Hot or Not?


The Washington Post recently reported on the three “hottest” neighborhoods in DC with the help of data from Real Estate Business Intelligence (RBI). And by what measure did they dub them thusly?

“Since there is no singular definition for what makes a neighborhood popular, we looked at a few data points: the number of new listings, the length of time homes are on the market before they sell, and whether the properties sell for more than the original listing price. After crunching all the numbers, it quickly became clear that three distinct D.C. neighborhoods dominate the playing field.”

And the three “winners” are (drumroll please):

Dupont Circle/AdMo (Zip = 20009)
Columbia Heights
Capitol Hill

For more details and a full breakdown on the data, check out the complete article here. 

Clearly, if you own property in one of these neighborhoods, then you should seriously be considering selling. (Unless of course you just bought your place.) But here’s something for my homebuyers out there to chew on. Does the fact that these neighborhoods are so “hot” based on the above-named criteria actually make them good locations for you to be shopping in? Or does this article actually serve as a good list of neighborhoods for you to avoid if you’re not interested in engaging in a bidding war?

Don’t get me wrong, these are all fabulous neighborhoods and I’ve managed to find some great deals for my clients in these areas, even in the midst of the current market madness. I’m just saying that it’s worth reading between the lines a little bit when it comes to big fancy labels like “Hottest Hoods in Town.”

If you own in one of those areas and are thinking about selling, or are thinking about buying and are curious about some of the neighborhoods in town that would make great alternatives to the ones listed above, shoot me an email!

Which DC ‘Hood is Right For You?

The folks over at InTheCapital have put together an awesome profile of DC’s neighborhoods based on the Meyer’s Briggs personality assessment. Even if you don’t buy into the Meyer’s Briggs stuff, these profiles offer some great insights into DC’s different neighborhoods, and may have you considering a move to a part of town you’d never thought of before. Let me know if you have any questions about any of these neighborhoods, or would like to see any listings!

Myers Briggs Typing D.C.’s Neighborhoods: Which One Are You?

 By: Sophie Pyle, InTheCapital

The Myers Briggs test is a theory that assumes there are 16 personality types expressed on four scales. You’re either an extravert (E) or an introvert (I), an intuitive (N) or a sensor (S), a thinker (T) or a feeler (F), and a judger (J) or a perceiver (P). The internet has seen Myers Briggs memes pop up breaking down characters from popular T.V. shows and movies based on their type. We decided to localize this and break down D.C.’s quirky neighborhoods with some Myers Briggs typing.

If you don’t know what your type is, take a free test here.

When putting this list together, there were some things that were undeniable. Neighborhoods with bar districts belong to the extraverts. Prettier neighborhoods belong to sensors. The easily bored perceivers need neighborhoods that provide ample activities (and a metro stop in case they grow bored and need to escape). There were also certain things that a neighborhood would need to attract a thinker versus a feeler.

ESTJ – Georgetown

ESTJ - Georgetown

Trendy and outgoing ESTJs should flock to the cobblestone streets and tight-knit bar scene of Georgetown. There’s also plenty of shopping to help upkeep that incredible ESTJ wardrobe.

ESFJ – Dupont Circle

ESFJ - Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is great for ESFJs. The housing is pretty enough to satisfy that S, and the flourishing bar scene provides ample opportunities to make new friends. Compare this to the ESTJ, who would prefer to navigate the small scene of regulars in Georgetown. ESFJs are more open to meeting new people, and their J means they’re likely stay put for a while.

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ISFJ – Kalorama

ISFJ - Kalorama

ISFJs and ISTJs are similar, but the F in the ISFJ might grow lonely in the Palisades. Kalorama, at least, has a few restaurants, and there are opportunities to connect with neighbors through intermittent invites to embassy soirees. That introverted sensing will stay satisfied with the beautiful houses and gardens, too.

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ENTP – U Street/Logan Circle

ENTP - U Street/Logan Circle

ENTPs – you’ve already lived in Georgetown, and now you’re in the new cool spot: U Street/Logan Circle. You’ll party your butt off and get to know everything about this neighborhood before eventually growing bored and moving on to the next cool thing.

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INFP – Shaw

INFP - Shaw

The intuitive and independent “idealist” INFP is a lot like Shaw. INFPs are positive and not at all competitive, which is a lot like the cool atmosphere you’ll find in Shaw. Shaw isn’t the prettiest neighborhood, but the INFP doesn’t mind and can see Shaw for what it really is – a wonderful place to live. There also aren’t too many bars or restaurants, allowing people to slowly warm up to each other at the local watering holes.

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ESTP – Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard

ESTP - Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard

ESTP “doers” are constantly moving and doing things, so they might be happiest living in the Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard neighborhood. This is especially true in the summertime, when ESTPs can hit up ballgames at National’s Park, party with live bands and cornhole at the Bullpen, picnic at Yard’s Park, and try out the new restaurants at the Navy Yard. Come winter, however, they might get bored of ice skating and going to Bluejacket every weekend, and they will be using that metro to explore other parts of the District.

ENTJ – Capitol Hill

ENTJ – Capitol Hill

The outgoing, leadership-driven ENTJs want to be in the heart of the action. The Library of Congress is nearby to satisfy that NT. The nightlife scene here is good, though let’s be honest – the ENTJ is more likely going to be climbing the ranks of congress socializing at invite-only receptions.

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Click here to see the full slideshow at InTheCapital!