The communities of Eckington, Bloomingdale, Truxton Circle, and LeDroit Park are going through a marked transformation. Numerous small businesses and real estate developments have emerged over the last few years, and new ones continue to appear.
There has also been an influx of new residents, many of them young professionals and growing families who are drawn to the restaurants, cultural venues, and the diverse housing stock in the area.
Dubbed “Beautiful Eckington” in the 1800s for its architecture, tree-shaded streets, and electric streetcar line, this former 18th century country estate has kept a low profile over the years and is kept largely secluded from its western neighbors by North Capitol Street.
As one of D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods, Eckington has a combination of residential and industrial elements. The housing stock is composed of rowhouses and condos.
The real estate market is gaining strength, with Eckington being one of three D.C. neighborhoods that have seen a drastic growth in home values and sales. Inventory is low, and homes typically get sold in less than a month.
Residents enjoy the following amenities at the Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center:
- Baseball field
- Basketball court
- Multipurpose room
- Tennis court
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Wading pool
The neighborhood is bounded by Florida Avenue, Rhode Island Avenue, North Capitol Street, and the railroad tracks.
Exquisitely crafted homes and a strong sense of community make Bloomingdale an ideal place to live. Surrounded by elms and maples, this quiet neighborhood is located east of LeDroit Park and is minutes away from downtown D.C., universities, and the Children’s National Medical Center.
One of the capital’s first suburban developments, Bloomingdale’s housing stock is made up mostly of rowhouses and condos.
There’s an array of restaurants, cafés, and convenience stores along 1st Street NW. Residents often congregate at Big Bear Café, which serves cocktails, beer, and espresso-based drinks.
Crispus Attucks Park is an oasis of mature trees and colorful flowers. McMillan Park Reservoir has over 25 acres of open space for residents to enjoy.
Located north of Union Station and east of Shaw, Truxton Circle is named for a traffic circle that once occupied the intersection of Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street. It boasts a newly renovated high school, playgrounds, and a close proximity to downtown D.C.
The housing stock is composed of rowhouses and condos. There’s been increased activity in the real estate market, with the high demand for housing downtown spilling over to the neighborhood.
Bates Street exemplifies the best of Truxton Circle with its brightly colored homes and front yards teeming with flowers.
Dunbar High School’s eight-lane indoor pool is open to the public on weekends, and there are two libraries in the neighborhood.
This quiet enclave is one of D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods. Developed on land purchased from Howard University, LeDroit Park is known for its historic homes and narrow, tree-lined streets. It’s bordered by Rhode Island and Florida Avenues, 2nd Street NW, 7th Street, and W Street.
The housing stock is made up of rowhouses and condos. Most of the stately Victorians that local developer James McGill built in the 1870s still stand today.
Some of the choicest residences can be found on three blocks spanning T Street, between 6th and 3rd. The LeDroit Park Market, Cookie’s Corner, and a convenience store make up the neighborhood’s commercial stretch.
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