Located in the far corner of northwest DC., Spring Valley is an affluent neighborhood with luxurious residences. Notable Washingtonians have been attracted to the community, which boasts shaded streets and a short commute into the city.
Spring Valley hosts the majority of the American University campus, which was chartered in 1893. The area surrounding the school was first developed residentially in 1929 by W.C. and A.N. Miller. Since automobile ownership was becoming more widespread at the time, residents could live further from the city and commute to work. With this new freedom, Washingtonians sought out the quieter suburbs which now comprise the Northwest DC area.
Rather than following the grid pattern of downtown DC, Spring Valley’s streets curve around the rolling hills of the landscape. Along the oak-lined streets are stately single-family homes. Brick colonials and Tudor styles are in high demand, with most homes situated on spacious lots. The neighborhood has been home to many DC elites over the years; Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and George H.W. Bush are included in the community’s list of famous residents. Boasting some of DC’s finest luxury real estate, Spring Valley is the height of suburban living.
Although Spring Valley is primarily residential, there is still plenty to do in and around the neighborhood. Developed by W.C. and A.N. Miller beginning the 1930s, the Spring Valley Village shopping area (located on Massachusetts Avenue) features Crate & Barrel, a coffee shop, CVS, and Wagshal’s Deli and Market. For more shopping and dining, Foxhall Square offers close conveniences along New Mexico Avenue. Residents can take advantage of their proximity to American University, which is continually providing new exhibits and performances. The neighborhood has quick access to the Capital Crescent bike trail, a favorite among cyclists for its scenic views. For more outdoor space with views of the Potomac, the C&O Canal is close by. Spring Valley is bordered by the Dalecarlia Reservoir to the west; this woodland area helps to create a sense of seclusion from the surrounding region.
Spring Valley may be a private enclave, but convenient travel options are plentiful. The neighborhood is bounded by Loughboro Road NW, Dalecarlia Parkway NW, Massachusetts Avenue NW, and Nebraska Avenue NW. Multiple bus lines run through the area. The Tenleytown/AU Metro station is within easy walking distance, serving the Red Line. For biking, residents can swing by the American University campus; Capital Bikeshare’s station at Ward Circle is a useful amenity for quick travel.