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Living in Foggy Bottom, D.C.

The Foggy Bottom neighborhood has a long history, beginning in the 18th century as one of the first neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. The George Washington University dominates the majority of the neighborhood, creating a delightful combination of old-town character and vibrant, modern development. The mix of old and new makes Foggy Bottom a study of contrasts that piques your interest.

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What You'll Find in Foggy Bottom

Foggy Bottom is bordered by the Potomac River, so you have gorgeous waterfront views and many famous landmarks, such as multiple diplomatic embassies and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Well-known Foggy Bottom restaurants include Founding Farmers, featuring traditional American cuisine, Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier for tastes of Belgian and French food and Sichuan Pavilion, showcasing a full Szechuan menu. Rock Creek Park provides a relaxing green space in the middle of the busy urban area. Foggy Bottom's live music venues and bars help contribute to a high-energy nightlife.

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What Type of Housing is Here?

Foggy Bottom real estate includes historic homes, modern lofts and luxury condos. Most of the offerings in this area consist of historic row homes, some of which are on the National Historic Register. The Watergate complex has many luxury condos and modern apartments can be found throughout the Foggy Bottom's west side.

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Why Do People Live in Foggy Bottom?

Foggy Bottom is centrally located near the White House and the Department of State, making it easy for federal employees and politicians to avoid D.C. traffic. The eclectic atmosphere of this neighborhood adds a lot of appeal and makes it distinct from other areas of the city. Many diplomats and politicians call it home, along with students and professionals living in the apartments of Foggy Bottom. The diverse demographic is exemplified by a wide array of restaurants and shopping experiences.

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Where is Foggy Bottom Located?

Foggy Bottom is located a few blocks west of the White House and north of the Lincoln Memorial. This neighborhood is conveniently located close to public transit options with its own Metro stop with easy access to Constitution Avenue and US-29.


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What Locals Love

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  • Walk along the Potomac River and admire the gorgeous waterfront views and famous landmarks. Stop at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts to see the view from the building’s terrace.
  • Find well-known, award-winning restaurants for a delicious date night or head to one of the area’s local bars for happy hour with friends.
  • One of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., Foggy Bottom is a great place to see Federalist-style architecture along cobblestone streets.


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