Dupont Circle is a neighborhood located in the northwest section of Washington, D.C. The community is characterized by a large number of rowhouses that were mostly built before 1900 and they are considered some of Washington, D.C.'s best examples of Second Empire architecture. Dupont Circle is also a well known traffic circle in the city, with the neighborhood centered around this circle. It contains many embassies that are located within historic homes, including those for Indonesia and Uzbekistan. In addition to the residential homes, the community contains several prestigious research institutions, such as the Center for Global Development, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Peterson Institute.
There are numerous Dupont Circle apartments available, with complexes containing anywhere from 27 to 306 units. The average rent prices range from approximately $1065 rent per month for efficiencies and one bedroom apartments to about $4500 rent per month for luxury penthouse suites. Amenities at most of the area apartments include garage parking, full kitchen, balcony or patio, fitness center and laundry facilities. Some of the apartments in Dupont Circle have washers and dryers within the units as well as pools available for residents to enjoy.
Residents of the community have a wide choice of activities, restaurants and nightlife to enjoy right in their own neighborhood. In the center of the circle, there is a park maintained by the National Park Service where residents can relax and play chess on several permanent chessboards. The neighborhood contains some of Washington, D.C.'s finest selections of ethnic restaurants, such as the Alero Restaurant, Ghibellina and Sushi Taro. For evening entertainment, the Keegan Theatre offers productions throughout the year including a variety of classic and modern plays and musicals. The community is also home to many bars and clubs, including The Big Hunt, Fox and Hounds, and Veritas Wine Bar.
Most apartments in the community allow cats and other pets, but the policy varies per complex. The community is home to the Dupont veterinary clinic, which is a full service animal hospital providing grooming, boarding and veterinary services. In addition, Animal Crackers Pet Care is a local service that provides dog walking and pet sitting services. Residents of the community can find all of their pet supplies at the local Dupont Pet Shop.
Dupont Circle is an ideal community for those working in Washington, D.C. as there is a convenient Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail subway station located directly beneath the circle itself. The station is located on the Metro red line, which connects to the Smithsonian, Metro Triangle and Federal Triangle stops within minutes. Trains begin service on weekdays at 5 AM and weekends at 7 AM, with service ending at 12 AM Sunday through Thursday and 3 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. WMATA also operates bus service to and from Dupont Circle, served by main routes G2, L2 and 42. The bus lines generally run from 5 AM to 1 AM, with each route having its own timetable.
Dupont Circle is within the District of Columbia Public School district, and the local elementary school is the public Ross Elementary School. The community is also home to the private Emerson Preparatory School, the oldest non-denominational prep school in Washington, D.C. In addition, Johns Hopkins University operates a satellite campus just two blocks south of the traffic circle.