UrbanTurf Reader Asks: Am I Missing Something About Hillcrest?

by Mark Wellborn


The overwhelming response that last week’s UrbanTurf Reader Asks garnered with the question “Is H Street Worth It?” has resulted in another neighborhood-oriented question from a reader. In this week’s installment, a home buyer inquires about the housing stock and ambiance of the Hillcrest neighborhood.

“Driving around looking for a new home last week, my realtor took me to the Hillcrest neighborhood near Anacostia. Suffice to say, I was fairly blown away by the homes over there. Green lawns, great porches and the homes themselves rival anything we looked at in upper Northwest, and at much lower prices. Am I missing something here? Does Hillcrest have a seedy underbelly that I did not see?”

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  1. SG said at 2:43 pm on Tuesday September 8, 2009:

    No, it’s THE undiscovered gem of DC.  Except for the schools. 

    I personally think that people just can’t handle saying they live across the river near Anacostia.  Which is somewhat understandable given the decades of negative press.

  1. Simon said at 3:02 pm on Tuesday September 8, 2009:

    Agree with SG. Hillcrest is a beautiful area that never gets its due respect, which is fine by most of the residents. You can get much more for your money in Hillcrest than in virtually any other neighborhood in DC.

  1. Cedric Franklin said at 3:38 pm on Tuesday September 8, 2009:

    I’ve live in Hillcrest about 7 years, and it’s a great place to live. The shopping is good. The neighborhood itself is very safe. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather live in Washington. I think it’s one of the best-kept secrets for newcomers coming into the area.

    As for prices, I’m not sure it’s as affordable as the reader thinks. There doesn’t appear to have been that much erosion in home values in Hillcrest, and they don’t appear to be that much less expensive than comparable neighborhoods in Northwest.

  1. Jerry L said at 8:18 am on Wednesday September 9, 2009:

    The photo above pretty much sums it up. That is, the bungalow with a white picket fence is the type of home that you can expect to find in Hillcrest. I highly recommend buying in the area.

  1. rj said at 10:57 am on Wednesday September 9, 2009:

    I don’t think you will get as overwhelming a response to a Hillcrest question. There is less interest in neighborhoods that far out.

  1. Big Fan said at 11:05 am on Wednesday September 9, 2009:

    Couldn’t agree with SG more: Hillcrest is THE undiscovered gem of DC. I have lived here for three years, and absolutely love it.

  1. Andrea said at 11:21 am on Wednesday September 9, 2009:

    Are there any condo deals in Hillcrest?

  1. Tom A. said at 11:34 am on Wednesday September 9, 2009:

    It’s a beautiful neighborhood, BUT, it’s definitely a neighborhood where you’d probably need a car, which for me, made it a “Nova.”

  1. Lauren said at 12:07 pm on Wednesday September 9, 2009:

    It looks like the house pictured above sold for $393k in 2008, and it’s a real charmer:


    I don’t know anything about the neighborhood personally, but from looking at the listings and seeing detached 3 or 4 bedrooms for $300-400k, that seems pretty affordable to me by DC standards. It does seem more expensive than other parts of SE, but the crime might be lower there also. And while you would probably need a car, I think that’s true for other neighborhoods in the District also (16th St Heights, Chevy Chase, Brookland, etc).

  1. Maceo said at 12:29 pm on Wednesday September 9, 2009:

    Hillcrest is a fantastic neighborhood!  I try to introduce my clients to this area whenever I can.  The transportation actually is very navigable.  On the bus you can be in Eastern Market in a little over 10 minutes.  Quick access to 395 and 295 can get you around the region easily.  Naylor Rd metro is just about a 1/2 mile from this particular house (which is deceptively large, btw) .  Check out photos from this year’s annual garden tour - http://www.hillcrestdc.com/pg_gardentour09a.htm

  1. reflexive said at 11:30 pm on Thursday September 10, 2009:

    people comment a lot about h street because its the hippest spot in dc. bars music clubs coffee food all catering to the young and internet savy. so the blog about it a lot.

    hillcrest will never be that. its older. more mature. quiet. sedate. tamer. it’ll never have that kind of buzz. and if it does, that’ll be a shame really

    i didnt know it was a “secret” or “undiscovered”, those are foolish observations that really discount that people already freaking live there.

    but it does have its draw backs.
    the bridge.
    transit options.
    the clust**&** at minnesota and penn
    and the schools. which is really the worst part, because otherwise it’d be a PERFECT neighborhood for families. to some i’m sure it is anyway. i live elsewhere but think hillcrest is a total score. i like more urban neighborhoods, but if this suits you, hit it.

    dc has tons of beautiful wonderful neighborhoods that people just dont talk about that often. you got to get out and hit the streets. drive around. bike around. walk around. its a fantastic city. see it for yourself.

  1. sharon said at 7:56 am on Monday September 14, 2009:

    Lived in Hillcrest for 25 years. It’s a beautiful tree lined neighborhood, with relatively low crime. I just didn’t like driving everywhere.

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