Penn Quarter Neighborhood Guide | Living in Washington, DC | Long & Foster

Living in Penn Quarter, D.C.

Often referred to as Old Downtown, Penn Quarter in Washington, D.C., is a far cry from the sleepy district of past decades. Today, this historic neighborhood has become an arts and entertainment hub; home to numerous restaurants, galleries and chic stores, including its very own outdoor FRESHFARM Market, a non-profit, producer-only farmer's market. Residents can enjoy rich history along with urban conveniences.

Things to Do in Penn Quarter

Located north of Pennsylvania Avenue and east of downtown D.C., Penn Quarter puts you close to the Capital One Arena, where you can root for the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards. This 20,000-seat arena hosts around 220 sporting events and concerts every year, and is bordered by several shops, restaurants, and bars that are consistently ranked as some of the best in the city. Needless to say, lack of entertainment and dining is never a problem here.

Artists also flock to the Penn Quarter neighborhood for its thriving arts scene; if you're an artist or an art fan yourself, you may find yourself hanging out at Penn Quarter's notable galleries, like the National Portrait Gallery, which is situated just across the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station. The community is known for its outstanding museums. Residents who want to immerse themselves in the world of espionage can take a trip to the International Spy Museum, a visitor favorite.

Housing Options in Penn Quarter

Homes for sale in Penn Quarter are typically small and medium-sized condominiums and apartment buildings. Two of the major pulls in Penn Quarter are ease of mobility and commute, attracting a diverse mix of professionals. If you're hunting for a residence yourself, know the Penn Quarter real estate landscape offers a slew of one- or two-bedroom condos or apartments, but some four-bedroom homes are also in the mix.

Getting Around the Neighborhood

Urban conveniences are most likely just a stone's throw away, so sidewalk travel to malls, offices and other establishments is quite the norm in Penn Quarter. Commuting is also not a problem in this part of the city, since numerous Metro stations, as well as the Metrobus and D.C. Circulator, can easily whisk you away to other parts of Washington.


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What Locals Love

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  • When it comes to fun and entertainment, location is what it’s all about. Penn Quarter sits close to the Capital One Arena, an entertainment venue where sports fans can catch the latest hockey or basketball game. Music lovers flock here for concerts and other special events.
  • Art lovers can’t deny the beauty that is the National Portrait Gallery. The museum features both permanent and traveling exhibitions, as well as docent tours, daily events, and family-friendly programs.
  • For those who love spy thrillers, the International Spy Museum features everything you need to feel like James Bond for a day.


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