Columbia Heights is located in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. Prior to its development, Columbia Heights was mostly farmland.
Columbia Heights was the original home to Columbian College, which is better known today as George Washington University. The community experienced suburban growth after the Civil War, when horse-drawn streetcars began ferrying residents to and from downtown D.C. During the early 1900s, Columbia Heights featured expansive urban estates and rows of stately town homes.
Quality of Life:
Columbia Heights is one of the most architecturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. The architectural legacy is carried on by historic row houses mixed with high-rise condominiums and apartments. New commercial developments and the arrival of a metro rail station have reinvigorated the community and added to its charm.
Residents are walking distance from Meridian Hill Park and the newly established Columbia Heights Heritage Trail, a walking tour that guides visitors past historic sites in the neighborhood. D.C. USA is the most recent addition to Columbia Heights, with a Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond and several new restaurants along the main stretch.
Columbia Heights is easily accessible via public transportation. The Green and Yellow lines can be picked up at the Columbia Heights Metro at the corner of 14th and Irving Streets. Metrobus service, including the $1 Circulator Line, is also available. Main arteries are 14th Street and Columbia Road N.W.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 10 miles
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 30 miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 35 miles