Kensington is a charming historic town comprised mainly of single family home neighborhoods just outside the beltway in the northwest end of the Washington D.C. metro area. Bordered by forested greenbelts and parks, Kensington real estate has long attracted home buyers in search of a quiet residential base amid the area's urban backdrop.
Real estate listings in Kensington occupy the mid-range bracket, with prices for homes starting in the mid $400,000s, and the low $200,000's for condos -- but can quickly climb to as much as $2.5M for new infill properties in the highly desirable subdivision of Chevy Chase View. Homes here feature the finest in classic Cape Cod and Victorian architecture and brickwork, with many buildings in excellent condition dating back to the early 20th century.
Kensington was founded in the 1890s as a planned Victorian community; its developer Brainard Warner was inspired by a trip to London. With its wide selection of attractive homes and its picturesque park-like setting, the area became a popular summer home destination for residents of the nation's capital, eventually growing into an upscale year-round community.
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