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Living in Eckington, DC

The community of Eckington in Washington, D.C., is famous for being one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. The land was first developed as a private estate in 1830 and converted to a neighborhood in 1887. Today, Eckington is a charming, family-friendly residential area that attracts people who prefer a small-town atmosphere, while still enjoying all the amenities of big-city life. Instead of offices and industrial complexes, you'll find historic, single-family houses, townhouses, condos and apartments. The Eckington neighborhood also boasts a thriving business community, and is the D.C. home of Sirius XM Radio.

Student life thrives here as Eckington boasts both McKinley Technology High School and Howard University. However, the community is more family-oriented than college-oriented. People of all ages can enjoy the Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center, an urban paradise with grassy fields. Nearby, one can enjoy the 412-acre National Arboretum, a botanical sanctuary resplendent with beautiful flowers and trees. Close by is the Howard Theatre, which offers a full roster of live shows and concerts. Eckington restaurants range from fast-food favorites to family-style eateries with D.C.'s famed nightlife just minutes away.

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Housing in Eckington

With so many students in the area, Eckington apartments are always popular, but this real estate market also boasts a diverse array of homes as well as condos and duplexes for sale. Homes for sale in Eckington can range from smaller, single-family units to spacious, three- and four-bedroom homes. Many of the area's houses are beautiful, refurbished Victorian structures, but you'll also find row houses in a range of colors. With so much architectural diversity, there's a residence in Eckington to fit every taste and lifestyle.

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Who lives in Eckington?

Eckington appeals to people from all paths of life, from students and urban professionals, to families and folks of all ages. Its proximity to public and private schools makes it especially popular with families and its quick access to downtown D.C. makes it a favorite for workers who prefer to live in a quieter community.

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Where is Eckington?

Situated in the northeast part of the region, Eckington is located one mile north of Washington, D.C., and is surrounded by the neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, NoMa, Brentwood, and Edgewood. There's quick and easy access to downtown D.C. both by car or Metro.

With so many amenities, it's not surprising that Eckington is a popular choice for those who prefer a small-town atmosphere with big-city conveniences just minutes away.


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  • Residents young and old enjoy spending time at the Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center, where you can find a popular swimming pool as well as basketball and tennis courts, a fitness track, and playground.
  • The historical Howard Theatre brings a variety of live performances including concerts, launch parties, stand-up comedy, and gospel music all without needing to go too far away from home.
  • No matter what you’re craving, you’re bound to find the perfect restaurant that hits the spot in the Eckington neighborhood.


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