Upper 16th Street Corridor

The Upper 16th Street Neighborhoods, which stretch from the top of D.C.’s diamond and down along the border of Rock Creek Park, are an oasis of tranquility inside our bustling city. These neighborhoods, including Colonial Village, North Portal Estates, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, 16th Street Heights, and Crestwood are characterized by quiet streets, green lawns, parks, playgrounds, and a warm, suburban feel. The architecture is stunning and varied, with everything from row houses, art deco condos, bungalows, and stately 7-bedroom Tudors and Colonials dating to the 1920s and 1930s, to mid-century ramblers, and newer construction. Along with a variety of styles, homes span a wide range of prices, and buyers can often get more for their money in the Upper 16th than they can in other parts of the city.

The Upper 16th Street Neighborhoods are rich with history and community involvement. They were a site of early, peaceful diversity, and are still characterized by engaged civic associations and a tightly knit, diverse population ranging from retired professionals to young families just moving in. While there isn’t as much commercial activity in the Upper 16th as some other D.C. neighborhoods, residents are a short distance from restaurants, shops, and offices in Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Silver Spring, and downtown D.C. With the upcoming development of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the area is poised to grow with new retail and residential developments.

Colonial Village and North Portal Estates
Colonial Village and North Portal Estates are the peak of D.C.’s diamond. These lush neighborhoods boast winding streets, open green spaces, and grand houses with large yards. Colonial Village borders Rock Creek Park, 16th Street, and Montgomery County, Maryland, and its homes range from large stone Tudors dating to the 1920s and 30s, to more contemporary Colonials built as recently as the early 2000s. The neighborhood also includes a mix of split-levels and large ramblers from the 1950s and 60s. The neighborhood is primarily residential, though it’s also home to a private elementary school, several houses of worship, and a number of embassies.

Colonial Village and North Portal Estates border the main section of Rock Creek Park, so neighbors take advantage of plenty of outdoor activities and amenities, and the creek’s small tributaries run through the neighborhood, giving the whole area a park-like atmosphere. The neighborhood is also only blocks from the newly revitalized downtown of Silver Spring, including Discovery Communications’ world headquarters, dozens of new restaurants, shops, and art galleries, and the Metro.

Shepherd Park
People are drawn to Shepherd Park for its stately homes and rich diversity. Closer in than the suburbs, but characterized by large, family-friendly homes and a welcoming atmosphere, Shepherd Park combines a relaxed feeling with all of the amenities of the city. The homes are primarily detached mid-century ramblers and earlier, custom-built colonials.

Shepherd Park is bordered by Georgia Avenue, Sixteenth Street, downtown Silver Spring, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It boasts its own retail area along Georgia Avenue, with a public library, boutiques, banks, and restaurants, and the neighborhood is directly adjacent to the shops, theaters, galleries, and Metro station in the newly revitalized downtown of Silver Spring.

Brightwood is a quiet, charming neighborhood between Rock Creek Park, Aspen Street, 5th Street, and Missouri Avenue. Homes in this neighborhood range from moderately sized, well maintained row houses and duplexes to detached colonials and bungalows. The neighborhood is also home to some of the Upper 16th area’s few condo and apartment buildings. House hunters are pleased to find that Brightwood is more affordable than many other areas of the city.

The neighborhood is home to a vibrant community, including young families and retired professionals, and its family-friendly feel comes through in its parks, playgrounds, and community centers. Residents are a short distance from downtown D.C. and Silver Spring, Maryland. While there’s little retail in the area, this is likely set to change with the upcoming redevelopment of Walter Reed Army Medical Center over the next few years.

16th Street Heights
16th Street Heights is family-friendly residential neighborhood tucked between 16th Street and Georgia Avenue, and bordering some of the most picturesque parts of Rock Creek Park. The neighborhood was built in several waves of settlement, starting in the 1920s, and features rich architectural diversity. Styles range from Tudors and colonials, to cottages and Craftsman-style homes, many in the three-to-seven-bedroom range. The neighborhood also includes a few condos and apartment buildings. Home buyers in 16th Street Heights often find they can get more space for their money, both in their homes, and in their large yards and open streets, than they do in other parts of the city.

16th Street Heights is just two miles to downtown D.C., and its amenities give it a comfortable, suburban feel. The neighborhood is home to sports fields, parks, recreation centers, a community garden, and the Carter Barron Amphitheater, where neighbors gather for free summer theater and concerts.

Crestwood lies between Rock Creek Park and 16th Street, just north of Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant. The neighborhood’s big lawns, beautiful homes, and quiet streets are a draw for homebuyers looking for space and serenity within the city. The architecture ranges from Tudors and large ranch-style homes, to iconic row houses.

A diverse, close-knit community, Crestwood neighbors organize holiday events and maintain an active listserv, which is all part of the family-friendly, welcoming vibe in the neighborhood. Quiet Crestwood is within within walking distance of shopping and Metro stations in Petworth and Columbia Heights, and an easy trip to Silver Spring and downtown D.C.

During his nearly 20 years as a real estate broker, Lee has worked in nearly every neighborhood in Washington DC, suburban Maryland & northern Virginia, and possesses great expertise throughout the DMV.

However, he is widely regarded as the preeminent expert in the neighborhoods along DC’s upper 16th Street corridor. During this time, he has sold tens of millions of dollars of homes throughout this area and is often consulted by buyers, seller, developers, as well as other real estate professionals hoping to gain more insight into this market.

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