Woodley Park is in the Northwest quadrant of Washington DC near Rock Creek Park and the National Zoological Park. Located along Connecticut Avenue, Woodley Park offers plentiful shopping and dining opportunities. Woodley Park is on Metro’s Red line and is served by several bus lines.

Woodley Park History

Woodley Park was originally part of several adjoining Maryland land grants acquired by the Beall family starting in 1703. In 1801, Philip Barton Key, uncle of Francis Scott Key, built one of the most famous estates in the neighborhood, “Woodley” (now home of the Maret School). DC’s most prolific real estate developer, Harry Wardman, brought Woodley Park to life in the early 20th century, developing most of the row houses in the neighborhood. Wardman also built the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel 1918. Woodley Park is a registered National Register Historic District.

Woodley Park Real Estate

Woodley Park homes are a mix of former country estates, semi-detached houses, apartment and condo buildings, and rowhouses. Most homes are brick duplexes, Cape Cods, Tudors, and split levels. Woodley Park boasts designs from notable DC architects including George Santmyers, Albert Beers, William Allard, and Mihran Mesrobian.

Woodley Park Community

The Woodley Park Community Association seeks to maintain the neighborhood as a desirable place to live and work. The community’s quiet vibe and natural surroundings make it one of the more peaceful spots within the District.

Woodley Park Favorites

Visit Open City for its combination coffeehouse, bar, and diner vibe (be sure to try the hibiscus margarita!). The buzzing patio hosts overflow from the long lines for their weekend brunch! Check out District Kitchen’s bottomless mimosa weekend brunch. Watch the big game and try one of 14 draft beers at MacIntyre’s Pub.


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