Welcome to the Palisades

The Palisades area is located in Northwest Washington along the Potomac River, between Key Bridge and Chain Bridge. Hugging the Potomac River with its high bluffs and breathtaking sunsets, the Palisades is a treasure of green spaces in the nation's capital.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Our area is laced with winding parks where dappled light filters through canopies of old trees. It's filled with quiet streets and dotted with houses all of varying styles, from a loving home originally built as a late 19th century dance hall to detailed Victorian designs to the more modern homes.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Ask anyone why we consider this a small town in a big city and you're likely to get the same answer: the people who live here. They are some of the friendliest in Washington.
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Welcome to the Palisades

We're an eclectic mix of all ages and sizes, lots of families (and pets) and folks with wide-ranging interests and incomes. But we all care about our community and give a lot to make it special.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Whether it's maintaining flower beds in the median lining MacArthur Boulevard, rebuilding the children's playground and landscaping at our local Recreation Center, or creating our own tax-exempt fund to support community projects, this is definitely a community of doers.
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Welcome to the Palisades

Our annual July 4 parade, sponsored by local businesses and Palisades t-shirt sales, is a DC tradition after more than 45 years.
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Welcome to the Palisades

And increasingly, we're becoming the choice location for a growing number of educational institutions, including our outstanding public Key Elementary School. Our merchants are friendly and our restaurants include some of the best in the city.
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Welcome to the Palisades

We are fortunate to call the Palisades our home -- close to the vibrancy of the city yet surrounded by beautiful nature.

Community Announcements


Safeway to Sell MacArthur Store

Updated September 30, 2014

Safeway has made the decision to sell its store in the Palisades, with an October 6 deadline for submission of bids.  Escrow will close on December 12.  The PCA contacted our Safeway contacts, who stated "I am not allowed to comment due to the impending merger."

Reportedly Safeway is insisting that any new purchaser will have to agree to a covenant that no grocery store will be allowed on the property. 

Sources in the real estate sector attributed the decision by new-Safeway-owner Cerberus Capital's strategic decision not to expand Safeway presence in the DC metro area.  One contact said that it was likely the entire Safeway real estate arm would be shut down.  

The Palisades Citizens Association has obtained a copy of Safeway’s Offering Memorandum.  This memo’s Potential Redevelopment Scenario calls for 4,600 square feet of retail along MacArthur, 140 condo units of “upscale” housing at a 950 square foot average (or 166 units at an 824 square foot average), and 89 parking spaces, six of which are for retail.

Another option would be a retailer buying the Safeway property outright as well, but this would have to be "a pharmacy or a Staples or a gym," not a grocery store thanks to the reported covenant.  

Safeway would stay open through a leaseback provision for an additional one or two years as operations wind down.

To see a copy of Safeway’s Offering Memorandum, click here

Glen Echo Trolley Right-of-Way

Updated September 29, 2014

Discussion is underway about upgrading the old Glen Echo Trolley right-of-way. The part of the trail under discussion is from Georgetown University to Galena Place.

Click here to watch a youtube video of the trail.

Click here to see a map of the trail.

Click here to see pictures of the trail.

Click here to see photos of Foundry Bridge.

Click here for the notes from the February 13, 2014 meeting.

Click here for notes from the May 7, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the June 23, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the August 5, 2014 meeting.

Click here for the notes from the September 17, 2014 meeting.

You are invited to "tour" the Foundry Branch Bridge on Nov. 2 or Nov 8. Click here for more details. To RSVP, please email palisadesdc@hotmail.com. For people who are not on the PCA Trails Committee email list and want to be informed, please sign up at http://eepurl.com/UAn9j

The PCA Trails committee is asking the community to participate in a survey for the Glen Echo Trolley Trail.   Here is the link to take it:
http://www.dctrailsurvey.org/ It will conclude on January 15, 2015.

Palisades Farmers Market

The Palisades Farmers market is thriving! Please visit on Sundays, 9:00 - 1:00pm on 48th Place. It's open all year round. Visit their website for more details! Check out this short promotional video by Chelsey Gabrielson.

Hillcrest Neighborhood

Find out what is new in the Palisades’ sister neighborhood, Hillcrest!