Foggy Bottom is located west of Downtown, D.C. in the Northwest quadrant. It was the site of one of the earliest settlements, and is one of the oldest neighborhoods, in the District of Columbia.
Foggy Bottom was home to a number of breweries and other industrial plants in the late 1800s. It is said that the community received its name from the “fog” that was generated by the factories.
In modern contexts, the name “Foggy Bottom” is almost synonymous for the State Department, which has its headquarters here. Foggy Bottom also provides the backdrop to a number of other illustrious institutions such as the World Bank, Federal Reserve Board and the Watergate Building. But everything here isn’t shrouded in controversy. George Washington University’s campus was relocated to Foggy Bottom from Columbia Heights in 1873. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is also included on the map.
Quality of Life:
Residents who choose to live in Foggy Bottom are looking for a real “city” feeling. Most of the homes are luxury apartments and modern high-rises.
There are plenty of activities within walking distance, including the National Mall, great restaurants, summer street festivals and the Kennedy Center, which is home to the National Symphony Orchestra. The shops and restaurants of Georgetown are also convenient destinations.
Foggy Bottom is located right outside the heart of downtown D.C. The Foggy Bottom metro stop, found right off Washington Circle, provides access to the Blue and Orange line trains. For those driving: I-66 is less than one mile away and it is easy to get on to the G.W. Parkway.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 10 miles
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 30 miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 35 miles