The Big Picture
"Friendship Heights" comes from the 3,000-acre “Friendship” land grant made to colonists in 1713. The dominant family for much of the 19th century was the Shoemakers, who farmed landed along Wisconsin Avenue; a plat survey from 1909 shows numerous Shoemaker holdings on Davenport (then named Des Moines), Ellicott (Erie), and other streets leading up to the Maryland line. Streetcars still connected Friendship Heights to Georgetown in the 1950s. Mazza Gallerie was originally destined to have its own residential component, but that element was never approved.
Located in Ward 3, Friendship Heights is bordered by Western Avenue to the north, 41st Street and Belt Road to the east, Chesapeake Street to the south, and River Road to the west.
McPherson Square: 20 minutes by car
American University: 15 minutes by bike or metro
Glen Echo: 20 minutes by car
Buses: 30N, 30S, 31, 33, 37, E4, E6, N2, N3, N4, N6
Bikeshare Stations: 3
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A Special Place
Friendship Heights does not necessarily have the distinct personality of other DC neighborhoods. However, walkable, and with both retail and public transportation in easy reach, this small slice of upper Northwest appeals to many --- families, in particular.
It's true: The WMATA bus depot between Harrison and Jenifer Streets was once a car barn serving both the Georgetown & Tenleytown and the Washington & Rockville Street Railways.
home sweet homes
Single-family homes on nicely sized lots on the side streets, multi-unit buildings (with more sure to come) on and around Wisconsin Avenue.