7.3 out of 10

Colonial Village

38.9837229845267 -77.0400143429866
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

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

"Parks as neighbors"

Colonial Village is a affluent residential neighborhood of approximately 1,358 residents located in the northwest section of the city. The boundaries of the neighborhood are formed by Beach Drive, 16th Street N.W., North Portal Drive N.W and East Beach Drive N.W.. The homes here are expensive, with the average price for a home sold in 2010 being $714,582, with 89% of the homes being owner occupied. Currently, many of the homes for sale here are well above that number.

The Lowell School is the only school that you are going to find in Colonial Village. Many will enjoy living here due to the peace and quiet as this is almost exclusively a residential neighborhood with no shopping, no restaurants and limited places to worship. Residents typically will travel to nearby Silver Spring and Chevy Chase for those options. While many will find the residential aspect of the neighborhood appealing, others may not feel this is what they are after when living in the city. The one thing that everyone will agree on is that the access to dedicated green space is exceptional with Beach Parkway Park, North Portal Park and Rock Creek Park all being within the neighborhood. Public transportation is limited to Metro Bus stops along 16th Street N.W..

Recent crime statistics indicate that this a relatively safe neighborhood. As always look at the most recent crime statistics and make an informed decision as to the crime risk before moving into any neighborhood. All in all a nice place to live, but many will not like the lack of neighborhood amenities.
Pros
  • Parks
  • well maintianed
  • family friendly
  • quiet enclave
  • safe community
Cons
  • distance from downtown
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Unassuming abode to DC celebrities"

In this town, unless you live in an embassy, there is really not a lot of difference between a glamorous town home in Dupont Circle, or a standard 2 bedroom in a less affluent part of town. On the surface at least. Neither is exactly what you'd call sprawling, even though one's price tag is significantly higher than the other. There are very few palaces in this town, but everything is still varying degrees of "expensive." Colonial Village is a prime example of this. Modest, well-kept but seemingly unremarkable, but with one of the heftier price tags in the city, and probably some of the more higher profile residents. Undoubtedly fun to wander these streets and people watch, but if you're looking to move to DC on a budget (and who isn't?), there are a thousand other cheaper places than this one.
Pros
  • safe community
  • great people watching
  • well maintianed
Cons
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Power brokers paradise"

Colonial Village is a tree-lined suburb inside the city limits, full of fine victorian homes and modest modern dwellings as well. Here, children play in the evenings after school, and the grandmothers help watch over the younger set. During the summer there will be garden parties with hamburgers on the grill. People love to walk their dogs, when they aren't playing in the fenced in back yard. A family atmosphere pervades this neighborhood, which is one of the District’s more exclusive.

Don't let the unassuming appearances fool you though: many of the residents are people with a large amount of influence and plenty of money. They just prefer not to live in pretentious Georgetown or aristocratic Chevy Chase. Those addresses invite tourists and the curious, not to mention shoppers. Many of them would also rather not be so close to the inner city of DC, or they might live in Georgetown. Rather, living farther away is a welcome bonus, affording them more breathing room and suburban feel, while at the same time giving that prestigious DC address. Whatever they need can either be purchased in the neighborhood or with a short drive to shopping centers just over the state line into Maryland.
Pros
  • family friendly
  • well maintianed
  • quiet enclave
Cons
  • distance from downtown
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Located in the very northernmost corner of the District of Columbia, Colonial Heights is bordered by Maryland’s famous Rock Creek Park. It is a quiet, suburban community that is unique in several ways when compared to other parts of the city.
First, while much of the District can only be reach by large, busy interstates or narrow, confining streets, Colonial Heights features wide roads typical of those seen in America’s small towns and tree lined neighborhoods.
Also, everyone who lives in this area thinks of much of the District of Columbia as a crowded, dirty sort of a place where sunshine is often blocked by tall buildings or car fumes. However, most homes in Colonial Heights have large yards and well kept lawns suitable for playing a game of catch or croquet. This gives the area a sense of openness and space that is much needed and welcomed by residents.
Finally, Colonial Heights is likely to remain the well cared for showcase that it since it numbers among its residents some of DC highest ranking local officials. So, you can be assured that the quality of this area will be carefully maintained and guarded from the ups and downs that might plague other neighborhoods.
Pros
  • well maintianed
Cons
  • distance from downtown
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian

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