UrbanTurf Reader Asks: What Do You Know About Hill East?

by UrbanTurf Staff

Rendering of future Hill East development

In this installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a reader wonders what the UrbanTurf audience knows about the Hill East neighborhood as he is considering buying a home in the area. The approximate boundaries of Hill East are 14th Street SE, Independence Avenue, 19th Street SE and the Southeast Freeway. 

I am seriously considering moving over to the Hill East area, and I wanted to know what UT readers who may live over there can say about the neighborhood in terms of what type of area it is.

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  1. Jacquelyn said at 1:22 pm on Monday May 17, 2010:

    I have lived in Hill East not far from the Stadium Armory Metro for four years and absolutely love it. The area’s development has been slow to materialize, but the area has come along way in the time I have been living there. You will not regret moving here.

  1. Steve Williams said at 11:19 pm on Monday May 17, 2010:

    I’ve lived at 16th & E St SE for ten years because it is a nice residential area with train stops, grocery stores, and neighborhood bars within a few blocks.  It’s an easy walk to Eastern Market and easy to get downtown by train, bus, cab, or car.  My kids go to the inbounds public school and we are very happy with their progress.

    Our claim to fame is DC jail, Congressional Cemetary, and being snubbed by Capitol Hill elitist.  Of course if you are looking for coffee shops, book stores, or a quick bit, you gravitate towards the Capitol, because the closer in you get, the more you find.  Same for bars, but H St NE is another nearby option if you are driving.

    I would say the neighborhood is well mixed between the races and socio-economic strata.  Some of my neighbors have been here 40 years, some for <2 years.

    All in all, it is a quiet neighborhood that is quite convenient to necessities and amenities.

  1. Elsa Taylor said at 10:05 am on Tuesday May 18, 2010:

    We moved to HillEast nearly two years ago from the AdamsMorgan/U Street Corridor area, and we’ve been very happy here. The neighborhood is a true neighborhood, with a real feel of community. HillEast is a diverse place, with a mix of homeowners who have lived in the neighborhood for decades to young families with small children who were attracted to the neighborhood’s charm and somewhat more-affordable housing. You see lots of strollers and dogs on a sunny day. We are close to the Metro, parks, 2 decent grocery stores, and Eastern Market/Barracks Row amenities are a short and very pleasant walk away. Commercial development is definitely lagging residential development, but we have 2 great bars near the Potomac Ave metro (Trusty’s and Wisdom), and hopefully things will continue to fill in down Pennsylvania between the Eastern Market and Potomac Ave Metro stops.  Plus, Frager’s Hardware is a short walk away, which makes owning a creaky old rowhouse ten million times easier!

  1. Charles said at 10:49 am on Tuesday May 18, 2010:

    Have live in Hill East for 10 years and seen many changes for the positive.  The Harris Teeter dramatically improved the grocery situation a couple years ago but I agree that there are not enough Hill East eateries.  I understand that a creperie/coffee shop with sidewalk seating is opening at 15th and D.  Much needed!

  1. Ryan said at 11:39 am on Tuesday May 18, 2010:

    I just moved to the area near 18th and Burke, SE in Nov.  Been great so far.  convenient to several metros.  Feels like a quiet neighborhood rather than being in the middle of an urban area - great tree-lined streets.  I’ve met more of my neighbors in 6 months living here than in my previous 3 places combined.  I’d be interested in finding out what if anything they’re ever going to do with the RFK/old DC Hospital sites.

  1. sK said at 12:02 pm on Tuesday May 18, 2010:

    We’re about to celebrate our first Hill East anniversary.  We moved from Mount Pleasant, which we loved, but have been very happy here. To echo many of the others, the community is great, and I’ve met many neighbors.  My only real complaints are the lack of local eateries/delivery options.  They’re pretty bad.

  1. AVM said at 1:33 pm on Tuesday May 18, 2010:

    is the rendering of the ‘hill east development’ based on a real project?

  1. Nikki said at 2:10 pm on Tuesday May 18, 2010:

    The rendering is of the proposed development for Reservation 13. It’s meant to show what Mass. Ave will look like where it crosses 19th St. after it’s developed. The project for 65 acres of the current DC health campus has been a few years in the making and may be several (or many) more before they break ground.

    I live on Burke St. SE and find it to be very pleasant. We’ve been there just under two years and have seen several sales on the street to bring new neighbors (welcome Ryan!) but there are also some families that have been there for decades. Everyone is friendly and it’s nice to be out walking the dogs and say hello to the neighbors! It’s relatively quiet for a city street and you can’t beat the metro access to Stadium-Armory.

    We take advantage of the HT and Barracks Row but I agree the takeout situation could be improved.

    We also feel like we got some value for our dollar in that we moved from Arlington and have a greater amount of square footage for about the same price (I know these economics don’t work out for everyone…ours is a fixer-upper). 

    My husband used to work at the Armory about 5 years ago and is astonished at the changes he’s seen throughout Hill East since then. We expect to stay in the area for a long time!

  1. Katie said at 4:28 pm on Tuesday May 18, 2010:

    I moved almost 2 years ago and it’s not a bad place to live. Unfortunately I live right on independence which has very fast moving cars due to 4 lanes across and no real trees so it feels like living on a main drag. There are also frequent accidents due to the set up. I think I got a good value for being near a metro stop, but I would love to have a coffee shop, cafe, anything! The closest thing to me is trustys which is still a little bit of a hike. The bike ride to eastern market isn’t bad, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable walking home from H street at night back to my place alone.

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