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Beneath a canopy of cherry blossoms and woven between historic monuments and government buildings, Washington DC is a city full of surprises. Yes, there are plenty of politicians and lobbyists in suits -- not to mention tourists in tennis shoes -- but there's so much more to DC. For example, did you know that DC is a Michelin-rated city? It's a foodie paradise, with top restaurants and celebrity chefs. After splurging on a meal at Pineapple and Pearls or at the two-Michelin-star Minibar, you'll understand why the dining scene in DC is ranked one of the best in the world.

DC's amazing landmarks aren't just for tourists. After choosing a DC apartment, you'll want to visit them often -- most are free, and they present a stunning backyard that includes the Smithsonian, the National Museum of History, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National Zoo, and the National Mall. American history dominates the DC landscape, providing fantastic public spaces to have lunch or just enjoy the weather. Be sure to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival, when cheerful pink blooms against a blue sky are cause for celebration.

Sports fans love living in DC, where they can cheer on the NHL's Washington Nationals, the NBA's Washington Wizards, the MLB's Washington Nationals, and the NFL's Washington Redskins. Those who enjoy hiking can explore more than 48 miles of hiking trails at Rock Creek Park, and bargain hunters will appreciate the year-round flea market in Historic Georgetown. Washington, DC is the fittest city in America; it is also one of the most walkable and bicycle-friendly, with roughly 70 miles of bike lanes and several paved biking trails. Those wishing to commute often hop on the Metro for easy access to the entire DC area.

As home to all three branches of government, the US capital has a strong, diverse economy. You'll find a wide variety of employment options, ranging from lobbying firms to law firms to foreign embassies. Healthcare workers will also find plenty of options -- DC is home to the Washington Hospital Center, the Children's National Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health.

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An aerial view of the National Mall

Green space and the Capitol Building

Fountain and trees in front of the White House

Historic row houses dominate DC neighborhoods

Construction began on the Lincoln Memorial in 1914

The Washington Monument at sunset

Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Washington, DC is $1,625 for a studio, $1,931 for one bedroom, $2,477 for two bedrooms, and $2,615 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Washington has increased by 1.7% in the past year.

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$1,625
1 BR
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$1,931
2 BR
980
$2,477
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1,125
$2,615
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Ratings

87 Walk Score® Very Walkable
76 Transit Score® Excellent Transit
79 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

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Restaurants

If you're a foodie, you'll love DC. The restaurants here are developing a worldwide reputation, with several earning Michelin stars. Some places on the must-try list include Kinship, Tail Up Goat, Komi, the Inn at Little Washington, Fiola Mare, Le Diplomate, and Marcel's. After moving to DC, be sure to take one of the food tours, such as the Mangia DC Food Tour, the DC Metro Food Tour, or a DC Brew Tour.

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As home to all three branches of government, the US capital has a strong, diverse economy. You'll find a wide variety of employment options, ranging from lobbying firms to law firms to foreign embassies. Healthcare workers will also find plenty of options -- DC is home to the Washington Hospital Center, the Children's National Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health. Those in the hospitality industry will appreciate the fact that tourism is the second-largest industry in DC.

History

President George Washington chose the location for the nation's capital in 1790, and the federal district was named "Columbia." Pierre Charles L'Enfant was chosen by Washington to lay out the new city, and L'Enfant created a design that would reflect some of the prettiest cities in Europe: Milan, Amsterdam, and Paris. The first session held by Congress in the new capital took place in November of 1800, but much of the new district was burned during the War of 1812 in the Burning of Washington.

The Old Stone House is the oldest building in DC; it was constructed in 1765 and is listed as a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Stone House operates as a museum complete with a picnic area and a gift shop.

Transportation

For those living within the immediate D.C. metro area, the city has a reliable metro system that stretches into neighboring areas, such as Silver Spring, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. The city also offers a thorough bus system, which claims to be one of the busiest in the country. For those traveling outside of the DC area, commuter trains are also available.

Shopping

From the Flea Market at Eastern Market to the Potomac Mills Mall, you'll have plenty of shopping opportunities living in DC. The Downtown Holiday Market is ranked as one of the best holiday markets in the country. This market is held in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery. It features more than 150 artisans from the area and offers paintings, pottery, jewelry, textiles, and more. Historic Georgetown is a shopping paradise, featuring shops like Cusp, Club Monaco, and Billy Reid.

Parks

The Capitol Riverfront, located along the Anacostia River, is a terrific place for outdoor activities like kayaking and splashing around at the Yards Park. This park has a variety of water features and is the location of several festivals. Also along the riverfront, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail extends 20 miles along both sides of the river and is ideal for bicycling, jogging, and skating. The National Mall is a park like no other -- this National Park is nicknamed "America's Front Yard." Here, you'll find monuments and memorials along a tree-lined and pedestrian-friendly boulevard.

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Aventine Fort Totten
5210 3rd St NE, Washington, DC 20011
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The Modern at Art Place
400 Galloway St NE, Washington, DC 20011
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$1,475 Studio Available 08/21/17
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4201 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
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4000 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
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600 Kenilworth Ter NE, Washington, DC 20019
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1930 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
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3636 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
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3040 Idaho Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
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855-217-0083
Park Crest
2324 41st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
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6101 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20011
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The Kenmore
5415 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
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866-613-9437
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235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012
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1825 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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100 Eye St SE, Washington, DC 20003
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5432 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
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4850 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC 20008
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$1,426 - 1,545 Studio - 2 Bed Available 08/24/17
855-770-5073
Park Naylor
2562 Naylor Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
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2300 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
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3725 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016
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1700 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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3801 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
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Greenwood Manor Apartments
2343 Green St SE, Washington, DC 20020
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The Cromwell
1515 Ogden St NW, Washington, DC 20010
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Meadowbrook Run Apartments
3647 6th St SE, Washington, DC 20032
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