Barbara Ioanes's alarm clock lives across the street. For the 33 years Ioanes has lived in her historic rowhouse on Cathedral Avenue NW, she's woken to the hoots, chirps and caws of the animals at the National Zoo, which forms the eastern boundary of Woodley Park. Ioanes said it provides a daily reminder of Woodley Park's cultural amenities and charm.
Whether people move to Columbia's Clemens Crossing neighborhood for dramatic architect-designed homes or affordable tract houses, their reasons for buying in the neighborhood are largely the same: good schools, a woodsy setting and a convenient location.
David Mog, a 26-year resident of Arlington Forest, has a concern. A few new neighbors aren't abiding by the informal neighborhood code -- and he came to the Arlington Forest Citizens Association meeting last month to do something about it.
On a crisp spring day, Ron Morgan walked into the D.C. Housing Authority, desperate, almost homeless and hoping to find a place to live with an affordable monthly rent. His name was placed on a list for a rent subsidy voucher and he was told to wait.
Outstanding architecture doesn't have to be wildly expensive. Consider the Montgomery County community of Rock Creek Woods, where every resident lives in a work of art, but the average selling price is about $600,000.
Take a look at the exterior facades and interior walls of your house. There's a good chance that you will see elements -- roof gables, classically styled columns, crown moldings, perhaps an arched Palladian window -- whose prevalence in American architecture can be traced to Andrea Palladio, a Renaissance architect.
Living with four dogs in a townhouse isn't easy, but Rose Weber and her canine friends can take their twice-daily romps in any of five well-maintained pocket parks tucked throughout Springfield's Leewood community.
The land use and transportation policies of the 20th century are destined to change dramatically. They enabled sprawl -- the unbridled expansion of American cities that has engendered enormous unforeseen economic, social, environmental and aesthetic costs.
Freewheeling American capitalism may be falling out of fashion on Wall Street, but in the western suburbs of Northern Virginia, it is driving one of the greatest home-buying sprees the region has ever seen.
The District's political elite squeezed into an atrium in the John A. Wilson Building yesterday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beaux-arts style structure -- at once a symbol of the city's federal control, its longtime struggle for autonomy and most simply, an awesome display of craftsmanship.
Even as a searing credit crunch slows construction across the region, District officials yesterday announced the selection of a developer to turn a vacant building into a mix of market-rate and affordable housing.
Long before Ravensworth Shopping Center, Ravensworth Estates, Ravensworth Elementary School and other places were built in southern Fairfax County, William Fitzhugh's 21,996-acre tobacco plantation, Ravensworth, encompassed three mansions and their support buildings, including two now-joined log homes that stand as a quaint reminder of the colony's largest cash crop.
When Sharon Glennen-Higgins and her husband, Wayne Higgins, first looked at their house in Creighton's Run 16 years ago, they were attracted by the privacy afforded by the woods that bordered the back yard.
U.S. Supreme Court justices, Virginia's governor and 2,600 children forming a "living flag" came together yesterday to celebrate the $24 million restoration of the Montpelier mansion, which now looks as it did when James Madison lived there.
You don't see Donald Rumsfeld in Washington much anymore. He made a rare and heartfelt appearance (wearing a sling from recent shoulder surgery) last week at the Pentagon Memorial ceremony, but he increasingly finds himself persona non grata in some corners of D.C.
Owings Beach is still cozy. There are still snug cottages, built in the 1920s for summer getaways to the bayside enclave in the Deale portion of southern Anne Arundel County. Narrow streets bearing local family names are still walkable because deep ditches and tight turns discourage traffic. Even...
Before Tysons Corner boomed and the CIA's Langley headquarters was built, an ad for Broyhill McLean Estates urged folks to get in on a locale that was sure to escalate in value because of the coming "Chantilly airport" (Dulles, 1960) and "Circumferential Highway" (the Beltway, 1962).
In 1974, when the King Charles Commons townhouse development opened in Columbia, a sales brochure described the Colonial-inspired community as recapturing "a bright page in American history" when "the easy and gracious living style afforded leisure time for politics and the arts."
Do you ever think about how much we depend on highway signs? They tell us where we are; provide essential direction and destination options; and display critical rules about driving, stopping or parking.
While cruising along Route 7 in western Fairfax County, it's easy to overlook Holly Knoll, a house built in 1858 that's the namesake for two neighboring subdivisions. Its brick facade peeks from behind giant sycamore, oak and holly trees, and its long gravel driveway trails forlornly through over...
Takoma has had an activist spirit from the start. An early example: Georgia Avenue was a toll road in the neighborhood's early days, and residents built out Piney Branch Road to avoid the payments. In the 1880s, when Takoma Park was founded as a railway suburb of the District, distinctions betwee...
When the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing renovated the Fisher House apartments last year, the developer took care to see that the property's lush old linden trees survived the construction.
In 2001, Paul and Laurie Wilner left what they described as a "typical Colonial on three-quarters of an acre near Great Falls" for a community of 104 contemporary houses without lawns or basements two miles from downtown Bethesda.
In the 1980s, the area of South Arlington called Shirlington was an I-395 off-ramp with no draw to speak of. But by the '90s, Shirlington Village started to turn into an oasis of nice restaurants to serve the condo communities of Fairlington, Parkfairfax and others. Slowly, Shirlington began to lure...
When you're stuck in Beltway traffic burning $3-a-gallon gasoline to creep along at walking speed, it offers time to think. Would it be easier if I left home earlier? Would I be better off riding a train? How bad will my commute be in five years?
In Barnaby Woods, tucked inside the District's northwest border, winding streets follow the natural curve of wooded creeks. Access to the neighborhood is limited to a few streets, and there's almost no traffic.
In 1968, deep-seated anger over the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. led to rioting, looting and arson in neighborhoods including Columbia Heights, the area flanking 14th Street north of downtown Washington.
Ivy City is changing. The neighborhood of rowhouses and small apartment buildings tucked behind the old Hecht's warehouse off New York Avenue NE has a contractor remodeling or building on nearly every block. "Slowly things are being built or renovated," said Jeannette Swanson, who has lived in Iv...
You know it's love when it survives a shared 700-square-foot condominium -- with a single bedroom closet. When it inspires you to sell your first home at a loss. When you agree to delay moving in for more than a year after your wedding so your stepdaughter can finish high school.
It's not the kind of thing that you expect on the to-do list after you buy a house. So one Washington couple was surprised last summer to find that one of the first chores at their new home was bagging and dragging a decomposed adult deer from their yard.
The days of exchanging neighborhood news solely over the back fence or at the local post office are long gone. And often, by the time community newsletters are written, printed and distributed, the information is stale.