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Mild, Mild West

Demographics

Population: 18,708
Percent Black: 5
Percent White: 81
Percent Hispanic: 6.2
Percent Foreign-Born: 20
Percent Children: 13
Poverty Rate: 7.2 percent
2005 Median Home Sale Price: $977,058
2007 Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents: 0.5
2007 Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents: 11

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Touchstone

Foxhall and Palisades are home to two of the Districts rare instances of cul-de-sacsDexter Place NW, near 44th Street NW, and Fulton Street NW, off Dana Place NW. The latter is a classic cul, with houses spoked off a circle; the former is kind of tear-drop shaped.

More Touchstones

Palisades, Spring Valley, Wesley Heights, Senate Heights, Foxhall, Foxhall Village
There's a July 4th parade every year along MacArthur that rivals any small town's. It's enough to make you forget you're in the District. Which, frankly, is the point of living here.
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

Arbitrary Rankings

Kid-Friendliness: 8

Low crime, friendly neighbors, an elementary school (Francis Scott Key Elementary) so good that east-of-the-park gentrifiers could only dream of having their kids waitlisted there.

Housing: 6

If you have to ask 1-bedroom condos in the less-desirable toe of Palisades, down by the Georgetown Reservoir, will run you mid-$300s or so. Houses in the rest of the region? Pick any single- or double-digit number you like and write six zeros after it. Play your cards right and youll be living near someone really powerful, or at least Starland Vocal Band mastermind Bill Danoff.

Eats: 4

Theres BlackSalt, Jeff and Barbara Blacks sustainable seafood restaurant on MacArthur; Makoto, home to some of the most expensive sushi in town; and Kotobuki, home to some of the cheapest, just upstairs. Mediocre (though above-average for D.C.) pizza at Palisades Pizzeria & Clam Bar and Listranis.

Consumer Goods: 4

Well, theres a Safeway, and a kickass wine shop (Addy Bassins, which also trades in Bordeaux futures). More intriguing, though, is Ann Hand, jeweler to the famous-for-Washington, perhaps the only remaining place in the country that boasts about having Phyllis George as a customer. This is one place west of Rock Creek Park that has a legitimate gripe about being commercially underserved.

Nightlife and Culture: 1

You want nightlife? Go to Georgetown.

Intangibles: 5

Neighbors wave when driving down the street. You can sled in Battery Kemble (if it ever snows enough). At Dalecarlia Reservoir, hikers and cyclists can hop on the Capital Crescent Trail. And this year, Teddy Roosevelt will get the respect he is denied at Nationals Park, when he serves as grand marshal of the Palisades Parade.

Mild, Mild West in the City Paper Archives

Just the Artifacts, Ma'am
The Palisades Museum of Prehistory houses 5,000-year-old stone tools, pottery sherds, and arrowheads, as well as evidence of how the first Washingtonians relaxed after hunting and gathering: Jacuzzi.

Palisades

Just the Artifacts, Ma'am
The Palisades Museum of Prehistory houses 5,000-year-old stone tools, pottery sherds, and arrowheads, as well as evidence of how the first Washingtonians relaxed after hunting and gathering: Jacuzzi.

Spring Valley

Wesley Heights

Foxhall

Miss Manor
In the dispute over a planned mayoral mansion, everyone was talking—Foxhall residents, Park Service officials, D.C. councilmembers. Everyone, that is, except for the woman who was paying for it.

Foxhall Village

Price Pick of the Week
Celebrating the District’s Real-Estate Boom

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