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Posts by Amanda Abrams

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Parkfairfax: 132 Commerical-Free Acres

Parkfairfax: 132 Commerical-Free Acres

Amanda Abrams | August 11th 2011 | 4 Comments

Wandering around Parkfairfax in Alexandria, one might start thinking they’re on a college campus—or in a 1950s housing development. Sited on 132... read »

Langdon: The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About

Langdon: The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About

Amanda Abrams | July 29th 2011 | 8 Comments

Unless you’re pretty familiar with DC's northeast quadrant, the neighborhood of Langdon might feel like the far side of the moon. But with a solid... read »

Rockville Town Square: Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic

Rockville Town Square: Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic

Amanda Abrams | July 22nd 2011

Rockville Town Square is the kind of development that makes “new urbanism” fans smile. The developers succeeded in creating a mix of retail,... read »

Cathedral Heights: Do You Know Where That Is?

Cathedral Heights: Do You Know Where That Is?

Amanda Abrams | July 14th 2011 | 2 Comments

Chat with folks on the street in Cathedral Heights and they can’t even seem to agree on a name for the neighborhood. But the slender area that lies... read »

Potomac: A Suburb on Steroids

Potomac: A Suburb on Steroids

Amanda Abrams | July 7th 2011 | 3 Comments

Almost everything in Potomac, Md. is oversized. The houses are huge, the lawns are wide, and in order to live here, one needs to have a pretty large... read »

Shaw: The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground

Shaw: The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground

Amanda Abrams | June 30th 2011 | 3 Comments

While many of DC's communities have taken off in the past few years, attracting hordes of new residents and developing commercial areas to serve... read »

Lyon Village: Developing An Air of Exclusivity?

Lyon Village: Developing An Air of Exclusivity?

Amanda Abrams | June 16th 2011 | 5 Comments

Its cute houses and immediate access to Clarendon’s many offerings have made Lyon Village one of the more attractive Arlington neighborhoods in... read »

Riverdale Park: A Town Looking For Its Identity

Riverdale Park: A Town Looking For Its Identity

Amanda Abrams | June 2nd 2011 | 2 Comments

Somehow, Riverdale Park in Prince George’s County has slipped under the radar of public attention. The community is rarely mentioned in local media... read »

Glover Park: One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods

Glover Park: One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods

Amanda Abrams | May 26th 2011 | 1 Comment

Second only to Georgetown in its preppiness factor, the northwest DC neighborhood of Glover Park has also made a name for itself as a destination for... read »

Crestwood: An Island of Serenity East of the Park

Crestwood: An Island of Serenity East of the Park

Amanda Abrams | May 19th 2011

For some it is hard to believe that there is a neighborhood with green lawns, beautiful houses, and quiet streets virtually devoid of traffic just to... 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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