Cathedral Heights

Quiet, peaceful, and absent any nightlife, Cathedral Heights keeps calm despite the liveliness of its adjacent neighborhoods.

This classic in-between neighborhood is a haven for young families who love their nearby playgrounds and professionals looking for tranquility outside of DC's major metropolitan area. Cathedral Heights’ architectural mixture of historic row houses, detached cottages, and old apartment buildings is probably its most interesting feature, but what the neighborhood lacks in nightlife and entertainment it more than makes up for in peace and quiet.

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On the Map

Cathedral Heights is bordered by McLean Gardens, Wesley Heights, Glover Park, Woodley Park, and Cleveland Park

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Reagan National Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic or 32 minutes by public transit
Dulles International Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
The White House: 10 minutes by public transit
Georgetown: 7 minutes by public transit

Silvan Solitude Abounds In Northwest DC

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Washington National Cathedral looms majestically above quiet Cathederal Heights.

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Residents and visitors can snatch a peaceful afternoon rest almost anywhere in this green and serene neighborhood.

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The neighborhood is quiet and residential, beautiful tree lined streets and close to the National Cathedral. It's super safe and in one of the most upscale neighborhoods in the District. Lots of cute bars and restaurants within walking distance."

A Safe Haven for Families

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With an abundance of recreational options and after school activities, youngsters in Cathedral Heights stay busy.

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The best part is that the neighborhood is very quiet and less hectic unlike being closer to downtown."

David

Visited in 2012

High Quality Living in McLean Gardens

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The planned community of McLean Gardens offers a blissfully calm atmosphere for those seeking a private lifestyle.

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Manicured pathways and orderly amenities sprawl forth as far as the eye can see.

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Commercial Conveniences Down the Street

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To soothe a grumbling stomach or a sweet tooth, locally-owned cafes and restaurants will hold you over.

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But a majority of residents here do the bulk of their eating at home.

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When the sun goes down, porch lights turn on and residents of Cathedral Heights return to their cozy abodes.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

As a freelance photographer based out of DC, I’ve had a lifelong desire to be submerged in different cultures, meet people of all walks of life, and eat bizarre foods. While my personal favorite escape is surfing remote warm-water breaks in Central America, I loved working on this project and discovering the many hidden subcultures that make up the diverse and often-mislabeled city of Washington, D.C.

Chris Weisler

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