WEST END

Neighborhood Profile

A sophisticated and affluent enclave five blocks wide and 3.5 blocks long, desired for its upscale ambiance, wealth of fine dining establishments, and pivotal location,

The West End Neighborhood

WEST END

West End is one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the District. The tiny West End neighborhood is home to a large number of Michelin Star and James Beard award-winning restaurants, including Blue Duck Tavern, Imperfecto, Marcel’s, Rasika, Ris, Nobu and newcomer Saga by Michelin-starred chef Enrique Limardo.

West End features a mix of elegant Victorian rowhouses and chic Federals aside modern architecture such as 22 West, and the Westlight condominium with its ground floor anchor the West End Library and Bluestone eatery, designed by acclaimed architect Enrique Norten. You’ll also find luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton with its adjacent Exquinox fitness club, the Fairmont, Park Hyatt, and, a hair over the border, the ultra-luxe Four Seasons.

Adjacent to the Francis Park and recreation center is West End’s entrance to Rock Creek Park, with paths running to Maryland. The neighborhood is tangent to Massachusetts Avenue’s enclave of chanceries and embassies.

The real estate market in West End features a mix of luxury Victorian rowhouses and a few restored Federals rubbing elbows with modern glass highrises showcasing luxury condominiums like 22 West and The Westlight, which also houses the West End Library and Bluestone eatery, all designed by acclaimed architect Enrique Norten.

More traditionally-designed luxury condominiums in West End are the Ritz-Carlton Residences and 2501 Penn, a beautiful stone historic building housing 16 exclusive european-style residences of 2,200 Sft to 4,500 Sft offering penthouses with private roof terraces , garage parking and a fabulous doorman.

Why We Love It

  • Pivotal location
  • Rock Creek Park access
  • Public tennis courts
  • Luxury amenities
  • Platinum real estate values

Nearby

  • Georgetown
  • Dupont Circle
  • Foggy Bottom
  • Rock Creek Park

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West End Market Data

West End History

“Westernmost”

West End was named for its location as the westernmost part of the original L’Enfant Plan for the city of Washington, before Georgetown was annexed. The early settlement was a small, predominantly African American community made up of Victorian and Federal architecture, influenced by trends in nearby Foggy Bottom, one of the District’s first neighborhoods. Warehouses were also prevalent, along what are now M and L Streets. One of the oldest buildings in West End was also one of the first hospitals in the District. The Columbia Hospital for Women and Lying-in Asylum opened in 1870, first in the Hill Mansion at Thomas Circle and later relocated to Pennsylvania Avenue and 25th Street. Secretary of War E.N. Stanton authorized funds for the 50 bed facility, reserving 20 beds for wives and widows of Civil War soldiers. A major reconstruction in 1914 razed the original mansion and replaced it with the main building standing today. The Columbia transitioned to a private, non-profit facility during the Eisenhower administration in 1953. The hospital closed in 2002 and was converted to The Columbia Residences, a 225 unit luxury condominium, in 2006. The building includes 28,000 square feet of retail space wrapping around its exterior on 24th and 25th Streets, including Trader Joe’s.

Urban Renewal

Modern day West End is a neighborhood reinvention created by the Office of Planning and Management’s 1972 urban renewal plan. It was designed “to bring life to a declining part of the city.” The aerial photo on the study’s cover was titled “New Town for the West End.” A new in-town community was thereby born. From the late 1970’s to the early 2000’s, the West End neighborhood consisted in large part of luxury hotels serving Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom, office buildings, embassies, a few condominiums and co-ops, restaurants and retail establishments along M Street. A few of the neighborhood’s original residences remained, primarily on 24th and 25th Streets, upper 22nd and 23rd Streets and N Street, but multifamily, commercial and municipal buildings far outnumbered them. Turn-of-the-century West End joined the building boom, adding luxury condominium, apartment, office and retail buildings. In stark contrast, The West End Library building was in decline, as were the Special Operations Police Station, fire station on Square 50 and additional structures in the under-developed portion of West End dubbed Square 37, which ran along 23rd and 24th Streets, L Street and an alleyway.

Square 37 Transformation

In 2007, a controversial plan was put forward to redevelop Square 37. The Tiverton, West End’s last remaining rent-controlled apartment building, was located on Square 37. Its tenants successfully fought two upzoning attempts by developers in an effort to maintain the square as it was. The D.C. Council passed emergency legislation that year to sell the West End public library branch, the Special Operations Police Station and firehouse to Eastbanc, the developer of luxury condominium 22 West on 22nd Street. The development was named West End Projects. It included a new West End Library, a glass and concrete reduction of the previous library space, luxury condos at The Westlight, which frames the library, an adjacent boutique luxury condominium, and street-level restaurant spaces. The fire station was relocated to M Street, beneath a squash club and the developer’s boutique affordable housing concession.

Near the M Street bridge, another luxury condominium was constricted within the abandoned office space below an existing condominium. The new project, 2501 M, was anchored by the Nobu restaurant. At the same time, adjacent Francis Field was cleaned up, fenced off, lit, and banned to dogs.

Source: Wikipedia, Library of Congress

West End Schools

School Without Walls | Francis-Stevens

DCPS reportedly failed to provide an adequate temporary school while Francis-Stevens undergoes a 3 year renovation project. While Francis-Stevens is the designated school for West End, it is unavailable and the temporary site is 2 miles away and in poor condition. Here is a partial list of top private schools in Washington DC.

THE LAB SCHOOL

Private • Lower • Middle • Upper

MARET

Private Co-Ed • Grades K-12

WASHINGTON INT’L SCHOOL

Provate • Grades PK-12

THE RIVER SCHOOL

Private • Grades Pre-K-3

ST ALBANS

Private Boys • Grades 4-12

GEORGETOWN DAY SCHOOL

Private • Grades K-12

HOLTON ARMS

Private Girls • Grades 3-12

SIDWELL FRIENDS

Private Co-Ed • Grades Pre-K-12

NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

Private Girls • Grades 4-12

For a full, updated list of schools, visit EBIS. Click the cap to go to school website. School data by SchoolDigger

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