The Meandering Borders of Dupont Circle

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The stretching of the Dupont Circle neighborhood borders by the DC real estate community seems to happen on a near-daily basis.  Realtors listing properties will go to great lengths to include the highly-coveted Dupont badge of honor in their listing.  As an altruistic stickler for details looking for order in our world....this common practice of advertising a property for sale in Dupont even though it is not....just feels wrong.

Wikipedia defines the Dupont Circle neighborhood as being bounded approximately by 15th Street NW to the east, 22nd Street NW to the west, M Street NW to the south, and Florida Avenue NW to the north.  This Dupont Neighborhood definition is very straight forward and truly shouldn't be a major point of debate.

Unfortunately in the real estate trenches, Dupont's border gets stretched, pulled and twisted on a daily basis.  Here are a few examples that I found today in our MLS:

2328 Champlain Street #417 - Lofts at Adams Morgan
Advertised as: Dupont/Adams Morgan
Reality: Adams Morgan - 5 blocks from Dupont border at Florida Avenue

1735 Johnson Avenue #E - Empire Lofts
Advertised as: Dupont Circle
Reality: Logan Circle - 1/2 block from Dupont border at 15th Street

1307 S Street
Advertised as: Dupont Logan U Street
Reality: U Street Corridor - 1.5 blocks from Dupont border at 15th Street

1661 Crescent Place #304
Advertised as: Dupont/Adams Morgan
Reality: Adams Morgan - 2 blocks from Dupont border at Florida Avenue

As we are the home to the country's smartest residents, it is doubtful that these border shifts are going to get past our astute condo shoppers. If you are looking for a new place in Dupont Circle, here is a resource to view active Dupont Circle listings.


#1 By Mark Washburn at 5/26/2021 2:01 AM

A listing came on the market yesterday at 2307 15th St NW #2 in the Lofts at Meridian Hill development. It is mis-advertised as Dupont/Logan....this location north of Florida Ave on the east side of 15th street across from Meridian Hill Park is a Columbia Heights address.

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