16th Street Heights

Shared public spaces and a profoundly diverse history anchor the community of 16th Street Heights.

In sharp contrast to adjacent Columbia Heights, this neighborhood shrinks from the spotlight. 16th Street Heights' patchwork residential feel - produced by several waves of settlement starting in the 1920s - creates a sense of tranquil diversity in this subdued north DC neighborhood. Public transportation is limited (and drivers should watch out for oversized strollers and inattentive jaywalkers). The neighborhood doesn't boast much in the way of shopping or nightlife, so 16th Street Heights isn’t particularly exciting after dark.

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On the Map

16th Street Heights is bordered by Park View, Mount Pleasant, Crestwood, Columbia Heights, Brightwood, Manor Park, and Petworth

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Reagan National Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic or 40 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 45 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 42 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 48 minutes by public transit

Rough Around the Edges and Warm at Heart

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16th Street Heights' informal diners and commercial corridors serve the community.

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Grab your dry cleaning and run into three of your neighbors on the way.

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The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful and just blocks from the hustle & bustle of Columbia Heights and the quaint local establishments of Petworth. It's a fantastic neighborhood full of diversity, creativity, and cheer."

Clinton

Hosts A Cozy Convenience

Rural American Woods

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Rock Creek Park retains a colonial feel in the midst of The United States' capital city.

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16th Street Heights features some of the District's most beautiful and varied architecture.

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A variety of unique eateries, coffee shops, bars and retail stores are also around the neighborhood...[it's] also in close proximity to Mt. Pleasant (quaint little neighborhood) as well as Adams Morgan (eclectic bar neighborhood) and a bike or bus ride away from U Street Corridor, Dupont and Logan Circles, Chinatown, Penn Quarter and the National Mall and Monuments!"

A Neighborhood In Flux

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The neighborhood's striking colonial homes sharply contrast with its rusting garage doors and uneven side streets.

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The neighborhood was safe and cool with a few bars, restaurants, and services...Two Metro stations where a few blocks away so it was really fast to get to the main attractions and museums. There is also a bicycle self-serve service in the city...it took us about 20 minutes to get downtown with these bicycles."

Jean-Christophe

Visited in 2013

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

As a freelance photographer based out of DC, I’ve had a lifelong desire to be submerged in different cultures, meet people of all walks of life, and eat bizarre foods. While my personal favorite escape is surfing remote warm-water breaks in Central America, I loved working on this project and discovering the many hidden subcultures that make up the diverse and often-mislabeled city of Washington, D.C.

Chris Weisler

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