Congress Heights Neighborhood Guide | Living in Washington, DC | Long & Foster

Living in Congress Heights, Washington, D.C.

A neighborhood in the southeast section of the nation's capital, Congress Heights sits across the Potomac River from Reagan National Airport. Once a tract of farmland, Congress Heights wasn't developed until the late 19th century, and today is quite the spot to call home. Offering nice public green space, all sorts of housing options, easy transportation access and plenty of shopping, you'll find all the things you need in Congress Heights, Washington, D.C.

Ballou Aquatic Center Mosaic Congress Heights

Things to Do

Whether it's day or night, summer or winter, Congress Heights is buzzing with activity. If sports are your thing, play basketball, toss a baseball, or run sprints at the Congress Heights Playground. If you want a quick getaway to nature, visit Shepherd Parkway and get lost in its wooded forest. If you want to attend wellness meetings, participate in cultural events, take dance classes and more, check out what's going on at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC)Saint Elizabeth's East Campus, which is home to the US Coast Guard, is also located in the neighborhood and has played a role in the continued development of the area.

Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue is nice to stroll down to get a feel for the vibe of the Congress Heights neighborhood and see some of the area's exquisite churches. It's along this thoroughfare that you'll find food markets, restaurants, and various shops.

Congress Heights, Cherry Blossoms House

Housing in Congress Heights

If you plan on living in Congress Heights, you can obtain pretty much any type of housing you want. From modern apartment complexes and condo communities to detached houses and early 20th-century townhomes, it's all here in Congress Heights.

You'll also see that a lot of Congress Heights real estate listings are for homes in multi-unit buildings that were once large houses. This is a solid option for those who don't need the extra space or want to save some money. In general, you can locate homes for sale in Congress Heights at a variety of prices, which ensures something within your budget will always be available.

Tree-Lined Street Congress Heights, DC

Transportation in Congress Heights

Driving and taking public transportation are both efficient ways to get around the Congress Heights neighborhood and greater area. The Metro Green Line stop for Congress Heights is right on Alabama Avenue, and can get you to other areas of D.C., like the National Mall (5 miles away) and Dupont Circle (about 7 miles away), in just a short amount of time. I-295 and the Suitland Parkway both run through the area, so driving is also an easy way to get around Congress Heights and to other areas inside and outside of Washington, D.C.


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  • Shepherd Parkway offers the perfect getaway from the busy city life with its mature wooded forest and rolling terrain, while the Congress Heights Playground features plenty of play space for the kids.
  • Residents looking for enrichment activities can check out the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, where they can find wellness programs, support groups, workforce training and a child development center.


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