Trinidad is a trapezoidal shaped neighborhood located in Ward 5, in northeast D.C. Its roughly bounded by West Virginia Avenue NE to the west, Mt. Olivet Road to the north, Bladensburg Road NE to the east and Florida Avenue NE to the south.
Trinidad’s popular location and solid housing options are drawing people to one of D.C.’s most vibrant, up-and-coming neighborhoods. In recent years Trinidad has transformed from its former reputation and is in the process of being revitalized. Its now considered a prime, quirky, walk-friendly location to live in for a variety of reasons.
New developments are on the rise here, while maintaining affordable housing options and keeping its character intact. Wheatley Education campus, the local elementary school is also turning around. Run by Turnaround for Children, Inc, the campus has been completely renovated and was given a community rating of 4 out of 5 stars on Greatschools.org. Residents have access to tons of retail shops on Bladensburg Road. The NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station is just a 15-minute walk away.
Just south of the neighborhood you’ll find the trendy H Street Corridor, one of D.C.’s original commercial districts. From folk concerts to cocktail lounges, the H Street Corridor offers a phenomenal array of nightlife options. “Brimming with eclectic crowds and colorful commercial buildings H St provides the pulse of the Near Northeast” (AirBnb). The Washington Post proclaimed, “there is no shortage of nightlife for residents of Trinidad.” Popular spots include Taylor Gourmet, an Italian deli, and its Taylor Charles Steak & Ice offshoot; Toki Underground, for ramen and dumplings; Granville Moore’s, which serves Belgian cuisine; and H &Pizza.
The Atlas Performing Arts Center and Industry Gallery are popular attractions for people interested in the arts.
The closest supermarkets, easily walkable from the southeastern corner of Trinidad, are the Aldi on 17th Street and the Safeway just south of it on Maryland Avenue. Two new stores, the Harris Teeter at Constitution Square in NoMa and the Giant Food at Third and H, are a short drive away.”
Union Market is another great destination for residents. Across from Gallaudet University you’ll find a warehouse full of specialty food vendors. On summer weekends, the market doubles as a drive-in movie theater.
Types of Homes in the Area
Here you’ll mostly find Victorian row houses and flat porch-fronted styles. While there are still some bargains for those in the market to buy a home in D.C., both home prices and rental rates have really skyrocketed here in the last couple of years. Some Trinidad homes have greatly increased in value by the 100s in just a few years and now you can even find homes on the market nearing $1 million, a previously unimagineable price point for the area not long ago.
The Trinidad Neighborhood Association and local churches plan numerous events throughout the year to foster a stronger sense of community and have taken steps to revive the area with vibrant murals, a new dog park, a recreation center, and increased security