Capitol Hill


Bustling neighborhoods at the center of everything.

Capitol Hill is D.C.’s most iconic neighborhood and the heart of American government. The Hill itself is located in the northeast section of the larger Capitol Hill district. It is the home of the U.S. Capitol Building, which overlooks the National Mall. The Supreme Court, Senate, and Library of Congress are some of this prestigious neighborhood’s world-famous institutions. Homes in Capitol Hills are surrounded with pocket parks, great restaurants, shopping streets, lively bars, and the bustling Eastern Market.

The Capitol Hill neighborhood is the centerpiece of architect Pierre L’Enfant’s masterplan for the District of Columbia. Its distinctive rowhomes comprise D.C.’s largest designated historic district. These historic properties are mainly concentrated around Barracks Row and Eastern Market. Real estate in Capitol Hill has a variety of housing options that can be found within the neighborhood’s other areas, including stylish modern apartments and condominiums on Potomac Avenue and Navy Yard, close to the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Ballpark.

What to Love

  • World-famous landmarks
  • Eastern Market
  • Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Heart of political life

People & Lifestyle

Capitol Hill is the most energetic district in D.C., attracting tourists from around the world. The lifestyle here is ideal for those who want all that the city has to offer right at their doorstep. Those within the political world are well represented among Capitol Hill’s residents, as about one-third of active members of Congress live in the area. The district also attracts journalists and others closely connected to the political scene. As D.C.’s largest and most diverse community, Capitol Hill is home to people from all walks of life. Life here is incredibly convenient, with all kinds of businesses within walking distance of many of its homes. Metro stations include Capitol Hill South on the Blue and Orange lines and Eastern Market on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

From laidback coffee shops to upscale restaurants, Capitol Hill has it all. Classic steak-and-seafood restaurant The Monocle and lively Irish pub The Dubliners have been favored hangouts of D.C. politicos for decades. Barracks Row has some of the most buzzworthy dining options, such as Michelin-starred New American-style restaurants Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple & Pearls. Eastern Market businesses include a baker, butcher, fishmonger, florist, and grocer. It also hosts a weekly farmers’ market and a hugely popular flea market, plus talented local artisans. A few blocks beyond Capitol Hill’s boundaries, more than 100 shops and restaurants line the streets surrounding Union Station.

Things to Do

Capitol Hill is one of the most visited locations by tourists to the United States. People arrive here from all over the world to see Congress or the Supreme Court in session. The grounds surrounding the Capitol Building are another huge draw, with locals and visitors alike gathering around the Bartholdi Fountain to take in the sights or relax on the lawn in the summer months. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, and its magnificent Gilded Age architecture is a must-see. Another literary landmark is the Folger Shakespeare Library, where performances are staged within a faithful recreation of the type of tiered Elizabethan Inn Yards they would originally have been staged at. Other major attractions are the Friday night parades at the U.S. Marine Barracks and the U.S. Botanic Gardens. In addition to its world-famous landmarks, Capitol Hill contains more than 50 neighborhood parks. Local gyms include Balance, Atlas Fitness, and Sports and Health.


Capitol Hill is zoned to the District of Columbia Public School District.

  • Brent Elementary School, Public, PK–5
  • Watkins Elementary School Capitol Hill Cluster, Public, 1–5
  • Friendship Public Charter School Chamberlain Middle School, 4–8
  • Center City Public Charter School Capitol Hill Elementary School, PK–5
  • Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts, 8–12

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