Why live in LeDroit Park? This historic neighborhood offers the best of both worlds–it is quiet with a neighborhood feel, but located a short walk away from the bustling neighborhoods of Shaw and Bloomingdale, which feature plenty of restaurants, shops, and easy metro access to boot. Although LeDroit Park is sleepier than its surrounding areas, it now boasts some great restaurants and shops of its own, such as The Royal (501 Florida Avenue NW), a hip lunch spot with great coffee drinks, craft cocktails, and a menu with Latin American influence. In addition, LeDroit Park is a wonderful neighborhood for those who like to walk and for dog owners! The leafy streets are lined with historic homes, providing a beautiful place to stroll with or without a four legged friend. It’s clear that this neighborhood has a lot to offer–so we compiled a list of some local highlights in or near LeDroit Park, including a spotlight on a dream home that is currently on the market!
LeDroit Dream Home
The place you’ll need to start if you’re thinking of moving to LeDroit Park is of course finding a place to live. If your budget happens to be over 2 million, this stunning historic home may be for you! Once owned by Oscar Stanton DePriest, the first African American elected to Congress after reconstruction, this home was redeveloped in 2017 and features 4,000 square feet of space, 4.5 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms. The developer lovingly restored the home’s exterior and updated the interior with modern, state of the art amenities and appliances.
The list of must visit restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in and around LeDroit Park really deserves its own article. However, a few local highlights include The Red Hen in nearby Bloomingdale, Haikan in neighboring Shaw, and DCity Smokehouse (Bloomingdale.) All of these stops are within a 10 minute walk of LeDroit Park! The Red Hen features excellent Italian inspired American food in a beautiful industrial space, Haikan boasts delectable ramen made by star chef Katsuya Fukushima (who flies his noodles in from Japan), and DCity Smokehouse has a well deserved cult following of BBQ fans.
If you find yourself in LeDroit Park, check out Lettie Gooch, a less than 10 minute walk away on 8th Street. This independently owned boutique features jewelry and women’s clothing that is hand picked by the owner, in addition to candles, lotions, and other items ideal for gifts! If you are looking not for yourself but for a furry friend, WagTime on 9th Street NW is not only a pet boutique with stylish leashes and collars, fun toys, and a wide selection of treats, but also offers dog and cat boarding and home pet sitting services, in addition to a “Paw Spa” for those dogs in need of grooming and some pampering.
If this blog has sold you on LeDroit Park and the surrounding neighborhoods, click here to see a list of condos and homes for sale in the area. And please don’t hesitate to call Lise for any real estate needs or questions at 240-401-5577!