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3 Benefits of Living in Cleveland Park

By Jamie Richardson | August 17, 2019

Cleveland Park DC is a  small neighborhood of historic homes, large trees, and open spaces located in Northwest DC bordered to the East by the Crestwood and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods. It’s a quiet and picturesque neighborhood with minimal crime. It was named a DC historic district in 1986, and get its namesake from President Grover Cleveland, who lived there for nearly 100 years prior it its naming as a historic district.

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In this article we’ve assembled a few great benefits of living in DC’s historic Cleveland Park. Keep reading to learn more.

1. Plenty of Attractions

Cleveland Park is situated in Ward 3 of Washington DC. It’s a quiet and picturesque neighborhood located near both American University and the University of the District of Columbia, as well as the DC Zoo. There are plenty of eateries, numerous pubs and nightlife spots to enjoy, as well as a host of restaurants ranging from sushi bars, Irish pubs to Italian eateries. There are specialty shops that line two blocks along Connecticut Avenue. And even a few consignment and furniture shops with antique furniture and keepsakes.

The historic Uptown Theater calls Cleveland Park home. The theater is a national landmark centrally located in the heart of the neighborhood. The box office is located outside and the theater screens one film at a time. How nostalgic.

Cleveland Park is also home to the second largest cathedral in the United States, The Washington National Cathedral. The national cathedral has been named the National House of Prayer by Congress. Even for the nonreligious, the architecture of this historic building is mesmerizing to behold.

The grounds around the cathedral are known as Bishop’s Garden. Its a lush 59 acre park surrounding the Cathedral, home to a five-mile oak and beech forest and gorgeously landscaped gardens that were designed in 1916.

Additionally, the adjacent Cathedral Heights neighborhood is also home to the beautiful Glover-Archbold Park, an expansive 183-acre park complete with trees, wildlife, and hiking trails which offer offer a relaxing escape from the bustling city.

2. Access to Public Transit

The DC Red Line rapid transit runs through Cleveland Park, connecting the neighborhood to other parts of Metro DC. There are also busses that run through the main thoroughfares, though transportation by bus to other parts of DC is less effective than hopping on the train. The proximity to downtown makes for a quick commute via the Red Line.

3. Booming Housing Market

Due to its proximity to downtown DC, the Cleveland Park real estate market is thriving. Since many locals work downtown, residents are attracted by the convenience and proximity of the neighborhood. There are many homes, townhouses, and apartments in the area able to accommodate families of any size. Queen Anne, Art Deco, and Victorian-style homes line the streets, as well as architectural beauties designed by various notable architects.


The average income of residents for the northern parts of Cleveland Park is about $130,277 while the average family size is 2.67. The median age of northern Cleveland Park residents is roughly 39 years old. Ethnic demographics are rarely documented representing just Cleveland Park, but rather by ward. A closer look at Ward 3 will give a better idea about the people who live in Cleveland Park. 6% of Ward 3’s population is African-American, 88% is Caucasian and the remaining 6% is a combination of other ethnicities. Of these demographics, 72 percent of the northern Cleveland Park residents are expected to be college graduates.

With a population of 11,005. Cleveland Park ranks high among the best places to live in DC. Cleveland Park offers residents an urban feel with great nightlife. It’s an area with a little bit to offer everyone. Residents tend to be liberal and you’ll find many young professionals and students living in the area. The numerous pubs, restaurants, cafes, and parks make it a great place to socialize and make new acquaintances. The Cleveland Park public schools are also very highly rated. What’s not to like?

If you’re considering making DC your home, Cleveland Park is one of the best places to live in the DC metro area.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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