In the past year, the ranking of Washington, D.C.'s most expensive neighborhood to rent in has tossed and turned from Georgetown to Foggy Bottom to now Penn Quarter-Chinatown. All three areas are still neck and neck as can be seen from Zumper's latest findings. Zumper reported that the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Penn Quarter-Chinatown is $2,750, whereas for Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, it's $2,700 and $2,650, respectively.
It's worth noting the elephant in the room, which is that almost all of D.C. east of the Anacostia River is cut out of the map, save for Anacostia. Curbed reached out to Zumper for further data, and they were able to provide the median monthly rents for one-bedroom apartments in the below neighborhoods:
- Barry Farms: $925
- Capitol Hill: $1,950
- Congress Heights: $1,000
- Hillcrest: $990
- Hill East (lumped into Capitol Hill): $1,990
- Shipley Terrace: $1000
- Washington Highlands: $800
Earlier this month, Zumper reported that Washington, D.C.'s median rents rose to $2,7180/month for a one-bedroom, which is 8.5 percent greater than it was the year before. With this, the District currently stands as the sixth most expensive Metro area in the U.S. to rent in.
In February 2015, Zumper named the District the fourth most expensive in the nation. Over the past year, the city didn't fall in ranking because of lower rents. San Jose's and Oakland's rents simply rose at a quicker pace.
• The Cheapest & Most Expensive D.C. Neighborhoods For Renters (March 2016) [Zumper]
• D.C. Rises from Sixth Most Expensive Rental Market to Fifth [Curbed DC]