Zillow’s Picks: Best DC Neighborhoods for Outoor Activities


[Note: This is a guest post written by Jennifer Riner of Zillow, a leading online real estate and rental marketplace that I believe offers a great service and frequently use to stay updated on the local housing market. All opinions expressed here are that of Zillow.]

It’s that time of year again — the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and Mondays are undoubtedly the most hated day of the week. Spring is in full swing, and spending time outside is the best way to sneak in exercise before the hot weather arrives.

If you’ve recently relocated to DC or are shopping DC neighborhoods to move, check out these three communities which have top-rated parks and recreational facilities to jump start a healthy, active summer season.

Glover Park
Known as the “Leave it to Beaver” community in DC, Glover Park is filled with outdoor activities for children and adults alike. Situated just north of Georgetown and west of Wisconsin Avenue, Glover Park is surrounded by the parklands of Glover-Archbold Park and Whitehaven Park – making it an outdoor adventurist’s dream. The area has softball fields for the very active and gardens for the more laid-back type who prefer to relax in the sunshine. Buying a home in Glover Park is fairly expensive (unsurprising to DC natives), with median values at $704,300, up 2.2 percent from last year and projected to rise another 1.5 percent within the next year. Renting in Glover Park costs $3,153 per month, about $600 per month more than the DC median ($2,549) and $1,750 more expensive than the U.S. median ($1,388).

Capitol Hill
Home to the Capitol Building, extensive U.S. history and rowhouses galore, Capitol Hill is the largest residential historic neighborhood in all of DC. The area includes six major parks and is close to both Yards Park and Canal Park, which host year-round events such as ice skating in the winter and festivals or concerts during the summer. If water is your favorite attraction, the Anacostia River runs just beyond the neighborhood’s boarder. Plus, the U.S. National Arboretum is a short bike ride away and the community is cyclist-friendly with numerous dedicated bike lanes. Homes in Capitol Hill are about $20,000 more expensive than in Glover Park, with a Zillow Home Value Index of $726,900. Prices are up 3.3 percent and projected to rise another 2.5 percent in the next year. Surprisingly though, rentals here are less expensive ($2,901) than in Glover Park by roughly $250 per month.

Located in Northwest DC just west of Glover Park, the Palisades is home to Battery Kemble Park, a former Union Army defense site during the Civil War era. The National Park Service preserves the gun and parapet positions for viewing purposes. Today, the park is used for sledding and snowball fights in the winter, and running, nature walks and sunbathing in the summer. Battery Kemble features huge pine trees and a grassy meadow, perfect for walking the dogs any time of year. Buying real estate in the Palisades near Battery Kemble Park costs a median of $883,700 – a 3 percent increase in price since last year and nearly $180,000 more expensive than Glover Park. Zillow forecasts values to rise another 2.2 percent in the next 12 months. Renting an apartment in the Palisades costs a median of $3,854 per month, or about $700 more than rentals in Glover Park.

No matter your neighborhood of choice, DC is filled with parks and gardens to satisfy your warm weather desires. Just don’t forget to bring a water bottle along, especially in July!

Which DC neighborhoods would you pick for the best outdoor activities? Let us know in the comments below!

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