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Chevy Chase, MD

A comprehensive guide to this ideal, walkable neighborhood.

Top Things You Need to Know About Chevy Chase

In this guide, you’ll get a general feel for the neighborhood, get to know the community, and learn why people choose Chevy Chase over other communities in the D.C. area.

We’ll highlight locals’ favorite things to do in the neighborhood from unique restaurant experiences, to shopping, outdoor activities, seasonal events, and more.

 

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The Neighborhood

Chevy Chase at a Glance

This picturesque, quiet suburb that borders Washington, D.C. provides the best of residential life with easy access to many urban amenities. With approximately 9,000 residents, Chevy Chase offers a small-town feel just a few miles from the multitude of trendy food and retail options in NW Washington, D.C., Silver Spring and Bethesda.

The neighborhood is a blend of quaint streets mixed with newer, urban developments. From unique restaurants and shopping to local events and outdoor activities, Chevy Chase is perfectly situated to give its residents the best of both suburban and city living.



Getting Around

You'll hear it over and over again: location, location, location.

Chevy Chase is ideally situated close to Bethesda and NW Washington, D.C. But more importantly, these places are easily accessible to residents through a multitude of transportation options. Whether it's your commute to work or for an afternoon activity, you'll be glad you have the opportunity to ditch your car for alternative transit.

One of the easiest and most convenient ways to travel car-free is the D.C. Metro. The future Purple Line will include a station right in Chevy Chase, on Connecticut Avenue, and will span from Bethesda to past College Park. The Red Line of the Metro currently has several stations near the Chevy Chase neighborhood, including Friendship Heights and Bethesda.

Residents in Chevy Chase also have access to alternate modes of transportation, including Capital Bikeshare and buses, making Chevy Chase a commuter-friendly town.

If You Love The Classics

Get to know the tried & true restaurants that locals frequent

Every neighborhood has a few go-to favorites. These won’t steer you wrong.

  • Macon Bistro & Larder - A great spot if you’re craving Southern comfort food – make sure to try the biscuits!
  • The Capital Grille - A local favorite for date night. This romantic dinner spot is an upscale restaurant with specialties including both steak and seafood. 
  • Clyde's of Chevy Chase - Offering a wide variety of ever-changing classic American dishes, there’s something for everyone here.

If You're Looking for Something Different

Discover some of Chevy Chase's most unique places to eat - and play

Sometimes you need a change of pace. These restaurants think outside the box.

  • Sushiko Chevy Chase – One of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants, this upscale sushi restaurant offers a variety of unique dishes and several seasonal tasting menus that you won’t want to miss.
  • Comet Ping Pong – This charming and rustic restaurant isn’t just known for its delicious pizza, but its array of ping pong tables set up inside. It also triples as a live music venue, where both local and popular bands come to perform.
  • Chef Tony’s – They do seafood right. Their menu is an eclectic mix of fresh seafood and Mediterranean dishes. Serving tapas-style, it’s a perfect choice for groups.

If You Enjoy Happy Hour Deals

Get the inside scoop on the best happy hour spots near Chevy Chase

Whether you’re meeting coworkers or friends, these happy hour spots offer the best deals in town

  • Passionfish – Locals’ best kept secret, this upscale restaurant is known for its Happy Hour deals as well as its extensive brunch menu. With $5 dishes and drink specials, it might be your new favorite after-work destination.
  • Lia’s – This neighborhood gem offers some of the best happy hour deals. Wednesday – Sunday, from 3pm – 7pm, and Monday – Tuesday all day, diners can enjoy half-priced burgers, $4 off all pizzas, $7 glasses of wine, & more.
  • Villain & Saint – With a cool, casual, dive bar vibe, this spot offers a mix of cheap drinks, live music, and an overall fun atmosphere.

If You Love Shopping

You'll want to take advantage of the upscale shopping scene in Chevy Chase. 

Not only will you have access to the shopping in downtown Bethesda and Washington, D.C., but you'll be impressed by the many places to shop close to home in Chevy Chase. 

 

If you’re looking for trendy, elegant stores, The Shops at Wisconsin Place is the place to go. Easily accessible by Metro, this center features shops like Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Talbots, and MAC Cosmetics.

 

Wander a little further down the road from The Shops at Wisconsin Place and you’ll find even more high end shopping and dining, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. The Mazza Gallerie on Wisconsin Avenue includes both upscale retail as well as an AMC Theaters.

 

Looking for even more shopping? The Chevy Chase Pavilion  includes stores like Old Navy, H&M, and J. Crew, as well as dining options such as World Market, The Cheesecake Factory, and Starbucks.

 

Being close to so much retail may not be great for your wallet, but it's hard to beat the convenience and variety of upscale shopping that Chevy Chase offers. 

If You Love Being Active

Chevy Chase is conveniently located minutes from bustling cities, but still offers plenty for those who love the outdoors. 

Chevy Chase is known for being picturesque, mainly because of its impressive amount of greenery. From parks to trails to wooded areas, Chevy Chase has a lot to offer residents who love the outdoors.

 

One of the most popular trails in Montgomery County, the Capital Crescent Trail, stretches from Georgetown, D.C. to Silver Spring, MD and has an entrance in Chevy Chase right off of Connecticut Avenue (currently under construction). Passing through downtown Bethesda, the trail is frequented by bikers, walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers of all ages.

 

Another popular area for active Chevy Chase residents is Rock Creek Park, which offers 1,800 acres of beautiful woods, trails, and creeks. There is plenty to do in Rock Creek Park, including biking or hiking on 32 miles of trails, golfing, playing tennis, or horseback riding. You will also find boating centers for kayaking or canoeing, playgrounds, and places to have a scenic picnic. 

 

Residents of Chevy Chase get the best of both worlds: proximity to bustling D.C. and the quiet, natural beauty of a suburban town. 

If You Love Historical Sites 

Chevy Chase certainly has its place in the rich history of Montgomery County. 

Take a glimpse into the past by visiting some of these popular historical sites. 

 

The Avalon Theatre has been a community staple since 1923. Take part in the theatre’s long history by catching an international or independent movie, attending a film festival, or taking advantage of one of its special programs.

 

The Audubon Naturalist Society, founded in 1897, has its headquarters in Chevy Chase. Visit the Woodend Sanctuary for beautiful trails and gardens, educational programs, and the Woodend Mansion, one of the last grand old estates in the county.

 

Just down Connecticut Avenue, you'll find Antique Row, a street lined with antique shops, galleries, and dining. If you're looking for one-of-a-kind art, furniture, or memorabilia, you'll find no shortage in these small specialty shops.

 

Immerse yourself in the neighborhood's rich history and see some of the sites that have been around for decades. 


If You Love Local Events

Check out these can't-miss seasonal events and local attractions near Chevy Chase.  

The Annual Labor Day Parade in nearby Kensington is a local tradition that has been celebrated by the community for over 50 years. In addition to the parade, people from all over the area come for food, music, games, and other fun activities. 

 

Chevy Chase is ideally situated if you enjoy fresh, local produce. There are tons of farmers' markets nearby, but one popular market right in Chevy Chase is Norman's. It's a convenient roadside farmer's market that is frequented by residents. 

 

An absolute must-see around the holidays is the breathtaking display at the Festival of Lights. From late November through New Year's Eve, the Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple decorates its expansive grounds with thousands of Christmas lights, and is open to visitors of all ages. 

 

Chevy Chase has a strong and active community. Join your neighbors at some of the most popular local attractions and events. 

In Niche’s 2019 Best Places to Live in Maryland list, Chevy Chase ranked 8th with an A+ rating overall, rating the city based on its incredible opportunities, public transportation, and safety.

"Reducing the commuter time gives me an hour to do other things that I want to do in life. Going for a bike ride on one of the local trails, or just doing a jog around the neighborhood."

          - Clyde, The Brownstones at Chevy Chase Lake homeowner

Plus, with ample trails, parks and outdoor activities, your four-legged family members will also love Chevy Chase. 

"And my dogs met many more friends in this neighborhood too!"

          - Monique, The Brownstones at Chevy Chase Lake homeowner 

 

We hope you find this guide to be a helpful resource. Please note that this guide has been prepared for informational purposes only and nothing contained in this guide constitutes a representation or warranty by EYA LLC, EYA Marketing LLC, or any affiliate of EYA, LLC.

EYA LLC, through its various development affiliates, builds and sells homes in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In no event shall this guide be deemed part of any sales agreement entered into for the sale and purchase of a home.

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