Cathedral Heights | Glover Park
About Cathedral Heights
National Cathedral is an iconic site in Washington, D.C. In Cathedral Heights, it’s just one of the neighbors. Here, housing stock is largely in the form of large, older apartment, condo and co-op complexes that sit on swaths of green lawn. The buildings are well-maintained, and many come equipped with various services and amenities, such as tennis courts, pools and massive lobbies. The Westchester even has a little-known restaurant — the Westchester Dining Room — on the ground floor. The area does have its share of row houses, duplexes and a variety of detached homes in Colonial, craftsman, Tudor, or Cape Cod styles, some relatively small and quirky, others massive and impressive.
Its upper Northwest location, quality public and private schools, and quiet and safe reputation, not to mention the parks that dot the area, have made Cathedral Heights a popular neighborhood for families. The neighborhood has enough features to keep locals happy without drawing massive crowds from the rest of the city. Restaurants such as 2 Amy’s, Café Deluxe and Cactus Cantina are favorites. Its location, close to both Tenleytown and Glover Park make it convenient to enjoy diverse dining.
Determining Cathedral Heights’ boundaries is tricky, as the neighborhood lacks a citizens’ association and many residents seem unsure of exactly where its borders begin and end. Its best definition is that it lies between Fulton Street to the south, Wisconsin Avenue to the east, Rodman Street to the north, and roughly Glover Archbold Park (an arm of Rock Creek Park) to the west.
About Glover Park
Glover Park is one of DC’s most favored neighborhoods. It’s quiet, yet close to the action of Georgetown. It’s highly residential with enough restaurants and shops to satisfy diverse tastes. It’s smart and sophisticated, but cool and laid back. The neighborhood’s population includes federal government employees, lawyers, nonprofit workers and academics. And, given its proximity to Georgetown University, the area is perennially host to a good number of recent grads and graduate student renters.
Street after street in Glover Park is lined with neat three and four-bedroom row houses, built in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. There are several condo and co-op buildings, but nothing that would be considered new construction. Most of the units — located in sprawling complexes and a few small, garden-style buildings — were built as apartments in the late 1950’s and 60’s, then converted to condos in the 1970’s.
Very few roads lead in and out of Glover Park, and most of the neighborhood serves as a dead end. That means there’s very little through traffic, and consequently, very safe. The neighborhood’s main street is actually Wisconsin Avenue, which is a busy strip of shops and stores, including a Whole Foods, a post office, several gyms, and a much-lauded hardware store. But it’s the restaurants that have been attracting notice. Little by little, Glover Park has developed a mini food scene. Kitchen 2404 serves southern comfort food and Town Hall, which offers American standards, has been a favorite in the neighborhood for years. Surfside is a relaxed Cali-Mex joint, and some say Rocklands Barbeque has the best ribs in the city.
Glover Park is bounded by Glover Archbold Park to the south and west, Fulton Street to the north, and Wisconsin Avenue to the east. With no dedicated Metro station, the area isn’t as well-known as some of its neighbors like Cleveland Park or Woodley Park, but it’s got a growing following.