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“We used to live in an outer ring suburb. Once the initial euphoria of [suburban] peace and quiet wore off, we disliked it. It was boring. The neighbors weren’t that friendly and we felt really disconnected. So we moved to Takoma Park.”

--Fred Schultz, New Hampshire Gardens Resident


Neighborhoods on the New Ave

Discover shady neighborhoods tucked into rolling hills; tidy apartments and condominiums with great views; and sun kissed lawns filled with children playing. With easy access to transportation, excellent schools, and lots of playgrounds, it is not hard to see why people choose to live here.

The Crossroads

Prince George's County

Langley Park

World War II era garden apartments with streets of single-family home bungalows make up this compact neighborhood at the northern end of the Corridor. With sufficient units to populate a small city anywhere but in a metro region, this area has the relaxed hustle and bustle of new Americans which may explain it's attraction for international professionals and others seeking a bit of home.

Takoma Park

New Hampshire Gardens

A mix of ranches, tudors, cape cods, and four-plexes, this is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Takoma Park. Provides easy access to City's largest shopping district on the northern edge and the Long Branch stream valley and Becca Lilly playground to the south. Visit this neighborhood after dark and you’ll find families out for a stroll or professionals walking their dog.

New Hampshire Gardens Citizens Association listserv  I contact

Holds general meetings quarterly, and executive meetings every month.

On University Boulevard, Montgomery Housing Partnership has beautifully renovated two garden apartment buildings through negotiations with the tenants. The green rehabilitation has family friendly features including community growing space.

New Hampshire Gardens Tenant Association  I  contact

Takoma Overlook

The towers rising into the sky south of Takoma Langley Crossroads and north of Sligo Creek have great access to shopping, recreation, and transportation, not to mention a view. One tower is a condominium, and the other is apartments and both are next to the City's recreation center.

Takoma Overlook Tenant Association 7333 New Hampshire Avenue I contact

Hillwood Manor

Established in the 1940’s, this jewel of a neighborhood is up on a wooded bluff above Sligo Creek. With a substantial picnic ground and play area and access to the bike trail it is clear why folks know each other here. Many residents are avid gardeners and with a City grant have taken over beautifying the New Ave at Sligo Creek and at Erskine Street.

Hillwood Manor Community Association listserv  I  contact

Meets twice a year, and also holds two community picnics.

Hillwood Manor Apartments

Just south of Sligo Creek, these vintage apartment buildings have easy access to the Sligo Creek bike trail and New Hampshire Avenue.


Ethan Allen Gateway

Takoma Park

South of Sligo

Built up on the slopes above the stream valley, the shady, leafy character extends from well kept front yards into multiple City-owned natural areas. While the northern edge touches the bike trail, the southern reaches wrap around the Ethan Allen Gateway shopping area. Includes Hampshire Knolls and Wildwood subdivisions.

South of Sligo Citizens Association (SOSCA)  announcements  I  discussion  I  contact

Meets four times a year as needed, and also publishes a newsletter.

Adams Court Tenant Assciation

Prince George's County

Carole Highlands

Carole Highlands is a diverse, leafy residential neighborhood in Prince George’s County.  Adjacent to the Hillwood Manor neighborhood to the west and nestled alongside Sligo Creek Park to the south, Carole Highlands is convenient to shopping, ethnic restaurants, public transportation, recreation, schools and was featured in Washingtonian Magazine in 2004 as a "great place to live." 

Carole Highlands Neighborhood Association  website  listserv

Ray Chillum

Families that moved to Ray Chillum in Prince George’s County in the 70s have stayed there and not moved out. This neighborhood has a strong connection to local government, interest in the environment, and great capacity to ‘get things done’. Close to The New Ave and extending to Eastern Avenue, the neighborhood also features several apartment complexes. With access to the Sligo Creek trail, a local elementary, and parks and playgrounds, it is easy to see why residents have stayed so long and care so much.

Ray Chillum Neighborhood Association contact

Meets once a month.

other civic associations

Friends of Sligo Creek  I  website

Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC) is a large and very active community organization that looks after the ecological well-being of the Sligo Creek watershed. Events and actions organized by FOSC (from indoor learning programs to invasive species clearances) can draw up to 350 participants. Monthly newsletter and regular meetings.

Action Langley Park  I  listserv

Action Langley Park is a nonprofit organization of residents, businesspeople, workers, social service personnel, and other members of the community who work to improve the lives of immigrants who live in Langley Park and nearby neighborhoods. Founded and directed by Prof. Bill Hanna, University of Maryland, College Park.


Maryland Gateway

Takoma Park

Circle Woods

Annexed into the City of Takoma Park in 1997 when the half of Takoma Park that was in Prince George’s County became Montgomery County, Circle Woods residents care about their neighbors and how their community grows and changes.  The neighborhood surrounds a wooded area called the Circle Woods, which was acquired by the City in 1995 using Open Space funds.  Adept at keeping an eye on The New Ave, residents are interested in improving the community.

Circle Woods Community Association  listserv  I 301-270-3416

Meetings are held as needed at the John Nevins Andrews School.


The southern most neighborhood in Takoma Park, Pinecrest partnered in 2009 with Maryland Parks and Planning and the City to develop a community garden (Sligo Mill Overlook) which gives priority to neighborhood residents on the waiting list. Nearby, a wooded natural area shelters the Takoma Branch a tributary to Sligo Creek, while the New Ave provides convience retail. The VFW holds a neighborhood barbeque each summer.

Pinecrest Community Association listserv  I  contact

Meets on the second Tuesday of odd-numbered months in the VFW building (6420 Orchard Ave).

District of Columbia

Riggs Park

Also known as Lamond-Riggs, Riggs Park has been the most homogeneous neighborhood along the New Ave for many decades, with many civil servants firmly settled in the leafy single-family neighborhood. As a result, it has been solidly middle class. As owners age out of thier homes; young families and professionals have had the opportunity to live here again.