciate any insight

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What does your budget look like and how much do you care about safety and peace of mind? Is there a particular reason that you're gravitating to the union station area?

You might find this useful if you're open to expanding your options a little bit more:

I sent this to a friend recently who is moving to DC for the 1st time and ask for recommended neighborhoods. It's neither complete nor exhaustive, but it's a good start in a big city.

"Hey XXX! Here are some of the neighborhoods I'd suggest. All are bus friendly, but asterisk* means closer to a metro.

Hyphen (-) means nice but I'd be looking over my shoulder a bit more at night, whereas in Spring Valley I've gone on midnight strolls through poorly-lit streets and alleys without batting an eye (and I've got privilege there, but nothing bad happened), plus+ means safer (while respecting that no matter where you go, you're in a city area, so just use common sense), neither plus or minus means kind of in the middle (nice urban areas with good police presence — but it's a city):

Generally less safe parts of the city: SE: Wards 7 and 8 (East of the Anacostia River), NE: Ward 5 (North of Florida Ave)

NE (best value while least safe of the ones on this list, but these are the safest of these parts of the city): Brookland- Stanton Park, Capitol Hill

NW, but East of Rock Creek Park (Feels more like NE, but with NW Safety and Scenery): Mount Pleasant+, Adams Morgan*, Shaw,

SE, but west of the Anacostia: Navy Yard*, Eastern Market*

NW: Cleveland Park*+, Woodley Park*+ (probably my favorite neighborhood in all of DC, along with the areas around it), Tenleytown*+, Chevy Chase+, Cathedral Heights+, Glover Park+, McLean Heights+, Van Ness*, N. Cleveland Park*+, Forest Hills*+, Palisades, Lanier Heights

SW: The Wharf, Buzzard Point+, Waterfront*, L'enfant Plaza*

NoVa: Rosslyn*, Arlington*, Alexandria*+

Maryland: Friendship Heights*, Tacoma Park

More expensive NW: Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Kalorama Heights, Palisades+, Spring Valley (not to be confused with Silver Spring)+, Sutton+, Foggy Bottom*, Woodley Park*+, West End, Canal View,

Most Expensive NW: Foxhall Crescents+, Wesley Heights+, Foxhall+, Senate Heights+, Foxhall Village+, Massachusetts Ave. Heights part of Woodley Park+, Bethesda+, Kalorama Heights+

Accessible Downtown: Logan Circle/Shaw,

More expensive downtown NW: Penn Quarter, Chinatown, Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, Pennsylvania Ave NW,"


@D2 that was basically by design. Now, like the "retrofitted" Silver Line (and as the older NIMBYs die out [hey - I'm calling a spade a spade, here 💡] so there's less opposition to alternative transit options), officials now want to find a way to somehow shoehorn a Metro stop over to NH and then (somehow 🤔🧐) across the Wilson Bridge into Alexandria (insert stock photo of some genius mathematician solving an impossibly complex mathematical problem, here).

Just a heads up that H Street is not really metro accessible. There is the dc streetcar but that only runs to Union Station.


Mt Vernon Triangle/Square - walkable, close to the metro, has both apartments and row homes, good food, still close enough to union station to get to easily


Which train line you need for commuting? That’s a big factor.

But generally area of Adam Morgan, U St, Shaw, Logan cir got a good combo of accessibility and action.

Noma and Union market are kinda isolated and gentrified too fast for its own good imo. Similar for H st NE but maybe not as bad

Cap Hill/eastern market is def a lowkey move, fairly quite on weekend etc.

And folks throw around Navy Yard a lot. It’s a spanking new hood that’s got all of the amenities including new “hi rise” apts. but it also can get pretty douchey in vibe (same can be said anywhere I guess, depends on your angle) and is pretty clearly designs as a yuppie playground


I would say Noma is probably the most affordable of those options. Union Market is essentially right down the road from NoMa


H street is super long and gets far from the train station pretty quickly. Same with Capitol Hill; it’s a big area and not everywhere is that close to a metro.

I live in Noma and like it. Close to a bunch of groceries but not as much night life. Close to union station and the Noma metro stop.

Union market is close to the Noma metro. They are trying to rebrand away from Noma but it’s all really the same. New midrise buildings with good amentities.

H street is probably the cheapest. It’s a little rougher overall than the other ones. Capitol Hill has fewer apartments and most are older. It’s mostly row homes that are now split into apartments.

If there’s a need to be close to Union Station specifically; I’d probably say Noma and h Street/Capitol Hill no further out than like 7th st NE or you’ll have a 15+ minute walk to the train


Check out Eckington. It’s a townhouse and smaller apt neighborhood. Pretty central to everything:
-2 metro stops (red line)
- 2 major bike thoroughfares (R St for E/W; Metropolitan Branch Trail for N/S)
-food and drink in NoMa, RI Ave, Union Market




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Thanks all - super helpful. Budget is 5k max but would really like to be around 4-4.5k. Big fan of the townhouse type areas and not the luxury apt buildings. More of dupont / Georgetown / Logan circle vibes (from what I understand) just closer to the station. Lot of great advice and help in here

I’d suggest the west end honestly. it’s between foggy bottom, Georgetown, and dupont. Not too many luxury buildings, walkable, near 4 metro lines. Lots of bars and restaurant as well. There’s a Trader Joe’s and a Whole Foods nearby. On your budget there’s a lot of inventory for condos and townhouses.


Do noma or Union Market. Union market is right next to noma. There's a lot of new buildings in that area, they are pricy though.

Not looking for something in the city and are good with taking the metro in (if u don’t want to drive) live near Vienna metro station

Moving from NYC to Vienna, VA would be quite the lifestyle compromise. Respectfully 🙏


Lmao why would anyone move from NYC to DC?

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