H Street Corridor Gaining Momentum
The H Street Corridor is a vibrant stretch in Northeast DC running from Hechinger Mall to Union Station that has seen an explosion in real estate sales as the neighborhood has become well-known for its nightlife, arts, and communal vibe. Bordered to the north by I Street NE, to the south by G Street NE with Florida Avenue to the east and 2nd Street NE to the west, it’s hard to believe the area was once filled with burned-out storefronts. The opening of a Whole Foods in 2017 symbolizes the upward change in the neighborhood’s fortunes. Properties range from traditional-style homes and luxury condos at the high end to efficiencies and one bedrooms in the $350K range. Prospective buyers who hesitated to buy just 9 months ago have already seen prices climb but still view the neighborhood as a great place to live as well as potential investment.
The Atlas Performing Arts Center is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Housed in a renovated Art Deco movie house, the facility is home to several arts organizations, including the Joy of Motion and Congressional Chorus. As the weather warms up, H Street is also a beacon for street festivals that showcase the neighborhood’s artists as well as popular restaurants. The annual H Street Festival spans 10 blocks and attracts thousands of patrons from all over DC. For-sale crafts compete for space with musicians and local food trucks. Another must is the seasonal H Street Farmer’s Market that runs from mid-April to mid-December offering handmade cheeses, pastries and locally sourced vegetables and flowers.
Dining options range from the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl with its signature half-smokes, to Le Grenier serving up french fare in an industrial setting to Copycat Co., a dumpling shop and cocktail bar that stays open until 2 am. Dropping by the C.A.T.Walk Boutique or Maketto shop before a big night out ensures you have just the right look and accessories to savor H Street’s rich nightlife.