Community Spotlight: American University Park

David Hatef

American University Park

With tight-knit colonial homes and relaxed suburban living, American University Park (AU Park) provides its residents with a sense of togetherness. This community is surrounded by great schools, recreational areas, restaurants and retail locations, and ease of transportation with the Metro Red line and bus routes within walking distance.

The AU Park Lifestyle

This neighborhood community is positioned in Washington, D.C next to the famous university; which AU Park is named after. Though AU Park encompasses a few college buildings, this neighborhood is mainly a residential area for many different age groups. Several residents have strong roots within the AU Park community dating back to many generations. However, it is common to see younger families beginning their roots in the community.

With quaint colonial homes mirroring each side of the streets, residents ensure for a peaceful and laid-back environment. The homes are small, the lawns and yards are connected with neighbors, and it is quite common to see residents outside socializing and enjoying the suburban atmosphere. Residents are given a sense of security and familiarity with their close-by neighbors. Though the homes may be small, the community bonds between residents are enormous.

Residents that live here range from professors, to lawyers, to federal employees, etc. Neighbors are typically highly educated, younger families that have moved to the area to enjoy suburban living. Homes within the community range from $700,000 to over $1 million properties. As this neighborhood is highly desired by potential homebuyers, properties in AU Park generally do not stay on the market for more than a week or two.

Recreation, Schools, and Transportation

Friendship Park (also called Turtle Park) offers recreational areas for a children’s playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, and areas for baseball. For children, there is a vast assortment of both private and public schools. From private schools and public schools including Horace Mann Elementary, Janney Elementary, Deal Middle School, and Wilson High School, there are many options to choose from in the area.

Within walking distance along Massachusetts Avenue, the Spring Valley Shopping Center provides a variety of retail locations for shopping and eateries. On Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown, a diverse set of restaurants and cafes are positioned on the local street. Various retail locations including a tailor, electronics store, hardware store, etc. are found in Tenleytown.

​​​​​​​As the neighborhood is located within the District’s borders, residents can appreciate both suburban living while enjoying the access to convenience of the major city of D.C. AU Park is situated near the Tenleytown-AU stop and Friendship Heights stop on the Metro Red line. This metro station connects residents to all major stops within the Washington, D.C. area. In addition, the Metrobus routes also serve the surrounding areas of the community. Commuting to work, visiting museums and monuments, and enjoying all of Washington D.C.’s amenities is within walking distance from AU Park.


AU Park offers an amazing suburban neighborhood for younger families and older generations to enjoy. Access to public schools, recreational areas, and various retail locations within walking distance, makes this community a highly sought-after neighborhood. On the perimeter, Metro train and bus stops are available to connect residents to the capital city. If you’re looking for quiet suburban living, while being able to enjoy all that Washington, D.C. has to offer, American University Park is your destination.


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