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Property Management in Washington DC: Living in Adams Morgan

illustration about the Washington city map, Adams Morgan area
December 20, 2018 Washington DC

This article is part of a series on the neighborhoods of Washington D.C. that aims to help landlords become more familiar with tenants the neighborhood attracts and what the neighborhood offers potential residents. This article profiles Adams Morgan and explores its diverse atmosphere and community characteristics. 

Knowing details and demographics of the Adams Morgan neighborhood can help you evaluate how marketable your rental is and plan your marketing strategy, whether you do it yourself or work with a professional property management company.

Facts and Figures

Renters occupy 63 percent of homes in Adams Morgan. Nearly 31 percent of homes are owner-occupied. On average, there are two residents in each home in the area, and 8 percent of households in Adams Morgan have children. Residents spend a median of three years in the neighborhood, and the annual residential turnover in Adams Morgan is 19 percent.

Neighborhood Atmosphere

Originally, Adams Morgan was created after the desegregation of public schools in the District in 1954. Named after two formerly segregated elementary schools, the neighborhood’s boundaries were drawn through four other neighborhoods to create the area. The neighborhood also benefited from significant improvement efforts in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. Today, Adams Morgan is known for having an eclectic, diverse environment, which is welcoming to residents of many different backgrounds. The variety of nightlife options is also attractive to prospective residents. Overall, Adams Morgan is an exciting neighborhood, and it has a lot to offer to potential tenants.

Neighborhood Features

The diversity of restaurant and entertainment establishments in Adams Morgan, coupled with the sense of community in the neighborhood, will also appeal to potential tenants who are interested in the area. Dining and nightlife include Bossa Bistro Lounge, 18th, and Red, Club Heaven and Hell, Ghana Café, Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, Bourbon, Las Canteras, Carriage House, Mama Ayesha’s, and Habana Village. Interestingly, K Street, the George Clooney-produced HBO series, was filmed at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room. In addition, prospective tenants can easily access several parks from the area, including Rock Creek Park, Meridian Hill Park, and Kalorama Park.

Major Transportation

The Adams Morgan area is very walkable, and excellent transportation options are available for potential residents of the neighborhood. There is no Metro station in the neighborhood itself, but the Woodley Park Metro station on the Red Line of the Metro is close by. The Columbia Heights Metro station is the nearest station on the Yellow Green lines. Additionally, Metrobus routes 42, 43, 90, 92, 93, 96, and L2 serve the Adams Morgan area. Residents can also use the D.C. Circulator, which stops in the area on the Woodley Park – Adams Morgan – McPherson Square route. Zipcar, RelayRides, and Hertz on Demand also offer access to 16 car shares in the neighborhood, and Capital Bikeshare offers bike-share programs. On WalkScore.com, Adams Morgan is a “Walker’s Paradise,” with a Walk Score of 95, a Transit Score of 84, and a Bike Score of 89 out of 100 points.

Unique Neighborhood Events

The Adams Morgan Farmers Market is located at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW in D.C. It is held on Saturdays, between 8 am and 2 pm, from May to December.

Adams Morgan Day is a community festival held annually on the second Sunday of September in Adams Morgan. The festival celebrates the community through live music, space for local art, craft, and food vendors to showcase their products and a dance plaza with dance programs for festival attendees.

If you have decided to rent out your property in Adams Morgan, you can learn more information about the neighborhood in this Washington Post article. A professional property management company in D.C. should have local expertise in Adams Morgan and be able to customize a marketing and management strategy to your property and your goals.


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