Deanwood, a two-square-mile community perched on the northeastern fringes of D.C. is one of the district’s oldest and historically rich neighborhoods. Tree-lined streets with small wooden cottages and two-story brick houses give it an adorable small-town character permeated by serenity and dignity, both for nature and the community. Recently, revitalization efforts have made Deanwood a more attractive and more comfortable place to live, with new housing, retail and office space marking a period of exciting change to all its residents.

The Great Streets Initiative

Over the past few years, a strategic plan for Deanwood has been in the works, focusing on providing a framework for attracting private and public investment to facilitate mixed-use development, offering new job, housing and retail opportunities along Nannie Hellen Burroughs Avenue, Sheriff Road, Dix Street, and Division and Minnesota Avenues. Nannie Hellen Burroughs Avenue was the first in line for improvement, with public amenities, street lights and redesigned traffic infrastructure introduced in 2012.

In May 2013, the Nannie Hellen at 4800 was opened, providing 70 apartment units and 1,790 square feet of retail and restaurant space, giving the neighborhood a much needed boost in retail development. In the following years, more commercial space is coming, and a Safeway supermarket on 40th Street isn’t far off either.

Settling Down in Deanwood

Deanwood is probably best known for the laid-back and somewhat rural feel. Plenty of green space is available for outdoor recreation, and the Marvin Gaye Park boasts well-maintained walking and cycling paths. The Deanwood Community Center and Library provide ample opportunity for social gatherings and entertainment, while the flashy new Deanwood Recreation Center has a beautiful workout room, a large playing field and even a well-equipped playground for kids.

The laid-back lifestyle is tempting to those looking for peace and quiet, and with the neighborhood still being pretty much under the radar, housing is cheap. It’s one of the few places in D.C. where you can still find a detached family house for under $50,000. Most of the properties on the market are small detached houses, but a number of duplexes and row houses are available as well. The range of apartments is limited, but it’s likely to change, as the pace of development picks up.

It may not have flashy retailers or a bustling entertainment scene, but Deanwood has its own peculiar country feel, despite being a part of D.C. With the metro station no more than a 10 minute walk away from any part in the area, getting to the center of the city is a breeze. Combine that with the incredibly low housing prices and the upcoming development plans for the area, and you’ve found a great opportunity in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

Nannie Helen Burroughs streetscape enhancements - $10M

Increase in home closing prices (2012–2013)2 - 14%

SF of additional retail demand - 55K

Marvin Gaye Park renovations completed in 2010 - $2.4M


 Source : Neighborhood Profiles: 2014 Edition. (2014, February 17). Washington, DC Economic Partnership, Retrieved from



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