The Big Picture
LeDroit Park is on the upswing; many houses have been restored, the brick sidewalks that line most streets are clean. Despite the turnaround, this small, easily-missed enclave is still relatively affordable, given the high quality of much of the area’s housing stock. Revitalization is accelerating in Bloomingdale, too; much of the neighborhood now meets the “five minute rule" of having some basics within a five-minute walk. And yet, Bloomingdalers are proud that their slice of DC maintains its close-knit, community-oriented character.
Spanning parts of Wards 1 and 5, and considered as one contiguous entity, LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale are bordered by Bryant and Channing Streets to the north, North Capitol Street to the east, Florida Avenue to the south, and Georgia Avenue to the west.
McPherson Square: 20-25 minutes by bus
Lincoln Memorial: 25 minutes by bike
Langley Park: 15 minutes by car
Buses: 70, 79, 80, 90, 92, 96, G8, X3
Bikeshare Stations: 4
Shaw-Howard (Yellow, Green)
A Special Place
Either LeDroit Park or Bloomingdale could be a great choice if you are looking for in-city convenience at comparatively affordable prices, and are willing to accept some of the trade-offs that come with being -- even today -- a trailblazer in a corner of Washington still on the make.
It's true: LeDroit Park got its name from founding developer Amzi Barbe, in honor of his father-in-law, J. LeDroict Langdon. The "c" was later dropped, for a more French-seeming allure. "Bloomingdale" was the name of a large 19th century estate surrounding the intersection of today's North Capitol Street and Randolph Place.
home sweet homes
Victorian-era houses and rowhouses are the backbone; some are still single-residence, others have been converted into condos. Larger developments (e.g., Parker Flats at repurposed Gage School), exist but are comparatively rare.