Best Chevy Chase Neighborhood: Kenwood

Recently, Bethesda Magazine rated the top neighborhoods of Bethesda, Maryland. Kenwood was among one of the very best communities and it is nestled right here in Chevy Chase. The close-knit community of Kenwood is a neighborhood of elegance, beauty and class that attracts attention from tourists and national leaders alike.

The Famous Cherry Blossoms of Chevy Chase Will Bring You Here…

Since the 1970s, Kenwood has been beloved by the nation for its 1,700 Yoshino cherry trees, which blossom into a huge pink cloud for a few weeks each year.  Local residents describe their neighborhood as “a wonderland” this time of year and the community was recognized by Southern Living magazine, which called the blossoms “breathtaking.” Up to 30,000 visitors have reportedly flocked to the area during the springtime to enjoy this natural wonder. In fact, many tourists say they prefer the quaint atmosphere of Kenwood, rather than the Tidal Basin for their “cherry blossom fix.”
Famous Residents Abound In Chevy Chase’s Kenwood Community…

The elite Kenwood community in Chevy Chase is comprised of 285 Tudors and Colonials dating back to 1928. Over the years, home values have risen considerably, so estates are well into the $1.5 – $5 million range now. For decades, Kenwood has attracted government officials, luminaries, professional athletes, judges and TV personalities. Past distinguished residents range from Nixon’s Vice President, Spiro Agnew, and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Safire to former Homeland Security Head Tom Ridge and “What’s My Line?” host John Charles Daly. President Eisenhower attended cookouts and President Truman played poker here.  President Coolidge considered buying one of the model homes as his summer residence, but later decided to retire in Massachusetts rather than run again in 1928.

A Spirit of Togetherness Is The Glue That Binds…

Today, local residents are friendly and accustomed to the annual crowds that flock to their neighborhood – which they are quite proud of. Community traditions in this part of Chevy Chase include dinner parties, breakfasts with Santa, Easter egg rolls, Independence Day fireworks and garden walks. Child entrepreneurs running lemonade and cookie stands can earn up to $100 a day. Residents can enjoy communal grounds such as the Kenwood Country Club, Capital Crescent hiker / biker trail and a local resident-funded playground.

Once You Get In, You’ll Never Want To Leave!

Fifteen percent of the homeowners in the Kenwood Chevy Chase neighborhood were born here, moved away and returned to raise families. There are several homeowners who are over 100 years old. Many of the residents got into the neighborhood before property values really soared and admit that they could never afford to live here based on today’s prices. “It’s just 30 minutes to the Capitol and 20 minutes down the bike path to Barnes & Noble in downtown Bethesda,” explained House Rep. Robert T. Matsui, a Democrat from California who has lived in the area since the 70s. The 20815 zip code is definitely one of the most coveted – not just in Chevy Chase, but in the whole DC metro.

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