Penn Quarter is located in the Northwest quadrant of D.C. in the east end of downtown. It shares a large portion of its boundaries with Chinatown. The opening of the Verizon Center in 1997 sparked a revival for this neighborhood, and it continues to grow and thrive today. Penn Quarter has a number of restaurants, bars, theaters, and retail shops that keep this area active and offer a variety of places for residents to go. The Spy Museum, National Building Museum, and the Smithsonian are popular venues to visit on the weekends among many others, and the farmers market is a local favorite. The location of this neighborhood provides residents with all the amenities of downtown D.C. at their fingertips.
Condos and high- rise apartments are prevalent in this area and make up most of the housing options in this neighborhood. Single family homes are less common in this area due to the very urban setting.
It is very easy to get in and out of this neighborhood due to its central location. Penn Quarter has direct metro access with both the Metro Center and Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stations in this neighborhood. The red, orange, blue, yellow and green lines service the metro stops.
Thomson Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Middle and Dunbar High are a few of the public schools in the area.