Cathedral Heights

Historical Neighborhood with a Contemporary Lifestyle
Cathedral Heights is a historical neighborhood with an easy commute, convenient accessibility and great restaurants and bars. With the theme of history, this neighborhood has learned to embrace a more contemporary lifestyle with hang out spots like Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar or fitness opportunities like YogaFusion.

Reviewers note that it's very popular for people associated with American University and has a nice, quiet feel to it. Safety was rated 10/10 here and it's a nice break from the big city feel without actually being too far removed.
What Cathedral Heights Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.0
value
7.5
amenities
6.0
social
6.0
management
7.0
safety
10
Median rents in Cathedral Heights
Studio
$
1,495
1 Bedroom
$
1,770
2 Bedroom
$
2,650

Living in
Cathedral Heights

Proximity To Amenities
Suburban Feel
Convenient Commute
Safe
Walkable
Developing
Good Amount Of Parking Space
Easy Accessibility
Cathedral Heights — 7.4/10 Rating (based on 26 neighborhood reviews)
Relatively peaceful, quiet, and green neighborhood that’s not too far away from the bustling and louder college residences or town markets. Very walkable, close to the wooden trail, and easy access to transit.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Idaho Terrace
I went into this a bit on my apartment review. I love living in an actual neighborhood. There's always kids and dogs running around so it feel super safe. I like the front yards, trees, and gardens - definitely doesn't give off the "concrete jungle" vibe. There's not a lot of traffic noise and everything is pretty well maintained. There's some gorgeous Embassies near by which are stunning to look at. Great area for jogging (if you're into that) and right by American without feeling like you live in a dorm.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Alto Towers
It seems like if you live or work at AU, this is a great neighborhood for you. Also if you work on the N2/N4/N6 route and want to be sort of tucked-back into the semi-suburbs but won't be bothered by college kids, it's also a great neighborhood for that. Mass Ave South of campus is basically all apartments for a few blocks so that really is the neighborhood. Not that it's not a great neighborhood if you're not involved with AU, but since I went there, most of the people I know around here are affiliated with the school.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Berkshire
Cathedral Heights is a great neighborhood. It is close to a variety of bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and other useful resources. It is serviced by a variety of bus lines, but not any metro stops.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Alban Towers
Because I've only been here during the pandemic I can't talk on the neighborhood too much, but everything is very walkable and has great restaurants and such.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Greenbriar
It's very quiet. If you're looking for more of a night life and action this probably isn't the neighborhood for you
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Greenbriar
It’s a nice, mainly residential neighborhood, by the National Cathedral. Many prominent figures (Madeline Albright, Tony Fauci, etc) live around here, people walk their dogs a lot or jog/bike, and there are restaurants and stores around. It’s a nice and mostly quiet neighborhood to live in and, again, right by AU.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon at Foxhall
It is a great neighborhood if you are going to American University, a short walk or bus ride to campus. They are starting to add more restaurants and shops nearby and its great that the new Giant and CVS opened by the Cathedral. If you have a car, you can certainly find parking and get to everything quickly.
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4
/10
Neighborhood Rating
4200 cathedral avenue nw
Nice suburban feel in the city. Definitely a safer place than most and generally convenient to other places with enough bus routes. In addition, there's never a problem with food as a nice walk around to a eatery is never out of the question.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon at Foxhall
This is a very residential area. It's about 7 minutes to Cathedral Commons, which has a Giant, CVS, some restaurants, and some boutique stores, but it still feels pretty isolated from the rest of DC.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Idaho Terrace
Really safe and easily accessible. Doesn't have metro near by but bus service is good and shuttle stop isn't far. Also is within the safe ride area.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Skyline Towers Apartments
Best neighborhood with several grocery stores around, and school is just 15 mins walking distance away.
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8
/10
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Skyline Towers Apartments
Pretty nice
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8
/10
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Idaho Terrace
A good neighborhood for students at American with most amenities you will need such as grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants. Folks are friendly and it is well-planned with good signage and benches. Good bus access, but at least 20-30 minute walk to the nearest metro stop. If you're looking for residential and quiet, with good access to American University, it's perfect. If you want a busy city-feel with access to downtown DC, look elsewhere.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Idaho Terrace
The neighborhood here is beautiful with lots of trees, places to walk, and access to the Georgetown waterfront. There are a lot of families that live here and elderly people so it's a little farther from some of the night life in D.C. but if you are willing to split a ride with friends or hop on the bus it is very doable.

A note: although the neighborhood is pet friendly, the building does not allow pets.

Overall, it's beautiful here and a nice escape from the craziness of law school life.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Chancery Apartments
Neighborhood is good, direct connections to downtown and Tenley town metro stations. Giant is walking distance as well as few restaurants.
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7
/10
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Chancery Apartments
Cathedral Heights is a fantastic place to live, if you can find someplace you can afford. Populated mostly by single-family housing, the traffic is rarely bad, everywhere is walkable, and access to stores, parks, and other places worth going to is all possible by walking.
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7
/10
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The Berkshire
It’s quiet and made up of mostly retirees and young families. There are some restaurants (including 2Amys!) and the Giant is close and great.
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8
/10
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Chancery Apartments
Good, convince store in bottom of building next to wagshals, and other places, really nice running trails.
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8
/10
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The Towers Condominium
Very safe and lots of new restaurants popping up! Also very dog friendly. Walking distance to Giant.
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10
/10
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Cathedral commons
The neighborhood is right near AU and is residential. Safe, nice walking areas, Glover Park goes right through it. Downside is there is not a lot of restaurants.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Towers Condominium
Super quiet super safe. Not alot going on, it's kind of a trek to Cleveland or Glover park. Great place to live if you want to be by campus and live in the city but be a little bit out of the chaos of the city.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
4000 Massachusetts Avenue Apartments
Pleasant, safe community. But, few restaurants near Ward Circle and just a couple bus lines.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
The Berkshire
Close to campus and a safe neighborhood. Only complaint is lack of a grocery store, and being further from Tenleytown.
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6
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Avalon at Foxhall
Again, perfect for kids and dogs.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Mclean Gardens
Very nice area to live. Close to school.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
4000 Massachusetts Avenue Apartments


Getting to Know
Cathedral Heights

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Wisconsin Ave NW to New Mexico Ave NW
North to South Boundaries: Van Ness St NW to Tunlaw Rd NW
dining
Al Dente
La Piquette
Pizza Boli’s
The Grilled Oyster Company
convenience
Berkshire Food & Drug
CVS Pharmacy
Rite Aid
fitness
Glover Archbold Trail
Pure Barre
Solidcore
Tidal Elite Performance Center
parks
Newark Street Dog Park
coffee
Davenport Coffee Lounge
bus
30S/31/33 (bus)
N2 (bus)
N4 (bus)
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
Cathedral Heights includes zip codes 20016 and 20007
Rent vs Own
33
%
of Cathedral Heights residents are renters
Driving to Work
51
%
of Cathedral Heights residents drive to work
New Construction
5
%
of housing units in Cathedral Heights have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
57
%
<20 units
5
%
20-49 units
37
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
16
%
18 - 34
33
%
35 - 54
24
%
55+
27
%
Unit Mix
6
%
Studio
28
%
1 Bed
20
%
2 Bed
45
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
59
%
Undergrad Student
20
%
Grad Student
5
%
Unemployed
3
%
Retired
13
%

Best Apartments
in Cathedral Heights


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1 Bed $1,665

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1 Bed $1,900
2 Beds $2,995
3 Beds $2,800

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Studio $1,599
1 Bed $1,825
2 Beds $2,800

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1 Bed $1,650

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1 Bed $1,895

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