compass-coffeeeI’m a coffee fiend.  It’s one of my favorite morning rituals. At home, I use a Chemix and it delivers a smooth cup of coffee. When I’m out in the neighborhood, a tasty cup of coffee is a priority.  I’m drinking my coffee black these days so fancy lattes and syrups don’t hold a lot of appeal.  These three coffee shops are my favorites.

compass-coffeeeCompass Coffee 1921 8th St, NW.  This location is part of the new development at the corner of 8th and U St., NW.  Compass is locally owned and this is their second location.

tcb The Coffee Bar 1201 S St., NW  TCB is located in a historic townhouse at the corner of 12th and St., NW. Tucked away on a shady street, it’s a lovely place to grab a cup of coffee. It’s also locally owned and they recently opened their second location at 1200 17th St., NW.

wyndom The Wydown  1924 14th St., NW  They Wydown is another locally owned coffee shop (see the trend here??) which serves a great cup of joe. They’re slated to open another location on H St. NE in 2016.

Where do you like to go?

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Neighborhood-guide-dupont
Dupont Circle is one of the oldest and well established neighborhoods in DC. Some of the most beautiful (and expensive) homes in the city grace this area.  It's easily accessible by Metro and public transportation. There's a lot of retail and restaurants which make it a popular place to live.  

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Neighborhood-guide-adams-morgan
Adams Morgan is a neighborhood you love to hate.  On the weekends, it's inundated with pleasure seekers and littered with the remnants of giant pizza slices. During the week, it's full of locals ready to enjoy a little peace and quiet.  I lived in Adams Morgan for my first nine (gah..where has time gone?) years in DC and I loved it. Over the last few years, the landscape has changed.  DC Gov recently revamped 18th St. and it has a clean, modern look.  With it's proximity to the Metro and the National Zoo, it's still one of the most popular 'hoods in NW.

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Neighborhood-guide-columbia-heightsColumbia Heights has changed radically in the years I've lived in DC. When I first moved to the city, it was a sleepy residential neighborhood with little retail and foot traffic.  Then came the development starting with DC USA, a new Giant grocery store, and multiple apartment and condo buildings.  Now it's a bustling, pedestrian friendly neighborhood full of restuarants and retail.  It's so cool, the NY Times has designated it a "hip strip".  

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Neighborhood-guide-shaw-april-13
Shaw is one of those neighborhoods that's been developing for the last ten years. The recession halted most of the construction plans slated for the area.  As cash for building projects started to flow again, construction cranes have sprouted and Shaw has a new look full of restaurants, retail, condos and apartments.

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Neighborhood-guide-loganLogan Circle is one of the most popular neighborhoods in DC.  The Whole Foods on P St. has anchored the neighborhood since it opened in 2000.  Shortly thereafter, condos, retail and restaurants followed.  


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Mid-city-neighborhood
Some people would say designating "mid-city" as a neighborhood is silly.  To me, it makes perfect sense.  It's mid-way between Logan Circle and U St. Corridor on 14th St, NW and it has a distinct personality.  It's chock full of interesting, independent stores and restaurants that have anchored the area long before it became a popular destination.

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U-st-guideNew feature!  Neighborhood guides.  This is something I've wanted to do for a long time.  I've lived in DC for fourteen years (!?!) and I have my fair share of special spots.  As a realtor, I also think it's important to have a working knowledge of fun places in various neighborhoods.  I can't highlight every treasured locale. There's too many.  Instead, I've limited myself to my favorite home stores, restaurants and bars.  Everything you need when you're visiting a new neighborhood, right?  

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