Chevy Chase DC

Chevy Chase straddles the line between Washington DC and Maryland, but no one's on the fence about the value of this beautiful, upscale community.


Give in to house and garden envy, it's inevitable. Catch a show at the historic Avalon or satisfy your craving for craft coffee at Broadbranch market. Join a book club at Politics & Prose. Indulge in retail therapy in neighboring Friendship Heights.

Take a hike in Rock Creek Park, show off your table tennis skills at Comet Ping Pong, or hit a homer at Chevy Chase Playground. Practice your breast stroke at Wilson Aquatic Center. Stargaze at the Planetarium. Win mixed doubles on the Lafayette courts. Rise early and run with your four legged friends in Livingston Park.

Smell the flowers, hear the birds chirp and feel the zen . This is the good life.

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SCHOOLS

LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Public • Grades PK-5

DEAL MIDDLE

Public • Grades 6-8

WILSON HIGH

Public • Grades 9-12

For an updated list of school assignments by address, visit EBIS. School data by SchoolDigger

TRANSPORTATION

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS METRO

3 BUS LINES

3 BIKESHARES

5 CAR SERVICES

Neighborhood History


560 Acres of Land

In 1725, Colonel Joseph Belt received a patent for 560 acres of land in colonial Maryland, just northwest of the future Washington, DC. He dubbed it “Cheivy Chace.” The name was likely coined from the French “chevauchee,”used in medieval Scotland and England to describe horseback border raids. The English and Scots battled over such hunting grounds in 1388, as described in the ballads of Battle of Otterbourne and Chevy Chase.

Chevy Chase Land Company

In the late 1890’s, Francis G. Newlands of Nevada and William Stewart founded the Chevy Chase Land Company. Newlands was the Comstock Lode heir and future Nevada representative. Stewart was a U.S. Senator from Nevada. The partners purchased several thousand acres along the route that would become Connecticut Avenue, which they extended from Calvert Street to Chevy Chase Lake (an artificial lake and amusement park created to attract residents to their development). They also constructed The Chevy Chase Line, a streetcar line that ran past the NW boundary of the city, linking their project to downtown. The line was completed in the early 1900’s and became very popular. Newlands and Stewart planned Chevy Chase as community of distinctive homes sited on broad streets in a park-like setting. They excluded alleyways and set businesses districts at the neighborhood’s boundaries to differentiate the suburb from city neighborhoods. Municipal conveniences such as water, electricity, schools, churches and recreational facilities were provided or accessed by streetcar. Chevy Chase residents rode the streetcar to and from work and school. The streetcar conductor ran errands downtown and delivered groceries and packages to green boxes at several corners along Connecticut Avenue. City and suburb residents took the line to Chevy Chase Lake to picnic, fish, ride the carousel and attend musical events and dances.

Magruder's

Still standing today, Magruder’s Supermarket, opened in 1875 on Connecticut Avenue, and the Avalon Theatre opened in 1923 as a silent film house.

Sears Calalog Homes

The residences in Chevy Chase DC include many “Sears Catalog Homes.” These popular kit homes allowed people of modest means to mail order materials and instructions for a home they could build themselves. These homes are prized today.

A Modern, upscale 'Urbanburb'

The old farming routes Jones Mill Road, Bradley Lane, and Brookeville Road are now busy roads. The site of Chevy Chase Lake is just a small patch of woods that lies to the south of the office building at 8401 Connecticut Avenue. Today's Chevy Chase is comprised of eight developments; Chevy Chase DC & Connecticut Avenue Terrace, Connecticut Avenue Park, Chevy Chase Heights & Chevy Chase Terrace, and Chevy Chase Grove No. 1, 2, & 3. The character of the overall community has survived intact, despite technological advances and the pressures of urban sprawl. Because of both the logic and the charm of the original plan, Chevy Chase today remains substantially what its founders envisioned; a tranquil yet convenient community steps away from the bustling city.

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