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When John and Maggie Sorrenti were looking to buy their first home in the Washington area, they wanted to live in the District, be able to walk to many places and be close to the Metro.
The rowhouse with a back yard in the North Capitol neighborhood more than satisfied their needs. “We wanted something in our price budget,” said Maggie Sorrenti, 32, a lawyer with the federal government. The bonuses? Other young families and restaurants nearby.
When the Sorrentis moved to North Capitol in 2013, it was just the two of them, but their family has grown to include their son, who turns 3 in December, and daughter, 4½ months. “What attracted us is that it has this neighborhood feel in the middle of the city,” Maggie Sorrenti said. “We were able to get a house with a yard. There are so many families around — newborns and toddlers. You really get a community feeling. You can walk everywhere, except on big grocery runs, when we drive,” she said.
She enjoys seeing people she knows at the playgrounds and the farmers market Sundays in front of Big Bear Cafe, 1700 First St. NW, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.