Tenleytown is a comfortable, down-to-earth neighborhood that is walkable to Metro’s Red line Tenleytown-American University stop. It offers a “college town” feel thanks to American University located here. Buses to Georgetown and Friendship Heights frequent the area.

Tenleytown History

Tenleytown dates back to the 1700s and is the second oldest settlement in the D.C. area, next to Georgetown. It was originally the last outpost for farmers delivering their wares from Frederick, MD to Georgetown. Tenleytown is also home to Fort Reno, which is highest point in the city at over 400 feet. Prior to acquiring its current name, the area was referred to as Tennally’s Town after John Tennally, who owned a popular watering hole on what is now the corner of River Road and Wisconsin Avenue. The growth of Tenleytown did not begin until the late 1800s when the DC streetcar line connected Tenleytown to the downtown area

Tenleytown Real Estate

Many of the homes in Tenleytown were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. There are a handful of small Victorians along Grant Road. Additionally, the neighborhood harbors some duplexes, rowhomes, bungalows, and several Colonials.

Tenleytown Community

Notable developments in the community include the Tenleytown Library, a modern building close to the AU Park/Tenleytown Metro station. Tenleytown residents also enjoy the convenience of Fort Reno, which offers great sledding in the winter, a perfect picnic spot in the spring and fall, and free concerts in the summer.

Tenleytown Favorites

The intersection of River Road and Wisconsin features a Whole Foods, A Best Buy, an Ace Hardware store, and a variety of different restaurants including SEOULSPICE.



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