Dotted with quaint detached homes and a small-town retail shops, Tenleytown is every bit the city neighborhood with a suburban feel.
Constructed in the 1920s and ‘30s, homes are smaller than its neighbors in Cleveland Park and Bethesda. Tenleytown does, however, boast several charming Victorians along quiet, pretty streets. A number of duplexes, bungalows, and row houses make up the bulk of the housing options, plus many Colonials, the District’s “cliché” house. Homes here tend to be slightly less expensive than those in surrounding neighborhoods.
The area has a few condo developments, most notably Cityline at Tenley, a midrise building atop the Metro station, and Tenley Hill, another contemporary structure a few blocks north. These luxury condos feature everything from floor-to-ceiling windows and hardwood floors, to garage parking and extra and concierge services.
The Tenleytown-AU Metro, named in part for the area’s American University, sits in the heart of town. The Metro station is within walking distance of the entire neighborhood and buses run regularly along Wisconsin Avenue, making Tenleytown a very public-transit friendly area. Nearby are several busy stores, including Whole Foods, Best Buy, Starbucks, and Guapo’s, a Tenleytown “landmark” for over 20 years.
Tenleytown’s low crime rate and convenient location offer residents an overall good quality of life. If living in a relatively calm and low-key area with more focus on affordable housing vs. a booming nightlife appeals to you, then Tenleytown might be a perfect spot.