Neighborhood Facts for Cleveland Park, DC

A 1903 Washington Times article called Cleveland Park the “prettiest suburb of Washington,” and touted the virtues of the neighborhood’s fresh country air, elbow room, woods and fields, and peacefulness.

Today, those words still ring remarkably true, with Cleveland Park one of DC’s most coveted locations in which to live.

Named for President Grover Cleveland, who once had a home here, the neighborhood was first called Pretty Prospects and then Rosedale. It dates to the 18th century and was originally a single estate of nearly a thousand acres.

A few buildings still stand from the early days, including Revolutionary War General Urah Forrest’s yellow farmhouse on Newark Street. DC’s oldest house, the site is now a park maintained by the Rosedale Conservancy.

Just before the turn of the 20th century, the city extended the electric streetcar line up Connecticut Avenue making Cleveland Park DC’s earliest “suburb.” You can still see some of the area’s earliest homes on Newark Street, Highland Place, and Macomb.

Cleveland Park is renowned for its wealth of popular late 19th and early 20th-century architecture with most of the single-family homes here were built between 1894 and 1930.

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Rosedale (Uriah Forrest House), 1793. Oldest home in Cleveland Park. || Courtesy of Living Places
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Trowbridge-Badger House, ca. 1886. || Courtesy of Living Places

As you drive along the tree-lined streets you’ll glimpse examples of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Mission Revival, bungalows, Shingle, Dutch Colonial Revival, and Craftsman style homes. There are also some important modern structures from Waldron and Winthrop Faulkner as well as I.M. Pei, the designer of The National Gallery’s East wing.

Most of the homes built during this period are constructed of wood and have incredible decorative details such as turrets, bay windows, decorative brackets, and Georgian porches that still act as neighborhood gathering places. They sit on generous lots and are set well back from the street.

Today, the core of Cleveland Park is still heavily residential and home to many prominent Washingtonians, but there are some apartment buildings as well as mixed commercial developments along its arteries. It is home to the Melvin Hazen Park and Cleveland Park.

Residents here love at-home barbecues and dinner parties, but there are plenty of eateries and casual drinking spots along Connecticut Avenue. Residents are within easy walking distance to the National Zoo, the Washington National Cathedral, and Rock Creek Park’s hiking and cycling trails.

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Home Remodeling in Cleveland Park

Winthorpe Design & Build is a DC area home remodeling firm based in Highland, MD. For nearly 30 years we’ve been designing and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms for homeowners throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and the surrounding areas.

Our full-service specialties include home additions, basement remodels, condo renovations, architectural design services, universal design, whole home renovations, new custom homes and investment property analysis.

Whatever home remodeling project you have in mind for your Cleveland Park home, we’ll help you design and build the space you dream of. Our years of experience are reflected in the many home improvement projects we’ve done throughout the Washington DC metro area.

Kitchen Remodeling in Cleveland Park

It’s been said many times and it’s absolutely true: the kitchen is the heart of the home.

Time and again our clients tell us they want to transform their kitchen into a space that encourages family and friends to gather and celebrate life on a daily basis.

Many older homes that haven’t been updated through the years have cramped kitchens with dated color schemes, chipped or cracked countertops, and scratched cabinets that weren’t designed with today’s modern lifestyle in mind. If you’re getting ready to remodel your Cleveland Park home’s kitchen, it’s important to take the time to carefully plan it out.

Big or small, kitchen remodels represent a big investment, so it’s worth doing some research. Ask family, friends, and colleagues who’ve recently remodeled their kitchens to share their experience.

You can also find inspiration on websites like Houzz and Pinterest. We also recommend pulling images of cabinet styles and color combinations you like from home improvement magazines.

Our comprehensive kitchen remodeling services include:

  • Expert kitchen design
  • Removing walls to open the kitchen to adjoining living areas and the outdoors
  • Guidance in selecting kitchen tile, flooring, countertops, and cabinetry
  • Custom islands and bar tops
  • Casual dining areas
  • Innovative lighting design that adds beauty and functionality
  • Built-in seating, walk-in pantries, and efficient storage
  • Custom cabinetry

If your kitchen remodel includes taking down one or more walls to create an open floor plan, we’ll go over which options are available based on your home’s current structure.

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We’ll also discuss the best layout, which materials most perfectly match your family’s lifestyle, and suggest color schemes and accessories we think you’ll like. Our designers can show you how to mix and match surfaces, textures, and colors as well as the best placement of cabinets and appliances.

When you work with Winthorpe, you enjoy a stress-free experience.

Every one of our kitchen remodels is carefully and creatively planned out. Our designers consider ergonomics, aesthetics, and practicalities, but never compromise on visual appeal.

Our 30 years of experience guides you through the process, ensuring you’ll be happy with for years to come with the decisions you make.

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Home Additions in Cleveland Park

Love your home, but wish it had a much bigger and more modern master suite? Is your family growing and your house shrinking? Or maybe you have aging parents moving in.

Winthorpe Design & Build offers Washington DC area homeowners addition design and construction services that are second to none. From one-level family rooms to two-story combinations with a spacious master suite, we’re experienced in a wide range of home addition designs.

Everyone has a unique reason for adding on. Our experienced designers can show you how to get the most out of the available space you have, working closely with you to ensure your new addition fits both your family’s needs and your vision.

We’ll carefully walk you through the remodeling process, bringing all the details together to ensure a successful home remodeling project.

Here are just a few great ideas for additions:

  • Expanding a cramped space into a gourmet kitchen
  • Creating a large family or media room
  • Adding an upper-level master suite
  • Building an entire second floor on a one-story home
  • Adding a home office or artist’s studio
  • Building a private in-law suite

The possibilities are endless! And throughout the entire home addition process, our goal is to design and build for you a new area that satisfies your needs and adds valuable living space for your family’s enjoyment.

Looking for up-to-the-minute ideas for your new kitchen, bathroom, or home addition? Visit our Houzz featured projects page to explore the possibilities!

We Build Relationships

Winthorpe Design & Build is a family-owned business with nearly 30 years of experience in the Washington DC metro area. We believe that strong relationships are the foundation of every project we do – and they’re what we consider to be our greatest accomplishment.

We’re happy to say that the people we meet as remodeling clients become a part of our family, too!

If you’re a homeowner in Cleveland Park or the surrounding Washington DC metro area interested in a kitchen, bathroom, or other home remodeling project, we invite you to contact us. Together we’ll explore a world of exciting remodeling options that will give you the home you’ve always dreamed of.