Washington DC Neighborhood Guide:
Welcome to The Woodley Park Neighborhood of Washington, DC
Nestled strategically in the North-West quadrant of Washington, DC, Woodley Park is one of the most serene residential neighborhoods in the District. It offers the experience of living in the suburbs despite being located smack in the center of the city. It features all the amenities of a modern suburb and has a distinct history and culture that makes up part of the American story.
Surrounded by Rock Creek Park, this peaceful community provides a refuge from the bustling city. Featuring plenty of trees and other greenery, local amenities including the National Zoo, and convenient metro access, it’s the perfect community for those who want to enjoy every facet of urban living without feeling overwhelmed by it.
Connecticut Avenue, the main strip, is a hub of retail and recreational services that give residents seamless access to all their daily needs. Just about everything you need is only footsteps away. The unique character and convenient location of this community make it a haven for young professionals and residents alike.
Woodley Park is one of the best places to live in DC. Don’t take our word for it — here is a comprehensive overview of what it’s like living in the neighborhood.
The Parkwest Apartments — Join the Community
Are you sold on the conveniences and luxuries of living in Woodley Park? Contact us if you are considering moving, you should check out one of The Parkwest apartments.
These apartments are just as elegant as the serene neighborhood. They are spacious and feature elegant archways, exotic wooden floors, dramatic 9′ ceilings, and more! Options, features, and amenities range from unit to unit, and you are guaranteed to find one that suits you perfectly.
The Parkwest is located along Connecticut Avenue between Woodley Park and Cleveland Park. Its strategic location means that you will have easy access to all amenities in the city, including the city’s transport hub.
An Overview of Living in Woodley Park
Woodley Park is am amazing Washington DC neighborhood with all kinds of parks to explore, historical thrills for lore, and strange activities that your friends and family will adore! So grab a friend, your dog, your partner and go for a hike to Woodley Park if you’d like. We are betting that you will!
Woodley Park’s proximity to Rock Creek Park and the zoo make it an incredibly desirable spot for residents with children and pets. The community is full of activities and events suitable to all ages and interests.
Sporting a Walkscore of 72, you can complete almost all daily errands without a vehicle. The peaceful character and abundant greenery also make walking an immensely enjoyable activity whether you are picking up groceries or just getting some fresh air.
Like many of the NW Quadrant neighborhoods, Woodley Park has rich historical ties to DC. Many historic homes line the residential streets, including the former summer homes of US Presidents Martin Van Buren and Grover Cleveland.
Serene Parks & Diverse Wildlife
Serene nature is one of this neighborhood’s best attributes. It features two notable parks and one of the most popular zoos in the District, all of which are within close proximity from the neighborhood.
Rock Creek Park
Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill Park is another nature stop that will lure you in! It has large old trees, statues and a view of the city you won’t want to miss! Walk through to view statues of the famous Joan of Arc, Dante, a James Buchanan Memorial, and longest cascading fountain in North America.
The park also comes to life every Sunday as it holds on to a 40-year tradition: the Rhythm in the Park Drum Circle. This tradition involves a concert and people from all parts of the District coming together to dance, juggle, and just connect.
Smithsonian's National Zoo
Rich History & Culture
Step Back In Time At The Anderson House
Take a fashionable approach to history by diving into The Anderson House this spring. This “Florentine villa in the midst of American independence,” was completed in 1905 and has survived with a vibrant walled garden, tennis court, and three-story stable. The mansion holds 50 rooms that are lined with English and Italian influences, carved wood walls, marble floors, and an iron staircase. Let’s just say It is the “creme de la creme” of historical architecture.
You can tour the Anderson Home Museum Tue-Sun with free admission, and you can even explore the archives of its library Monday-Friday from 10 am – 4 pm. What are you waiting for? Dive into your nation’s history galore.
Go On a Gargoyle Hunt
The Washington National Cathedral is a must-see building in Washington DC, its high ceilings are comprised of 14th-century gothic architecture that will light up eyes from around the city! Take a date and go for a gargoyle hunt over the weekend as you explore this amazing historical sight.
While you are there see who can find Darth Vader first! This fierce gargoyle head was sculpted after a competition in the 1980s that spread nationwide in Nation Geographic World Magazine. The design was submitted by the young Christopher Radar and sculpted/carved by Jay Hall Carpenter and Patrick J. Plunkett. You can find it somewhere high upon the northwest tower, but that’s the only clue we’ll give you!- Happy hunting.
Amenities & City-Life Access
Escape The City For a Night
If you are looking for an exhilarating date, grab a group of friends and head to Escape the Room – the #1 escape room experience in America! There, you and your group can choose from, three different mysteries rooms to solve.
Head back in time for Jurassic Escape, step into the Agency and become a secret agent ready to complete your escape mission, or harrow deep into the depths of the earth in the Dig room. You have 60- minutes to escape your fate! You can book tickets any day of the week, with prices ranging from $28-$34. It is a great activity to build friendships and teams, be sure to encounter a lot of screams!
Listen to The Blues
End the night right with some karaoke and bizarre ambiance at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar, this strange bar has cheap booze, 4 floors full of surprises and live music almost every night of the week!
Their menu is filled with soul food options to fill your stomach and jump your heart as you take a walk on the wild side of Woodley Park.
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Woodley Park Schools
Residents with children will enjoy the fact that Woodley Park is zoned for some of the area’s most desirable public schools.
Manhattan Market – Small convenience grocery serving alcohol until 11 pm.
Safeway – Large Supermarket located on Wisconsin Ave.
Via Gypset – Consignment store featuring used and vintage items.
India Art & Craft – Small Indian Boutique featuring women’s clothing and accessories.
Woodley Park Ace Hardware – Hardware store specializing in tools and home improvement supplies.
Arts & Education
International Visions – Art Gallery located on Connecticut Ave.
Hillwood Estate – Museum and gardens.
The Kreeger Museum – Museum featuring Impressionist and American art.
National Geographic Museum – An enormous museum with frequently rotating exhibits.
Woodley Park Nightlife
Macintyre’s – Sports Bar and pub with pub-style dining.
Gin Joint/Babinga Bar – Bar and restaurant with specialty gin cocktails.
Atomic Billiards – Pool hall and bar located on Connecticut Ave.
Health & Fitness
Metro Immediate and Primary Care – Clinic located on Porter St. NW, accessible from Connecticut Ave.
CityPaws Animal Hospital – Veterinary clinic located on Connecticut Ave.
CVS Pharmacy – Pharmacy and drug store located near the Woodley Park Metro.
Woodley Park Yoga-Ashtanga Studio – Yoga studio on Connecticut Ave.
Wardman Park Fitness and Swim Club – 24-hour gym with pool and sauna.
GNC – Vitamin and nutritional supplement retailer on Connecticut Ave.
Sports & Outdoors
Tregaron Conservatory – Nature preserve and park.
Rock Creek Park – National park featuring a planetarium, hiking trails, historic civil war landmarks, horseback riding, and much more.
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center – Tennis courts located in Rock Creek Park.
Smithsonian National Zoo – One of DC’s most popular attractions hosting events and exhibits throughout the year.
District Kitchen – Self-described rustic-chic dining with American cuisine.
Duke’s Counter – Sandwich, burgers, snacks, and drinks.
Medaterra – Restaurant and bar specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine.
Hot N Juicy Crawfish – Seafood and Cajun/Creole dining.
Umi Japanese Cuisine – Sushi and Japanese food specialty dining on Connecticut Ave.
Exxon – Gas and convenience store on Connecticut Ave.
Sunoco – Gas and convenience shop on Connecticut Ave.