Hillcrest Neighborhood Guide | Living in Washington, DC | Long & Foster

Living in Hillcrest, Washington D.C.

Known as "The Silver Coast," Hillcrest, Washington D.C., has a lot of the same charm as the more expensive "Gold Coast" on 16th Street, but without the luxury prices. Hillcrest features a multitude of quiet streets within the neighborhoods of Ward 7, filled with single family homes and green spaces. As a primarily residential neighborhood, locals spend a lot of time at block parties or cookouts during nice weather. This urban suburbia is also home to a variety of local politicians, like former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

Post Office in Hillcrest, Washington, D.C.

Ways to Spend the Day

Hillcrest, Washington D.C., sits just east of the Anacostia River, so there is always plenty to do outdoors. When the weather doesn't agree with outdoor fun, a visit to the Hillcrest Recreation Center offers a lot of options. With everything from a fully equipped computer lab to an arts and crafts room, everyone can find something to keep them occupied. There is even a putting green to give aspiring golfers a place to practice.

Surrounding the neighborhood are several strip malls, each filled with a variety of shops that cater to almost any need. The nearest grocery store is just outside the neighborhood, but Skyland Town Center currently hosts a weekly farmers market. When Skyland Town Center is finished with construction, it will bring an additional 325,000 square feet of retail space to the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Shopping center in Hillcrest, Washington, D.C.

Homes in Hillcrest

The Hillcrest neighborhood has a lot to offer for those looking to buy a home. Brick Colonials are the most common type of housing, but there are also bungalow and Craftsman-style homes on the market. The big selling point for homes in Hillcrest are the lawns and square footage. Each single family home comes with a nice-sized yard and homes often have as many as five bedrooms.

While most Hillcrest real estate is owner-occupied, there are also a few rental options. Naylor Gardens and Fairfax Village both offer townhome and condominium options that have a little less space, but a much-reduced price tag for renters or buyers.

Residential street view in Hillcrest, Washington, D.C.

Getting Around in Hillcrest

While there are a few buses and a Green line Metro stop in Hillcrest, they are located a bit out-of-the-way for a lot of the locals, so owning a car is recommended. Getting to the rest of D.C. is a simple amble along Pennsylvania Avenue. The Hill is only about 5.5 miles down the road, giving residents easy access to top-notch shopping, five-star dining and plenty of entertainment.


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What Locals Love

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  • For a fun afternoon, the Hillcrest Recreation Center offers everything you need, from computer labs to help with homework to an arts and crafts room.
  • Suburban comforts, like shops and restaurants, are located right outside the neighborhood.
  • Health conscious residents drop by the farmer’s market at Skyland Tower Center, a site that will soon add 325,000 square feet of retail space to the neighborhood.


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