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Posts by Amanda Abrams

Following are all articles by UrbanTurf author Amanda Abrams, from most recent to least.

A Home’s Worth? Appealing a DC Property Tax Assessment

A Home’s Worth? Appealing a DC Property Tax Assessment

Amanda Abrams | March 4th 2014 | 10 Comments

Every year, homeowners all over the District appeal their property tax assessments for being too high. But for one couple, this has become an... read »

Downtown Falls Church: Staying the Same in the Midst of Change

Downtown Falls Church: Staying the Same in the Midst of Change

Amanda Abrams | November 11th 2011 | 7 Comments

With its homey vibe and simple strip of low-key shops and restaurants, downtown Falls Church is a bit of an anomaly in a Northern Virginia that’s... read »

American University Park: One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs

American University Park: One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs

Amanda Abrams | October 28th 2011 | 2 Comments

American University Park (AU Park) is one of a handful of DC neighborhoods that are about as suburban as you can get and still be within the city's... read »

Cabin John: In With The New While Maintaining the Old

Cabin John: In With The New While Maintaining the Old

Amanda Abrams | October 21st 2011 | 1 Comment

Nestled close to the Potomac River, Cabin John is an eclectic, leafy community with a long history, a range of funky houses, and just enough... read »

Eisenhower Avenue: The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years

Eisenhower Avenue: The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years

Amanda Abrams | September 23rd 2011 | 4 Comments

The Eisenhower Avenue area is a bit of a puzzle. The community has the crisp and appealing atmosphere of a new neighborhood, but not many of the... read »

Spring Valley: A Suburb With a DC Zip Code

Spring Valley: A Suburb With a DC Zip Code

Amanda Abrams | September 16th 2011 | 2 Comments

Spring Valley is considered one of DC’s more prestigious neighborhoods, but also an unfamiliar place to many city residents. Unlike Georgetown,... read »

U Street Corridor: The Difference a Decade Makes

U Street Corridor: The Difference a Decade Makes

Amanda Abrams | September 2nd 2011 | 8 Comments

Fifteen years ago, the U Street Corridor didn't exist as a DC neighborhood. Now, it is home to a diverse population and one of the city's trendier... read »

Capitol Heights: Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime

Capitol Heights: Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime

Amanda Abrams | August 26th 2011 | 2 Comments

Despite being right next to DC, Capitol Heights, Md. feels lush and overgrown, almost like a rural community. However, underneath the peaceful... read »

The Psyche of DC’s Young Homebuyers

The Psyche of DC’s Young Homebuyers

Amanda Abrams | August 24th 2011 | 4 Comments

In recent weeks, UrbanTurf spent some time talking to young renters around DC to see how they felt about home ownership given the uncertainty of the... read »

Chevy Chase DC: Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase DC: Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase

Amanda Abrams | August 18th 2011 | 3 Comments

Chevy Chase DC is a well-known suburb-in-the-city, but be careful not to mistake the far northwest DC neighborhood for Chevy Chase, Md. By and large,... read »

DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!

Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Ballston
Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Clarendon
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Rosslyn
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
Shirlington
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
Huntington
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
Parkfairfax
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

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Maryland

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Annapolis
Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bethesda
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
Potomac
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
Wheaton
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Hyattsville
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

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Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Bloomingdale
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
Brightwood
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
Burleith
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
Crestwood
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
Georgetown
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
Kalorama
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
Palisades
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Petworth
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
Shaw
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Takoma
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Tenleytown
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

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Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

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Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

Brookland
New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
Deanwood
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Eckington
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
Langdon
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
NoMa
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Rosedale
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
Trinidad
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Woodridge
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

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Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Hillcrest
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

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