Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is the historic heart of Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s original Washington D.C. masterplan.

Welcome to Capitol Hill

Residential neighborhood at the heart of American politics

Capitol Hill is the historic heart of Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s original Washington D.C. masterplan. The neighborhood is known around the world as the home of the United States federal government. Iconic landmarks include the United States Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and the Capitol Building. Capitol Hill is also a residential community with much to offer those who live here, from the sprawling greenspace of Lincoln Park to the happening dining scene of Barracks Row, and gourmet vendors at the Eastern Market. Homes include elegant 19th- century and early-20th-century row houses with flourishes such as stained glass windows and charming turrets. The neighborhood’s diverse housing stock also includes luxurious new condominium developments at Navy Yard and on Potomac Avenue.

What to Love

  • World-famous historic landmarks
  • Historic and contemporary homes
  • Outstanding restaurants
  • Eastern Market

People & Lifestyle

Capitol Hill is one of D.C.’s oldest residential neighborhoods and offers a wonderfully walkable lifestyle. Capitol Hill’s unique blend of political power, world-famous landmarks, and diverse dining make it an exciting place to call home.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Capitol Hill offers an almost endless choice of revered restaurants and buzz-worthy eateries. Ted’s Bulletin offers a creative spin on a classic 1930s diner. Ted’s serves elevated reinterpretations of classic American dishes alongside decadent milkshakes in a stylish art deco space with regular classic film screenings. Hank’s Oyster Bar specializes in New England-style seafood. The menu includes unique craft cocktails, shareable eats, and small plates. The raw bar is the star of the show at Hank’s. Head here during happy hour and chow down on raw bar items for just one dollar apiece. Art and Soul at YOTEL Washington DC uses fresh local ingredients for its exquisite menu of globally-inspired cuisine. Dine on the patio and enjoy outstanding views of the Capitol.

Barracks Row is one of D.C.’s premier foodie streets with an eclectic selection of outstanding international restaurants. Michelin-starred Rose’s Luxury has an exceptional tasting menu of unforgettable small plates. Sister restaurant Pineapple & Pearls has earned the rare distinction of two Michelin stars for its exquisite prix-fixe dining experience. Other Barracks Row standouts include bold sushi rolls and innovative cocktails at Sushi Hachi and traditional Serbian small plates at Ambar

Things to Do

Eastern Market is a vibrant landmark of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The market has been in almost continuous operation since it was constructed in 1873. The only break came in 2007 when a fire gutted the market’s interior. After two years of extensive renovation work, Eastern Market reopened in 2009 and continues to host vendors selling a great selection of local produce, meat, cheese, antiques, and arts-and-crafts. 

Eastern Market is located just a few blocks east of the iconic United States Capitol. The world-famous neoclassical Capitol Building was completed in 1800 as the centerpiece of L’Enfant’s masterplan for the city. Like Eastern Market, the Capitol Building was briefly closed due to a fire caused by the British burning of Washington during the War of 1812. The Capitol Building was fully restored and expanded after the war and has ever since been the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. Daily guided tours are available of the Capitol Building, and it is also possible for visitors to see Congress in session. 

The adjacent Library of Congress is another of Capitol Hill’s most famous historic buildings. The Library’s collection of manuscripts, books, and other artifacts includes more than 167 million items. The Library is housed within three buildings connected by underground passageways. The Supreme Court of the United States building on the east side of the Capitol was built in the 1930s. The lower two floors of this four-story neoclassical masterpiece are open to visitors.

Schools

Capitol Hill is served by the District of Columbia Public School District. 

  • School-Within-School at Goding, Public, PK-5
  • Maury Elementary School at Eliot-Hine, Public, PK-5
  • Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS, Public, Charter, PK-8
  • Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • McKinley Technology High School, Public, 9-12

Work With Us

Each of us also represents our neighborhood well, taking on leadership and activism roles. We are here to provide you with the same unparalleled service that each of us expects in our own lives.