Bloomingdale DC
 Neighborhood
Bloomingdale Neighborhood Profile
You’ll find prettily Victorian rowhouses, a charmingly funky & colorful downtown district and striking wall murals.  In Bloomingdale DC, charm abounds.
Getting Around in Bloomingdale.
Bloomingdale is a very walkable neighborhood with a WalkScore of 85. Bloomingdale DC offers excellent public transportation with a TransitScore of 74, and is very bikeable with a BikeScore of 73.

Metro Station

Shaw/Howard Metro runs on the Green & Yellow line.

Buses

About 15 Bus Lines run through Bloomingdale.

Bikeshare

There are 10 Capital Bikeshare stations in Bloomingdale.

ZipCar

ZipCar has 5 locations in Bloomingdale.

Small town feel, surrounded by a hive of activity.
Bloomingdale’s nested neighborhood enjoys what Shaw, LeDroit and Logan offer, then tucks itself back in. Take a slow bike ride to Yoga District and chat up neighbors on the way. Taste goodies at Grass Roots Gourmet. Plant a garden. Sketch scenic streets. Sample the Saffron Paccheri with Duck Leg Ragu at Red Hen. Invite friends for all 7 courses at Thai X-ing. BYOB. Swill at Showtime. Play with your honey and 4 leggeds at Crispus Attucks Park. Toast folks from the patio at Big Bear Cafe. Veg out at Timor Bodega. Remember to share. It’s a Bloomingdale thing.
Bloomingdale DC Schools

Langley Elementary

Public • Grades PK-5

280 students • 13 student/teacher

Kipp DC Will Academy PCS

Public • Grades 6-8

388 students • 13 student/teacher

Benjamin Banneker Academy High

Public Charter • Grades 9-12

430 students • 16 student/teacher

For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from SchoolDigger
Bloomingdale History
Bloomingdale DC began as several large estates and orchards located just outside the original boundary of the City of Washington. Residential development started in the late 1880s, shortly after the County of Washington was absorbed by the City of Washington. Boundary Street (Florida Avenue), was the dividing line between paved, planned streets to the south and rural country to the north, where landowners maintained orchards and large country estates. Later, some of these gave way to commercial properties. George Beale and wife Emily purchased t a 10-acre  parcel of land  along the City boundary in 1823 and named it the “Bloomingdale Estate.” The estate eventually grew to 50 acres and the name stuck. After Emily Beale’s death in 1885, her heirs began to sell large tracts of the estate to developers, who  created residential developments between the already established LeDroit Park and Eckington neighborhoods. By 1887, city planners were talking about extending the city’s paved street grid into Bloomingdale. By 1894.roads were improved, curbed, and paved. Streams and creeks like Tiber Creek were buried or re-directed south of Bloomingdale. One section of the Tiber Creek in Bloomingdale ran along what is now Flagler Place. Some of the earliest Bloomingdale homes were built between 1892 and 1900. One of the first Bloomingdale residences was 2122 1st Street, built in 1900 by Samuel Gompers. In 1903, eleven homes were built along Rhode Island Avenue. Spec homes by developers like Harry Wardman, S. H. Meyers and Francis Blundon followed. Many of Wardman’s early Bloomingdale homes incorporate elements of Richardson Romanesque architecture, while his later designs on Adams and Bryant Streets, were designed in the set-back, brick with covered front porch style for which he is most famous. Blundon built several homes along 1st Street including his own home at 100 W Street. In 1904, Nathaniel Parker Gage School, was built on the 2000 block of 2nd Street. By 1909, the old estates had all been sold and divided, Tiber Creek buried, and the neighborhood street layout had been fully developed into its present configuration. Many homes in the northern section of Bloomingdale retain carriage houses, some of which have been converted to private residences. The Gage School was converted to condominiums in 2007. On May 22, 2010, the city officially dedicated a new alley street, Bloomingdale Court, N.W. between the 100 block of U and V Streets, N.W., and the 2000 block of 1st Street and Flagler Place.
Neighborhood information on this site is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed. Subject to change without notice.