On the Market in Columbia Heights
Columbia Heights Real Estate
Guide to Columbia Heights (DC)
Columbia Heights is one of DC’s most unique neighborhoods. Young professionals, long-term residents, students and families all call this area home. Due to the diversity offered to those who live in Columbia Heights, there is a plethora of entertainment and retail in the area, which combines major retailers, specialty shops and hipster hangouts. Due to the vast number of housing and business options in Columbia Heights the area offers the comfort of a suburb with the selection of an urban environment.
Just above U ST and to the East of Howard University
Columbia Heights is right in the action of the Northwest quadrant and is bordered by Mt. Pleasant, Petworth, Adams Morgan and U St. It’s more official boundaries are Florida Avenue to the South, Sherman Avenue to the East, Spring Road to the North and 16th Street to the West.
Travel your Way
The great thing about living in Columbia Heights is that it’s easy to get everywhere including all of DC’s downtown neighborhoods. For those who like to walk it’s very easy to get to Dupont, Logan Circle and U St. by foot. Additionally, the Columbia Heights metro makes it super easy to get anywhere; it’s only a 14-minute ride to the National Mall! Busses make it even easier to get around and the circulator runs both East and West along 14th and 16th streets.
Driving is getting tougher in the neighborhood, but those who can’t live without a vehicle are pleased with how close Columbia Height is to I-66, Rock Creek Parkway and the GW Parkway.
Columbia Heights has a very interesting past, as it was originally a horse track located right outside the District boundaries. This changed in 1881 when the land was purchased by the government and dubbed ‘Columbia Heights’ after Columbian College. With the addition of Meridian Hill Park the area became one of the most desirable in the district, but like many DC neighborhoods it was destroyed in the riots of the 1960s.
Now people truly consider Columbia Heights to be a 90s baby—it was not until the addition of the metro station in 1999 that the area truly began to come alive and pick up steam. Over the past decade Columbia Heights has reinvented itself offering beautiful, residential options, and a revitalized commercial strip that brings in people from all over the city.
Condos and Row Homes are the Hottest Listings Here
The unique history and diversity of Columbia Heights is directly reflected in its housing options, which include new condo buildings, multi-colored row homes, public housing complexes and older boarding homes.
As the lifestyle in the area has picked up pace in the past few years, so have the prices in housing. Rent in Columbia Heights is comparable to nearby neighborhoods of LeDroit Park, Shaw and Logan Circle. However, some deals still can be found in the form of single-family homes. Those looking to move to the area should do so as soon as possible as prices will only continue to rise.
Everyone Likes Shopping in Columbia Heights
Columbia Heights can be thought of as the Yin to Georgetown’s Yang. You won’t find high end retailers bordering the streets of Columbia Heights, but you will find all of the stores to fulfill the practical shoppers dreams including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, DSW and Marshalls, just to name a few.
In addition to big name chains there are also several specialty shops in the area including a juice store—Studio Vape, a great furniture boutique—GoodWood, and many high quality consignment shops. Whether you’re searching for dollar store goods and office supplies or baby clothes and patio furniture, you’ll find what you need in the commercial sector of Columbia Heights.
It’s Easy to Have Fun and Eat Well in Columbia Heights
Columbia Heights is a great place to eat out, as many of the restaurants here are very reasonably priced and also delicious. The area offers some of the best Latino food in the area with loads of different choices including Mi Cuba Café, Los Hermanos and El Rinconcito. In addition to tacos and cubanos there is also a lot of great places to grab Asian food in the area including Vietnamese and Thai, one of the best choices is Beau Thai which has award winning food and a unique, craft cocktail list.
While Columbia Heights is a great place to get a casual bite to eat it’s an even better place to grab a drink. The neighborhood offers a mixture of well-loved favorites and newer places with cozy atmospheres. Neighborhood favorites include the Wonderland Ballroom, which is a hipster’s paradise; Room 11, a wine bar featuring small plates; and Meridian Pint, the new kid on the block offering all-American brews in a European inspired venue. For those who don’t want to drink and still have a good time, Bloombars, a nonprofit art bar, offers hip-hop dance parties and late night film fests.
A Breath of Fresh Air
One of the best parts about living in Columbia Heights is the easy access residents have to Meridian Hill Park, one of the largest in the city. The park, which is also commonly referred to as Malcolm X Park, sits on twelve acres of land and attracts a variety of visitors that range from drum-circle enthusiasts and yogis to dog walkers and runners. During Columbia Heights Day, an annual neighborhood celebration, the area near the park is used as a spot for many events that range from Oktoberfest gatherings to pie eating contests.
Real Estate Market Stats
Basic Stats Overview
Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Last Updated: 12/11/2018
|Homes for Sale||88||+17.0%|
|Solds: 90 Day||69||-36.2%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||98.88%||+0.1%|
|90 Day Sold||$582,705||-16.3%|
|90 Day Sold||$575,000||-9.1%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||39.65||+38.6%|
|Homes for Sale||1||N/A|
|Solds: 90 Day||2||N/A|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||100.00%||N/A|
|90 Day Sold||$409,950||N/A|
|90 Day Sold||$409,950||N/A|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||18.00||N/A|
|Homes for Sale||54||+25.9%|
|Solds: 90 Day||37||-27.0%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||99.84%||+0.9%|
|90 Day Sold||$730,425||-5.8%|
|90 Day Sold||$699,555||-7.2%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||41.24||+46.4%|
|Homes for Sale||33||0.0%|
|Solds: 90 Day||30||-56.7%|
|Average List Price/Sold Price||96.76%||-1.9%|
|90 Day Sold||$412,034||-41.4%|
|90 Day Sold||$405,540||-26.0%|
|Days on Market|
|90 Day Sold||39.13||+32.0%|
What does the most expensive home in Columbia Heights (DC) look like?
1461 CHAPIN ST NW #4, WASHINGTON, DC 20009
How about the least expensive?
1225 FAIRMONT ST NW #P-2, WASHINGTON, DC 20009
1459 HARVARD ST NW #5, WASHINGTON, DC 20009
How Much is Available?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Active Inventory
The number of Columbia Heights (DC) homes listed for sale. Lower inventory favors sellers in negotiations.
How Many Months of Inventory?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Months Inventory
The number of homes listed for sale in Columbia Heights (DC) divided by the number of homes sold in one month. Higher inventory favors buyers.
More Actives or More Pendings?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Active/Pending Ratio
Ratio of homes in Columbia Heights (DC) listed for sale versus those under contract. The lower the number, the hotter the market.
Are Sellers Negotiating?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, List/Sold Ratio
Shows a comparison between the final sales price of homes sold in Columbia Heights (DC) versus their list price.
What is Average?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Average Sale Price (90 Days)
Average list price of homes for sale in Columbia Heights (DC)
How Fast Are They Selling?Data Source: MRIS Listing Data, Days on Market (Sold Listings 90 Days)
Average days from Listing Date to Sold Date for Columbia Heights (DC) homes that sold in the past 90 days.
Malcolm X Park
AKA Meridian Hill Park--I love going here in the summer when the fountain is going strong and the Sunday drum circle is in full swing. Great for people watching and just plain chilling.
E Chuchos - three words- Mexican Street Corn! Ok, one can't live on corn alone, but you might want to after trying El Chucho's. If you need to round out your meal, the carnitas tacos should do the trick!
Unique and diverse
Columbia Heights is one of those rare DC neighborhoods where people of all races, ages, and socioeconomic classes share space, and to many, that - not the revitalized commercial strip - is what gives the community its charm. The housing market continues to change in this area. Single family homes are giving way to condos and more newcomers are discovering the charm of Columbia Heights. This area is truly the Phoenix rising from the ashes of many years of neglect. New shops, new restaurants and new neighbors are all working together to make Columbia Heights one the the most upcoming neighborhoods in the City.