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Great Washington DC Neighborhoods: Chevy Chase

Great Washington DC Neighborhoods: Chevy Chase

This Chevy Chase isn’t the goofball who used to be on Saturday Night Live.  In the early 1900’s, Chevy Chase the neighbohood became one of Washington’s early street car suburbs and. over the years, has become one of Washington's most ppular places to live.

Chevy Chase seems to have just about everything on everyones wish list:  pretty houses, tree-lined streets, a great elementary school, the Avalon Theater, and proximity to the Friendship Heights Metro.  And there is an abundance of shopping, whether you need groceries, fine wine or a great birthday present for someone you like.

Many of the first Chevy Chase homes were Sears Roebuck houses.  These were kit houses that Sears shipped to Union Station, where they were transferred to flat trolley cars that took them to their new neighborhood.  The builder would meet the trolly with a wagon and then haul all of the pieces off to the building lot.

Toward the 1930's, the brick center hall colonial began to fill the building lots.  Then in the 50's, some of the then vacant lots found some mid-century modern homes sprouting up.  So bottom line, the architecture in Chevy Chase has became quite eclectic over the years.  There are homes in all sizes and shapes and styles, and while many have been added onto and renovated, others are close to their original condition.  This can make it pretty interested when we do a competitive market analysis for a client. 

The trolleys are now museum pieces and have been replaced by Metro.  Lafayette Elementary School is a viable alternative to private schools.  And as the market recovers, Chevy Chase is one of the neighborhoods where homes have been flying off the shelf, often with multiple offers.

There are currently 10 houses for sale in Chevy Chase (this link has the virtual tours and full descriptions) with prices that range from a low of $740,000 for a 3-bedrrom house on Nebraska Avenue up to $1,325,000 for a 4-level 1923 colonial


If you are planning a move to or from the Washington area, I can help.  I am licensed in DC, Maryland and Virginia.  Please email me a t or call 202-549-5167. 

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Comment balloon 16 commentsPatricia Kennedy • December 27 2012 09:37AM


This is a re-write of a blog post that I wrote in 2010, Washington, DC Neighborhoods: Chevy Chase.  This re-write is one of my posts for Debbie Reynolds' Out with the Old, In with the New Contest.  I used different photos and a lot more links than I had in the original post - in fact, my original post didn't have a single link other than the one to homes that were for sale at the time.  Oops!


Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Nice post, Pat. I'm off to take a look at your original post to check the difference.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

I've been meaning to update some of my old posts; hopefully your example will spur me to get it done!  Thanks Pat.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Growing up in Chevy Chase, if I had a dollar for every time I have been in the Avalon Theater (especially on the balcony, when it had the balcony), you, I and everyone reading this could go out to a nice dinner downtown!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

What a great overview of this particular area.  I'm not familiar with it, having never been there, but it sounds like a great place to live!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Pat- Wonderful post on Chevy Chase, Maryland. Whenever I hear someone talking about Chevy Chase the word charming comes to mind. It's such a nice area.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Interestingly, when my grandmother built her house on 3803 Jocelyn Street (1908-1910), it was the first in the area.  She bought the first lot offered by a dairy farm nestled between Reno and Military Roads.  Jocelyn street was the "trail" the farm used to bring the cows back at night from grazing.

I have a photo of Chevy Chase circle as a dirt road!  The rest of the family remained on 3rd St behind the Supreme Court building and were all upset with her for moving "so far out of town."  She was right on the edge of Maryland for heaven's sake!

My room was in the corner just above the bay window.  My room had two windows!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Pat - GREAT information on the area.. How can anyone NOT contact you for great advice and expertise!

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago


Chevy Chase is and outstanding in a great location.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 8 years ago
I like the format you have been using lately for these neighborhood type posts.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge almost 8 years ago

Lottie, it's funny to see some of my old posts that are totally lame SEO stuff.

Jay, the old Avalon owners completely stripped the place when they moved out.  Balconies in movies are just amazing.

Kat and Amanda, it is a great neighborhood, and charming is the right word..

And Cheryl, I want to try this out for several DC neighborhoods as a basis for next year's market reports.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

There are several similar communities like Chevy Chase in the greater DC area

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 8 years ago

Patricia-I don't think I've ever heard anyone have something bad to say about Chevy Chase. Sounds like a nice place to live.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 8 years ago

What a beautiful post, Pat. You do indeed live in one of the most lovely areas of our nation!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 8 years ago

Pat...I just love the look of the homes in Chevy Chase...I dream of having a great front porch to sit out on and enjoy an evening glass of wine!

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 8 years ago

Jay's comment is funny.  To think anyone would ever think of Chevy Chase as being far out.  No.  Now that's considered Front Royal. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 8 years ago