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The Penn Quarter / Chinatown area lies less than a mile from the White House, the United States Capitol, and the Washington Monument. This part of Washington was once home to many Chinese immigrants, but now is comprised of a multi-ethnic population. Many of the buildings in this small enclave have been listed on the National register of Historic Places.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Washington, DC is $1,821 for a studio, $2,478 for one bedroom, $3,761 for two bedrooms, and $5,787 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Washington has decreased by -2.1% in the past year.

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500
$1,821
1 BR
766
$2,478
2 BR
1,159
$3,761
3 BR
1,866
$5,787
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Ratings

97 Walk Score® Walker's Paradise
100 Transit Score® Rider's Paradise
89 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

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Restaurants

While a concentration of Chinese restaurants can be found in the immediate Chinatown area, numerous eateries and evening hot-spots can be found throughout Washington, D.C. proper. The nation's capital has the reputation for being home to dozens of multi-ethnic restaurants.

If you enjoy Mediterranean food, why not give Zaytinya a try. This restaurant specializes in Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese cuisine. You can begin your meal with a small plate of fire-roasted eggplant with tahini (baba ganoush) and then follow that up with a large plate of spiced lamb bahar. Do not forget to order a bottle of your favorite vintage from Zaytina's world-famous wine list to accompany your exotic fare.

Italian food-lovers need to put Fiola at the top of their list. Fiola was voted number eight in Washington's Very Best Restaurants in 2015 and has earned similar titles in other national culinary reviews. Start off your meal with the Steelhead salmon appetizer before moving on to grilled Rhode Island calamari or beef tenderloin tartar.

After dinner you can burn off some of those calories at the Barcode nightclub. Thursday "Progressive" nights start at 9 p.m. Barcode starts off by charging a dollar for all beers and rail drinks, and the price increases $1 per hour as the night progresses. They also promote a $200 table for Belvedere and House Champagne. Bring your friends, order some drinks, and let the fun begin as you dance to Top 40 and Hip Hop tunes.

If you and your crew enjoy club-hopping, make Eden your second stop. Eden has a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, in which the quasi-rustic ambiance is enhanced by neon hues and tropical plants. On weekends, Eden hosts different dance acts. You can make reservations for an office or birthday party, or rent a table to enjoy the luxurious VIP service.

History

Chinatown in Washington D.C. is a small enclave characterized by Asian restaurants and businesses. It began to grow in the 1930s as Chinese immigrants were moved out of the original Chinatown area during the development of the Federal Triangle. This section of Washington became famous for the Friendship Archway, a traditional Chinese gate that stands 60 feet tall, with 7 roofs and 272 painted Ming- and Qing-style dragons. Presently Chinatown houses many IT companies and national chain stores—all posting signage in Chinese characters.

This small, metropolitan neighborhood occupies one of the richest cultural centers in the United States. It lies less than a mile from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Building Museum, the National Spy Museum and the U.S. Botanic Garden. Many D.C. locals come to Chinatown to see the annual Chinese New Year festival and parade.

Transportation

Since Chinatown comprises part of central Washington D.C., all forms of transportation are available. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provides Metrorail and Metrobus services. Cabs can be hailed easily, buses run throughout the neighborhood and Uber also provides service to the district. Public parking in the area ranges from $10 to $60 should you get about in your own vehicle and Interstate 395 lies within 1 mile of the neighborhood, which facilitates access to other areas in the region. The slow pace of traffic in the neighborhood provides a safe environment for pedestrians and bicyclists, who enjoy the added safety of designated biking lanes.

Cost

The cost of living in Chinatown is 12 percent above the city average, with the average cost for a one-bedroom rental sitting at around $2,303. A short jaunt by taxi to most central D.C. locations will cost you about $10 and the price of gas in this part of town runs around 15 percent above the national average. The price of a ticket on a Metrorail or Metrobus service costs between $2 and $4 depending on the distance. If you want to hoist back one of your favorite brews in a local pub, plan on spending in excess of $6.

Shopping

Shoppers in this part of town never lack for a place to go. Numerous malls and plazas housing some of the nation's finest luxury chain-stores can be found within a 20 minute drive of Chinatown. Boutique-lovers should give Violet Boutique a try. It carries women's clothing and accessories, from cocktail casual to business attire. The store prides itself on stocking trendy tops, bottoms and bags—in an infinite number of colors and patterns. Violet also provides an in-house personal styling service to assist you with your choices.

Another shopping magnet popular with the local ladies is Lettie Gooch, north of Chinatown on U Street. This five-star boutique carries a wide selection of designs decorated with graphic prints, stripes and flowers. Whatever the season, you can find moderately priced pieces to complete your wardrobe in this client-friendly boutique. Stop in, meet the staff and enjoy a beverage of your choice as your every needs are catered for.

Chinatown has several small Asian grocery stores to shop in, should that be your preference. Family owned Capitol Supermarket, Safeway and Giant carry meat, seafood, poultry, fresh produce and baked goods for your weekly needs. Organic food-lovers can check out one of the more than 170 farmers markets in the Washington, D.C. area. Many Chinatown residents in search of locally grown produce and fresh baked goodies frequent the Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market on Thursdays, from April to December.

Parks

The Washington metropolitan area contains many fantastic parks within its periphery, but one of the neighborhood favorites is the all-weather, fee-free Anacostia Park's Fitness Zone Gym. This locale provides local residents with a full ensemble of fitness equipment and activities such as cardio machines, chest presses, squat machines, pull-up bars, lat pull-downs, hiking and cycling trails and a skating pavilion. Kids can play on the marooned pirate ship playground as mom and dad work out.

Dog-lovers often meet at leash-free, Fido's playground (Shaw Dog Park) after work so that their pooches can work off some of that pent-up energy. Don't forget to check out the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade every April or the annual Fourth of July Fireworks event at the National Mall.

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Apartments for Rent in Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown Washington

The Penn Quarter / Chinatown area lies less than a mile from the White House, the United States Capitol, and the Washington Monument. This part of Washington was once home to many Chinese immigrants, but now is comprised of a multi-ethnic population. Many of the buildings in this small enclave have been listed on the National register of Historic Places.

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