A close-knit community and quiet streets define the charming neighborhood of Glover Park. A mix of 1920s and ‘30s row houses and residential buildings line the streets, offering a small-town feel in the heart of the D.C.
Glover Park boasts quaint three and four-bedroom homes, plus a commercial area with a small but popular foodie presence. The neighborhood includes several condo and co-op buildings, some in sprawling complexes, others as small, garden-style buildings. Contemporary high-rise buildings, many with updated kitchens and bedrooms, are typically full-service: amenities may include a 24-hour concierge, parking, and outdoor pool. Some are just minutes away from shops and restaurants, plus the esteemed Washington Zoo.
The neighborhood is named for Charles Carroll Glover, a successful late 19th and early 20th century banker, who led the development of Rock Creek Park.
Thanks to his generous land donations, Glover played an influential role in the creation of Embassy Row and the construction of the Washington National Cathedral. He is also considered the father of the National Zoo and Rock Creek Parkway.
Comprised of mostly dead end roads vs. busy throughways, Glover Park enjoys very little traffic and, as a result, not a lot of crime. In addition to safe streets, residents are treated to two Victory gardens leased from the National Park Service for harvesting their own crops.
Another notable neighborhood trait is the oft-debated “Glover” pronunciation. Many long-time Washingtonians – including the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – pronounce it to rhyme with “clover”. The Glover family, however, has very strong opposing feelings. When interviewed in 2005, Nancy Symington, Glover’s then-84 year old granddaughter, had this to say:
"GLUH-ver. Please. Everybody calls it GLOH-ver, and it's absolutely wrong. It's GLUH-ver Park. Call the bus people and tell them to shape up. I mean, really. That's terrible."
So there you have it, straight from the GLUH-ver’s mouth.
Glover Park does not have a Metro station, but the walk to nearby Georgetown is doable. Parking can be tricky, but the area is fairly convenient for drivers. Access to the Rock Creek Parkway is close and I-66, the George Washington Parkway, and Route 50 are just across the Key Bridge.
Every morning and evening, Glover Park residents can hear the Naval Observatory play the sounding of colors synchronized to the nation's Master Clock. This characteristic reminds residents that despite its central city location, Glover Park has every bit the unique, small-town charm one might hope for.