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Living in Fort Dupont, Washington D.C.

Situated southeast of the nation's capital, Fort Dupont, Washington, D.C., is a residential neighborhood nestled between the Anacostia River and the similarly named Fort Dupont Park. The neighborhood is a convenient location for those looking to commute easily into downtown Washington D.C., without losing the more quiet, suburban lifestyle that Fort Dupont offers. Fort Dupont sits less than half a mile from the Whitney Young Memorial Bridge, the eastern transport artery crossing the Anacostia River, and is close by car to the city's many historical landmarks.

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Things to Do in Fort Dupont, D.C.

Commuters looking for green space will enjoy Fort Dupont for its proximity to Fort Dupont Park. Managed and operated by the National Park Service, Fort Dupont Park is one of a handful of historic sites where Washington D.C. defended against Confederate attacks during the Civil War. These days, the park is much more peaceful, covering 376 acres and offering 10 miles of hiking trails that pass through the forest, and displays the remains of fortifications dating back to the mid 19th century. Fort Dupont Park is a living historical site that residents enjoy with daily outdoor activity.

Fort Dupont comes alive with family-friendly activities throughout the year, with Fort Dupont Park continuing a decades-long tradition of free summer concerts. Over six consecutive Saturdays, the residents of Fort Dupont come together to enjoy an outdoor picnic and live music on the sprawling green in front of the park's amphitheater. Those looking for a cooler activity take advantage of public skate times and skating lessons at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Residents often rent the arena for special events and children's birthday parties.

Shopping options are limited inside Fort Dupont, but the main thoroughfares running through the neighborhood lead to many of the city's most frequented stores. Fort Dupont is an unmistakably quiet community—a residential sanctuary from shopping crowds and mobs of tourists within the main areas of the nation's capital.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Fort Dupont, MD

Real Estate in Fort Dupont Washington

If you're looking to buy Fort Dupont real estate, the architecture varies in size and style. Elegantly grand antique homes crown the tree-lined Minnesota Avenue, one of Fort Dupont's major streets. The classic foursquare houses hearken back to a bygone era. There's a real easiness to the quieter side streets, where residents enjoy the day from the porches of bungalow houses. Plenty of open space separates the rest of the split-level and duplex homes located in Fort Dupont, giving the area a quiet, community-oriented feel. Three words sum up the suburban neighborhood: modest, peaceful and accessible.


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  • Conveniently located within a short commute of downtown D.C., Fort Dupont offers easy access to the city life without losing the tranquility of suburbia.
  • Once the site of Civil War skirmishes, Fort Dupont Park is now known for its abundance of outdoor activities including 10 miles of hiking trails, community gardens, picnic pavilions and free summertime concert series.
  • Fans of ice skating will enjoy going for a spin around the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, which features public skating times and skating lessons.


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