Considered one of the hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods in DC, Columbia Heights is also one of the most diverse. You’ll find newly arrived young professionals rubbing elbows with families and long-time residents in the neighborhood’s quickly growing mixed-use center. Gleaming new buildings house an eclectic mix of destination restaurants and bars, shops and boutiques, retail giants, condos, and office space, while a Metro stop and bus line on 14th and 16th Streets mean you don’t even need a car to make the most of the city. Looking around at the busy sidewalks, it’s hard to believe that the bustling Columbia Heights was once farmland outside the city’s borders. Development soon began after the Civil War when horse-drawn streetcars connected residents with downtown. Columbia Heights quickly grew into the preferred area for some of the city’s wealthiest and most influential people. Today’s residents in need of green space and a breath of fresh air can find respite at the adjacent Meridian Hill Park, a long-time DC favorite. With such a fabulous central location in the heart of DC, it’s no wonder so many people are eager to call it home.