North Portal Estates

North Portal Estates

North Portal Estates$1.12M
Median Home Value
Price per Square Foot

North Portal Estates is Washington, DC’s northernmost neighborhood, nestled into the northern corner of the city where the streets are named for trees and flowers.

North Portal Estates is bounded by North Portal Drive to the south, East Beach drive to the west and northwest, and Rock Creek Park to the northeast. It is not set on any major thoroughfare in the city, although North Portal Drive is accessible via a rotary intersection on 16th Street NW. Because of its isolation via the park and lack of major streets, the neighborhood is extraordinarily suburban in character, full of winding streets, detached houses on large lots, and open space. Many prominent District of Columbia city government officials have lived there.

Haven’t heard of North Portal Estates? NPE is a very small neighborhood of just over 220 homes. It is often mistakenly referred to as Colonial Village, an adjacent neighborhood. Along with Colonial Village, North Portal Estates is part of the Shepherd Park Neighborhood. (More about the history of North Portal Estates – here.)

This neighborhood is perfect for those seeking single-family homes. The homes in North Portal Estates represent a wide range of time periods and styles. In general, homes in North Portal Estates are about $700,000 – $1,400,000 and sit on quarter-acre lots with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The most common types of parking are garage and carport.


Elementary School:
Shepherd Elementary School   PK–5
7800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Lowell School   PK-8  (Private)
1640 Kalmia Road NW
Washington, DC 20012

Middle School:
Alice Deal Middle School   6-8
815 Fort Dr NW
Washington, DC 20016

High School:
#4 in Best Public High Schools in DC
Woodrow Wilson High School   9-12
3950 Chesapeake Street NW
Washington, DC 20016

Neighborhood Association

Civic League of North Portal Estates (CLNPE)

Nearby Neighborhoods

16th Street Heights
Colonial Village
Manor Park
Shepherd Park
Takoma (DC)

More Info

Ward:   Ward 4
Zip Code:   20012


Amanda Abrams, “North Portal Estates is an ‘unknown jewel’ at the tip of the diamond“, The Washington Post, September 25, 2015

North Portal Estates Homes For Sale

Rarely are homes available in this neighborhood. Contact Dana Ash-McGinty for more details about North Portal Estates.

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Living in North Portal Estates

“I love this neighborhood! Living in North Portal Estates is like living in a quiet suburb in the middle of Washington, DC. My family has lived in North Portal Estates for decades! My father-in-law purchased a home in NPE over 40 years ago and now my husband and I live in our own home 5 doors down! This neighborhood is all about your yard. Yes, we all have yards- front and back.”

Want to talk about North Portal Estates? Let’s connect!

Dana Ash-McGinty, Real Estate Broker

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Note: The 2019 Best High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings. Learn where our data comes from. (There is a separate ranking for 2019 Best Private Schools.)<