Kent Neighborhood Guide | Living in Washington, DC | Long & Foster

Living in Kent, Washington, D.C.

Serene and tranquil, Kent lies on D.C.’s northwestern edge where city meets country, and urban scenes subtly give way to meandering trails, heavily canopied parks and an almost rural feel. It’s a largely upscale neighborhood that is bordered by Battery Kemble Park, MacArthur Boulevard, and Loughboro Road. Maryland and Virginia are a stone’s throw away.

Battery Kemble Park in Kent, DC

Things to do in Kent

With its plentiful parks and trails, Kent is for nature lovers, hikers and dog walkers. After a snowfall, the steeps slopes of Battery Kemble Park fill with sleds. There are no commercial developments in the neighborhood, so residents frequent establishments in the surrounding areas, including those along MacArthur Boulevard and at Spring Valley Village.

Bambu restaurant in Kent, DC

Housing in Kent

Much of the neighborhood was developed in the 1930's and 40's, with stately center-hall colonials on large lots, however the eastern side of the neighborhood has more recent-construction large homes. Some say the stark differences between types of homes make it almost feel like two neighborhoods.

Housing in Kent, DC

Transportation in Kent

MacArthur Boulevard is served by buses that go to Dupont Circle and Georgetown. There are no Metro stops in Kent—the closest is over a mile away in Tenleytown. American University is within walking distance, and it has a Capital Bikeshare station.


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What Locals Love

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  • Locals love being tucked away from the city, surrounded by nature, but just a short drive from urban attractions.
  • Battery Kemble Park offers bird-watching, dog walking, and Civil War-era historical sites.

  • It’s a convenient location for those needing close proximity to Virginia, Maryland, and D.C.


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