Upper Echelon of Luxury

Wesley Heights

When it comes to the upper echelon of luxury homes in Washington, DC, few neighborhoods can compare with Wesley Heights. Geographically small in size, this exclusive enclave bracketed by parkland offers some of the priciest and most impressive properties in the region. From traditional stone manors to newly constructed modernist showcases, this is a community that is routinely makes the list for DC’s power brokers and other very high end real estate buyers.

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Wesley Heights Real Estate Stats

Average Price $2.3M
Lowest Price $265K
Highest Price $14.3M
Total Listings 48
Avg. Price/SQFT $581

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Wesley Heights doesn’t have the same name recognition as Washington’s perennially popular neighborhoods like Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and Adams Morgan. That’s just fine with those who cherish a sense of privacy. The neighborhood is tucked in between the Palisades to the west, Spring Valley to the north, Cathedral Heights to the east, and Berkley to the south. Parkland wrapping around three sides further isolates the community from its closet neighbors, with Battery Kemble Park, the Wesley Heights Trail, and Glover Archbold Park providing an incredibly verdant buffer from sightseers and drive-by commuters.

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Like many parts of Washington, DC, the land known as Wesley Heights has its origins in farmland. Battery Kemble Park on the neighborhood’s western flank held strategic importance during the Civil War, with an earthworks battery serving as one of many military installations that protected the federal government. There were a few impressive Victorian houses built before the turn of the century, but the bulk of construction fell to the prolific W.C. and A.N. Miller Development Company beginning in the 1920. The same company was also active in developing the neighborhoods of Spring Valley and American University Park to the north.

Many of the original homes in Wesley Heights still exist. The early builders viewed the community much in the same way it is perceived today, secluded, and suitable for large houses and large lots. These properties display varying traditional styles including center-hall Colonial Revivals, Tudor in both stone and wood, Georgian Revival, French Country, and French Normandy. As the mid-century period arrived, new construction continued at a modest pace, and there are even homes that have been built or rebuilt in recent decades, allowing for some notable modern designs. If there is a common denominator, however, it is of good taste and gorgeous landscaping.

While the small and affluent neighborhood of Wesley Heights is leafy and very residential, it is bordered by New Mexico Avenue along its eastern edge. This allows for a small pocket of businesses and restaurants, including Chef Geoff’s, Shemalis, Al Dente, Washgal’s, and a Walgreens. Those seeking additional choices can head east to Wisconsin Avenue or south to Georgetown.

To learn more about luxury real estate in Wesley Heights, call Andre Perez at District Partners at Compass, 202-798-3600.

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Wesley Heights, District of Columbia FAQ’s

Q: Are homeowners allowed to expand or improve their properties in Wesley Heights?

A: Wesley Heights residential homes are zoned R-14, generally preserving the low-density nature of the neighborhood and regulating construction and alteration, while allowing owners reasonable opportunities to expand or improve their dwellings. There are rules about preserving existing trees, and also governing setbacks from the street.

Q: What is the typical price range of luxury homes in Wesley Heights?

A: Detached single-family homes make up the bulk of the listings in Wesley Heights, and recent sales have been in the $3 million to $13 million range. There are also some condos and townhouses along the far eastern edge of the neighborhood, although that area is more closely associated with Cathedral Heights.

Q: How far is it from Wesley Heights to downtown Washington?

A: It is approximately four miles, if taking Massachusetts Avenue for most of the way.

Q: Where is American University in relationship to Wesley Heights?

A: The American University campus lies directly north of Wesley Heights.

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