Welcome to another installment of Where We Live. This week we’ll look at Glover Park, a neighborhood that often gets overlooked because of its two loud neighbors: Dupont Circle and Georgetown. But there’s a lot of charm in Glover Park, and it offers residents a perfect balance: living on a quiet, tree-lined street while being just five minutes from restaurants, shops, and attractions. (And, for the record, it seems that no one is quite sure how to pronounce the name of this neighborhood, but it’s actually Glover– rhymes with lover, not clover — Park.)
History: Glover Park gets its name from Charles Carroll Glover (1846-1936), who donated much of the land that became Rock Creek Park and is responsible for the Washington National Cathedral’s construction. Glover Park started developing in the 1920s, with mostly residential rowhouses. The commercial district along Wisconsin Avenue developed in the mid-1930s, attracting corner stores and even a movie theater, while retaining the feeling of a small town. The Glover Park neighborhood was considered upscale compared to the “squalor of Georgetown” during this time, and through the years the neighborhood has preserved its residential nature and small-town character.
Neighborhood Character: The Glover Park neighborhood is primarily residential, with a variety of housing types. There are several original 1920s rowhouses mixed with more modern apartment buildings throughout the neighborhood. Most of the commercial development is along Wisconsin Avenue, with a variety of restaurants and shops. Residents love this mix of city life next to quiet residential streets.
We Love DC author Rebecca has lived in Glover Park for three years, and has this to say, “When you’re on the Wisconsin Ave strip of Glover Park, you feel like you’re in a city. There are shops, restaurants, bars, a gym, hardware store, Whole Foods, Starbucks, etc.–there’s seriously everything I need within a 10 minute walk. When you walk a block off the strip, it’s like you’re in the suburbs. It’s quiet, green, birds are everywhere and everyone is friendly.” Sounds like a pretty ideal balance to me.
‘New Social Safeway Coming Soon to Burleith’
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Transportation: There’s no Metrorail station in Glover Park, but Rebecca insists that the area doesn’t “feel disconnected from the rest of Washington”. The bus system is very strong, with the D2 bus connecting the neighborhood directly with Dupont Circle. The 31, 32, and 36 routes go right up Wisconsin Avenue, and the DC Circulator links the neighborhood to Georgetown, downtown, and Union Station (though only until December 7). Glover Park has its share of Zipcars, and its park-like setting allows for great trail access. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Capitol Crescent Trail and Rock Creek Park.
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What to See: Glover Park isn’t just a residential neighborhood anymore– there’s a lot to see and do in the area:
- Rebecca’s number one pick is Breadsoda. “Bartenders are friendly, they have excellent beer on tap, amazingly tasty sandwiches, WiFi, Wi, a fantastic/eclectic jukebox, shuffleboard, and a really funky, laid back scene.”
- Check out the community gardens that Glover Park residents treasure. Originally planted as victory gardens, the community gardens are still available for residents (though now with a wait list). The gardens attract residents young and old and are a central part of the community identity.
- Glover Park residents have been playing softball for the neighborhood for over 25 years in the city’s only independent neighborhood softball league. Head over to 39th and Calvert to catch a game.
- You have a few more weeks to check out the Glover Park-Burleith Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9-1 across from the Social Safeway. Great fruits and vegetables, flowers, and baked goods (and good people-watching too).
Neighborhood Links: There are a variety of active civic and community groups in Glover Park:
- Glover Park DC is a website and blog managed by Chris Jones, a long-time Glover Park resident. The blog has updates on new neighborhood businesses as well as community events.
- The Glover Park Citizens’ Association has been meeting since 1932 and publishes a monthly Glover Park Gazette that focuses on neighborhood events, rec center programs, and community announcements. Reading through a copy of the Glover Park Gazette really makes you realize how much small town charm this area has.
- Friends of Guy Mason Recreation Center is a civic association that focuses on the needs of the community center. The center offers studio arts classes and children’s programs.
Why We Love Glover Park: It may not be right on top of a Metro station, but Glover Park residents love the balance of quiet residential living and the amenities of a city here. Walking through the beautiful tree-lined streets of Glover Park, you see such a mix of residents: families with kids, young professionals, older residents, you name it. The neighborhood appeals to residents for many different reasons, and it’s not hard to see why Glover Park is a wonderful place to live.
The photos that originally appeared with this entry were removed due to owner objections (see Matt Hurst’s comments, below).