CRESTWOOD DC NEIGHBORHOOD

CRESTWOOD DC LIFESTYLE

WELCOME TO CRESTWOOD DC

Crestwood is a woodsy enclave of 665 detached single family residences evolved from a single estate.

A variety of architectural styles and tree-lined streets on 300-acres bordered on three sides by Rock Creek Park.

Crestwood's median real estate value is higher than 93.1% of DC neighborhoods and 98.4% of all US neighborhoods.

Getting Around in Crestwood

Metro Stations

Georgia Ave-Petworth Station and Columbia Heights Metro Station are on the Green and Yellow lines.

Buses

There are approximately 7 Bus Lines running throughout Crestwood. It is also in the BRIDJ service area.

Bikeshare

There are 3 Capital Bikeshare stations near Crestwood DC

ZipCar

There are approximately 8 ZipCar locations near Crestwood DC.

SNAPS

Crestwood is an architectural smorgasbord tucked into Rock Creek Park.

One of DC's best kept secrets, surrounded on three sides by trees, streams and Bambi. Stroll beneath a canopy of leaves. Catch a concert at the Amphitheater. Do your best Serena Williams or Roger Federer imitation at the tennis center. Show off your equestrian skills at the stables. Did you know that Crestwood residents show unusually high household income and net worth as well as a high percentage of residents with advanced degrees? Feeling super smart and flush? Move right in.

Crestwood DC History 

Indians knew the value of Crestwood long before white settlers discovered its bounties. Creeks chock-full of herring, shad and other species of fish in the spring, wild game like turkeys, deer, bears, buffalo, bison, and small game for hide tanning and fur such as foxes and raccoons and harvests of walnuts in the late summer through autumn drew the Susquehannock and Piscataway. The area also offered fertile planting soil and they dug quartzite from boulders on the south end of Crestwood and fashioned spear tips and tools such as axes. White settlers came to the area in the early 1700’s, creating home sites along Rock Creek, raising Indian crops such as corn and tobacco. John Bradford and Randall Blake were the first two titleholders to the parcels of land in the area, a total of 500 acres granted by Lord Baltimore in 1719, originally to Bradford. Blake’s 300 acre parcel is the one that now comprises the Crestwood DC neighborhood, with only a small portion having been taken for Rock Creek Park and another small portion lost to construction of 16th Street. A 1722 land patent shows Blake named his parcel “Argile Cowall and Lorn” for several locations on west coast of Scotland. Lyons Mill was constructed on Argile land in 1780, attracting workers and their families. Farming expanded, likely bringing slaves to the area as well. Isaac and son Abner Peirce built Peirce Mill in 1829. In 1845 the Argyle estate was sold to Russian Count and Ambassador Alexander de Bodisco for $7,500. Bodicso built a country estate there with a conservatory, bowling alley, barns and other outbuildings. Count Bodicso sold the Argile property to lumber merchant Thomas Blagden just before his death in 1853 for $25,000. Blagden further developed the estate, expanding the milling business include a flourmill, a fertilizer mill, a miller’s cottage and two outbuildings. He farmed approximately 100 acres for potatoes. During the Civil War, Army engineers built Military Road along and Fort Stevens, clearing forest land in the process, though not on the Argile estate though soldiers patrolled and passed through the area. Even President Lincoln passed through. The population of what is now the Crestwood DC neighborhood grew substantially during the Civil War and afterward, causing the flight of much wildlife. Thomas Blagden Jr. famously reintroduced deer and created “Blagden Deer Park” in 1874, a 20-30 acre fenced preserve where deer were bred and sold to wealthy estate owners for their own game parks, breeding, and hunting.  Further development created new roads and the electric streetcar and neighboring Mt. Pleasant Village in 1865. In 1883 Congress established Rock Creek Park was established by Congress with portions of both the Blagden and Peirce family lands donated to the cause. In 1899, the Blagden family donated additional land for the construction of Blagden Avenue which provided access to the park. Crestwood’s streets were named at the turn of the century as the DC Commissioners released a street plan for 100+ subdivisions. They include Allison, Buchanan Crittenden, Decatur, Shepherd, Taylor, Upshur, Varnum, Webster, Argyle, Taylor and others. Expansion of 16th street accelerated development through the early 1900’s. In 1934 the Argile manor house built  by Count Bodice was torn down to make way for new homes in the 1700 block of Varnum and 4300 lock of 18th Street. In early 1938 developers began construction on a new 300 unit residential community named “Crestwood at Rock Creek Park.”  The subdivision was tightly controlled by its developer, who oversaw every detail and approved all buyers and tenants, not without discrimination common at the time. The “Westinghouse-Paul P. Stone Home of Tomorrow” at 4220 Argyle Terrace was unveiled on October 2, 1938, causing wonder on the part of the public over its air conditioning and automatic dishwasher. Also in the fall of 1938, Thomas Blagden Jr. died. In 1941, to thwart a local builder’s effort to construct a 6 story apartment building at the SW corner of 16th and Shepherd, The Crestwood Citizens Association was formed. Two of the resulting legal challenges reached the Supreme Court and the fight continued for 5 years before the association lost and the Crestwood Apartments were built. The association joined residents again in the early 1950s for nearly a decade to oppose the plan to build a 4 lane expressway along Rock Creek. The association remains strong and active today. The typically quiet Crestwood DC neighborhood saw one more surge of excitement in the form of an act of domestic terrorism when, in 1980, a bomb detonated in a window flower box at 1907 Quincy Street. It was the home of Yugoslavia’s charge d’affaires. A group called the “Croatian Freedom Fighters” claimed responsibility. The residence was abandoned in the 1990’s by the Yugoslavia government and after a very lengthy delay of transfer to the Bosnia-Herzegovina government, was sold by Bosnia & Herzegovina in spring 2015 for $650,000. The property transferred again in 2016 for the sum of $860,000. in completely gutted condition. Housing prices in the Crestwood DC neighborhood are very strong and have seen a dramatic upsurge in recent years.  

CRESTWOOD DC MARKET DATA

CRESTWOOD SCHOOLS

Powell Elementary School

Public • Grades PK-5
406 students • 10 student/teacher

Deal Middle School

Public • Grades 6-8
1248 students • 15 student/teacher

Wilson High School

Public • Grades 9-12
1696 students • 14 student/teacher
For a full, updated list of schools, see EBIS. School data from Schooldigger.com

What’s selling now in Crestwood DC 20011?

  1. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,513 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,386 sqft
    Year built: 1907
    Days on market: 0
  2. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Lot size: 4,914 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 1
  3. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 3,585 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Days on market: 4
  4. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Lot size: 2,785 sqft
    Year built: 1916
    Days on market: 7
  5. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,350 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,300 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Days on market: 23
  6. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Lot size: 5,750 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 29

See all Real Estate Listings in Washington DC.
(all data current as of 3/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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In today’s market in this area, you cannot rely on luck to get you that perfect place or a great deal – you need to have an agent who knows the market cold, is aggressive, and effective – Susan is all of those things and more.
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Susan and Alex are superstar agents. There is no one else I’d want on my side of a real estate transaction. My wife and I first met Susan in 2010 when she helped us buy our first home, a condo. We were so impressed by her deep local knowledge, tenacious negotiating, 24/7 efforts on our behalf, and clear guidance on the home-buying process that we didn’t consider going with anyone else when we decided to buy a 3-BR in our dream neighborhood. We were not disappointed. After a few weeks, we found the perfect house at the perfect listing price. We knew it would be competitive, but Susan and Alex provided expert advice on how to make the offer, and in the end, we provided terms just attractive enough to end the process in our favor, but no higher than final appraisal and just above what their agent later admitted was their line. They also did a fabulous job of staging and selling our condo, which netted $30K over selling price after six strong offers during just two-days of being on the market. They get amazing results and are a blast to work with.
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  • Isaacs

    Crestwood is a lovely neighborhood with a real sense of community. Home values have skyrocketed recently but are still more affordable than many other desirable locations. Buyers appreciate the 100% single family home aspect of the neighborhood, as well as the large lot sizes and varied architectural styles. Proximity to Rock Creek Park and surrounding amenities is also a huge plus!

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