WEST END DC

WEST END NEIGHBORHOOD

West End DC Neighborhood Profile

Luxury abounds in West End’s hotels, residential and restaurants. Rubbing shoulders with Georgetown and Dupont Circle, yet distinctly different, the West End neighborhood offers cachet with all the trimmings.

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TRANSPORTATION IN THE WEST END NEIGHBORHOOD

The West End neighborhood is bounded by New Hampshire Avenue and 21st Street to the east, K Street to the south and Rock Creek Park to the west & north. It is the 7th most walkable neighborhood in DC with a WalkScore of 98. West End/Foggy Bottom has world-class public transportation with a TransitScore of 90 and is a biker’s paradise with a BikeScore of 90.

Foggy Bottom-GWU DC Metro Station

West End utilizes the Foggy Bottom Metro station, running the Orange, Silver and Blue lines.

Circulator

There are approximately 23 Bus Lines running throughout West End and Foggy Bottom. It is also in the BRIDJ service area.

Bikeshare

There are 10 Capital Bikeshare stations in West End DC

ZipCar

There are approximately 9 ZipCar locations near West End DC.

WEST END NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOTS

West End flies under the radar...in a private jet.

Enjoy high-end real estate, top restaurants and retail tucked between two famed neighborhoods. Start your day on the squash court at Equinox. Sip a cup of vintage Pu-Erh at Blue Duck. Do your tastebuds a huge favor at Marcel’s or Rasika. Pick up a good book at the new Library. Restyle yourself at Karma on 24th. Meet up with the canine club at Francis dog park. Experience Nobu. Pedal up a new set of abs at Soul Cycle. Stop in at Evers & Company to say hello to The Isaacs Team. Buy your sweetie an armful of blooms at Greenworks and share a romantic suite at the Ritz. Bring your big checkbook.

WEST END DC NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT

West End DC is bursting with exciting new development projects, reinventing itself while retaining its chic identity.

New residential and retail development in West End DC reaffirms its status as a luxury neighborhood with a pivotal location. Nestled between Georgetown, Foggy Bottom and K Street, and Dupont Circle, bordered by Rock Creek Park, West End has the advantage of elegant amenities such as The Ritz Carlton Hotel, outstanding restaurants such as Marcel’s, Blue Duck Tavern, Rasika, Juniper, West End Bistro, RIS, and Nobu. West End also ranks as one of the District’s top-valued residential real estate neighborhoods.

WEST END DC NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY

West End was named for its location as the westernmost part of the original L’Enfant Plan for the city of Washington, before Georgetown was annexed. The early settlement was a small, predominantly African American community made up of Victorian and Federal architecture, influenced by trends in nearby Foggy Bottom, one of the District’s first neighborhoods. Warehouses were also prevalent, along what are now M and L Streets. One of the oldest buildings in West End was also one of the first hospitals in the District. The Columbia Hospital for Women and Lying-in Asylum opened in 1870, first in the Hill Mansion at Thomas Circle and later relocated to Pennsylvania Avenue and 25th Street. Secretary of War E.N. Stanton authorized funds for the 50 bed facility, reserving 20 beds for wives and widows of Civil War soldiers. A major reconstruction in 1914 razed the original mansion and replaced it with the main building standing today. The Columbia transitioned to a private, non-profit facility during the Eisenhower administration in 1953. The hospital closed in 2002 and was converted to The Columbia Residences, a 225 unit luxury condominium, in 2006. The building includes 28,000 square feet of retail space wrapping around its exterior on 24th and 25th Streets, including Trader Joe’s.  
Modern day West End is a neighborhood reinvention created by the Office of Planning and Management’s 1972 urban renewal plan. It was designed “to bring life to a declining part of the city.”  The aerial photo on the study’s cover was titled “New Town for the West End.” A new in-town community was thereby born. From the late 1970’s to the early 2000’s, the West End neighborhood consisted in large part of luxury hotels serving Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom, office buildings, embassies, a few condominiums and co-ops, restaurants and retail establishments along M Street. A few of the neighborhood’s original residences remained, primarily on 24th and 25th Streets, upper 22nd and 23rd Streets and N Street, but multifamily, commercial and municipal buildings far outnumbered them. Turn-of-the-century West End joined the building boom, adding luxury condominium, apartment, office and retail buildings. In stark contrast, The West End Library building was in decline, along with Special Operations Police Station, the fire station on Square 50 and additional structures in the under-developed portion of West End dubbed Square 37,  which ran along 23rd and 24th Streets, L Street and an alleyway.
  In 2007, a controversial plan was put forward to redevelop Square 37. The Tiverton, West End’s last remaining rent-controlled apartment building, was located on Square 37. Its tenants successfully fought two upzoning attempts by developers in an effort to maintain the square as it was. The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation that year to sell the West End public library branch, the Special Operations Police Station and firehouse to Eastbanc, the developer of luxury condominium 22 West on 22nd Street. The development was named West End Projects.
Sources: Wikipedia NIH

WEST END DC NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET DATA

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WEST END DC SCHOOLS

School Without Walls at Francis Stevens

Public • Grades PK-8
284 students • 12 student/teacher

School Without Walls High School

Public Magnet • Grades 9-12
585 students • 9 student/teacher

Wilson High School

Public • Grades 9-12
1696 students • 14 student/teacher
For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from SchoolDigger

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