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Living in Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

Anacostia, a historic neighborhood Washington, D.C., was one of the first neighborhoods to be incorporated in the Nation's Capital. It boasts stunning views of the Anacostia river and beautiful views of the Capitol. There's something here to appeal to everyone from the scenery to culture to historical sites and more.

Fort Stanton Recreation Center in Anacostia, Washington, DC

Real Estate in Anacostia, DC

Located right across from the Navy Yard, Anacostia real estate is a mix of historic, and sometimes eclectic, row houses like the famous, colorful houses of Rosie's Row. Homes for sale in Anacostia include Victorian single-family homes, cottages and condominiums, as well as upscale, modern apartments in the newer developments. Whether you're looking for historic or modern housing, there's a little of each in the Anacostia neighborhood, with residents mainly consisting of families and young professionals.

Townhouses in Anacostia, Washington, DC

Things to Do and See in Anacostia, Washington, DC

If you love arts and culture, you'll feel right at home here. The Anacostia Museum is a branch of the Smithsonian and hosts wonderful exhibits that revolve specifically around urban life and culture. Anacostia is also home to the Anacostia Playhouse, a community theater that regularly hosts a variety of plays and also shares its space with the local high school theater groups. Another art venue, the Anacostia Arts Center opened in 2013 and offers art exhibits, eclectic boutiques, performances, classes and events for all ages. There is a wide variety of restaurant and dining options in Anacostia that suit all tastes. Standard coffee shops, exotic global cuisine and American fare are just a few examples of Anacostia restaurants that locals frequent.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a popular destination during the warmer months, featuring recreational areas along with marshes and a large variety of protected animals and plants. For sports lovers, the Washington Nationals ballpark is across the river. Cedar Hill, the 19th century historic home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, offers tours where visitors can view his restored home and original furniture. Another famous historical site is the Ft. Stanton Overlook, a park area that was once the site of the Civil War Fort Stanton, which protected the Washington Navy Yard. Many people park in the lot and picnic up on the hill to take in the magnificent views of the capitol city.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Anacostia, Washington, DC

Fun Facts

The Historic District of Anacostia is on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to the popular landmark, World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chaira 19 foot tall chair that is a popular focal point in this quirky and eclectic neighborhood.


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  • America’s favorite pastime is in your backyard. The Washington Nationals baseball park is just across the river.
  • Fine arts fans appreciate the Anacostia Playhouse, which features a variety of theatrical productions as well as plays host to theatrical groups from local high schools.
  • There are plenty of places for those to explore who want to learn more about the area, including Cedar Hill, known as the home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and Fort Stanton Overlook, a park which helped protect the Washington Navy Yard during the Civil War.


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