Explore Tenleytown

Posted by Mark Washburn on Monday, May 23rd, 2016 at 11:59am.

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Tenleytown is a neighborhood in upper northwest DC that blends a quiet residential setting with a bustling urban center. Tenleytown enjoys far-reaching views, and is a great neighborhood to live, work and discover with a range of entertainment, art galleries, athletics and social events. Beautiful tree-lined streets plus great transit access attracts homebuyers to this part of town. From families to young professionals or older couples, Tenleytown offers large single-family homes, modest single-family homes and condos. The historic northwest DC neighborhood is a charming community, just steps from its own Metro Station, Tenleytown-AU Metro stop. A Capital Bikeshare Station can also be found at the top of the Metro Station.

Tenleytown is south of Chevy Chase, northwest of Cleveland Park and north of Glover Park. Tenleytown and the adjacent neighborhood of American University Park are served by the Tenleytown-AU stop on the Washington Metro’s Red Line. A free shuttle runs between the Metro Stop and AU’s main campus. The Metro is located in the center of the neighborhood at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Albermarle Street. Metrobus has many buses that frequently run and serve the neighborhood. Tenleytown includes Tenley Circle, which is at the intersection of Nebraska Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue and Yuma Street. Tenleytown is the location for the esteemed private school, Sidwell Friends School, where the daughters of President Obama attend.

Tenleytown is home to luxury condos and retail at street level. Dining spots in Tenleytown include Bread & Salt, Masala Art, Tartufo, Coffee Nature, Nando’s Peri-Peri, Kitty O’Shea’s, and Le Chat Noir, among several other restaurants. The neighborhood includes a Whole Foods market, Container Store, Best Buy and the Wilson Aquatic Center. Visitors can walk along Tenleytown Heritage Trail that starts from the Metro Station and passes American University, Fort Reno and the television studios of Washington’s NBC Studios. Walkers can explore the Civil War’s Fort Reno, the site of one of the forts that circled DC during the American Civil War and protected the Nation’s Capital against invaders. The trail is roughly 3 miles long and passes 19 site markers highlighting key areas of Tenleytown’s past.

Fort Reno was the critical lookout point for preventing an attack of Washington; Fort Reno is the highest natural point in DC. Today, Fort Reno is within park boundaries and plays host to community gardens, free music concerts in the summer, sledding and snowball fights in the winter; provides tennis courts, soccer and baseball game fields; and areas for dog-walkers.

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