Often called Van Ness due to its proximity to the UDC Van Ness campus and Metro station of the same name, Forest Hills is a quiet residential neighborhood bounded by Connecticut Avenue, Rock Creek Park, and Van Ness Street.
With its woodsy surroundings, Forest Hill’s semi-suburban neighborhood is notable for its eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary homes. Charming Tudors, historic Colonials, and Spanish-style mansions stand among modern designs. The prevalence of ambassador residences gives the neighborhood an international feel, often attracting homeowners who are drawn to bold, dramatic architecture.
While Forest Hills is known for its large homes, the southern part of the neighborhood features reasonably priced condos and co-ops. Comprised mostly of high-rise and mid-rise buildings, condos often include fitness centers, garage parking, and swimming pools. Forest Hill’s leafy surroundings shield residents from the city’s hustle and bustle, but there are several retail and restaurant options nearby.
Former presidents and Washington aristocracy, like Marjorie Merriweather Post and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, have lived in Forest Hills. The Hillwood Museum, Post’s former home, contains her collection of decorative objects, including several Fabergé eggs.
If you seek a hip, suburban-like neighborhood with a wide variety of housing styles, all within a prestigious city zip code, then Forest Hills and its unique “this doesn’t look like D.C.” feel may be just right for you!