Chevy Chase DC
 Neighborhood
Chevy Chase & Friendship Heights Neighborhood Profile
The Chevy Chase neighborhood is an upscale DC suburb that stretches into Maryland. Friendship Heights is an unincorporated special tax district in Chevy Chase, MD. It’s hard to tell where Chevy Chase Maryland and DC begin and end…but the residential and shopping on both sides are great!
Getting Around in Chevy Chase DC
The Chevy Chase neighborhood is very walkable with a WalkScore of 79. Chevy Chase offers good public transportation with a TransitScore of 67, and is bike friendly with a BikeScore of 65.

Metro Station

The Friendship Heights runs on the red line.

Buses

About 3 Bus Lines run through Chevy Chase.

Bikeshare

There are 3 Capital Bikeshare stations in Chevy Chase.

ZipCar

ZipCar has 3 locations near Chevy Chase.

Swanky shopping, elegant restaurants, houses with stature and character; Chevy Chase has sophistication and a sense of community.
Catch a show at the historic Avalon. Satisfy your craving for craft coffee at Broadbranch market. Join a book club at Politics & Prose. Channel Audrey Hepburn and breakfast at Tiffany’s. Indulge in retail therapy at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales. Show off your table tennis skills at Comet Ping Pong. Hit a homer at Chevy Chase Playground. Dine beneath imposing portraits at Capital Grille. Practice your breast stroke at Wilson Aquatic Center. Stargaze at the Planetarium. Savor the flavor at Range. Sharpen your knives at Williams Sonoma. Win mixed doubles on the Lafayette courts. Experience garden envy. Smell the flowers. Hear the birds chirp. This is the good life.
Chevy Chase DC Schools

Lafayette Elementary School

Public • Grades PK-5

689 students • 14 student/teacher

Deal Middle School

Public • Grades 6-8

1248 students • 14.6 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
Chevy Chase DC History
In 1725, Colonel Joseph Belt received a patent for 560 acres of land in colonial Maryland, just northwest of the future Washington, DC. He dubbed it “Cheivy Chace.” The name was likely coined from the French “chevauchee,”used in medieval Scotland and England to describe horseback border raids. The English and Scots battled over such hunting grounds in 1388, as described in the ballads of Battle of Otterbourne and Chevy Chase.
In the late 1890’s, Francis G. Newlands of Nevada and William Stewart founded the Chevy Chase Land Company. Newlands was the Comstock Lode heir and future Nevada representative. Stewart was a U.S. Senator from Nevada. The partners purchased several thousand acres along the route that would become Connecticut Avenue, which they extended from Calvert Street to Chevy Chase Lake (an artificial lake and amusement park created to attract residents to their development). They also constructed The Chevy Chase Line, a streetcar line that ran past the NW boundary of the city, linking their project to downtown.  The line was completed in the early 1900’s and became very popular. Newlands and Stewart planned Chevy Chase as community of distinctive homes sited on broad streets in a park-like setting. They excluded alleyways and set businesses districts at the neighborhood’s boundaries to differentiate the suburb from city neighborhoods. Municipal conveniences such as water, electricity, schools, churches and recreational facilities were provided or accessed by streetcar. Chevy Chase residents rode the streetcar to and from work and school. The streetcar conductor ran errands downtown and delivered groceries and packages to green boxes at several corners along Connecticut Avenue. City and suburb residents took the line to Chevy Chase Lake to picnic, fish, ride the carousel and attend musical events and dances.
Still standing today, Magruder’s Supermarket, opened in 1875 on Connecticut Avenue, and the Avalon Theatre opened in 1923 as a silent film house. The residences in Chevy Chase DC include many “Sears Catalog Homes.” These popular kit homes allowed people of modest means to mail order materials and instructions for a home they could build themselves. These homes are prized today. The old farming routes  Jones Mill Road, Bradley Lane, and Brookeville Road are now busy roads. The site of Chevy Chase Lake is just a small patch of woods that lies to the south of the office building at 8401 Connecticut Avenue. But the character of the community has survived intact, despite technological advances and the pressures of urban sprawl. Because of both the logic and the charm of the original plan, Chevy Chase today remains substantially what its founders envisioned; a tranquil yet convenient community away from the bustling city.
Chevy Chase DC consists of eight developments: Chevy Chase DC and Connecticut Avenue Terrace (est. 1907), Connecticut Avenue Park (est. 1909), Chevy Chase Heights and Chevy Chase Terrace (est. 1910), and Chevy Chase Grove No. 1, 2, and 3 ( est. 1913, 1915 & 1918 respectively).
Neighborhood information on this site is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed. Subject to change without notice.