When you think of up and coming neighborhoods in D.C., Trinidad may not come to mind. It has long been known as a poor, less populated neighborhood along the northeast quadrant of D.C., and has had its fair share years of bad reputation. Though largely a residential and non-commercial area, the lower quality of the overall area of the neighborhood as well as the lack of general interest from new buyers kept growth stagnant for many years.
The main boundaries of Trinidad are Mt. Olivet Road to the north, West Virginia Avenue to the west, Florida Avenue to the south, and Bladensburg Road to the east.
Now and in recent years, Trinidad has seen a massive turnaround. The streets are no longer dirty and disheveled, new homes and housing complexes are popping up regularly, and the incredible arrival of new residents cannot be ignored. The area is now vibrant and growing, and the real estate is incredibly hot.
The homes in this neighborhood consist mostly of Victorian and Craftsman-style row houses and apartment and condominium complexes. Newer, contemporary houses lined a few of the streets, and soon-to-be-completed mid-rise buildings are scattered through the neighborhood.
The renewed interest in Trinidad has also given rise to many new community activities, like the Trinidad Recreation Center and Art in the Alley – a yearly outdoor art festival. The Trinidad Neighborhood Association was founded in 2009, and plays an active part in the upkeep and rising growth of the neighborhood. The organization is driven by residents and a community that cares greatly for the quality and perception of its neighborhood.
If an incredibly array of new and old housing options isn’t enough to draw you towards Trinidad, the shops and commercial strip may just do the trick. There are plenty of retail and commercial businesses (with a few local shops thrown in) sprinkled generously around the surrounding borders of the neighborhood. Nearby you’ll also find Gallaudet University and the Florida Market to the west. For classic eats, you’ll find Montello Deli and Baro, where good brew and sandwiches never go out of style. While the Trinidad itself is mainly residential, anything and everything you could want to eat or do or participate in is not more than 20 minutes in either direction of neighborhood boundaries.
Though it has had a rough reputation in the past, Trinidad has managed to turn all previous naysayers into firm community believers. The strong community in this neighborhood are a big draw to families and new D.C. residents, and the rising popularity of the local real estate could be a great way to make an investment if that is the sort of thing you are after.