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Neighborhood Narratives: Embassy Row

Embassy Row is a section of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest between Scott Circle and the North side of the United States Naval Observatory. Embassies, diplomatic missions and other diplomatic representations are concentrated there and onto the nearby streets. Considered Washington’s premier residential area in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, Massachusetts Avenue gained a reputation […]

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Neighborhood Narratives: Crestwood

Crestwood is part of the residential area known as the Gold Coast and is among the first neighborhoods north of the White House to feature single family homes and lawns. Settlers were first attracted to the area because of what is now called Rock Creek. Centered around the water that could turn mill wheels, the […]

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Neighborhood Narratives: Georgetown

Georgetown, an historic neighborhood located in Northwest Washington, D.C., is nestled along the Potomac River. Founded in the state of Maryland in 1751, the port of Georgetown was established 40 years before the federal district and the City of Washington. In 1871, the United States Congress created a consolidated government for the entirety of the […]

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Neighborhood Narrative: Woodley Park

Woodley Park, the neighborhood directly west of the National Zoo and part of Rock Creek Park, was the site of fine summer homes in the late 1800s. Presidents and other political elite spent time there, likely enjoying the cool evenings outside the heat and bustle of downtown. Developers of the area envisioned the neighborhood’s section […]

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Neighborhood Narratives: Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is a park, traffic circle, historic district and neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C. Served by the Washington Metro Red Line at the Dupont Circle Metro station, the neighborhood is located in the “Old City” of D.C. Planned by architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the area remained largely undeveloped until after the Civil War. During […]

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Neighborhood Narratives: Kent

Kent, D.C. initially began as a neighborhood along what is now Chain Bridge road on its eastern border. Development was slow until the Civil War, at which time settlements began in earnest as escaped or freed slaves built new communities near to the Civil War Defenses of Battery Kemble. Remnants of the initial community include […]

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Neighborhood Narratives: Hawthorne

Amy Reinink/For The Washington Post

  Hawthorne, a neighborhood situated between Rock Creek Park and Montgomery County, Maryland, is completely residential. With no commercial zoning, this suburban area is quiet and benefits greatly from its proximity to Rock Creek Park. Its many beech, hawthorne and birch trees complement the large parcels of land on which large split-level homes, Capes, 1950s […]

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Neighborhood Narrative: Berkley

Berkley began as a 760 acre land grant given by Lord Baltimore in 1689. It was called Whitehaven and remained, like adjoining neighborhoods, farmland until the 20th century. Naturally isolated from the more cosmopolitan parts of D.C. by its location between Battery Kemble, Glover-Archbold and Wesley Heights Parks, Berkley is bucolic and pleasant because of […]

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Neighborhood Narratives: Foxhall

Foxhall is a small and affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Bordered by Reservoir Road to the north, Foxhall Road to the west and south sides, and Glover-Archbold Park to the east, Foxhall is mostly residential. The vast majority of homes are of a brick Tudor style, making it architecturally distinct. It was listed on the […]

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Neighborhood Narratives: Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase, D.C., not to be confused with Chevy Chase, MD with whom it shares a border, began in the 1880s when Senator Newlands of Nevada and his partners began to aggressively acquire farmland for the purpose of developing a residential streetcar suburb. The eventual holdings of the company are now known as this neighborhood […]

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