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Living in Deanwood, Washington, D.C.

One of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., Deanwood encapsulates a small-town feel with big city living. People living in Deanwood enjoy a suburban lifestyle with a close-knit feel, easy access to local shopping, dining, and DC's major attractions, including the National Mall and the White House.

Deanwood is a two-square-mile enclave and neighborhood deeply steeped in history. It's the birthplace of singer Marvin Gaye, and has a rich history of African-American achievements in civil rights and community activism. The neighborhood was developed on a former plantation site and was once the home of women's rights activist, Nannie Helen Burroughs. Burroughs founded the National Training Institute for Women and Girls in 1909 to help females learn skills for independence. Deanwood was also the home of civic leader Howard Woodson, who lobbied for improvements in infrastructure and access to essential services.

Metro station in Deanwood, Washington, D.C.

Things to Do in Deanwood

Thanks to several recreation centers and numerous parks, there is no shortage of outdoor activities for you to enjoy in Deanwood, and many of these activities are free. Marvin Gaye Park is a large part of community life here; it hosts year-round festivals, concerts and other events. The park also offers the Deanwood Heritage Trail, a 90-minute self-guided walking tour that introduces you to the area's history and culture. The community's Aquatic Center and Recreation Center provide workout space and fitness opportunities, and they host sporting events as well.

Two homes in Deanwood, Washington, D.C.

Deanwood Real Estate

Many of the homes in the Deanwood neighborhood were built in the early 1900s and possess an old-fashioned, welcoming charm. Deanwood real estate also includes new construction of apartments and duplexes, as well as a mix of row houses, bungalows and suburban-style single family homes. Though larger homes are available, most dwellings in Deanwood are relatively small, but some have sizable yards and detached garages.

Jumpin Out the Pan in Deanwood, Washington, D.C.

Getting Around Deanwood

Getting around in Deanwood is easy, even if you don't have a car. Most shops, restaurants, and libraries are within walking distance of many homes in the neighborhood. There are also several bikeshare stations around town that will let you grab a bicycle from one location and return it at another, and a public transit system provides reliable bus service around town. If you need to head to other areas of D.C., you can easily catch an Orange Line train from the Metro station on Minnesota Avenue.


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  • History is a main draw for this two-square-mile enclave. Recognized as the birthplace of singer Marvin Gaye, Deanwood was also once home to women’s rights activist Nannie Helen Burroughs and civic leader Howard Woodson.
  • Marvin Gaye Park offers a wooded respite from the hustle and bustle of the District life.
  • Exercise enthusiasts can find workout space and fitness equipment at the Deanwood Aquatic and Recreation Center.


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