Capitol Hill Neighborhood DC: Charm, Culture & Cuisine

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As one of Washington D.C.’s most storied and vibrant neighborhoods, the Capitol Hill Neighborhood offers a wealth of history, culture, and entertainment for residents and visitors alike. This historic neighborhood is not only home to the U.S. Congress but also features an array of architectural styles, local markets, iconic landmarks, lush gardens, culinary delights, and community events.

In this blog post about the captivating Capitol Hill Neighborhood, we will delve into its rich architectural heritage that includes Federal-style row houses and Victorian homes, as well as ongoing restoration projects aimed at preserving these timeless treasures. 

We’ll explore Eastern Market – a cultural hub where you can find fresh produce from regional farms or handmade arts by local artists while indulging in international cuisine.

We will also visit some of America’s most renowned landmarks, such as the U.S. Supreme Court Building and Library of Congress, as well as numerous museums exhibiting historical artifacts. Supreme Court Building, Library of Congress, and various museums offer historical exhibits. 

To unwind amidst nature’s beauty within this bustling urban setting, we will visit the U.S Botanic Garden, which hosts educational workshops & seasonal events.

Last but not least on our exploration is Barracks Row – a culinary delight boasting diverse ethnic restaurants for every palate alongside upscale dining experiences waiting to be discovered on this vibrant street. Finally, yet important are community events like outdoor movies during summer months or annual holiday parades showcasing local talent that make living in or visiting Capitol Hill truly memorable.

Historic Architecture and Homes In Capitol Hill Neighborhood

The Capitol Hill neighborhood is famous for its historic architecture, with many homes dating back over 100 years, showcasing a variety of styles, including Federal, Victorian, and Queen Anne, that residents take pride in preserving while enjoying modern amenities.

Federal-style row houses showcase classic design elements inspired by ancient Roman architecture. These symmetrical facades and elegant decorative details are timeless structures that have been meticulously maintained or restored to preserve their original beauty. Architectural Digest

Victorian homes feature ornate details and large porches, providing a glimpse into the past while offering all the comforts of contemporary living. These architectural gems adorned with intricate woodwork, turrets, and wraparound porches are stunning residences that have stood the test of time. Bob Vila

Preserving history through restoration projects is vital to maintaining the historical integrity of Capitol Hill. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) works tirelessly to ensure that new developments align with the existing character of Capitol Hill while supporting homeowners in their preservation endeavors.

  • Federal: Symmetrical facades & elegant decorative details.
  • Victorian: Intricate woodwork & spacious wraparound porches.
  • Preservation: Advocacy & education from organizations like CHRS.

Eastern Market – A Cultural Hub

Located in the heart of the Capitol Hill Neighborhood, the historic Eastern Market has been a bustling center of activity on weekends since 1873.

Get your fresh produce fix from regional farms at the farmers’ market section.

Find unique handmade arts and crafts made by talented local artists.

Satisfy your cravings with international cuisine from food stalls offering tacos, crepes, and Ethiopian dishes.

Eastern Market is a cultural hub for Capitol Hill residents, offering a vibrant and diverse experience.

Exploring Iconic Landmarks in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood

Capitol Hill has some of America’s most important institutions, including the majestic Supreme Court building and the stunning Library of Congress.

Visiting the U.S. Supreme Court Building

Attend public sessions or take a free 30-minute lecture about the history and function of this judicial institution by knowledgeable docents.

Touring inside the Library of Congress

  • Thomas Jefferson Building: Take a self-guided tour using their app or join one-hour guided tours offered throughout weekdays.
  • Rare Book & Special Collections Reading Room: Explore unique treasures like original copies of the Gutenberg Bible and Giant Bible at Mainz in this special reading room.
  • Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation: This state-of-the-art facility preserves audiovisual materials, including films & sound recordings, while offering public screenings & events.

Discovering historical exhibits at various museums

The Capitol Hill Neighborhood is home to numerous other fascinating museums, such as the U.S. Mint Headquarters and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Relax and Recharge at the U.S Botanic Garden

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and find tranquility at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) near Capitol Hill.

Discover Diverse Flora in Themed Gardens

Explore the USBG’s themed gardens showcasing a variety of plant species from around the world, including the lush Regional Garden and the tropical paradise of the Conservatory’s Jungle and Orchid House.

Learn Something New at Educational Workshops and Events

Expand your knowledge of plants and their importance in our ecosystem with the USBG’s educational programs and events, such as gardening workshops and guided tours led by expert horticulturists.

Experience Festive Seasonal Exhibits and Shows

Marvel at the USBG’s unique plant-based displays and model trains during their annual holiday shows, or check out seasonal exhibits like “Season’s Greenings: All Aboard.” featuring iconic landmarks recreated using natural elements.

For an educational and tranquil experience, the U.S. Botanic Garden is a must-stop for any visitor to Washington, D.C.

Barracks Row – A Culinary Delight

Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row on 8th Street SE is a food lover’s paradise, with diverse cuisines ranging from casual to fine dining.

Sample International Flavors at Ethnic Restaurants

Belga Cafe for Belgian fare, Rosa Mexicano for Mexican cuisine, and Matchbox for American classics with a twist.

Indulge in Upscale Dining Experiences

Enjoy delicious homemade pasta dishes paired with exquisite wines at Lavagna Ristorante Italiano.

Discover Hidden Gems Along the Vibrant Street

  • Ted’s Bulletin: A retro diner serving up comfort food classics like fried chicken & waffles and homemade pop tarts.
  • Ambar: Experience the flavors of the Balkans at this modern restaurant, offering small plates perfect for sharing with friends or family.
  • The Brig: Unwind at this laid-back beer garden featuring live music and an extensive selection of brews.

Barracks Row has something for everyone, so take a stroll and discover your new favorite dining spots.

Community Events and Festivals

Capitol Hill inhabitants revel in coming together for a good time, and this area offers up numerous events and festivals to keep everyone engaged throughout the year.

Enjoy Free Outdoor Movies at Canal Park

Canal Park hosts free outdoor movies during the summer, providing the perfect opportunity to relax with friends and family under the stars.

Grab some popcorn from nearby vendors and enjoy a classic film or a new release.

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Festive Parades and Tree Lightings

Capitol Hill knows how to celebrate the holidays in style with annual parades and tree-lighting ceremonies.

Join in the fun with the Holidays on the Hill event series, featuring photos with Santa, live music, and holiday-themed workshops for kids.

Experience the Best of Local Art and Culture

  • Barracks Row Fall Festival: Shop for unique handmade crafts while enjoying live music along Barracks Row (8th Street SE).
  • Ephemeral Arts Festival: See temporary art installations created by talented local artists from around Washington, D.C.
  • Capitol Hill Art Walk: Explore the vibrant arts scene in the neighborhood while supporting small businesses.

With so many events happening year-round, Capitol Hill is the perfect place for residents who value community engagement and cultural experiences.

Discover the Beauty the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Has to Offer

Experience the rich history and beauty of the Capitol Hill Neighborhood—Marvel at the stunning architecture and well-preserved homes showcasing Federal, Victorian, and Queen Anne styles.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural blend at Eastern Market, where fresh produce, handmade arts, and global flavors come together. Discover iconic landmarks like the U.S. Supreme Court Building, Library of Congress, and Folger Shakespeare Library, offering educational tours and lectures.

Find tranquility in the U.S. Botanic Garden, with its diverse plant species and engaging workshops. Indulge your taste buds at Barracks Row, home to ethnic restaurants, cozy diners, and charming beer gardens.

And don’t miss out on the exciting community events and festivals, adding to the unforgettable experience of visiting or living in Capitol Hill.

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Your portal includes a selection of extremely useful reports. Reports are available in the “Reports” section, and are distinct from the financial statements. Unlike financial statements which are static records, Reports are dynamic real-time records that will update with current data every time you view them. 

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Enhanced Rent Roll Report:

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The Documents area contains monthly financial statements:

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  • The statements in the Documents are are static documents. They are posted to the portal once a month to serve as a historical record of financial performance. 

Download a statement to see month and YTD financials:

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You'll also find a month-over-month operating statement:

Month over Month Statement

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You can use your owner portal to communicate with our team. Any messages you send through the portal will go straight to your Account Manager. When we reply, you’ll get an email notification and you’ll also see the message in your portal next time you log in. 

Here’s an overview of using the communication platform:

Click "Communications" and navigate to "Conversations":

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Click the "New Message" button and send your message:

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Portal Conversation Snapshot

Understanding the Ledger

Your portal includes a ledger with all transactions. The ledger is populated with data in real-time as transactions flow through our accounting software. Much of this information is also available in the Reports area, as well as the Statements in your Documents library, but the ledger is the most comprehensive resource for diving into the details. 

Please scroll through the sections below to get a better understanding of how to interpret the ledger. 

By default, transactions are sorted chronologically:

Owner Ledger Dates
  • The date reflected in the lefthand column is the actual transaction date, not the “bill date”. This is the date the transaction was actually processed. 

If you have multiple properties with Nomadic, you'll see the address for each transaction in the "Location" column:

Ledger Property Column
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  • If you only have one property with us, you’ll just see the ledger for that property. 

The Description column displays the transaction type:

Owner Ledger Description Column
  • BILL: this is an expense transaction, such as for repair costs or management fees.
  • CHARGE: this is a transaction  billed to the tenant, most typically a rent payment. 
  • NACHA EXPORT: this is a credit we processed to your distribution account. This type of transaction is how you get paid! 

The Amount column shows the dollar value of each transaction:

Owner Ledger Amount Column
  • Positive Amounts: if an amount is positive, it reflects a transaction that is payable to you. Typically, this will be a rent payment that we collected from your tenants. On occasion, a positive number could also signify a journal entry or credit adjustment. 
  • Negative Amounts:  if an amount is negative, this is a transaction that is either payable to Nomadic or is an amount that has already been paid to you. Typically this will be for repair costs or management/leasing fees. Owner draws (net distributions into your checking/savings account) also reflect as negative amounts, since they have already been paid to you. 

The Account Balance column shows a sum of positive/negative transactions at a given point in time:

Owner Ledger Account Balance Column
  • Account Balance should always equal zero after a net distribution has been processed. When the balance is zero, this means that all expenses have been paid and you’ve received the remainder as net operating income, leaving a balance of zero (meaning: no one is due any money, as all funds have been distributed appropriately). 

Navigating the Propertyware Owner Portal

Your portal includes some extremely useful features that help you understand your property’s financial performance at a new level, with real-time transparency into every transaction.

Scroll through the snapshots below for an overview of portal navigation! If you need more help or have specific questions about using the portal, you can reach out to your Account Manager any time for a screen share. 

You can filter all info by date range or property:

PW Portal Filters

View a snapshot of income and expenses on your dashboard:

PW Owner Dashboard View

See every transaction in real-time on your ledger:

Owner Portal Ledger View

Statements and forms will be posted to your documents library:

Owner Portal Document Library

View a suite of real-time financial reports:

Portal Reports View

See a running list of all bills, and drill down for more detail:

Owner Portal Bills View

Under Bill Details, you'll find dates/descriptions/amounts and more:

Portal Bill Details

You can also communicate with your Account Manager through the portal:

Owner Portal Communication Tools

How do net distributions work?

Net distributions keep your accounting clean and simple. Each month we’ll collect rent from the tenants, deduct any repair expenses for the previous month and any management/leasing fees for the current month, and credit the remaining net operating income to your account. 

Net Distribution

You’ll receive a statement via email each time a net distribution is processed, and can view all transaction details in your Propertyware owner portal.