Gorgeous lusciously green neighborhood offering suburban calm within easy reach of downtown D.C.
WELCOME TO FOREST HILLS
Forest Hills is as rich in foliage as this Washington neighborhood’s idyllic name suggests. The area offers suburban calm with easy access to other areas of D.C. via the nearby Van Ness Metro station, as well as a diverse population drawn to the law school and embassies housed within the neighborhood’s vicinity. Forest Hills provides many outdoor recreation activities that you would expect from essentially living within a forest, while also being within walking distance of popular businesses on Connecticut Avenue.
With 15,000 residents and 15,000 employed at local institutions including Howard University’s Law School and the embassies of the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, Forest Hills residents are a mix of those who commute into other areas of D.C. and those who both live and work locally. Coupled with Forest Hills’ easy walkability, the neighborhood’s self-contained nature fosters a charming sense of community.
FOREST HILLS REAL ESTATE INSIGHTS
Forest Hills offers an eclectic mix of architecture, from large estate houses dating back to the early 1900s to contemporary homes designed by renowned architects. Many houses are tucked away behind the trees which gives this picturesque neighborhood its name.
The median sales price of Forest Hills’ homes is $585,000 and holds an average price per square foot of $530, a figure which has increased by 2% over the past year.
PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE
Forest Hills residents enjoy a variety of events in the area, from black tie galas at the Dutch and Czech embassies to the family-friendly annual Halloween parade. Many residents work in the neighborhood’s highly-regarded educational institutions, including Howard University’s law school, the Levine School of Music, and the excellent private college preparatory Edward Burke school. Forest Hills has the benefit of being a tight-knit community while also including a diverse mix of residents, with the embassies lending the neighborhood an international flair. Famous former Forest Hills residents includes Presidents Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson.
The stretch of Connecticut Avenue that runs through Forest Hills includes delectable restaurants. Soapstone Market is a trendy new grocery, sandwich, and coffee shop offering a wide variety of delicious fresh food and produce. Sfoglina is a popular new Italian restaurant with a casual yet stylish flair, serving pasta rolled on-site by its artisan chef according to traditional Italian techniques passed down through generations. Forest Hills is also within walking distance of Politics and Prose, widely regarded as one of the nation’s finest independent bookstores, with weekly events bringing authors to the store.
The elegant Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is a popular historic attraction, housing a spectacular collection of Faberge eggs and other decorative objects curated by philanthropist and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Beautiful Rock Creek Park lies within Forest Hills, offering trails for hiking, cycling and equestrian pursuits. Riders can also utilize the Rock Park Creek Horse Center, while other residents enjoy the golf course and a tennis stadium, which has hosted professional tournaments. Rock Creek Park is known for the beautiful bridges which span the creek, as well as cultural exhibits such as Pierce Mill. The 1754-acre park was only the third site to be designated a national park by the United States’ government.
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