The Big Picture
From the mid-19th century, wealthy Washingtonians built large estates as breezy summer retreats from the fetid summer heat of Washington's swampy lowlands. Grover Cleveland held property opposite Rosedale for only a few years, yet left the neighborhood with a permanent name. From the 1890s, the first subdivisions developed in response to the extension of streetcar lines along first Wisconsin Avenue, and later Connecticut Avenue.
Located in Ward 3, Cleveland Park is bordered by Quebec and Tilden Streets to the north, Rock Creek Park to the east, Woodley Road to the south, and Wisconsin Avenue to the west.
McPherson Square: 20 minutes by metro
National Cathedral: 10-15 minutes by foot
Downtown Bethesda: 10 minutes by bike or metro
Buses: 96, H2, H3, H4, L1, L2
Bikeshare Stations: 3
Cleveland Park, Woodley Park-Zoo (Red)
A Special Place
Parks, playgrounds, and well-lit streets make for an exceptionally family-friendly atmosphere. There is virtually no congestion in the neighborhood beyond the main retail strip on Connecticut, which represented one of the nation’s first park-and-shop strip malls.
It's true: Uriah Forrest, an aide-de-camp to George Washington, was the first American to settle in the area. His large estate still stands today as the Rosedale Conservancy, on Newark Street.
home sweet homes
A cherished mix of Majestic Queen Annes and Georgian Revivals offering wide porches and large windows, along with plenty of Prairie and Mission Revival houses as well. The majority of apartment buildings on and just off Connecticut are Tudor Revival.