Located just north of Georgetown, Glover Park is a popular DC neighborhood offering its residents an urban lifestyle with easy access to green space and the Potomac River. It is highly sought-after for its walkability and close proximity to the restaurants and retail of Georgetown.
The area that makes up today’s Glover Park was originally rural farmland. After the Civil War, suppliers of meat to the markets of Georgetown and Washington City accumulated most of the land that was to eventually become Glover Park. Finally, with the arrival of the streetcar line running between Georgetown and Tenleytown, investors and residents alike saw the potential in the area. The neighborhood is named for banker and philanthropist Charles Carroll Glover. Over his lifetime, Glover generously donated land and/or money for many of DC’s parks and monuments including Rock Creek Park, the National Zoo, and Glover-Archibold Park. Glover acquired most of the land that makes up the current-day neighborhood in 1907—the name Glover Park would come two decades later.
The rowhouses that are prevalent in the neighborhood today were built primarily between 1910 and 1940. These “daylight” houses (i.e. two rooms deep) feature substantial front porches, kitchen porches, and sleeping porches. The neighborhood offers numerous condominium homes as well. With its tree-lined streets and quiet charm, it’s no wonder residents of all ages are attracted to the community.
While Glove Park is primarily residential, the many bars, restaurants, and coffee shops located along Wisconsin Avenue NW are within easy walking distance. There is ample green space; residents even have the ability to harvest their own crops from small, individual garden plots leased from the National Park Service. Originally planted as victory gardens, they are treasured by the community. Nearby Guy Mason Park provides a playground for children, baseball diamonds, and a dog park. The Capital Crescent Trail and Rock Creek Park are both a stone’s throw away. It is said that residents can hear the playing of the sounding of the colors at the nearby Naval Observatory. Priding its reputation as an actively engaged neighborhood, Glover Park has no shortage of clubs and community groups to join.
Residents of Glover Park enjoy a suburban lifestyle only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital. The neighborhood is serviced by several Metrobus routes. Located on the Metro’s Red Line, Cleveland Park is the closest Metro station to the neighborhood. Thanks to a Capital Bikeshare Station and Zipcars, transportation is easy without a vehicle.