Cathedral Heights Washington DC Neighborhood Guide

Cathedral Heights
National Cathedral, Washington DC.

Cathedral Heights Weather

Located just West of the National Cathedral, Cathedral Heights offers DC residents a quiet and suburban neighborhood character without straying too far from the amenities and convenience of urban living.

Aesthetically, it features large shady trees and a more spread out architecture, perfect for those who dislike the tightly-packed row houses found in many other Northwest Quadrant neighborhoods.

The central location is ideal for residents who want to be able to enjoy the services in nearby Tenleytown, Georgetown, Cleveland Park, and Glover Park while having space to themselves for a suburban lifestyle.

Overall, the neighborhood is perfect residents seeking a quieter and more residential area of DC, those who long for a reprieve from the city at the end of a long day.

Featured Apartments in Cathedral Heights

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The Archer Apartments located at 3701 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

The Archer

Located on Massachusetts Ave, The Archer is a historic apartment building with a variety of distinct floor plans to accommodate your lifestyle.  Featuring controlled access entry, expansive city views, hardwood floors, and remodeled kitchens; this charming apartment is perfect for professionals moving to DC.

An Overview of Living in Cathedral Heights

Cathedral Heights is a residential area known for its quiet and suburban character. But what do you have to look forward to living in this peaceful getaway from the city?

Coming and Going

The neighborhood is situated outside of the majority of the city’s hustle and bustle, but not at too great an expense. You can achieve most daily errands on foot, and the neighborhood is incredibly accessible by bike. However, the majority of residents do own a car.

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Run daily errands within walking distance in Cathedral Heights.

Quiet, But Not Boring

Wisconsin Ave on the neighborhood’s East Side is home to a variety of dining, bars, and entertainment options, providing access to the city’s activity without being right in the middle of it.

In addition to the amenities on Wisconsin Ave, residents can transit seamlessly by metro to Downtown DC, Adams Morgan, and Georgetown where some of the most beloved nightlife and dining are found.  

Cathedral Heights Schools

Some of the most desirable schools in the DC Public School System serve Cathedral Heights.

John Eaton Elementary

A diverse DC Public Elementary serving local students in grades PK-5.

Horace Mann Elementary

A recently renovated DC Public Elementary serving grades PK-5.

Stoddert Elementary

A PK-5 DC Public Elementary with high academic performance compared to state averages.

Alice Deal Middle School

A diverse grade 6-8 middle school with above average academics.

Hardy Middle School

A middle school serving grades 6-8 with above average academics.

Woodrow Wilson High School

A Grades 9-12 high school with high test scores and college readiness programs.

Culture and Community

Cathedral Heights is home to a delightfully international population. Popular among diplomats and Foreign Service Officers, this quiet community supports a vibrant cultural atmosphere and welcoming character.

The neighborhood attracts professionals of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds due to its reserved nature, and access to various professional hubs around the city.

Community events such as the weekly farmer’s market and occasional street fairs take place at the National Cathedral.

Though it lacks a citizens association, many residents describe the neighborhood as being active, friendly, and welcoming.



The Metro Station in Tenleytown services the area, which is about a 25-minute walk from the neighborhood’s center.  While not as convenient as some other NW Quadrant neighborhoods, the people this community attracts consider it a worthwhile concession for living in this peaceful refuge from the city.

Various buses routes travel along Wisconsin Ave, making traveling to and from the Metro a bit easier.

The bike-friendly roads also make commuting by bike a breeze for cyclists, reducing a 25-minute walk to an 8-minute ride.

Cathedral Heights Resource Guide


Giant Food – Supermarket located just off Wisconsin Ave.

Berkshire Food and Drug – Supermarket and drug store on Massachusetts Ave.

Whole Foods Market – Wisconsin Ave supermarket specializing in natural and organic products.

Health and Fitness

Solidcore – Fitness center offering exercise classes.

Pure Barre – Gym and Fitness center with group classes and personal training.

Zengo Cycle Cathedral Commons – Cycling studio offering classes.

Georgetown University Hospital – 24-hour emergency room and hospital.

MedStar Medical Group – Primary care facility on New Mexico Ave.

Rite Aid – Pharmacy and drug store on New Mexico Ave.

CVS Pharmacy – Pharmacy and drug store on Newark St.

GNC – Vitamin and nutritional supplement retailer on Wisconsin Ave.


Cafe Deluxe – A neighborhood favorite for comfort food and cocktails on Wisconsin Ave.

Al Dente – Italian Cuisine on New Mexico Ave.

Two Amys – Pizza place near the National Cathedral.

Barcelona Wine Bar – Wisconsin Ave restaurant and wine bar.

Heritage India – Wisconsin Ave restaurant specializing in Indian cuisine.

The Grilled Oyster Company – Restaurant specializing in American cuisine and seafood.


Breadsoda – Dining and bar with billiards, darts, and shuffleboard.

Bourbon – Cocktail bar offering over 300 varieties of bourbon, scotch, and whiskey.

Mason Inn – Sports bar with late-night dancing and live music.

Town Hall – Restaurant and bar with an outdoor courtyard.


4500 Wisconsin Ave Shopping Center – Shopping mall hosting big-box retailers.

The Shops at Wisconsin Place – Shopping center on Wisconsin Ave near Chevy Chase offering a variety of retail and dining options.

Chevy Chase Pavillion – Small retail space including national retailers including H & M, Pottery Barn, J Crew, Ann Taylor Loft, and more.

Gas and Convenience

Exxon – Gas and Convenience located on Wisconsin Ave.

Sunoco Gas Station – Gas and convenience on Wisconsin Ave.

Shell – Gas and Convenience on Wisconsin Ave.

Sports and Outdoors

St. Albans Tennis Club – Tennis Facility on New Mexico Ave.

Rock Creek Park – A large urban park located north of the neighborhood, offering hiking trails, horseback riding, live music and entertainment, a planetarium, tennis, and golf.

Glover-Archbold Park – Park with sitting and picnic areas and walking trails.

Arts and Education

The National Cathedral – The focal point of the neighborhood, the national cathedral features beautiful architecture and a rich history.

The Kreeger Museum – Museum featuring 19th-century art and gardens.

Saint Sophia Cathedral – Cathedral hosting an annual Greek festival.

The U.S. Naval Observatory – The observatory offers guided tours that show visitors the site and walk them through its history.