And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until midnight on Thursday, December 31. Let the final battle begin!
What better way to end the year than by crowning a Washington, D.C. neighborhood with the Curbed Cup? With this (fake) trophy, one neighborhood will have bragging rights as being the best of that year. What makes a neighborhood "better" than another? That's for Curbed's readers to find out. The final round of this competition will end once the New Year begins, so be sure to cast your vote as soon as possible. For now, it's up to you to decide which neighborhood should rule them all: Brookland or Petworth?
Below, you will be able to see the original blurbs written about each neighborhood:
The Northeast neighborhood, Brookland, has a few quirks that really help it stand out from other neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. For one, the neighborhood is home to the District's first shipping container homes. Another big draw to the area is the the $200 million Monroe Street Market project that opened its doors this past October. The mixed-use development features 720 residences, 83,000-square-feet of street-level retail, and 20,000-square-feet of amenity space spread out over three total buildings. With this development, a new community for artists was created with studios and a community arts center. One final detail worth noting is that the median price of listings has skyrocketed in the neighborhood since 2003. This past October, the neighborhood sold its first $1 million single-family home.
Petworth is known for its diverse population, hip hangout spots, and primarily residential setting. It is noted by DataLensDC as one of the most home flipped neighborhoods in the city. National real estate brokerage Redfin listed the neighborhood as one of the most competitive neighborhoods for homebuyers in 2014. When the list was published in December 2014, Redfin reported that the median sale price in the neighborhood was $571,500, and since then the median sale price has dropped to $518,000, according to data calculated in the last 90 days. One Curbed reader who nominated Petworth for the Curbed Cup, said, "This past year has seen dynamic, community-focused business growth along the Upshur Street Corridor and Georgia Avenue ... Petworth has become a destination even for President Obama, who patronized Upshur Street Books this year on Small Business Saturday." For suggestions on where to eat in the neighborhood, be sure to consult Curbed's sister site, Eater DC.
The below poll will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 31.