West End DC

West End flies under the radar…in a private jet.  Low-key luxury abounds in West End’s homes, hotels and restaurants. This tiny, cash-rich neighborhood rubs shoulders with Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom, but maintains a distinct style of its own. The West End neighborhood offers cachet with all the trimmings and a lot of Secret Service.

Modern luxury condos and stately period townhouses, top-rated restaurants with a laid-back vibe and boutique retail tucked between two famed neighborhoods. Start your day on the squash court or sprinting through Rock Creek Park with your personal trainer. Sip a cup of vintage Pu-Erh at Blue Duck Tavern. Restyle yourself at Karma on 24th. Peruse the shelves of the West End Library while you wait for a Bluestone Americano. Meet up with the canine club at Francis park. Pedal up a new set of abs at Soul Cycle. Do your tastebuds a favor at Marcel’s. Add some Rasika spice to your evening. Experience Nobu's tiny tacos. Buy your sweetie an armful of blooms at Greenworks and share a romantic suite at the Ritz. Pick up a shiny new glass box or a period brick beauty and inscribe your name in West End's history. Bring your big checkbook.

West End DC neighborhood



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Neighborhood History


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 To The Max

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, along with Special Operations Police Station, the 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.

Renewal, continued

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. The result is the new West End Library, a sleek glass and concrete reduction of the previous library space, Uber-luxury condos at The Westlight, which frames the library, an adjacent boutique luxury condominium, and pricey street-level retail. The fire station was relocated to M Street, beneath a squash club and the developer's boutique affordable housing concession. Along M Street near the Georgetown line is another luxury condominium anchored by Nobu. Francis Field was cleaned up, fenced off, lit, and banned to dogs.

Notable Sites

Francis Field and Francis Stevens school are both notable sites in West End DC.

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