The tight-knit and adjoining neighborhoods of Palisades, Foxhall, and Spring Valley are tucked-away villages with posh city zip codes. Palisades and Foxhall are home to two of D.C.’s rare cul-de-sacs: Dexter Place and Fulton Street. Surrounded by quiet, leafy roads and very little traffic, you might even forget you’re in the District. Which, to many residents, is exactly the point.
The peaceful community of Palisades lies northwest of Georgetown University. Its unique Potomac Avenue is a narrow lane flanked by large homes one side and a grassy bank overlooking the Potomac River on the other. Palisades is full of long-time residents, proud of their time-honored traditions and community gathering spots. While comprised of mostly single-family bungalows, Cape Cods, and a few unusually modern homes, Palisades hosts a handful of garden-style condos and townhomes amidst MacArthur Boulevard’s shops and restaurants.
Foxhall, nestled between Palisades and Georgetown, is a largely residential neighborhood with a cluster of beautiful Tudor homes. The area is known for its well-kept greenery and convenient location, just a short bus ride or drive from downtown. Residents feel as though they live in “a remote village”, one noting that children in Foxhall “literally have the run of the city and a green, lovely place to come home to.” This quaint village was designed after the English town of Bath. It was named for Henry Foxhall, a friend of Thomas Jefferson’s, who owned a farmhouse in the community. Foxhall boasts very little crime, but also very little commercial activity. Residents venture to one of the surrounding communities, like Georgetown or Palisades, for most shopping and dining needs.
Spring Valley, located at the far western edge of the District, is one of the city’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Unlike its similarly-pricey neighbor Georgetown, however, Spring Valley feels more like a sprawling suburb. The area is shaped as a semicircle, American University’s main campus occupying the southeast corner. Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and George H.W. Bush all called Spring Valley home prior to their presidencies. By D.C. standards, the area is very safe and almost completely noncommercial. For dining and shopping, residents can easily reach Cleveland Park, Glover Park, and Georgetown.
These neighborhoods don’t have a Metro station, but for those who own cars, the area is a commuter’s dream. The George Washington Parkway, I-66, and Route 50 are close by, and driving to Georgetown or Bethesda is easy. If you’re looking for late-night hot spots and lively events, then these areas might not be for you. But if charming homes, secluded yet accessible locations, and a big budget suits your lifestyle, then Palisades, Foxhall, and Spring Valley are neighborhoods with lots to love.