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Cleveland Park Community Guide Named after President Grover Cleveland who owned a home in this safe,

History and Flavor

Located in Northwest Washington, DC. Cleveland Park is located on the red line of the Washington Metro rapid transit system. It’s also directly on a metro line of its name, Cleveland Park. Cleveland Park has a medium population of approximately 10,000 people and is home to a gorgeous park, several notable authors, and several ranking media figures.

Cleveland Park is well known for its Art Deco and late 19th century home styles. The neighborhood dates back to 1793, long before Washington D.C. was the city it is today. The area is named after President Grover Cleveland, who bought a home in the neighborhood and turned it into his summer estate. 

A myriad of home styles is present in the area as different waves of people moved in and out of the neighborhood, mainly due to financial crises of the early 20th century. Georgian houses are built here and there, but the area generally has a contemporary or modern feel.

The neighborhood is primarily residential, white-collar, and has a surprisingly large number of men compared to women: approximately ten men for every seven women who live here.

Entertainment

Music & Parks

  • Nanny O’Brien’s– Pub offering music sessions, craft brews & Guinness in narrow, wood-paneled digs with Irish signs.
  • Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House– A coffeehouse/music shop with vinyl & java for sale, plus listening booths & a 1947 recording booth.
  • 9:30 Club– The 9:30 Club is a nightclub and concert venue in Washington, D.C. In 2018 the 9:30 Club was named one of the ten best live music venues in America by Rolling Stone, and in 2019 the club was named “Venue of the Decade” by VenuesNow.
  • Madam’s Organ– Lively blues bar offers comfort food & drinks in mason jars along with music, dancing & a roof deck.
  • Rosedale Conservancy– Rosedale is a privately funded park, open to the public. This urban oasis, dating back to 1740, is fondly known at Cleveland Park’s Village Green.
  • Melvin C Hazen Park– A popular jogging/hiking trail bisects this forested green space with a creek & wildlife sightings. 
  • Newark Street Dog Park– Features a crushed/decomposed granite surface that is environmentally friendly and comfortable on the paws. We have two separate play areas with two separate entrances.  We encourage little dogs, puppies, and new dogs to start in the smaller play area until they feel comfortable with the other dogs in the large play area.
  • Uptown Theater This single-screen movie theatre has been open since 1936 and was designed by famous Art-Deco architect John Jacob Zink. The theater has shown some of the most famous movies of all time on its screen, hosting the world premieres of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jurassic Park, and Dances with Wolves, as well as being one of only 32 theaters in the country to play the original Star Wars movie on its opening day.
  • Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology– A zoo operated by the Smithsonian Institute for recreational use, conservation biology, and environmental research. The zoo has everything from great apes to plains animals and some notable oddities and unique traveling exhibits that come through from time to time.

Shopping/Restaurants 

Popular Shopping and Eats

  • Transcendence-Perfection-Bliss Of The Beyond Quaint gift shop featuring a range of greeting cards & small toys, including plush animals for kids.
  • Cleveland Fine Wine & Spirits– Established local wine resource that’s added beer & liquor selections over the years.
  • Streets Market– a local grocery store that offers a wide variety of organic, conventional, regional, international and everyday practical goods all under one roof. 
  • DC USA– DC USA is an 890,000-square-foot retail development in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The development is adjacent to the Columbia Heights station on the Yellow and Green Lines of the Washington Metro. A Washington City Paper poll named DC USA the “Best Designed Retail Space” of 2009.
  • Femme Fatale DC– A hub for women and non-binary creatives, entrepreneurs, and organizers. 
  • Sababa– Dramatic Middle Eastern tent-like setting backdrops a modern Israeli menu, with a lounge for drinks.
  • Dolan Uyghur Restaurant– Eurasian-style fare, including stir-fry noodles, soups, dumplings & kebabs in spartan quarters.
  • Byblos Deli– Low-key kitchen featuring pita sandwiches, salads & Mediterranean plates, plus sidewalk seating.
  • Indique– Indian street food with a twist in a moody bi-level setup with cushions to sit on while eating.
  • Bindaas– Chef-driven Indian snacks & light fare, plus cocktails, in a hip, urban art-inspired setting.

Schools

Best Public High Schools

Best Public Elementary Schools

Public Transportation

Buses/Trains

Cleveland Park Station– Train

Woodley Rd NW & Wisconsin Ave NW– Bus stop

Woodley Rd NW & 32nd St NW– Bus stop

Connecticut Ave NW & Ordway St NW– Bus stop

Median Home Value

$743,542 as of 2021

Renters: 54%

Owners: 46%

Demographics

Population 10,531

Median household income –  $146,951

Median age: 38

Families with children – 13%

High school diploma or equivalent – 3%

College Degree: 95%

72% White

15% Hispanic

5% African American

5% Asian

3% Other