Arts-and-culture hub in the heart of the capital.
Logan Circle is steeped in history, from the Civil War through its status as a center of African-American arts and culture in the early 20th century. The wide avenues fanning out from its central traffic circle are lined with majestic Victorian Gothic and Romanesque Revival homes, with 135 of these residences listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood also has an even larger historic district of 765 properties built close to the former 14th Street streetcar station, which sparked the neighborhood’s development in the 1880s. A century later, the Whitman-Walker Health non-profit was at the forefront of the fight against the HIV and AIDs epidemic, providing vital services and conducting research into the disease from the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center.At present, homes for sale in Logan Circle are one of the most sought-after residences near DC.
Walking tours are organized to take in the architecture of the eight-block Logan Circle historic district, and homes here are some of D.C.’s most impressive. Away from the grand avenues, the neighborhood has quiet side streets lined with attractive townhomes. There are also newer apartments and condominiums with exceptional modern amenities, including 1401 Q, The Elysium, Lofts 14, and The Metropole. Many condominium developments combine Logan Circle’s rich history with luxurious modern style. Cooper Lewis combines an original 1897 six-story Pelz Building with 21st century style since its 2006 development. Rainbow Lofts and The Matrix both convert spacious car dealerships of the early-20th century’s Auto Row into elegant modern living spaces. The Berret School Lofts does the same with a 19th century schoolhouse, while the luxury condominiums at the Northern Exchange are housed within a former phone switchboard.
Logan Circle is immediately northwest of downtown D.C., placing it just a few blocks from the heart of the city. The neighborhood’s combination of convenience and residential calm is hard to beat. Young urban professionals love this neighborhood for its walkability and the many trendy businesses located within Logan Circle itself. While there is no Metro station within the community, the real estate in Logan Circle is just a few blocks walk from McPherson Square’s Blue and Orange line station, Dupont Circle and Farragut North on the Red line, and Shaw/Howard University and U Street on the Green Line.
The upscale shopping and dining along 14th Street has established it as one of the trendiest areas in D.C. 14th Street originally blossomed in the early 20th century as a street lined with car dealerships. Many of the historic buildings that house the shops and restaurants of today’s 14th Street still have large storefront windows stemming from this period. 14th Street’s reputation has grown exponentially in recent years, with the 14th Street Elaboration development plan launched in 2012 attracting many high-quality new businesses.
Le Diplomate is one of D.C.’s finest restaurants, serving outstanding French cuisine and an exhaustive wine selection in a refined setting that includes a Parisian-style sidewalk seating area. Cork is another Logan Circle eatery with an excellent wine selection, along with New American small plates and a market that offers wine tasting. Etto offers rustic Italian fare and wood-fired pizzas paired with wine produced at the owner’s own winery. Churchkey has a craft beer selection of some 555 labels, along with a menu of flatbreads and cheese plates. Birch & Barley’s beer selection also extends beyond 500 labels, with the menu here focused on New American cuisine. Michelin Guide featured Bresca is one of 14th Streets most buzzworthy eateries, with chef Ryan Ratino’s avant-garde takes on French-style dishes earning many plaudits. There are also authentic international restaurants, such as Spanish tapas at Estadio and Southeast Asian street food at Doi Moi. Compass Rose brings together eclectic international influences for a globe-spanning menu of fusion creations. Other highlights are outdoor Southern-style beer and barbecue at Garden District and rooftop craft beers, wines, and cocktails at the Players Club’s Skybox. As well as boasting one of D.C.’s best rooftop bars, the Player’s Club offers a hip-kitsch take on a 1970’s-style rumpus room, with arcade games and foosball, pinball, and pool tables.
Coffee lovers have no shortage of options either. Dolchezza combines carefully crafted coffees with delicious gelato. Slipstream has a creative menu of crafted coffee-based drinks and cocktails. Other trendy hot spots for a hot cup of fresh coffee include Blue Bottle, Peregrine, and Wydown.
Along with being a standout of the D.C. dining scene, 14th Street and the streets that bisect it have an array of unique places to shop. GoodWood sells mid-century furniture and classically stylish womenswear in a unique environment modeled after an old-fashioned general store. Cork & Fork is a specialist wine retailer that regularly brings in enticing new vintages. It also offers classes and regular wine tasting events. Milk Bar sells delectable desserts and offers classes on making your own. There are also inspired decorative items for the home at Salt & Sundry, luxury watches, bicycles, and leather goods at Shinola, and fantastic home décor specialists such as Ann Sacks, Little Leaf, Mitchell Gold, Miss Pixies, Room & Board, Spartan Surfaces, and West Elm. For groceries, 14th Street has a Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, and the 14 & U Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday from 9am until 1pm.
Logan Circle is a hub of arts and culture. The multi-award-winning Studio Theater has been described by “Variety” as hosting “today’s edgiest playwrights.” Black Cat is one of D.C.’s best live music venues, with many of the biggest names in indie music gracing its stage since it opened in 1993. Gallery at Plan B is one of the city’s most forward-thinking galleries, showcasing the work of both established and emerging talents. The 1.5-mile Logan Heritage Trail provides insight into the neighborhood’s rich and often surprising history, while the Mary McLeod Bethune House is home to the National Archives for Black Women’s History. The park at Logan Circle is a good place to while away a sunny afternoon and is also a site of historic significance, having served as a refugee camp for freed slaves during the Civil War.
Logan Circle is zoned to the District of Columbia Public School District.
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