Van Ness

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 downtown office space is creating new demand for Van Ness.

Institutions & Traffic Drivers

  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Howard University Law School
  • Levine School of Music
  • Hillwood Museum
  • American University’s WAMU public radio station
  • 20+ embassies


$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, will serve up to 2,500 students in its new DC campus at 4000 Connecticut Avenue starting in September 2019.
  • Uptown Market, from the owners of Butchers Alley and Pescadeli in Bethesda, plan to open in 2019 at 4465 Connecticut Avenue.
  • Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Sfoglina has made Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list the past two years.

Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants

Connecticut Avenue (north of Calvert Street) is a designated Great Streets corridor. As funds become available small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. In 2018, up to $50,000 was awarded per location.

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