Cleveland Park and Woodley Park are relaxed residential neighborhoods in D.C.’s northwest quadrant.
Convenient residential neighborhoods with sprawling parks
Cleveland Park and Woodley Park are relaxed residential neighborhoods in D.C.’s northwest quadrant. Both are accessible by Red Line Metro stations and are convenient for reaching Downtown and the Reagan National and Dulles International Airports. Housing options within these neighborhoods include an interesting mix of architectural styles.
Cleveland Park is situated at the highest point in D.C., where its cool summer weather made it a popular retreat for Washington’s elite during the 19th and early-20th centuries. The neighborhood features enchanting, colorfully-painted turn-of-the-century Victorian homes. Cleveland Park has two nearby high streets with an excellent array of restaurants, shopping, and amenities. Woodley Park offers distinctive D.C. row houses and gleaming contemporary condominium buildings with sweeping views over the city. Woodley Park’s tree-lined streets and sprawling parks also make it the greenest neighborhood in D.C.
Connecticut Avenue runs diagonally through both Cleveland Park and Woodley Park while Wisconsin Avenue forms Cleveland Park’s western boundary. These two bustling commercial streets are lined with lots of places to shop and dine. Vace on Connecticut Avenue is an Italian market and deli selling takeout cold cuts, pizzas, and homemade pasta and sauces. Cactus Cantina is a lively Tex-Mex spot on Wisconsin Avenue. Their menu includes authentic Tex-Mex classics made with fresh tortillas alongside dishes from Cuba, Spain, and South America. Just off Wisconsin Avenue, 2 Amys is a hugely popular pizzeria serving creative Neapolitan-style pizzas baked to perfection in a wood-fired oven. They also offer a great selection of Italian wines, charcuterie platters, and other Italian entrées.
Woodley Park is directly adjacent to the Smithsonian National Zoo. One of D.C.’s most visited tourist attractions and both one of the oldest and largest zoos in the United States, the zoo houses thousands of animals from hundreds of species with popular exhibits, including giant pandas.
The National Zoo adjoins the 1,754-acre Rock Creek Park, which runs alongside Cleveland Park’s eastern boundary. This expansive natural area contains gorgeous scenery and many attractions and amenities, with more than 32 miles of trails running through Rock Creek Park. The park is home to a planetarium, a horse center, an 18-hole public golf course, and a tennis center featuring a major stadium and 25 indoor and outdoor courts.
The Rosedale Conservancy is known to Cleveland Park residents as the neighborhood’s village green. This neighborhood green space spans three acres on the site of a historic estate. Rosedale Conservancy’s terraced grounds feature a 1790s farmhouse built around a 1740s stone cottage, which is the oldest surviving property in D.C.
Melvin C. Hazen Park runs along Cleveland Park’s northern boundary and connects to Rock Creek Park in the east. The park follows the path of one of Rock Creek’s tributary streams with scenic wooded walking trails.
Both Cleveland Park and Woodley Park are served by the District of Columbia Public Schools District.
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