Huntington Terrace Celebrates its Centennial in 2010

Huntington Terrace Logo

Established as a residential subdivision in 1910, Huntington Terrace will celebrate its centennial in 2010, and we are planning several festive events in acknowledgment. In February we kicked off our 100 years with a service project: a blood drive at NIH. We hope to provide 100 donations, one for each year of Huntington Terrace’s history. Look for yard signs and car magnets! Donations will be accepted through March. Our centennial-issue neighborhood directory will be distributed soon, and will list resident names, their addresses, phone numbers and email contacts. We are also planning a centennial party in summer 2010, showcasing local musical talent.

Our tree-lined neighborhood of single-family homes has a compact grid of narrow streets, modest front yards, and many sidewalks, all of which promote a sense of cohesiveness, safety and community. The 300 houses in Huntington Terrace offer a diversity of architectural styles including colonial, Cape Cod, ranch, Arts-and-Crafts, contemporary, neo-traditional, and even a log cabin originally built in1894. Many homes date to the 1910’s-1940’s. Unique for a suburb, Huntington Terrace appeals to a variety of residents because home prices range from the $600,000 to over $1,900,000. These housing options, along with strong neighborly ties and active civic engagement, attract people to Huntington Terrace. Many stay for decades!

Huntington Terrace is pedestrian-oriented. In fact, some houses lack driveways or garages. Many residents walk or cycle to work at National Institutes of Health or Navy Medical Center (just east) or to downtown Bethesda (one mile south). Metro stops are located in both of these employment centers, and bus stops line Old Georgetown Road, our eastern border. Children walk a few blocks to Bradley Hills Elementary School, and then matriculate to top-ranked Pyle Middle School and Whitman High School, just 1 and 1 ½ miles away. Situated inside-the-Beltway, Huntington Terrace offers the amenities of nearby downtown Bethesda with its outstanding restaurants, retail, and cultural amenities, along with the benefits of a mature residential neighborhood such as excellent schools, well-tended properties and engaged neighbors.

Social and recreational ties are strengthened at the nearby Bradley Park, which offers soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, a butterfly garden, and numerous jungle gyms. Further, Huntington Terrace Citizens’ Association, founded in 1937, hosts quarterly meetings, and its own newspaper, email list and “exchange”. In fact, our email network helped a newly-relocated teacher find a house-share this past fall. In addition, during the winter storms of 2009-2010 our network helped neighbors to connect with 4-wheel drive owners and receive transportation. We hold a variety of social events each year including a July 4 Parade, Gardening Day at its “Triangle Park” (featuring native plantings), a Halloween celebration, and a Jazz Fest. Respectful of its heritage, yet embracing the future, Huntington Terrace is a wonderful, traditional community looking forward to another 100 years!

[logo designed by HT resident, Anthony Clayman]

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