Deanwood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington DC, tucked inside the city’s eastern border. It has a rich history of community activism. The Deanwood Citizen’s Association has been serving the community since 1912. India Clark, who purchased her first home in Deanwood earlier this year, appreciates the sense of community and belonging that her neighbors embody.
Deanwood’s sense of community can also be seen in its community garden projects at the Learning Garden (Sheriff Road and 48th Street) and the Lederer Youth Garden (4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue) and its state-of-the-art recreation center and library. A 63,000 square foot facility which boasts a swimming pool, gymnasium, game room, senior services area, music studio, and fitness center.
Deanwood is notable for its small-town character, with wood-frame and brick homes that date from the early 20th century. Several well-known architects, including W. Sidney Pittman and Howard D. Woodson, and many skilled local craftsmen designed and built its homes.
Deanwood and its surrounding neighborhoods are undergoing a powerful revitalization with economic development and environmental sustainability as key components of the resurgence. India agrees, “Deanwood is indeed an up and coming area with new developments and renovation taking place each day. I enjoy living within walking distance of two metro stops (orange and blue) and also being just minutes from the happening H Street.”