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Curbed Cup 1st round: (3) Tenleytown vs. (14) Chevy Chase

Which neighborhood should advance? Cast your vote now!

A single-family home in Chevy Chase
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Tenleytown

The Cityline Building in Tenleytown
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Despite housing American University, Tenleytown is known for being relatively quiet as a residential neighborhood with ambassador’s residences tucked away and access to a range of homes from bungalows to duplexes.

When it comes to the retail, the neighborhood lags behind nearby neighborhoods like Cleveland Park and Bethesda. There are options like Whole Foods, Starbucks, and restaurants like Guapo’s, though.

Residents and tourists can also discover the city’s tiniest historic neighborhood, Grant Road, measuring only 33 feet wide.

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library
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Next up is Chevy Chase, a quiet residential neighborhood home to celebrities like Washington Capitals Defenseman John Carlson and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Here, there are a range of housing options from renovated single-family homes to luxury apartments.

There is also a large park with a playground, tennis courts, and a small amphitheater. There are also retail options, but only really on a three-block stretch of Connecticut Avenue NW.

According to a RadPad report published in August of this year, Chevy Chase has one of the least income-impacted ZIP codes in the city (i.e., 20015) with renters spending a median of 20 percent of their salaries on rent.