Public Transportation: Bus & Rail
Walk Score: 69
Grocery Store(s): Whole Foods, Giant, Safeway
Local High School: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Walt Whitman
Chevy Chase, Maryland has long been considered one of the Washington region’s quintessential high-end suburbs: an area with green lawns, high-priced homes and virtually no commercial districts, it offers an escape from the noisy city, but is still within close driving distance of downtown DC and its amenities.
These days, the region that borders Chevy Chase to the north and west has grown tremendously, but the neighborhood itself remains a quiet enclave with limited commercial options within its boundaries.
Primarily a residential suburb, Chevy Chase also borders a popular shopping district, Friendship Heights, featuring several malls and a variety of shops and restaurants.
Chevy Chase is characterized by quiet residential streets lined with colonials, bungalows, and Tudors, homes that would fit into just about any upscale suburb in the country. But there are some differences across the various sections of the neighborhoods.
For example, Chevy Chase Village, located just north and west of the District line near Connecticut Avenue, is the most upscale part of the neighborhood, featuring grand homes on large plots of land. The town of Chevy Chase, bounded by Bradley Road, Wisconsin Avenue, East-West Highway, and Connecticut Avenue, is characterized by wide streets and big lawns, while Sections Three and Five have narrower streets and slightly smaller houses, and Martin’s Additions is known for its newer, more expensive homes. There are not many rentals or condos in Chevy Chase, though a few high-rise condo and co-op buildings can be found along Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues.
Central DC is located about a 20-minute drive to the south of Chevy Chase. Most residents tend to commute to DC by car, often via the central spine of Connecticut Avenue. Chevy Chase is close, but not really within walking distance, of the Bethesda Metro on the Red Line. Buses also run up and down Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenues. Chevy Chase is also close to the Beltway and is only a few miles west of Rock Creek Parkway.