Neighborhood Spotlight: Logan Circle

Our agents specialize in helping clients buy or sell homes throughout the DC metro region, including Washington D.C. neighborhoods such as Logan Circle. As one of the most sought-after addresses in the District, Logan Circle offers its residents a variety of housing options, all with access to an urban lifestyle.

Logan Circle is named after a traffic roundabout (originally called Iowa Circle) where Rhode Island Avenue NW, 13th Street NW, and Vermont Avenue NW intersect. In 1930, Congress renamed the roundabout to honor Civil War hero John Logan. Today, it is the only major traffic circle in downtown DC that remains entirely residential.

During and immediately following the Civil War, the area was home to Camp Barker. The camp served as a refugee camp for the newly freed slaves. In the late 1800s, development was encouraged, including the installation of modern amenities and streetcar tracks which encouraged upper middle-class Washingtonians to settle in the area. As a result, Victorian row homes, broad boulevards, and well-manicured parks became a hallmark of the neighborhood. By the turn of the 20th century, the neighborhood was home to many African-American leaders.

Today, the neighborhood’s business hub centers around 14th Street NW between M and U Streets. Thanks to dozens of restaurants, independent and nationally-recognized shops, and a thriving bar scene, Logan Circle is a popular attraction for both residents and visitors. In June of 2019, Logan Circle was named one of the friendliest neighborhoods in the US by National Geographic Traveler magazine. The list is based on criteria such as walkability, home affordability, and social surroundings like the number of nearby restaurants, breweries, and cafes.

While not accessible by a single Metro station, the neighborhood is an easy walk to the McPherson Square, Dupont Circle, or Shaw/Howard Metro stations. Bus service is frequent, including a Circulator bus that connects Logan Circle and Adams Morgan. The neighborhood has a large number of Zipcars as well as multiple Capital Bikeshare stations.

STATS: LOGAN CIRCLE/SHAW (by niche)

  • Population: 25,849
  • Homeowners: 31%
  • Median Income: $99,551
  • Median Home Value: $534,684