NoMa has come a long way from its roots as the shantytown of Swampoodle. It is now one of the most desirable new neighborhoods in DC, with beautiful apartment communities like Union Place, access to convenient transit options at Union Station and a vibrant community that features fun and festive events throughout the year.
Community is created with proximity and activity. NoMa is effectively taking advantage of the former by organizing the latter. With neighborhood programming that includes seasonal farmer’s markets, art festivals, outdoor cinema events, networking events, intellectually stimulating panel discussions, holiday celebrations and more, NoMa caters to a wide variety of interests for all of its residents.
Five years ago, you might have been surprised at the lack of options for a lunch or dinner in the area, besides food from a truck. But, over the past few years, the neighborhood has filled in with a host of fast-casual spots and locally based restaurants. Now, there’s a spot for whatever you may be craving, including American fare, Ethiopian, Latino, Mediterranean, wings, burgers, sushi, sandwiches and more—will probably open by the time this sentence is finished!
With all the residential growth, great retail options have streamed into the neighborhood. Union Market is a destination for all DC residents that pushes the boundaries and keeps the food scene in DC striving for the next big thing, with its artisanal food vendors and creative pop-up concepts. For a more customary grocery experience, Harris Teeter fits the bill, right in the center of NoMa, as well.
Uline Arena has been a DC landmark since before The Beatles played their first US concert there in 1964. Now, it houses new office space and retail, including a 51,000-square-foot flagship REI store. So, if you’re headed out into nature or just gearing up to tackle the urban jungle, you’ll find everything you need to outfit any adventure right in the heart of NoMa.
The growth of the neighborhood is just beginning. Every day it seems that more national and local retailers and restaurants are coming to NoMa to fill the needs of its multitude of new residents. And Union Place is uniquely positioned to offer the best parts of the neighborhood, old, new and newer, to its residents on a daily basis to keep them connected to the community.