Woodley Park is a neighborhood in Northwest, Washington, DC that straddles Connecticut Avenue south of the National Zoo. The area was named after Woodley House, built by Phillip Barton Key (the Uncle of Francis Scott Key) in 1801. It is a neighborhood of fine early 20th-century row houses, built in the hope that this boulevard would be lined with elegant homes. Modern-day Connecticut Avenue, north of the small Woodley Park historic district, however, is now mostly filled with high rise apartment houses. The city’s height limitation restricts these buildings to no more than eight stories, but they are high-rise by Washington standards.
The eastern part of the neighborhood overhangs Rock Creek Park, and the western part leads to the site of Washington National Cathedral. The rows of beautifully designed homes have been carefully preserved and have shown little change in nearly a century. The bustle of Connecticut Avenue is always just around the corner, but the residential streets remain serene and green.
Former row houses on Connecticut Avenue have been converted into commercial properties, such as restaurants, offices and retail shops. There are many chains, like Chipotle, McDonald’s and CVS, but many fine local restaurants and shops have taken up there too. Two large hotels are located on Calvert Street (the Omni Shoreham Hotel) and Woodley Road (the Marriott Wardman Park hotel). At night, the place is a hive of activity. Catching a shuttle bus (The Circulator) from the Metro stop (Woodley Park/Adams Morgan) takes you straight to the heart of Adams Morgan and the U Street Corridor.