Though they share borders and a name, Takoma and Takoma Park, MD residents would like you to not confuse the two, thank you very much.
Takoma the neighborhood lies within D.C.’s city limits. A place known for being community-oriented and reasonably priced, Takoma’s location near Rock Creek Park and urban conveniences make it a popular choice.
Established in 1883, Takoma was the first railroad suburb of the city, promoted as having “no malaria,” “pure air,” and “delightful shade.” While it may not have much in the way of nightlife, Takoma’s green, leafy streets and abundance of charming – and affordable – Colonials, Cape Cod-style homes, and bungalows make up for it.
Some homes may need updating, but buyers can expect to find all the basics, plus a few bonuses here and there; a house or condo may include three finished levels, fireplaces, and enclosed porches. Most have easy access to public transportation and shopping.
In addition to below average home prices, Takoma’s low crime rate, proximity to parks, and free Takoma Community Center (complete with pool) make the neighborhood an attractive one. Some restaurants thrive around the Takoma Metro and residents welcome new businesses with open arms.
Still known in some circles as “Berkeley East” or “The People’s Republic”, Takoma Park has a distinctly liberal reputation. A nuclear-free zone, it was Maryland’s first municipality to legalize gay marriage. Takoma Park hasn’t changed too much since its 1970s hippie days. Homes reflect an eclectic, whimsical feel, painted in bright colors, many decorated with sculptures or flags. Homes look lived in and well worn, adding to the friendly, homey feeling Takoma Park is beloved for.
Takoma Park has some condo buildings, including a conversion project, Takoma Overlook, located on the east side of town. But like many of the area's older suburban neighborhoods, most of the housing includes single-family Victorians, bungalows, and Cape Cods. Residents appreciate the variation and the reasonable prices.
The area is served by the Takoma Metro station on the Red Line just within the D.C. borders. Also accessible are the Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations.
For those who like community-minded places populated by friendly, engaged, and laid-back residents, Takoma Park could be a good fit.