The suburban community may sit on the border of Maryland, but the neighborhood is still within DC’s Northwest quadrant. AU Park gets its name from the acclaimed American University, which was established by Congress in 1893. Rated by Niche as the #2 neighborhood in DC to raise a family, AU Park offers residents a warm, welcoming community to call home.
AU Park was first developed into a residential area in the 1920s. Today, the majority of the neighborhood is composed of single-family homes. The rate of homeownership is high. Charming brick bungalows and two-story Colonials are trademarks of the area; many have been updated since their establishment. The lots are closely situated, and numerous homes include front porches or stoops. Residents find the shared outdoor spaces of front yards and back alleys to strengthen the sense of community. The quiet suburb has been described as a collective playground for neighborhood children.
While AU Park is primarily residential, the nearby options for dining, shopping, and entertainment are numerous. Massachusetts Avenue borders the neighborhood, providing metropolitan amenities. The Spring Valley Shopping Center serves as the perfect spot for grabbing a coffee or enjoying an ice cream. Since 1925, Wagshal’s market and deli have been a go-to place for locals—but the establishments are also known for drawing in celebrities and even presidents. Residents can meet their everyday shopping needs thanks to a Whole Foods in comfortable walking distance to the neighborhood. For the arts, the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is always offering new experiences. The outdoor center of the community is Turtle Park, where visitors can play tennis or basketball. Kids can enjoy the large playground—and everyone loves the turtle statues found throughout the grounds.