While renting a house in the District’s Glover Park neighborhood, Leo and Lucie Blyth said they thought they’d eventually buy a house in Bethesda.
Yet when they saw Foxhall Village and the surrounding area in the District, they were charmed.
“We just loved this whole area,” said Leo Blyth, who is British and works for the International Finance Corp., an arm of the World Bank. When a real estate agent showed them the three-level townhouse dating to the 1920s, they said they knew it was right for their young family: Gabriel, now 5, and Emilie, who turns 3 in December. Lucie Blyth, who is French, works for the World Bank.
The couple gravitated to Foxhall Village, a collection of 350 rowhouses nestled between Glover Archbold Park and Foxhall Road, a mile from Georgetown, for its location, sense of community and the design of the rowhouses. Modeled after Tudor-style houses in the English town of Tewkesbury, the first 150 homes were completed in 1927, and others, thereafter.
“Idyllic, tranquil”: Foxhall Village itself was named a D.C. Historic District in 2007, a designation recognized by both the District and the National Park Service. The aim is to maintain the character of the Foxhall Village part of the neighborhood, particularly the exterior of the historic rowhouses. Owners can work with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office when making changes to their homes.
Three green circles where children can play as well as the yards in front of each rowhouse create an “idyllic, tranquil area,” Leo Blyth said. “There is no real traffic,” he added, noting the safety of the area because it is not on a main road. Glover Archbold Park and Hardy Park are important to the neighborhood.
This past spring, neighborhood residents turned out on a Saturday morning to prune a mulberry tree, trim shrubs, collect trash, clear away debris and add sand to the playground in a volunteer effort by the Friends of Hardy organization. It partners with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.
On Halloween, the Foxhall Community Citizens Association organizes a party, and this year’s featured three parts: Making crafts, a costume parade and trick-or-treating.
The area is semi-walkable, according to Robert Avery, an economist who works for the Federal Housing Finance Agency and is president of the citizens association. “You could live here without a car,” he said. Yet area residents typically drive to the Safeway and the CVS on MacArthur Boulevard in the nearby Palisades neighborhood for routine errands. “It’s a very eclectic set of people,” Avery said of Foxhall Village’s residents. Georgetown professors, young families and people who have lived in the area for many years are among them.
Despite the lure of living in the areas encompassed by the Foxhall Community Citizens Association, the neighborhood grapples with issues such as airplane noise from Reagan National Airport, relations between older residents and college students who make up an estimated 15 percent of the population, and ongoing development in the area. “The biggest issue for this neighborhood is airplane noise,” Avery said. “They’re running much bigger planes, and they don’t stop running after 10 p.m.”
Living there: The boundaries of the communities in the Foxhall Community Citizens Association are roughly Reservoir Road to the north, Georgetown University to the east, Canal Road to the south and the Georgetown Reservoir to the west.
In the past year, 36 properties have sold in the area, according to H. Scott Polk, an agent with Long and Foster in Georgetown. They range from a three-bedroom, two-bath 1947 Colonial for $720,000 to a four-bedroom, six-bath 1941 Colonial for $2.55 million. There are three houses for sale, ranging from a five bedroom, six-bath detached house built in 1987 for $1.745 million to a six-bedroom, seven-bath 1935 Colonial for $4.625 million.
Schools: Key Elementary, Hardy Middle, Wilson High, various private schools.
Transit: Residents can commute to various places in the District via the D5 and D6 Metro buses.
Crime: In the past year, according to the D.C. police crime map, six burglaries, one robbery and one aggravated assault without a gun were reported in the area.