Woodridge Real Estate For Sale
Tucked along Washington DC’s northeastern border (Maryland is on the other side) is a quiet residential suburb with tree-lined streets, rolling hills and a collection of relatively affordable homes for sale, including antique Colonial Revivals, Victorian farmhouses and cute Craftsman-era bungalows. The term “relatively affordable” is key here—what was once ignored and considered too far out of the way has suddenly become extremely sought-after.
It’s all part of the push east from the central part of the District as eager buyers search for new real estate frontiers. And it sure didn’t hurt that Redfin declared Woodridge to be the hottest neighborhood in Washington, DC in 2015, and in fact, the tenth-hottest in the entire nation!
To understand how these boxy brick houses in the far northeastern quadrant became suddenly popular, one must first examine how the neighborhood first came into being.
This area was farmland until around the turn of the 20th century. Residential development began with the first homes for sale cropping up in the early 1900s, with the largest building boom occurring in the 1920s and 1930s. The neighborhood has an elongated shape and it wasn’t until the 1930s that the current bounds of Eastern Avenue (the Maryland borderline), Michigan, 18th Street, New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road were established.
Construction continued after the end of World War II, although to a lesser degree. Homes for sale in this historically middle class neighborhood are primarily detached single-family houses, along with a sprinkling of 1930s and 1940s row houses. In addition to the earlier mentioned architecture, you’ll also find mid-century brick Capes, Ramblers and cottages.
The current transformation has followed on the heels of revitalization trends in neighboring communities like Brookland to the west and Mount Rainer to the east on the other side of the border. Prices were averaging in the high $300s as recently as 2015 but have shot up dramatically since then.
In addition to the great houses and generous lot sizes, residents also enjoy a brand-new public library, a dog park, community center, neighborhood pool and local businesses. It’s easy to get to the downtown DC area via Rhode Island Avenue which dissects the neighborhood. There’s also the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station about two miles away in Brookland.