Neighborhood Profile: Is 14th Street the Hottest Street in DC?


    Everybody loves their own neighborhood and thinks that their corner bistro is the best, but really, we are partial to 14th Street. There’s so much to love and so many places to visit. If you’re looking to while away your time on an unseasonably spring-like weekend, like the ones we’ve been enjoying, this is the neighborhood for you.

    If you didn’t make it out to Colada Shop, you might be the only person in town who didn’t. It was packed last weekend! And why not? Amazing Cuban food, great coffee and rum drinks that had us feeling like we were on vacation within five minutes of leaving the office. Chef Mario Monte has created a place to gather and hang out for hours with your friends, and maybe make a few new friends along the way.

    Mexican Hot Chocolate is back at Ice Cream Jubilee and what could be better in the middle of a sunny day?  We stopped there after we checked out the new Madewell store that just opened a couple of weeks ago and then spent hours (literally) at Som Records.

    Sunday was dedicated to brunch at Le Diplomate, with a huge group of friends. So many amazing wines, beers, and cocktails, and all of the carbs the pastry baskets could hold made for an amazing cap on the weekend. The only problem was tearing ourselves away to get ready for Monday.

    If you want to be close to your favorite shops, restaurants, and bars, you’re in luck, because there is so much construction being done in this area. Here are a few of the upcoming projects you might want your Eng Garcia Grant Realtor to keep you posted on:

    • Barrel House Liquor Redevelopment: The Historic Preservation Review Board just approved preliminary designs for the redevelopment of Barrel House Liquors, although there are some revisions in the works. The building will be a mixed-use space which will include 35-40 residences atop street-level retail. The good news? The iconic barrel will stay in place, making this a fun and distinctive place to call home.
    • 2213 14th Street NW: The Eisen Group is designing an expansion of the current three story commercial building into a seven floor building. This will make room for almost 6000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail, topped by 40-50 condo units. There will be a basement garage with 15 spaces as well as an outdoor patio on the penthouse level.
    • And of course, the one everyone is waiting for, Elysium Logan. This eight story development on nearby Rhode Island Ave. is set to open this summer, with some condo units as large as three bedrooms. There will be 32 luxury units total, seven of which will have private elevators. Three duplex penthouses will have roof decks. Some units will also have parking spaces on the basement level.

    Whether you are planning to rent or ready to buy, there are so many great places to live around the 14th Street corridor that can put you right in the middle of all of your favorite places to shop, eat, and hang out. Ready to start looking? Check out these properties, create an account at our website and let one of our agents get in touch with you to start your targeted search. And use the news, blogs, and other resources on our website to learn more about the home buying process in general, and our favorite neighborhoods in particular.

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