Walk This Way: U Street Corridor

flats-union-row.jpgImage: The Flats at Union Row

“The U Street Corridor is a collection of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, galleries and residences along a nine-block stretch of U Street in northwest Washington, D.C. It extends from 9th Street on the east to 18th Street and Florida Avenue on the west. Most of this area is part of the larger Shaw neighborhood with the western end entering the Dupont Circle neighborhood. It is served by the U Street Metro Station. 

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U Street has long been a center of Washington’s music scene with the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns, and other clubs and historic jazz venues. While always racially diverse, the area was predominately white and middle class until 1900. As Washington became progressively more segregated, the neighborhood emerged as a fashionable neighborhood for Washington’s African-American residents. U Street became the city’s most important concentration of businesses and entertainment facilities owned and operated by blacks, while the surrounding neighborhood became home to many of the city’s most prominent African Americans. Until the 1920s, when it was overtaken by Harlem, the U Street area was home to the largest urban African American community in the United States. In its cultural heyday, it was known as “Black Broadway”, a phrase coined by singer Pearl Bailey. Duke Ellington’s childhood home was located on 13th street between T and S street. The Lincoln Theater opened in 1921, and Howard Theater in 1926.” – Wikipedia.org

The U Street Corridor is number 4 on Walk Score’s DC list and has an overall score of 97 (walker’s paradise). Because the Corridor spans several DC neighborhoods, it’s not as easy to pull properties and statistics as other areas, but you can see the results of my “U Street Corridor” property search here. The data summary (from Redfin’s Neighborhood Pages) is below. 

91 homes for sale; 56 are condos
1 bank-listed foreclosure
Median list price: $591,000
Median sold price: $565,000
Median days on Redfin: 49.5  

The brand-new condo at the median price point is in the Flats at Union Row, a PN Hoffman building on 14th Street. The loft-style residence includes 1 bedroom, a den, and 2 full baths. The unit faces east and features a balcony, floor to ceiling glass, kitchen island, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. The building has a resident lounge on the first floor and an 8th floor community terrace. The Metro is 2 blocks away. It’s priced at $590,900 and has been on the market for 223 days.

Walk score: 97 (walker’s paradise)
Walk to: Starbucks (0.19 mi); Lowest Price Food Mart (0.03 mi); Busboys & Poets (0.08 mi); Meridian Hill Park (0.28 mi)

You can view the entire list of nearby attractions here.  

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