The Most Expensive Neighborhoods in D.C.

With their prime locations, history, and real estate options, these five neighborhoods in D.C. have been named as the most luxurious by Washingtonian.com. Let’s take a closer look.

1. Great Falls (22066)

    Fans of British period drama Downton Abbey (and outdoor space) will love Great Falls with its beautiful acreages, sprawling mansions, and winding two-lane roads. The average size of a home in Great Falls fall somewhere between 10,000 o 12,000 square feet, and the median sold price is $1,060,000. Public transportation is unheard of in this wealthy community.

    Who lives here? A variety of people, from powerful lobbyists and lawyers to tech executives and defense contractors.

2. McLean (22101)

    Known as one of D.C.’s power centers, McLean real estate is characterized by a mix of imposing older homes and newer McMansions. The median sold price is around $988,000. It’s a community where families root for their kids’ sports teams, making it rather warm and wholesome. You can trust your neighbor to take your kid to school for you, if you happen to live here.

    Who lives here? Families, mostly, due to McLean’s charming, suburban appeal. Professionals working in D.C. and Tysons also call McLean home.

3. The Chevy Chases (20015 and 20815)

    Whether it’s D.C.’s version of Chevy Chase or Maryland’s, rest assured both Chevy Chases are highly desired and expensive. Chevy Chase MD (median sold price: $885,000) is known for its collection of handsome brick houses—the favored homes of Washington elites. And although Chevy Chase DC (median sold price: $949,000) is its less aristocratic brother, the neighborhood boasts a community of respectable profssionals. Both Chevy Chases are also known for access to some of the best schools in the area.

    Who lives here? Chevy Chase MD has long attracted the likes of established Washington families, while Chevy Chase DC is home to successful professionals.

4. North Arlington (22207)

    Although homes in North Arlington don’t have the seemingly endless space available in Great Falls, the neighborhood boasts a convenient location. Real estate, with a median sold price of $887,500, is mostly made up of brick Colonials, but the commute is fantastic. Parks, shopping, schools, outdoor recreation—they’re all located mere minutes away.

    Who lives here? In general, people who would rather pay top dollar to be near the center of everything. After all, stress-free commutes are a rarity these days.

5. Georgetown (22207)

    Georgetown is all about historic charms and prestige. It’s one of D.C.’s most established neighborhoods, and the housing stock is unparalleled. From simple clapboard homes to impressive estates, Georgetown has just about everything, and people seems to agree that the median sold price of $875,000 is totally worth it.

    Who lives here? Young, well-to-do families, professionals—it’s a diverse community that has all the makings of the perfect urban neighborhood.

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