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History and Flavor

The Chevy Chase neighborhood in Washington D.C. offers an ideal blend of suburb and city. Located along the border of Maryland and D.C., its well-kept lawns, shaded sidewalks, and proximity to local shopping centers make it one of the most desirable places to live in the greater Washington D.C. area.

In the late 1880s, the Chevy Chase Land Company purchased the land and created Connecticut Avenue, one of the city’s first significant thoroughfares. City planners also strove to implement an efficient neighborhood streetcar. Chevy Chase eventually opened in 1907 with 307 acres and became one of D.C.’s first streetcar suburbs after World War I. This technological advancement gave local workers the ability to live further away from their place of work.

Technically located within the city limits, Chevy Chase feels more like a suburb than a concrete urban environment. In other words, it’s safe, clean, and covered in green. Most homes are filled with nuclear families and retirees with enough time to maintain their verdant yards. While there are a few condos scattered throughout the neighborhood, most residences are single-family homes. Some even date back to the neighborhood’s origin.

Entertainment

Music & Parks

  • Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club – Located in the historic Art Deco Bethesda Theatre, is a small jazz supper club that provides the DC metro area with the best live entertainment in various genres five days a week. It features 300 seats for dinner, 200 additional performance seats, and a beautiful new 40 ft. bar and lounge area. Bethesda Blues & Jazz is the perfect venue for an evening out with a full dinner menu and a full bar. 
  • Rock Creek ParkNear Chevy Chase, it’s the largest park inside city limits in the US.
  • Candy Cane City Named for its red-striped playground equipment Candy Cane City is a city park next to Rock Creek Park. Home to 16 acres of recreation and play football, tennis, soccer, softball, and enjoy picnic areas.
  • Capital-Cresent Trail – A 7.04-mile long, shared-use rail trail runs from Georgetown in Washington, D.C., to Bethesda, Maryland.

Shopping/Restaurants 

Popular Shopping and Eats

  • Connecticut Avenue Shops Home to a three-block-trail stretch of stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes. Magruder’s Supermarket, Avalon Theater, and Safeway are just a few of the highlights.
  • Friendship Heights – A popular shopping destination, Friendship Heights, located to the west of Chevy Chase, is a high-end neighborhood that includes many up-scale shops like Tiffanys and Saks Fifth Avenue, two malls, Whole Foods, and several chain restaurants.
  • Chef Tony’s – Located in Woodmont Triangle, Chef Tony’s serves Italian and Meditarrain food and specializes in seafood. The salmon and spicy shrimp get rave reviews.
  • Raku-An Asian Dining & Sushi – Fine Asian dining at its best with a quiet atmosphere and the freshest sushi in town.
  • The Capital Grille – Located in nearby Friendship Heights, the Capital Grille is an upscale steakhouse, and the prices reflect it. But the service is terrific, and the steaks are excellent.  The decor is quiet and understated–perfect for date night.

Schools

Best Public High Schools

Best Public Elementary Schools

Public Transportation

Buses/Trains

Connecticut Ave & Chevy Chase Lake Dr – Bus stop

Chevy Chase Terminal & Connecticut Ave NW – Bus station

Wisconsin Ave & Chevy Chase Blvd – Bus stop

Connecticut Ave & Williams Lane – Bus stop

McKinley St NW & Chevy Chase Pky NW – Bus stop

Median Home Price

$ 1,300,000 as of 2021

Renters: 36%

Owners: 74%

Demographics

Population 20,735

Median household income –  $175,981

Median age: 43

Families with children -34%

High school diploma or equivalent – 3%

College Degree: 95%

73% White

10% Hispanic

8% African American

5% Asian

4% Other