The Washington Post has a profile of Eckington on the front page of Section F in Saturday’s paper: “An Urban Neighborhood on the Rise“. A few excerpts:
Often lumped in with nearby communities such as Shaw and Brookland, Eckington is increasingly becoming a requested area in its own right, real estate agents say. But more often, it draws people who were attracted to other, better-known neighborhoods with easy Metro access — but found that they didn’t suit their budgets.
The streetcar line was shut down in the 1950s, and Eckington suffered the sort of decline that afflicted many urban neighborhoods in the ensuing decades.
But the whole neighborhood has transformed in the past five years, said Chip Lewis, an agent with Matthew Spicer Real Estate who has worked in the D.C. real estate business for more than 35 years. He sees interest in Eckington from a mix of young professionals, government workers, artists and young families who want to live in the city and avoid commuting an hour.
Conversations in Eckington turn as often to plumbing as politics, though, as new residents often find themselves orchestrating major upgrades of older plumbing and electrical systems while trying to hang on to attractive details such as the wood trim. Many residents take on the projects themselves, a common point of conversation among old-timers and newcomers alike.
I would like to thank the author, Mary Ellen Slayter, for selecting our neighborhood for such an article and for her efforts to build an accurate, short narrative of our home.