Neighborhood Profile: Logan Circle

The Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC is a vibrant and evolving urban destination for the arts, restaurants and boutique shops.  Sleek and modern loft condos are populating like rabbits and joining the elegant and stately Victorian homes in this walkable neighborhood bordering downtown DC.

Logan Circle Real Estate
Home to a diverse array of architecture, Logan Circle’s tree lined streets are blanketed with many well preserved homes from the 1800’s.  While some remain single family residences, others have been converted into condominium units.  On the other side of the spectrum, Logan is also home to many of the city’s modern and most luxurious condominium buildings. 

Prices range from $180,000 for a studio condominium to well over $1M for the upscale, penthouse lofts with private rooftop terraces.  Two bedroom homes start in the $500’s and the grand Victorian’s can approach $1.8M. 

Walkability
Logan Circle is the ideal walking community, scoring a perfect Walk Score™ of 100. 
The neighborhood is home to a number of restaurants and bars, the Studio Theater, art galleries, home furnishing stores, Logan Hardware and for those with a green thumb, The Garden District.

While the neighborhood lacks a Metro station, residents can get everything they need within the neighborhood and many even walk a few blocks downtown for work. Zipcar® is popular with an abundance of vehicles available for running errands and the city’s new bicycle rental experiment includes Logan.

History of Logan Circle
Logan Circle was originally called 13th Street Circle in Pierre L’Enfant’s original city plan and became Iowa Circle by the late 1870’s.  It enjoyed status as one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live until larger and more expensive mansions drew the well-heeled to Dupont.  Congress named the circle after Civil War general and U.S. Senator John Logan in 1930.

The Fourteenth Street trolley line was installed in 1864 and actually predated much of the neighborhood’s residential history.  This stretch of the neighborhood has a long history of commerce for the city and was home to a number of auto dealerships in the early 20th century.  Many of these former showrooms now house the upscale loft condominiums populating Logan Circle.

The neighborhood went into decline in the late 1940’s and many of the stately homes became rooming houses.  However, as real estate values increased in Georgetown and Dupont in the late 1990s, developers, such as Jim Abdo, began investing in Logan and it’s proximity to downtown.  Fourteenth Street, which was hit hard in the riots of the 60’s, also began to re-emerge as a commercial hub for the area. 

Boundaries
While ambitious Realtors attempt to broaden the boundaries of Logan and its cache into the Shaw neighborhood, the Logan Circle Community Association defines the boundaries as S Street to the north, Massachusetts Avenue to the south, 9th Street to the east and 16th Street to the west.  Most urban dwellers identify the core a bit more narrowly as being the square block bounded by P, Church, 14th and 15th Streets. 

Unofficially, the heart of Logan Circle is not presently the actual traffic circle and park, but the Whole Foods Market on P Street NW, between 14th and 15th Streets.  In fact, many residents credit the arrival of Whole Foods as the tipping point that signaled the end of the prostitution and crime and ushered in the present boom town.

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