Tucked just within the limits of Northwest Washington, D.C. is the upscale residential neighborhood of Kent. Although the suburb is tranquil, DC’s amenities are still close at hand; residents can enjoy all of the District’s best offerings before returning home to a close-knit community. After the establishment of Washington, D.C. in 1801, the earliest homes in Kent were built along the road to the Chain Bridge, which stood over the Potomac River. Today, Chain Bridge Road lies at the eastern border of the neighborhood. Due to its past standing as an area without restrictive housing covenants, Kent advanced as an inclusive and diverse community.
Development of the neighborhood began in the 1930s and 40s. Now, center hall Colonials sit on spacious lots alongside Victorian and Georgian styles. Early and mid-20th-century homes can be found throughout. The neighborhood’s eastern properties consist of recently constructed single-family homes; this distinct difference in architectural styles creates a sense of separate neighborhoods. Whether living in a new build or a historic property, residents are offered the luxury of space and privacy. The community’s heavily canopied streets and ample green space create an almost rural feel.
The neighborhood’s tranquil atmosphere is partly due to its lack of businesses—with no commercial developments within the neighborhood, Kent is a residential retreat from the city’s noise. But urban conveniences are still within easy reach, including the Spring Valley Village. At the shopping center, locals can grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat. A range of restaurants line McArthur Boulevard; the thoroughfare is the commercial center for the community. Kent is a haven for nature lovers, with a range of parks and paths to explore. At Battery Kemble Park, visitors can learn about Civil War history or bring a sled in the winter for some snowy fun. A local destination for walking and biking, the C&O Canal provides miles of paths with views of the water. Fletcher’s Boathouse offers opportunities to paddle along the Potomac. For art and culture, the nearby Kreeger Museum is one of DC’s hidden gems.