The “gayscape” of DC is growing. As more of the GLBT community becomes interested in an urban living experience that is convenient to the gay clubs, restaurants and shopping downtown DC has to offer, the traditional gayborhood centered on Dupont Circle has branched out. Gay business owners are expanding and diversifying the locations where they are setting up shop. Gay couples and individuals are following in their footsteps to get better deals in the housing market. Here’s the top 5 up-and coming neighborhoods that are welcoming the vitality, friendliness and style of their newest gay neighbors:
1. Logan/Shaw - With great bars, shops and restaurants, many gay-owned and operated, Logan Circle is making a bid as the new gay Mecca of DC. A wide array of boutique shopping, Whole Foods grocery, and beautiful, modern condos mixed in with grand Victorian homes.
2. U Street Corridor - Newer condominium developments and great row home conversions provide superior living options for the U Street community. The tail end of the U Street Corridor boasts the new gay, neighborhood sports bar, Nellie’s, and a new dance club, Town. Both bring vitality and buyer interest to the area.
3. Mt. Vernon Triangle/Convention Center - The developing high-rise condos surrounding the new convention Center are geared toward a total urban submersion. While still accessible to the nightlife in Shaw, the U Street Corridor and downtown, the sleekness of modern living and desired conveniences (grocery, coffee, gym, etc.) make this area a great option for true city dwellers.
4. Penn Quarter/Chinatown - Concertgoers can walk to the Verizon center, shop boutiques and larger retailers, and eat at top rated restaurants, all within steps of their home. Conveniently located near the hub of the metro system, Penn Quarter has quickly become an established, diverse, and sought-after city center.
5. 16th Street Heights - For those seeking a more residential area with great homes (some with great potential), 16th Street Heights provides a diverse neighborhood option. While not within walking distances of the gay highlights of the above neighborhoods, the Heights are just a short drive or cab ride away, but still provide a quieter get-a-way to call home.
***As seen in the up coming FUNMAPS: DC/Baltimore/Rehoboth Edition, by Denny Horner***