Washington D.C. is one of the most spectacular places in the country. It’s nearly impossible to explore all of the monuments and museums in and around the United States Capitol and the National Mall in one trip. Every visit to Washington D.C. brings discoveries that you wouldn’t have known otherwise. Each discovery brings you just a bit closer to what it really means to be an American. Washington D.C. is a touristy place to visit. It can also be a nice place to live if you get to know the neighborhoods and how to get around.
Smithsonian is an icon in Washington D.C. with 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.
Traffic in Washington D.C. can be a nightmare, but locals know how easy it is to use the Metro. The rail system takes you in and around every part of the city with ease and with little waiting. The system isn’t complicated and it will get you where you need to go much faster than driving. The trains and stations are clean, well-lit, and safe, making them a great option for senior travel.
The cost of living and taxes in Washington D.C. are high. The tax systems is varied, so here’s what you can expect. You can expect to pay 6% sales tax on everything. You’ll pay 9% if you choose to purchase liquor. Restaurant and rental car taxes are 10%, and you can expect 12% taxes on parking. If you’re staying at a hotel, they will add 14.5% tax to your bill. There’s one place you will save on taxes—groceries, medicines, and utilities are exempt from all sales tax.
The largest residential historic district is called Capitol Hill. It’s a neighborhood of rowhouses with a mix of different eras and architectural styles. Rows of homes look like a solid wall that is only broken by the intersected streets. Look for Federal townhomes, Italianate dwellings, and Queen Anne styles among the tree-lined streets. The area is close to the Capitol and very expensive, but savvy buyers may be able to find a deal.
Eastern Market is a neighborhood of the people where the homes are historic and the population is diverse. The rowhouses are home to long-time residents, empty-nesters, college students, families, and a host of Capitol Hill staffers. Walking around is pleasant and easy with great views of the Capitol around every corner. It’s so charming you won’t want to go anywhere else, but if you do, there are plenty of Metro stations nearby to make it easy.
The homes of Logan Circle were constructed between 1875 and 1900 in the late Victorian and Richardsonian architectural style. Most of them are three to five-story homes which have largely remained unchanged over time, though many of them are undergoing renovation. Like many other parts of D.C., the homes are pricey, but there are some reasonable offerings of small condominiums.
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