Barry Farm: Centrally-Located, With Strong Community Roots
Barry Farm is a centrally-located Washington D.C. neighborhood that appeals to a diverse population that includes both young and old alike. Community is very important in this neighborhood, and residents often come together around neighborhood institutions like the Barry Farm Recreation Center.
This well-liked D.C. neighborhood has a rich cultural history, and is now prime for redevelopment. Barry Farm offers residents the opportunity to live in an up-and-coming neighborhood near the center of it all.
Home Ownership vs. Renting in Barry Farm
Barry Farm has one of the lowest median household incomes in the city. As a result, rents are well below the national median at $736 a month, and 76 percent of the neighborhood’s residents rent. The median home price in Barry Farm is $249,938, however, which is somewhat higher than both the Washington D.C. average as well as the national average. The most popular home style in Barry Farm is the distinct federal design.
The cost of living is also higher here than in many other cities across the country, but roughly in line with D.C.’s 152 average. The median household income in Barry Farm is $28,159, compared to the national average of $55,322. The unemployment rate in this neighborhood is in line with the overall Washington D.C. unemployment rate of 6 percent.
Transportation, Parking, and Commuting in Barry Farm
The Barry Farm neighborhood sits right in the middle of South D.C., so it’s a fantastic place to live if you value easy access to the US Capitol, Nationals Park, The Pentagon, or just about any other centrally-located D.C. spot. The neighborhood lies just south of Anacostia Park, near the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Bordering neighborhoods include Anacostia to the North; Woodland, Skyland, and Garfield Heights to the East; and Douglass and Congress Heights to the South.
The Barry Farm neighborhood enjoys one of the highest transit scores in D.C., with a 74, and is served by several bus lines. The neighborhood is also served by the Green Line of Washington’s Metro System via the Anacostia Metro Station, which lies just outside the neighborhood across Suitland Parkway from the Barry Farm Community Center. Parking is generally easy to come by throughout the neighborhood.
Barry Farm is also a very walkable neighborhood, but for larger shopping expeditions, a car is generally recommended. That said, with such a great transit score and easy access to several bus lines and the metro, owning a car is far from mandatory for Barry Farm residents.
Outdoor Activities in the Barry Farm Area
Barry Farm is served by the Barry Farm Recreation Center and Barry Farm Playground and Goodman League Basketball Court, which is home to one of the city’s best recreational leagues. For outdoor recreation, these facilities are practically unrivaled in the city.
If you’re looking to do a little open-air grocery shopping, the nearby Ward 8 Farmer’s Market on 6th Street Southeast (in neighboring Congress Heights) is open on Saturdays from the first weekend in June up to the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Barry Farm also hosts an annual Barry Farm Day in October, celebrating the rich history of the neighborhood and its founding at the end of the Civil War. Highlights of the festival include face painting and carnival activities for the kids, as well as live music and barbecue for everyone.
Family-Friendly Barry Farm
Family is very important in Barry Farm, and the neighborhood is anchored by the community center mentioned above, as well as several highly rated schools and many neighborhood houses of worship.
Just over 56 percent of the households in Barry Farm are family households, with an average of three people per household across the neighborhood. Property crime rates in the area are considerably lower than the national average, too.
The top ranked schools that serve the Barry Farm community include The School Without Walls High School, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, School Within School, Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan, and McKinley Technology High School.
Barry Farm Nightlife
The Barry Farm neighborhood isn’t exactly known for its restaurants and bars, but that just makes for quieter nights for its residents. Not to worry though, as there are plenty of great nightlife spots in bordering areas, so a good time or a great meal can be had without having to drive all the way across town.
The Player’s Lounge, a soul food restaurant and bar in nearby Congress Heights, has been described as Ward 8’s living room. It has some of the city’s best food and plays host to The Fat Boys, a social club, and service fraternity that is active in the community of Barry Farm.
If you’re looking for a great take on natural eating, try out the vegetarian fare and fresh juices at Turning Natural in nearby Anacostia. And if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try the MLK Deli or Caribbean Citations, two eateries that have earned high praise from locals.
Keeping a Dog in Barry Farm
Given that the neighborhood and most of the area around it was largely farmland for most of the District’s history, there are several miniature green spaces located throughout the neighborhood. Combine that with the neighborhood’s largest green space that surrounds the community center, and you have plenty of opportunity to get out with your dog.
The walkability of the neighborhood also helps a great deal with dog ownership. And, while there are many pet-friendly apartments available in the area, there aren’t many restaurants – let alone dog-friendly ones.
Also, it bears mentioning that the standard pet laws of the district apply in Barry Farms. According to which, you must pick up your pet’s waste and keep your dog leashed whenever you our off your own property. The fines for getting caught disobeying the pet laws in D.C. can be costly, at $2,000.
Arts and Culture in Barry Farm
Most of the public life in Barry Farm centers on the local community center, pool, and basketball court and is more sports- and activity-oriented than what can be found in other parts of D.C. as a whole. That said, there are several cultural opportunities to be had nearby.
Barry Farm is located a very short metro ride (or longer walk) from some of the best museums in the world, along the National Mall. Additionally the larger area of Ward 8 is home to several smaller museums, galleries, and performance spaces that host everything from dance to theater to music and other performing arts. The cultural diversity of Ward 8 and the Barry Farm neighborhood are on display at several artistic showcases put on throughout the year across several neighborhoods.
Senior Living in Barry Farm
If you’re considering retiring to Barry Farm, you’ll be in good company. There are many seniors living in the neighborhood, despite the fact that there are no businesses or other facilities that are geared specifically toward their needs. There are, however, several senior-oriented businesses, communities, and institutions in the larger area surrounding Barry Farm.
The Knox Hill Resident Council and the Walker Robert L House Senior Citizens Complex in Garfield Heights, and Wayne’s Place in Congress Heights are all nearby senior communities. The Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center and Washington Seniors Wellness in Hillcrest are both located within easy reach of the neighborhood for seniors looking to improve or maintain their health. Finally, there’s a hospital – Unity Health Care – nearby in Congress Heights, as well.
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