These prestigious communities offer verdant landscaping and large homes on spacious lots as well as suburban calm within a few miles of central D.C.
Distinguished, sought-after neighborhoods with large homes
Foxhall, Wesley Heights, Spring Valley, and Kent are distinguished and sought-after neighborhoods in the northwest quadrant of D.C. These prestigious communities offer verdant landscaping and large homes on spacious lots as well as suburban calm within a few miles of central D.C.
Foxhall is a historic district with brick Tudor homes dating back to the 1920s. and well as many newly constructed estates. It is here that President John F. Kennedy was feted the evening before his inauguration.
Wesley Heights was first established in 1890, though most development took place between the 1920s and 1950s. It features many grand private residences alongside townhouses and condominiums.
Spring Valley is home to many ambassadors’ residences. Other prominent residents have included Presidents George H. W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson and investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet. Most of Spring Valley’s stately properties are elegant examples of Colonial and Tudor Revival architecture.
Kent is known for its rolling terrain and mix of property styles and sizes, Kent is sought-after for its large lots and convenience to activities on the western edge of the city.
These communities feature dining options that range from casual eateries to sophisticated fine restaurants. Millie’s Spring Valley is a Michelin Guide-recommended offshoot of one of Nantucket’s signature seafood spots. Millie’s serves California Baja-style tacos and Maryland crab cakes in a beachy space with a dog-friendly outdoor patio. Across the street from Millie’s, Wagshal’s Delicatessen is a local favorite for delicious made-to-order sandwiches. This deli and market also sells tasty baked goods and exceptionally high-quality meats and seafood to take home. Et Voila! is a bustling French-Belgian bistro pairing flavorful entrées with an extensive Belgian beer selection. BlackSalt combines a Michelin Guide-featured seafood restaurant with a takeout fish market. Specialties include a sublime Provencal stew loaded with the best of the day’s catch.
This leafy corner of D.C. offers a number of parks including Battery Kemble Park on the west side of Wesley Heights is named after Civil War defenses erected on the site in 1861. Remnants of the fortifications still stand, and are a popular site for sledding and nature walks. Glover-Archbold Park spans 183 acres of wooded stream valley scenery along the eastern edge of Wesley Heights and Foxhall with miles of trails running through this unspoiled natural area. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal also extends through this area of D.C. on its 183-mile path along the Potomac River.
Spring Valley is home to the main campus of American University where The Katzen Arts Center is located. The performance hall hosts a diverse array exhibits of particular note are the sculpture garden and a three-story art museum where works include Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
These neighborhoods are served by the District of Columbia Public Schools.
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