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Our Top 5 Family-Favorite Neighborhoods in DC

Those considering making a move to the DC area have several exceptional neighborhoods to choose from. While some cater best to singles, couples and young professionals, there are also some neighborhoods in DC that are favored by families.


When it comes to some of DC’s best neighborhoods, Georgetown often tops the list. This family-friendly neighborhood offers high ranking schools, plus it’s also home to Georgetown University. In addition, there’s plenty of room for outdoor recreation, with biking, walking, or jogging along the C&O Canal Towpath, kayaking out on the Potomac, or strolling through area museums. There are also plenty of nearby restaurants and shops in Georgetown.

Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle provides free access to the zoo, plus it’s just a few miles from popular Rock Creek Park with hiking and biking trails, golf, tennis and more. The neighborhood is also filled with bookstores, coffee shops and restaurants. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is a favorite of young families, as it sits close to a highly ranked elementary school and several private schools.

Cleveland Park

Cleveland Park is a great place to call home for families interesting in living in an area with more of an urban vibe. The neighborhood puts you close to shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. There’s also the option of growing your own food in the community garden or taking a stroll along Klingle Valley Trail. Cleveland Park has many different types of homes for families to choose from, including Victorian-style homes, Queen Anne, and Art Deco designs.


Living in AU-Tenleytown provides families with the best of both worlds. Not only is the area quiet with a suburban feel, but it’s also close enough to everything you want in the DC area. Families can choose from more traditional single-family homes or rowhouses in the neighborhood. There are also some great local schools.

Southwest Waterfront

There’s always something to do and see living in DC’s Southwest Waterfront. The neighborhood sits within walking distance of area museums. You’ll also find outdoor movies and fun events like boat parades.

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