Living in AU Park, D.C.

American University Park, Washington D.C. (AU Park) sits on the outskirts of the city, just within the boundary line. Mostly residential, this neighborhood has plenty of shopping, so locals never have to leave the area. Although AU Park, D.C., takes its name from American University, most of the campus is actually located in neighboring Tenleytown. What AU Park offers is a serene and friendly community, with all the quiet of the suburbs and easy access to public transit.

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Exploring American University Park

In AU Park, D.C., there is plenty to do and see. For outdoor fun, Turtle Park is a favorite local hangout spot. With an extensive playground, tennis courts, basketball hoops and plenty of green space, it makes a great place to spend the day. Don't forget to take a moment to admire the turtle statues that give the park its name. Residents can round out the day with shopping along Wisconsin or Massachusetts Ave. The Spring Valley Shopping Center on Massachusetts Avenue gives you several places to grab a morning cup of coffee or visit the bank. A trip by Wagshal's market and deli is a must. This not-so-well-kept local secret has been serving up specialty sandwiches and fine wines for 90 years.

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Real Estate in AU Park

Moving to AU Park, D.C., usually means finding a single family home on a compact lot. Colonial homes are the most common style of real estate in the area. Street after tree-lined street has two story colonials nestled next to neighboring houses, with all the commercial property on the outer edges of the neighborhood. AU Park real estate is mostly owner-occupied, but there are some rental options along Massachusetts Ave., and some condominiums and apartments along New Mexico Ave.

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Why Live in AU Park?

Housing in AU park gets snapped up quickly, and the excellent local schools are just one reason why. The easy commute into the city combines with a bit more square footage than you will find in subdivisions closer to the city center, giving residents all the fun of big city living, without many of the hassles that often come with it.

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Transportation To and From AU Park

With the Friendship Heights Metro Station to the north and the Tenleytown-AU station to the east, both on the Red Line, public transit is easily accessible. A quick metro ride southeast takes you the 2.5 miles to the National Zoo and other museums. Heading west takes you to the banks of the Potomac River, while a trip north brings you into Friendship Village. Several Zipcars and a Capital Bikeshare Station also help to make the neighborhood one that is easily navigable without owning a car.


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What Locals Love

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  • Outdoorsy families spend the day at Turtle Park. The kids love the extensive playground and plenty of green space to run around while parents take advantage of the basketball and tennis courts. The turtle statues around the playground are the main attraction.
  • Shop ‘til you drop at the Spring Valley Shopping Center on Massachusetts Avenue, a historic venue that now houses restaurants, a coffee shop, banks and retailers.
  • Foodies flock to Wagshal’s, a delicatessen steeped in history and known to have a few celebrities and presidents stop by. Be sure to try the critically acclaimed brisket sandwich.

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Washington Real Estate at a Glance

  • 2,139 Homes Sold*
  • 76 Avg. Days on Market*
  • $599,900 Median Price*

*over last 3 months

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