Washington | DC
Perfectly located in the heart of Chevy Chase DC, in the desirable Lafayette School District. This truly special home combines classic charm and details with modern updates. Hardwood floors throughout the main and upper levels. A large living room with an abundance of natural light and a gas fireplace welcome you to this beautiful home. The gracious dining room is connected to the gourmet kitchen which follows a spacious deck, ideal for family dinners or receptions. A powder room and a beautiful “atrium” office or sunroom complete this level. Upstairs boasts three large bedrooms and two full baths. From the master bedroom, a stairway leads up to a fully finished attic space that can be used as a fashionista’s dream “walk-up closet”, a studio, an office, or den. The finished lower level offers space for recreational, or guest needs complete with a full bath, laundry/storage area and even a “mudroom/dog washing station” as you exit to the large, fenced backyard. You will also find an auxiliary bonus space (currently set up as a gym/yoga studio) with a private entrance attached to the rear of your own detached garage. Just a few blocks to Rock Creek Park or Lafayette Elementary School and Park with playgrounds, tennis courts and new community center and Broad Branch Market. A truly a special place to live!
Chevy Chase is the name of both a town and an unincorporated census-designated place that straddle the northwest border of Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland. Several settlements in the same area of Montgomery County and one neighborhood of Washington, D.C. include “Chevy Chase” in their names. These villages, the town, and the CDP share a common history and together form a larger community colloquially referred to as “Chevy Chase”. Primarily a residential suburb, Chevy Chase adjoins Friendship Heights, a popular shopping district. It includes the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, which hosts the National Science Bowl annually in either late April or early May.
The name “Chevy Chase” is derived from “Cheivy Chace”, the name of the land patented to Colonel Joseph Belt from Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore on July 10, 1725. It has historic associations to a 1388 battle between Lord Percy of England and Earl Douglas of Scotland, the subject of the ballad entitled “The Ballad of Chevy Chase”. At issue in this “chevauchée” (a French word describing a border raid) were hunting grounds or a “chace” in the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland and Otterburn.
Before 1890, Chevy Chase was unincorporated farmland, during which time Senator Francis G. Newlands of Nevada and his partners began acquiring land in the area, for the purpose of developing a residential streetcar suburb for Washington, D.C. during the expansion of the Washington streetcars system. Newlands and his partners founded The Chevy Chase Land Company in 1890, and its holdings of more than 1,700 acres (6.9 km2) eventually extended along the present-day Connecticut Avenue from Florida Avenue north to Jones Bridge Road. The Chevy Chase Land Company built houses for $5,000 and up on Connecticut Avenue and $3,000 and up on side streets. The company banned all commerce from residential neighborhoods. Leon E. Dessez was Chevy Chase’s first resident. He and Lindley Johnson of Philadelphia designed the first four houses in the area. Lea M. Bouligny founded a school for young women at the Chevy Chase Inn (7100 Connecticut Ave). Changed name to Chevy Chase College and Seminary for Young Ladies and then again to Chevy Chase Junior College in 1927. In 1951, the National 4-H Club Foundation purchased the property. Bouligny died in 1954 and is buried in Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia.
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