Shaw is an incredibly popular neighborhood in the heart of Northwest Washington, DC. Known primarily for the U-Street Corridor and for its historical significance, Shaw is host to some of the city’s finest restaurants, bars, and nightlife.
Howard University, the first Historically Black University, is just north of Shaw and is definitely worth a tour. There are several theaters, both the Lincoln and the Howard, that are each over 50 years old and still hold cultural performances today. Ben’s Chili Bowl is known for staying open during race riots in 1968 and still serves customers to this day! If you’ve been to DC but not Ben’s, you’re missing out! Finally, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Community Library is a 2010 build with awards to its name - visit for a plethora of books, media, and gorgeous views!
This is where it gets even better! Shaw is completely Metro-accessible, through both the Yellow and Green Lines, giving residents access to the entire city! There is a bus service within Shaw, which has several routes that connects the area with the Waterfront and Silver Spring. Most detached and townhomes also have street parking available…if you can find it.
Types Of Homes In The Area
Homes span from $400,000 for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo to almost $2M for a six-bedroom townhouse. Rent in the area is anywhere between $2,500 and $3,500 for a one-bedroom, and prices go up from there based on what a potential lessee is seeking. While those homes are not always the most budget-friendly, they certainly are in the center of all the action that Washington, DC has to offer.
School Districts In The Area
Washington DC Public Schools is the public school district serving all of Washington, DC. It has over 48,000 students in grades PK, K-12. They have a 73% graduation rate. There are 115 Schools in the District.
Shaw has it all! From their Shaw Open House in June - wherein business after business opens its doors and offers free samples to passersby - to the Taste of Shaw in April, there are always plenty of ways to experience the cultural mixing bowl that the neighborhood is known for.