Not your typical condo building around Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is well known for its cultural institutions and classic rowhouses, for its shopping, dining and nightlife. And Bruce Packett, among many others, considers the centrally located Northwest Washington neighborhood a highly desirable place to live.

“I’ve worked in D.C. since the 1990s and lived in the city for more than a decade, and Dupont Circle has always been one of my favorite neighborhoods,” said Packett,who recently bought a condo unit at the James, a new building at 1761 P St. NW, with his wife, Holly Packett.

The Packetts, who have been renting an apartment about a mile away in Adams Morgan, have a 1-year-old daughter, Freya, and a big part of what drew them to Dupont Circle was a nearby elementary school.

“We’ve been working with a real estate agent to find a two-bedroom place that fit into our budget, that’s located in the Ross Elementary school district,” Packett said. “We’re committed to the city and want to send our daughter to public school. That elementary school is highly rated

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