Not to be confused with the neighboring Chevy Chase, Maryland, this DC neighborhood features its own unique community. The close-knit neighborhood’s leafy streets feel far removed from the crowds and congestion of the District. Despite living in a haven from the city’s noise, Chevy Chase residents are still conveniently connected to all the Capital Region has to offer.
Designed as one of the region’s residential streetcar suburbs, Chevy Chase was founded in 1890 on rural farmland. The neighborhood formally opened in 1907, becoming a home for workers commuting deeper into the city along Connecticut Avenue. Early 20th century architecture is still present along the blocks near the thoroughfare: four squares, bungalows, and a handful of Victorians.
The majority of the neighborhood’s properties are single-family homes, many with manicured front lawns and gardens. Further from the main strip, an eclectic mix of Tudors and Cape Cods can be found. Condominiums are available along Connecticut Avenue, although they tend to run in short supply. Residents are attracted to the variety of housing styles in the neighborhood. With reputable public schools and plenty of greenspace, Chevy Chase is an attractive choice for families to call home. The safe, peaceful area has a suburban atmosphere, despite being within city limits.
Part of Chevy Chase’s unique character comes from its absence of national retailers. Featuring a three-block stretch of cafes, boutiques, and restaurants, the retail strip along Connecticut Avenue is easily walkable. The Chevy Chase Community Library serves the neighborhood. Established in 1923, the Avalon Theatre is a beloved local landmark; the entertainment venue is the only nonprofit film center in DC. Within walking distance is Politics & Prose, a bookstore known for hosting acclaimed authors and public figures. For more shopping options the Friendship Heights commercial strip runs along the neighborhood’s western edge. Complete with a Whole Foods and high-end retailers, the area has become one of DC’s shopping destinations in the past decade.
There are plenty of open-air spaces to enjoy in Chevy Chase. Rock Creek, Lafayette Square, and Livingston parks each offer top facilities. With 1,754 acres of greenspace, Rock Creek Park is an urban oasis sitting right along the neighborhood’s eastern border. For activities ranging fencing to pottery, the Chevy Chase Community Center is the place to go for recreational needs.