Amy Reinink/For The Washington Post

Amy Reinink/For The Washington Post


Hawthorne, a neighborhood situated between Rock Creek Park and Montgomery County, Maryland, is completely residential. With no commercial zoning, this suburban area is quiet and benefits greatly from its proximity to Rock Creek Park. Its many beech, hawthorne and birch trees complement the large parcels of land on which large split-level homes, Capes, 1950s ramblers and a few colonials are built. Access to downtown is quickly found through the park.

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  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Lot size: 3,395 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 2,899 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,250 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 1,600 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Lot size: 1,632 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 1,600 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 1,926 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Lot size: 5,000 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 1,632 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Lot size: 1,632 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Lot size: 3,060 sqft

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Rock Creek Park, established under President Harrison in 1890, is home to over 1,700 acres of natural area along Rock Creek that bisects the northwestern urban areas of Washington, D.C. Administered by the National Park Service, the park also contains several public facilities including two outdoor gyms, a golf course, a tennis stadium which hosts major professional events, a nature center and planetarium, an outdoor concert venue, picnic and playground areas, Pierce Mill’s museum and educational building, equestrian facilities, and the Thompson Boat Center which provides access to the Potomac River.

The legislative language used and character of the park suggests that it is among the oldest of America’s national parks. Most significantly, Rock Creek Park provides a natural-based playground for runners, hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts while gracing the neighborhoods around its perimeter with much appreciated green space.

Tenleytown, in 1790 called “Tennally’s Town” after area tavern owner, John Tennally, is the site of Fort Reno, one of the Civil War fortifications around Washington, D.C., and the highest natural point in the District of Columbia. Fort Reno, decommissioned with the surrender of the Confederate armies, became a free black community. Now a park, Fort Reno hosts community gardens, free concerts in the summer, and many other outdoor amenities for the local community.

Due to its high altitude, Tenleytown is home to nearly all of the city’s radio and television towers. In 2010, Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail, a path that starts from the metro station and passes by neighborhood landmarks including the studios of WRC-TV, Washington’s NBC station, opened to the public. Defined by Tenley Circle, which lies at the intersection of Nebraska Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue, and Yuma Street, Tenleytown is the second oldest village in D.C. (Georgetown is the oldest).

The 4400 and 4500 blocks of Grant Road epitomize the rural and historical character of the area. In addition to some of the original paving stones being visible at the curb near Grant Road and Wisconsin Avenue, Victorian and cottage style homes grace the country lane style and recall its bygone eras.