Chevy Chase, D.C., not to be confused with Chevy Chase, MD with whom it shares a border, began in the 1880s when Senator Newlands of Nevada and his partners began to aggressively acquire farmland for the purpose of developing a residential streetcar suburb. The eventual holdings of the company are now known as this neighborhood as well as Chevy Chase, Maryland. The neighborhood was developed in the early 1900s after construction of the Chevy Chase Line, a streetcar line that stretches to and beyond the northwest boundary of the District of Columbia. This line connects the neighborhood directly to the D.C. downtown.

The formerly remote area grew over decades into a neighborhood of middle-class housing, the stock of which includes many Sears Catalog Homes. Unlike many urban neighborhoods, Chevy Chase has kept its small, generally locally owned businesses along Connecticut Avenue and they remain well patronized by the locals. These businesses include Magruder’s Supermarket (est. 1875) and the Avalon Theatre, which opened in 1923 and currently runs as a non-profit movie theater. In addition to its historic commercial buildings, the area has several well established parks including Rock Creek Park, Lafayette Park and Livingston Park.

Chevy Chase, known as the suburb in the city, has a reputation for a strong community connection, gorgeous houses and beautiful lawns. Its commercial area is large enough to make it feel relatively self-sufficient. The vast majority of residential options are single-family homes that are relatively large, and nearly all of them are fronted by well-groomed gardens and lawns of varying sizes. Bungalows, four squares, the odd Victorian, colonials, Tudors and Cape Cods lend to the grand variety of architecture throughout the neighborhood.

Chevy Chase is a pleasant, architecturally rich neighborhood where Washingtonians find peace and community while still remaining in touch with the rest of the city.


Palisades, or The Palisades, is a neighborhood that runs along the Potomac River, from the edge of the Georgetown University campus at Foxhall Road to the D.C.-Maryland border near the Delacarlia Treatment Plant. The main thoroughfare through the neighborhood is MacArthur Boulevard.

Palisades was first subdivided in 1893, following the plans of the Palisades Improvement Company. Servicing the area was the Great Falls Electric Railway, running from 36th and Prospect to Glen Echo. In 1896, the International Athletic Park and Amusement Company constructed a Bicycle Track and General Amusement Park on a large block of the neighborhood. In 1909, the Potomac Heights Land Company acquired the amusement park land at a reported cost of $1000 per acre. This land was divided into 800 lots, each costing about $500 with instructions that no home could be erected for less than $2500.

Today, Palisades is one of the lesser-known neighborhoods of Washington. Its housing is a mixture of detached houses, apartments, and townhouses. Homes along the bluff on Potomac Avenue are graced by a broad view of the Potomac River and the Virginia riverfront, and are often treated to spectacular sunset views. This neighborhood also boasts being home to a variety of popular restaurants with a vast array of cuisine from clam bar to Asian fusion.

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    Home size: 483 sq ft
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