LeDroit Park

Blog posts about the LeDroit Park neighborhood of Washington, DC

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Founded 150 years ago, Howard University has been part of the DC area for generations. As it continues its legacy as one of the nation’s top historically black colleges, the neighborhood around the campus is changing.

Once residing in a primarily working-class area of African American residents, an influx of new residents has begun to change the racial makeup of the neighborhood. The area is also changing visually.

Some of the older, more rundown properties that once existed within the community have since been replaced by new locations, including coffee shops and bike shares. The area’s also experienced a rise in property values over recent years.

Howard University is now trying to capitalize on some of those rising prices, leasing land it

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Packed with history, with landmark buildings and 19th century architecture, the quiet neighborhood of LeDroit Park continues to entice new residents and curious visitors, alike. Known for its narrow streets, named after the trees that line them, the area is also regarded for its extensive landscaping, historic architecture and less ideally, it’s segregated past.

First designed following the Civil War, LeDroit Park began as a “white” neighborhood. Then came the late 1880s when students from nearby Howard University helped lead the charge to integrate the neighborhood, physically tearing down some of the fences that once separated LeDroit Park from other local neighborhoods.

These days that story is told through organized walking tours. The

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The quiet enclave in the middle of the city, LeDroit Park, is still relatively affordable, near the Shaw-Howard University Metro Station and one of the oldest neighborhoods in DC.  LeDroit Park is just south of Howard University and west of Bloomingdale.  Residents are drawn to the historic Victorian homes, newer row houses and modest mid-rise brick houses in the neighborhood.  Residents now represent a wide variety of ethnic groups; the racial, socioeconomic and gender diversity is what attracts newcomers to the neighborhood.  Residents in LeDroit Park have a short bike ride to downtown, 14th Street and Columbia Heights, and the neighborhood is close to several bus lines.  The Shaw-Howard University Metro Station on the Green and Yellow Lines is a

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DC leads the country for local community gardens, according to a new report issued by The Trust for Public Land.  With the most community gardens per capita, DC has many plots of land often divided up into individual gardens, many owned by the city or National Park Service.  Even if residents don’t have a yard, community gardens are one way to enjoy green spaces and do some plantings.  There are plenty of plots of land and volunteer opportunities in local community gardens for Washington residents with a green thumb who want to plant fruits and vegetables or even to help others.  

According to The Trust, there are more than 2,500 community gardens in the District.  The gardens can be found in all sections of the city and the parks department, which

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DC Condo Boutique team members Donna Mank represented the buyer and team member Mansour Abu-Rahmeh represented the seller of a newly renovated condo located at 2419 1st Street #1 in DC's LeDroit Park neighborhood.   This condo featured 1 BR / 2.5 BA / 2,418 SF, upscale designer finishes and an off-street parking space. This unit sold on September 7th, 2012 for $535,000 / $221 SF.

Washingtonians are discovering the charm of LeDroit Park and the strong value proposition associated with this neighborhood.

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In a city short of vacant land, the adaptive re-use of obsolete buildings has become the norm for developers.  One of the best transformations in recent years is the Parker Flats at Gage School project located on the border of LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale neighborhoods.  This 92-unit project is anchored by the meticulously restored circa 1904 Gage School which houses 33 loft-style condos.  The project also includes two new buildings designed to complement the historic neighborhood and a 70-space underground parking garage.

Parker Flats developer finishes in many of the Gage School units include exposed brick, 14-foot ceilings, 12-ft historically accurate windows, stainless appliances, granite counters and maple cabinets.  Common amenities include

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