Van Ness is a unique neighborhood, combining the convenience of Metro access and urban amenities, with the 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. This community values and aims to preserve its natural resources but enthusiastically embraces smart, transit-oriented development.
The corridor includes both a neighborhood retail center and a regional institutional cluster. Van Ness is home to the University of the District of Columbia, including its gorgeous Theater of the Arts, UDC School of Law, Howard University School of Law, Howard School of Divinity, American University Radio WAMU (ranked number one in Washington), The International Chancery Center with dozens of Embassies, and the Levine School of Music.
Fifty years ago the Van Ness Commercial District transitioned from a federal campus to an office district when the Bureau of Standards vacated their Van Ness facility. This change was driven by a growing suburban population and planning for the Metro Rail System.
Today, Van Ness is at another inflection point where increased demand for transit-oriented housing and a preference for downtown office space is creating new and exciting opportunities for the future of Van Ness.