John Eric + Trevor Moore DC Metro Relocation Guide

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I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. — MA









SOCIAL CALENDAR FOOD & DRINK For gastronomes who revel in food experiences, it’s time to reserve a table in the nation’s capital. The annual Washington, DC Michelin Guide is brimming with starred restaurants, affordable hot spots and essential eating insights covering nearly 130 restaurants in the metro area. And many of them participate in Washington Restaurant Week! But Washington is also home to numerous casual yet delicious dining options. Ben’s Chili Bowl is an iconic fixture on the Washington scene as is Georgetown Cupcake. Small restaurants, hole-in-the-wall eateries and even food trucks deliciously dot the city’s landscape. Grocery shopping is also a breeze in the Washington area. From ethnic food stores, such as Great Wall to

smaller organic shops such as Yes! Organic Market and the larger MOM’s Organic Market to traditional staples like Safeway, Giant and Whole Foods – the ingredients you need are always nearby.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES Washington is home to some of the best museums in the world. Many of them are found within the Smithsonian cluster of museums on the National Mall. The Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery host tons of exhibitions, special events and lectures that draw every age group. And, it’s all free, there is no admission cost. The Washington area is also home to a great number of small private galleries, such as Gallery Plan B, in addition to a host of small museums with amazing collections such as The Phillips Collection and The Kreeger Museum. MUSIC VENUES & THEATERS DC is the birthplace of some of America’s greatest musicians from Duke Ellington and Shirley Horn to Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The DC metro area is loaded with local theaters, such as Source, and venerable theaters like The Kennedy Center. The Fringe Festival, held every summer, is a local favorite, as is the Shakespeare Company which performs an annual Free-For-All each August. But, it isn’t just theater that draws residents throughout the area, musical choices are abundant too. Top 40 pop artists entertain at The Anthem, the 9:30 Club, Wolf Trap and Capital One Arena. The National Symphony Orchestra inspires with classical music at the Kennedy Center while smoky jazz singers perform at clubs throughout the city. SPORTS For those more sports minded, the Washington area is home to five professional sports teams. It’s impossible to ever be bored. The Nationals (baseball), the Washington Commanders (football), the Capitals (hockey), the Wizards and Mystics (men and women’s basketball), DC United and DC Spirit (men and women’s soccer) and DC Defenders (XFL) all have legions of Washingtonians supporting their teams.

KID’S FUN The Washington region is one of the most kid-friendly regions that can be found. With a plethora of activities and family things to do like museums, national parks and amazing restaurants, this city offers endless possibilities for the whole family. For a day outside, little ones are entertained for hours at Clemyjontri Park in Mclean, Virginia. The park hosts monkey bars and colorful landscapes, slides and carousels. For a day of learning, take the kids to the National Zoo. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute located at the zoo teaches about the global effort of scientists in preserving endangered species and how they revive extinct ones. For a nice walk or bike ride, kids may enjoy the Mount Vernon Trail where they can take in the sights including several historical landmarks. Whether spending a rainy day at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, or a sunny day watching boaters on the Potomac while grabbing lunch at the harbor – there is always something for the kids to do in the District and its environs.

DOG PARKS Washingtonians, Virginians and Marylanders love their dogs. The region has tons of dog parks conveniently located throughout the area. These areas are fenced in with enough space for friendly dogs to run free without leashes. From Montrose Park in Georgetown to Shaw Dog Park near Logan Circle, and Glencarlyn Park in Arlington to Willard Avenue Park in Bethesda – the region is covered in places to take fur babies. While most are publicly managed dog parks, Bark Social in Bethesda is a restaurant and bar that offers both the pup and owner an experience. The park is private and monitored with comfortable seating for owners, and also features a “Yappy Hour” from late afternoon into the night where members enjoy local craft brews. The park also includes a coffee shop too for those early morning walks. PARKS AND TRAILS The Washington Metro region is one of the most beautiful areas of the United States. From its conception, Pierre L’Enfant (architect of the District of Columbia) envisioned a European-styled capital complete with parks and wide-open spaces. L’Enfant’s vision is daily evidenced through the myriad parks – both large and small – and greenery that Washington is known for. Nearly every neighborhood in the metro area has a park within its boundaries or close by. The District itself is home to thirty national parks. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) oversees 32 regional parks that have hiking trails, golf courses, waterparks, and even event venues. Montgomery County, Maryland is home to a whopping 421 parks spread throughout the county. These parks can feature anything from hiking trails to tennis courts. Rock Creek Park, the region’s largest park stretching from the District into Montgomery County, Maryland is made up of approximately 1,800 acres and includes the beautiful 75-acre Lake Needwood and the picturesque 55-acre Lake Frank. The park offers 13 miles of trails through woodlands and along the lake shores. Visitors can find their perfect picnicking spot, fish or boat.

HORSE & WINE COUNTRY Virginia’s Horse Country is the true essence of luxury, boasting everything needed for an elegant countryside retreat. Steeple chasing in Virginia has been a way of life since early colonial times. The world-renowned Virginia Gold Cup has been a fixture on the Washington social scene since 1922. In 2016, Great Meadow (the site of the Cup) doubled the size of its property, completed a World class arena, and hosted the first FEI Evening Nations Cup™ ever held in North America. Middleburg, Virginia is the region’s horse and hunt country capital. It’s home to the 5-Star Salamander Resort & Spa which epitomizes Virginia’s hunt country elegance. Amenities here include a cooking studio, full-service equestrian center, a spa, zip lines and more. Middleburg’s historic downtown is lined with chic boutiques, elegant home goods stores, and superb cafés and restaurants. Over the past several years, Virginia winemakers have produced award-winning, highly drinkable

wines on stunning estates that nearly rival California and Europe. And, as viticulture has continued to evolve, breakthroughs have brought highly competitive varietals. Nearly 100 wineries are concentrated in Northern Virginia, many in Loudoun County. The soil, climate, air and drainage make it ideal. Top wineries include RdV Vineyards, Boxwood Estate Vineyards and Greenhill Winery. Virginia is also now home to 206 licensed breweries, which contribute $9.34 billion annually to the state’s economy. Also located in Washington, Virginia is one of the Washington metro area’s treasures, The Inn at Little Washington. This Relais & Chateaux property features 24 lavishly appointed bedrooms and a three-star Michelinrated restaurant. Helmed by James Beard-winning chef Patrick O’Connell, the restaurant has been rated the number 1 inn in North America and number 2 in the world in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards.

SHOPPING The Washington, DC region is a shopper’s paradise. Located in downtown DC is the hub of all things happening in the district — CityCenterDC. This destination is made up of more than 40 retailers and restaurants—plus prime office space and luxe residences. This retail epicenter takes up several city blocks and features shops like Paul Stuart, Jo Malone London, Gucci, Hermès and Burberry to name just a few. Tyson’s Corner, Virginia is home to one of the largest shopping complexes in the country. Bally, Cartier, Chanel, Kate Spade, and Louis Vuitton are all found in one easily accessed center. Also within the complex are shops such as Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Macy*s and Nordstrom. And we can’t forget suburban Maryland. Montgomery Mall in Bethesda offers Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Tumi, Apple and many more sopping opportunities. But it is not just the centers that bring in the shoppers. The entire Washington region is filled with independent shops and boutiques that offer amazing and unique products.

DC, MD, VA WATER SPORTS On the East Coast circuit, yachts typically summer in New York, Newport, R.I. and New England, wintering in the warmer waters of Florida or the Caribbean. However, Annapolis has long been a well-known, but less talked about mainstay of yachting and boating on the east coast in summer. The Washington region is also home to a burgeoning and expanding number of marinas from the SW Wharf Marina in DC to Columbia Island Marina in Arlington to so many others. Kayaking and canoeing take on a life of their own as evidenced by their numbers on both the Potomac and Anacostia. Life on the water is a growing and ever expanding part of the DC region with the stunning and scenic Chesapeake Bay as its playground.


SOCIAL CALENDAR The D.C. social calendar is full of amazing events which take place all year long. At these must-attend galas and festivals, Washington society celebrates the spirit of community, while enjoying wonderful events.

THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL This festival is globally renowned. Multiple events are held throughout Washington, D.C. to commemorate the March 27, 1912, gifting of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city.



Members of Washington society are annually seen at these events:

WASHINGTON WINTER SHOW PREVIEW NIGHT The Washington Antiques Show was founded in 1955. This annual event, devoted to antiques and fine arts, raises funds for local charities that serve the needs of at-risk children and families.

RUSSIAN BALL This invitation-only ball has been an annual tradition since 1971. Founded by socialite Maria Fisher, who enjoyed holding “heritage” events, this ball was organized to celebrate the city’s Russian émigré community.

KENNEDY CENTER HONORS This event is one of the most prestigious on the Washington calendar. Annual honors are given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture.

D.C. FASHION WEEK This weeklong extravaganza of parties, runway shows, and trunk shows at citywide venues culminates in an international couture fashion show at the French Embassy.

APR MAY JUN THE CHILDREN’S BALL This ball is one of Washington’s must-attend galas. The annual fundraiser supports National Children’s Hospital in their mission of connecting care, community, and discovery to help every child grow up stronger and healthier. LOUDOUN HUNT POINT-TO-POINT For over 50 years the Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point has been run to engage the best equine athletes in Virginia and beyond. Patronage of the Point-to-Point supports the tradition and longterm sustainability of both hunt clubs – Loudoun and LoudounFairfax – along with the long and venerable countryside traditions of historic Loudoun County.

WHITE HAT GALA The White Hat Gala is a special event organized by Washington’s cybersecurity community. It is a signature biennial fundraising event to support Children’s National Hospital. THE VIRGINIA GOLD CUP Since 1922, the Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase race is a celebration of hunt country tradition and one of the largest outdoor social events held in Fauquier County, Virginia.

THE WASHINGTON BALLET GALA This gala illuminates the wealth of talent found in The Washington Ballet’s Company and School, and sparks enthusiasm for bringing artistic excellence to our city.

OCEAN AWARDS GALA The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation recognizes excellence in marine and Great Lakes conservation at its annual Ocean Awards Gala.



A CAPITOL FOURTH A Capitol Fourth is not just Washington’s but the country’s annual Independence Day concert. The special is presented from the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building.

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, launched in 1967, is an international exhibition of living cultural heritage presented annually in the summer in Washington, D.C. THE CITI OPEN The Washington Open is an annual hard court tennis tournament played at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.

DC JAZZ FEST The DC Jazz Festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed and emerging artists and provides exposure to the treasure trove of musicians from the Washington, DC area.

D.C. SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL One of the largest collections of short films in the United States, the festival provides opportunities for filmmakers of every skill level to explore and learn their craft. Showcasing more than 150 short films, a filmmaker awards show, live filmmaker workshops, and pre-recorded filmmaker talkbacks, it is an annual must-see event.

STARRY NIGHT GALA This annual event, held at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, supports Hillwood’s mission to share the cultural treasure that Marjorie Post left for the public’s enjoyment.

OCT UNITED STATES SAILBOAT SHOW Sailors from around the globe gather on miles of docks in beautiful downtown historic Annapolis to celebrate the United States Sailboat Show. ROCK CREEK CONSERVANCY GALA Rock Creek Conservancy works to restore Rock Creek as a natural oasis for all to appreciate and protect. Funds raised through the gala advance the Conservancy’s mission to restore this unique urban wilderness. Photo credit to Josh Davidson

WASHINGTON BALLET NUTCRACKER Celebrate the season with this timeless production of Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker. This production is set in historic 1882 Georgetown with George Washington, King George III, and other historical figures. Set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score, this celebrated classic comes to life with intricate, stunning set designs, original period costumes, and over 100 dancers including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet. It has become the signature Nutcracker of the nation’s capital.



MARCH OF DIMES’ SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION Signature Chefs Auction of DC features more than 30 of the city’s top chefs and bartenders for an evening of culinary tastings. The event supports the March of Dimes

S.O.M.E. (SO OTHERS MIGHT EAT) GALA SOME holds their annual gala to celebrate their work and to present select humanitarian awards to those who have achieved in the community. Proceeds benefit SOME programs such as the Building Hope Capital Campaign.





ESSENTIALS EDUCATION Residents throughout the Washington, DC region are educated. In fact, the Washington area is one of the most highly educated metropolitan areas in the world. The area is home to some of the best private, public, magnet and charter schools in the United States. Here is Sidwell Friends School – the academic institution that teaches and trains the children of presidents and senators. Georgetown Day School, National Cathedral School, Holton-Arms and St. Albans round out the top five private academic institutions. In addition, there is a wide range of top magnet and charter schools found throughout the area. Here also are some of the best public-school systems in the country. Arlington County, Loudoun

Also important to the lifeblood of the area are the numerous renowned universities. The George Washington University, Georgetown University, American University, Howard University, Gallaudet University and The Catholic University of America are all located within the confines of the District. Johns Hopkins University has a satellite campus also located in Washington. George Mason University (Northern Virginia) and the University of Maryland (College Park) are two additional well-rated universities in the region. Amazon’s move into Arlington is bringing largescale investment from academic institutions too. Virginia Tech has announced that it is in planning to open a new $1 billion campus at the new HQ2. The 1-million-square-foot Virginia Tech Innovation Campus will be situated at National Landing which

County, and Montgomery County school districts always take home top marks in academic excellence. Niche, the popular school ranking website, repeatedly lists Arlington Public Schools as the number one school system in the state of Virginia (out of 132 different school districts, 2020,) while US News and World Report consistently ranks 10 of the Washington, DC region’s high schools in their annual “Top 150 High Schools” in the country.

includes Crystal City and parts of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard across the Arlington border in Alexandria. Education and educational opportunities are important to those who reside in the Washington area. And there is no shortage of opportunities for those who live here.


TRANSPORTATION The Washington area is home to some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the United States. Not only that, it’s the top walkable urban area in the country. The walk score of many areas in Washington, DC is an impressive 98. The region’s Metro subway services millions of locals and tourists and extends beyond the Beltway. Another convenient mode of transportation found throughout the area is The Capital Bike Share program. It offers 4,500 bikes at over 500 stations located conveniently throughout Washington, Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. HEALTHCARE The Washington metropolitan area is home to some of the finest medical centers and hospitals in the United States. The George Washington University Hospital, Sibley Hospital, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Children’s Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center are all located here. In addition, many of the best doctors can be found in private practices throughout the area or operating out of the National Institute of Health.




We Washingtonians refer to our city in many ways: The more formal, The District of Columbia or Washington, DC, to be precise; Or the more causal DC or The District. To be a true Washingtonian, you need to know the lay of the land, literally, from NW to NE to SW to SE. DC’s neighborhoods are dynamic and vibrant, with each offering something unique and compelling depending on what one seeks and the lifestyle one wants to live. From sleek city condos in the Navy Yard, to stately homes in Spring Valley and Forest Hills, to classic federal style rowhomes of Capitol Hill, to the estates lining the cobblestone streets of Georgetown, and to the vibrant, traditional row homes of Petworth, Washington’s neighborhoods have something for everyone.

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Those less familiar with the District believe the most exclusive neighborhood in Washington is Georgetown. However, it is actually Kalorama that rightfully claims ownership of this distinction. While the community is not gated or otherwise secured, residents who live here are the wealthiest, most private, and most elite of the city. Most denizens find their names annually printed in Washington’s “Green Book,” the social register of D.C. Kalorama is actually divided into two separate communities. Kalorama Triangle, which is more urban and Sheridan-Kalorama, which is more residential. However, both areas sprung from the same source – the original estate from which the dual communities received part of their names.

Kalorama is one of the most pleasant and charming neighborhoods of Washington. It is stuffed with mansions, embassies, chanceries, schools and other private residences. A neighborhood landmark is its version of the Spanish Steps. Although Kalorama is primarily residential, it does not lack in convenience and variety. Restaurants cater to different tastes and styles. Bistros, boutiques and bars line the part of Connecticut Avenue contained in Kalorama. And a quick walk down Connecticut Avenue yields all of the treats and varieties of Dupont Circle eateries. Adams Morgan is adjacent to Kalorama and offers a plethora of dining choices. Both Woodley Park and Dupont Circle metro stations service the Kalorama neighborhood which means ease in traveling about town.


Washingtonians, for the last 200 years, have always referred to the urban waterfront area, from southeast Washington to south of Capitol Hill and north of the Anacostia River, as anything other than The Navy Yard. The area was given a new name of “Capitol Riverfront” by the neighborhood Business Improvement District, but most businesses refer to the area with the branded name of Capitol Waterfront. No matter what it’s called, one thing is sure, it’s one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods. Forbes ranked it as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world and Money as one of the coolest neighborhoods in America. The area is home to the Nationals Park baseball stadium, Audi Field, restaurants, sports bars, beer gardens and wineries. You never need to cook again. Looking for a spectacular place to live and work? The Capitol Waterfront neighborhood has

two amazing large parks – Canal Park and Yards Park – as well as six other public parks. This area provides the best of both worlds having both a residential and an urban feel to it. So, looking to run, play tennis, do yoga in the park, walk the pups? You have the space to do it. With a full array of activities, including free outdoor movies, festivals and a Farmer’s Market offering fresh produce, The Capitol Riverfront is home to about 33,000 people and offers a wide selection of housing options and price points. You can get anywhere from this neighborhood with the Navy Yard- Ballpark Metro Station being right there and the Capitol South Station less than a half a mile away and Interstate 395 just a few minutes’ drive. There are buses available, as well. Not to mention, it’s also a walker’s paradise.


A spectacular renaissance is underway in DC’s smallest quadrant, home to the SW Waterfront and The Wharf, a new 24-acre development of high-end retail, restaurants, office space and condos on the channel. The glamorous new Wharf development has completed Phase I—a mile-long stretch of mixed-use apartment and condo buildings and hotels; Phase II will bring 1.2 million more square feet of mixed-used space designed by 11 renowned architects. Residents and tourists can expect to see new construction into the foreseeable future in what The Washington Post called one of the biggest developments on the East Coast. Part of the Wharf’s development included revitalizing the Maine Avenue Fish Market, the nation’s oldest continuously

operating open-air seafood market that was built in 1805. New residents and tourists who flock to the waterfront might also discover the vibrant Blind Whino arts center, housed in a whimsically painted 19th-century Baptist church, or find refuge at Saint Dominic Church, a beautiful example of gothic architecture built in 1875. Residents are steps away from all the action: a revitalized Arena Stage with its award-winning theater programs; three live music venues, including the 6,000-seat The Anthem Theater; an 18-hole golf course; and all manner of water sports and leisure cruises. On top of that, the city’s hottest restaurants are opening locations there, ensuring abundant fine dining with breathtaking city views across the water.

Though the new luxury apartments and condos on the waterfront command top dollar, developers have included plenty of affordable condos and townhomes in the mix. Gangplank Marina, a longtime waterfront fixture, is known for its friendly and quirky houseboat community. The neighborhood offers an eclectic collection of architecture, from 18th-century Federal to Mid-Century Modern, and everything in between. Four buildings were designed by I.M. Pei, the architect of the stunning prism outside of The Louvre. Check out innovative and offbeat events at the one-of-a-kind Culture House DC, a brightly colored former Baptist church. Catch a $5 jazz and blues concert on Friday nights at Westminster Presbyterian Church, or chill with the hipsters at the Capitol Skyline Hotel’s outdoor pool. Pay tribute at the Titanic Memorial, an inspiration for the Academy Award winning movie. With plenty of hotels, including the luxurious Mandarin Oriental and spacious Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall, Southwest & The Wharf is within walking distance to renowned sites including the International Spy Museum, the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden and the U.S. Capitol. Southwest & The Wharf offers a strategic home base for enjoying sublime views of the Potomac River and gaining easy access to the National Mall. While this close-knit community experiences a renaissance and redevelopment, visitors are welcome to sample an authentic DC lifestyle and culture.


The H Street Corridor was built in 1849, providing a home for the workforce that was building much of the city infrastructure we know today, including Union Station. It soon became a thriving commercial district when streetcars were introduced in the 1870s. Thanks to a resurgence of investment in the early 2000s, the neighborhood’s evolution continues today as developers push new retail and condominiums further eastward. The “Hopscotch Bridge” over the tracks of Union Station takes you away from the formality of Capitol Hill to a 1.5-mile stretch of colorfully diverse street life, where carefully restored row houses mingle with new luxury apartment buildings. The heart of H Street Corridor is brimming with restaurants, coffee shops, bars and cultural attractions, such as the newly revived The Atlas Center for Performing Arts,

which was originally built in 1939 as a 1,000-seat movie theater. Named a Great American Main Street by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the corridor’s independently owned shops and galleries are quickly being joined by large mixed-use development and refreshing retail. Streetcar service returned to H Street in 2016, starting at Union Station and running the length of the corridor before turning down onto Benning Road toward the riverfront. It’s a true full circle from its earlier life when streetcars heralded H Street’s original boom. As the corridor has evolved into a sought-after destination for shopping and nightlife, real estate prices have kept apace. Townhouses are the go-to first for buyers in this area. When they can be found, penthouse units in new condo buildings reach well over $1 million.


Location in Georgetown is largely defined by whether you live east of Wisconsin Avenue in the so-called East Village, or west of Wisconsin Avenue in the West Village. The cobblestone and streetcar rail-lined streets of the West Village are sometimes the deciding factor when a buyer can’t decide between the two sections of the neighborhood. Both areas are primarily dominated by Federal row houses, and narrow ones at that. Many of these homes are more than 200 years old and have been well maintained or restored. They vary in size and style ranging from turreted Victorians to low, boxy Colonials with a few condo developments scattered around the neighborhood. Near the Potomac River is 3303 Water Street, a modern building that was developed in 2004.

Top-notch restaurants are far too many in number to count as are the vast number of shops and boutiques that envelope the area. Nearly everything can be found in Georgetown. Home furnishings, clothing, shoes, stationery, antique, bath and body products stores (both national and local) line the streets in a parade of commercial delights. Drugstores, markets, cafes, shoe repair shops, optometrists, hair salons and doctors’ offices crowd the sidewalk spaces. Restaurants, bars, pubs and fastfood outlets swell with their numerous patrons. Georgetown is one of Washington’s favorite neighborhoods and this fact is visibly noticed every day of the week by the sheer number who gather here.


Ask folks what the neighborhood of Foggy Bottom conjures in their minds, they might say culture, as it is the home of the behemoth Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Or, possibly, governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations such as The United States Department of State, the World Health Organization or the World Bank. Another sure bet would be excellence in education as the home of The George Washington University. The Watergate may also be mentioned for both those who like intrigue and scandal. And high-end real estate might make the list. Some of the highest price points are found in Foggy Bottom. The neighborhood offers convenience to its residents. The Foggy Bottom/GWU metro stop and the Circulator bus provide residents with easy transportation choices. A Whole Foods on GWU’s campus (the only Whole Foods on a university campus in the United States) is always jam packed

with students and staff from local government agencies, InterMonetary Fund and World Bank, among others. The easy access to Georgetown, Dupont Circle and downtown make the neighborhood attractive, as does its proximity to the National Mall. Just north of Foggy Bottom is another dynamic neighborhood of the District. The West End, with its very specific boundaries received its name from Pierre L’Enfant himself. It is the westernmost part of his original plan for the city of Washington, before the annexation of Georgetown. This neighborhood has seen a blitz of redevelopment over the past few decades and is now one of the most trendy (and expensive) neighborhoods to live in. The Ritz-Carlton moved into the neighborhood to join the Westin and Park Hyatt, which for decades had hosted visiting diplomats and celebrities. The redevelopment of The West End has been significant.







Arlington truly does have it all. Arlington is America’s smallest self-governing municipality and one of America’s wealthiest, most educated and fit. It’s often called America’s Only Boutique County. Whether calling North Arlington or South Arlington home, beautiful trees line walkable neighborhoods incorporating an urban village concept that truly provides the best in urban suburban living. Gorgeous neighborhoods like Lyon Park, Lyon Village, Country Club Hills and Arlington Ridge with a wide range of single-family homes in numerous styles populate the county. Luxury townhomes are found in Courthouse, Clarendon and Shirlington with Rosslyn and Crystal City/National Landing offering condominium buildings with stunning views of the

river and the monuments. Regardless of the neighborhood or the type of home, Arlington offers something for everyone. Arlington is home to some of America’s largest companies from Amazon HQ2 to Nestlé to E-Trade and offers some of DC’s best high-end shopping, restaurants and activities. It has highly rated schools, convenient public transportation with easy access to the airports and DC. Arlington is friendly, welcoming and provides a true sense of community.


McLean is one of the DC region’s most sought-after communities, located just minutes from Washington, D.C. and Arlington. Home prices in McLean’s neighborhoods are not only among the most expensive in Virginia, but consistently rank among the most expensive in America. The community is home to many diplomats, business people, members of Congress and high-ranking government officials, partially due to its proximity to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency. It is also a town of artists. McLean has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helped shape McLean’s character.

McLean is known for its luxury homes. It is also known for its nearby high-end shopping destinations: the Tysons Corner Center and the Tysons Galleria. Tyson’s has become an urban hub of industry and revitalization and is home to Hilton Hotel Corporation, Capital One and Gannett. Capital One recently opened its Capital One Concert Hall. Most importantly, McLean is also known for its sense of community. Throughout the year, families participate in local events and cheer their teams during the many Little League games and soccer matches. It’s a great place for families with children to consider.


Loudoun County, identified as the richest county in the U.S., offers more than luxury homes. In fact, the county has a surprising diversity of housing types and amenities that range from town centers to wineries, as well as multiple public and private golf courses. Plentiful hiking, fishing, and other outdoor sports find venues in the many rural areas and parkland. Once an agricultural landscape with three hundred dairy farms anchored by the historic town of Leesburg, Loudoun County has been transformed into a hub for high tech companies, federal agencies, government contractors and transportation companies. Employment growth is anticipated to continue with the extension of the Silver Line Metro into Loudoun County linking the area directly to downtown Washington, D.C. The first sight of unrestrained greenery upon heading west into Virginia from Washington, D.C., is the town of Great Falls,

a leafy refuge for the power players that brave the Beltway every morning. Here, twisting country lanes converge on a town center with a green, a local coffee shop and store owners who call their customers by name. These trees, pastures and open space are pricey. Median real estate prices put Great Falls into the top 10 percent of Virginia neighborhoods. It is thought of as the area’s version of Beverly Hills with the exception that in this community, it is all about discretion. Despite its roster of boldface names, people make an active effort to create a close-knit community, tied together by history and traditions……and peace and quiet. Families gravitate here for the outdoor space. For those who own a five acre yard, but it just is not enough, Great Falls Park lies just to the east, with its fifteen miles of trails and overlooks of the Potomac.







Potomac’s reputation for having enormous homes, with accompanying price tags that can go north of $8 million, is not exaggerated. A drive through some of the subdivisions off River Road, the main artery coming from the District, can be jaw-dropping. Many of the houses resemble castles in both architectural design and size, and all sit on large, well-groomed plots of land, off quiet streets that lack sidewalks. Unlike many suburban neighborhoods, Potomac does not include an even mixture of residential and commercial properties. Instead, it is a secluded community where a car is an absolute requirement. The neighborhood’s dining options are varied. There’s Renato, an Italian restaurant that has lots of fans; Hunter’s Inn, which serves American cuisine; Normandie Farm, an

upscale French restaurant; and Bezu, a slightly hipper French place. Aside from those, there are several fast food/take out options. Potomac Village Shopping Center is the largest, most popular place for locals to shop and dine out. The shopping center is designed as an outdoor mall with plenty of trees and quaint brick buildings that residents can stroll. The Potomac neighborhood is also located near Westfield Montgomery Mall, where shoppers can find department and specialty stores.


Bethesda is home to the headquarters of multinational and domestic powerhouses. Lockheed Martin, Coventry Healthcare and Marriott International are all based here. PNC Bank, Capital One, Charles Schwab and Fidelity all have regional offices here. In 2022, Marriott, the world’s largest hotel company, will move its corporate headquarters to downtown Bethesda, bringing with it over 3,000 employees, 22 stories of office space, an additional hotel with more than 200 rooms, and 800 onsite parking spaces. What it’s also bringing: renewed excitement over a wave of development designed to further transform the Maryland neighborhood. Bethesda is home to winding streets lined with grand manors and single-family homes. It is also home to Bethesda Row, a trendy and hip shopping area in the neighborhood. Fine dining and shopping is never an issue in the community. Neither is choice between a plethora of local coffee shops, dry

cleaning firms, stylists, doctors, dentists and CPA firms. And Bethesda is also home to the Congressional Country Club. This course is recognized as one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. It has hosted four major golf championships, including the 2011 United States Open. The community of Chevy Chase, which lies on the Maryland side of the boundary with Washington, D.C. is a neighborhood of enchantments. Some of the region’s top shops, restaurants, cinemas, bars and clubs are found here as is some of the area’s top real estate. It’s lively and fun. It’s hip and high-end. And it’s always active and enticing. Close to the nexus of the original Chevy Chase settlement, on Connecticut Avenue, specialty boutiques and local markets dominate. Rock Creek Park buttresses the neighborhood and provides idyllic settings for picnics, hikes and other outdoor activities.


Living in Annapolis, Maryland, you are enveloped in the city’s rich history. The street plan hasn’t changed much since the city’s inception in 1695 and provides a charming backdrop to sites like the Maryland State House and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. The city features impressive brick mansions – some built for the nation’s founding fathers – and rows of simple woodframe dwellings erected in the same era. Despite its historic feel, Annapolis is very contemporary. It seamlessly blends a bygone era with today’s modernity. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy its city’s parks and trails, while arts and culture lovers enjoy the bustling West Street Arts District, packed with galleries, live music, and restaurants serving up

a variety of flavors. But spending time on the water is most residents’ favorite pastime. Boats of all shapes and sizes are tied up at the City Dock, which is surrounded by colonial-era taverns that have been fully restored and modernized. One unique feature of the city is its architecture. It is home to many different styles. Everything from colonial to arts-andcraft, from easy-living condos to interesting boathouses are found in its distinctive neighborhoods. And Annapolis has many neighborhoods, with some of the most popular being Epping Forest & Sherwood Forest, Eastport, Highland Beach, Gingerville & Cape Saint John, Wardour, and Hillsmere Shores.




DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Residential transactions of less than $400,000.00: Recordation Tax (Buyer) 1.1%1 Transfer Tax (Seller) 1.1%


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND4 County Transfer Tax State Transfer Tax State Recordation Tax Total Transfer and Recordation Effective September 1, 2016, there is an additional recordation tax on any consideration in excess of $500,000.00

VA 1 2 3 4 5 6

Residential transactions of $400,000.00 or more and commercial transactions of less than $2 million2: Recordation Tax (Buyer) 1.45%3 Transfer Tax (Seller) 1.45%

VIRGINIA Deed Tax (Buyer) Grantor Tax (Seller) Trust Tax (Buyer) Congestion Relief Fee (Seller) WMATA Capital Fee (Seller)

1% 0.5%5 0.89%6 2.39% 1.35%

$3.33/$1000 of Sales Price7 $1.00/$1000 of Sales Price $3.33/$1000 of Loan Amount $1.00/$1000 of Sales Price $1.00/$1000 of Sales Price

For qualifying DC First-Time Homebuyers, Recordation Tax is reduced to 0.725% if Buyer meets income limit and sales price cap. For commercial transactions $2 million or greater, Recordation Tax and Transfer Tax are both assessed at 2.5%. For qualifying DC First-Time Homebuyers, Recordation Tax is reduced to 0.725% if Buyer meets income limit and sales price cap. Recordation Tax and Transfer Tax are to be shared equally by Buyer and Seller unless otherwise negotiated. For qualifying MD First-Time Homebuyers, Buyer is exempt from paying 0.25% State Transfer Tax and Seller must pay 0.25%. 1st $100,000.00 of the consideration is exempt for Buyer if owner occupying (must live in property 7 of next 12 months and no exemption for Buyer titling property in a Trust). 7 Tax will be on the higher of the Sales Price or Assessed Value. 8 For qualifying MD First-Time Homebuyers, Buyer is exempt from paying State Transfer Tax and Seller must pay 0.25%. 9 1st $50K exempt if owner occupied, and tax is based on assessed value if higher than sales price. 10 1st $22K is exempt if sales price is less than $250,000 for owner occupied (7 of next 12 months). 11 1st $22K is exempt for owner occupied (7 of next 12 months).











$8.90/$1000 up to $500K and $13.50/$1000 above $500K18

Prince George’s



14 15 16 17 18 19 20



(All rates per $1000. Round up to the nearest $500)




(% of Sales Price)

Anne Arundel




1st $22K is exempt for owner-occupied. 1st $25K is exempt for owner-occupied. 1st $75K is exempt for First-Time Homebuyer and owner-occupied. If First-Time Homebuyer, Transfer Tax is reduced by 0.25% and Seller must pay 0.25%. 1st $30K exempt for owner-occupied. 1st $50K exempt for owner-occupied. 1st $30K exempt for owner-occupied. 1st $100k exempt for owner-occupied (7 of next 12 months) no exemption for Trusts. If First-Time Homebuyer, Transfer Tax is reduced by 0.25% and Seller must pay 0.25%. 1st $30K is exempt for owner-occupied. 1st $50K is exempt for owner-occupied. 1st $50K is exempt for Washington County FTHB, if sales price is less than $115K Transfer Tax reduced to 0.25% paid by Seller. 1st $50K is exempt for owner-occupied.

JOHN ERIC SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR ADVISOR Set foot on a property represented by John Eric and find yourself transported. Driven by a lifelong love affair with architecture, John effortlessly inspires rich, intimate experiences for every home he touches. Unexpected nuance, intricate detail, and seamless intention wait around every corner, drawing visitors straight to the heart of a home’s potential from the first moment. The difference is disarming. The statistics, stunning. John’s passion and refined sense of space have led him to leadership in the industry, and his national success knows no contest. The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Washingtonian, Northern Virginia Magazine, Washington Life, Capitol File and Arlington Magazine have all highlighted John’s finesse in the nation’s most luxurious real estate. After serving as a top producing Vice President at TTR | Sotheby’s International Realty, John took the first steps to drive the Compass team’s expansion into Virginia in 2017. Today, he routinely secures record-setting results as Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor of the DMV’s top real estate group. Clients seek John’s sophisticated acumen, deeply committed service, and Addy-award winning marketing on both the local and national stages. His artistry and insight stand unmatched. Though distinctive properties demand his attention from coast to coast, John found his own home in Arlington. He commits whole-heartedly to both his clients and community, and proudly founded Arlington Realtors Care (ARC) to benefit Path Forward and AFAC. He also supports a wide range of local charities and educational groups, including the Point Foundation, Dress for Success, DC Central Kitchen, The Animal Welfare League of Arlington and the Humane Rescue Alliance. While John works daily to help his clients find their place in the world, his most prized home deal belongs to the dogs – Adele and Jake. When he’s not on a walk with his furry friends, find John on the tennis court or buried in a good book. A true foodie, John never hesitates to share in a delicious meal or incredible trip – especially with Lou, the love of his life for 28 years and counting.


TREVOR MOORE VICE PRESIDENT Real estate is Trevor Moore’s passion: he’s done it all, from brand-new luxury builds to bank-owned properties and even embassy properties. No matter the space, he sees its story. Walk through a door with Trevor, and you’ll find focused intention, inviting texture, and the essential heart that makes every home one-of-a-kind – down to the very last detail. Trevor has lived the American adventure, building an intimate understanding of national market trends, regional real estate, and the particular nuance of countless home styles from coast to coast. This rich experience informs Trevor’s already keen eye to create lasting impressions and lock in striking sales. Trevor is a Swiss Army Knife of tactical real estate savvy with a skillset as diverse as his area codes. His expertise covers world-class real estate industry technology, agent training and development, team management, firm operations, and awardwinning marketing strategy. When he came to the DMV, Trevor joined one of the country’s top brokers: the Leo Pareja team. He eventually grew and led the team, building up the firm’s business and elevating its market share over seven years. In January of 2017, Trevor came to Compass, where he worked to acquire the Pareja group. At Compass, he joined forces with John Eric. The rest? That’s history. Combining 26 years of experience and sales topping half a billion dollars, the John Eric + Trevor Moore team now leads the region with toptier service and unmatched skill. Trevor enjoys every relationship he creates along his real estate journey. He’s had the joy of joining communities in the South, American West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and MidAtlantic, gaining a genuine appreciation of each unique place, its architecture, and its people firsthand. If being outside and moving is an option, Trevor is on board. The current Ironman and former state championship wrestler competes in ultramarathons and triathlons as well as playing ultimate frisbee, and flag football. He takes great joy in sharing nature with his wife and kids on camping trips. As a dad, Trevor’s favorite charities are committed to kiddos: he volunteers with Home Stretch, an organization built to empower homeless families and children on their search for permanent homes, as well as Child Help, an organization committed to victims of child abuse. He also regularly supports the American Red Cross and Feed America.

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