At first glance, Woodley Park appears an urban oasis similar to its neighbors. A small strip of restaurants and red brick co-ops line the stretch of bustling Connecticut Avenue. But head to the side streets and all goes quiet, giving the area a decidedly suburban feel.
Back in the late 1800s, Woodley Park was the site of summer homes for the wealthy, including Presidents Martin Van Buren and Grover Cleveland. The area still has a grand, old-fashioned feel today, with tree-lined streets of large, shady row houses and charming Cape Cods, Tudors, and split-level homes. Many have generous yards or gardens.
Connecticut Avenue and the neighboring streets are studded with apartment and condo buildings, some in tall, 1970s-style architecture, others in lower, greener complexes built in graceful Beaux Arts and Art Deco designs.
Exemplary of the luxurious living that Woodley Park now has to offer is the Woodley-Wardman condo building. This architecturally significant landmark combines elegance with modern amenities, and was named “Best Boutique Condominium in the Mid-Atlantic” in 2011. Residents enjoy garage parking and private roof terraces and balconies, designed to maximize views of the Rock Creek Park, National Cathedral, and Washington skyline. Like many of its comparable condo buildings, the Woodley-Wardman is within walking distance of the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station and minutes from the National Zoo.
While the neighborhood restaurants offer an impressive array of cuisines, some feel that the best thing about Woodley Park might be its proximity to the rest of the city: within close walking distance are Adams Morgan, Cleveland Park, and Rock Creek Park. Dupont Circle is a twenty-minute walk away. Because Woodley Park is so centrally located, driving can be tough. But finding a parking space isn’t particularly hard, especially in the neighborhood’s outer reaches.
Its peaceful environment, green spaces, and great location make Woodley Park one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. If you have the means to snag one of the area’s grand historic homes or high-end condos, then Woodley Park could be a dream dwelling.