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Columbia Heights & Petworth

Columbia Heights & Petworth

Known for the historic Tivoli Theater, an exclusive movie house for the residents of D.C.

Welcome to Columbia Heights & Petworth

A diverse urban area bustling with activity and fun.
Centrally located in Washington, D.C. Columbia Heights and Petworth have their origin in the late 1800s. Petworth is known for President Lincoln’s Cottage, which was used for entertainment by the Lincoln family during the Civil War. Columbia Heights is known for the historic Tivoli Theater, an exclusive movie house for the residents of D.C. in the early 1900s. Today, the two have grown into fashionable urban neighborhoods that are convenient and accessible to a dynamic downtown area.
Architecture in Columbia Heights and Petworth includes row homes, single homes, townhouses, and condominiums. You’ll also find older Victorian homes complete with spires, turrets, and curved windows, as well as Tudor Revival homes with pointed roofs and dark wood trim.
The area is known for its many restaurants, boutiques, and shopping centers. Of course, there are chain stores such as Target and Giant Food, but you’ll also find places like Bad Saint, which offers fabulous Filipino food on their outdoor patio. For the best pizza in the Columbia Heights and Petworth area, head to RedRocks and try the roasted eggplant pizza. Although, if you really are a pizza fan, the pesto “green monster” at the Timber Pizza Company might just hit the spot.
For the neighborhood “dive” bar, check out The Wonderland Ballroom for drinks and a hipster atmosphere. An eclectic place is found at Hook Hall providing cocktails, happy hour, and live shows. If you crave a classy experience, head to St. Vincent Wine for their wide selection of bottled wine and excellent food. You can feel at home at one of the large tables, booths, or sofas at The Coupe, a café, coffee house, and bar all rolled into one. When you are searching for Mexican food in Columbia Heights and Petworth, head over to Taqueria Habanero and try the salmon taco. For exotic Laotian food, Thip Khao might become your new favorite. Then, too, it might be love at first sight at the Call Your Mother Jewish deli, do try the tuna melt on challah or rye.
Residents love Meridian Hill Park for its serenity and cascading fountain. There’s also the Upshur Recreation Center with a playground, swimming pool, picnic area with grills, and more. The Columbia Heights Metro Station is within walking distance for convenient and accessible travel around Washington, D.C.—just another reason people love to live here.

The Columbia Heights and Petworth area is served by the District of Columbia Public Schools and is notable for Creative Minds International Public Charter School (grades PK-8), Powell Elementary School (grades PK-5), and Briya Public Charter School (pre-K).

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