Columbia Heights Real Estate, Washington DC

Once known for its inner-city blight, the neighborhood of Columbia Heights in Washington, DC has since become a model for urban revitalization. Of course, that also means a change in the cost of homes for sale. Real estate values managed to remain steady during the national housing crisis of the mid-2000s, and have climbed steadily since 2011. Especially known for its colorful row houses, this rectangular-shaped neighborhood has combined a red-hot real estate market with significant retail growth.

Columbia Heights is located northwest of popular Adams Morgan, with ultra-pricy Kalorama to the southwest. A high-density neighborhood, its real estate marketplace is composed almost entirely of condos for sale with just a tiny sliver of detached single-family homes. That is sometimes a matter of interpretation, however, as row houses can be used either as multifamily dwellings or single residences. 

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1471 Harvard St Nw, WASHINGTON

$2,500,000

1471 Harvard St Nw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 2,672 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC516266

District Real Estate, LLC.

1317 Fairmont St Nw, WASHINGTON

$2,000,000

↓ $200,000

1317 Fairmont St Nw, WASHINGTON

8 Beds 5.5 Baths 4,660 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC487964

Craig Fauver Real Estate

3013 13th St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,625,000

3013 13th St Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 4.5 Baths 3,182 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2003810

Compass

1212 Euclid St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,599,000

1212 Euclid St Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 5 Baths 3,300 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002112

Keller Williams Realty

3319 11th St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,500,000

3319 11th St Nw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 1,988 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002268

Compass

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1219 Park Rd Nw #three, WASHINGTON

$1,370,000

1219 Park Rd Nw #three, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,500 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2006718

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

3519 16th St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,370,000

↓ $80,000

3519 16th St Nw, WASHINGTON

8 Beds 4 Baths 4,362 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002674

Northcrest Realty, Inc.

New
520 Irving St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,350,000

520 Irving St Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 4 Baths 2,446 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2006512

Optime Realty

1008 Park Rd Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,299,000

↓ $100,000

1008 Park Rd Nw, WASHINGTON

6 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,120 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC520180

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

723 Euclid St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,250,000

723 Euclid St Nw, WASHINGTON

5 Beds 5.5 Baths 3,138 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002060

Samson Properties

1011 Otis Pl Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,250,000

1011 Otis Pl Nw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 4.5 Baths 3,808 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC522900

EXIT Realty Enterprises

2534 11th St Nw #ph- A, WASHINGTON

$1,250,000

2534 11th St Nw #ph- A, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,800 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC507840

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

1126 Girard St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,249,900

1126 Girard St Nw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,844 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2000934

Keller Williams Capital Properties

1330 Fairmont St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,245,000

1330 Fairmont St Nw, WASHINGTON

0 Beds 0 Baths 2,689 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC515474

Compass

1300 Euclid St Nw #6, WASHINGTON

$1,199,000

1300 Euclid St Nw #6, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,754 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2004452

Compass

2022 Columbia Rd Nw #315, WASHINGTON

$1,175,000

2022 Columbia Rd Nw #315, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,567 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2002070

Redfin Corp

1454 Belmont St Nw #6, WASHINGTON

$1,125,000

1454 Belmont St Nw #6, WASHINGTON

2 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,665 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2001548

TTR Sotheby's International Realty

1316 Girard St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,100,000

1316 Girard St Nw, WASHINGTON

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,134 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC518690

Sherman Toppin Real Estate LLC

1349 Perry Pl Nw #2, WASHINGTON

$1,099,000

1349 Perry Pl Nw #2, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 3.5 Baths 1,930 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC2004220

Compass

1236 Harvard St Nw, WASHINGTON

$1,095,000

↓ $79,900

1236 Harvard St Nw, WASHINGTON

6 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,714 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC518134

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

1001 Monroe St Nw #4, WASHINGTON

$1,075,000

1001 Monroe St Nw #4, WASHINGTON

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,800 SqFt Residential MLS® # DCDC524566

Compass

Columbia Heights Neighborhood Information

Like much of the DC Metro area, this community dates back to rural farm land. The post-Civil War era brought the construction of large manors and not long after, grand apartment buildings and row houses—the latter being Washington’s answer to the need for worker housing. More recently, the neighborhood has experienced a new construction boom with mixed-use developments featuring ground floor retail and upscale condos for sale.

Columbia Heights Real Estate at a Glance

Row houses in the neighborhood deserve special mention and were constructed in four distinct archetypes. Federal structures, typically built in the late 1800s to early 1900s offered a simple unadorned fashion and were followed by the ornate Victorian/Eastlake period with three or more stories, turrets, front bays and decorative stoops. The two-story Petworth style is particularly common, often built during the 1920s to 1930s with front porches, Mansard roofs and dormers. And finally, the Eclectic style combines all of the above influences.

Real estate for sale in Columbia Heights starts off in the very low six-figures and climb to around two million dollars. At the top end are the rare detached single-family Victorian houses, and entire row houses with up to eight bedrooms. Among community amenities are the renowned Tivoli Theatre, the adjacent Dance Institute of Washington and the Columbia Heights Metro which opened in 1999. Among the many great local restaurants are Cava Mezze Grille, The Heights, Los Hernanos, Maple and Mi Cuba.

To learn more about the real estate market in Columbia Heights, call District Partners at Compass, at (202) 798-3600.