Well it’s official, the Fan is great.
The American Planning Association every year scours the country and selects Great Places in America including neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces. The criteria for selection is that they display “exemplary character, quality, and planning”. This year the Fan was selected as a Great Neighborhood. Adams Morgan in Washington D.C. is the next closest Great Neighborhood.
You can read more about why the Fan was selected here.
The neighborhood is most famous for its architectural cohesiveness and variety. There are two historic districts listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places; the Fan Area Historic District and the Monument Avenue Historic District.
The Fan is primarily a residential district composed of side-hall-plan townhouses designed in a variety of styles including late Victorian and early 20th century with uniform heights, materials, setbacks, textures, scale, compatible landscaping, and uniform planting of trees.