A Washington, DC Neighborhood

Dupont Circle is the largest and liveliest circle park in the District, with delightful shops and restaurants radiating north and south, offering a bustling daily atmosphere and an active night life. Most housing is apartment buildings, large and small, and row houses circa 1900. Parking is at a premium, but here is good Metro access. The apartment builldings, primarily condominium and some cooperatives, are mostly refurbished, with a wide range of sizes and amenities. As is true of all buildings in the District, the 2-3 bedroom units with parking are in greatest demand.

From Washington.org:

The Circle is named in honor of Civil War naval hero Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Dupont.  Bistros, bars and boutiques line the streets that come together at Dupont Circle, the meeting place of this cosmopolitan neighborhood. The largest concentration of international embassies sits just northwest of the circle, giving the neighborhood an extra dash of global flavor. Arts and entertainment collide with restaurants, shops, hotels, quaint B&Bs, galleries and museums (The Phillips Collection, The Textile Museum, Woodrow Wilson House and National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall, to name a few).

Join in a pick-up game of chess in the Circle, or people-watch as locals roll past on bicycles or stroll past with dogs. Stop by the neighborhood farmer’s market on Sunday for fresh local produce and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Try the popcorn shrimp and fried clams at Hank’s Oyster Bar, or choose from a tremendous selection of beers from around the world at the Bier Baron. View breathtaking art in an intimate setting at The Phillips Collection.

With beautiful Victorian architecture, charming cafes, lavish embassies and trendy shops and galleries, Dupont Circle is perfect for exploring on foot. Check out these points of interest:

  • The Heurich House, also known as the “Brewmaster’s Castle”
  • Historic homes, including the Blaine Mansion and the Walsh-McLean House, home of one-time owners of the Hope Diamond
  • The Woodrow Wilson House, DC’s only presidential residence
  • The Textile Museum, a fascinating collection of textile artifacts
From About.com:

Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of Washington, DC’s finest museums, historic homes and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and private art galleries. This neighborhood is the heart of Washington, DC’s nightlife. The Dupont Circle community is home to many recent college graduates and is also popular with gays and lesbians. There are lots of high-rise apartment buildings and many rowhouses have been converted into apartments.

The Circle itself is a gathering place with park benches, grass and a unique fountain in the center.  Other attractions include:

  • Museums Near Dupont Circle – The neighborhood is home to several small museums, including the Textile Museum, Woodrow Wilson House, the Phillips Collection, Brewmaster’s Castle and many more.
  • Embassy Row – The area extending along Massachusetts Avenue from Dupont Circle toward the National Cathedral is home to many of Washington’s foreign embassies.
  • The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle – The Cathedral church and parish is the seat of the Archbishop of Washington. As the Mother Church of the archdiocese, it plays a major role in the Catholic life of the nation’s capital.

Dupont Circle is an eclectic neighborhood with a wide variety of restaurants ranging from fast food to unique ethnic eateries. The area is also one of the most popular destinations in the city for nightlife.

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Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
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