Shaw

Mainly low-key and local, Shaw showcases a penchant for independent business and casual conversation.

Most of Shaw’s commercial action is centered on nearby U St. Corridor, a local choice for good food and good fun. The rest of the neighborhood is largely given over to row houses and friendly, independent businesses. Students from nearby Howard University keep the area feeling young at heart, while great transportation links to DC's downtown areas contribute to Shaw's bustling atmosphere. Although its residential streets become sleepy in the evening, palpable energy emanates from some of DC's newest hotspots along neighboring 14th Street.

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On the Map

Shaw is bordered by LeDroit Park, Bloomingdale, Pleasant Plains, Mount Vernon Square, Logan Circle, U Street Corridor, Eckington, and Near Northeast/H Street Corridor

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Reagan National Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic or 28 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 40 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 10 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 14 minutes by public transit

A Thriving, Multi-Generational Community

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Cozy and colorful row houses line Shaw's humble residential streets.

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Shaw's homes rest along sleepy side streets, but its main corridors and plazas provide plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options for the neighborhood's young, old, and in-between residents.

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Ellington Plaza commemorates Shaw's beloved composer, Duke Ellington.

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Located in nearby LeDroit Park, Howard University's student body helps Shaw maintain its youthful glow.

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Its young academics keep cafes and coffee shops percolating.

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You can get around Shaw with ease via its bus and Metro stations.

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Experience Shaw's easygoing allure, and you might just want to stick around.

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Our location is rated "Walker's Paradise" (92 Walk Score), "Excellent Transit" (80 Transit Score), and "Biker's Paradise" (95 Bike Score)."

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Peaceful and Quiet By Night

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Shaw proper doesn't flaunt a rollicking nightlife, but the ever-present hustle and bustle of nearby U Street satisfies any craving for food, fun, and evening festivities.

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If you're privy to staying closer to home, head to one of Shaw's casual neighborhood bars.

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Plenty of evening enthusiasts come out to Nellie's to celebrate the after-dark hours.

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This nearby bar caters to a gay clientele with a hearty appetite for sports.

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Numerous theatres, including Ford's, the Studio, the Source, the Shakespeare, the Woolly Mammoth, the National, and the Warner are all a stroll away."

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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