The Big Picture
What had been woods and then farmland came into its own in the early 1900s, with the extension of the Washington streetcar network. Originally solidly middle class, Chevy Chase has edged upward ever since. With its shaded sidewalks, manicured lawns and well-kept houses, Chevy Chase looks like quintessential small town America -- all inside the District line.
Located almost entirely in Ward 3 (a small eastern edge was more recently shifted into Ward 4), Chevy Chase is bordered by Western Avenue and Tennyson Street to the north, Utah Avenue and Rock Creek Park to the east, Broad Branch Road to the south, and 41st Street to the west.
McPherson Square: 25 minutes by car
National Gallery of Art: 25 minutes by car
Downtown Bethesda: 10 minutes by bike/metro
Buses: E4, E6, L1, L2, M4
Bikeshare Stations: 2
Friendship Heights (Red)
A Special Place
Unlike many urban neighborhoods that have lost local businesses to large chains and suburban malls, the small, generally locally owned businesses along the "Avenue" (Connecticut, that is, especially from Livingston Street to Chevy Chase Circle) have a very loyal, local clientele.
It's true: As a land development effort in the late 1880s, Chevy Chase had an unlikely originator: then-Representative Francis G. Newlands of Nevada.
home sweet homes
A variety of architectural styles, most from the early 20th century, and including some original Sears Catalog homes. A few notable condominium developments now line Connecticut Avenue.