U Street/Shaw Neighborhood Guide | Living in Washington, DC | Long & Foster

Living in U Street/Shaw, Washington DC

The Shaw and U Street neighborhoods of D.C. are two distinct, adjacent areas that have both seen major revitalization in recent years. Thanks to an influx of new residents, investors and buyers, this area of D.C. is now one of the trendiest communities in the entire District. With a rich history and a wealth of new investment, the U Street/Shaw neighborhood is the place to be.

Housing in the U Street/Shaw Neighborhood

Because so much renovation has been done in the area, the real estate in U Street/Shaw is an eclectic mix. Prospective buyers can find pre-war row houses throughout the area as well as sleek, new condominiums. Some buildings have already been renovated, while others still need some updates, allowing buyers to put their own stamp on their new homes.

Many areas around U Street are a combination of residential homes and businesses, which can give buyers looking for a downtown vibe exactly what they're hoping for. Conversely, there are plenty of small, tree-lined blocks that are suited for families with small children.

Things To Do in U Street/Shaw

In addition to cool restaurants, residents of U Street/Shaw Washington, DC can enjoy plenty of other amenities such as live music venues, a brand new movie theater, and a fast-growing retail sector with high-end shops springing up rapidly. One of the nation's most acclaimed Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Howard University sits on the edge of Shaw and is bordered by some of the most popular restaurants in the area. Students, residents, and tourists can enjoy authentic Ethiopian fare, barbecue and even strong cappuccinos.

The proximity to shopping and attractions makes this neighborhood perfect for those who love being immersed in city life, while getting a bit of student life to boot.

In and Around U Street/Shaw

The Shaw/U Street area is located in the popular northwest quadrant, near the beautiful Logan Circle and Adams Morgan neighborhoods. This location allows for plenty of foot traffic, and residents are less than a mile or two away from longstanding and popular restaurants.

Transportation is a breeze for residents of the U Street/Shaw area. The neighborhood has two dedicated metro stops along the green and yellow lines at Shaw-Howard University and U Street. In addition, major bus lines run through the neighborhood's main streets of U Street, 7th Street, Rhode Island and 14th Street, so that residents are never stranded.

Fun Facts

Ask any D.C. resident what the trendiest locales in the city are and they will be sure to mention the U Street/Shaw area. With the neighborhood's rapid expansion, there's no shortage of U Street/Shaw real estate, apartments or entertaining things to do. It is also the birthplace of jazz musician, Duke Ellington, making it unsurprising that U Street is famed for its exceptional music and nightlife scene.


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  • Take a stroll down U Street to find an excellent place to grab a bite to eat, including restaurants, coffee shops, bars and more.
  • Live music and events are easy to find with the area’s venues well-known, award winning venues, some of which have received accolades from Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Many artists and bands performed in the neighborhood early in their careers and still return to grace the stage.
  • Grab a half smoke from local institution Ben’s Chili Bowl and sit in a booth that has been graced by presidents and celebrities.


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