Dupont Circle Real Estate, Washington DC
One of Washington, DC’s most elite inner-city neighborhoods, Dupont Circle offers a vibrant nightlife, top-rated eateries and fabulous homes for sale. And while prices at the top are expensive, there are also some affordable options for blossoming policy wonks, writers and fashionistas—as long as you’re willing to live in a 300-foot closet.
The lion’s share of active real estate listings in Dupont Circle are condos for sale, including a number of recently converted units in the grand old Somerset House—a 1917 Harry Wardman apartment building on 16th Street. The neighborhood is also known for its beautiful row houses, including Queen Anne, Richardson Romanesque and Second Empire styles. There are noticeably fewer for sale than in previous years however—that’s the reality of shopping for a home in one of DC’s most sought-after communities.
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Dupont Circle Neighborhood Information
While single-family homes account for just a silver of properties, they do exist. The crazy old palatial mansions that were once common along the broad, tree-lined diagonal avenues are now mostly a memory. But there are still some stunning examples left and every now and then one will pop up on the market, giving even the most hardened real estate investors a pause for breath. These last remaining mansions won't look like country estates or suburban homes with large front lawns, however. After all, they were originally built in a city setting, and have a similar appearance to row houses, except on a larger and wider scale.
Look below for some commonly asked questions about the neighborhood, and then scroll down for even more Dupont Circle information.
Dupont Circle FAQ’s
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is Dupont Circle in relationship to the downtown Washington area and other neighborhoods?
A: Dupont Circle is just north of downtown DC, the White House, and the National Mall. Other neighborhoods in the area include Logan Circle to the east, the West End to the west, and Kalorama and Adams Morgan to the north.
Q: What type of architecture do you typically find in Dupont Circle?
A: Historic row houses are quite common in Dupont Circle, with architectural influences that include Victorian, Queen Anne, and Richardsonian to name a few. You’ll also find grand old apartment buildings that have converted to condos, and even some newer buildings with contemporary and modern designs.
Q: Is Dupont Circle a walkable neighborhood?
A: Yes, Dupont is one of the most walkable communities in the District. Recent Walk Scores in the neighborhood have hovered between 98 and 99. With leafy streets, sidewalk cafes, galleries and more, this is very enjoyable place to explore on foot.
Q: Is the round circle in the middle of Dupont open to the public?
A: Yes, the Dupont traffic circle with its inner park is a popular public place, maintained by the National Mall and Memorial Parks services. The Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont Memorial fountain with three sculpted figures is the centerpiece of the circle and is one of the most photographed landmarks in Washington.
A Brief History of Dupont Circle
The neighborhood is part of the “Old City” of Washington, dating back to its earliest inception. The earliest homes were grand mansions and in 1871, the U.S. Corps of Engineers began construction of the traffic circle itself, first known as Pacific Circle and later renamed in honor of Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont. In the years that followed, the grid streets surrounding the circle became the site if a great development boom with row houses and apartment buildings.
Dupont Circle real estate for sale starts in the very low six-figures for studio cooperative units at massive old Art Deco buildings and rise steadily in price, climbing well into the millions. The neighborhood is home to galleries, museums, upscale boutiques and a wealth of restaurants like Komi, Urbana, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Obelisk, Bub and Pop’s and many more. There’s also a nearby Whole Foods and a Safeway. Mass transit is served by the Dupont Circle Metro and of course, there’s plenty of major roadways—it is a traffic circle, after all.