It is perhaps the best known suburb in the United States, and yet, the name was derived from a ballad that described border wars between England and Scotland. In 1890, the Chevy Chase Land Company began the development of this neighborhood around Chevy Chase Circle, at the intersection of Connecticut and Western Avenue. Today, Chevy Chase, Maryland includes all the neighborhoods with a 20815 zip code and encompasses a large area from Kenwood at River Road all the way to Rollingwood at Rock Creek Park. Some of its best known neighborhoods are Chevy Chase Village, Sections 2,3 and 4 of Chevy Chase, Somerset, Martins Addition, Rollingwood, West Chevy Chase and Kenwood.
Chevy Chase Village, which is a municipality with its own town government, was developed at the turn of the last century by the Chevy Chase Land company, whose aim was to build a grand and elegant country place. Today the homes that run from Western Avenue to the south, Wisconsin Avenue business district to the west, Brookville Road to the east and Bradley Boulevard to the north, include gracious manor houses circa 1900, as well as brick colonials built right up to the 1940’s. The picturesque neighborhood, which includes a private country club with acres of open and wooded land, is close to Metro and the shops of Friendship Heights and Connecticut Avenue.
Chevy Chase, developed by the Chevy Chase Land Company in 1890, was built on Connecticut Avenue, which the Land Company extended. One of the area’s first fully planned communities, Chevy Chase was designed by well-known planners and architects. It was also easily accessible by a trolley line which ended at Chevy Chase Lake, both the community’s power plant as well as an amusement park.
Chevy Chase is also home to the National 4-H Center which hosts the National Science Bowl annually in either late April or Early May. This community also borders the popular shopping district of Friendship Heights and has been referred to as Washington’s version of Rodeo Drive.