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One of DC’s best kept secrets, Bloomingdale features elegant, picturesque rowhouses along with an impressive lineup of dive bars, music venues, acclaimed restaurants and family-friendly parks.

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For a neighborhood of only about 12 square blocks, Bloomingdale manages to pack in a lot of hidden treasures: unassuming dive bars, surprise parks and award-winning restaurants. Tucked between Shaw and Eckington on the border of the District’s northwest quadrant, Bloomingdale stretches from Second Street NW to North Capitol, bordered by Florida Avenue NW to the south and Bryant and Channing places NW to the north. It is known for its ample rowhouses — their colorful conic and pyramidal turrets are even featured in the opening credits of Netflix’s “House of Cards.” The large homes draw families and young renters looking for roommates, and many are split into smaller units.

Tucked away behind stately rowhouses, Crispus Attucks Park is the buried treasure in Bloomingdale’s center. At just over an acre, the park is like Brigadoon, appearing only once you’ve walked a few dozen yards down an alley between U or V streets NW. Summer afternoons there are calm, with quiet reading nooks under trees, sun-soaked benches and stretches of open field to accommodate as many cartwheels as your heart desires.

Bloomingdale doesn’t have a major grocery chain within its borders, but it has a string of little independent markets that supply staples (though sometimes at a steep price). Giant at City Market at O in Shaw takes just a quick G2 bus ride, and a Harris Teeter near the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro is not far away.

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