McLean Gardens: Popular NW Neighborhood

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McLean Gardens is a historic residential community located in Northwest DC along Wisconsin Avenue, just north of Cathedral Heights. Over the years the political elite, white-collar professionals and diplomats have called McLean Gardens home. The McLean Gardens community was originally built in 1942 on the estate of John McLean, a former publisher. He wanted to provide his estate as temporary housing for wartime defense employees.

McLean Gardens was originally comprised of 31 red brick apartment buildings that were later converted to condos in 1980. Subsequent expansions have included The Village at McLean Garden and The Towers, a nine-story luxury building. The wooded community has over 1,000 residents and an array of condo styles feature 40 different floor plans.

McLean Gardens is bolstered by wonderful amenities for its residents, including an outdoor pool, ballroom, barbeque areas, benches, bicycle racks, and community center. The elegant ballroom is available to residents and the public for private functions and special events. Many society weddings take place in the ballroom. The neighborhood has assorted recreational facilities, including tennis courts, nature trails, dog park, community garden, and children’s playgrounds.

A real drawing card for McLean Gardens is that residents enjoy the feeling of a suburban life in a convenient city setting. This popular residential neighborhood is well known for its spacious lawns, well-kept landscaping and friendly, social atmosphere. The Washington National Cathedral, and its lush manicured gardens, is located just four blocks away from McLean Gardens. The community is bounded by Rodman Street NW to the north, Idaho Avenue to the south, Wisconsin Avenue to the east, and 39th Street NW to the west. This location features a lovely park-like setting and is a short walk from urban conveniences, like public transportation options (Metro train, Metrobus), restaurants, nearby shops, and entertainment.

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