at a glance:
- Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Hillcrest
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Eastern Market,
Library of Congress, Anacostia Community Museum, Folger Shakespeare Library, Fredrick
Douglas National Historic Site, United States Navy Museum
- Major Industry: Civil Service, Education, Healthcare,
Finance, Media, Tourism
- Counties: Prince George's
Southeast is one of the four quadrants that make up Washington, D.C. It is bounded
by East Capitol Street to the north, South Capitol Street to the west, and by the
state of Maryland to the south and east. Southeast has a lot to offer new residents
looking to buy Washington, D.C. real estate. The quadrant is accessible by the blue,
orange, and green lines of the Metro.
Straddling the Northeast and Southeast quadrants and stretching 15 blocks east from
the U.S. Capitol Building is the neighborhood of Capitol
Hill. The Northeast side is known as the Senate side and is served by Union
Station Metro station, while the Southeast side is known as the House side and is
served by Capitol South Metro station. Originally a 500-acre estate known as Jenkins
Hill, Capitol Hill is made up of 150 squares of unique rowhouses, Federal townhouses,
and 19th century manor houses. These three styles of architecture are characteristic
of Washington, D.C. real estate.
Nestled in the heart of Capitol Hill, on 7th Street SE, is the Eastern Market, a
thriving farmers’ market that has been in continuous operation since 1873. It is
an extremely popular weekend destination for city residents in search of fresh produce,
cheeses, meats, baked goods, antiques, and artwork. Leafy streets and quaint rowhouses
add to the small-town charm of the surrounding neighborhood, which is considered
one of the city’s most desirable thanks in large part to its location just seven
blocks west of the Capitol Building and one block north of the Eastern Market Metro
Hillcrest is another desirable Southeast neighborhood.
Known for its spacious colonial-style houses and large wooded lots, Hillcrest runs
along the portion of Branch Avenue located between Pennsylvania Avenue and Southern
Avenue. While most of Washington, D.C. real estate sits at an altitude of 25 feet,
Hillcrest rises 300 feet above sea level, offering its residents breathtaking views
of the rest of the city. The neighborhood, in combination with the nearby Penn-Branch
community, is actually considered one of Washington, D.C.’s best kept secrets, even
though it is easily accessible by the Naylor Road Metro station.
One of Southeast’s most recognizable landmarks is RFK Stadium, the former home of
the Washington Redskins and current home of the Washington Nationals. However, a
new stadium for the Nationals is being built, also in Southeast but much closer
to the Capitol Building and accessible by the Navy Yard Metro station.
Southeast’s urban landscape is balanced out by an extensive park system that borders
the Anacostia River, an 8.4 mile tributary of the Potomac River that is currently
being revitalized thanks to concerned local citizens and the federal government.
The city’s largest park, 1200-acre Anacostia Park, and second largest park, 400-acre
Fort Dupont Park, are both located in Southeast.
From its vast green spaces to its proud and diverse neighborhoods, Southeast is
just starting to gain recognition for all that it has to offer the Washington, D.C.
real estate landscape. To find real estate and homes for sale
in Southeast D.C., contact any one of Long & Foster’s many Washington, D.C.
real estate offices.