Homes in Crestwood sit along quiet streets with lush manicured lawns. Even though it’s in the middle of DC, Crestwood feels suburban. The neighborhood is in Ward 4, north of Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant. Crestwood is bordered by 16th Street, NW to the east and Rock Creek Park on the other three sides.
The Crestwood area was a single estate 300 years ago, but in the early 1900s, single family homes started to appear on large plots of land. In 1938, Crestwood got its name and developers described it as “wooded country in the downtown residential district and only 10 minutes from the White House.” In the early days of the neighborhood, the homes were marketed as Washington Post Display Homes and Evening Star “Silver Star” Homes.
Currently, there are about 600 residences in the entirely residential neighborhood. Most of the homes in Crestwood are brick colonials with four or five bedrooms. But you can also find other styles including Tudor, ranch, and row houses. Homes in Crestwood are rather expensive, generally ranging from $500,000 to over $1 million -- prices comparable to the Cleveland Park and Tenleytown neighborhoods on the other side of Rock Creek Park.
Crestwood is filled with resident-owners with very few rentals aside from one apartment building on 16th Street. In fact, when a plan was announced in 1941 to build a six-story apartment building on 16th Street, the Crestwood residents protested and formed the Crestwood Citizen’s Association.
The homes in Crestwood have housed prominent residents including former DC mayor Adrian Fenty, former city council chairperson Linda W. Cropp, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and Ezra Taft Benson (Secretary of Agriculture under Eisenhower). If you might be the next prominent resident in the serene tree-lined oasis in the midst of our bustling city, look for homes in Crestwood.