Cleveland Park is a popular neighborhood for househunters seeking a walkable, urban lifestyle but with some peace and quiet. Its gorgeous tree-lined streets are home to many lovely single family homes, with shopping, entertainment, and dining a short stroll away. Cleveland Park is bound by Rock Creek Park to the west, Quebec and Tilden Streets NW to the north, Wisconsin Avenue, NW to the west, and Woodley Road, NW to the south.
Cleveland Park is located along the Metro’s popular Red line and is served by several bus stops that run along both Connecticut and Wisconsin Avenues, NW.
Cleveland Park began in the 18th century as a single estate that was home to Revolutionary War General Uriah Forrest. President Grover Cleveland bought a house from General Forrest’s descendants which served as President Cleveland’s summer retreat from his downtown DC residence. Cleveland Park was later developed as a streetcar “suburb” beginning in the 1890s. It was designated as a historic district in 1987.
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Cleveland Park is well-known for for its architectural diversity, which is an eclectic blend of popular late 19th and early 20th centuries styles including Queen Anne, Mission Dutch Colonial, Shingle, Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Bungalows, Revival, and Georgian Revival style homes. Many believe it has the most charming homes in the city! Elegant – and spacious – single-family detached homes and townhomes are found in in Cleveland Park. Cleveland Park is also home to some modern architecture, including one home by I.M. Pei and several by famed DC architects Waldron and Winthrop Faulkner. There are a number of historically significant condo and apartment houses in the district as well.
The Washington National Cathedral offers several concerts and events throughout the year. The famed 1930s era Uptown Theater, an Art Deco masterpiece designed by John Zink, remains an active movie theater today. Nearby Rock Creek Park offers plenty of trails suited for running and biking.
Civic life is alive and well in Cleveland Park. Established in 1911, the Cleveland Park Citizens Association is an active group working for the continual improvement of the neighborhood. The Cleveland Park Historical Society works to retain the history and character of the neighborhood. The Cleveland Park Club is a private social club with a pool and active social calendar with events like porch parties, an Oktoberfest, and cornhole tournaments. Cleveland Park is also home to a year-round weekend farmer’s market.
Ardeo + Bardeo restaurant and wine bar offers a fusion of Asian, Mediterranean, and American cuisines and a fabulous rooftop deck. Visit Raku for upscale fine Asian cuisine including sushi, curries, bento boxes, dashi, and more. Barbeque lovers, be sure to visit Fat Pete’s BBQ for its amazing assortments of smoked meats and vegetables. Of course, a visit to Cleveland Park isn’t complete without a steak dinner at Medium Rare.