Out MacArthur Boulevard from the District line is the charming Village of Glen Echo and its neighbors, Cabin John and Brookmont. These neighborhoods all have a pleasant rural atmosphere, since they border on the Canal and parkland. They have a great variety of homes, all the way from Victorians to contemporaries, and from tiny cottages to freshly built villas. There is access to downtown via MacArthur Boulevard and also easy commuting access to Virginia. The Palisades, farther up MacArthur, is an enclave of expensive homes on large lots, built over the past twenty years. This arrangement of homes in estate settings is unique for an area in close-in Montgomery County.
The Baltzley Brothers established Glen Echo Park as a Chautauqua in an effort to promote the surrounding area in real estate development. The town was incorporated in 1906 and notes as a successful amusement park. The park is now operated by the National Park Service as an arts center.