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DC’s Hidden Places: Cambridge Place

by Nena Perry-Brown

DC's Hidden Places: Cambridge Place: Figure 1
Homes on Cambridge Place NW.

For this week’s edition of Hidden Places, UrbanTurf heads back to Georgetown to check out Cambridge Place, a one-way block a short walk from Montrose Park. Avon Place bends into Cambridge Place NW (map), which then runs into 30th Street between Q and R Streets.

DC's Hidden Places: Cambridge Place: Figure 2
A home on the block that sold last year. Image: HomeVisit.

The block is narrow and lined with mature trees which provide a shady canopy alongside the three-to-four-story townhouses that make up most of the block. Cobbled brick sidewalks add to the sense of coziness, while cameras on either corner of the street heighten the sense of security.

While it is a quiet block, the street has made headlines over the years. Vince Foster, deputy White House counsel during the early part of Bill Clinton’s presidency, called Cambridge Place home prior to his passing (ruled a suicide) in 1993. The street also received a little bit of press last year after a family on the street found a 19th-century cannonball in their chimney.

DC's Hidden Places: Cambridge Place: Figure 3

Tom Lloyd has lived on the block since 1988. “We lived on 30th Street near M, and it’s very noisy down there when the bars close,” Lloyd told UrbanTurf. “So we looked for someplace quieter. [Our] daughter was young at the time and we used to come trick-or-treating on Cambridge Place. Lots of people do; it’s very busy on Halloween.”

Rather than looking elsewhere, Lloyd waited for an opportunity to purchase on the block.

“It’s close enough that we can walk to restaurants…and the park is a block away. It’s as good as you can get for a place to live in the city.”

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dcs_hidden_places_cambridge_place/11460

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