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Neighborhood Spotlight: Kensington

Kensington is a historic suburb in Washington D.C. which was founded in the early 1800s. It has a wonderful ancient architecture reminiscent of the Victorian era. The neighborhood is quite friendly and close-knit. Besides the breathtaking architecture, there are a number of public spots especially gardens that adorn it. This article aims to give an overview of what it is like to be a resident of Kensington.

Popular spots in Kensington

Kensington is home to the famous LDS Mormon Temple Visitor’s Center. Accompanied by beautiful gardens around, this hilltop attraction is truly a piece of art. At night, the center is lit and looks absolutely spectacular. Another very well-known place is the Kensington Antique Row which is the largest antique center in the entire Washington D.C. If you are a history fanatic and love the antiques, you will definitely fall in love with this place. Another such spot is Biblioteca Catalana which is a library of the Pauli Bellet Foundation. Housed in the Kensington Row Bookshop, it is one of the largest collections of Catalan materials outside of Spain.

Kensington also nestles a number of ice cream and sweet shops that offer colorful, innovative desserts. There are also various high-rated restaurants such as The Tasting Room, Volt, and Fontina Grille etc. Kensington also offers a library for children called ‘Noyes Library’.

Schools in Kensington

Kensington is served by various academic institutions. Most of the schools come under the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Many elementary, middle and high schools are located within the neighborhood boundaries. In addition, few Roman Catholic schools also serve the Kensington community.

The crime rate in Kensington

According to the U.S. crime index, Kensington is safer than 38% of U.S. cities. The rate of violent crimes is lower than the rate of crimes such as thefts and robberies. Other frequent crimes include vandalism or burglaries.

Market Snapshot of real estate in Kensington

In Kensington, the median sale price of a home is around $899,000 and as 2021. Houses are well-built and quite family friendly. The median rent is around $2700. Most houses have private backyards and patios. Condominiums are also available.


Kensington is a lively suburb that offers a very friendly, safe and lively environment to its residents. The innumerable food centers and shops keep the neighborhood vibrant. There are many popular spots for children that provide healthy recreational activities for them. Residences in Kensington are well-built.

Apart from attractions within the Kensington, many neighboring areas also offer popular attractions. Kensington is also quite safe a neighborhood. Its antique shops add to the coziness it has to offer. If you love a vibrant scene and also want the warmth of a community, Kensington can be your location of choice.  

If you’re looking for a home in Kensington–or any other neighborhood near Washington DC–let one of our experienced realtors at Eng Garcia help you. 

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