Chevy Chase, located next to Bethesda and Northwest Washington, DC, is a beautiful, quiet, and affluent suburb with desirable access to DC and surrounding environs. While largely suburban, Chevy Chase also includes many neighborhoods that border on Rock Creek Park, an extensive tract of woods following Rock Creek that can be traced from the Potomac in Georgetown and Foggy Bottom all the way up to Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village. Likewise, Chevy Chase is in close proximity to downtown Bethesda and its many restaurants and shopping options, Friendship Heights, which offers luxury retailers such as Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton, and is just minutes, especially on weekends, from downtown DC and its wealth of cultural and entertainment opportunities.
One of the primary benefits of living in Chevy Chase is the ease of commuting into DC, Bethesda, and Northern Virginia locations. The capital beltway (I-495) is located just minutes north of Chevy Chase up Connecticut Avenue and provides quick access to Tysons Corner, Vienna, and Arlington as well as to Baltimore, Annapolis and other points located on routes connected to the beltway. Downtown DC is accessible through both public and private transit options. The workday commute into downtown via Connecticut Avenue typically takes 15-25 minutes. There are also numerous scenic routes available that wind through Northwest Washington’s neighborhoods, providing a calming respite from traffic, if a little bit longer of a commute. You can wind your way down Beach Drive, which follows Rock Creek Park down to the Potomac River, or you can take quiet Reno Drive through Northwest DC’s tree-shaded, old neighborhoods. The Bethesda and Friendship Heights Metro stations on the red line are located just minutes from Chevy Chase (and are even walkable from western neighborhoods) and offer quick, convenient travel into downtown for work, shopping, or sport and concert events.
Downtown Bethesda, located five minutes from Chevy Chase, offers a huge variety of restaurants and shopping options. Bethesda Row, a section of Bethesda just off of Wisconsin Avenue, is home to Apple, Lululemon, Williams-Sonoma, The North Face, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, J. McLaughlin, and more. It is also the location of many restaurants such as Georgetown Cupcake, Luke’s Lobster, Paul, Tikka Masala, Matchbox, Mussel Bar, to name just a few. Every food type is represented, and if something different is desired, just hop on the metro station located in the heart of downtown and head into DC in a few minutes.
Golf and tennis enthusiasts will find a number of fantastic options in Chevy Chase including the Chevy Chase Club, and just up the road, the Columbia Country Club. Columbia Country Club was originally organized in 1898 and hosted the 1921 US Open golf tournament. It is invite-only and offers a renowned 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, a fitness facility, paddle tennis, an indoor and outdoor pool, a childcare facility, and multiple dining options. Members have included numerous political figures including, recently, President Barack Obama. Chevy Chase Club was founded in 1892 and offers an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, a fitness facility, a swimming complex, an ice rink, and numerous dining options. Chevy Chase Club has a long history of famed members as well including Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, President William Howard Taft, and journalist Bob Schieffer. In addition to these two famed country clubs, there are also numerous other recreation opportunities nearby, both public and private.
Chevy Chase prides itself on its educational system, offering incredible public and private school options along with a well-educated population. Chevy Chase was recently recognized as the most well-educated town in America, with 93.5% of adult residents having at least a bachelor’s degree. Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the public option in Chevy Chase, is ranked among the top 10 high schools in all of Maryland and is considered among the best in the entire nation. Nearby are numerous private schools that offer fantastic educational opportunities as well, including Landon School, Holton Arms, Bullis School, and Georgetown Prep.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love living so close to Rock Creek Park. This park, which is accessible from Chevy Chase’s neighborhoods, is a wild, wooded park maintained by the National Park Service which offers many running and hiking trails, quiet picnic areas, tennis courts, the gorgeous Rock Creek, and a section of Beach Drive, the scenic, winding road that connects Chevy Chase to downtown DC, that is closed on weekends and only open to pedestrian and bike traffic. Avid runners can follow trails from Chevy Chase all the way to the Potomac River, where Rock Creek Park comes out near Foggy Bottom.
Additionally, nearby is access to the C&O Canal, which connects Washington, DC all the way to Pittsburgh, PA. This old canal trail begins in Georgetown and winds along the Potomac, past Great Falls, Harper’s Ferry, and up through the Appalachian Mountains. While this is a fantastic journey by bike, more casual enthusiasts may simply enjoy visiting Great Falls and walking the short path to see the impressive waterfalls on the Potomac at the fall line. This area, located in nearby Potomac, is also home to some of the more difficult hikes in Maryland including the famed Billy Goat Trail, which clambers up and over steep rocks and is often closed when water on the river is high.
If you are interested in purchasing a home in Chevy Chase, Darin can help you find your dream home and help you sell your current home. Darin has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Chevy Chase area and can guide you through the various quiet, shaded neighborhoods and beautiful federal, colonial, and modern homes that make up this beautiful Maryland suburb. Reach out to Darin today to start on the path to finding your dream home in Chevy Chase.
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