The detached, single-family home — far and away the most common style of housing in America — is rare in Washington, D.C. Only about one in 10 homes inside the District is designed this way, with a private front door to the city, maybe a yard in the back, some buffer space keeping the neighbors at bay. Windows all the way around!
Instead, we live differently here: with meager lawns (if we have any at all), common stoops, shared walls (or ceilings), and echoes of our neighbors’ dubious TV choices.
The District is a city of row homes and modest apartments, which makes the feel of the place — and your housing options here — significantly different from what you’d find in New York or Chicago or Kansas City.
The above chart, based on new 2014 American Community Survey data on the characteristics of occupied housing, breaks down these differences. A quarter of all housing in DC is in rowhomes. One-third, as of 2014, was in large apartment buildings of 20 units or more, a share that will no doubt grow as new apartments emerge downtown and in Southeast. […]