Market Watch: Logan Circle

by UrbanTurf Staff

In a new series debuting today called Market Watch, UrbanTurf will take a close look at how housing markets in specific DC neighborhoods have fared over the last six years. For the first article, we look at the market in Logan Circle from 2004 to 2010.

Logan Circle

The days when Logan Circle was a neighborhood that DC residents avoided at all costs are a distant memory. Now the area is home to high-end one-name restaurants like Estadio and Posto, expensive furniture stores, and beautifully restored row houses that rarely fetch less than $1 million.

However, when looking at the average sales prices for properties in the neighborhood over the last six years, the conclusion is somewhat surprising: it is evident that there has been steady appreciation, but not the skyrocketing increase that many might expect. Below are two charts that illustrate the ups and downs that prices have experienced over the last six years and the varying increase in average sales price for different property types.

Click figure to enlarge. Courtesy of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate.
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“Real estate hasn’t appreciated as much as local owners would have hoped since 2004 and 2005,” Lindsay Reishman of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate told UrbanTurf. “The area has come a long way during this time, but the macro economic influences have kept prices from appreciating further. However, Logan Circle is now a neighborhood akin to Dupont, where properties hold their value well and remain relatively insulated from market downturns.”

So far, 183 properties under $1 million have sold in Logan Circle in 2010 compared to just 16 over $1 million. The sales pace for the neighborhood is a bit slower for sub-million dolar properties than at this point last year when 225 properties had sold; for properties above $1 million it is ahead of last year’s pace of 15.

Currently, the average number of days that listings spend on the market is 53, but homes seem to be selling much faster than that. In the past two months, Reishman’s team has gotten full price on a two-bedroom unit at 1750 16th Street NW two days after the property was listed (at $665 a square foot). They got above the asking price for this two-bedroom unit on Corcoran Street in just six days. A two-bedroom on Logan Circle that we featured for This Week’s Find was on the market for just three days in early September before we received word that the listing had received multiple offers. It was under contract the next day.

“When I analyze price for clients, I tend to find that a property in Logan is worth very close to what it was worth five years ago,” Reishman told UrbanTurf. “And while I don’t expect home prices in the neighborhood to change substantially in the next year, I’m confident that in three years properties in the area will be worth more than they are worth today.”

* Methodology. For the purpose of this article, the boundaries of Logan Circle are defined as 16th Street to the west, S Street to the north, 10th Street to the east and M Street to the south. Average sales data was pulled from the Multiple Listing Service for the area within these boundaries.

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This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/market_watch_logan_circle/2579


  1. Enily said at 2:10 pm on Tuesday October 19, 2010:

    Very helpful. Please do this for Shaw and H Street!

  1. Rich said at 8:49 pm on Tuesday October 19, 2010:

    I wish I had bought a 3-bedroom in Logan in 2004…

  1. Victoria said at 2:36 pm on Wednesday October 20, 2010:

    I wish I had bought one of those houses when they were dens of iniquity back in the ‘70s when I was a student at Howard.  Beautiful as they were, you couldn’t GIVE them away back then—and I was a poor student with not a cent to rehab one….  Oh well…

  1. Dorothy said at 3:23 pm on Wednesday October 20, 2010:

    As a resident of Logan Circle itself, I think it is unfortunate that Urban Turf didn’t capture the REAL historic side of Logan Circle.  What your photo reveals is predominantly developer P.N. Hoffman’s “attempt”, in a down market, to blend with a classic, VERY historic residential Circle.  After all, Logan Circle is post-Civil War and 1 & 2 Logan (constructed by Ulyssis Grant after he turned developer), for example, is among the most historic buildings in the City!  Logan Circle was the FIRST area of purely residential grand homes created in Washington and is now among the LAST!  It’s worth noting.

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