Accessible historic neighborhood where community is everything
Nestled between the Number One Observatory Circle home of the Vice President, the United States Naval Observatory, and Glover-Archbold Park, Glover Park harbors some of the most beautiful and affordable homes in the District. Glover Park is a burgeoning foodie scene, with plenty of niche restaurants that blend in well with the historic architecture of the area. Less than 15 minutes away, the exciting thrum of Downtown D.C. awaits, and those who live in Glover Park have all of the big city convenience without any of the hassles.
Steeped in history, the area was once a Union encampment during the Civil War. Glover Park itself didn’t begin to grow as a residential location until the 1920s, though it had been encompassed by the historic Georgetown neighborhood long before. Among tree-lined streets, you’ll find iconic D.C. rowhomes, whose imposing grandiosity embodies the grace of their history. Brick patios and white verandas welcome guests from the front entrance, while inside, these homes are expertly, lavishly updated. If you prefer to rent or own a condo, Glover Park has plenty of high-end rental options, often set inside historic Federal buildings.
Surrounded by gorgeous green spaces and only minutes from the Potomac River, Glover Park has long been an idyllic place to rest. The neighborhood is home to an eclectic range of residents, from young families looking to set suburban roots to recent grads, post-graduate students renting close to the university, and professionals looking to get their start. Family-friendly yet secluded from the bustle of the urban downtown, residents here enjoy a serene atmosphere.
Head to Wisconsin Avenue and follow it either north or south for all of your retail needs, from upscale boutiques to day-to-day merchants for banking, grocery shopping, and hardware supplies, like Glover Park Ace Hardware. Drive less than a mile south on Wisconsin Avenue to Georgetown, and you’ll find Georgetown Park, M Street, and Georgetown’s famous shopping district with tons of eateries.
In Glover Park, you don’t have to choose between residential peacefulness and an excellent culinary scene: here, you’ll get both. You won’t want to miss out on the perfect, hand-crafted dumplings at Dumpling and Beyond, whose diverse menu of traditional Chinese fare never fails to impress. Get a taste of legendary “Comida Criolla,” flavors at Peruvian Brothers, a remarkable food truck that serves mouthwatering options such as salads packed with Peruvian superfoods and savory pork loin sandwiches.
Craving a bit of upscale sophistication? Old Europe embodies luxury by decking its venue with gorgeous antiques and luxe textures, making the perfect ambiance for the restaurant’s classic German fare. Sweetgreen’s menu is the epitome of healthful living—their nutrient-dense dishes come with options for special diets and allergies.
In Glover Park, there’s a dedication to the pursuit of community and the appreciation of history, both of which provide plenty to do in the neighborhood. Whether it’s attending neighborhood events or visiting historic sites, residents in Glover Park can find themselves fully immersed in the neighborhood’s lively beauty.
One of the most prominent sites of significance in Glover Park is the United States Naval Observatory. One of the oldest scientific agencies in the nation, the observatory was created to aid in positioning, navigation, and timing for the U.S. Navy, is one of the few observatories set in an urban location, and now works with international collaborators to further scientific studies. Along with the observatory, Glover Park is home to the Holy Rood Cemetery. With an elevation that provides staggering views of the city, this famous cemetery is also one of the most well-documented slave burial grounds. Among the historic headstones, you’ll encounter the names of immigrants, Civil War soldiers, and those from all walks of life throughout history.
Getting involved in the community is simple in Glover Park, and the Glover Park Farmers Market is a great initiation that includes a bounty of fresh local goods. Produced by the Fresh Farms company, the market is dedicated to sustainable, local agriculture, making nutritious food accessible throughout the community. Looking to get your hands dirty and help grow some of the produce? Glover Park also has a community garden, a 2.7-acre beauty that began as a Victory Garden during WWII and currently grows strictly organic foods meant for charity, education, and local households.
Glover Park is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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