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Experience The Feel of the Past in D.C.’s Colonial Village

Colonial Village is an area in North-West Washington, D.C., built in the 1930s with impressive colonial-style homes and which holds a lot of history. It is located on the border of Maryland very close to Silver Spring and Chevy Chase.

The area is strictly residential, but near many of the best areas in the Washington D.C. area.

Where is Colonial Village?

Colonial Village is a small affluent community in an area in North-West Washington, D.C., known for its large homes which are reproductions of colonial homes. It’s very close to the park, which might result in residents finding the occasional deer in their backyard, which can be either a pleasant experience or a nuisance for some.

History

Colonial Village got its name from the red-brick and stone large Colonial-style houses built in the 1930s to imitate colonial-era homes which dominate the rolling hills of the neighborhood that borders Rock Creek Park.

The residents were primarily white Protestants as black and Jewish people were prohibited from living there until the 1960s when both Colonial Village and North Portal Estates combined with Shepherd Park.

Lifestyle

What to Do

Colonial Village is strictly residential, but there are many things to do nearby. Since it is just across the district line from Silver Spring, Maryland, going there is easy and convenient. There is a big shopping center on East-West Highway near Colesville Road called The Blairs Shopping Center. There are also many small shops in the area such as dry cleaners, Giant Food and Pharmacy, as well as Peet’s Coffee and Tea.

 

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You can drive a car or take the subway to downtown Bethesda, which has lots of shops, restaurants and movie theaters.

Where to Eat and Drink 

For restaurants and bars, most people go to nearby Silver Spring, Maryland which is just across the district line with numerous restaurants available within walking distance or a short Uber ride or drive away. If you like seafood, Crisfield’s on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring is a great option to keep in mind.

For great African food, try Roger Miller Restaurant on Bonifant Street in Silver Spring. Just down the street you can try Asian cuisine at the Thai Derm Restaurant. If you are into Indian cuisine, try Ghar-E-Kabab on Wayne Avenue. Mi Rancho on Ramsey Avenue has great Latin food. There are many other places nearby to try so keep your list open and try them out as you go.

If you prefer to drive a bit more or take the metro, Bethesda has a lot of great restaurants, such as Taqueria El Jalapeño which has awesome Mexican food. Chef Tony’s is popular and serves Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

Moving to Colonial Village

Real Estate Snapshot

The neighborhood is known for its large colonial-style houses, but there are many high-rise and mid-rise apartment buildings in the area. Some were built in the 1960s and 1970s while others are more recent.

The average cost of rent in Colonial Village apartments is about $1,800. You can pay as much as $4,000 for a 3- or 4-bedroom apartment.

Transportation

Colonial Village is very close to the Silver Spring metro which is on the Red Line. The area is also served by many buses.

For the environmentally conscious, many of the local residents commute into the city on the bike trails which run through Rock Creek Park which runs behind the Silver Spring metro.

Schools & Employment

Colonial Village is served by two highly rated public elementary schools – Lafayette and Shepherd. Another public elementary school in the neighborhood, Brightwood, is good and also has a middle school. As far as high schools in the neighborhood are concerned, Wilson is a great option.

There are many government and non-profit jobs in the city, as well as numerous businesses in suburban Maryland, offering many employment options.

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About the author

Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.

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