Dupont Circle/ Logan/ Kalorama Neighborhood Guide

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We are grateful for the sponsors of this guide: Dominika Sillery with Long & FosterHagen Bergstrom, and Kelly Kelley Each of these teams are expert for this area. Please be sure to check out thorough details about their practices below. We are thankful for their sponsorship, which allows us to continue to bring DC Area Moms resources like this.

What is your favorite thing about raising kids in the Dupont Circle/ Logan/ Kalorama area?

My community combines the friendliness and connectivity of a small town alongside incredible diversity and multiculturalism. We almost never go on a walk without running into someone we know. Favors are received and given all the time here, which makes it a great place to be a parent. I love hearing languages other than English spoken every day. It seems that everyone here is an expert in something, and I’m constantly learning from those around me. It’s the exact type of community I’d always dreamed of parenting in, and I feel so blessed to live here.

I’m a member of the Dupont Circle Parents listserv and have both received and contributed items there. Two other neighborhood groups are Logan Circle Moms and the Kalorama Play Group.

What makes Dupont Circle/Logan/Kalorama family friendly and unique?

My favorite thing about this community is how much of my pre-kid/adult life I’m able to retain while having my son fully embraced. Every restaurant has loved having him visit. I took him to the Pride Parade and will take him to the High Heel Race. There are also many great places of worship and faith-based groups here with wonderful children’s programming if that is of interest; we attend Luther Place Memorial Church and our son loves Music with Ari! at the Jewish Community Center.

The parks here are also so much fun! Stead Park is great for infants through the early years, Kalorama Park is lovely once they are walkers, Mitchell Park is perfect for dog loving wee ones, and Meridian Hill Park is nearby and great for picnicking. Although my son is not yet school-age we plan to send him to our neighborhood public school, Ross Elementary School, and I’ve heard great things about the other elementary schools here-plus they all have great parks! Moms from all over the city also come here for the pre-natal and post-partum yoga at YogaWorks (formerly Tranquil Space).

Enjoying a picnic at Dupont Circle itself.

What community events or local attractions are there?

The parks here aren’t just for kids, and you won’t find a more eclectic and interesting space than the Dupont Circle park itself. Pride and the High Heel Race are awesome annual events celebrating identity and expression. Dog Days is a kid-friendly shopping celebration with local businesses and Taste of Logan is a delicious benefit (and perhaps one you want a babysitter for) for N Street Village, the largest provider of services to women experiencing homelessness in DC which is also located here. There’s a very family-friendly block party on Swann Street each year on Halloween as well as Soul Fiesta, a block party collaboration with Luther Place, N Street Village, and the Norwood Cooperative taking place at 14th and N Streets each summer.

What nearby schools or childcare places to kids attend in DuPont Circle/ Logan/ Kalorama?

Two local daycares include Huckleberry Cheesecake and First Baptist Child Development Center, and Bright Horizons is nearby. Ross Elementary School, The School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens, and Bilingual schools Marie-Reed and Oyster-Adams are all in this community.

What are some of your favorite places to eat in Dupont Circle/ Logan/ Kalorama?

I love Glen’s Garden Market! It’s an incredible community grocer and convening space that supports local social enterprises. I even had my (kid-friendly!) birthday party there!

Agora is a delightful family-friendly spot that has embraced my son. The staff adores children, and the owner is a parent himself and pays attention to those important details like changing tables in the bathroom stalls. Their happy hour is a fantastic deal! My son is crazy about their hummus.

My son having a blast with Dawayn at Cork Wine Bar.

Speaking of great happy hours, Cork Wine Bar is a bit like a Cheers Bar, but with artisan yet affordable food. My son has also become like family there, and I love being part of their wine of the month program for some great deals. The downstairs is an awesomely casual and family-friendly spot with great options like a grilled cheese happy hour as well as gourmet groceries, and the upstairs is perfect for date night with wine flights. Their avocado toast is a family favorite and Dawayn makes an awesome cheese plate.

If you are looking for a spot for take out or eating in without a line or advance planning (and perhaps a wee one who may make a mess) I suggest Banana Leaves and Sacrificial Lamb. For date night I highly recommend Compass Rose, and perhaps the Bedouin Tent if you’re looking for something extra special.

 

Dupont Circle

What advice would you give to families who are new to Dupont Circle/ Logan/ Kalorama?

Walk everywhere. Strike up conversation whenever possible, especially when you are around families with kids the same age. Don’t be afraid to take your kids everywhere here, even more traditionally “adult” places like bars.

If someone was visiting Dupont Circle/ Logan/ Kalorama for one day, what would you recommend they do?

I believe that Dupont Circle is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the world. Walk as many streets as possible. Each one has incredible architecture and every block is fascinating. And get an appetizer at as many restaurants as possible with varied cuisines.

Walk everywhere in this highly walkable neighborhood (plus parking is not one of it’s strong suits, I haven’t had a car in over a decade!).

Expert, experienced Realtors for the Dupont Circle/ Kalorama/ Logan Circle Area in NW DC: 

Dominika Sillery with Long & Foster

Dominika lives in Washington, DC and is fascinated with the area’s distinct neighborhoods that build up this diverse and authentic community. She is dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of families and helping them find the home of their dreams. She uses her strong interpersonal skills to confidently manage the buying and selling process resulting in the best possible outcomes in reaching her clients’ goals. Whether you are new to the area or relocating to a different neighborhood, she’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure you find your happiest place. Contact Dominika at [email protected] or at 860-944-0441. Please visit her website and Instagram Account too.

 

Hagen Bergstrom 

Marin Hagen and Sylvia Bergstrom specialize in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood, home to both of them. They are both locals from Cleveland Park. Kalorama features historic and “one and only” properties; luxury homes, condos, co-ops and everything in between, priced from $200,000 to $22,000,000 and beyond. They count among their clients Presidential candidates, Senators, Members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, governors, leaders in the arts, medical, business, legal, non-profit and many more. Their business is nearly 100% repeat and referral, a testament to their high ethical standards, strong negotiating skills, energy and discretion. Sylvia and Marin consistently rank among the top 5 Coldwell Banker teams in the Mid-Atlantic region, among more than 2,078 sales associates in 30 offices. Contact Marin and Sylvia at [email protected] or at 202-257-2339. Visit their website at www.hagenbergstrom.com and check them out on Facebook and Instagram too.

 

Kelly Kelley with Compass Real Estate 

Kelly Kelley works closely with her clients throughout the DC/MD/VA area and has a well-earned stellar reputation for her extensive knowledge of the market, strong negotiation skills, and smooth transaction processes. Kelly‘s clients enjoy exceptional service and a client-focused, educational approach to buying their next home or investment property. Kelly has lived and worked in Washington, DC and Virginia for over 16 years.  She and her young family live in the Logan/U St. neighborhood.  She’s an expert in navigating the complexity of the school systems in and around DC and the surrounding suburbs, including but not limited to the DCPS lottery and area private school systems. Contact Kelly at [email protected] or at 540-529-4804. Look at her website at https://www.jaybarrygroup.com and be sure to follow her group on Facebook and Instagram

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Rebecca, thanks for your post! I see you mention the Logan Circle Mom’s group, but I can’t find it! The link you provided goes to a 2012 blog post that includes a link to a yahoo group, but yahoo groups appear to have been shut down, and there’s not info about where the Logan Circle Moms list has migrated to. Do you know anyone in that group who might be able to post instructions about how to join?

  2. You are welcome! I am not part of that group so I don’t have the latest, but I am part of the Dupont Circle parents group which has now moved to [email protected]. It’s a great group and I hope you enjoy it!

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