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4 Reasons People Love American University Park


Walking the line between the District of Columbia and Maryland, American University Park is a high-demand neighborhood that offers everything from urban convenience to neighborly appeal.

Walking the line between the District of Columbia and Maryland is American University Park. This high-demand neighborhood offers everything from urban convenience to neighborly appeal, all while providing beautiful Washington D.C. real estate. Here are four reasons people can’t stop raving about the community:


This idyllic neighborhood checks all the boxes. With relatively low crime rates and a high number of families with children, the area is a hotspot for city-goers looking to settle down. The nearby university also attracts ambitious young adults.  

Easy access to the Tenley-AU Metro Station and an assortment of bus lines means the heart of D.C. is only a few stops away. Plus, with Friendship Heights and Tenleytown within walking distance, grocery and retail options are in close proximity.

One popular community destination is formally called the Friendship Recreation Center, though locals affectionately refer to it as Turtle Park. Turtle Park not only includes a 5,000-square-foot recreation center, sports fields, community gardens, and several playgrounds, but it also hosts jazz nights, ice cream socials, and parades throughout the year. Perhaps the most anticipated event, however, is the May Fair: an all-day carnival with games, pony rides, face painting, food, and more. This event is fun for the whole family, and all proceeds go towards park itself.

The excitement isn’t limited to Turtle Park, either. Every Thanksgiving, the Janney Elementary School PTA puts on a 5k and fun run to raise money for the school. Tenley WinterFest continues the holiday season celebrations with light displays, a winter market, and a Yeti-themed scavenger hunt.

American University Park’s quiet refuge, alongside its close access to the city’s cultural hubs, is the perfect dose of comfort and community for homeowners hoping to balance urbanity and the familiarity of residential neighborhoods. By combining the amenities of city life with the familiar feel of suburbia, this outskirts neighborhood caters to people in all walks of life. Its wide-ranging age demographic proves there is a place for everyone in AU Park.

Academic Atmosphere

For families looking to move to Washington D.C., American University Park’s incredible school systems are highly attractive. Their high-ranking K-12 education system is only the tip of the iceberg.

With close proximity to its namesake university, AU Park maintains a collegiate feel with little spillover of typical college noise. More studious than rowdy, this neighborhood’s tree-lined boulevards promote tranquility while still supporting a lively community. American University’s campus primarily exists in neighboring Tenleytown, but the century-old university invites a sense of local history to AU Park.

Curb Appeal

American University Park’s single-family homes radiate undeniable charm. In fall, when the leaves burst with vibrant color, the neighborhood is swathed in picturesque yellow light. These houses harness a unique sense of style and personality.

Many prominent D.C. architects and builders contributed to the neighborhood, including Dana B. Johannes, George T. Santmyers, Harvey P. Baxter, and Cafritz Construction, which is why the area is so rich and diverse in its designs. From bungalows to brick colonials, cape cods to tutors, you can find a unique blend of architectural styles. Plus, over the years, tenants have renovated and expanded to personalize their homes, adding a piece of themselves to the neighborhood’s history.

Delicious Cuisine

Residents of AU Park don’t have to go far for a good meal, as there are a plethora of new hotspots in Spring Valley, which is an easy walk from AU Park. Enjoy Baja-style fare on a beautiful (and dog-friendly) patio at Millie’s. Savor Pizzeria Paradiso’s Italian food and craft beer. Head to Compass Coffee if you need to start your morning off right or are looking for an afternoon pick-me-up. The possibilities are endless.

If you’d like to find out more about dreamy American University Park real estate and Washington D.C. real estate, get in touch with me today. It would be my pleasure to answer any questions you have and guide you through the home buying process.

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