Dupont Circle Neighborhood of Washington DC Real Estate Analysis

History







Residence of Senator James G. Blaine in 1900. His home was one of the first mansions built around Dupont Circle, and is one of two still standing.



Dupont Circle is located in the “Old City” of Washington, D.C. — the area planned by architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant — but remained largely undeveloped until after the American Civil War, when there was a large influx of new residents. The area that now constitutes Dupont Circle was once home to a brickyard and slaughterhouse.[3][4] There also was a creek, Slash Run, that ran from 16th Street near Adams Morgan, through Kalorama and within a block of Dupont Circle, but the creek has since been enclosed in a sewer line.[5] Improvements made in the 1870s by a board of public works headed by Alexander “Boss” Shepherd transformed the area into a fashionable residential neighborhood.[6][7]

In 1871 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the traffic circle, then called Pacific Circle, as specified in L’Enfant’s plan. On February 25, 1882, Congress renamed the circle to “Dupont Circle”, and authorized a memorial statue of Samuel Francis Du Pont, in recognition of his service as a rear admiral during the Civil War. The statue, sculpted by Launt Thompson, was erected in 1884, and the circle was landscaped, with exotic flowers and ornamental trees. In 1921, the current double-tiered white marble fountain replaced the statue, which was moved to Rockford Park in Wilmington, Delaware.[8] Daniel Chester French and architect Henry Bacon, the co‑creators of the Lincoln Memorial, designed the fountain, which features carvings of three classical figures symbolizing the sea, the stars and the wind on the fountain’s shaft.[1]




Dupont Circle in 1900




During the 1870s and 1880s, mansions were built along Massachusetts Avenue, one of Washington’s grand avenues, and townhouses were built throughout the neighborhood. In 1872, the British built a new embassy on Connecticut Avenue, at N Street NW.[9] By the 1920s, Connecticut Avenue was more commercial in character, with numerous shops. Some residences, including Senator Philetus Sawyer‘s mansion at Connecticut and R Street, were demolished to make way for office buildings and shops.[10] In 1933, the National Park Service took over administering the circle, and added sandboxes for children, though these were removed a few years later.[11]

Connecticut Avenue was widened in the late 1920s, and increased traffic in the neighborhood caused a great deal of congestion in the circle, making it difficult for pedestrians to get around. Medians were installed in 1948, in the circle, to separate the through traffic on Massachusetts Avenue from the local traffic, and traffic signals were added.[11] In 1949 traffic tunnels[12] and an underground streetcar station were built under the circle as part of the now-defunct Capital Transit project. The tunnels allowed trams and vehicles traveling along Connecticut Avenue to pass more quickly past the circle.[13] When streetcar service ended in 1962, the entrances to the underground station were filled in and paved over, leaving only the traffic tunnel.[14]




Dupont Circle Farmers Market occurs year-round on Sunday mornings



The neighborhood declined after World War II and particularly after the 1968 riots, but began to enjoy a resurgence in the 1970s, fueled by urban pioneers seeking an alternative lifestyle. The neighborhood took on a bohemian feel and became an area popular among the gay and lesbian community. Along with The Castro in San Francisco, Hillcrest in San Diego, Greenwich Village in New York City, Boystown in Chicago, Oak Lawn in Dallas, Montrose in Houston, and West Hollywood in Los Angeles, Dupont Circle is considered a historic locale in the development of American gay identity. D.C.’s first gay bookstore, Lambda Rising, opened in 1974 and gained notoriety nationwide.[15] In 1975, the store ran the world’s first gay-oriented television commercial.[16]

Gentrification accelerated in the 1980s and 1990s, and the area is now a more mainstream and trendy location with coffeehouses, restaurants, bars, and upscale retail stores. Since 1997, a weekly farmers market has operated on 20th Street NW.[17]

Architecture






Homes located on the 2000 block of N Street, NW, are considered some of the city’s finest examples of Second Empire architecture.



The area’s rowhouses, primarily built before 1900, feature variations on the Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque revival styles. Rarer are the palatial mansions and large freestanding houses that line the broad, tree-lined diagonal avenues that intersect the circle. Many of these larger dwellings were built in the styles popular between 1895 and 1910.

One such grand residence is the marble and terra cotta Patterson house at 15 Dupont Circle (currently the Washington Club). This Italianate mansion, the only survivor of the many mansions that once ringed the circle, was built in 1901 by New York architect Stanford White for Robert Patterson, editor of the Chicago Tribune, and his wife Nellie, heiress to the Chicago Tribune fortune. Upon Mrs. Patterson’s incapacitation in the early 1920s, the house passed into the hands of her daughter, Cissy Patterson, who made it a hub of Washington social life. The house served as temporary quarters for President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge in 1927 while the White House underwent renovation. The Coolidges welcomed Charles Lindbergh as a houseguest after his historic transatlantic flight. Lindbergh made several public appearances at the house, waving to roaring crowds from the second-story balcony, and befriended the Patterson Family, with whom he increasingly came to share isolationist and pro-German views. Cissy Patterson later acquired the Washington Times-Herald (sold to Washington Post in 1954) and declared journalistic warfare on Franklin D. Roosevelt from 15 Dupont Circle, continuing throughout World War II to push her policies, which were echoed in the New York Daily News, run by her brother Joseph Medill Patterson, and the Chicago Tribune, run by their first cousin, Colonel Robert R. McCormick.

Strivers’ Section







The 1700 block of T Street NW, in the Strivers’ Section



Today’s Dupont Circle includes the Strivers’ Section, a small residential area west of 16th Street roughly between Swann Street and Florida Avenue. The Strivers’ Section was an enclave of upper-middle-class African Americans — often community leaders — in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area includes a row of houses on 17th Street owned by Frederick Douglass and occupied by his son. It takes its name from a turn-of-the-century writer who described the district as “the Striver’s section, a community of Negro aristocracy”.

The area, which was once considered an overlap of the Dupont Circle and Shaw neighborhoods, is today an historic district.[18] Many of its buildings are the original Edwardian-era residences, along with several apartment and condominium buildings and a few small businesses.

Landmarks


Traffic circle







Maypole in Dupont Circle







Snowball fight



The neighborhood is centered around the traffic circle, which is divided between two counterclockwise roads. The outer road serves all the intersecting streets, while access to the inner road is limited to through traffic on Massachusetts Avenue. Connecticut Avenue passes under the circle via a tunnel; vehicles on Connecticut Avenue can access the circle via service roads that branch from Connecticut near N Street and R Street.

The park located within the circle is maintained by the National Park Service. The central fountain designed by Daniel Chester French provides seating, and long, curved benches around the central area were installed in 1964.[11] The park within the circle is a gathering place for those wishing to play chess on the permanent stone chessboards. Tom Murphy, a homeless championship chess player, is a resident.[19] The park has also been the location of political rallies, such as those supporting gay rights and those protesting the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

In 2009, a tug of war was sponsored by the Washington Project for the Arts.[20]

In 1999 Thelma Billy was arrested handing out Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless.[21][22][23]

For More information on Dupont Circle Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dupont_Circle

Washington Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Washington

5132 7TH ST NE Washington, DC 20011
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3 beds 3 baths $339,900
4827 JAY ST NE Washington, DC 20019
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3 beds 2 baths $319,500
MLS # DC8323540 Washington, DC 20008
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2 beds 2 baths 1,174 sqft $729,000
1802 S ST NW Washington, DC 20009
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5 beds 4 baths $1,299,999
724 OTIS PL NW Washington, DC 20010
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4 beds 2 baths $650,000
5319 4TH ST NW Washington, DC 20011
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3 beds 3 baths $539,900
2380 CHAMPLAIN ST NW, Unit 11 Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $669,900
1451 HARVARD ST NW, Unit 3 Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 2 baths 1,150 sqft $599,000
1333 INDEPENDENCE CT SE Washington, DC 20003
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3 beds 4 baths $995,000
6009 5th ST NW Washington, DC 20011
4 beds 3 baths $475,000
1321 21ST ST NW, Unit 6 Washington, DC 20036
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2 beds 2 baths 1,162 sqft $899,900
1321 21ST ST NW, Unit 1 Washington, DC 20036
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1 bed 1 bath 550 sqft $409,900
1321 21ST ST NW, Unit 5 Washington, DC 20036
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2 beds 3 baths 1,120 sqft $799,900
1306 STAPLES ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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4 beds 2 baths 1,612 sqft $465,000
MLS # DC8323014 Washington, DC 20008
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3 beds 4 baths $898,000
1502 13TH ST NW, Unit 1 Washington, DC 20005
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2 beds 2 baths $499,500
3926 5TH ST NW Washington, DC 20011
5 beds 5 baths $839,999
2301 38TH ST NW Washington, DC 20007
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3 beds 2 baths 2,200 sqft $839,000
2515 K ST NW, Unit 204 Washington, DC 20037
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1 bed 1 bath 772 sqft $324,950
1538 2ND ST SW Washington, DC 20024
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3 beds 2 baths $375,000
1724 17TH ST NW, Unit 22 Washington, DC 20009
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1 bed 1 bath 694 sqft $439,000
115 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW, Unit 2 Washington, DC 20001
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2 beds 2 baths 865 sqft $429,900
331 K ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 2 baths $700,000
923 6TH ST NE Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 2 baths $690,000
2009 COLUMBIA RD NW, Unit 7 Washington, DC 20009
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3 beds 4 baths 2,300 sqft $1,695,000
3446 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, Unit 305 Washington, DC 20008
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1 bed 1 bath 507 sqft $325,000
6206 12TH NW Washington, DC 20011
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3 beds 3 baths $550,000
1515 CONSTITUTION AVE NE, Unit 2 Washington, DC 20002
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1 bed 1 bath 688 sqft $329,000
1881 MONROE ST NW, Unit B2 Washington, DC 20010
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2 beds 2 baths 1,151 sqft $539,000
MLS # DC8322476 Washington, DC 20012
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4 beds 4 baths $750,000

Sold Listings in Washington

915 3rd St Ne #2 Ph Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 3 baths $0
8142 Beach Dr Nw Washington, DC 20012
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3 beds 3 baths 2,276 sqft $0
718 9th St Se Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 2 baths $0
1618 V St Nw Washington, DC 20009
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3 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $0
617 Webster St Nw Washington, DC 20011
4 beds 4 baths $0
1825 19th St Nw #2 Washington, DC 20009
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2 beds 2 baths $0
2101 11th St Nw #503 Washington, DC 20036
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2 beds 2 baths 1,072 sqft $0
3926 20th St Ne Washington, DC 20018
5 beds 3 baths $0
3228 19th St Nw Washington, DC 20010
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6 beds 4 baths $0
641 Gallatin St Nw Washington, DC 20011
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3 beds 3 baths $0
1333 R St Nw Washington, DC 20009
7 beds 3 baths $0
148 R St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 4 baths 1,982 sqft $0
620 G St Sw Washington, DC 20024
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3 beds 2 baths 1,968 sqft $0
3710 Manor Pl Nw Washington, DC 20007
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3 beds 2 baths 1,798 sqft $0
4201 Cathedral Ave Nw #1424e Washington, DC 20016
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2 beds 2 baths 1,468 sqft $0
762 Park Rd Nw Washington, DC 20010
4 beds 3 baths $0
453 Q St Nw Washington, DC 20001
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3 beds 3 baths $0
3417 Sherman Nw #1 Washington, DC 20010
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2 beds 2 baths 1,300 sqft $0
1105 Park Rd Nw #3 Washington, DC 20010
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2 beds 3 baths 1,100 sqft $0
1425 4th St Sw #A112 Washington, DC 20024
2 beds 2 baths 866 sqft $0
4943 Butterworth Pl Nw Washington, DC 20016
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2 beds 2 baths $0
1391 Pennsylvania Ave Se #445 Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 2 baths 1,300 sqft $0
1838 11th St Nw Washington, DC 20001
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5 beds 4 baths 4,300 sqft $0
1426 Duncan St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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2 beds 3 baths $0
245 15th St Se #401 Washington, DC 20003
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2 beds 3 baths 1,400 sqft $0
1236 G St Ne Washington, DC 20002
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3 beds 2 baths $0
115 D St Se #109 Washington, DC 20003
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1 bed 1 bath 580 sqft $0
910 M St Nw #123 Washington, DC 20001
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1 bed 2 baths 914 sqft $0
4414 14th St Nw Washington, DC 20011
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6 beds 3 baths $0
1745 D St Se Washington, DC 20003
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3 beds 4 baths 1,700 sqft $0

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PK-12 & ungraded
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Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
9-12
http://www.chavezschools.org/
Community Academy Public Charter School (Capcs)
K-8
http://www.capcs.org/
Next Step Public Charter School Agency
10-12 & ungraded
Carlos Rosario International PCS
n/a
Eagle Academy PCS
PK-3
Two Rivers Public Charter School Agency
PK-8
Appletree Early Learning Center PCS
PK
Bridges PCS
PK-1
Early Childhood Academy PCS
PK-3
LAYC Youth Build PCS
10-12 & ungraded
The William E. Doar, Junior Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
PK-5
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Education Strengthens Families (ESF) PCS
PK
Washington Latin Public Charter School
9-12
http://www.edline.net/pages/Washington_Latin_PCS
Septima Clark PCS
PK-6
Arts & Technology Academy PCS
PK-5
Booker T. Washington PCS
9-12 & ungraded
Capital City PCS
PK-8
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
6-12
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Community Academy Public Charter School (CAPCS)
PK-8
http://www.capcs.org/
DC Bilingual PCS
PK-5
DC Prep Public Charter School
PK-8
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E.L. Haynes PCS
PK-10
Friendship Public Charter School
PK-12
http://www.friendshipschools.org/
Imagine Hope Community Charter School
PK-8
http://www.hopecommunitycs.org/
Hospitality PCHS
9-12
Cedar Tree Academy Public Charter School
K
http://www.howardroadacademy.org/
Howard Univ. Math & Science Middle School
6-8
Hyde Leadership PCS
PK-12
Idea PCS
7-12
Ideal Academy Public Charter School
PK-8
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KIPP PCS
PK-12
Lamb PCS
PK-5
Mary McLeod Bethune
PK-8
Maya Angelou PCS
6-12 & ungraded
Meridian PCS
PK-8
Nia Community PCS
PK-6
Options PCS
6-12
Paul PCS
6-9
Potomac PCS
PK-7
Roots PCS
PK-8
Sail PCS
K-8
Seed PCS
6-12
St. Coletta PCS
PK-12 & ungraded
E. Whitlow Stokes PCS
PK-6
Thurgood Marshall PCS
9-12
Tree of Life Community PCS
PK-8
Two Rivers PCS
PK-8
http://www.tworiverspcs.org/
Washington Latin Public Charter School
9-12
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Washington Math Science PCS
9-12
The William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
PK-12
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Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS
4-8
Center City PCS
PK-8
http://www.centercitypcs.org/
Imagine Southeast
PK-7
National Collegiate Preparatory PCS
9-12
Washington Yu Ying PCS
PK-5
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PK-4
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PK-4
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PK-1
Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts PCS
8-12
BASIS DC PCS
5-8
Creative Minds PCS
PK-2
DC Scholars PCS
PK-3
Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS
PK-1
Ingenuity Preparatory
n/a
Sela PCS
n/a
Somerset PCS
n/a

Washington Schools

Murch Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/murch
Moten Elementary School
PK, 1-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/moten
Montgomery Elementary School
PK-6, public
Miner Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/miner
Meyer Elementary School
PK-5, public
Merritt Middle School
PK-8, public
McGogney Elementary School
PK-6, public
Roosevelt High School @ MacFarland
9-12, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/roosevelt
M.C. Terrell / McGogney Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/mc-terrell
Takoma Education Campus
PK-8, public
http://www.takomaec.org
Stanton Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/stanton
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
9-12 & ungraded, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ellington
Sousa Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/sousa
Shaw Middle School @ Garnet-Patterson
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/shaw
Ron Brown Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ron-brown
Shaed Education Campus
PK-8, public
Shadd Elementary School
n/a, public
Seaton Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/seaton
Savoy Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/savoy
Rudolph Elementary School
PK-6, public
Ross Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/ross
River Terrace Elementary School
PK-5, public
Randle Highlands Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/randle-highlands
Shepherd Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/shepherd
Marie Reed Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/mariehreed