Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park
  • Washington DC
    Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park

    LeDroit Park was developed in the 1870s by Amzi L. Barber, an asphalt entrepreneur responsible for the surfacing of Pennsylvania Avenue and one of the founders of Howard University. Barber married the daughter of real estate broker LeDroit Langdon, from whom the area gets its name. He envisioned LeDroit Park as a whites-only neighborhood, and actually built a fence around it to keep out Black Washingtonians. In 1888, protesters dismantled the fence, and eventually, the area became home to prominent Black leaders such as the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, Judge Robert H. Terrell and his wife, Mary Church Terrell, a civil rights activist, educator and suffragist. Composer and jazz musician Duke Ellington grew up in the area as well. Many of LeDroit Park’s original Gothic and Italianate cottages — designed by architect James McGill and built between 1873 and 1877 — still remain. To the east, the neighborhood of Bloomingdale, which was named for one of the original family estates that once existed in the area, was built between 1890 and 1912. Many of its original Victorian and early 20th-century brick row houses are still intact. It also was originally segregated by restrictive covenants, leading to a landmark 1948 Supreme Court decision that struck down such contracts. Though the neighborhood fell into decline in the 1980s, since then it has enjoyed a resurgence, and today, Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park form a quiet enclave in the midst of the city, with historic homes surrounded by gardens and parks.


    • Population 9,000
    • Median Home Price $925,000
    • Median Age 32
    • walk icon Walk Score
    • transit icon Transit Score
    • bike icon Bike Score

    Neighborhood stats and Walk Scores are provided by third party Walk Score.

    Notable Schools

    • Elementary (PK-5) Langley Elementary School
    • Middle (6-8) Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science
    • High (9-12) Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

    Public Transportation

    Explore Homes in Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park

    • Lower Market 1st St NW

      BR 2.0

      BA 2.0

      SQ FT 838

      Built 1901

    • Mid Market Elm St NW

      BR 4.0

      BA 2.0

      SQ FT 1620

      Built 1892

    • Upper Market Adams St NW

      BR 4.0

      BA 3.5

      SQ FT 2980

      Built 1909

    Popular Restaurants

    More washington dc Neighborhoods

    View All Neighborhoods