Metro Weekly

Where to Live

A look at some alternatives to the norm in DC, Maryland and Virginia

You don’t need us to tell you that if you’re looking for a place to live in D.C. you should check out Dupont and Logan Circles. If you’re looking for a place in Maryland, it’s likely you’ve heard about the crunchy-chewy, co-op filled goodness that is Takoma Park. And you probably already know that the Virginia territory that was once a part of the District diamond, Arlington, is a bustling and urban location in its own right.


  • Domestic District – Brookland, Park View and Petworth
  • Making the Most of Maryland – Silver Spring and Frederick
  • Virginia Villages – Centreville and Herndon
  • While those neighborhoods have helped make the Washington metropolitan area one of the nation’s top homes to gays and lesbians, there are many other neighborhoods out there that may not have reputations as gay centrals, yet are home to bustling gay communities. And, contrary to urban stereotypes, not every gay and lesbian homesteader is looking for a unique, fixer-upper to become a harbinger of gentrification.

    So, if you’re looking for a new neighborhood to call home, you may not know that some D.C. neighborhoods offer suburban-like space along with the city conveniences. Or that an outer suburb of Maryland harbors a vibrant and burgeoning gay cultural center. Or that red Virginia sports some very blue communities, rich with diversity.

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