Cathedral Heights

A picturesque suburban neighborhood minutes from downtown DC.

Welcome to Cathedral Heights

A picturesque suburban neighborhood minutes from downtown DC.

This picturesque community located in the northwest quadrant of Washington, DC, is known for its peaceful streets and neighborly atmosphere. Residents are a mix of young professionals, families, and retirees, and the neighborhood offers Tudor and Cape Cod-style homes, apartment complexes, and new luxury home developments. Downtown DC and the National Mall are just 15 minutes away by car or public transport, and the National Cathedral is just outside the neighborhood limits. There are major green spaces in this area as well, so if you are looking to live close to nature, Cathedral Heights is for you. 

What to Love

  • Central location ideal for families and students.
  • Peaceful suburban neighborhood.
  • Fantastic list of acclaimed restaurants.

Local Lifestyle 

This small, affluent community is a perfect place to live if you’re looking for single-family homes with nice-sized yards. The suburban, tree-lined streets are appealing to residents who seek a break from city living but enjoy quality dining, shopping, and outdoor activities. The area is close to American University and provides housing options for serious college students in a quiet neighborhood. While Cathedral Heights is a bit outside of the downtown area, there are plenty of things to do in this beautiful neighborhood. 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Every neighborhood has its popular haunts that are frequented by regulars and “out of towners” alike. Cathedral Heights is no exception. While the neighborhood is a bit off the beaten path, their restaurants are worth the trip from downtown DC. Famous for their pizza, 2 Amys is an Italian lover’s paradise. Their menu is extensive, offering everything from your classic Neapolitan pizza to expensive bottles of wine. If you’re looking for more wine options, head over to Barcelona Wine Bar, a warm and inviting tapas restaurant inspired by Spain. They focus on clean and local ingredients and small plates, artfully created by award-winning chefs. 
Cactus Cantina serves the best Tex-Mex in the area and resembles an authentic cantina. They can host more than 300 guests in their space and also offer Cuban, Spanish, and South American dishes. Jettie’s Sandwich Shop is another community staple in Cathedral Heights. They’re known for their signature artisanal sandwiches piled high with ingredients and their laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Jettie’s also offers fantastic catering and has been a local favorite for over 15 years. 

Things to Do 

There are plenty of things to do in Cathedral Heights. Whether you’re looking to spend a day exploring the neighborhood or planning for special local events, Cathedral Heights is buzzing with activity. Go for a run or a hike in the magical 183-acre Glover Archbold Park, visit the Flower Mart Festival on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, and take a stroll through the Newark Street Community Gardens, a 220-plot garden with the backdrop of the National Cathedral. The gardens encourage residents to sustainably grow their own produce and offer opportunities to give back to the community. 
The Cathedral Heights community comes together each holiday season for the Joy of Christmas Concert at the National Cathedral. It’s DC’s favorite musical tradition and festive sing-a-long, led by the Cathedral Choral Society. 


There are several high-achieving schools in the Cathedral Heights district. A few include:

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