Living in Chevy Chase, D.C.
The community of Chevy Chase, D.C. (not to be confused with Chevy Chase, Maryland, which borders it to the north) is a friendly, close-knit community with a suburban feel. It's a perfect respite from the congestion, traffic and tourism crowding much of D.C. In Chevy Chase, you'll be able to catch your breath as you enjoy wide swaths of green spaces and peace and quiet. You'll often feel far removed from the city yet you'll be in one of the most connected, convenient places to live on the East Coast.
Chevy Chase Real Estate
While Chevy Chase includes a sprinkling of condo and apartments buildings, the community is primarily comprised of tidy single-family homes surrounded by mature trees. The Chevy Chase community is known as being upscale, livable and distinctive (it frequently tops local "best places to live" lists). Most homes are constructed of brick and have small yards ideal for gardening or playing hide-and-seek or fetch with kids and dogs. Colonials, Victorians, Tudors and Cape Cods coexist beautifully here.
Recreation in Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase is home to three parks: Rock Creek, Lafayette and Livingston parks. Rock Creek Park, which borders the Chevy Chase neighborhood on the northwest, is a D.C. treasure reminiscent of New York's Central Park. Here, you'll find golfing, tennis courts, walking and equestrian trails, but more importantly you'll be transported to an oasis of flora, fauna and gurgling streams that will make you forget you're in the heart of a city. In Lafayette Park, enjoy playgrounds, tennis courts and baseball fields. Livingston Park (part of the Chevy Chase Rec Center) offers baseball fields, tennis courts, a dog park, a small water park, playgrounds and summer camps.
The Chevy Chase Community
Chevy Chase (which The Washington Post once named "best suburb of the National Capital," according to the Historic Chevy Chase D.C. neighborhood association) was developed in 1907 surrounding the newly installed Chevy Chase streetcar line.
Today, residents take pride in their community's unique identity. An abundance of locally owned shops and markets, family-owned diners and cafes, a public library, and a lack of chain retailers contributes to a close-knit small town vibe. A celebrated local landmark is the Avalon Theater, which opened in 1923 and originally showed only silent films. The theater closed in 2003; the building now houses a nonprofit. For the best of old D.C. charm, a small-town ambiance and a location that can't be beat, Chevy Chase D.C. fits the bill perfectly.