Columbia Heights is a neighborhood rich in history dating back to 1815 when English engraver William J. Stone purchased a 121-acre tract naming it “Stone Farm.” In 1822 construction was completed on nearby Columbian College, now The George Washington University, and developed as a suburb soon after the Civil War when horse-drawn streetcars delivered residents of the neighborhood to downtown.
Real Estate in Columbia Heights
As one of the most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in the District, an influx of builders and high-profile commercial projects, like Tivoli Square, have drawn the middle-class to help revitalize the area. The assorted living choices range from high-priced condominiums and row-houses to public and middle-income housing. Located in the northwest quadrant of Washington, DC, Columbia Heights occupies slightly less than 1 square mile and borders Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant, Shaw, and Petworth, with Howard University on the eastern side and 16th Street as the western boundary. Spring Road sets the limit to the north and Florida Avenue to the south.
Things To Do in the Area
In addition to popular retail stores including Target and Best Buy, the (Benjamin) Banneker Community Center offers tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool, computer lab, plus indoor and outdoor facilities. In 2005, Tivoli Theatre, a refurbished former movie house built in 1924, welcomed the GALA Hispanic Theatre dedicated to performing Spanish-language plays. A year later, the Dance Institute of Washington opened a 12,000 square foot facility. Public and public-charter schools provide education options and the neighborhood is home to several non-profit community and service-based organizations. Drop by for a visit, the warm smiles from locals will welcome you to Columbia Heights!
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