Among the list of assets Brian Turmail ticked off about his Northwest Washington community of Glover Park, was this: two miles from the nearest Metro station.
While many people would view that as a clear disadvantage, Turmail sees it as part of what makes the neighborhood special.
Glover Park feels like an archetypal small town in the heart of the city — “like an urban Mayberry,” he said.
Kaleb Collier, a teacher who moved to the neighborhood late last month from Missouri, had a similar observation. “I’m from a town populated by 1,400 people,” Collier said. “The hospitality here feels the same as back home.”
Located just north of Georgetown and sandwiched between Wisconsin Avenue and an arm of Rock Creek Park, Glover Park feels a little isolated from the rest of the city. That’s due party to the distance to the Metro station and partly to the limited number of roads connecting the neighborhood to the rest of the city.
That isolation is mostly a good thing, residents say. The lack of a Metro station nearby keeps prices down, which means the area has more of a middle-class vibe than many nearby neighborhoods.
“It’s a little less ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ here,” said Turmail, who works in public affairs. “A little more laid back.” Residents are a broad mix of students from nearby Georgetown and American universities, young professionals living in group houses, families, and retirees.
Glover Park is also “a close-knit group and a very engaged neighborhood,” said Melissa Lane, president of the Glover Park Citizens Association — perhaps because the area is geographically cut off from the surrounding communities. Neighborhood meetings, holiday caroling groups, an annual Glover Park Day, and yoga and pottery classes at Guy Mason Recreation Center are all enthusiastically attended.
Younger couples moving in: Along the spine of Wisconsin Avenue at Glover Park’s eastern edge, residents gather for food, drink and some shopping. In recent years, the three-block-long stretch has become a bit of a foodie destination, boasting a diverse set of restaurants serving fish tacos, banh mi sandwiches, chicken tikka masala and some of the best barbecue in the city. A Whole Foods Market is located there, as is a beloved hardware store.
But the real heart of Glover Park could be Stoddert Elementary School, which lies in the middle of the neighborhood. “The school is what brings together a lot of the community,” said Turmail. “Everyone walks their kids to school, and a lot of your social calendar is built around the school functions.” The school also contains a second recreation center serving the community, and its field is home to a longtime softball league that involves many Glover Park residents.
One of the city’s highest-ranked elementary schools, Stoddert was renovated in 2010 to serve 75 percent more kids. But five years later, the building is again bursting at the seams. “Population has exploded,” said Lane. “A lot of the long-, long-term residents are moving out, and we’re definitely seeing younger couples moving in.”
And unlike in the past, many of those young couples are remaining in the neighborhood even after their children transition to middle and high school — leading to more kids, and a broader mix of them, throughout the community.
But taking the long view, Glover Park today is perhaps not that different from how it was years ago. “When my kids were small, it was crawling with kids. And then it wasn’t, around the ’90s,” said Bill MacKaye, who has been a resident for more than half a century. “And now they’re back with a bang.”
Living there: Glover Park, Zip code 20007, is bordered by Glover Archibald Park to the west, Fulton Street to the north, Wisconsin Avenue to the east and Whitehaven Parkway to the south.
According to Chris Jones, an agent with Long & Foster, 12 properties are currently on the market in Glover Park. They range from a two-bedroom, one-bathroom condominium unit selling for $300,000 to a three-bedroom, three-bath Colonial listed at $825,000. Eight properties are under contract, from a $324,000 one-bedroom condo to a $795,000 two-bedroom rowhouse. Over the past 12 months, 97 properties have sold, ranging from a $170,000 efficiency condo to a four-bedroom, four-bath rowhouse that sold for $1.165 million.
Schools: Stoddert Elementary, Hardy Middle and Wilson High.
Transit: The Cleveland Park station on Metro’s Red Line lies two miles from the neighborhood. Glover Park is served by bus lines running along Wisconsin Avenue and 37th Street to downtown. For drivers, Wisconsin Avenue is a major north-south artery, and Rock Creek Parkway is close by.
Crime: According to the D.C. police, the area that includes Glover Park had three burglaries and 40 thefts over the past 12 months.
Amanda Abrams is a freelance writer.