Washington | DC
Once upon a time, there was an absolutely adorable house in Hill East that sat very close to two metro stops, with lots of development coming up nearby. It boasted tasteful updates, central AC, newish kitchen appliances, and nicely sized bedrooms. One day the owner walked out of the huge master walk-in closet and said to his wife, “You know what I love most in this world? Cooking up some burgers in our perfect backyard, popping open a bottle of wine in our tastefully updated kitchen, and sitting on the front porch while watching life stroll by in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Washington, DC.” His wife poked her head out of the modernized bathroom featuring a skylight over the shower and said, “You know what? You’re right. Why don’t we walk over to the Harris Teeter and make that happen tonight? Hopefully the new Safeway opens soon since it’s just a couple of blocks away.” The husband gave her a sheepish smile and she immediately knew what he was thinking. “Yes, we can stop by Trusty’s (friendly, neighborhood bar) for a drink too,” she added. That night after a few too many cocktails the couple decided it was time to move to a new house. This was a very hard decision because they loved the house so, so much and enjoyed taking their cute, little pup to all of the parks nearby. The house became sad, because they all loved each other so much. But one day, someone reading this listing bought the home and made it happy again, filling it with their own love and joy. Everyone lived happily ever after. The end.
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Capitol Hill is one of the city’s most popular places to live, with 19th-century rowhouses and a market plus a vibrant dining and nightlife scene. Politicos, young staffers and tourists alike head to the neighborhood both for its government buildings like the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court and the surrounding historic, walkable, restaurant-filled blocks. Tour the U.S. Capitol via its impressive visitors center; guides lead small groups under the intricately painted, 180-plus-foot dome and past the dimly lit Old Supreme Court Chamber. You’ll need a reservation for the tour or to visit Congress or the Senate (when they are in session); for the latter, just contact your senator or house representative. Nearby, the Library of Congress’ impressive 1897 Thomas Jefferson building is open for tours that reveal its Italian-Renaissance style architecture and gilt murals plus the stunning, circular main reading room with its 160-foot-high ceiling. Other attractions include the Folger Shakespeare Library (the world’s largest collection of the author’s timeless works), and the glassed-in U.S. Botanic Garden at the base of Capitol Hill, which holds palms, ferns, and orchids and provides a peaceful escape.
Nineteenth and early 20th-century rowhouses (think turrets, stained glass, and ironwork) lead to throwback commercial zones. Eastern Market, an 1873 redbrick building houses grocers, bakers and pasta makers inside every day plus a lively weekend bazaar with produce, crafts, and antiques. The nearby micro-neighborhood of Barracks Row centers on 8th Street SE, where vintage storefronts hold oyster houses, pubby bars, and foodie-focused restaurants. Closer to the Capitol, Massachusetts Avenue NE has multiple restaurants and longtime watering holes.