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Bloomingdale Community Guide Real Estate Everybody's favorite DC neighborhood!

Updated 4/27/2023

History and Flavor 

Once called “Everybody’s favorite DC neighborhood” by the Washington Post, Bloomingdale has its share of fans. Situated in Northwest DC, less than two miles from the Capitol Building, Bloomingdale is best known for its iconic, turn-of-the-century Victorian row houses featured in the opening credits of House of Cards (and are among the best-known landmark homes in the city).

Due to its low-lying topography, flooding can be an issue. Before buying a home here, determine its flood plain and plan for the appropriate insurance. 

Bloomingdale is one of the preferred neighborhoods in the District of Columbia. Prospective residents are offered an urban/suburban mix feel, and 65% of homes are owned vs. rentals. Plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and parks exist in Bloomingdale. This is a neighborhood packed with young professionals with strong liberal political leanings.

With a rich history dating back to the 18th Century, this area is an ideal DC mix of old and new. An appreciation for the history of the area and an eye toward innovation makes this an excellent place to live. 

Gorgeously renovated historic homes sit alongside modern condos and apartments.  The Bloomingdale neighborhood is close to the best of DC, with lots of green space and a wonderful sense of community.  


Music & Parks

  • Washington DC Brass Animals– Bring your party to life with this jazzed-up brass band.
  • Showtime Lounge– Small, low-key bar with murals of local musicians & record logos, plus a free jukebox.
  • Common Good City Farm– an urban farm with workshops, instruction, and more for community members who want to help grow their food. 
  • Crispus Attucks Park– Known for its secluded feel, this popular urban park includes lots of green space, benches & trails.


Popular Shopping and Eats

  • CityCenterDC– CityCenterDC is a mixed-use development consisting of two condominium buildings, two rental apartment buildings, two office buildings, a luxury hotel, and a public park in downtown Washington, D.C. It encompasses 2,000,000 square feet and covers more than five city blocks. 
  • Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center– Unfussy strip mall with discount grocery & clothing stores, a nail salon & automotive services. 
  • Gallery Place– Retail, entertainment, and living spaces on top of one of the most extensive metro stations in DC.
  • Sylvan Cafe & Bakery– Original Jersey-style bagels.
  • The Red Hen– Creative wood-fired Italian eats in an airy, rustic-industrial space with an open kitchen & large bar.


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Public Transportation


North Capitol Street NW & Florida Ave NW 

North Capitol Street NW & Channing St NW

North Capitol Street NE & Channing St NE

Median Home Value

$859.000 as of 2023

Renters: 35%

Owners: 65%


Population 6,135

Median household income –  $134,051

Median age: 32

Families with children – 13%

High school diploma or equivalent – 9%

College Degree: 86%

46% White

41% African American

6% Hispanic

4% Asian

3% Other