8.7 out of 10

Cleveland Park

Ranked 5th best neighborhood in Washington
38.9361150743468 -77.0655450979534
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"This is what I am talking about"

I love this neighborhood! Cleveland Park is an awesome neighborhood of approximately 14,876 residents in the northwest section of the city. In general the neighborhood falls within the Boudaries of the Rock Creek Park, Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Woodley Road N.W., Upton Street N.W and Rodman Place N.W.. Homes here are typically very expensive, but very very nice and well maintained attached and detached single family homes as well as apartments and condominiums. In 2010 the average price of a home that sold here was $909,575, with approximately 44% of the homes being owner occupied.

Restaurants and shopping are available, primarily along Wisconsin Avenue N.W. and Connecticut Avenue N.W.. One of the great things about the neighborhood is the Uptown Theatre for viewing the latest movies. Public transportation is available on the Cleveland Park Metro and there are numerous Metro Bus stops as well. Residents will find the National Cathedral School as well as the Washington International School located in Cleveland Park. Recreation facilities are located at the Hearst Recreation Center and dedicated green space can be found at Rock Creek Park and Macomb Playground. The major downside of visiting here is the parking or lack of it depending upon how you look at it.

Crime statistics indicate that crime against property occurs, but that the neighborhood is relatively safe. As always check the most recent crime statistics and make an informed decision as to the crime risk in any neighborhood. Anyway, this is a fantastic neighborhood and is everything city living is about. I would love to live here if I could afford it.
Pros
  • architecture
  • family friendly
  • gorgeous houses
  • neighborliness
  • self-sufficient
Cons
  • Parking
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Stylish hangout"

Cleveland Park is a mecca of shopping, restaurants and anything else you might need. It is host to the largest shopping center in DC, and is not touristy. There are plenty of trees along the roads, and plenty of space to walk your pet after work. Taking a nice jog in the morning is a popular retreat. You could easily pick up some groceries on the way home from work, and if you are too tired to go out, there are plenty of dining options. Cleveland Park is home to a lot of racial and ethnic diversity, which gives it a nice flavor quite rare in Washington. A nice mixture of single family homes and trendy apartments/condos, Cleveland Park caters to your every need. In addition, there is a very low crime rate, making the streets a safe place to be long after dark. With a Metro stop nearby, getting to work is quite convenient.
Only drawback I can see about the place is that the cost of living is quite high: quarter of a million dollars plus for a small condo. The prices may be prohibitive for a larger family on a modest income. On the other hand, if this is a place you can afford, it is really nice.
Pros
  • architecture
  • neighborliness
  • family friendly
  • self-sufficient
  • gorgeous houses
Cons
  • quiet
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Fairytale houses hiding in the district"

I used to live one metro stop away from Cleveland Park, and it felt like it was a different universe. The houses look like palaces, and there's even a certain swank about many of the apartment buildings I've walked by. For a while I thought it was in Maryland, partly because of how distant it feels from the rest of the city.

If you are wealthy or looking for a quiet, beautiful place for your family, this is a perfect area, and everything you need is in your neighborhood. Grocery, CVS, etc. Even a liquor store... not that I was looking or anything.

My friends and I wandered around here once and wondered what people who lived here actually did for a living. We guessed the majority were either in the mafia or politicians. So take that for what you will.
Pros
  • family friendly
  • self-sufficient
  • gorgeous houses
Cons
  • quiet
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Been There, Done That, Doing It Again Tomorrow"

Cleveland Park was one of the District’s original health conscious neighborhoods. Once the home of several Victorian estates, it became a popular middle class neighborhood around during the latter half of the 20th century. Residents chose the breezy hilltop location to build vacation homes that would stand up well to Washington’s summer heat.
Today, residents can still enjoy the wide porches and high ceilings of some of the historic homes, along with the welcome addition of air conditioning. Or, if you prefer something more unusual, your might be able to purchase a home built a little later in any of several different unique styles, including everything from 1920s art deco to 1950s bungalows. You can also find Tudor style homes coexisting with places that look like they belong in the American west.
Perhaps the best thing about living in Cleveland Park is taking advantage of all the events and activities offered by the Cleveland Park Club. This organization, founded in 1922, regularly hosts potluck dinners, day camps and educational events at their 19th century club house. They also maintain the neighborhood’s large swimming pool and monitor civic concerns that might interest neighbors.
Pros
  • neighborliness
  • architecture
Cons
  • tradition bound
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Best Streets in Cleveland Park

"Perfect place to shop, eat, and explore DC"
38.9358060563978 -77.0730258762728

Unranked Streets in Cleveland Park

"Your gate way to the National Zoological Park."
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"Quiet Tree-Lined Street"
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