Welcome to Bloomingdale
This picturesque, sought-after community is known for its social scene as well as friendly and welcoming neighbors
Nestled in the center of Washington, D.C., just down the road from Dupont Circle, lies one of the area’s most beloved and charming communities. Bloomingdale’s unique layout and general geography make it seem much more like a small suburban town than a central neighborhood in the Capital. Neighbors can often be found socializing with one another and coming together to enjoy town events, encouraging the strong sense of community for which this community is now widely known.
The area was originally composed of several large estates on the outskirts of D.C. However, near the end of the 1800s, the area began to see major residential development. Due to this significant increase in construction, the majority of homes in the area are designed as Victorian-style row houses. Today, this beautiful architectural style is still the principal design seen throughout Bloomingdale.
What to Love
- Ideal location
- Family-friendly, neighborly community
- Stunning Victorian architecture
- Numerous parks and green spaces
People & Lifestyle
Bloomingdale offers residents several advantages, including its ideal location, world-class amenities, and a strong sense of community — all of which have helped turn the neighborhood into one of the most desirable in D.C. Attracting young professionals, successful creatives, and families from across the area, Bloomingdale is also one of the Capital’s most affluent communities. The average annual household income is well over double the national average, and homes in the area are often valued at around $750,000.
Residents living in Bloomindale often enjoy a lively and engaged lifestyle. The community is highly walkable, with fantastic walking paths and green spaces throughout the neighborhood, which are perfect for an afternoon stroll and picnics with friends.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The dining scene in Bloomingdale is, without a doubt, one of the best in the city, with a variety of popular restaurants and exceptional eateries around every corner. The Red Hen
is one of the most popular spots in town. Its Italian-inspired menu consists of outstanding dishes like arancini cacio e pepe, a Tuscan chicken liver mouse with roasted fig conserve, and mouthwatering crispy pork milanese with apple salad.
The DC City Smokehouse
is another local favorite. Its exceptional classic barbeque menu is the talk of the town, and with dishes like pulled pork, smoked sausage, and rib tips, it’s easy to understand why. The Big Bear Cafe
is a Bloomingdale staple. Its wood-fired pizza and eclectic menu made up of NJ corn ribs, tacos al pastor, and fried calamari leave guests wanting more and more.
When residents are looking for a way to burn off all this delicious food and recenter themselves, there’s no place better than Yoga District
. This state-of-the-art yoga studio is one of the highest-rated in all of D.C., and their dedicated instructors are guaranteed to have you feeling your best before you know it.
Things to Do
Bloomingdale’s central location makes it easy for residents to take advantage of every opportunity offered by the Capital. However, there’s also plenty to do right in the neighborhood itself. The area is home to some of the nation’s most noteworthy institutions, including Howard University
, Trinity University
, and The Catholic University of America, all of which offer not only tremendous opportunities and events for residents to enjoy but also bring in exceptional students from around the country who play an important role in the neighborhood as a whole.
The LeDroit Park Historic District
is a beautiful and historically important section of town, particularly for the African American Civil Rights Movement. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this subdivision is a fantastic place to learn and grow your own understanding of local history.
Crispus Attucks Park
is one of the city’s most popular urban parks. Filled with dreamy green spaces, stunning gardens, and pristine walkways, this is the perfect place to escape the anxieties of day-to-day city life. The McMillan Reservoir
is a favorite destination for Bloomingdale residents. Supplying the majority of Washington D.C.’s public water, this reservoir has been an important site for the city since the 1880s.
The Bloomingdale Farmers Market
, or BFM, as the locals lovingly refer to it, plays a central role in the community. Many residents enjoy picking up organic produce, grass-fed beef, and artisanal products directly from the producers in this world-class market, which is open from the beginning of May through mid-December.