Feb
13

Neighborhood Narratives: Wesley Heights

Wesley Heights, developed in the 1920s by W.C. and A.N. Miller, is one of the first master planned neighborhoods in the US. Situated among rolling, wooded hills, Wesley Heights is a small, affluent and mainly residential neighborhood, with gorgeous homes including some of the largest colonials, Cape Cods, bungalows, split-levels, and Tudors in the city. Because of the hilly geography and old, dignified trees, the large yards seem to blend into the woods.

Prior to development, Wesley Heights was farmland. Purchase by W.C. and A.N. Miller in the mid 20s, the first homes in the community were built on Klingle Street, near to New Mexico Avenue. Using revival architecture, houses were built on rectangular lots with a variety of materials and details. Brochures for the neighborhood described it as the “Garden Spot of Washington,” which today can be seen in the beautifully manicured front lawns.

Bordered on the eastern and part of the western sides of the neighborhood by Glover-Archbold and Battery Kemble Parks, Wesley Heights appears suburban while retaining active commercial areas, Foxhall Square and New Mexico Avenue with its two shopping centers.