Columbia Heights Neighborhood Guide

Columbia Heights
Columbia Heights Retail Area


Columbia Heights is a neighborhood well-known for its diverse multicultural community and strong neighborhood pride. Located in the Northwest Quadrant, Columbia heights sits right in the middle of some of the city’s most active and desirable neighborhoods.

Between the neighborhoods own dining, shopping, and entertainment and those of the surrounding areas, Columbia Heights’ residents never find themselves bored.

14th Street is home to many of the city’s most notable restaurants, bars, and shopping. The nearby neighborhoods Adams Morgan and the U Street Corridor host the city’s most frequented nightlife spots.

Overall the neighborhood has a pleasingly urban character where residents can be a part of a thriving area of DC without feeling pushed out to the suburbs.

If you are moving to DC, a Columbia Heights apartment or home might be the perfect place for you to settle in.

Featured Apartments in Columbia Heights

Mount Pleasant
1900 Lamont Apartments located in the Historic Mount Pleasant Neighborhood

1900 Lamont

This renovated boutique apartment building to the west of Columbia Heights offers vintage apartments with modern amenities. Complete with highly sought-after features, this building is a fantastic place to call home.

Columbia Heights
The Vintage Apartments located at 3146 16th Street NW.

The Vintage

Conveniently located on 16th St. NW, this community offers residents access to high-end amenities, modern units with a variety of floor plans to suit your needs, and seamless access to the metro.

An Overview of Living in Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights offers residents an active lifestyle where you can enjoy many of the cities attractions and amenities with ease.

“A Walker’s Paradise”

According to Walkscore, Columbia Heights is a “walker’s paradise.” Daily errands do not require a car as the neighborhood offers everything you could need within walking distance.

The community is also a haven for cyclists, thanks to its bike-friendly roads and convenient access to DC’s Capital Bikeshare program.

Incredible Shopping

Columbia Heights is a hub for retail in DC. In addition to many of the nation’s most recognizable storefronts, there are a variety of locally owned businesses providing essential services to the area.

Recreation

There’s no lack of recreational services and amenities available to those who make Columbia Heights their home. Whether you have a love for the outdoors, an appreciation for art, or seek an active social and nightlife, there is something for everyone on every corner.

Columbia Heights Schools

Those with children moving to Columbia Heights will find a variety of reputable schools serving all ages.

The School Without Walls High School

A DC Public School District High School serving Columbia Heights and surrounding areas

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

A public middle school with a good reputation among the community.

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School 

A public high school with strong academics compared to state averages.

Seaton Elementary School

A PK-5 elementary serving Columbia Heights.

Culture and Community

Columbia Heights is home to a passionate, proud, and close-knit urban community.

The area is a diverse cultural hub, with young professionals, university students, and seniors from all backgrounds contributing to its enormous growth and popularity over the last decade.

The Columbia Heights Community Center is available to those in the area. The facility includes multipurpose rooms, an indoor gym, game room, computer lab, stage, music and dance studios, and classrooms.

Transportation

Columbia Heights
Columbia Heights Metro Station


Due to its centralized location and convenient Metro access, Columbia Heights is an ideal home for people working anywhere in the city.

The area is served by the Columbia Heights Metro Station with service on the green and yellow lines. Professionals living in the neighborhood enjoy seamless commuting to DC’s many districts.

In addition to the Metro, the area is served by several bus routes making transportation a breeze no matter where you are headed.

The Howard University campus is located on nearby Georgia Avenue, making Columbia heights a perfect place for university students to call their home. Many will find that convenient access to the campus and the many coffee shops and cafés offering free Wi-Fi makes the neighborhood very fitting for a university student’s lifestyle.

Columbia Heights Resource Guide

Groceries

Giant – Grocery and drugstore located on Park Rd.

Odd Provisions – A grocery featuring specialty foods and spirits.

Panam Grocery – Grocery store conveniently located on 14th St.

Streets Market and Café – Small grocery with specialty items and café.

Sonya’s Market – Supermarket located on 11th St.

Health and Fitness

Howard University Hospital – 24-hour hospital located on Georgia Ave.

Children’s National Medical Center – Pediatric medical center located on Michigan Ave.

Columbia Heights Pharmacy – 14th Street pharmacy and drugstore.

CVS Pharmacy – Pharmacy, drugstore, and convenience on 14th St.

Washington Sports Clubs – Health club on 14th street.

Fit360 DC – 24-hour gym offering personal training and fitness classes.

The Vitamin Shoppe – Nutritional supplements and vitamin retailer on 14th St.

Dining

Maple – Italian specialty featuring a full bar.

Thip Khao Restaurant – Laotian cuisine and specialty cocktails.

Mi Cuba Café – Cuban dining with tropical décor.

The Airedale – German dishes and craft beer.

Beau Thai – Thai food featuring weekend brunch.

Los Hermanos – Cafeteria-style Dominican cuisine.

The Coupe – Diner specializing in breakfast and brunch.

Nightlife

The Wonderland Ballroom – Dancehall and bar popular among locals.

Zeba Bar – Bar serving craft beer and pub-style cuisine.

Cloak and Dagger – Dance club and lounge located in the U Street Corridor.

Peace Lounge – Hookah bar, lounge, and dance club located on Georgia Ave near Howard University.

Retail

Target – Columbia Heights is home to DC’s only Target.

Five Below – Teen fashion and merchandise retailer.

Best Buy – Electronics and appliance retailer.

Passport Clothing – Small boutique for men and women’s clothing in the U Street Corridor.

DC USA – Large Columbia Heights shopping center including many of the nation’s most recognizable retailers.

Gas and Convenience

Sunoco Gas Station – Gas and convenience located on Sherman Ave.

Exxon – Gas and convenience store located on 14th St.

BP – Gas and convenience store located on 14th St.

Sports and Outdoors

Meridian Hill Park – National park commonly called Malcolm X Park. Features 12 acres of fountains, greenery and weekend live performances.

Columbia Heights Dog Park – 24-hour dog park.

Rock Creek Park – National Park featuring tennis, golf, hiking trails, and an amphitheater.

Modell’s Sporting Goods – Sporting equipment retailer on 14th St.

Arts and Education

BloomBars – Community center for arts and events.

Pleasant Plains Workshop – Art gallery on Georgia Ave.

Morton Fine Art – Art Gallery located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – Museum with rotating exhibits on 10th St. & Constitution Ave.

The Phillips Collection – Art Gallery featuring Post-Impressionist and modern art.

In addition to what’s listed above, this exciting DC neighborhood has so much more to offer. Come see for yourself!