330 Apartments for rent in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC

Columbia Heights is where you go when diversity is more than just a buzzword. You’ll see diversity in action here, since the neighborhood welcomes all ages, races, and income... Read Guide >
1301 U Street Nw
1301 U Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 24 at 08:34am
1 Bedroom
$2,990
2108 10th Street Nw
2108 10th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 24 at 08:34am
2 Bedrooms
$3,990
1841 Monroe Street Northwest - 1
1841 Monroe Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 07:26am
3 Bedrooms
$4,700
1740 18TH STREET NW
1740 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,900
1921 9 1/2 STREET NW
1921 9 1/2 Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
2 Bedrooms
$3,195
1210 NW R STREET NW
1210 R St NW
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:43am
2 Bedrooms
$4,995
1754 Lanier Place NW - 101
1754 Lanier Place Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 07:26am
1 Bedroom
$1,795
525 T STREET NW
525 T Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
1601 18TH ST NW #608
1601 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
Studio
$1,650
407 FLORIDA AVENUE NW
407 Florida Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:43am
1 Bedroom
$1,949
216 FLORIDA AVENUE NW
216 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
1 Bedroom
$1,850
1439 R ST NW
1439 R Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
Studio
$4,000
3909 GEORGIA AVE NW #200
3909 Georgia Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
Studio
$2,200
322 WEBSTER STREET NW
322 Webster Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:43am
4 Bedrooms
$3,895
405 P STREET NW
405 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
1 Bedroom
$2,550
1200 14th Street
1200 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 24 at 08:34am
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,290
2 Bedrooms
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2151 FLORIDA AVENUE NW
2151 Florida Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
3 Bedrooms
$6,000
1619 R STREET NW
1619 R Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:43am
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,000
2126 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW
2126 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
4 Bedrooms
$9,500
1816 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVENUE NW
1816 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
Studio
$1,700
1841 Columbia Rd NW
1841 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 24 at 08:34am
2 Bedrooms
$5,520
14 RHODE ISLAND AVENUE NW
14 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 05:42am
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
2611 Adams Mill Rd NW
2611 Adams Mill Road Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 24 at 08:34am
1 Bedroom
$3,960
2 Bedrooms
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2517 Mozart Pl, NW - A1
2517 Mozart Place Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated May 25 at 07:26am
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,650
City GuideColumbia Heights
Columbia Heights is where you go when diversity is more than just a buzzword. You’ll see diversity in action here, since the neighborhood welcomes all ages, races, and income levels. But for all their differences, the residents here share similar appreciation for walkable neighborhoods, patio bars and a neighborhood that’s just edgy enough to be cool.

Transportation

  • Metro (trains and buses)
  • Biking
  • Walkable
  • Driving

Demographics

  • Diverse
  • Age range: 25-34

Close to:

  • Howard University
  • National Mall
  • National Zoo

Contains:

  • Columbia Heights Metro Station
  • DC USA
  • Banneker Community Center
  • Capital Bikeshare
  • Tivoli Theatre
  • Mexican Cultural Institute

Columbia Heights in three words: Dynamic, Relaxed, Artsy

On the northwest side of DC lies Columbia Heights, a neighborhood that has been undergoing a steady transition from an overlooked enclave to one of the hippest places to be. Cultural centers pay homage to the neighborhood’s history, while new development makes the area attractive to artists, young professionals and business owners alike. This is where you’ll find the hidden heartbeat of the city.

Culture and retail, side by side: this is the neighborhood in a nutshell. A key part of the revitalization efforts for this neighborhood included the creation of DC USA, a three-level, 890,000-square-foot shopping complex. Because DC USA has the only Target store in the entire city of Washington, D.C., the neighborhood attracts a lot of visitors from elsewhere in the city.

A lot of people who actually live in Columbia Heights don’t bother getting a car of their own because they just don’t need it. Most of the area is walkable and the metro station at 14th and Irving Sts. NW gives you access to get anywhere else in the city by train or bus. You’ll see a lot of people walking or biking in this busy neighborhood.

Columbia Heights is the perfect mix of urban and residential. Live in one of the multi-colored row houses and you’ll feel like the shopping areas are miles away, even though they’re within a short walk. Even the stores don’t look like the typical big-box strip mall blocks that you’d find in a sprawling suburb. You can walk to a yoga class at BloomBars or chow down on authentic Mexican tacos and tortas at Taqueria Distrito Federal.

The area’s most popular streets are Park Road and 11th Street, where new businesses are cropping up all the time. Meridian Pint is a great place for a modern twist on the classic burger and a beer. The Blue Parka is a non-profit, volunteer-run venue that hosts occasional shows by great blues artists.

When you feel like an upscale night at a wine bar, Room 11 has you covered. But if drinking a micro-brew among the young and tattooed is more your style, you’ll feel right at home at Wonderland Ballroom. The Looking Glass Lounge is the kind of old-school neighborhood bar where you can chill after work without having to impress anyone.

Columbia Heights has seen its fortunes rise and fall and rise again over the past 100 years. It was home to some of Washington’s wealthiest and most powerful people in the early 1900s. By mid-century, Columbia Heights was the stomping ground for notables like Duke Ellington (who bought his first home here) and Marvin Gaye, an alumni of Cardozo High School. It was one of the most welcoming neighborhoods for successful African Americans, since it was just next door to Howard University.

When you say “Columbia Heights” to someone today, a few people still remember the area’s negative rep from decades ago. The neighborhood had some rough years during the civil rights era and some people got scared away. Once people saw its potential again, developers hit the ground running to bring it back to life. You won’t be the first to discover the many treasures to be found here, from the Mexican Cultural Institute to vegan goodies at Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats.

You can still see signs of the neighborhood’s glamorous past when you look closely. The Tivoli Theatre was originally built for a cost over $1 million, which was an astronomical sum in 1924. With ornate Italian Renaissance architecture, it was one of the city’s most elegant movie theaters until it closed in the 1970s. But like the rest of the neighborhood itself, the Tivoli has made a comeback. Today it’s home to the GALA (Grupo de Artistas LatinAmericanos) Hispanic Theatre, a group celebrates Hispanic heritage through the arts. The Tivoli building is also home to a few retail and restaurant storefronts.

Quickly growing into a destination neighborhood while still being up-and-coming enough to be affordable, Columbia Heights welcomes those whose budgets are suited to sharing a basement apartment with a roommate as well as those who want a million-dollar condo on 15th Street. You’ll brush shoulders with your neighbors at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market on Saturday mornings as you sample wares from local artisans and food trucks. There’s a sense that everybody belongs.

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