One of D.C.’s top neighborhoods for the elite, where peaceful, tree-lined streets shelter grand historic homes
Prestigious and highly coveted, the neighborhood of Spring Valley in Washington, D.C. has long been home to the city’s elite: politicians, lawyers, CEOs, media personalities, and several international embassy members. Picturesque rolling landscapes meld harmoniously with the quiet streets and suburban feel. Against the backdrop of the main campus of American University, opulent homes set on large-scale lots rise in grandeur. Spring Valley is known for its privacy, affluence, and serene beauty.
Tucked in the northwest section of D.C., Spring Valley is conveniently located next to preserves, parks, reservoirs, the Potomac River and is just fifteen minutes away from Washington, D.C.’s bustling downtown area. In the past, Spring Valley has housed former vice presidents and pre-term presidents, thanks in part to the quick commute to the Capitol.
Primarily residential, Spring Valley houses are renowned for their stately grandeur—on average, the price points are over $1 million. Most homes are historic—dating back to 1940 or earlier—but have retained their Old World glamour and been updated to include a modern elegance. Along Spring Valley’s tree-lined streets, you’ll find brick homes fit for a storybook, impressive Colonial Revival estates, and an abundance of luxury Cape Cod homes.
Spring Valley is a highly walkable neighborhood—with its proximity to American University, it’s not uncommon to see young professionals and families going for strolls around the campus or enjoying the lawns and green spaces on warm days. It’s a place to live a quieter lifestyle, surrounded by luxury, with plenty of room to breathe and escape the bustle of city life.
Spring Valley’s historic architecture and charm aren’t limited to its residential housing: here, you’ll find an array of historic shops, quaint local eateries, and plentiful opportunities to revel at the area’s beautiful features. In particular, Spring Valley Shopping Center and Spring Valley Village are both packed with stunning brick Colonials and everything you’d want to meet your day-to-day needs, including banking, dining, houseware stores, coffee shops, and more.
Among these shopping centers is a bevy of local neighborhood eateries and markets that give Spring Valley its suburban atmosphere. At Wagshals, pick up gourmet delicatessen items, incredible cuts of international and local meats, pre-made meals, the finest groceries, and even imported wines and spirits.
Head over to Millie’s Spring Valley to taste authentic and fresh Baja-style fare with a Californian twist. Their flavorful tacos are unbeatable, and during the warmer months, Millie’s lures in a large crowd of patrons who love to dine out on their lovely patio. At DeCarlo’s Restaurant, savor upscale Italian fare served on classic white table cloths by impeccably professional staff. No matter what your craving, Spring Valley is within minutes of some of D.C.’s best eateries.
One of Spring Valley’s major draws is the sheer amount of beautiful scenery here—even apart from the historic locations. Residents are treated to great views wherever they go, from stunning parks to spaces that would be mundane in other areas, such as traffic circles. The Ward Circle is one such traffic circle that’s been elevated to a sightseeing status. At its center, you’ll find a bronze statue of Artemus Ward, and it’s bordered by American University, including the campus’ performing arts center, on three sides. On the fourth side, the circle sits against the Department of Homeland Security.
Looking to step into nature? Little Falls Stream Valley Park offers 160 acres of woodlands for you to hike and explore. The park straddles the Capital Creek Trail and is an excellent place for picnics, biking, and walks. A chance to experience a slice of history can be found at Battery Kemble Park, tucked inside Rock Creek Park’s 1,700 acres of serene beauty and historic sites. Battery Kemble is one of the most well-known Civil War defenses in D.C., where it held two 100-pounder Parrott rifles.
Spring Valley is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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