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Washington, DC is most well known for being the nation’s capital, but there’s so much more to do in this famous city than visiting government buildings

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DC is home to a diverse, young population that’s very ambitious and career-driven. And the greater DC area – also known as the DMV for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia – is also home to numerous cultural groups and traditions as well. For instance, the Washington region has the largest population of Ethiopians outside of Africa. So, that means DC also has amazing Ethiopian food. 

While most tourists and short-time dwellers in DC only scratch the surface by staying close to the Smithsonian museums downtown or in the well-known Dupont Circle area, there is so much to experience in every neighborhood of this city. If you’re thinking about investing in real estate, DC might be the perfect fit. And, it’s possible to buy dc condos for sale close to all the action. Perhaps, you even want a DC condo that’s boutique. All that’s needed is a bit of determination and a real estate company that’s got your back. 

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There’s so much to do in DC. Let’s start with the music. DC is home to some of the most famous music venues for hardcore punk and rock rolls, like the 9:30 club and the Black Cat. It’s also famous for jazz music, with venues like Twins Jazz and Alice’s Jazz and Cultural Society. 

DC is also home to numerous Michelin-star restaurants from famous chefs, such as José Andrés. Any food you can imagine is available in DC, and there are culturally specific grocery stores too, like Panam International. 

In terms of other types of entertainment, there are also family-owned theaters and cinemas, like Suns Cinema, as well as record stores that hold local shows like Songbyrd Music House & Cafe. Then, of course, there are the famous Smithsonian museums. The Air & Space Museum is perhaps one of the most popular, with models of famous NASA rockets and satellites. 

There’s an amazing bar and club scene in DC. U street is most well known for having clubs, like the famous El Centro. Some fancier bars and restaurants exist downtown and are close to Dupont Circle. There are numerous local dive bars, like Red Derby, that are also popular too. Also, recreational marijuana is legal in DC, so if that floats your boat, you can go to a dispensary. 


History of District in Columbia

History of District in Columbia

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Washington, DC, which lives between the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, became the permanent seat of the federal government in 1790. The oldest ports include what is the modern-day Georgetown neighborhood and Alexandria, Virginia. The city was engineered to be very efficient for transportation, as it was built entirely on a grid system with public squares and wide avenues by Pierre Charles L’Enfant.  The National Mall is the most iconic part of this grid system. It’s a long strip of grass and trees that stretches for miles and is surrounded by the famous Smithsonian museums and war memorials on either side.  

The territory that is now DC was ceded by Maryland and Virginia, two states with large populations of enslaved people. DC has a large Black population, and many residents once called it the “Chocolate City,” as the majority of the population at one point was Black. Due to issues like segregation and gentrification, diverse populations were pushed out of the city center –  a subject that we’ll touch more on later.  As you’re looking for condos in DC, knowing the history of the city can be critical to your understanding of where and whether you buy a property.

As the capital of the nation, Washington quickly attracted a lot of growth and development. In the 1800s, railroads reached the city and brought with them a flood of tourists and entrepreneurs. After the Civil War, the city invested in numerous improvement projects, like building modern schools and markets. In the 20th century, Washington went through an exodus of middle-class families and subsequently had to revitalize numerous federal buildings and neighborhoods to attract more people. Into the 21st century, new housing formed in formerly neglected neighborhoods, bike lanes popped up, and a vast metro system was installed, turning the city into an economic and political powerhouse. And, there are plenty of DC condos within this hustle and bustle that are ready to be turned into a home. 

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Demographics

Demographics

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Let’s start with the facts. According to the 2020 census bureau, DC has a population of  670,000 people. DC’s population is roughly 38% white alone, 2% indigenous or Alaska Native, 5% Asian, 46% Black, and 11% Hispanic or Latino.

DC is still a predominantly Black city, but if you count white hispanic people along with the white alone population, the city’s population is half-Black and half-White. So, the Black majority has been shrinking over the years, taking with it unfortunately some aspects of the culture. For example, the famous Bohemian Caverns music venue on the U street corridor closed down a few years ago. It was a major center for Black music and musicians. 

Part of the shrinking Black population has to do with gentrification. For example, the U street corridor is now a hub of high-class restaurants and shops, which brings in a lot of money into the city. The city is divided into wards, where neighborhoods like Ward 2, the central part of the city, are now predominantly wealthier and whiter. And wards on the outskirts of the city across the Anacostia River, like 7 and 8, are predominantly Black and lower-income.


However, in recent years there’s been numerous efforts to revitalize Black-owned businesses, culture, and music. Younger residents have started groups like the 

to keep the city’s famous “Go-Go” music and jazz traditions alive. DC also painted the large “Black Lives Matter” mural by the city’s center. There are many parts of U street corridor that are filled with lively music and restaurants, and there are also plenty of condos in Washington, DC that are for sale near this action. JoGo project

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Weather in District of Columbia

Weather in District of Columbia

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DC feels like a city in the North, but it is still below the Mason-Dixon line, meaning it’s still part of the South. As a result, the climate can get a bit confusing in DC. The winters can get very cold, bringing snow and wind. But, the summers can also be quite hot and humid, bringing in that subtropical weather from the sea. However, Spring and Fall can be quite magical in DC. Residents can be seen flocking to breweries and outdoor restaurants in Dupont Circle or along U Street because it’s just lovely outside. Also, after a cold winter, DC will erupt in gorgeous pink and purple which tourists from around the country and world often visit.cherry blossoms

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