By Liz Provencher
Moving out on your own after living at home or in a cozy college dorm is a big step! Deciding where to plant your roots, while considering your career and social life is not something to be taken lightly. Cost is also a huge factor. And while your first apartment may not be the most luxurious place you’ll ever live, you can make it your very own #HouseCrush by choosing the perfect neighborhood for you. Here are our picks for the best neighborhoods for millennials in the D.C. and Northern Virginia area.
Navy Yard – Southeast D.C.
According to the Washington Post, Navy Yard is on its way to becoming one of the city’s most densely populated areas, and we know why. The neighborhood has experienced spectacular growth in the past five years, and offers a wide array of up and coming shops, restaurants, and unique events.
Navy Yard is a quick commute from downtown D.C., and boasts a centrally located metro stop. The best attractions of Navy Yard are the trendy restaurants and entertaining events. “Ice Yards,” an event that gained a lot of media attention for providing boozy snow cones during winter storm Jonas, is a fun example of the spirit of the neighborhood. Additionally, Navy Yard is home to the Nationals Stadium, so you can always count on sports entertainment during baseball season.
Clarendon- Arlington, VA
Clarendon is the best of both worlds when it comes to DMV living. The neighborhood is in close proximity to both D.C. and Arlington which gives its residents a lot of flexibility when looking for work, something that’s very important for those new to the job market. Clarendon is a pedestrian friendly neighborhood with great public transportation. There is a convenient metro stop as well as several bus routes. Despite the fact that Clarendon feels like a city, many of the homes are in more traditional residential areas that have green space, so it’s also feasible for residents to own a car.
The nightlife and shopping scene in Clarendon are some of the best in the DMV. With a wide array of retailers, independent boutiques, fun bars, and restaurants, Clarendon residents don’t have to journey into the city to have a good time. Wilson Boulevard boasts a mix of large retailers and independent boutiques, offering residents a great mix of buying local and getting the big names they know and love. Simply put, Clarendon offers the best of both worlds!
Mosaic District Area – Fairfax, VA
While Mosaic District isn’t generally considered it’s own neighborhood, we love this area for recent college grads and millennials. Located in the heart of Fairfax, Mosiac District has it all. Shops, restaurants, bars, and other entertainment; you could stay in this complex forever. Our favorite attraction is the weekly Farmer’s Market. How great would it be to live in walking distance of fresh and locally sourced food. The Mosaic District mall has several options for living including apartments and townhouses. There are options to buy, rent, and lease, making the neighborhood accessible and affordable for people in all stages of life.
Adams Morgan – Downtown DC
Adams Morgan is the dream neighborhood for millennials, and offers one of the best nightlife scenes in the District! But to make it here you’ll need to have a sizable budget or a few roommates to cut the costs. There’s no doubt that living in Adams Morgan will give you easy access to Downtown D.C. and you’ll also have plenty of time to meet other young people, as most all of them flock to Adams Morgan to explore celebrated bars and coffee shops like Madam’s Organ and Tryst. Adams Morgan typically attracts a young artsy crowd because of its unique variety of restaurants and bars. If nothing else, consider renting in Adams Morgan for it’s proximity to Jumbo Slice, a neighborhood favorite that you’ll be craving every night.
What are your favorite neighborhoods in the DC Metro Area? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to come visit us this Saturday, February 6th at #HouseCrush for more info on DC living!