Woodley Park


Quiet but centrally located neighborhood.

Woodley Park is located besides the Smithsonian National Zoological Park to the northwest of Washington, D.C. Conceived of as a quiet summer retreat close to Dupont Circle in the 1870s, Woodley Park combines a genteel, old-world atmosphere with easy access to Downtown D.C. via its Red Line Metro station. Known as the greenest D.C. district, the real estate in Woody Park perfectly balances calm and convenience.

The grand hotels at Woodley Park’s southern end and the elegant, early-20th century rowhouses lining Connecticut Avenue are pristinely preserved artifacts of the neighborhood’s birth as a community of summer homes. Luxurious modern apartment and condominium buildings rise skyward further north on Connecticut Avenue, providing spectacular views over the city.

What to Love

  • Quiet but central
  • Verdant greenery
  • Historic rowhomes
  • Modern condos
  • Smithsonian Zoo
  • Rock Creek Park

People & Lifestyle

While Woodley Park is close to vibrant neighborhoods such as Georgetown and Dupont Circle, the vibe here is much quieter. True to the intentions of the original blueprint for the neighborhood, this is one of D.C.’s most relaxing neighborhoods. Houses for sale in Woodley Park are within walking distance of the expansive green space surrounding the National Zoo, with Rock Creek Park sprawling over 1,754 acres beyond it.Those seeking a slower pace of life without sacrificing the inner-city’s convenience will find it difficult to discover a better place to call to home.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Woodley Park’s commercial development is concentrated on the stretch of Connecticut Avenue surrounding the Metro Station, where you can find a diverse selection of international restaurants. Highlights here include French wine and cuisine at Petits Plats, seasonal, locally-sourced Mid-Atlantic fare at District Kitchen, and gourmet brunch and dinner dishes at Open City. A majority of the restaurants here have patios for al fresco dining. While Woodley Park is far calmer at night than other D.C. neighborhoods, it’s a short distance from the lively nightlife spots of Georgetown and Dupont Circle.

Things to Do

Woodley Park’s proximity to the Smithsonian National Zoo is one of the neighborhood’s major draws. Open free-of-charge 364 days per year, Woodley Park residents have endless time to take in the 163 acres of exhibitions at this world-famous attraction, including 1,800 animal species. Giant pandas have been the star attraction since President Nixon recieved a gift from China in the 1970s, along with numerous great apes, big cats, and Asian elephants. The National Zoo adjoins to Rock Creek Park, which contains an enormous expanse of hiking and horseback riding trails, boating activities, and sports facilities.


Woodley Park is zoned to the District of Columbia Public School District.

  • Easton Elementary, Public, PK-5
  • Oyster Adams Bilingual School, Public, PK-8
  • Murch Elementary School at UDC, Public, PK-5
  • Hearst Elementary, Public, PK-5

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