It’s no secret that Union Place apartments takes its name from one of the busiest rail facilities and shopping destinations in the United States—Union Station. Opened in 1907 and completed in 1908, this DC landmark isn’t just another grand building for people to gaze in wonder over. It has a heartbeat. And, with over 40 million visitors a year, Union Station is a vibrant, active and central piece of Washington, DC.
True to its name, Union Station joins the city with the world through multiple modes of transport and a wide variety of retail and restaurants that give everyone a reason to visit, even if they’re not planning on traveling.
Built on a grand scale, the main hall will take your breath away. Enormous arches and expansive windows flood the great room with sunlight. The hustle and bustle of commuters fills the space with the buzzing energy of purpose, while a host of retailers and eateries add the relaxed activity of a shopping mall to the space.
If you need to hop a train, this transportation hub is a great place to start. Its main purpose as a hub for rail travel is still a major factor in its popularity. With access to Metro trains, Amtrak, Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC) and Virginia Railway Express (VRE), there’s not a regional destination that’s out of reach.
Add to the trains the multitude of supplementary ways to get around DC—taxis, bikes, the DC Streetcar, Uber, Lyft, electric scooters, tour trolleys, rental cars, WMATA buses, regional bus services, etc.—and you can connect with any part of the city from here. Then again, once you’re at Union Station, you can easily walk inside and take care of business on many other fronts, thanks to all of the options within.
Stop and shop
Whether you’re running though to grab a croissant and a coffee on your way to work or taking a more leisurely approach, meandering through the halls, window shopping and perusing the options on hand, Union Station will suit your needs. The list of stores is robust enough to make Union Station a regular stop to upgrade your closet with national clothiers like Ann Taylor, H&M, Victoria’s Secret and Uniqlo. Or, accessorize your style with glasses from Warby Parker, makeup services by MAC and a handbag from O bag.
But, where this hub really shines, and one of the more compelling reasons to stop here again and again, is the food. Aimed at the early morning commuter, bakeries abound with an abundance of spots to fill your cup of joe and grab a tasty treat, including Le Pain Quotidien, Magnolia Bakery, Au Bon Pain, Blue Bottle Coffee and Starbucks, to name a few. Looking for lunch? Legal Sea Foods, Shake Shack, Cava and Chop’t Creative Salad Company are some of the establishments of the too many to name here, that can soothe a savage hunger, right at Union Station.
The best part about all of this is that when you live at Union Place apartments, you have easy access to it all on a daily basis. Come see everything else that our new community offers and schedule your tour today!