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Palisades, or The Palisades, is a neighborhood that runs along the Potomac River, from the edge of the Georgetown University campus at Foxhall Road to the D.C.-Maryland border near the Delacarlia Treatment Plant. The main thoroughfare through the neighborhood is MacArthur Boulevard.

Palisades was first subdivided in 1893, following the plans of the Palisades Improvement Company. Servicing the area was the Great Falls Electric Railway, running from 36th and Prospect to Glen Echo. In 1896, the International Athletic Park and Amusement Company constructed a Bicycle Track and General Amusement Park on a large block of the neighborhood. In 1909, the Potomac Heights Land Company acquired the amusement park land at a reported cost of $1000 per acre. This land was divided into 800 lots, each costing about $500 with instructions that no home could be erected for less than $2500.

Today, Palisades is one of the lesser-known neighborhoods of Washington. Its housing is a mixture of detached houses, apartments, and townhouses. Homes along the bluff on Potomac Avenue are graced by a broad view of the Potomac River and the Virginia riverfront, and are often treated to spectacular sunset views. This neighborhood also boasts being home to a variety of popular restaurants with a vast array of cuisine from clam bar to Asian fusion.

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  1. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 483 sq ft
  2. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 558 sq ft
  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,403 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,046 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,129 sqft
  5. 0 beds, 1 full bath
  6. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 650 sq ft
  7. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 650 sq ft
  8. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 650 sq ft
  9. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 8,850 sqft
  10. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 650 sq ft

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(all data current as of 9/7/2015)

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Anacostia, a name derived from the area’s early life as Nacochtank, a Native American settlement, has a long and rich history. The core of what is now the historic district was incorporated in 1854 as Uniontown and was one of the first suburbs in DC. At the time of the initial subdivision, anyone of African or Irish descent was prohibited from inhabiting the area via restrictive covenants. Because of this, In 1877, abolitionist Fredrick Douglass (the “sage of Anacostia”) bought Cedar Hill, an estate owned by the developer of Uniontown that sat just outside Anacostia. The site is still maintained today. Despite the initial restrictions, by 1888 fully fifteen percent of the inhabitants were African American. Designed to be available to Washington’s working class, many of whom were employed nearby at the Navy Yard on the Anacostia River, it was isolated from the city and therefore inexpensive. The neighborhood is relatively homogenous in its simple, standard homes, but the individually chosen details such as porches, roof lines, iron fencing and gable treatments are rich in character and variety. The frame houses are mostly Italianate and Cottage style, with Queen Anne examples and brick rowhouses interspersed. Once covered in marshy swamps, the area began to develop in the 1850s, saw a boom in military-fueled construction during the Civil War, grew again during the Great Migration of southern African Americans to the north, and once more during World War I with the addition of two military bases. Shopping, dining and entertainment facilities throughout greater Anacostia are somewhat limited, as development slowed due to a decrease in income in the area. Anacostia, however, since about 2005 has seen a resurgence in community interest with the focus on helping children and adults reach their full potential. Free summer evening jazz concerts are also given weekly in Fort Dupont Park — a park which had originally been a Civil War fortress. A large supermarket now services the area and an annual Martin Luther King Birthday Parade in April heightens the sense of community. After decades of neglect, Anacostia’s citizens are rallying to revitalize their neighborhood.