Tenleytown History and Fun Facts

Film at Mural at Han Cleaners 4425 Wisc.

Location – “upper nw” center is where River Rd meets Wisconsin. Tenleytown Borders are Chesapeake to the north, Van Ness to the south – eastern side is at 39th / Nebraska and 43rd on the west. It’s between AU Park to the west and is often paired together. Where Tenleytown is more commercial with some residential, AU Park is mostly residential with a sprinkling of shopping and restaurants.

Tenleytown is a pretty small pocket, by my estimates runs 8-10 blocks north south and 4 blocks east west. Tons of history and tons of commercial/restaurant space
Serviced by Red line metro


Named after John Tennally, who had a tavern in the neighborhood. It was a rural part of DC, not considered in the city but the burbs, even though not much of DC was a battleground.

Housed union soldiers were here protecting DC from the Civil War.

In the late 1800’s, Tenleytown began to develop and the streetcar came to connect the residents with downtown.

Did you know

DC’s highest point in the city is in Tenleytown – a whopping 426 feet above sea level

In 2016, a group formed called Tenleytown Main Street to encourage and support the local businesses. They host events including the Winterfest

Real Estate

Not a lot of homes here, but there are a mix of apartments, condos and houses – both rowhomes and single families.

  • 1 BD Condo – $400’s and up
  • Rowhomes & Single family – $1M up to $3M’s



  • Shopping – Whole Foods, Target, Container Store
  • Library
  • DPR Parks – Tennis


  • Sullivans Toys
  • Georgetown Pediatrics in 4200 Wisconsin
  • Janney Elementary
  • Wilson High School – Aquatic Center


Because it’s such a small area, I can’t point you to any dog-friendly activities or parks here.
One of the city’s regular / emergency vets is in Tenleytown, however, as a longtime animal lover and founder of ECCR, my experiences here aren’t what I would want for my pets. I have plenty of other fantastic vet recommendations.