Cabin John

Many people complain that Washington is filled with unimaginative red brick colonials surrounded by the obligatory azaleas.  They are right!  There are lots of colonials in Washington. If this type of architecture fills you with dread rather than longing, you might consider Cabin John. Nestled close to the Potomac River, Cabin John is an eclectic, leafy community with a long history, a range of funky houses, and just enough commercial and community amenities to provide a feeling of cohesion.  Cabin John is filled with Sears bungalows, kit homes sold from 1908 to 1940, which have been remodeled and restored, frequently by a local architect, Thomas Manion. 

Located in a corner of Montgomery County bounded by the Potomac to the south and the Beltway to the northwest, Cabin John was established in the early 1800s during the construction of the C&O Canal. The “cabin” in its name is widely believed to come from the word “captain,” though it’s not clear who Captain John was.  Some people think it is Captain John Rolfe of Pocahantas fame since he is known to have explored the region in the 17th century! 

There’s still a feeling of old-timey-ness in the area’s residential streets, which lack sidewalks and are bounded by rambling yards and tall hardwoods. But probably the most historic element in the community is the Union Arch Bridge, known by locals as simply “the one lane bridge.”

Built during the Civil War, the bridge—which was then the longest single-span masonry arch in the world—was designed to carry the Washington Aqueduct across Cabin John Creek. These days, it ferries a line of cars waiting on either end for stoplights that allow them to cross, and is the source of huge traffic backups during rush hour.

Another distinctive quality of Cabin John is its proximity to the C&O Canal and its easy access to the Capital Crescent Trail. If you love to hike, bike or kayak, this is the place for you! Don't forget the billy goat trail either - a challenging hike that is lots of fun too! 

There are never many homes on the market at any one time in Cabin John since it is so small. Prices run from the mid 300s for a coop in the Cabin John Gardens to the mid $1,500,000s for an updated and expanded contemporary in the woods.  Whenever you find your dream home, you should grab it, but that is even more true in Cabin John since the selection is so limited! Happy Hunting! 


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Updated Jul 25, 2017 3:08:am
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