Crestwood (Washington, D.C.)

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Map of Washington, D.C., with Crestwood highlighted in maroon.

Crestwood is an entirely residential neighborhood located in Northwest Washington, D.C. and bordered on three sides by Rock Creek Park. Heading north from the White House on 16th Street, Crestwood is among the first neighborhoods that features single-family homes with larger lawns. It has lots of mature trees, and it is not uncommon to see deer and other wildlife from the park crossing the streets there.

Years ago, Crestwood was sometimes known to be part of the "Gold Coast", an enclave of neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., known as a haven for affluent African American professionals; although, that name was considered demeaning and offensive to some people who resided in these neighborhoods. Today, Crestwood is a very diverse neighborhood, and its residents include all races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations. It is home to older people who have lived there for decades, as well as newer young families. [1][2]

Just to the north, residents can take advantage of the Carter Barron Amphitheatre and William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center. The amphitheatre once hosted concerts and free cultural events during the spring and summer, and the Citi Open tennis tournament is played at the Tennis Center next door. Crestwood is centrally located on 16th Street, being about fifteen minutes by car from both the K Street business district and downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.

The closest Metro stations are Georgia Avenue-Petworth and Columbia Heights on the Green Line and Van Ness-UDC on the Red Line. Buses run regularly on 16th Street to Silver Spring to the north and government offices, downtown stores and the National Mall to the south.


  1. ^ Reinink, Amy (March 25, 2011). "Where We Live: Crestwood". Washington Post. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ Jones, Marvin. "Oral Histories from the Gold Coast and the Upper 16th Street Communities". DC Digital Museum. Chowan Discovery Group. Retrieved 4 November 2018.

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Coordinates: 38°56′29″N 77°02′27″W / 38.9413°N 77.0408°W / 38.9413; -77.0408