Hillcrest is a residential neighborhood of single-family homes located in the Southeast Quadrant of Washington, DC.  The community draws its name from the rolling hills that are prevalent throughout the area.  Single-family homes are the dominate housing in the community and American Craftsman Bungalows are the most commonly found housing style.  Read more about Hillcrest.

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5 Fun Facts About Hillcrest

Found in Southeast DC, the mostly quiet Hillcrest neighborhood may fly a bit under the radar, but there’s certainly plenty to appreciate. If you think you already know everything about living in this part of the DC metro area, we found five fun facts there are entirely tied to Hillcrest.

Higher elevation

To begin with, Hillcrest sits on a higher elevation than many other DC neighborhoods, but still remains close to the Capitol. At about 300 feet above sea level, this sometimes translates to slightly cooler temperatures. While it may not be the highest point, it still means some nice views of the Capitol and the Washington Monument. 

Homes & properties

Hillcrest is known for its well-kept homes and properties. It’s common to find well-tended yards and flower gardens in Hillcrest. You’ll also find mature trees and green space in the neighborhood. The tree-lined streets of Hillcrest are complemented by a mix of brick Colonials and bungalows, many of which date back to the 1930s and 1940s.

Silver Coast

Hillcrest is sometimes referred to as the Silver Coast”. The nickname reflects the fact that the neighborhood was similarly as attractive as neighborhoods known collectively as the “Gold Coast”, but with a slightly less expensive price point. In the 1960s, the neighborhood became especially popular with African American, middle-class residents.

Political ties

Like some other DC neighborhoods, Hillcrest has served as home to politicians over the years, including at least two former mayors. Others who have lived here have worked at the Pentagon and at other federal agencies.

What’s in a name?

Another fun fact is that Hillcrest almost didn’t become Hillcrest at all. While the neighborhood is sometimes compared to Cleveland Park, it’s said Grover Cleveland himself actually considered buying property in the area we now call Hillcrest for a summer house. When the price was too high, he moved on to the area we now call Cleveland Park.

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