Why Renters Love Living in Washington, D.C.

Suppose life’s twists and turns have you thinking about a major life change. Whatever the reason, it has you longing for a better place to call home, one that offers an abundance of outdoor activities, great neighborhoods, and exciting job opportunities. Living in Washington D.C. as a renter, just might be the best move.

Washington monument

Washington, D.C., should be on the top of your list of cities to explore if the above describes you. Our nation’s capital is consistently voted one of the best places in the country to live. Try it out for yourself and you’ll discover why that is. Before making the move though, this guide should help provide you with a bit of clarity into the top reasons to live in D.C.. We’ll also provide a breakdown of some of the best companies to work for, top neighborhoods in the capital city, and fun things to do in D.C. 

Top 3 Neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. in 2021

Anyone thinking of relocating to Washington, D.C., probably has questions like:

“Where should I live?

“What will my commute be like?”

While each area has a unique vibe, these are what we consider to be the 3 best neighborhoods in D.C. this year in 2021:

Cleveland Park Neighborhood in Washington, DC

1. Cleveland Park

Located in the northwest quadrant of Washington D.C., Cleveland Park offers quaint tree-lined streets, charming Queen-Anne-style homes, and great access to downtown D.C. Residents of The Parkwest apartments enjoy Cleveland Park’s proximity to the National  Zoo, parks, shops, and eateries.

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2. Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is named after a historic area that includes a traffic circle and a park that features a bust of Samuel du Pont of the famed du Pont family. This charming neighborhood offers convenience, plus plenty of shops and trendy restaurant options. One of Dupont Circle’s best features is Embassy Row, the beautiful area that houses the majority of D.C.’s embassies.

Residents of The Rodney apartments in the heart of Dupont Circle enjoy the sophistication and comfort of these living spaces, as well as the convenience and relaxed atmosphere that the neighborhood has to offer.

montrose park in georgetown

3. Georgetown

Cobblestone streets, federal-style architecture, and a major university anchor this charming and historic section of D.C. With steep hills and a bustling atmosphere, Georgetown is one of the safest and most prosperous neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.  Affordable, move-in-ready apartments are available at The Archer near the excitement of D.C.’s oldest neighborhood. There are plenty of other great neighborhoods to explore as well, both inside the city and along its outskirts.

Top 3 Most Fun Activities in Washington, D.C. in 2021

The high quality of life and the plethora of indoor and outdoor activities contribute to the reason why Washington, D.C., is hands-down (yeah, we might be a bit biased) one of the best places to live.

It is without question a city packed with historic places, world-class attractions, and nonstop activity. Here is a quick snapshot of some of the city’s best offerings:

nature walks and gardens in cathedral heights

1. Exploring the Beautiful Parks & Gardens

There is an abundance of outdoor green space in D.C., including the National Mall, the Tidal Basin, and the National Arboretum. Even though D.C. is a bustling city, these lush areas allow you to enjoy nature and take some peaceful time away from city life. D.C.’s parks and gardens are year-round assets, perfect for picnics and concerts – or simply relaxing with a blanket and a book.

Farmer's market and other vendors in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC

2. Walking Around The Different Neighborhoods

It is easy to get around on two feet in Washington, D.C. – more so than in many other U.S. cities. All you have to do is walk outside your D.C. apartment and you have myriad activities to combat boredom. Nearby you will find professional sports teams, national museums, farmers markets, street festivals, and so much more – because there is always something fun to do in Washington, D.C. 

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3. Trolley Tours

See the monuments, museums, and most popular points of interest via the comfort and ease of a trolley tour. These tours are a great way to take in the history and beauty of the city.

It is easy to get excited about the idea of a potential move to Washington, D.C. The national parks and monuments make for an enticing outdoor space. The job opportunities and great neighborhoods make for stable and enjoyable living. The nonstop activities allow for a fun and active lifestyle. A new apartment is all you need to make it a reality.

11 Top-Rated Employers in Washington, D.C. in 2021

Washington, D.C., is best known as the home of American politics, with an abundance of jobs on Capitol Hill. It is exciting to think that a move to D.C. could result in a job with the federal government, which employs more than 140,000 people in the local D.C. area. Landing a political job in our nation’s capital is doable, but it often takes a stellar resume, a great networking connection, tenacity, and a little luck.

In addition to federal and political job offerings, D.C. is a major hub for many other businesses, including those involved in private health care, defense contracting, real estate and tourism, to name a few.

One thing to remember, however, is that while employment opportunities in the city abound, finding a good living space near a new job in D.C. could take time. So, begin your apartment hunting sooner rather than later!

Anyways, without further ado, here are (according to our Google research skills and talking to people we know in the area) the 12 best places to work in DC for 2021 (in no particular order):

The Genau Group is one of the top places to work in DC

1. The Genau Group

Word on the street, The Genau Group has a fun, growth-oriented culture that is super welcoming to new faces. Plus, working for a commercial real estate company allows you to really learn about all the different types of companies in the area – getting a glimpse into what spurs the nation’s economy.

Rock Creek Productions is one of the best places to work in DC

2. Rock Creek Productions

Rock Creek Productions is a truly innovative, video and film production company and studio – with many impressive awards. Creating media throughout the city can be a blast when you work for this kind of company!

Stratacomm top places to work in DC

3. Stratacomm

This communications and marketing firm helps companies in several sectors. It offers a fun team vibe, and even allows employees to bring their dogs to work.

R Street Institute is one of the top places to work in DC

4. R Street Institute

A downtown Washington, D.C., think tank, R Street provides its employees with unlimited paid time off, plus generous wellness, phone, and cell-service stipends.

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5. Glen Echo Group

Glenecho Group is a woman-led communications and public affairs company makes its employers “feel like family” and offers wonderful perks, including cold brew coffee and beer on tap.

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6. AARP

Started in 1958, this nonprofit organization is headquartered in D.C. and on is a mission to “disrupt outdated stereotypes about aging.”
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7. Akin Gump

This prestigious law firm’s Washington, D.C., office offers insight and advocacy on cutting-edge legal issues in business, government, and law. Not only is it exciting to work at a law firm in the heart of the nation’s political and legal systems, but Akin Gump offers great pay and benefits.

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8. Allison & Partners

This public relations firm has a great team culture and allows staff two hours during the day for wellness. Now that’s what we call a great way to grow creativity!

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9. Akami Technologies

This D.C. branch of a Massachusetts-based company built the world’s largest edge-computing platform. They provide their employees with subsidized backup child care and paid volunteer time.

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10. Cobec Consulting

An energetic and innovative management consulting company, Cobec offers newly renovated offices in southwest Washington, D.C., and an incredible entrepreneurial team culture. 
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11. Mary’s Center

Work for this human and social services health care nonprofit company and go home from work each day with a “happy heart.” Mary’s Center focuses on the underserved, providing primary health care and social services.

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12. ICMA-RC

Looking to contribute to a worthy cause? Try working for International City Management Association Retirement Corp., a non-profit financial services company focused on providing retirement plans to the public sector.

These are but a few of the employers in the area that can offer a fulfilling career with excellent pay and benefits. A motivated job-seeker will find ample opportunities in this thriving city.

Let DARO Apartments Be Your New Home in Washington, D.C.

If you’re looking forward to living in Washington D.C. area, DARO Apartments are the right place to start!

Our properties offer easy access to the city in high-demand neighborhoods, and our rentals span 20 communities in the area. Search all of the available apartments in DC today to find your next home.

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