A guide to office space in Washington, D.C.
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The capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. is the country’s hub of politics and houses all three branches of the federal government; the Supreme Court, the President and the Congress.

While federal government related jobs account for almost a third of the city’s total employment, Washington, D.C. has a growing and diversified economy with a focus on tourism, finance and scientific research.

The location

Situated in the mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast, Washington, D.C. is a planned city and one of the greenest major cities in the country. 

By law no building in the city is permitted to be taller than the width of the adjacent street plus 20 feet which means that the skyline is low and sprawling, rather than packed full of skyscrapers like most major modern cities.

Washington, D.C. is divided into the following four main quadrants with a number of neighbourhoods within each:

Looking for an office in Washington, D.C.

Companies looking for office space in Washington, D.C. will often fight for a prestigious address as close to the White House as possible. However, the entire city has a range of solutions that can suit a variety of budgets. For anyone that needs to be close to the Federal Government, foreign embassies, lobbying groups and non-profit organizations, Washington, D.C. really is the only option.


Prices for coworking space in Washington, D.C. start at around $650 per person, per month, while a private office will range from around $800 to $1300 depending on the grade of the office building and its location. 

When looking at serviced offices keep in mind that these costs usually cover a variety of amenities and as such can offer great value for money.

Office sizes

Serviced office providers in Washington, D.C. supply a wide range of solutions and sizes of space ranging from coworking options and single workstations up to entire suites that are ideal for larger requirements. 

Instant are able to accommodate most enquiries, from one person through to 100 or more depending on the specifics.

Why choose Washington, D.C.?

As well as being the political centre of the United States, the city has much more to offer companies and their employees. 

A number of Fortune 500 companies have set up headquarters in the city, to not only be close to Federal Government but to also benefit from a city that has wide-open green spaces and a stable and diverse economy.

Five things you probably didn’t know about Washington, D.C.:

  • There is approximately one lawyer per 19 residents in Washington, D.C.
  • The Library of Congress contains 535 miles of bookshelves
  • Just under 20% of the city is made up of parkland
  • Around 42% of over 25s in Washington, D.C. have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • With over eight million annual visitors, Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is the most visited museum in the Unites States

A closer look at Washington, D.C.

The following areas are the most popular in which to rent office space in Washington, D.C.: 

  • Largest quadrant of the city
  • Situated west of North Capitol Street and north of the National Mall
  • Home to the central business district and the Federal Triangle
  • Number of college campuses also situated here including Georgetown University and American University
  • Major companies in this area include Danaher, a global manufacturing conglomerate, the American headquarters of Siemens and the headquarters of daily deals website, Living Social
  • Bounded by Eastern Avenue to the east, North Capitol Street to the west and East Capitol Street to the south
  • Large section of Capitol Hill can be found in this quadrant
  • Also home to NoMa, a rapidly developing neighbourhood that is home to approximately 44,000 daytime workers
  • Headquarters of The Washington Times and the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation located here
  • Smallest quadrant of the city 
  • Contains the Southwest Federal Center between Independence Avenue and National Mall
  • Houses offices for various branches of the U.S. Government including Transportation, Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services and Education
  • NASA’s headquarters also located in this district 
  • Many of the Smithsonian Institution museums found here 
  • Located south of East Capitol Street and east of South Capitol Street
  • Home of the Washington Navy Yard, a former shipyard that now serves as an administrative centre for the U.S. Navy
  • Quadrant suffers from relatively high crime levels compared to the rest of the city

Want to find out more?

If you’re looking to move into the area, or simply require more information, contact Instant Offices' specialist local consultants.

Email our team or call us and we'll be delighted to help you.

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