Dupont Circle Homes for Sale
When people say Dupont or Dupont Circle, they are likely referring to the entire neighborhood, which stretches 5-6 blocks from the actual circle. 19th, P, Connecticut, Massachusetts and, New Hampshire Avenues all bisect the actual circle making it a 10 spoke traffic jammed delight.
Dupont Circle is named for Samuel Francis DuPont who was a Rear Admiral during the Civil War.
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Get to Know Dupont
North and east of the circle has a different feel than south and west which is the older part of Dupont, closer to downtown and more commercial. North and east are more leafy and residential – combining city living with walkability and streets framed with trees and parks. The northeastern parts of Dupont feed to Ross Elementary School, which is a small school with one class per grade starting at Pre-K at 4 years old. The southern part of Dupont goes to School Without Walls - Francis Stevens which starts enrollment at Pre-K 3.
The neighborhood has gone through several regenerations in the 150 years since development started. As the development of the city moved north from downtown in the late 1800’s, many wealthy families built their mansions right on the circle. As the development thrived, so did the neighborhood. The heyday continued for Dupont well into the 1920’s. Many of the residents lost quite a bit of their wealth in the Great Depression and their homes were sold and became commercial buildings or Embassies.
Dupont fell into disrepair in the 60’s but by the 1970’s became the epicenter of gay culture in DC. In the 1980’s there was a punk music scene in full force in DC and Dupont Circle was a host to much of that music movement. Gentrification started in the 1990’s and by 2000, the neighborhood became highly sought after and prices started rising quickly for housing.
Real Estate in Dupont
Dupont has settled in the DC landscape as an established neighborhood with stable values. The proximity to the red line metro coupled with the ability to walk downtown makes it highly desirable. No longer “trendy,” Dupont Circle is considered a solid neighborhood that has stood the test of time.
House types are rowhomes, condos and apartments. The rowhomes are Victorian in style and often include a basement that has been converted into a separate rentable apartment. There is Stead Park at 16th and P which has playgrounds and sports fields, an enclosed dog park at 17th and S and some very highly rated restaurants along the 17th Street Commercial District.
What to Do in Dupont
Check out the 17th Street Festival in the Fall, the Sunday Farmer’s Market in Dupont, the Pride Parade and the Tuesday before Halloween when the infamous high heel drag race happens on 17th Street.