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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

309 SEATON PL NE Washington, DC 20002
Photo of 309 SEATON PL NE, Washington, DC 20002 (MLS # DC8646247)
3 beds 4 baths 2,278 sqft $699,000
2528 ELVANS RD SE Washington, DC 20020
Photo of 2528 ELVANS RD SE, Washington, DC 20020 (MLS # DC8646215)
5 beds 3 baths $485,000
3121 12TH ST NE Washington, DC 20017
Photo of 3121 12TH ST NE, Washington, DC 20017 (MLS # DC8646178)
3 beds 2 baths $449,000
2550 17TH ST NW, Unit 308 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2550 17TH ST NW, Unit 308, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8646132)
1 bed 1 bath 682 sqft $428,900
4005 7TH ST NE, Unit 2 Washington, DC 20017
Photo of 4005 7TH ST NE, Unit 2, Washington, DC 20017 (MLS # DC8645988)
2 beds 2 baths 825 sqft $350,000
4005 7TH ST NE, Unit 1 Washington, DC 20017
Photo of 4005 7TH ST NE, Unit 1, Washington, DC 20017 (MLS # DC8645992)
2 beds 2 baths 825 sqft $350,000
4005 7TH ST NE, Unit 4 Washington, DC 20017
Photo of 4005 7TH ST NE, Unit 4, Washington, DC 20017 (MLS # DC8645998)
2 beds 2 baths 825 sqft $375,000
4005 7TH ST NE, Unit 3 Washington, DC 20017
Photo of 4005 7TH ST NE, Unit 3, Washington, DC 20017 (MLS # DC8645987)
2 beds 2 baths 825 sqft $375,000
4114 DAVIS PL NW, Unit 313 Washington, DC 20007
Photo of 4114 DAVIS PL NW, Unit 313, Washington, DC 20007 (MLS # DC8645773)
1 bed 1 bath 690 sqft $315,000
6617 GEORGIA AVE NW Washington, DC 20012
Photo of 6617 GEORGIA AVE NW, Washington, DC 20012 (MLS # DC8645321)
4 beds 2 baths $500,000
1739 HOLBROOK ST NE Washington, DC 20002
3 beds 2 baths $420,000
607 LONGFELLOW ST NW Washington, DC 20011
Photo of 607 LONGFELLOW ST NW, Washington, DC 20011 (MLS # DC8645214)
4 beds 4 baths 2,100 sqft $599,500
5008 BLAINE ST NE Washington, DC 20019
Photo of 5008 BLAINE ST NE, Washington, DC 20019 (MLS # DC8645166)
4 beds 3 baths $369,000
1206 OATES ST NE Washington, DC 20002
Photo of 1206 OATES ST NE, Washington, DC 20002 (MLS # DC8645127)
3 beds 3 baths $659,000
3413 Q ST NW Washington, DC 20007
Photo of 3413 Q ST NW, Washington, DC 20007 (MLS # DC8645090)
2 beds 1 bath $859,000
1300 N ST NW, Unit 207 Washington, DC 20005
Photo of 1300 N ST NW, Unit 207, Washington, DC 20005 (MLS # DC8645069)
1 bed 1 bath 555 sqft $400,000
437 NEW YORK AVE NW, Unit Y21 Washington, DC 20001
Photo of 437 NEW YORK AVE NW, Unit Y21, Washington, DC 20001 (MLS # DC8644834)
1 bed 2 baths 854 sqft $529,000
4225 45TH ST NW Washington, DC 20016
Photo of 4225 45TH ST NW, Washington, DC 20016 (MLS # DC8644759)
3 beds 4 baths $1,095,000
500 M ST NW, Unit 4 Washington, DC 20001
Photo of 500 M ST NW, Unit 4, Washington, DC 20001 (MLS # DC8644755)
2 beds 3 baths 1,200 sqft $729,900
732 15TH ST SE, Unit 3 Washington, DC 20003
Photo of 732 15TH ST SE, Unit 3, Washington, DC 20003 (MLS # DC8644737)
1 bed 1 bath 714 sqft $449,900
1412 CHAPIN ST NW, Unit 205 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1412 CHAPIN ST NW, Unit 205, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8644730)
2 beds 2 baths $599,900
2718 POPLAR ST NW Washington, DC 20007
Photo of 2718 POPLAR ST NW, Washington, DC 20007 (MLS # DC8643476)
2 beds 2 baths 1,134 sqft $899,000
1412 CHAPIN ST NW, Unit 101 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1412 CHAPIN ST NW, Unit 101, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8644679)
1 bed 1 bath $479,900
1880 COLUMBIA RD NW, Unit 104 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1880 COLUMBIA RD NW, Unit 104, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8644674)
1 bed 2 baths 943 sqft $449,900
5348 CHILLUM PL NE Washington, DC 20011
Photo of 5348 CHILLUM PL NE, Washington, DC 20011 (MLS # DC8644604)
3 beds 4 baths $499,000
2818 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, Unit 6 Washington, DC 20008
Photo of 2818 CONNECTICUT AVE NW, Unit 6, Washington, DC 20008 (MLS # DC8644484)
3 beds 2 baths 1,628 sqft $1,199,000
3904 W ST NW Washington, DC 20007
Photo of 3904 W ST NW, Washington, DC 20007 (MLS # DC8634534)
4 beds 3 baths 1,728 sqft $889,000
152 U ST NW Washington, DC 20001
Photo of 152 U ST NW, Washington, DC 20001 (MLS # DC8644443)
3 beds 1 bath $749,000
1507 QUEEN ST NE Washington, DC 20002
Photo of 1507 QUEEN ST NE, Washington, DC 20002 (MLS # DC8644425)
2 beds 2 baths $310,000
2012 KALORAMA RD NW, Unit 4 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 2012 KALORAMA RD NW, Unit 4, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8644415)
2 beds 2 baths 1,230 sqft $679,900

Sold Listings in Washington

976 Florida Ave Nw Washington, DC 20001
Photo of 976 Florida Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20001 (MLS # DC8643452)
2 beds 1 bath $569,000
976 Florida Ave Nw Washington, DC 20001
Photo of 976 Florida Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20001 (MLS # DC8643452)
2 beds 1 bath $569,000
1633 Van Buren St Nw Washington, DC 20012
Photo of 1633 Van Buren St Nw, Washington, DC 20012 (MLS # DC8642571)
4 beds 3 baths $1,100,000
6815 9th St Nw Washington, DC 20012
Photo of 6815 9th St Nw, Washington, DC 20012 (MLS # DC8643847)
5 beds 3 baths $490,000
1001 26th St Nw #506 Washington, DC 20037
1 bed 1 bath 804 sqft $320,000
3201 44th St Nw Washington, DC 20016
Photo of 3201 44th St Nw, Washington, DC 20016 (MLS # DC8628921)
5 beds 5 baths 4,500 sqft $1,750,000
7121 Georgia Ave Nw Washington, DC 20012
Photo of 7121 Georgia Ave Nw, Washington, DC 20012 (MLS # DC8624964)
3 beds 2 baths 1,430 sqft $365,000
2030 8th St Nw #303 Washington, DC 20001
Photo of 2030 8th St Nw #303, Washington, DC 20001 (MLS # DC8623986)
1 bed 1 bath $492,900
1301 21st St Nw Washington, DC 20036
Photo of 1301 21st St Nw, Washington, DC 20036 (MLS # DC8621502)
3 beds 3 baths 2,830 sqft $1,950,000
1301 21st St Nw Washington, DC 20036
Photo of 1301 21st St Nw, Washington, DC 20036 (MLS # DC8621502)
3 beds 3 baths 2,830 sqft $1,950,000
4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #108b Washington, DC 20016
Photo of 4000 Cathedral Ave Nw #108b, Washington, DC 20016 (MLS # DC8641722)
1 bed 1 bath 1,100 sqft $399,999
3424 P St Nw Washington, DC 20007
Photo of 3424 P St Nw, Washington, DC 20007 (MLS # DC8621828)
3 beds 2 baths $925,000
631 D St Nw #845 Washington, DC 20004
Photo of 631 D St Nw #845, Washington, DC 20004 (MLS # DC8619011)
2 beds 3 baths 1,219 sqft $633,000
3724 Ingomar St Nw Washington, DC 20015
Photo of 3724 Ingomar St Nw, Washington, DC 20015 (MLS # DC8621320)
7 beds 5 baths $1,625,000
1409 21st St Nw #2b Washington, DC 20036
Photo of 1409 21st St Nw #2b, Washington, DC 20036 (MLS # DC8619154)
1 bed 1 bath 609 sqft $443,500
1828 15th Nw Washington, DC 20009
3 beds 2 baths $1,350,000
1415 Duncan St Ne Washington, DC 20002
Photo of 1415 Duncan St Ne, Washington, DC 20002 (MLS # DC8617650)
3 beds 3 baths $624,000
1415 DUNCAN ST NE Washington, DC 20002
Photo of 1415 DUNCAN ST NE, Washington, DC 20002 (MLS # DC8617650)
3 beds 3 baths $624,000
400 21st St Ne #3 Washington, DC 20002
Photo of 400 21st St Ne #3, Washington, DC 20002 (MLS # DC8616423)
2 beds 2 baths 900 sqft $441,000
725 Emerson St Nw Washington, DC 20011
Photo of 725 Emerson St Nw, Washington, DC 20011 (MLS # DC8611662)
4 beds 4 baths $670,000
6725 Piney Branch Rd Nw Washington, DC 20012
Photo of 6725 Piney Branch Rd Nw, Washington, DC 20012 (MLS # DC8615696)
4 beds 4 baths 2,500 sqft $729,900
1335 E St Se Washington, DC 20003
Photo of 1335 E St Se, Washington, DC 20003 (MLS # DC8615374)
3 beds 2 baths $625,000
1541 T St Nw Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1541 T St Nw, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8614457)
5 beds 5 baths 3,300 sqft $1,828,000
1354 Monroe St Nw #B Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1354 Monroe St Nw #B, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8614474)
2 beds 3 baths 1,500 sqft $695,000
1461 Girard St Nw #400 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1461 Girard St Nw #400, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8614888)
2 beds 1 bath 1,016 sqft $560,000
739 Newton Pl Nw #203 Washington, DC 20010
2 beds 2 baths 750 sqft $399,990
1335 E ST SE Washington, DC 20003
Photo of 1335 E ST SE, Washington, DC 20003 (MLS # DC8615374)
3 beds 2 baths $625,000
1461 GIRARD ST NW, Unit 400 Washington, DC 20009
Photo of 1461 GIRARD ST NW, Unit 400, Washington, DC 20009 (MLS # DC8614888)
2 beds 1 bath 1,016 sqft $560,000
1354 MONROE ST NW, Unit B Washington, DC 20010
Photo of 1354 MONROE ST NW, Unit B, Washington, DC 20010 (MLS # DC8614474)
2 beds 3 baths 1,500 sqft $695,000
712 13th St Ne Washington, DC 20002
Photo of 712 13th St Ne, Washington, DC 20002 (MLS # DC8613203)
2 beds 2 baths 1,472 sqft $700,000

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Washington School Data

Washington School Districts

District Of Columbia Public Schools
PK-12 & ungraded
http://dcps.dc.gov/portal/site/DCPS/
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/
The Next Step Pcs
9-12 & ungraded
Carlos Rosario International Pcs
K-2 & ungraded
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
Youth Build Pcs Layc)
10-12 & ungraded
The William E. Doar, Junior Public Charter School for the Performing Arts
PK-5
http://www.wedjschool.us/
Education Strenghtens Families Pcs
PK
Washington Latin Public Charter School
9-12
http://www.edline.net/pages/Washington_Latin_PCS
Septima Clark Pcs
PK-6
Arts And Technology Pcs
PK-5
Booker T. Washington Pcs
9-12 & ungraded
Capital City Pcs
PK-12
Cesar Chavez Public Pcs
6-12
http://www.chavezschools.org/
Community Academy Pcs
PK-8
http://www.capcs.org/
D.C. Bilingual Pcs
PK-5
D.C. Preparatory Academy Pcs
PK-8
http://www.dcprep.org/
E.L. Haynes Pcs
PK-10
Friendship Pcs
PK-12
http://www.friendshipschools.org/
Hope Community Academy Pcs
PK-8
http://www.hopecommunitycs.org/
Hospitality Pcs
9-12
Cedar Tree Academy Public Charter School
PK-K, 7-8
http://www.howardroadacademy.org/
Howard University Middle School Of Math And Science
6-8
Perry Street Preparatory Pcs
PK-12
Integrated Design Electronics Academy Idea)
7-12
Ideal Academy Pcs
PK-8
https://www.iapcs.com/
Kipp Academy Pcs
PK, 1-12
Latin America Youth Bilingual Montessori
PK-5
Mary Mcleod Bethune Pcs
PK-8
Maya Angelou Pcs
6-12 & ungraded
Meridian Pcs
PK-8
Nia Community PCS
PK-6
Options Pcs
6-12
Paul Jhs Pcs
6-9
Potomac Lighthouse Pcs
PK-7
Roots Pcs
PK-8
Sail PCS
K-8
Seed Pcs
6-12
St. Coletta Special Education Pcs
PK-12 & ungraded
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom Pcs
PK-6
Thurgood Marshall Academy Pcs
9-12
Tree Of Life Pcs
PK-8
Two Rivers Pcs
PK-8
http://www.tworiverspcs.org/
Washington Latin Pcs
5-12
http://www.edline.net/pages/Washington_Latin_PCS
Washington Math Science Pcs
9-12
William E. Doar Jr Pcs
PK-8
http://www.wedjschool.us/
Achievement Preparatory Academy Pcs
4-8
Center City Pcs
PK-8
http://www.centercitypcs.org/
Imagine Southeast Pcs
PK-7
National Collegiate Prep
9-12
Washington Yu Ying Pcs
PK-5
Dyrs
7-12 & ungraded
Excel Academy Pcs
PK-5
Inspired Teaching Demonstration Pcs
PK-5
Shining Stars Montessori Pcs
PK-1
Richard Wright Pcs For Journalism And Media Arts Pcs
8-12
Basis Dc Pcs
5-9
Creative Minds Pcs
PK-2
Dc Scholars Pcs
PK-3
Mundo Verde Bilingual Pcs
PK-1
Ingenuity Preparatory Pcs
PK-K
Sela Pcs
PK-2
Somerset Pcs
n/a
State Operative Agency
n/a

Washington Schools

Murch Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/murch
Moten Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.motenes.org
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