DC's Chevy Chase is Classic Suburban in the City
In 1890, a senator’s dream of an electric street car community on the outskirts of Washington D.C. farmland became what The Washington Post called,”The best suburb in the nation’s capitol.” To so many, Chevy Chase D.C. and it’s sister neighborhood Chevy Chase MD, both named for a private tract of land owned by Lord Baltimore himself in the mid 1700s, became the finest example of early 20th century residential living. At mid-century and after the war the neighborhood became a mecca of Sears catalogue homes, granting middle class status to those who wanted to live near the city. However, the second half of the century saw dramatic growth with commercial and residential options bursting onto the scene along Connecticut Avenue. Chevy Chase provided easy access to downtown while furnishing residents with distinctive and prestigious living.
Today, the classic designs of Chevy Chase D.C. make it what it is. An area of architectural diversity and locally owned, historic commercial importance, all with strong home values and easy access to downtown D.C. via the Metro red line. With a strong singular identity and resilience, Chevy Chase D.C. is a classic Washington presence which fulfills its creators vision more than a century later.