Explore Wesley Heights

Posted by Mark Washburn on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 3:02pm.


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The wealthy residential enclave of Wesley Heights, a small cohesive neighborhood in northwest DC, is a draw for young families for its top-rated schools, abundance of parks and playgrounds, strong sense of community, and easy transportation options.  The Tenleytown Metro Station is one mile away.  Downtown Washington is only 15 minutes away.  Wesley Heights is adjacent to the neighborhoods of Spring Valley and American University Park.  Just south of the DC neighborhoods of Tenleytown and Spring Valley, the small neighborhood of Wesley Heights is bordered by Nebraska Avenue on the north, New Mexico Avenue on the east, and Glover Parkway on the south, and Battery Kemble Park on the west.  Foxhall Road is the main road passing through Wesley Heights.  

The streets of Wesley Heights are lined with sidewalks.  Many residents walk to area restaurants and shops in Foxhall Square; neighbors often stop to chat with other neighbors on their walks.  The neighborhood celebrates a welcome diversity.  Many residents work for international organizations, and you can often hear various languages at the children’s soccer games or playgrounds.  The urban-suburban feel of the neighborhood extends to the array of transportation options in Wesley Heights.  The Tenleytown Metro Station is a 15-20 minute walk or a quick drive only a mile away.  Bus lines serve the area.  Downtown Washington is 15 minutes by car.  The neighborhood is close to prestigious American University, and easy to travel to the art galleries and music venues on 14th and U Streets.

Wesley Heights in northwest DC is one of the few master-planned communities developed by W.C. and A.N. Miller in the 1920s, the group that also developed the adjacent neighborhoods of Spring Valley and American University Park.  Homes represent a wide variety of architectural styles, such as original Miller homes and modern mansions, all with backyards.  The neighborhood draws many young families with its top-rated Horace Mann Elementary School; its abundance of parks and playgrounds with big trees within walking distance for pick-up soccer games, including Glover Archbold Park, Wesley Heights Park and Battery Kemble Park; and its strong sense of community where residents embrace social events, such as the neighborhood’s annual holiday party at Hawthorne Circle, and a progressive dinner held every other year to benefit Horace Mann Elementary School that brings the neighborhood together.  The neighborhood has a website and on-line newsletter called “Wesley Heights Neighbors,” and posts community issues, neighborhood watch meetings, and wider civic issues.

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