THE SECOND OLDEST COMMUNITY IN WASHINGTON, Tenleytown overlooks the city from its highest natural point and blends a small-town feel with an array of urban amenities along Wisconsin Avenue. Shopping, Fessenden & Fort Reno Parks, dining at more than 40 restaurants, and top-notch educational institutions are all within walking distance of tree-lined streets and two-story single-family homes. Multi-generational and family-oriented, Tenleytown continues to rank among the District’s most sought-after neighborhoods.



New Retail + Restaurants (2021-22 Openings)

  • Le Kavacha French Bistro
  • Sol Mexican Grill
  • Five Guys (burgers)
  • Maman Joon (Persian)
  • Bare Hair Studio
  • Well & Wonder (yoga)
  • Verified Wines & Fine Spirits
  • Washington Yoga Center

Residential + Commercial Growth

Four significant residential and commercial developments are underway in Tenleytown. City Ridge, Upton Place, Broadcast, and a redevelopment of the former Dancing Crab will bring more than 1,500 new apartments, 300,000 SF of retail, and 160,000 SF of office space. City Ridge, the first project to deliver, has announced tenants including the International Baccalaureate’s Global Centre for the Americas, Industrious, Equinox, King Street Oyster Bar, Taco Bamba, and Tatte Bakery and Cafe as well as DC’s first Wegmans (July 2022 opening). The other development projects will start to deliver in 2023.

To support the District’s housing equity goals and leverage development capacity in the updated Comprehensive Plan, the Office of Planning is also developing the Wisconsin Avenue Development Framework in Tenleytown, with a focus on urban design.


Annual Events

  • Spring: Tenleytown Blossoms, Get Fit at Fessenden
  • Summer: Bastille Day at the Park, Fort Reno Concert Series
  • Fall: Art All Night
  • Winter: Tenley WinterFest

Top Local Industries

18,758 Total Area Employment

  • Educational Services: 34%
  • Health Care & Social Assistance: 11%
  • Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services: 10%