Truxton Circle neighborhood is a small triangular area in Northwest quadrant of Washington, DC. Its boundaries are New Jersey Avenue, Florida Avenue, New York Avenue and North Capitol Street. It is part of DC’s Ward 5.

This name comes from a traffic circle that was built in 1900 at the intersection of Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street which no longer exists. And to add to your trivia knowledge, the circle was named after Thomas Truxtun, a navy commander appointed by President Washington.

Driving through the circle was extremely hazardous which caused many accidents and snarled traffic. As a result, the circle was removed in 1947 and replaced with a conventional intersection. Thus, Truxton Circle became a neighborhood without a circle!

There has been talk of restoring the circle. In the 1980’s the City re-created Logan Circle and in 2006, Thomas Circle was re-designed and restored. For more information about Truxton Circle, see http://leftforledroit.com/2010/01/where-is-truxton-circle/. An aerial view shows how the circle could easily be restored.

The Truxton Circle neighborhood is also the home of Dunbar High School. Dunbar was America’s first all-black public high school. The neighborhood is family oriented with several parks and playgrounds including Truxton Park (1st Street and Florida Avenue), New York Avenue Playground (1st Street and N Street) and Buddy Playground located between O and P Streets.

Truxton Circle neighborhood is popular because of its convenience, walkability and proximity to downtown and Capitol Hill. People who live here do not have to rely on a car. The Mt. Vernon/Convention Center metro stop (Green/Yellow Line) is close by as well as the NOMA metro stop (Red Line); 395 is close by as well if you need to get out of town. Popular neighborhoods like Shaw, NOMA, Eckington, Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park are close by.

Many of the homes in Truxton Circle are 19th century row houses, with small apartment buildings and condominiums sprinkled in. Due to the neighborhood’s popularity, property values continue to rise.

Since November 2017, 24 properties (condominiums and single family homes) have sold in the Truxton Circle neighborhood. Nine single family homes ranging in price from $495,000 to $2,250,000 were sold and 15 condominiums units ranging from $239,000 (studio) to $925,000 (4BR/4BA condominium) were sold.

For more information about this neighborhood or to see any of the properties currently for sale here or around the DMV, contact Michelle Buckman at Long & Foster, 202-251-8400 or michelle@buckmanrealtor.com.