The Trinidad neighborhood is located in the Northeast quadrant of Washington DC and dates back to the 19th century. It’s outlined northeast by Mt. Olivet Rd. NE, southeast by Bladensburg Rd. NE, southwest by Florida Ave. NE, and northwest by West Virginia Ave. NE. The Noma-Gallaudet and Union Station Metro stops are the closest servicing stations. The region purportedly derives its name from the 19th century British military surgeon and land owner, James Barry, who once served on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. The Corcoran family eventually acquired the estate, known as Trinidad Farms. In 1875, the family deeded the land to establish Columbian University, which has since evolved to George Washington University. In 1885, the fledgling university sold the land to Washington Brick Machine Company, that in-turn sold the western lots for residential development. The Trinidad neighborhood formally began in 1888. Many of the original Craftsman-style row-houses still stand today. Trinidad’s northern areas were developed afterwards, some plots into the 1940s.
Trinidad declined significantly in the second half of the 20th century. It was included in a large swath of the city which deteriorated after the 1968 riots, and many city residents migrated to suburban developments. Recovery has occurred more recently, especially within the last few years, spurred by citywide urban redevelopment initiatives.
Since 2012, housing costs have appreciated significantly in Trinidad. According to Trulia, median home prices have gone up from $230,000 in 2010 to $410,000 in 2014. Commercial and residential development (H Street Corridor to the south, and NOMA to the west), combined with the neighborhood’s close proximity to Downtown and Capitol Hill are major determining factors. An influx of young professional newcomers is now mixing-in with the established residents. There is a real sense of community in Trinidad; an underlying camaraderie and a rejuvenating spirit of artistic expression, which is reflected by Joseph H. Cole Park and newly established businesses such as Bardo, Gearin’ Up Bicycles, Connersmith, and Tree House Lounge.
When looking to buy in this rapidly evolving neighborhood, call one of our Exclusive Buyer’s Agents today. Although, prices have risen steadily, affordable housing can still be found. Our Buyer’s Agents have gone through supplemental training to gain the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation. We work with high ethical standards, integrity, and professionalism. Our ABR agents speak multiple languages fluently and love to work with foreign and local Home-buyers alike. We have extensive experience and market wisdom that comes from living in Washington DC for many years. Call us today to schedule a showing in Trinidad or anywhere in the District.