Chevy Chase DC
Chevy Chase is a large neighborhood in northwest Washington, DC. The neighborhood’s central corridor is Connecticut Avenue, and, as such, it shares not only a common name but also a common history with Chevy Chase, Maryland, just across Western Avenue in Maryland. Each was founded at the same time as the development of Chevy Chase streetcar line on Connecticut Avenue, as a means of linking the areas just inside and outside Washington with downtown DC.
The Chevy Chase DC neighborhood is often described as having a suburban feel with urban convenience. Chevy Chase DC residents are served by the Chevy Chase Citizens Association.
The Connecticut Avenue corridor includes not only the Chevy Chase Community Center and Chevy Chase Neighborhood DC Public Library, but also a number of shops and restaurants. Chevy Chase DC’s popular shopping district, Chevy Chase Circle, features a variety of shops, restaurants and the historic Avalon Theatre.
Washingtonian Magazine named Chevy Chase DC as one of its "Great Places to Live." Chevy Chase DC was named for its "community center" activities, "four churches," "historic Avalon Theatre," "the American City Diner, markets, ethnic restaurants," "Lafayette Elementary -- named a Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education -- is a draw for parents," "Lafayette Park," "the community's listserv," and "Victorians, Colonials." It was also mentioned for "scattered bungalows" in the Sears Craftsman kit style.
Chevy Chase is served by two significant recreation points – Rock Creek Park, Lafayette Park and Livingston Park. Rock Creek Park, one of the first national parks, boasts 30 picnic areas and extensive trails and paved bicycle paths which link with other long trails, like the C&O Canal Towpath and the Capital Crescent Trail in Georgetown and Chevy Chase, Maryland. On weekends, the Chevy Chase, DC section of Beach Drive (Military Road to Broad Branch Road), which runs through Rock Creek Park, is closed to vehicular traffic and open only to the walkers, runners, bicyclists and rollerbladers. Lafayette Park, adjacent to Lafayette Elementary School, offers residents tennis courts, ball fields, playgrounds and basketball courts. Chevy Chase Park, at 41st and Livingston streets, also provides a ball field and playground.