Welcome to Hillcrest
The secret D.C. jewel with enviable homes and a purely residential atmosphere
Among verdant hills and oak-lined suburban streets, the bucolic neighborhood of Hillcrests lies southeast of the Anacostia River and is known as one of D.C.’s hidden gems. Entirely residential, elevations in Hillcrest can range upwards of 300ft and consequently, it serves as one of the highest points in the D.C. area. Because of its landscape and lack of commercial development, homes in this well-manicured neighborhood have the advantage of some of the best views of the Capitol. Hillcrest is located to the west of Pennsylvania Avenue, and its residents have quick access to this major artery of D.C.
Hillcrest’s architecture is varied, and the abundance of distinct architectural styles and grand homes makes it comparable to renowned affluent neighborhoods like Cleveland Park. However, one of the most appealing facets of Hillcrest is that you can get top-tier homes for much better prices thanks to its relative anonymity.
Set behind expansive front yards, all lovingly tended, you’ll find the ornate exposed timber and white stucco walls of gorgeous Tudor revival homes, the symmetrical and regal facades of mid-Atlantic colonial revival houses, the stately brick presence and Grecian columns of majestic Federal revival homes, and the sweeping covered porches and low-pitched roofs of historic Craftsman-style bungalows. As many homes in the neighborhood draw closer to their centennial anniversary, there’s a growing likelihood that Hillcrest will soon be a designated historical area.
What to Love
- A community dedicated to preserving its friendly neighborhood feel
- Quick commute to downtown D.C. with access to the city’s great shopping and dining scenes
- Incredibly mixed architectural styles and beautiful, palatial homes
People & Lifestyle
Located minutes from Capitol Hill, Hillcrest is an ideal escape for those who don’t mind a short commute and crave the quiet serenity of a true suburban experience. Since it’s strictly residential, Hillcrest doesn’t crowd its streets with commercial businesses or unnecessary developments.
While outsiders might consider this a drawback, locals know that part of Hillcrest’s quaint personality is its unique juxtaposition between urban and suburban. After all, while Hillcrest might be residential, it’s still nested within one of the largest 50 cities in the entire United States and has all of the conveniences of urban living without any of the hassles. In fact, Hillcrest’s desirable location and housing have drawn in several notable state and national politicians who all agree on the luxury of living in an area like Hillcrest.
This is a neighborhood with a charm that feels authentic, not manufactured, and the community’s warmth is palpable among its rows of friendly houses and cheerful tenants. It’s the kind of place where front porches become gathering spots for sunny afternoons, backyards host frequent neighborhood BBQs, and neighbors become quick friends. The homes here are largely single-family dwellings, but Hillcrest is also becoming quite popular with young professionals hoping to take advantage of lower price points, less crowding, and larger plots of land.
Things to Do
It’s a common misconception that Hillcrest residents miss out on activity and entertainment simply because the area is residential. In addition to being within 20 minutes of some of D.C.’s most incredible shopping and dining districts, Hillcrest offers community amenities and fun at locations like The Hillcrest Recreation Center and Francis A. Gregory Library designed by Sir David Adjaye. The same architect that designed the African American Museum. It is a neighborhood hub and a stunning addition to the neighborhood.
Right in the heart of the neighborhood, the rec center has one of the only outdoor putting greens for golf and tennis courts. The outer facility also features a playground, community garden, walking trail, shaded pavilions, and outdoor workout equipment. Inside, you’ll find a gymnasium, fitness room, multi-purpose rooms, computer lab, and an arts and craft space for the kids.
Looking for a way to connect with others? Join the annual garden tour—it’s been running two decades strong—and see your neighbors’ commitment to cultivating beauty in the neighborhood.