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Chevy Chase Commercial Space

Washington, Dc

Chevy Chase at a Glance

The community of Chevy Chase, Maryland is actually comprised of a town, an unincorporated census-designated place and a number of villages—all either named Chevy Chase or including “Chevy Chase” somewhere in their name. The center of town is a bit difficult to pin point, but it’s roughly centered on Connecticut Avenue, just north of the District of Columbia and includes the Washington, D.C. neighborhood Chevy Chase. While predominantly residential, the community is located near Friendship Heights, a popular shopping district on the border of Chevy Chase. Friendship Heights includes several shopping malls, plus additional retail space, restaurants and entertainment establishments. Most of the commercial activity in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of D.C. is centered on Connecticut Avenue NW, which features many commercial and retail establishments as well as residential apartments, a community center and a regional branch of the Washington D.C. Public Library. Chevy Chase maintains a lot of its individuality, which is rare in urban areas, especially with the overwhelming presence major chain stores have in big cities. A majority of the businesses along Connecticut Ave. are locally owned, and patronized by the residents of Chevy Chase. Some of these businesses have been staples in the community for decades, including Magruder’s Supermarket and the Avalon Theater. In its early days, the area occupied by present day Chevy Chase was unincorporated farmland. During the late 19th century, the Chevy Chase Land Company was founded, with the company playing a major role in the development of the area for years to come. The name “Chevy Chase” comes from one of those plots of lands absorbed by Senator Newlands, but its origin is thought to come from a larger tract of land called Cheivy Chase. Before that, the name was referenced in an old song called “The Ballad of Chevy Chase,” about a 14th century battle in Great Britain.