Berkley is a suburban neighborhood, dominated by Georgian style colonial buildings with a smattering of craftsman cottages and home to George Washington University’s Mt. Vernon College campus. Within its parkland borders, Berkley has many schools ranging from pre-K to higher education including Field School, a private co-ed middle and high school located on Foxhall Road. Other schools in the neighborhood are the Lab School, Our Lady of Victory parochial school and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School.
The area began as a 760 acre land grant given by Lord Baltimore in 1689. It was called Whitehaven and remained, like contiguous neighborhoods, farmland until the 20th century. Naturally secluded from the more sophisticated parts of D.C. by its location between Battery Kemble, Glover-Archbold and Wesley Heights Parks, Berkley is pastoral and charming because of its access to green spaces.
The neighborhood, home of the German Embassy and the Kreeger Museum, contains a commercial district with restaurants and shops. As more opulent additions join the ranks of favored local spots, Berkley easily draws attention from throughout northwest D.C.