VAN NESS COMBINES THE CONVENIENCE of Metro access and urban amenities with the natural beauty and serenity of Soapstone Valley and Rock Creek Park.
Apartment dwellers and single-family home residents alike are drawn to an easy commute, numerous retail options, a safe and family-friendly atmosphere with smart and engaged citizens, and stunning hiking trails. Increased demand for transit-oriented housing and a preference for unique office space is creating new demand for Van Ness.
INSTITUTIONS + TRAFFIC DRIVERS
- 20+ embassies
- American University’s WAMU public radio station
- Hillwood Museum
- Howard University Law School
- Levine School of Music
- University of the District of Columbia
- Whittle School & Studios
$457.8 MILLION SPENDING POTENTIAL
A 2018 retail study by HR&A determined that the primary trade area offers 14,600 residents, 5,200 students, 3,500 workers, and 36,000 hotel guests offering a total spending potential of $457.8 million.
NEW COMMUNITY ANCHORS
- The 600,000 SF Whittle School + Studios, a global school for children ages 3–18, opened its doors at 4000 Connecticut Avenue to more than 180 students in 2019 and plans to serve up to 2,500 students in 2020.
- Uptown Market, from the owners of Butchers Alley and Pescadeli in Bethesda, opened in 2019 at 4465 Connecticut Avenue.
- Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Sfoglina has made Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list the past three years.
GREAT STREETS AND MAIN STREETS
As a designated Great Streets corridor small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs as funds become available. In 2019, up to $50,000 was awarded per location. The corridor is also supported by Van Ness Main Streets through community-based economic development programs.