Serene community of beautiful parks and beloved local businesses
Almost peacefully arcadian compared to many other D.C. neighborhoods, Cleveland Park is where you’ll find more green spaces than office buildings and more single-family homes than businesses. Ensconced by gorgeous tree-lined streets, the neighborhood is less than 15 minutes northwest of Downtown D.C., yet it feels wholly set apart from the bustle of city living.
The neighborhood was named after President Grover Cleveland, whose magnificent summer home was the beginning of a residential haven rich in diverse architecture and cool, summer breezes. From the 1890s on, Cleveland Park developed as a streetcar community, growing in popularity among families and affluent D.C. residents.
Today, the neighborhood is bursting with a beautiful mix of architectural styles, including Victorian townhomes, modern Art Deco single-family homes, Craftsman Bungalows, Queen Annes, renovated Colonial Revivals, Mission Revivals, and Georgian Revivals. With its immense diversity, Cleveland Park allows residents to find the setting that mixes best with their aesthetic, whether that’s stately manors or luxe condos set in historic buildings. The pricing in Cleveland Park is diverse, with single units and condos coming in around $200,000 to stunning historic estates with price tags of up to $3 million.
In Cleveland Park, residents are deeply devoted to their community roots. Their hard work in preserving the family-friendly, idyllic atmosphere is rewarded with pristine neighborhood parks, thriving local shops, and a tight-knit community of people who care for one another. A small town at its heart, Cleveland Park offers the simplicity of a suburban haven conveniently nested in one of the nation’s most bustling cities.
The best of Cleveland Park is found in its local mom-and-pop style restaurants, shops, and commercial locations. The residents are pure loyalists to these establishments—and with good reason. From organic, international, and local goods at small grocers like Streets Market to upscale designer fashion at clothing boutiques such as Proper Topper, the locally-owned venues in Cleveland Park are some of the most unique and exciting in the District.
Culinary enthusiasts will delight at the many niche and hidden-gem eateries here, including Trattoria Al Volo. A hotspot for delicious pastas and their lively outdoor patio ambiance, Trattoria Al Volo is the perfect place to hang out with friends or enjoy a dinner date al fresco. For a more low-key dining experience—and an ideal lunch stop during a day out on the town—visit Byblos Deli. A classic Mediterranean café, Byblos has gourmet pita sandwiches and crave-worthy, authentic Lebanese cuisine.
More great eats can be found at Silver Diner, where the jukebox and classic diner setting will have you feeling nostalgic for a simpler time, and the American fare will have you coming back for more. Want to find your new favorite pizza spot? Look no further than 2Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria, where the Italian wine comes by the glass, and the wood-fired pizzas are creative flavorful masterpieces.
Cleveland Park also has ample opportunity to explore nature and culture and offers several parks and arts locations. For instance, at the Katzen Arts Center of American University, visitors can catch breathtaking performances and visit the university’s museum. Cleveland Park also houses the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, which is one of the oldest zoos in the nation and houses nearly 3,000 species of animals between its two properties.
Find adventure in the great outdoors at Cleveland Park’s many green spaces, including the famous Rock Creek Park. A massive urban park, Rock Creek’s 1,754 acres is replete with majestic trees, wildlife, hiking and biking options, colorful history, and recreational options. The Tregaron Conservancy is an oasis of pedestrian trails, resplendent wildflower gardens, wooded paths, and beautiful meadows. Known as Cleveland Park’s ‘village green,” the Rosedale Conservancy is one of the most popular spots for residents to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Built on three acres of preserved 18th-century terraced lawns, this protected area is free to the public, privately-funded, and hosts several community events throughout the year, including the annual Easter egg hunt.
Cleveland Park is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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