Chevy Chase DC Real Estate & Information

Chevy Chase DC Real Estate & Information

Located in the Northwest quadrant of D.C., Chevy Chase is an affluent neighborhood that bisects the D.C. and Maryland border. It is bounded by Western Avenue and Tennyson Street to the north, Rock Creek Park to the east, Branch Road to the south, and Reno Road to the west. Chevy Chase is known for its picturesque, tree-lined streets and lively commercial district.

Like its Maryland neighbor, Chevy Chase was named after Northern England’s Cheviot Hills by Colonel Joseph Belt in 1725, who was granted 1,000 acres by Lord Baltimore. The rural area evolved into a “streetcar suburb” with a streetcar route to Connecticut Avenue and a scenic route to Reno Road, developed in part by Frederic Law Olmsted’s design firm. The first home was a Foursquare built in 1908. Sears Catalog and other mail order homes were also popular during this time. Many of the original homes remain.

Shopping and Dining

Chevy Chase offers a wonderful variety of restaurants and shops along Connecticut Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue. Connecticut Avenue is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare and the area offers residents eclectic locally-owned shops and chic brand-name stores. Local favorites include the beloved Full of Beans children’s store, Politics & Prose bookstore, and Rodman’s discount gourmet.  Chevy Chase is very close to the "Rodeo Drive of the East" which includes  Gucci, Saks, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, Tiffany's, Brooks Brothers, the Gap,  Loehmann’s, Eileen Fisher, Jimmy Choo, Anthropologie, J. Crew, and Banana Republic. The neighborhood has a plethora of restaurants, bakeries, and cafés that are given starred reviews. Some award-winning spots include Lia’s, The Capital Grille, Matisse, Indique Heights, Arucola, La Ferme, Bread & Chocolate, and Comet Ping Pong Pizza. Chevy Chase is also close to two Whole Foods stores.

Parks and Recreation

There are a number of neighborhood parks in and surrounding Chevy Chase, including Fort Reno Park, Rock Creek Park, Fort Bayard Park, and Battery Kemble Park. Fort Reno Park is the highest point in the city, due to a sandstone structure that resembles a castle and antenna farm that raise it above the National Monument. The park hosts a number of free concerts in the city. Rock Creek Park is one of the largest forested urban parks in the country, and has unpaved and paved trails, horseback riding, picnic tables, sports fields, golfing, and an amphitheater. Battery Kemble Park is a popular dog park. Livingston Playground is a popular spot to take kids. Wilson Aquatic Center features an adult whirlpool, a children’s pool, a swimming pool, and a multipurpose room. Chevy Chase Community Center offers recreational classes, a basketball court, and a playground. Chevy Chase is also home to the famed National Zoo, and, like all D.C. museums, admission is free.


As a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, Chevy Chase is replete with tree-lined streets and sidewalks. Residents can walk to shops and restaurants, playgrounds and parks. Many residents are civil servants employed at various government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and employed at tech and biotech firms. Real estate is competitive and Chevy Chase D.C. homes for sale encompass Brick Colonials, Sears Catalog Homes, American Foursquares, townhouses, and condos. A small townhouse can sell in the upper 400's and condos can run from the low $200s to the upper brackets.

Schools, Health, Transportation

The public schools serving Chevy Chase are Janney Elementary, Lafayette Elementary, Ben W. Murch Elementary, Alice Deal Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. Janney Elementary is one of the top schools in D.C. for its overall performance. It is also a Blue Ribbon School, designated by the U.S. Department of Education. Lafayette Elementary is the largest elementary school in the city, and is a high-achieving official CETA (Changing Education through the Arts) school, partnered with the Kennedy Center. Both Alice Deal Middle School (or Deal Middle School) and Woodrow Wilson Senior High School have outstanding Greatschools ratings. Other schools include Georgetown Day, Sidwell Friends School, Auguste Montessori School, Blessed Sacrament Elementary, and Chevy Chase Presbyterian School. Area colleges and universities include Potomac College, University of District Columbia, George Washington University, Catholic University, American University, Howard University and Georgetown University.

For health care needs, Chevy Chase is supported by Children’s National Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and Washington Adventist Hospital. The city’s major arterial is 495, the Capital Beltway. Route 186, E West Hwy (Brookville Rd) bisects the city. Western Avenue, Connecticut Avenue NW, Utah Avenue NW, Nebraska Avenue NW border the neighborhood. MetroBus and Metrorail provide public transportation, and there are three red lines for Chevy Chase; Van Ness-UDC, Tenleytown-Au, and Friendship Heights. Chevy Chase also has Zip Car and Bike Share transportation. Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles Airport are a short drive.